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Ahhhhh – [wifisfuneral]

Although other parts of the world are more widely renowned for being major destinations for hip-hop artists and rappers, I can confidently say that Florida is one state that has bred a completely different type of musician. So many underground legends have come from the southern mecca, and I would even go as far as to say that the underground movement that later turned into the “SoundCloud Rap” era began there and never really left. The different levels in Florida are insane, including household names like Denzel Curry, Rick Ross, and Kodak Black. Then there are underground legends like the late XXXtentacion, Pouya, and wifisfuneral, SoundCloud era artists that have somewhat died down like Smokepurpp and Lil Pump, well-known yet still not quite mainstream emcees including $NOT, Cochise, and Ski Mask the Slump God, and the list could go on forever. What stands out the most to me is the fact that I could listen to almost any single one of these spitters and not only thoroughly enjoy myself, but be transported back to a different part of my life where they were some of the only people I was bumping. Although some of these artists have careers that are …

Ya Se Nada Es Perfecto – [Rocci] [Ramirez] [Pouya] & [Lu]

If you have been following along with the underground rap scene whatsoever, names like Pouya, Ramirez, and anyone else who was part of or associated with the Buffet Boys shouldn’t be new names to you by any means. While it appears as if Buffet Boys has become a thing of the past, this group has moved onto a new page in their book called All But 6, and it’s a movement that I am extremely excited about, especially after all of the wonderful music that has been brought to life over the past few months. While I believe this is an independent label that was created by some of the founding fathers of the underground, it’s certainly not a group to take lightly because the roster is full of notorious figures in the scene including Pouya, Fat Nick, Mikey the Magician, Kxllswxtch, Shakewell, Lu, Boobie Lootaveli, and others, so with the mixture of seasoned veterans and exciting new artists, there really isn’t anything that this lineup of immense talents can’t do, which is why you need to keep them on your radar. Although Rocci and Ramirez aren’t included on the All But 6 website, it’s not a secret that they …

KOTA – [Pouya] & [South Strip]

There are plenty of unforgettable moments throughout my time with Lyrical that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Some include my first time in the office, attending shows with some of my closest friends in the industry, and meeting some extraordinary characters, but I could write a book about how detailed some of those moments were, so I won’t get into too much detail. One of my favorite moments, though, occurred at this year’s Summer Smash when I got to meet Pouya and Fat Nick after watching their collaborative set on the side of the stage. Considering I have been listening to them since probably at least 2015 if not earlier, when we finally got to link up, I found out that they both really are genuinely great people who put their all into music. When they showed me their appreciation for simply writing these articles on my laptop in my bedroom at home, the fact that they seemed sincerely thankful for my words meant way more to me than I could ever explain with words. I had been writing about their releases every chance I could before this encounter, but now, I have a newfound desire …

WONT GO, CANT GO – [Germ]

About 5 or 6 years ago is when I really dove into the music industry headfirst and realized all of the different sounds that were being brought to life. $uicideboy$ were definitely the duo that was the most chaotic and violent on my playlist, but that didn’t stop me from filling up the majority of my time that I spent listening to music with Ruby and $crim playing through my speakers. Thanks to them, I was put onto other G59 artists and affiliates like Pouya, Germ, Shakewell, and plenty of others, but there are just way too many to name. Germ was always someone that stood out, though, because his energy is simply contagious and his voice is just naturally unique, and this is saying a lot because of just how individualistic each and every artist that he works with seems to be. Since releasing Badshit (Bootleg) and GERM HAS A DEATHWISH years ago, Germ instantly became one of my favorite artists not only in this grouping, but in the industry as a whole, and that is something that I can consistently claim because I seriously try and tune into every song he puts out, whether it’s a solo record …

The 2022 Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash Through My Eyes: Full Weekend Recap

Preface Yes, this article is super long and tedious, my bad…. Forewarning, if you’ve already read my other recaps for each individual day, skip to the end for a few words of admiration to the LL family, from me! Every year, the Summer Smash seems to get bigger, better, and more insane than ever before, and 2022 is definitely no exception. Unfortunately, I missed the first year or two because of one reason or another, so 2021 was actually my first time experiencing this event live and in person. At the same time, though, I had been to various other concerts hosted by LL dating all the way back to Lil Uzi Vert’s first-ever Chicago performance way back in April of 2016, so I know how we throw down at live events, and I also know just how loyal, supportive, and turnt up our fans get every chance they get. 2022 had some curveballs thrown at the team including a detrimental storm that almost paused the entire festival, but thanks to the consistently hard-working and ride-or-die group of individuals who put this fest together, the show went on without a hitch! I just want to clarify that this article is …

