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Like Me – [$NOT] ft. [Iann Dior]

As 2020 rapidly came to a close, there were a few rappers who I familiarized myself with and almost became obsessed with as the final months of the year flew by. Out of all these insane talents, $NOT was undeniably the one artist who I never took my eye off of, and that hasn’t changed even slightly ever since I first started listening to him. His album Beautiful Havoc was a masterpiece in my opinion, and I just loved how he was able to intermingle a variety of different vibes ranging from dark, ominous cuts to upbeat party anthems. Obviously, the features were also great after hearing names like Denzel Curry and Flo Milli, but my favorite song on the project had to be “Like Me” which featured Iann Dior. I was lucky enough to hear the project about a week prior to its release, and I remember that after listening to this hit, I went and raved to my friends about it, egging them on to listen when the album came out but not giving up the sanctity of the early access I was luckily granted. Although you might’ve been bumping this track ever since it came out as …

Bad Day – [Nyck Caution] ft. [Denzel Curry]

Pro Era never seems to miss, although the only member of the collective I’m actually extremely familiar with is obviously Joey Bada$$. I’ve become acquainted with certain other members through certain songs he has released that feature them, but I definitely need to get on top of my game moving forward, especially when it comes to Nyck Caution, one of the most promising yet underrated members of the group without a doubt. On Friday, Nyck is gearing up to release his album Anywhere But Here, and considering he has already dropped off a few singles to hype up the project’s release, I definitely need to zone in and listen up, and I suggest you do the exact same thing. Today, Nyck teamed up with none other than Denzel Curry for a song entitled “Bad Day”, and after hearing this compared to some of the other singles, I already know that Friday is going to be anything but a bad day. You already knew that this record is a hit as soon as you find out Charlie Heat produced this record, and as soon as you press play, you realize exactly how right your presumptions were. He incorporates some lively, animated …

Lestat – [PlayThatBoiZay]

When I see a massive artist like Denzel Curry not only believe in a smaller, lesser-recognized artist like PlayThatBoiZay but take him under his wing and expose him to experiences that are life and career-changing, I can’t help but anticipate that Zay is going to become a star. The name might sound familiar because Zay made his national debut on Denzel’s album ZUU on the song “P.A.T.”, one of my favorite cuts off the project. It might help that they’re both from Carol City, Florida and artists always want to see their cities being well represented in music, and when you get someone who is as talented as Zay, it only makes sense that you need to expose the masses to their music. Although he already has a slew of unbelievable music out at this point, he is gearing up for the release of his next EP entitled Girls Love Vampires, getting fans hyped by releasing a brand-new song called “Lestat” as well as an accompanying music video. As far as the song is concerned, RustoBlak, a lifelong friend of Zay’s, takes over the production and delivers an absolutely insane instrumental that is headlined by a bouncy, thunderous bassline paired …

Beautiful Havoc – [$NOT]

I’m somewhat new to the world of $NOT’s music, but despite my novice outlook, I’ve been listening to him so much that I feel like I have a somewhat strong grasp of his insane talents across the board. He brings a sort of underworld style to beats that are often anything but demonic, often utilizing West Coast bops while also incorporating more fitting, dark and ominous instrumentals that give listeners a completely polarizing look into his creative mind. While his album Beautiful Havoc has been out for almost a week, at this point, I’ve been listening to it almost nonstop, and I wanted to make sure I had a firm understanding of everything he delivers on the project before talking about it. I think I’ve had enough time, finally, and after probably more than fifteen listens from front to back, I can’t wait to dive into the wild sonic world that $NOT paints for us on this album. At 12 songs and almost a half-hour long, he provides fans with a further look at his unbelievable skills, unlike anything we’ve ever heard from him before. He opens up with “Watch Out (Intro)”, a song that uses a haunting, menacing guitar …

Scared – [Kembe X] ft. [Denzel Curry]

Growing up on the outskirts of Chicago, I was always fascinated by the buzzing music scene. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I dove head-first into the Rap scene and discovered a plethora of indescribable talents that have been making waves in the industry for years at that point. Kembe X was one of those talents who merged so many different sounds that could be heard throughout the city into his own individualistic style, making these noises his own and piecing together some of the most compelling and interesting songs not only in the city but the Rap scene as a whole. His journey has brought him all over the world and has introduced him to many different acts, and although he might’ve been relatively quiet as of late, don’t take this silence as a signal that he’s taking his foot off the gas even slightly. Instead, he’s gearing up for something huge, and although I’m not entirely sure what this is going to entail, his most recent single “Scared” suggests that he’s only just getting reacclimated to the music scene once again. His return is even bigger considering the fact that he recruited none other than Denzel …

