284 posts by

Jack Gregory

Jack Gregory is an nineteen-year-old writer from Nashville, TN. Find him on Twitter @gackjregory.

284 posts by

Jack Gregory

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The Man on the Moon – [WalknTalknCheck]

By Jack Gregory // 12 Nov 2020

Nashvillle, Tennessee is without question one of the most exciting cities as far as emerging talent is concerned coming from a market not traditionally synonymous with having a thriving hip-hop scene but that paradigm is beginning to shift, much in part to a resurgence in the popularity of the music coming from the city thanks to young people in the city making and consuming great music made locally. WalknTalknCheck is a face coming off of the eastside who came flying onto my radar this year with his unforgettable debut project Aite Come On that showcased his incredibly diverse talent from his flows to lyrical abilities and most obviously his captivating vocals. He is back today with a new mixtape entitled The Man on the Moon that shows check experiment sonically a great deal, hopping on massively atmospheric beats that are cinematic in tempo and layout, allowing Check to tell his story with his unique and groundbreaking writing style that he has developed even further from his debut. The title track is one of my favorites from the tape and we hear him pour his heart out over the spacey and slower-paced instrumental, delivering an outpouring of emotion purely derived from him impassioned vocal …

DOJO – [Black Fortune]

By Jack Gregory // 11 Nov 2020

Maryland rapper Black Fortune is without question one of the most naturally gifted artists in the entire rap landscape now, towering atop his competition as a vocalist who is able to create melodies and hit-notes that his peers could not even dream of while also having more bars and flows than most of his counterparts, skating over just about any beat you put him on, from the glitteriest commercial trap to ominous drill tracks like his collaboration with Fivio Foreign we covered a few months back. His latest song and video for “DOJO” is just about the most turnt-up offering Fortune has given us yet, taking a trunk-rattling beat complete with a trunk-rattling instrumental with a distinctly Asian woodwind sample. Fortune is first-rate in both the categories of lyrics and meter as he spits his lyrically dense bars in tongue-twister fashion and works the beat for absolutely everything he can get out of it. His punchlines are both hilarious and intimidated and oftentimes both at the same time. There is literally nothing that Black Fortune cannot do and that is exactly why he is one of my favorite artists out.

DOA SKE – [Ganz] x [Lil Queze]

By Jack Gregory // 11 Nov 2020

Nashville’s rap scene has been rapidly heating up all 2020 long much in part to the continued success and consistent musical output that the Street Konnected Everywhere, or SKE, crew has been able to do and it has been almost two decades since Nashville has seen a duo this on fire. Their rise to notoriety has been distinctly Nashville, with their way being paved by Nashville producers, engineers, videographers, and everything else, and have gotten further by themselves than any other Nashville artists in almost ten years. Lil Queze and Ganz have together created the sound that can only be associated with Nashville that takes distinct influence from Memphis, Detroit, Baton Rouge, and many other other regional flavors, but can only be recognized at this point as the Nashville sound. Today Ganz and Queze linked up with Memphis giant Tay Keith for a new track titled “DOA SKE” which is a huge moment for Nashville rap that has existed in Memphis’s enormous shadow since the early 1990’s but the ’20s are looking like the era where Nashville is able to begin to assert themselves on equal footing. Memphis videographer Zach Hurth came to the Music City to shoot this video …

2 Cups – [TopNotch Zion]

By Jack Gregory // 11 Nov 2020

Atlanta is America’s number-one breeding ground for rappers and has been for years now and unfortunately all too often so many great artists from this city are overshadowed by the sheer volume of other artistic talent that is all around them and many of the city’s most gifted are left ignored, and while that may be the case for TopNotch Zion right now I do not imagine that it will stay that way. He and Cam Beats connected again, this time for a new song and visual for “2 Cups” that YM the Director brought to life and Zion walked all over. His voice and flow both stand out and he seems to really understand his voice well, hitting all of the right notes even though he actually is never really singing, which is often the mark of a great artist. TopNotch Zion is one of my favorite Atlanta artists that you probably haven’t had the privilege of hearing yet but I would highly recommend you changing that as soon as possible.

