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Uh uh – [Pretty V]

Though the UK music scene can often be written off as overly insular, those with their ear to the ground know just how much ingenuity and originality flows through England’s veins – and Pretty V is no exception. Formerly known as v7backin2007, this week the 20 year old UK artist returns with a new moniker and single “Uh uh” – a genre-blurring banger that sounds like the unholy synthesis of plugg and cloud rap with a dash of UK style woven into it. Over a colorful and carefree mix, Pretty V’s lo-fi rapping draws comparisons to artists like Yung Lean or Bladee while still carving out a lane of his own. “Uh uh”‘s visual amplifies Pretty V’s dreamlike energy to borderline hypnotic levels, resulting in an anthem that will be sure to colonize your weekly rotation in no time. Though Pretty V’s kept a pretty low profile as of late, he’s kept himself busy recording his next project Forever (slated for release this September), and touring with NY hip-hop favorite MIKE last year. With more music coming down the pipeline soon, now might be your last chance to be an early Pretty V fan – so make sure “Uh uh” receives …

Seddy Hendrinx Interview: Well Prepared, Well Preserved & ‘Well Sed’

“Once I saw that I had a way out, it was all in from that point and I never let up. Getting that love in my city really fueled me, man. That’s where I get all the love. Duval 904. I felt like if I could make it in Duval and my city could get behind me, then I’m straight.” -Seddy Hendrinx Photo Credit: @shotbydecat When it comes to the rap scene out of Florida, most would instantly gravitate towards the gritty and gutter style of rap that has come out of there as of late. Names such as Yungeen Ace, Stopemgottem, and Nardo Wick would be amongst the ones who are sporting that rugged and authentic style of rap. However, once there is an artist that blossoms from a city known for a specific sound, and they don’t come out sporting that sound, that instantly makes you stand out amongst the pack. That alone can draw people’s attention to what you have to say and the matter in which you say it. Straight out of Duval County, Seddy Hendrinx is an artist that has been making a ton of impact within the Jacksonville scene for years now. Placing a huge …

Paradise Lost – [Yung Lean] ft. [Ant Wan]

For more years than I even realize, Yung Lean has been an absolute star, trendsetter, and tastemaker, but in the grand scheme of things, I know that I was late to the party considering I hopped on the bandwagon only about four or five years ago. I mean, I knew he was a big deal but the fact that he was able to make such a splash in the scene in the United States all the way from Sweden, which wasn’t nearly as easy to do back then as it is now, that’s something that I have to tip my cap to. I also don’t know if I even fully grasped his notoriety until he announced a show in Chicago months from now in December, and even though I was waiting right on time to buy tickets, they instantly sold out, leaving me ticket-less and sad, but excited for his accomplishments at the same time. His album Stardust was yet another insanely addicting collection of spacey hits, and while I enjoyed every track as well as all of the features as well, I was definitely super thrilled to see that he dropped a video for his song “Paradise Lost” featuring …

I’m Fresh – [Thaiboy Digital]

Underground music has always been much more progressive and boundary-pushing than anything in the mainstream has ever been or even claimed to be, and that has remained true for years and years. I mean, the underground scene in the United States has always brought some of my all-time favorite artists to my attention in some of the most unexpected ways, but when it comes to the artists overseas in certain countries, I think they take creativity to a whole other level. The grime scene in England is definitely super captivating for me, but I think out of every place in Europe, the artists who came up in Sweden have been more influential than anyone else for me personally. I mean, Yung Lean is truly a trailblazer and an innovator, and Drain Gang has put out some of the wildest and most entertaining music in the history of hip-hop, in my opinion, so whenever someone from this European country drops music, I am surely going to listen. Drain Gang standout Thaiboy Digital is definitely as worldly as most artists come, and his latest Whitearmor-produced track “I’m Fresh” proves that tenfold, especially with the accompanying music video shot by Gus Reichwald. The …

tabula rasa – [Mercury]

The only things I love more than risks are the artists that take them. I admire them so much it’s almost a character flaw – I’m quick to yell “BORING!” at shameless Olivia Roderigo clones, Travis $cott wannabes, and people more concerned with clout chasing than pushing our cultural canon further. While working through my backlog, the sacred gods of music blessed my ears with tabula rasa – the newest LP from Atlanta rapper Mercury. In a world of mimics and mirrors Mercury stands alone – weaving together alien melodies and forward-thinking production with writing so full of charm that I literally could not add tabula rasa to my rotation fast enough. From the project’s minimalistic and Southern-flavored “500 DEGREEZ” to the foreboding ambiance of “HEAVY”, Mercury has me reaching for a fucking thesaurus trying to find words to describe her sound. It’s impossible to truly compare her to anyone because no one out there is doing it quite like she is – maybe she’s like if all Doechii listened to growing up was Negative Gemini, Tommy Genesis and Yung Lean. There are so many high points on tabula rasa – and from her own performances to her guest features DavidTheTragic, Jelani …

