DND – [Mere Raj]

Mere Raj is a 23-year-old, DIY, bedroom R&B artist out of South Carolina with an enticing new single entitled “DND.” His second official release comes jammed packed with some home run melodies and applicable lyrical content that has should lure listeners into mashing repeat. Mere is so talented vocally and production-wise. Yes, Mere produces most of his own music. If you’re fans of acts like Don Doliver or Kevin George then Mere Raj should be right up your alley. The eerie guitar riffs combine with the 808’s are fitting instrumentation as they flow together with Mere’s vocals seamlessly. The concept of “DND” is obviously based on the acronym Do Not Disturb, in which Mere croons that it’s too late to hit him up now that he’s in a better place. Mere Raj is only going to get better as he continues to release more and more music. Stream Mere Raj newest offering “DND” for yourself after the break.

A Conversation with Giveon: Success of His Debut EP ‘Take Time’, Early Begininngs, “Chicago Freestyle” and More

“It’s crazy because about fifteen months ago, I was a server at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. To come from that, to where I am now was just amazing to see. -Giveon The journey to becoming a musician can be something that can be very difficult to venture. There are many aspects to consider when you start with that initial thought or dream. What will your sound be? Who are you inspired by? What do you hope to leave the fans with? These questions and many more are some of the things that come to the minds of artists all around the world who may be sitting in their car on their lunch break-trying to find a way out of their hard times. One of the most important questions of all, is how will I be differentiated from my peers? Giveon, the rising star out of Long Beach, California has asked himself each and every one of these questions and then some. What we are witnessing right before our eyes, is the blossoming if the next music sensation that will begin to take over the industry, one harmony at a time.  Giveon’s initial burst into the musical realm came from a …

Can’t Feel Shit – [BIGBABYGUCCI]

Recently, I’ve been hearing a lot of people talk about how ridiculous it is that so many artists have the word baby somewhere in their name. What I think is even more ridiculous than this is the people making these comments, because most talents with that word in their name are making some of the best music out right now. Whether you’re talking about Massive names like Lil Baby or DaBaby, or smaller names that still have enormous talents like Baby Keem or BBY GOYARD, the range of styles and just overall skills are clearly plentiful. BIGBABYGUCCI is one of these artists who are still on the come up, grinding to make a name for himself in the industry, but the underground scene has been messing with him for quite a while at this point. After releasing his lengthier mixtape Teen Spirit about a month ago, he dropped what might’ve been some cuts he had to make, bringing them together to create a short EP entitled Dead After Teen Spirit just a couple of weeks later. Although I’m a bit late to the party here, he also just dropped a new music video for the EP’s last track “Can’t Feel …

Different Day – [NLE Choppa]

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching NLE Choppa’s come up over the last year or so. In all honesty at the beginning, I kind of thought he was just another rapper whose wild persona and energetic disposition was going to bring him success on a few songs, and then he’d struggle to continue progressing within his Rap career. I’m beyond happy that he has proven me completely wrong and he is more than just an energetic young artist with basically no depth or complexity to his music, which is the case for certain other up and comers in the industry. He has not only proven that he can create bangers and party anthems, but he can collaborate with talents who create different styles of Hip-Hop and he also knows how to tell a story. That might sound simple, but it goes a long way if you can come off as genuine and honest about the words you speak because if listeners don’t believe the words you’re saying, it’s that much harder to come off as an authentic and realistic artist. Lil Baby has a very similar skillset as Choppa because he can clearly make hits while also sharing certain encounters he has …

Death of Me – [GBF DaDa]

Birmingham, AL rapper GBF DaDa returns with a new mixtape titled Death of Me that is simultaneously grimy while also maintaining a level of both emotional introspection and southern-drawl laced melodies.  The title track is aggressive in nature but this is juxtaposed by DaDa’s velvety and impassioned vocals, all while preaching streetwise lyrics about murder and loss. He tapped his GBF collaborator, GBF King, to feature on track four “Done Deal” who supplies a bellicose guest verse alongside DaDa who carries the track with his catchy chorus. “Deep In” is one of the most transparent songs off of the record, lamenting losses taken in the streets and in his personal life, and Death of Me ends with uplifting and rousing “Heal Me” which was one of the most well-written cuts from the record. I was very impressed with this mixtape and I am eager to see what GBF DaDa has up his sleeve next.

Flight Risk – [Trapperman Dale]

West Nashville MC Trapperman Dale is back with a new mixtape titled Flight Risk that per usual continues Dale’s string of releases that are packed with lyrical treats and grimy streetwise bars that only get more creative and specific as time goes on. His production on this record stayed within his typical wheelhouse of producers, having beats come from the likes of Nashville icons such as Greedy Money and Bandplay who have both helped Dale find and hone his sound over the past four years since he burst onto the scene with his Fidale Castro release. This is yet another lyrically dense full-length release from Trapperman Dale and he has simultaneously been a model of both consistency and excellent wordplay that requires unwavering attention to detail and continually prove Dale’s trap prowess, spitting bars that are sure to go over-heads if you aren’t paying attention.

Interview: Inside Kota the Friend’s ‘Everything’

Kota the Friend details the process behind his new album ‘Everything’, the impact of fatherhood on his life, and offers advice to artists trying to make it work on their own in our latest interview.

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 …

Our 50 Favorite Joey Bada$$ Songs

Every once in a blue moon, an artist will come by in hip-hop that bridges the ever-dividing gap between the new and the old – someone who embodies the best of both, and someone that everyone can agree on. Joey Bada$$ and the Pro Era crew were just that when they first came out. Employing a 90s-influenced style and a classic aesthetic that inspired a generation of artists in New York and beyond, Pro Era had the technical skill and “pure hip-hop” lyricism that one would expect from a 90s act, while they also possessed a sense for style, sound, and group comradery that resonated with current-day listeners. It was an incredible marriage of innovation and influence that came from a crew of artists talented and wise beyond their years, spearheaded by none other than Joey Bada$$: an artist now with several undeniable classics to his name, all the way from pure-as-it-gets hip-hop tracks to high-flying, radio-ready anthems. Frankly, Joey Bada$$ has done it all, and his still-growing contributions to hip-hop – aesthetically, lyrically, sonically, and otherwise – are not to be underestimated. Not often do we get a talent of Joey’s caliber that fans of any age can get behind, …

Off Shit – [Black Fortune] ft. [Fivio Foreign]

Black Fortune has been making noise in the DMV for quite some time now and it seems like he is finally poised to make a mainstream run in the coming years, and perhaps as much as any other rapper in the industry, his versatility is a marvel to behold. The latest case of this is his Fivio Foreign featuring drill record “Off Shit” which pairs Fortune with the Brooklyn rapper and the end product was nothing short of ‘viral.’ Black Fortune snaps per usual, implementing both streetwise, grimy lyrics along with more lighthearted and playful bars mixed in as well, which naturally paired well with Fivio who is one of the most personality-filled rappers in the game. I am going to be interested to see if Black Fortune tries to expand upon this drill sound any further, as he sounded perfectly at home over this instrumental.