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She Want Some More – [Internet Money] ft. [Ken Car$on] & [Lil Tecca]

When considering different powerhouses in the hip-hop industry currently, the list doesn’t extend very far at all without Internet Money coming into the discussion. The collective of producers took over a handful of years ago, and it seems like ever since, they have had a hand in some of the biggest hits in the business, so it’s obvious that they’re not ones to mess with. They also have a select few artists that they regularly work with on a variety of projects, and even though these emcees are people we’ve come to expect to work with IM, they never fail to impress every time they drop something new. I have been waiting patiently for a follow-up to the label’s next big project after their massively successful 2020 debut album B4 THE STORM, and even with the release of countless bangers ever since, I don’t know if I’ve been as excited about anything as I am for their upcoming EP WE ALL WE GOT which is set to release on August 18th. The tape will feature 6 songs and include artists like Lucki, Destroy Lonely, Yeat, Lil Yachty, and more, and the collective’s brand-new single “She Want Some More” featuring Ken …

The End – [Ken Car$on]

There is no denying Playboi Carti’s influence on the mainstream rap world. So many casual hip-hop fans may have not vibed with him back when he popularized the baby voice and had such a unique, individualistic style, but songs like “Magnolia” and “wokeuplikethis*” would have anyone in the right mind thinking that he was a star. Ever since he created his record label Opium back in 2019, it seems like he has really leaned into the rockstar persona that he was showing off, and this label is something that took off much more than I ever thought imaginable. This label is home to artists like Destroy Lonely, Ken Car$on, F1LTHY, Homixide Gang, and a handful of others, and even though it seems like some of these roster members may diverge from the classic sound that Carti became known for, I feel like it makes this endeavor much more well-rounded and exciting to pay attention to by far. I have said it before, but I’ll say it again that Ken Car$on is definitely one of my favorite rising emcees, and with the announcement of his upcoming album X slated to release this Friday, July 8th, I think he will have been …

Bloodbath – [Austin Skinner]

Austin Skinner isn’t just the homie, but if you’re somehow unfamiliar with the Virginia-born emcee, you need to know that he is one of the most compelling and entertaining artists in the entire underground music scene, and he has been making his own waves for quite a few years, at this point. He has worked with some extremely notable names throughout the years, and he always shines on these songs whether he’s the feature or he has the other artists as guests, but somehow the mainstream industry has overlooked his talents, and it’s about damn time that they start to listen up and pay him the respect that he deserves. Well, if you didn’t already hear about it, Austin has a project called Rich Junkies dropping in just two short days, and considering this album has a whopping 34 songs on it, this isn’t your average, run of the mill mixtape, and I think it’s going to open people’s eyes to the potential and skillset that Austin has been showing off for years. Normally, I wouldn’t be too hyped about this lengthy of a project because it’s just too long in the current day and age of music, but he …

PSA – [DC the Don]

If you didn’t already know, DC the Don is definitely one of my all-time favorite up-and-comers right now, and my admiration for the young talent continuously grows every time he drops something new because he never disappoints even a little bit. He is able to mash so many different genres into one including emo, punk, rap, hyperpop, trap, and more, so although I never expected to appreciate him nearly as much as I do when I first found out about him, these genres are some of my absolute favorites, so it only makes sense that I can’t get enough of his sound. In the same breath, he doesn’t overdo any of these things to the point of boxing himself in, so I think it is beyond easy for any fan of hip-hop to get into his music and see just how talented he is. As he prepares for his next project My Own Worst Enemy to drop at the end of this week, he is back with another track produced by Maajins called “PAS” alongside a music video that is perfect yet again. Directed by Eddy 7.8, the Milwaukee hitmaker finds himself back in the halls of high school, and …

Alone at Prom – [Tory Lanez]

Toronto hip-hop mogul Tory Lanez is back with another project, this time with a unique and flavorful tracklist that’ll bring Millennials back to prom night. The piece is masterful, with beautiful retro synths and electronically filtered vocals that make anybody listening want to put on their dancing shoes and bell-bottoms. Tory opens up with one of my favorites of the album in “Enchanted Waterfall.” His distinctive falsetto on a bouncy chorus had me tapping my feet erratically in this all-too-quiet coffee shop. “Won’t you let me know, ’cause I’m still stuck on you.” Tory cries pleading messages of love/lust as the track seems to shout across the gym hoping for her to notice and take his hand in dance. “Pink Dolphin Sunset,” “Lavender Sunflower,” and “The Color Violet” are perfectly named for the auras they give off, with a light, bubbly feel that could easily fool any unrhythmic white guy such as myself into thinking they can dance. These tracks are the ones that start to build your confidence as you muster up the courage to go ask for her hand in dance. A two-minute masterpiece, “Midnight’s Interlude” gives layered vocals with an electronic filter that I couldn’t stop bobbing …