Bliss – [Yung Lean] ft. [FKA Twigs]

Not very long ago at all, I wrote about a new Yung Lean song called “Trip”, and this instantly became a track that I have listened to multiple times every day because it’s just that good. What I didn’t realize when I wrote about it was the fact that it was actually going to be featured on Lean’s project Stardust that came out yesterday, so I couldn’t contain my excitement when I learned that we were gifted 12 brand-new songs from the Swedish icon. Running around 35 minutes long, this album features guests ranging from Bladee, Ecco2k, and Thaiboy Digital to Skrillex and FKA Twigs, and every single person that joined Lean definitely contributed in a massive way to make this album as fantastic as possible. I have only had time to listen through this album once so far, but I loved what I heard and can’t wait to dive even deeper into the mind of Yung Lean, but while I wait for more opportunities to do so, I cold resist talking about his music video for “Bliss” which is the project’s opener featuring FKA Twigs. Directed by Aidan Zamiri, this one stays consistent with most of Lean’s videos since …

Get Refreshed: Blogger’s Choice Vol.1

“Get Refreshed” is a monthly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here. I Don’t Have The Stamina For This Blogging Shit Billy Bugara Hi. I’m back, and this time I brought my friends. So… I feel like this column could use a lot less Me every once in a while. I don’t treat blogging like a sport; I barely even blog at all. But even still, I know damn well that blogging isn’t really where I strive compared to others, and that’s okay! I have to write research papers every day… we are simply not the same. In all seriousness, I do want to explain what’s going on here before we jump into things. I am a person of platforming, a platforming person, if you will (it is my job for SoundCloud, after all). I just really enjoy turning the spotlight towards those who deserve it most. Most of the time – all of the time, really – I’m featuring musicians. But what about turning this spotlight towards other people who like to… spotlight musicians as well? Is this really ever done? Not often! Can it be done? Should it be done? Yes and yes! …

Trip – [Yung Lean]

As I get further into the world of hyperpop, I realize more and more how artists seem to gain inspiration from Swedish trendsetters like Yung Lean, Bladee, and Drain Gang. While Lean is someone that has been a massive fan of for years, I feel like my admiration for his artistry has grown as I have gotten older, because I went from being a teenager who just liked how obscure his sound was to an adult who truly understood the artistic integrity and innovative styles he has nurtured into what they have become today. While it’s crazy to think that he saw a surge in fandom because of a Gen Z platform like TikTok, I am never going to be mad that one of my favorite underground emcees is receiving more love, even if it is just for some trend that is here today and gone tomorrow. I have been patiently waiting for a follow-up to his 2020 hit album Starz, which is my personal favorite project from the Swedish icon, and when I saw that he finally broke his hiatus with the release of his song “Trip” as well as a Gus Reichwald-directed music video, I stopped in my …

Motown Music – [Babyface Ray]

It seemed like the artists in Detroit were scratching and clawing for years to find their way to the top of the rap world, so I am beyond excited that they’re finally receiving the respect that they so rightfully deserve. At the same time, I feel like once this very particular style of music was popularized, so many others started to rip off their style, flows, and art, which happens in every genre there is, but it is really easy to see the fakers in this style of hip-hop. One person who seems to have received many more accolades than many of his other Motor City counterparts is Babyface Ray, and rightfully so, because he is as versatile and unique as they come, but he always stays true to himself and never tries to be something he’s not. His latest album FACE which dropped earlier this year makes this as abundantly clear as possible, and after landing at #31 on the Billboard Top 200, I think it’s safe to say that Ray is a bonified star. Although this project came with a slew of features including Pusha T, Yung Lean, G Herbo, and other legends, Ray decided to tap in …

Antisocial 3 Freestyle – [UnoTheActivist]

Lyrical Lemonade fam – What’s our nighttime routine looking like? Do you hop into bed with your full day-face on? Are we exfoliating? Cleansing? Moisturizing? It seems like everybody’s ritual is different, mine included. Every night I go to my BabySantana shrine and pray that we get another “Antisocial” remix. I light my custom BabySantana candles, clutch my Slump6s rosary, and I try as hard as I can to manifest something from the great beyond. After hearing last year’s Slump6s-assisted “Antisocial”, and its subsequent remix featuring artists from Yung Fazo to SSGKobe, I’ve spent at least 30 minutes of every evening manifesting just one more remix. One more dose of the hellraising chaos that only that mix could bring out of an artist. I’m not a religious person, but I’ve been left ravenous for something that I thought I’d never get, leaving a hole that would never be filled. This week, however, my prayers were answered, as none other than UnoTheActivist returned with what may be the final remix to the BabySantana track, “Antisocial 3 freestyle”. Please believe me when I tell you, from the bottom of my heart, it was worth the wait. Off the heels of the Madeintyo …