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Compton Globetrotter – [1takejay]

No matter how far back you might dig, the West Coast music scene hasn’t seemed to really change a crazy amount over the years. Of course there are new names, faces, and things to brag about, but the overall aesthetic of the music is the same at its core as it was even a few decades ago. This may raise some tension with old heads or listeners who are stuck in the “golden era” still, but let me finish my thought before you get too upset. Sure, there are plenty of differences that you could come up with, but the overall formula has remained comparable, but it has been a style that has been loved by millions for years upon years, so if the recipe isn’t broken, don’t fix it. At the same time, it seems like certain emcees have come and gone in what feels like the blink of an eye, so when someone like 1takejay is able to remain relevant and still put out intoxicating music, I can’t help but show my admiration. His latest release comes in the form of his debut studio album Compton Globetrotter, a 14-song effort that lasts almost 37 minutes long. In the …

U Still Here – [Keshore]

Keshore has been in the underground music scene for quite a few years, yet he has somehow managed to evade my attention. I never intentionally dismissed him, he’s just a name a had heard of but don’t really know from where, and once the homie put me on, I couldn’t have been more grateful to find out everything I was missing out on. The song he sent me, alongside a few of his classic hits, is his latest release entitled “U Still Here”, and after tuning in, I can’t believe I’ve been sleeping on the LA-based artist for so long. Produced by ihatebigchase, the beat kind of slowly starts up and progressively gets faster, more intricate, and hits harder, although overall, it is a relatively simplistic, smooth, percussion-forward instrumental that Keshore absolutely destroys effortlessly. Almost halfway through the song’s runtime, Ke picks up mid-sentence to insult an unidentified hater, starting his flow out of nowhere but picking up the tempo with ease. At times, he uses a bit more conviction behind his delivery while other aggressive lines sound as if they should as well, yet he recites them with a very stern, straight face to show people he’s dead serious …

Live Die & Get Paid – [Lor Sosa] [BlueFace] [Kayos & Alè]

Fresh to our pages today is Baltimore artist Lor Sosa who has a lavish new track featuring the wildly popular Blueface as well as the City of Angels R&B duo of Alè, who sings the song’s breezy hook, along with her fellow artist Kayos, who helps brings the track to a close. This song structure created a certain old-school quality which in many ways stylistically took me back to Los Angeles’s rap heyday with the 2Pac sample of his track “To Live and Die In LA” taking us back to the ’90s where rappers weren’t singing as many hooks themselves and instead recruiting female vocalists to carry out the track’s chorus. Despite critics many valid issues with Blueface’s music there is a undeniable kingmaking aspect about his features in his city at this point that are becoming all but a necessity to blow an artist up around his way and his unique and often belittled flow still has a way to energize a track while providing a platform to other artists who benefit from his virality and presence in his hometown. I am looking forward to hearing more from Lor Sosa and hear more and more new artists from Baltimore …

Bravo the Bagchaser discusses his origins, goals, and new project ‘Bagchasin”

The Los Angeles music scene has seen a very successful yet equally turbulent past decade with shining bright spots that will forever impact and shape the hip-hop landscape around the globe, but has also seen equal embarrassments and gaffs that tarnishes the city’s reputation and takes away from what the most talented, or more importantly those who need to be heard most, are saying. Between clout-culture and meme-rap, L.A. has taken some major hits here lately, and the tragic passing of artists like Nipsey Hussle, or the incarceration of artists like 03 Greedo, has taken even more of a negative toll, as the city’s greatest rappers all seem to be robbed of their time here on earth one way or another. For this reason, artists like Bravo the Bagchaser are especially important these days in Los Angeles and unfortunately are becoming too few and far between, but Bravo is able to give you a little bit of everything, keeping you engaged with catchy, bouncy turn-up songs that are dichotomized with melodic and emotional ballads where he lets his hard-exterior down to unpack some of his feelings, and also has more than his fair-share of street-stories on this project, painting vivid, …

Stay Dangerous – [Bravo the BagChaser] ft. [Drakeo the Ruler & Blueface]

Following Drakeo the Ruler’s release from federal prison the Los Angeles rap scene was reinvigorated tremendously after a depressing stretch where many of the city’s latest hip-hop champions and primary sonic architects were silenced by the government through a series of legal battles. Nonetheless the city persevered and added many other new big names in the process like BlueBucksClan or in today’s case, Bravo the BagChaser who recently brought his star studded track “Stay Dangerous,” which features Drakeo the Ruler and BlueFace, to life in a new Director Carrington directed visual. This song comes off of his recent project Bagchasin’ this week which made a major statement as far as launching him into the tier of LA’s elite rappers is concerned, recruiting a number of other big name artists for that release as well. I really like Bravo’s voice and he has a very distinct melodic twang in his delivery that stands out from some of his more monotone or pitchy peers and he shined on this track amongst two of his city’s brightest stars. I would definitely recommend his new project as well if you liked the video and if you enjoy LA music in general you are certain to …

