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Wit My Rounds – [Q Da Fool] x [OhGeesy]

This Friday afternoon I have very happy to be bringing our audience the premiere of the brand new music video for “Wit My Rounds” by Q Da Fool and OhGeesy. When you think of Q, OhGessy, or basically the entire Shoreline Mafia collective, you already know that they make hard-hitting anthems that are perfect for the summertime, and this new joint definitely gave me that type of vibe. The chemistry that these two display on their songs together is special, they can bounce back and forth off of each other without missing a beat, which is exactly what they did on this one. It’s something like friendly competition when these two are attacking the same instrumentals, not like they are trying to one-up each other, but it’s more like their sparring + making each other better! Watch this brand new visual below and if you like what you see/hear then be sure to hit that like button on YouTube to help it circulate!

Black Lives Matter – [Teejayx6]

Ever since I’ve learned about Teejayx6, I haven’t known him to make any extremely serious songs. It seems as if a lot of his music almost trolls other rappers considering he rarely stays on the beat and often goes into detail about the various illegal activities he partakes in, especially his scamming tendencies. While I’m a fan of many of his songs for these uncharacteristic approaches he takes, I can only typically listen to them once or twice before I feel the need to move on. With all of the social and racial injustices that have thankfully been brought to the forefront of people’s attention recently, individuals haven’t been keeping quiet which is truly an incredible thing. Seeing citizens, whether they have a massive following or a platform to share their thoughts and help make a change or not, come together and speak out against the inequalities that have plagued the black community for centuries is truly inspiring. Although change isn’t going to happen overnight, ignorant and unintelligent people who have refused to acknowledge these very real and explicit injustices for years now have no choice but to pay attention. Protests and riots are all over news outlets and social …

Split/Whole Team – [Lil Yachty]

I remember way back a few years ago when Lil Yachty was starting to blow up and I hopped on the wave early because I saw his star potential. It was pretty easy to predict so I’m not saying I noticed anything that other people didn’t, but with the amount of hate he was receiving that contrasted the praise he was also getting made me question how far he could actually go in his career. Lil Boat, the original edition of the series, was one of my favorite mixtapes at the time and I still return to it occasionally. This project, although it was fun and unlike anything that was out in Hip-Hop at the time, didn’t really showcase Boat’s wide variety of skills that he is known to possess now. Since then, he has released a few albums and other mixtapes, putting his talents on full display and showing the music world that he’s not just some young kid with red braids and minimal musical aptitudes. After announcing the upcoming, highly anticipated release of the Lil Boat series’ third edition, Yachty decided to release a new song and video entitled “Split/Whole Time”. This double-sided song begins with a beat …

Gangstas & Sippas – [Shoreline Mafia] ft. [Q Da Fool]

Musicians have been dealing with this whole quarantine situation in many different ways. Understandably, artists don’t want to fall behind or lose any of the traction that they’ve worked so hard to gain in the industry, so they’re doing everything they can to keep up in these difficult times and continuously release new content to appease fans every chance they get. One of these strategies, at least when it comes to music videos, is to drop animated visuals which we’ve obviously seen more recently than ever before. Although this is a smart way to remain socially distanced while also offering some intriguing content, I think that this shouldn’t be forgotten once quarantine ends and we go back to living normal lives. I just think that some of these cartoon music videos are even more interesting than some of the other videos we would normally get from certain artists who just smoke weed, drink liquor, and hang out in front of a Rolls Royce or something along those same lines. With animations, plots and different worlds can be created, and the artists can get away with doing a lot more and staying creative rather than just repeatedly doing the same things …

Miles Davis – [Blu & Exile]

When it comes to discussing the greatest ever hip-hop duos, Blu & Exile are a must mention. The legendary Los Angeles based pair share a total of five project releases; three albums and two EP’s. Their most cherished release is unquestionably Below The Heavens,(2007) which deservedly received countless praise from numerous media outlets. The album later provided fuel for Blu’s XXL Freshman nod in 2009. However, don’t be fooled; Blu & Exile’s entire discography is worth hearing! Everything the duo has shared is gold, no matter it be their other two albums: Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them, In The Beginning, (Before The Heavens) or EP’s, Maybe One Day and True & Livin’. Exile’s smoothly eloquent, soulful production has been cited as inspiration from two production pioneers; J. Dilla and Pete Rock. Though Exile had already earned production credits from Mobb Deep, Slum Village, Jurassic 5, and more, it is remarkable that his eventual collaboration with underground MC Johnson Barnes, aka Blu, formed each of their iconic legacies. Avid listeners of Blu are aware that the artist struggled to make ends meet before his impending encounter with Exile, as a result of simply not garnering enough recognition and (music) sales that he deserved. Blu …

Ugly – [Fbg Duck]