Alter Ego – [CEO Trayle]

By Jack Gregory // 8 Nov 2020

A few months ago I was driving and accidentally dropped my phone underneath my seat, I probably had another fifteen minutes in the car before I got to where I was going and couldn’t reach under and grab it because it had slid all the way under. I was pissed. I didn’t really like the song I was listening to at the time and I knew I was doomed to get shuffled around until I reached my destination, but about two songs in I could have not been more ecstatic that this happened because of the song that was randomly played next from CEO Trayle entitled “Ok Cool” which is the ultimate breakup rap song but is not corny in the slightest and is rather incredibly heartfelt and well-written while building this intriguing persona that is CEO Trayle. He makes it known is a gangster first and foremost but is also hilarious and highly observant which are in many ways the perfect elements to creating a prototypical rapper. This song has definitely served as his breakout track to this point in his career but is definitely not even close to reaching its peak yet, but last week Trayle dropped his …

Life of a Young N*gga – [Lil Charles]

By Jack Gregory // 8 Nov 2020

Birmingham is certainly starting to earn their new reputation as a sort of ‘New Atlanta’ if you will that many around the city have helped use as a model for now to bring the same kind of relevance to their scene and much like their neighbors to the east, Birmingham is producing new names and faces in their rap scene on a daily basis to the point where it is hard to keep up with. Lil Charles is an artist I have been aware of for a while now but for whatever reason have never gotten around to writing about him. Lil Charles has an endless bag of flows and can rap circles around just about any beat while switching up flows every few bars all while sounding cool from his distinctive Birmingham drawl. He and Carlilse Jones recently met up to bring his track “Life of a Young N*gga” to life over Tuscaloosa producer Taz’s anthemic and disjointed production. Lil Charles is definitely in his mode on this one and instead of just regurgitating the same ‘sliding’ shit that many of his contemporaries do Charles instead makes sure to talk specifically about his own life and struggles while also …

No Fifties (Remix) – [Baby Plug] feat. [Lil Keed] [Lil Gotit]

By Jack Gregory // 8 Nov 2020

Bloggers always talk about how many artists are coming out of Atlanta and while the staggering number of incredible artists from the city is certainly reality there are still a seldom few that shine even in the massive pond that is Atlanta, and surging from the city’s famed East Side is Baby Plug who has for almost two years now dominated Atlanta’s underground sound and has a formidable youthful audience to show for it. Today he unveiled his new album Let Me Pop My Shit 2 which was a fantastic addition to the already sizable catalog that BP has been building, complete with a remix to one of Plug’s first breakout tracks, “No Fifties” which is honestly still my favorite song yet from him with quest verses from Lil Keed and Lil Gotit to help boost the song’s popularity. Baby Plug opens over the violin powered Section8 produced instrumental with the iconic bar “Fuckin a booster she gettin’ me clothes, Beam with Rooster we loosen the knob on them doors, Glock 19 with one in the nose its on me but nobody knows,” which was the goosebump inducing line that sold me on BP’s lyrical ability in the first place, although his …

Clear The Perimeter – [Big YAYA]

By Jack Gregory // 8 Nov 2020

Hollis, Queens rapper Big YAYA is back with another new visual today for his futuristic drill track “Clear The Perimeter” that definitely borrows a good deal of percussive elements from the new de-facto sound of the Big Apple, but is discombobulated and distorted in such a way that somehow manages to make the drill sound even more chaotic. YAYA and his Woodhull Avenue counterparts however are far from your average drill artists and even on drill-beats rap circles around their competitors who are still spitting nursery-rhyme bars. Instead of this weak and uninspired sound, YAYA is able to make his own sound that is certainly rooted in New York but is made unique between his tongue twisting flow and own ‘Grinchinese’ lingo that has been used by YAYA, Shawny Binladen, Dee Aura, and a couple of other artists I am sure that is beginning to be co-opted and used by many other artists, NYC and beyond. From ‘Mata’ to ‘Figi’ and even the way in which artists are starting to come at beats their influence is obvious and it is clear, at least to me, that they are the hardest artists currently in the New York streets. I am really …

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