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Ride Out – [Shoreline Mafia] ft. [Lil Yachty]

Shoreline Mafia is one of my absolute favorite groups out right now, and I know I’m not alone. I’ve been listening to them for years at this point, and their unapologetic attitudes mixed with some out of the box West Coast fueled beats along with innovative cadences and other unique experiments that always seem to work have constantly kept me coming back for more. They have such a unique way of being able to introduce certain gangster Rap themes into party anthems that are sure to turn any function up, and each member has an individualistic sound and persona that just contributes so much to the overall group. While they’ve obviously been exploding in the underground in recent memory, Lil Yachty has always kept his ear to the streets and hasn’t been one to shy away from praising or working with promising up and comers. It’s weird to even consider Shoreline up and comers anymore because of all their success, but I still think they could be considered this due to the fact that they don’t get nearly enough recognition or props for all of the success they’ve had in such a relatively short period of time. They’re not slowing …

Brand New Booty – [Lil Gnar]

Clearly if you’ve paid any sort of attention to Rap music ever since its inception, booties have been a major theme in the genre. I feel ridiculous even typing that, but it’s true and it has played a part in some of the biggest songs in the history of music. As is the case typically, Lil Gnar has never shied away from this topic or any other slightly sexual themes, making exactly what he enjoys known to the public, and never being bashful about it either. While some of his music might not have the most significant meanings or underlying narratives, they’re almost always bangers and are sure to get any sort of party going in the blink of an eye. His unapologetic style and straightforward persona are part of the reason he has amassed such an extensive fanbase in a somewhat short span of time, but the rest of his skills speak for themselves as well. “Brand New Booty” is the brand-new lust-fueled track from Lil Gnar and I knew it was another hit from the moment I pressed play. Some cunning, devious synths create the catchiest portion of the production, which was crafted by the ever so talented …

Wishing For A Hero – [Polo G]

Chicago native Polo G has had a massive rise to fame & stardom over the past couple years, and for good reason too, he is easily one of the most talented young artists coming up in the game right now. He is one of the best pure spitters in rap right now and he’s also so skilled at vividly telling stories especially on joints like this one, as he is back with his brand new music video for “Wishing For A Hero” featuring BJ The Chicago Kid. Any true hip-hop fan is going to hear the first ten seconds of this song and instantly perk up, that is because Polo G jumped on top of one of the most legendary hip-hop beats of all time in 2Pac’s “Changes”. It takes some serious intestinal fortitude for any rapper to dare rap over an instrumental such as one of this caliber, especially a young artist, but Polo G stepped up like a seasoned veteran and kicked some of the best verses I have heard this year. The music video itself brings the touching song to life, shout out to the director Drewfilmedit for assisting Polo in bringing his vision to life, they created something …

Dead Cappers Remix- [Lor Heavy]

One of the greatest things about the Rap scene is just how accessible it is to anyone who is interested in making music. If you pretty much have an electronic device that can record, you can make a song and if it stands out enough, you can get recognized. This can also be one of the worst things at the same time, however, because not everyone that’s attempting to make music, should be, in all honesty. This isn’t the case for Lor Heavy whatsoever, though, because he truly has a knack for music and seems to put his all into his craft. I legitimately came across him and his most recent music video for his song “Dead Cappers Remix” by chance on Twitter, and it instantly drew me in, causing me to do as much investigation as possible to find out about the young artist. It turns out that he’s actually from Connecticut, which clearly isn’t known for being a hotspot for Rap music, but he’s making a strong case for why people need to pay more attention. In all honesty, “Dead Cappers Remix” is my first and only experience of the rising talent so I’m not sure if all …

Street Prayer – [Lil Durk]

Not even two weeks ago, Chicago legend Lil Durk took over the music industry once again with the release of his most recent mixtape Just Cause Y’all Waited 2. I covered a few singles as he released them leading up to the drop, and every single one got me excited for what was to come. When it finally arrived, I have to say that I was left pretty speechless. While I thought it couldn’t get much better than singles like “Chiraq Demons” featuring G Herbo or “3 Headed Goat” which featured Lil Baby and Polo G, I was totally wrong. Durk masterfully used a mixture of melodic, telling, emotional tales of the streets and aggressive, violent, vivid recalls of some of the most intense experiences he’s ever had. This combination along with some flexes and appreciation for the things that music has gotten him throughout his life all came together for a wonderful new project which is one that’s going to stand the test of time, in my opinion. One of the project’s more lighthearted, less intense songs is “Street Prayer”, which now has an intriguing new music video to pair with it. Plucky, heroic synths pair with what sounds …

