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060433 – [BabySantana] ft. [Slump6s]

Last year, we had the pleasure of watching some up-and-comers break through the barriers that were once placed on them and achieve massive successes, and seeing this first-hand is truly a spectacle. Artists like Yeat, glaive, $NOT, SSGKobe, SoFaygo, and too many others to name began making waves quite some time ago, but it wasn’t until last year that they truly took things to the next level and popped off. One of my favorite parts about the current state of hip-hop is the fact that it seems like the average age of artists consistently declines, and some high school teenagers are truly making noise. I believe this is because they just don’t care what others think of them or the box that other people believe they should be confined to, so busting through barriers and creating some of the most unique and inventive sounds in the industry is something that shouldn’t come as a surprise due to their youthfulness, and it should be celebrated with every chance we get. When having a conversation about the top talents who broke through last year, BabySantana and Slump6s are essential talking points, and even though I still have a lot of personal familiarizing …

Facetime Calls – [Kuttem Reese]

I feel like I’m beating a dead horse at this point, but I seriously can’t go a week it seems without writing about another artist from Florida, and that’s something that I seriously can’t wait to do. This region is simply full of some of the most talented emcees in the entire game, and it seems like they’re in their own little world down there. Whether they’re artists like Kodak Black, Hotboii, or 9lokknine, or other talents like Pouya, Denzel Curry, $NOT, or Ski Mask the Slump God, they all have one thing in common, and that’s the fact that their work ethic is unmatched. Some of these artists may have a similar accent or drawl within their music, but that is basically the extent of their similarities because even if they make a comparable style of music, they always incorporate so much personality and individuality into their songs that comparisons can’t be thrown around easily whatsoever. Out of all the artists I can think of from the southern state, Kuttem Reese is one who has such a specific sound and journey that he simply can’t be ignored. Considering he’s relatively new to the music scene, it’s crazy to think …

Gaia – [Kevin Kazi]

Ever since I first got heavily involved and invested in the underground music scene, there are a few artists that I credit for truly opening my mind and helping me realize that nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it, and boundaries are only boundaries if you let them restrict you. Out of all the artists that flood my mind when thinking back to my early days in hip-hop, one name seems to shine brighter than the rest, and that is Kevin Kazi. After making music for about a half-decade, Kevin has become a talent that has run the gamut of different sounds, styles, and innovative creations, and this only seems to get more and more impressive as he progresses throughout his career. Over the years, Kevin has worked with some of my other favorite artists including the late 6 Dogs, Tommy Ice, Keshore, $NOT, and so many others, yet he always brings his own unique flair to the party and never lets any verse fall flat for even a moment. While it seems like he has become a bit more elusive as the years have gone on, this year has been a fruitful one for the Atlanta …

I Really – [Hotboii] ft. [42 Dugg] & [Moneybagg Yo]

I’ve been a massive fan of the Florida rap movement for quite some time now, and I never fail to be impressed with the artists that rise from the shadows and prove their worth in this competitive and talented region. Probably, as most people got into the scene, it was through Kodak Black, an artist I don’t necessarily listen to as much anymore, but he really opened my eyes to such a diverse sound that I fell in love with. Then there were artists like XXXtentacion, Ski Mask the Slump God, Pouya, Denzel Curry, $NOT, and so many more, and hearing all of these different sounds made me realize exactly how talented and dexterous these Floridians truly could be. That’s when I was put onto Hotboii, one of the most impressive emcees to call Florida his home, and the rest was history. Not too long ago, Hotboii released his album Life of a Hotboii, a project that boasts 17 sounds that span right around 45 minutes long, and with the help of some guests like 42 Dugg, Moneybagg Yo, Lil Tjay, Kodak Black, and Future, amongst others, this was a project full of heaters that I really appreciated. Luckily, Hotboii …

Adventures of an Addict – [HerDrug]

HerDrug is back in our pages again today after first landing in them earlier this year alongside fellow Atlantan MoneyMakinMyles when the pair collided on their collaborative EP Makin’ Drugs that was my personal introduction to Drug, but his latest project Adventures of an Addict is definitely his most comprehensive and finest work to date, in my opinion. He clearly has really found his sound since we first wrote about him and put together a wonderfully introspective, entertaining, and sonically-varied project that I think will be the jumping off point to him gaining more notoriety in the artist-packed city that is Atlanta. Drug hails from the Southside and has been making, recording, and producing music for years now, steadily perfecting his craft and touching every facet of the creation of his art. Adventures is a ten-track project with no features that gives a very three-dimensional look into HerDrug’s outlook and mind-state, introducing the inquisitive, honest, and very high character that many I am sure will relate to. He received a bulk of production support from Jootsu who has been involved in the creation of many memorable tracks, most notably his track “Tell Em!” with $not and Cochise. HerDrug’s delivery will probably very quickly register to you …

