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MAYDAY – [My Favorite Color]

At this point in time, I’ve probably known about my Favorite Color for the better part of a year. In this time, I have become more and more impressed with the Pittsburgh native with every additional drop because he constantly brings things to the table that I’m not expecting, and this innovation never fails to impress me. So many artists in this day and age seem to put out the same type of music and visuals because they know their fans will eat it up, but I think one of the things that MFC does is consistently think outside of the box, bringing new sounds to the party with every new single that come accompanied by even more intricate and impressive visuals. All of these things combined with his always captivating personality keep me excited to come back for more, and considering he has yet to let me down even slightly, I don’t see my fandom ending anytime soon. Although his songs are constantly in my personal rotation, he is back with a brand-new track entitled “MAYDAY” as well as another incredible Devontae Bennett-directed visual that you need in your life sooner rather than later. As it begins, MFC sits …

Half Dead Pariah – [Drayco McCoy]

At this point in time, I’ve been heavily invested in the underground music scene for the better part of a decade. While this scene is so diverse and multifaceted, I’d be lying if I said I was an expert on even a fraction of the artists coming up right now, but I do feel confident in saying that there are certain talents whom I’ve learned from and watched grow over the previous handful of years, and Drayco McCoy is at the top of my list. Ever since his early days in music, his raw, gritty disposition and sound are what drew me in, to begin with, but watching him grow, mature, and just get better in so many facets of his music have made him a household staple on any playlist of mine. Not only this, but I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know him a bit more personally over the past year or two to the point where I consider him a friend, so I always want to see him thrive and conquer with anything he puts out. Last week, he messaged me and told me about his upcoming album Half Dead Pariah, and even though I had …

AUTOTONE – [Matty Wood$]

There’s a certain feeling when you listen to a project through its entirety, realizing just how good it is as you proceed throughout. That’s the exact feeling I got with AUTOTONE, the latest mastery from St. Louis native, Matty Wood$, a.k.a. the “Backwoods Bandit.” Starting from the top, Wood$ shows off his sound which has found a niche in the industry; harmonious layered autotune softly laid over masterful keys, winds and 808s. With “Here we go again” leading off, listeners get a taste of the melodic nature of his voice, and groovy keys match the tone to give a tremendous preview of the rest of the project. Songs like “Elektra,” and “The Ballad of Tony Tone, Pt. 2,” give glimpses into catchy one-liners-turned-hooks that can’t help but melt to their respective instrumentals. I promise you, “This the sound that money make, 20 thumbin’ through the cake,” won’t leave your head. Moving down the tracklist is a fantastic run of four songs that seemed to impress me more and more as the album proceeded. The hooks drew me in, and the layered beats and vocal tracks flawlessly mended on “Mean Choppa” and “Sticky Icky,” with a slower, reverb-heavy masterpiece in “Dirty.” …

broke – [cultgabe]

Not too long ago, I was put onto San Diego-native cultgabe’s song “Heathrow”, and although this was my first taste of his music, I immediately knew he was going to do some great things throughout his career. Although he’s still relatively new to the music scene, music itself isn’t a new concept to him considering he recorded his first verse at the youthful age of 8 on his cousin’s laptop, and the rest has been history ever since. He just seems like the type of artist who knew what he wanted from a very young age, and even if he couldn’t turn many heads back then, he had this dream and a desire to change the world of music at some point in time, and that time is now. At the age of 22, gabe is finally starting to see his dreams come to fruition, and that is true with the release of his most recent EP nowherefast which boasts 6 songs and clocks in at just over 20 minutes long. This project gives you the perfect taste of some of the many skills he possesses while also leaving you with a desire for more, but I can say with …

Slide – [midwxst] ft. [Slump6s] & [ericdoa]

It should come as no surprise to you that midwxst is one of my all-time favorite artists right now, but if you’ve followed along with my articles up until this point, that’s been abundantly clear for quite some time. He is always one to push the limit and never conform to what might be expected of a young up-and-comer in the current music scene, and that has only helped him solidify himself in the industry as one of the most innovative and entertaining artists in the entire world, at least he is in my opinion. Watching him go from a kid with a dream to a kid making those dreams come true has been one of the most amazing journeys to experience first-hand, and it still boggles my mind with the fact that he’s only getting started. A month or two ago he dropped off his latest project Back in Action and considering it is a project I haven’t grown even slightly tired of for a second, I keep looking for more and more content from the rising star because he’s just such a fun emcee to watch grow. Out of every track on this project, one of my favorites has …

Sad Story – [Candypaint]