A Conversation With TM88: The Origin of 808 Mafia, Working With Lil Uzi Vert on “P2”, Becoming a Producer Turned Artist and More

Photo Credit: Sem Robert Music creation is not something that is often handled alone. By now, we are all aware of the many elements needed in order for a song to come to fruition. We have the many words and flows provided by the songwriter, the amazing mixes and mastering provided by the engineers, and we have the meat and potatoes of the song, the beats-provided by the producers. There has always been an ongoing debate over which role holds the most weight, and which role is more important than the other. A fair amount of those believe that all roles are equally as important, which is very true to a certain point. However, many believe that the overall feel and vibe of the song is carried from the production. Yes, lyrics are strong enough to speak volumes–but production is powerful to move mountains. One producer in mind that has made a strong footprint in the industry, and blown many speakers in the process, would be none other than the legendary TM88. Regardless if you have heard his voice, or even seen what he looks like–chances are, your favorite rapper has made a record to one of his beats. With …

33 – [Polo G]

At the end of last week, there was so much great new music that released, I had no idea where to even start. Between a new project from Future, a Yung Lean album, a full Polo G album, and more, choosing where to begin gave me more anxiety than I could’ve ever imagined. Of course, these are all completely different vibes, and each has something totally unique to offer, but I had to begin with Polo G’s album THE GOAT because he’s been one of my favorite Chicago emcees in recent history, so I knew this project would be a treat. I was correct of course, but that’s not a surprise when considering just how talented he has proven himself to be time and time again. THE GOAT had 16 songs and only 4 features, making the young Chi-town legend prove himself on his own once again, which he did effortlessly as he took listeners on a sonic journey through his past struggles, current blessings, and future endeavors. Although I think calling himself the goat might be a little premature, if he can continue releasing projects similar to all of his previous offerings, I don’t think this idea would be …

A Man Rose from the Dead- [Scrim]

I understand that there was a boatload of new music that dropped Thursday night including projects from Future, Polo G, Yung Lean, and many more. While these may overwhelm the media and take all of the attention from most other music that released, the most under the radar project by far is Scrim’s debut solo album A Man Rose from the Dead. Up until this point, Scrim was one half of the infamous duo $uicideboy$, and he continues to be a part of the group of course, but this is the first real taste we have of any sort of solo music from him or his counterpart Ruby. Typically, when artists split off to do their own thing, it’s because they’re maybe tired of having to constantly share the spotlight with the rest of their crew or they believe it’s time that they get to have their own complete control over the creative freedom within their music. For Scrim, neither of these things is really the case. He needed to do this for himself and his own sanity. Those of us who know the constant struggles he has never been shy to talk about in music and interviews, know that …

Slow Roll- [Boldy James] x [The Alchemist]

There’s no denying the extremely evident talent of Detroit veteran Boldy James. I myself am not as familiar with him as I probably should be, but I am aware of his skill and the reason why he has managed to stick around for so long in the Rap scene. The Alchemist is really the one who drew me into their collaborative project The Price of Tea in China because I’ve always been a fan of the uncharacteristic instrumentals he brings to life for some of my favorite rappers. Usually, these beats sound obscure and weird in the best way possible, because it truly gives a challenge to the artist he’s working with, always leading to an impressive and notable result. After they dropped their collaborative effort earlier this year, the duo is back with a brand-new music video for their track “Slow Roll”. Alchemist brings this beat to life starting with some intergalactic, bubbly synths, some old school reminiscent drums, and some effective yet minimalistic percussion, among other strange but appealing instruments. Boldy’s voice is unaltered and sounds so pure and naturally assertive, which isn’t very common in the current climate of Rap music, so it truly does show that he’s …

3 Headed Goat – [Lil Durk] ft. [Lil Baby] & [Polo G]

Lil Durk is ready to release his forthcoming and highly anticipated project Just Cause Y’all Waited 2 tomorrow, and fans could have higher hopes, especially after all the singles he has dropped thus far. After releasing the tracklist just yesterday, it appears as if the brunt of the project is going to be handled by the Chicago Drill legend, but he will have a couple of collaborators to help him out such as G Herbo, Polo G, Lil Baby, and Gunna, who seems to have a guest spot on any and all new Rap projects as of recently. In order to give fans one final preview of the album, he recruited fellow Chicagoan Polo G along with a taste of the south in Lil Baby for one more single entitled “3 Headed Goat”. Three goats are exactly what this song features, and I love the different worlds these artists live in while also sharing common bonds over certain topics. Durk is the OG of the group who helped bring Drill music from Chicago to a much larger audience. Polo G is the rising young Chicago icon who has truly made waves thus far but still has a lot to prove …