The layers and depths of music that come from the city of Chicago are truly mind-blowing. While there are undiscovered artists who are grinding tirelessly to make a name for themselves, there are also household names like Lil Durk, Chief Keef, G Herbo, and Lil Bibby, among many others. In between these two vastly different levels of popularity and recognition, there are countless layers of artists grinding to make it to the top, or at least to be recognized on a larger scale. When it comes to an artist like Fbg Duck, I would say he’s pretty happy with where he’s at. He’s very well known around the city of Chicago which is a big deal in and of itself, and I don’t really think he has plans on expanding to a national fanbase. His quasi-local stardom has gained him followers and a very loyal fanbase, and for that, I think he’s pretty well set up to do what he wants in terms of his musical endeavors. As for his most recent release, Duck decided to drop a new song called “Ugly” and a music video to pair with it. Building guitar strums, church bells, crisp percussion, and bouncy, banging …

Avenue – [Junii]

Have you ever discovered an artist and wondered how on earth they aren’t listened to by millions? Detroit native Junii perfectly fits this conundrum. Junii is a 21 year old artist from Detroit, Michigan. Although she is commonly cited for her lyricism, Junii is not your typical artist to categorize. With impeccable rap flow and confidence, Junii’s formula often incorporates a smooth relaxed tempo over the instrumentals she covers. Her ability to not only rap, but to also deliver soulful harmonies and blissful vocals over Hip-Hop and Neo-Soul tracks demonstrates a sheer versatility that is scarce in the mainstream music industry. If you need further convincing of her excellence, Junii’s most defining moment of her career (so far) is winning TDE affiliate Reason’s “Flick it Up” challenge. Junii’s winning submission earned her the luxury of featuring on the “Flick it Up” remix alongside Jah the Great and Dreamville’s Bas. Since then, Junii has been on a roll, releasing her stellar debut EP on digital streaming platforms titled Don’t Stand Too Close, Vol. 1. Junii’s latest offering is a brand new single titled “Avenue.” Produced by enoffmusic, the tranquil instrumental offers a beach-side summer feel; ironically the cover art includes the beach …

Top Shottas Remix – [Birdd Luciano] feat. [HOOD BRAT]

Zabari Collins, stage name Birdd Luciano, continues to keep the street bangers rolling with a “Top Shottas remix,” this time featuring Hood Brat. The original version of “Top Shottas” is a stand out track from his latest project titled Ghetto Blessings. The Chicago native Birdd pairs his melodic flow to match the dancehall vibe the instrumental radiates, creating an island-inspired sensation accompanied with a hardcore edge. However, don’t let the smooth reggae vibes fool you; Luciano’s rap verses are highly energetic with a fiercely aggressive flow. For the feature, VH1’s Love and Hip Hop Cast Member & Miami rapper Hood Brat comes through with intense clear cut rapping and witty wordplay. Brat’s delivery offers a diverse flair, but still blends well with Birdd’s style. Although I heavily enjoyed listening to both versions, this remix was certainly needed, considering the original lasts just one minute and forty seconds. Birdd Luciano continues to prove he is an artist to watch in the music industry, and is working non-stop to pave his own lane. If Luciano decides to make similar records in the near-future, I would love to see him work with well-known reggae, afrobeat, and dancehall artists such as Chronixx, Tekno, and Protoje. Enjoy …

No Foolin’ (Post Panic: Prelude)- [Navy Blue]

Ever since Earl Sweatshirt notoriously switched up his style entirely and went with a more abstract concept that takes a lot more time and brainpower to sift through in order to get a deeper meaning, he has influenced other artists to follow suit. While some day-one Earl fans don’t understand this creative expression and therefore they’d rather stick to his classic albums, I for one am a big fan of this new style. It can be tough to comprehend at first, but the wild timestamps and intricate messages bring out a much more musically complex offering than ever before. Now, I only mention this because he has influenced other rappers to do the same, including his friend and collaborator Sage Elsesser who goes by the moniker Navy Blue. Navy Blue is still relatively new to the world of making music, but if you didn’t know that prior to diving into one of his songs, you’d have no idea. His sophisticated flows, interesting messages, and unique instrumentals give off the impression that he’s been working on his craft for years, when in all reality that’s just not the case. After his debut project, Ada Irin dropped earlier this year, his music started …

Outlawz – [Terror Reid] ft. [Pouya]

Throughout my life as a Rap fan, I’ve been put on to different artists in various different ways. Some artists I’ve been put on to by friends, others I’ve come across on social media, or maybe I learned about them because they were featured on a song with an artist I was a fan of and was impressed enough to dive into their individual music. Getter is a musician that I came across in a very unique way, however. Considering I’m a huge fan of Nick Colletti’s online presence and they’re good friends, I took a liking to his antics within random YouTube videos I’d watch before finally deciding that I needed to check out his music. While I’m not a huge EDM fan, some of his songs felt overwhelming at times, but I quickly realized he worked with $uicideboy$, Pouya, and a lot of other artists who I’ve been a fan of for years, so that’s when I really started to enjoy his dynamic abilities as a producer. His ability to make a ridiculous variety of sounds across multiple genres always drew me in, but his skills don’t just stop there. He’s also an abundantly talented rapper, using the …