At this point in time, I’ve been heavily invested in the world of underground hip-hop music, and with the time I’ve spent paying attention to the scene, there are a few names that will never not be legendary. One artist I know who has been making waves in the underground scene for close to a half-decade is Candypaint, an emcee who has switched up his style and vibe many times over the years, but he never fails to impress me with every new song he puts out. Although his older music might have been a bit more upbeat, fast-paced, and even ignorant at times, that’s just how the scene was back then, but with growth comes maturity, and now he’s putting out some hits that might be a bit more scaled back, but they’re still songs that show exactly how talented he truly is, and I’m so glad I could be here to see his progression first-hand. Recently, he has been going through some rough moments in his personal life, so when he dropped his song “Sad Story”, it was a bit random but also very impactful and left a lasting impression on me with the new direction he decided …

Just Cause – [Spank Lee]

Mobile, Alabama is one of my very favorite regional scenes in the entire country and while they definitely have a distinctive unifying sound over southern-fried acoustic guitar beats, the artists here have shown the capability of much, much more versatility than is to be traditionally expected from a smaller, regional rap outpost like Mobile. As lyricists there are very few other artists who can compete with them, from hilarious punchlines to highly subtle double entendres and ad-libs which explain them, Mobile is carrying the torch forward both in influencing melodic rap, but just rap in general, forever altering the lyrical structures artists may turn to. EyeOfMobile on Instagram is the best source for keeping up with this diverse and talented area, and just recently he put me onto Mobile rapper Spank Lee who crushed his new track “Just Cause” where he walks and skates over the beat from the moment it drops with a menacing and streetwise flow that rolls off his tongue easily. I am eager to hear more music from Spank Lee in the future and am curious to hear what he would sound like on some more traditional Mobile production.

Nicotine – [Xo Cam]

In the current day and age of up-and-coming artists, it’s obvious that there is a trend that leans on the factors of being depressed, dependent on certain vices, and other not-so-positive outlets that come together for a very dark, almost cynical outlook on music and life overall. While these songs and artists are people I listen to and thoroughly enjoy, sometimes it can be overwhelming and discouraging because these records often don’t give off much hope or optimism. That’s why, when I heard about Xo Cam, I was intrigued. His music might have a similar disposition as some of his industry cohorts, but after simply reading his Spotify bio, it’s clear that he wants fans to believe in themselves and their dreams, and he wants to provide some motivation and happiness for listeners which is something that I think more artists need to take into consideration. Although his first song “Nicotine” just came out and it’s his only release thus far, it gets me excited for the future of this blossoming young artist and I couldn’t wait to share it with you all. This track opens with impeccable production from Aidan Han and Nit Hoti who combine some meaningful guitar …

25 – [Alix Page]

As a listener, different releases hook me in for different reasons — some for production, others for songwriting, and even some for visuals. Alix Page’s latest offering, “25,” fires on all of these cylinders and more. Just the 19-year old’s third single to date, the new song is rooted in raw emotion, not losing an ounce of fervency from the heart to the pen. It captures a moment of reflection and growth about an ex, but focused specifically on the prospect of running into that ex after things have gone sour, where and when it would happen, and the emotions surrounding such thoughts, from letting go to growing up. In this way, what makes “25” stand out as such an impressive release is Page’s dedication to candidness –emotionally, vocally, and even in her choice of production. At the beginning of the song, she describes coincidentally driving through an ex’s neighborhood while running errands. The songwriting takes shape from there, matching this setting with a heart-stricken progression of thought that sounds and feels seamlessly true to Page’s daydreams while riding in the car as her mind wanders back to her ex, what the relationship was like, the future, and more — …

ANTI – [Aundrey Guillaume]

After seeing so many different artists come across my screen on a daily basis, it can be difficult to find talents who truly deserve recognition when compared to others who are simply chasing clout, money, and fame. An easy way to differentiate these people is to figure out who is truly speaking from the heart and sharing their story rather than just talking about the cash flow they don’t have and the designer clothes they dream of one day owning. While this is a generalization, I think it’s beyond important to point out how Aundrey Guillaume is obviously an artist who deserves all the notoriety he has been receiving recently because his music is emotional, passionate, unique, and concentrated, all in the best possible ways. Although his song “ANTI” is the first and only record I’ve heard from him thus far considering he was just put on my radar today, I got legitimately excited to look into his other offerings because his potential and personality are enough to get me anticipatory of his future in this industry. Opening up with the Bregma-produced instrumental, crisp, chattering percussion is combined with a smooth, relaxed melody that is brought to new heights thanks …