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V12 – [Iann Dior] ft. [Lil Uzi Vert]

I remember just over a year ago when I first found out about Iann Dior, and I seriously couldn’t stop writing about him because not only was he releasing an insane amount of music, but it was all just so good. Since then, he has become a household name, going on world tours, releasing albums, and becoming one of the most prominent young stars in the industry. While I’m not surprised at this whatsoever, I feel like he is still just a stone’s throw away from being in the upper echelon of hip-hop performers along with the likes of Travis Scott, Young Thug, Tyler, and other names you could list off in an instant. Considering his stock price has risen to insane levels as of late, it was no surprise that he would be working with immensely talented and well-recognized artists, so when he dropped his song “V12” with Lil Uzi Vert, I couldn’t wait to find some time to tune in. Now that it’s here, the production from Internet Money hitmakers like Taz Taylor, Nick Mira, and Cxdy doesn’t come close to disappointing as we hear echoing guitar progressions, chattering percussion, bouncy xylophone hits, and succinct drums that come …

The Top 10 Moments From Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash Festival

Creative Direction: @shotbycones We are a couple of weeks removed from our annual Summer Smash festival, and we are all still having major withdrawals from such a great weekend. After the past year that we had of quarantining, social distancing, and avoiding large events, it felt amazing to be able to come outside and enjoy our festival once again. With over 75 artists on our lineup ranging from the up-and-coming rappers to superstars and legends, it was truly a weekend to remember, and a special moment for not only Lyrical Lemonade but Chicago as a whole. I had the opportunity to work as a lead for the Summer Smash Media Team—a squad full of some of the best photographers and videographers in the game put together by our guy Cones. All weekend long, they captured tons of videos, photos, and clips of the entire run of show. While our full recap of the entire Summer Smash weekend is dropping very soon, I felt it would be a great idea to give my perspective on some of the best moments that happened during Summer Smash. At last, here are some of the best moments of Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash 2021!   …

First of Many – [Shepherd] feat. [George.Rose]

If there’s two things in this culture that go hand-in-hand, it would be sports and hip hop. There are tons of athletes who are close friends with rappers, executive produces albums for rappers, and some athletes even rap themselves. Just as much as athletes love rap, rappers love the sports that back them as well. The long awaited sequel to Space Jam released this summer, titled Space Jam: A New Legacy, and it featured music from tons of high profile artists, as well as a few underdogs. One of those artists being Shepherd—a Florida-native who has a pure love for the game, and it shows. Today, he is appearing on our platform for the releasee of his video and singe “First of Many”. For those unfamiliar with Shepherd, he is someone who was once in love with sports. Becoming a football player turned rapper, Shepherd turned his love on the court and made it a love on the stage, and this video is the representation of that. The visual takes place at a family and friends viewing of the Space Jam sequel, as he celebrates having his song “Gametime” featured in the film. “First of Many” showcases one of his major wins in …

Chandelier – [Yung Lean]

Over the years, Yung Lean has become one of my all-time favorite underground artists, and the competition isn’t even close. While I might’ve taken him and his music for granted earlier on in his career, I never truly took the time to sit down and dive into his repertoire of songs, but over the last year and a half or so, I have, and I can’t believe what I had been missing out on. Starz has become one of my favorite albums of the last half-decade, and I still revisit it on a weekly basis, so when Lean decides to drop new music, you can already bet that I’m one of the first people tuning in. Recently, Lean decided to surprise fans with a brand-new song and guzreichwald-directed music video combination for his record “Chandelier”, and it’s just another addition to his Rolodex of classics that I’m not going to quickly forget about. The song itself is produced by ssaliva who uses some ambient, momentous synths that are accented by bubbly hits and certain singular guitar riffs that combine for an otherworldly sound that Lean seems to just thrive on. What I appreciate so much about his music is how …

ForeveRolling: Sticking To The Plan & Playing Your Role

Blossoming out of Louisville right now, there’s an artist by the name of EST Gee making high-octane, hard-nosed rap anthems, structured around unforgiving street tales and menacing one-liners that have attracted early comparisons to trap legends like Jeezy. The music and its fast-occurring rise feel inescapable, thanks in part to one name, in particular: ForeveRolling. Having executive produced EST Gee’s last four projects, ForeveRolling is Louisville-based producer whose tag has become synonymous with some of Gee’s best songs like “Lick Back” and “Make It Even,” unforgettable in nature and always followed by ground-shaking drums and fast-paced, machine-gun like energy. Rolling has been there since Gee’s humble beginnings back in Louisville, and now that the two are seeing chart-topping momentum, he’s quickly become one of rap’s most in-demand, up-and-coming producers. Lil Baby and Lil Durk employed ForeveRolling for The Voice of the Heroes-standout “2040,” Moneybagg Yo rapped over a ForeveRolling beat on “GO!,” and the new Tory Lanez and Kodak Black single was a ForeveRolling special. As such, Rolling has landed on three-number one albums in the past three months — that is, after years of grinding away in a small city, not historically known for its hip-hop output. EST Gee · …