Go – [$NOT]

I feel like with every single new release from $NOT, I find myself consistently enjoying him more and more. I’m just overwhelmed at the fact that he’s seriously one of the most dexterous, versatile artists in the entire music industry, and while way too many people sleep on him, in my personal opinion, his real fans know exactly what kind of skill he brings to the table. This past weekend, I had the pleasure of seeing him live for the second time (my first time being during his insane set at the Summer Smash), and it’s safe to say that his live shows don’t disappoint whatsoever. He had the crowd jumping from the front to the back, getting each and every fan there into every song he performed before even jumping into the crowd and getting a first-hand look at the chaos that was going down in this hoard of people. He also performed a few unreleased songs that got me excited for what is to come, and even though I typically don’t love when artists perform unreleased songs because it can be hard to get into them live without knowing the words or the rhythm, I made an exception …

SHH – [Keshore]

Keshore is an artist I have been covering regularly for quite some time now, and the reasons why run deep. He is one of the most versatile artists in hip-hop right now, giving us songs that run the gamut from r&b to rap to even some electronic inspirations, but the thing about Ke is, he always does so in an out of the box, innovative way that fans might not expect, but we appreciate, nonetheless. Beyond this, his personality is simply unmatched when compared to anyone else because he shows that he’s the life of the party even on tracks that might be slower or more melodic, and this is something that just can’t be taught no matter how hard one may try. This past weekend, I had the pleasure of linking up with Ke as he opened for $NOT on tour at the Patio Theater here in Chicago, and although I had seen copious amounts of videos of him performing, they simply don’t do enough justice and he’s one artist I can say with the utmost confidence that you NEED to see live if he comes through your city. He captivates the entire audience from the front to the …

Zoom! – [1nonly]

As I dive deeper and deeper into the world of music, I notice that there are some names that constantly pop up due to their work with other artists, but I sometimes sleep on solo music, and that’s always on me for not paying more attention. One of these artists specifically is 1nonly, someone I’ve heard on various tracks with Savage Ga$p, and even though I’m legitimately always impressed with his contributions to these songs, I have really failed to dive into his other music, but that ends today. 2020 was a huge year for the Las Vegas native, but with 2021 rapidly approaching its end, 1nonly is making a strong push as well as a case as to why he’s someone you need on your radar, because he is only going to continue making hits, and you don’t want to miss out on a single release from here on out. This push is beginning with his song “Zoom!”, a track that samples the Teriyaki Boyz’ and Pharrell’s infamous track “Tokyo Drift” which was obviously the theme song for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Although others have sampled this record in the past, 1nonly puts his own impressive …

4 Seasons – [Tino Szn]

North Carolina rapper Tino Szn has dropped his first project of the year entitled ‘4 Seasons’. The records on this mixtape work perfectly with the title as Tino is showing different sides to his personality and versatility as an artist. You’ll hear tracks like “Fire Drill” which is a switch up from Tino’s traditional sound and takes more of a drill approach with raw rapping. Then you track like “Pipe It Down” which slows down the tempo on the tape and seems almost like an interlude. If you’re a fan of rappers like Trippie Redd and Lil Uzi Vert, Tino would be a nice artist’s recommendation for you. Tino Szn also has his own sound to where he varies from the two and at 17 years old he’s still improving. What’s even more impressive is that the lone feature is $NOT on the song “Vice” which is a big look for Tino at this point in his career. Stream Tino Szn’s long-awaited mixtape ‘4 Seasons’ for yourself after the break.

LEFTRIGHT – [Keshore]

I honestly hate to admit it, but there are a few artists I slept on for way too long, and Keshore tops that list. He has been making so much incredible music over the past handful of years, and even though my brother told me to check him out so long ago, it wasn’t until the past half a year or so that I finally tuned in and realized everything that I was missing out on. While I’m ashamed it took that long, I figured it’s better late than never, and considering I’ve gotten to know him a bit more on the personal side of things, he’s an artist I will definitely never take for granted ever again. Just a couple of weeks ago, Ke released his highly anticipated project Sunset Diary which contained hits from front to back and some features in Sad Frosty, DC the Don, and $NOT that were all unbelievable contributions, but Keshore made sure that he was the star of the show, exactly as he should be. He opened things up on a high note with the first few energetic tracks, but none of them hit quite like the project’s opener “LEFTRIGHT” which is produced …