Runnin’ Thru 6 – [Blueface Bolo]

East Atlanta’s Blueface Bolo is keeping up the consistency with his newest CAMPLIFE TV directed video “Runnin Thru 6” where he pops his shit over the trunk-shaking instrumental, boasting his accomplishments and giving other hustlers the blueprint at the same time. For the past year now Bolo has been dropping at a steady rate and grinding out a continuously growing fanbase and is well on his way to becoming an even more established artist in the city, especially if he continuous to model his prolific release patterns and continue to make even better videos as he goes along. I am looking forward to him dropping another project this year and diversifying his sound even more with better production that will help him stand out from the crowded Atlanta scene.

Da Biggest Check (Deluxe) – [Calaso Check]

Surging off of Atlanta’s East Side is Calaso Check who has been bubbling to the forefront of the city’s underground scene for the past year or so and has landed in our pages numerous times now and is poised to take the next step into becoming a member of the established pantheon that is Atlanta artists who are considered to be “on” by a number of different metrics, all of which are looking to be a part of Calaso Check’s bright future. Both his beat selection and rapping ability would make an artist work listening to respectively but this combination leaves Check, and the rest of his 2F Gang for that matter. He recently unveiled the deluxe version to his latest project Da Biggest Check  that added several new tracks to the original and opens with the trunk-rattling intro track “Ice” produced by Franky Esco that Check skates over with his staccato flow that rides perfectly with the beat’s percussive chaos. The next track “Off” was produced by ACT who has been a staple in the Atlanta underground for several years now, mainly known for his work with the immensely underrated 95REDDO who also makes an appearance on this project. Check is …

Glenwood Where I Hang – [BlueFace Bolo]

Hailing from the Eastside of Atlanta, Glenwood Rd. to be exact, is BlueFace Bolo who alongside his 2F gang is taking over this historically rap inclined section of the city because of their consistency and streetwise lyrics while building off of the sonic leaps and bounds that the artists before them took but still doing so in such a manner that created an entirely new sound, rather than copying or biting off of the original. This willingness to experiment and desire for their sound to stand out is undoubtedly going to take them far and result in a lot of groundbreaking and very enjoyable music. “Glenwood Where I Hang” is Bolo’s latest installation in a long line of music videos that he has released in 2020 and does not appear to be taking his foot off the gas one bit. It is still very early on in the career of BlueFace Bolo but come next year there is little doubt in my mind that he and the rest of 2F will be regarded as next up on all sides of the city. He teamed up with ACT who has been a production staple in the Atlanta underground for several years …

Pontiac Made DDG: From YouTuber to Rap Star in the Making

“People still talk shit now about me being a ‘YouTube rapper’ but I feel like its undeniable at this point. I’m on the radio, I got songs that are gold and getting tons of streams—like what else can I show them?” -DDG Gaining success on YouTube has become more and more of a common thing in the current generation of creatives. There are tons of people who make a living from their YouTube career. Even while gaining tons of views, subscribers and followers, there seems to be a stigma about when YouTube influencers begin to branch off into other business ventures. Lots of people think it’s not a genuine fanbase, they only succeed because their subscribers will support anything that they do, and they don’t think its fair to those who may be starting from the bottom. For DDG, he has seen it and heard it all before, and he isn’t letting that stop him at all. DDG (also known as Pontiac Made DDG) earned tons on success on his multiple YouTube channels which all currently have over 9 million subscribers combined. Being no stranger to what the fame may feel like, DDG decided to venture off into the rap …

All Blue On My End – [BlueFace Bolo]

East Atlanta is probably just about the most fertile breeding ground for rap talent in just about the whole world and with precise consistency new artists emerge on a monthly basis and it is becoming standard for the newcomers of this latest 2020 class of new rappers to all try to come in the game with something different or unique about themselves which is greatly differing from the year or two of the same very saturated trap sound first popularized by Young Thug dominated the city’s sonic status quo that seems like ages ago in the time of Covid-19. BlueFace Bolo and his “FuckFriends” or “2F” for short affiliates each work to stake their own claim on their hometown as it is now their turn to set the precedent for what is trendy on the genre’s most grassroots level. Bolo’s flows are staccato and calculated with razor sharp precision and he skates all over the various beats he jumps on. His new mixtape All Blue On My End is a solid performance from the young artist from start to finish and is truthfully my favorite work from Bolo yet and it has been really fun to watch him, as well as his …