Get Refreshed: Deep House, Alt-Pop, and Rhythm Games: All At Their Best

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Bernard Vernon Full Playlist (2021) Quannnic: “today is different” Quannnic begins their latest single with a drawn-out, slow-buring acoustic intro. Their soft vocals shimmer over the chugging guitars like fog over an empty highway before the a wave of pounding percussion and biting distortion clears that fog right away in a moment’s notice. It’s easily one of digicore’s single most gorgeous moments of the year, and it reiterates a point I’ve been making about the scene for a great while.  And that point goes as follows: the teens that make up this scene are not just “talented musicians” — they’re students of the game… the pop game, in particular. Quannnic’s masterful application of a lengthy suspense and release – a tried and true facet of sentimentally centered alt-pop – is just one example of this fact out of a cast of millions, but I’d be remiss to say that this isn’t as blatant as it gets. The rest of the track to follow is also remarkable; I shouldn’t forget to mention that. Quannnic spends the next 3 minutes …

Local Joker – [Maxo Kream]

Houston is a music city that has slowly but surely been gaining more and more recognition over the past couple of years, and I’m excited about that more than I can explain. It seems like there aren’t as many underground acts that are receiving as much shine, but the artists that are making waves are all out superstars. Whether we’re talking about Travis Scott or Meg thee Stallion, the scene goes much further, leading us right to one of my personal favorite artists Maxo Kream. He’s just so smooth and quick-witted with his words, making him an artist that I feel needs much more recognition than he gets, and even after a bit of a hiatus, he’s still as silver-tongued as ever. The break was necessary, though, considering he recently lost his brother, so even though I don’t believe there is a time frame to come back from such a massive loss like that, he decided to get back in the swing of things with the release of his latest song “Local Joker” and a NotAChance-directed music video. With an instrumental created by Kal Banx and Mario Luciano, a very vibey, smooth synth takes the bulk of the melody as …

edamame – [bbno$] ft. [Rich Brian]

We really can never truly predict what bbno$ will do next. After dropping the silky smooth “wussup” with Yung Gravy, the Vancouver-based artist has turned things up a notch with a fast-paced, club-ready hit. A collaboration we have been eager to hear, bbno$ finally joins forces with Rich Brian to deliver one of this summer’s spiciest tracks titled “edamame”. Out the gate, trumpets lay down the foundation for a foot-stomping, body-moving beat produced by Diamond Pistols. Being the first collab between the two, the chemistry is top-notch in the way they effortlessly trade verses back and forth. This song keeps the energy at a high level from beginning to end, this is when bbno$ is at his absolute best. Already excited to see how wild the crowds at his first few shows go when “edamame” kicks in, this is one that will make people lose their minds at his already crazy concerts. At this point, we can expect bbno$’s visuals to be a hilarious cinematic journey and the music video for “edamame” might be one of his best to date. A simple theme goes a long way, something as dumb as bbno$ and Rich Brian dressed in suits of armour …

Bigger Than Life Or Death – [EST Gee]

EST Gee has been on an insurmountable rise over the past few years. He’s arguably one of the best and most consistent bar-for-bar lyricists in rap right now, he comes from Louisville which isn’t widely known for its hip-hop output (which could very well be changing with the recent explosion of both Jack Harlow and EST Gee, among others), and most importantly, his music stands on a level of focus that very few artists are touching at the moment. Every new verse from Gee feels like he’s trying to bring the house down, and this concoction of deeply vivid street tales and hard-nosed deliveries has anointed Lousiville’s own as the next superstar in rap. Today, he places an exclamation point on an incredible run of albums over the past few years with his major label debut, Bigger Than Life Or Death. After giving this one a thorough first-listen, I scrolled through Twitter this morning to read a tweet comparing the album to a project from the classic Gangsta Grillz series, known for its ability to bring out the most focused and hungry version of some of the best rappers alive. I don’t think I can come up with a better way …

Get Refreshed: June’s Best Videos, Maple’s Scene Exhibition, and Being BetterTogether

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by IllustratorFile Maple: PLASTIC SURGEON If online music’s limitless boundaries were to symbolize any single notion in regards to its own working status, it would have to be the fact that there’s no such thing as “too much” anymore. Today’s online acts are able to freely string together as many genres, scenes, and collaborative showcases as they’d like, and if the product is resounding enough, nuanced enough, or just downright effective as a standalone creation, it becomes yet another contributing piece of evidence to the above belief as it is.  I could go on and on about the pure and utter freedom of the online music world, but that would be pretty damn boring after a while (even that intro paragraph… pretty boring, yeah?). So just like with most, if not all forms of art, it’s always better to show, not tell. And fittingly enough, resident super-producer and all-around musical exhibitionist Maple just dropped an all-encompassing project that does a lengthy amount of showing… 20 tracks worth of showing, that is.  PLASTIC SURGEON is an hour-long romp through just …