The 2022 Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash Through My Eyes: Saturday Recap

Preface Every year, the Summer Smash seems to get bigger, better, and more insane than ever before, and 2022 is definitely no exception. Unfortunately, I missed the first year or two because of one reason or another, so 2021 was actually my first time experiencing this event live and in person. At the same time, though, I had been to various other concerts hosted by LL dating all the way back to Lil Uzi Vert’s first-ever Chicago performance way back in April of 2016, so I know how we throw down at live events, and I also know just how loyal, supportive, and turnt up our fans get every chance they get. 2022 had some curveballs thrown at the team including a detrimental storm that almost paused the entire festival, but thanks to the consistently hard-working and ride-or-die group of individuals who put this fest together, the show went on without a hitch! I just want to clarify that this article is solely based on my own experience and not from the point of view of anybody else. I know this isn’t the typical article I may normally write, but I figured it would be a good stroll down memory …

Serpent – [Pouya]

Pouya is someone that never fails to impress me with his creativity, but after so many years of perfecting his craft, I’m no longer shocked by his insanely imaginative brain. I can’t say that I listen to him as religiously as I used to for no reason other than changing preferences over the years, but I never pass up an opportunity to write about something new from the Florida icon, and his music videos as of the past year or two have seriously come a long way when compared to some of the basic visuals that other artists seem to put out just to skate by. A few months ago, he put out his EP dirt/hurt/pain/ and although it was a pretty quick hit, it was still such an addicting group of songs, and I knew he was going to have some amazing visuals to go along with it. I may be a few days late, but he recently dropped a VIAL-directed flick for his Noi Bruno-produced song “Serpent”, and it was just too out of the box to not write about it. As it begins, he is laying in his bed, tossing and turning in a way that seems …

CAFFEINE – [Lu]

At this point in time, Lu should not be a new name or artist in your inventory because he certainly isn’t new to me or the rest of the industry. Throughout the past year or so, I have been religiously writing about almost every new release of his because, to be totally honest, I have been playing the shit out of every single new track that hits streaming platforms. At first, I just thought that he had a unique voice and an interesting approach to music making, but as I kept listening on over time, I was able to grasp the reality that he is one of the most dexterous and multifaceted emcees in the entire game right now, but he seems to be too humble to shout that from the rooftops, so I’ll do it for him. His song “Eastside” is one of the most personally addicting records that has been released all year in my opinion, but when you listen to that right before his latest record “CAFFEINE”, it almost seems impossible that they came from the same person. As opposed to the lighthearted, blithe ballad that dropped a month or two ago, this new song utilizes some …

Put it in My Pocket – [Boobie Lootaveli] & [Pouya]

I don’t think it’s a stretch to call Pouya one of the biggest groundbreakers in the history of underground music because even in his very early days in music, he was able to hold his own and go toe to toe with some of the best, and that helped him progress much quicker than most emcees typically do. Although Boobie Lootaveli has been on my radar for less time overall than Pouya, he has fascinated me ever since I did find out about him a few years ago, and whenever these two emcees team up, you know there is nothing but fire being created. Unfortunately, Pouya’s collective Buffet Boys seemed to come to an end abruptly not too long ago, but thankfully it doesn’t seem like there is any bad blood or anything, they just wanted to move on to their next endeavor which is All But 6 records, and I’m pumped to see what they have up their sleeves! I mean, if the rest of their future is even half as entertaining as their latest release “Put it in My Pocket” is, then we’re in for a massive treat for years and years to come. Produced by Mikey the …

Lane Switching – [Ramirez]

There is no denying the all-around influence and dominance that Grey 59 has had on the underground music scene over the last half-decade or so. While $uicideboy$ have been pretty much the face of the collective ever since they took off, I feel like one person who has paved the way for many others is Ramirez. He just brings such a different style and energy to the party, mixing in a variety of ruthless, hard-nosed songs alongside more airy, soulful tracks that seem to both exploit his various strengths just as well. Back in 2020, he released his album The Playa$ Manual, a 15-song effort that had features from friends and frequent collaborators like Shakewell, Pouya, Rocci, and Night Lovell. Since this project came out at the height of the pandemic, it made things a lot more difficult to execute, so while I was hoping to receive some more content in support of it, we had to wait until just a few days ago to get a music video for the album’s cut “Lane Switching”, but believe me when I say it was more than worth the wait! This one is absolutely perfect for this easygoing song that totally rides …