Stick Baby – [Lil Gnar]

It didn’t take very long at all for Lil Gnar to take over the rap game once he first started, and ever since, he has seriously taken things to new levels. Obviously, he is an empire on his own, going from skateboarding and creating his own massively successful streetwear brand before dipping his toes into the rap scene, and it seriously seems like no matter what venture he might try and get into, it’s going to turn out successful regardless of the situation. Ever since he first hopped in the booth, Gnar has only gotten better with time, going from creating some basic yet catchy bangers to much more intricate, methodical hits that always show off his dexterity and versatility. No matter what instrumental he gets on, he is always at the top of his game, and it makes me believe that there isn’t a style out there that he can’t adjust to and absolutely kill. Thanks to his natural talents, Gnar has landed features from artists like Trippie Redd, Ski Mask the Slump God, Chief Keef, Lil Skies, Craig Xen, and countless other hitmakers, and even with the pressure of possibly being overshadowed by some of these emcees, Gnar …

Range – [Kaixan] x [Crusifye]

In a grander online music scene that is seeing more and more divergences from what used to be the norm of intense, in-your-face, and convincingly grimey stylistics from a purely hip-hop perspective, those who are still embodying that spirit with a nuanced tone and style are truly standing out among the rest of the pack from both angles. On one end, there are artists who have completely ditched the sounds of yesterday and have moved on with what can be considered “today’s sound” — but on the other end, there are those who are still stuck in the realms of the past and have not adapted as they most likely should have by now.   But to say that an artist like Kaixan has both moved forward with a relevant tone while also keeping those once-standard facets still near and dear to their heart and corresponding artistry all the same would be nothing short of an understatement. The Graveem1nd founder has been laying down tried and true hip-hop offerings that are equal parts boundary-pushing and forward-thinking as they are reminiscent of those who came before them in the process.    Their most recent single “Range” is a brilliant example of …

After Hours – [The Weeknd]

Take off my disguise. I’m living someone else’s life. Suppressing who I was inside. -The Weeknd on “Alone Again” When The Weeknd dropped his single “Heartless” back in November of 2019, in my original write up, I stated “The Weeknd is way too calculated for this to just be a one-and-done”. That statement alone, followed by what we have been witnessing for the past three, almost four months, has been nothing but the perfect setup to debut his next body of work. After being relatively silent since the release of his last debut album “Starboy” in 2016, and his “My Dear Melancholy,” back in 2018, fans were long overdue for a new full-length project from The Weeknd. After months of visuals, singles, late-night television appearances, promo and all, our eardrums have finally been blessed with the newest release from The Weeknd, After Hours. The traditional album rollout has not been as prominent in the landscape of the music industry as of late. Many artists lock in for some months, cook up some music, and announce a project weeks, sometimes hours before release. While this may work for some, others may not be afforded that luxury. While The Weeknd definitely has enough …

Heartless – [The Weeknd]

Very seldom do we get an artist that can go ghost for weeks, months, sometimes years, and be able to come back with a single and shake up the entire industry. Out of the few that do this, The Weeknd is one of them–and he is back right before the years closing with a single “Heartless”. This week was the three year anniversary of his last full-length album Starboy, and the last we have seen of him since then was his EP in 2018 My Dear Melancholy, and his feature on “Lost in the Fire” with Gesaffelstein. Since then, he’s been relatively quiet in the realm of music due to the fact that he was filming a new movie with Adam Sandler. Alongside that, he had his breakup with Selena Gomez to deal with, and his on and off relationship with supermodel Bella Hadid. Amidst of everything going on, The Weeknd has been locked in and in album mode for a long time, and what we are witnessing is the very beginning of what he and fans call Chapter VI. Produced by mega producer Metro Boomin’ and day one collaborator Illangelo, The Weeknd sets the tone high on this one with an uptempo …

Secrets – [The Weeknd]

Another day, another amazing “Starboy” visual from The Weeknd. In case you forgot, the Toronto product’s third studio-album skyrocketed to #1 on the Billboard 200 charts in 2016, and since then, he has let loose several amazing music videos like this one for “Secrets.” Set in a trippy elevator-filled building, the Pedro Martin Calero-directed cut is full of beautiful shots as The Weeknd can be seen venturing through transparent elevators and winding staircases while a girl seems to search for him. But much like his other cinematics from the album, it’s very difficult to find the meaning or message behind his visuals, which undoubtedly keeps his fan base hungry for more mysterious experiences. Don’t let me spoil this one for you though, peep the new “Secrets” video below and let us know what you thought about it in the comments section!