Sangria – [$NOT] ft. [Denzel Curry]

Although I had heard $NOT’s name mentioned copiously in the past few years, it wasn’t until around the time he teamed up with our very own Cole Bennett just a few weeks ago to release his single “Revenge” that I actually made an effort to tune in. After listening, I was ashamed that I allowed myself to miss out on his wonderful music, and since then, I’ve gone back and revisited everything I was turning a blind eye to. Since listening up, I realized that he is one of, if not the most compelling and talented artists in the entire industry, showing off a variety of sounds that prove he is as dexterous as he is talented. As he gears up for the release of his upcoming album Beautiful Havoc, which releases this Friday, he has been dropping off a few singles from the project that have gotten fans, myself included, more excited than ever before. Most recently, he dropped off a brand-new single entitled “Sangria”, recruiting Denzel Curry and incredible producer Powers Pleasant to bring this record to life. While I’m honestly not sure if these two artists have worked together in the past, their equally aggressive, ruthless, and …

Choppa Talk – [Guapdad 4000] ft. [TyFontaine]

Although I’m not overly familiar with Guapdad 4000 to be completely candid, I have been seeing his name everywhere recently, so I think that it’s about time I tuned in. Due to his name sounding like the coolest new technology of the year as well as the titles of some of his songs sounding nothing less than meme-worthy, I was expecting his offerings to be more of a parody than any sort of actually appealing music, but I was totally wrong after checking some of them out. There’s a reason why artists like Denzel Curry, Rich Brian, Chance the Rapper, 6LACK, JID, Smino and so many more mess with his music, and after turning on even just one song, it’s more than apparent as to why. He’s so abundantly talented and the fact that some of his song’s titles might sound like memes definitely doesn’t translate into a joke once you press play. This is just another way he shows off his personality because aside from being an incredible artist, Guapdad is truly one of the most entertaining and intriguing musicians in the entire music industry. On his most recent single “Choppa Talk”, he recruited the skyrocketing sensation TyFontaine to …

IDK & Friends 2 – [IDK]

IDK is an artist out of Maryland who I have been a huge fan of for some years now, but over the last year or so, he has been hitting a stride + getting a ton of love from plenty of people all over the globe. I watch plenty of sports/basketball podcasts, and I have been seeing a ton of promotion about the new basketball documentary titled Basketball County: In The Water that’s executed produced by big names such as Kevin Durant & Quinn Cook. You might be wondering why that’s relevant with this release, well that’s because this project is the soundtrack to that documentary, which makes perfect sense because the story is about PG County basketball players, so it made perfect sense to get a fellow native such as IDK to handle the soundtrack. IDK didn’t handle this one all by himself though, he recruited a star-studded lineup with talents including A$AP Ferg, Wale, XanMan, Juicy J, Denzel Curry, Maxo Kream, PnB Rock, Ronny J, Rico Nasty, YungManny, Alex Vaughn, Big Flock, Big Jam + Weensey (plus plenty of talented producers). When you get this many talented creatives to come together to create one body of work, you …

Chopstix – [Smokepurpp]

Okay, I know I have pretty much been writing about every single Smokepurpp release that has come out, but that’s because his rollout for Florida Jit was somewhat lengthy and very eventful. Smokepurpp has always piqued my interest with his projects because he typically covers a wide range of sonic sounds and styles, and the aforementioned project is no different. I was thoroughly impressed with most of the tracks on the album, whether they contained features from artists like Yung Nudy, Denzel Curry, Rick Ross, or Jack Harlow, but I also enjoyed his solo efforts as well. I think Smokepurpp’s ability to put together quality projects is honestly underrated, and it should definitely be praised much more than it currently is. In order to continue the hype behind the album, Purpp decided to drop a short visual for the project’s closing track “Chopstix”. While this song isn’t necessarily one of my go-to tracks off of the album, it made me rethink my stance after watching the video. The beat is made up of eerie, creeping synths, crashing percussion, and, as with the majority of the album, 808s that can and will bust your speakers if you turn the volume up …

PIG FEET – [Terrace Martin] FT. [Denzel Curry] FT. [Daylyt] FT. [Kamasi Washington] FT. [G Perico]

For this post, I initially wasn’t sure how to approach covering this visual. However, after some reflection, I realized that some works of art (especially realism) do not require analysis. Instead, I ask of all readers to listen, process, and reflect on what is being said by these special artists. If there is any message that I would like to pass over, it is that BLACK LIVES MATTER. To help fight for justice against police brutality, systemic racism, and discrimination, click this hyperlink for resources. Words by Brandon Washington