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A Conversation with Kaleah Lee

If you read my end of the year recap, then you’d know that an artist who had a specific impact on my 2022 was none other than Kaleah Lee. The young artist based in the suburbs of Vancouver has been releasing some of the prettiest music I’ve heard in a long time, so it was only right to take some time to chat with her. From growing up in Canada, to song inspiration, we chatted about it all. Continue reading to check out this Conversation with Kaleah Lee. — Sam: So a question I always start with is, how are you doing? Apart from music, how is life treating you in general? Kaleah: Yeah, I’ve been in a good place. It’s been nice. I have a lot of family home and everyone is always doing something, so, I’m having a good time. I’ve been writing and trying to get outside when it’s not pouring rain; But, I’ve been really good overall. — Sam: I love that. Okay, so you were born and raised around Vancouver right? What was it like growing up there? Kaleah: Yeah, so I live technically not in Downtown Vancouver, I live in the suburbs like 20 minutes away. …

Rucksack (live) – [Qari]

One of the most impactful Chicago artists over the last decade is Qari, who some may remember from his Hurt Everybody days or his amazing catalog of solo releases, most recently being 2022’s Stronghold project. This was one of my favorite bodies of work to come out of the city last year, and one of the fan-favorite tracks off of the tape was the introductory record “Rucksack”. Waaaaaay back in 2019, Qari and Eddie Burns actually teamed up with many other talented creatives to shoot a live performance of this record, and now nearly four years later, we are finally getting to see this masterpiece. Although it’s years later, I believe that it only adds to the allure of this piece of content, and I am glad that this didn’t slip through the cracks. They could have easily not have ever put this out, for reasons such as it being outdated or wanting to shoot something new with a similar concept, but I appreciate this not only for how good it is but for the moment in time that it captured. Shout out to everyone that was involved in this project, you all did a fantastic job and I thank …

Atlanta’s Rico Cash is on fire with “1008 Degrees.”

Atlanta native and budding rap star Rico Cash just released his latest album 1008 Degrees (through Human Re Sources). This 19-song project is an ode to southern trap music, combining raw lyrics, heavy 808s, and upbeat tempos. This project had me surprised from top to bottom, with heat in several different styles. He utilized features from fellow ATL breakthrough acts including; Landstrip Chip, Hxncho, Trvpmoneyy Vdough, Mali Meexh, and rising producers; Bruddaonthebeat, Zwiffa, Codeine Beats and Mellow. This near-60-minute album gave me a few new regular replays in my library, with 1008 Degreez Intro and Devil In (ft. Mali Meexh), which was accompanied by a recently released visual shot by Bag Talk, being a couple of favorites off the rip. Rico Cash is determined to pave his own lane while staying true to his Atlanta roots, and remaining passionate in unapologetically telling his story through his music. Tap into 1008 Degrees on Spotify below!

Plu2o Nash: The Lemonade Stand Interview

Plu2o Nash is a legend in the Chicago music community, he’s accomplished so much in his time so far and he is looking to continue to build on his legacy. I recently brought Plu2o to the office for a new episode of The Lemonade Stand interview series, and it was a great conversation. I spoke with him about many topics such as growing up in Chicago, attending Kenwood, his influences, his relationship with Lucki, the time he met Pharrell, producing the hit record “Telephone Calls” for A$AP Rocky, what he’s currently working on, and much more. Check out this brand-new interview below!

FW Deem – Not A Safe Place

FW Deem developed his passion for music in early 2015 after being inspired by a few of his older friends that went by the name of CloudSurferz. Deem would record his first song called “Just Chill” produced by Macklemore’s music producer, Zac Levine. He would go on to release several songs soon after. FW Deem would get his first live show In 2017, opening up for Kehlani at The Granada Theatre in Lawrence, KS. Only one week after his performance, he would get arrested for armed robbery. Once again, FW Deem knew that this was not going to define him. He would hone his craft behind bars where he would write songs and practice singing during his free time. Upon being released in 2020, Deem went right to work writing new music and performing at major concerts. Soon after, he dropped his hit single “Not A Safe Place” which would catch the attention of Rene Martinez better known as RGM150. RGM150 is the cofounder of Hoolie Nation, an independent record label based out of Texas. In 2021 FW Deem stood out at SXSW and hopped on the Ragland Tour with SauceWalka and The Sauce Factory and landed a spot on …

Jake Strain Drop Hints “Wanna Be Rappers”

Jake Strain stays true to his penmanship with subliminal hidden messages with his new track before 2023 comes with “Wanna Be Rappers”. Throughout the song, Jake explains that there’s a deeper message within his music dropping hints and knowledge that most of these artists don’t really belong in the industry. Breaking the industry independently, by cracking the code of how to get on as an independent artist, it’s a lot more than just smoke and mirrors. “Fund the label, and I got it started, I’m the one that goes the hardest galaxy and they shit is stardust they don’t the market managing and I A&R it, drop a track and I go and chart it all these rappers but they ain’t an artist, all I know is that their shit is garbage all these actors but became a target.”  Take some time to check out his latest single below.

$windlaaa – “Late Night Thoughts”

Today we are featuring a buzzing rapper who has been making some noise. He goes by the name $windlaaa, born and raised in upstate New York and South Florida. If you’re a fan of Melodic rap, he is one for you! People have been discovering his music through his videos Shotbyjolo. His catalog is already reasonably deep, but his incredibly catchy single “Backend” featuring Trapland Pat stands out. Recently $windlaaa released his second Mixtape, Late Night Thoughts. Spanning 21 tracks, the new project recounts the rough circumstances of his upbringing and emotional setbacks. “My inspiration behind this release is being able to share my story with others. I feel relieved once I get whatever is in my head out and my fans say they experience the same emotions.” he shared. In a recent On the Radar interview, $windlaaa discussed the project, expressing his growth as an artist, betrayal in the industry, and dating relationships. The mixtape is home to stand-out singles Skrrt’n thru Traffic, Money, and Price On My Head. $windlaaa rolls out the red carpet for a tasteful selection of feature appearances from Trapland Pat, FL Dusa, Lit Yoshi & tracks from top NY producer Jbanga Beats. Ready to bring his melodic raps to a larger audience, the rising star has the potential to make it …

BigSmokeChapo – Maharishi

Music has always been a major part of Clayton County artist BigSmokeChapo’s uprising since he was two years old. During his childhood, Chapo was exposed to his father’s career as a rapper, which inspired him to try out his talents in the booth. A few years later, Chapo craft caught the eyes of Lil Yachty, Trippie Redd, and Destroy Lonely. His sound is a combination of hip-hop and trap that keep his fans eager for me. To start the year, Chapo released his latest single “Maharishi,” the perfect rage record. “To me, this song and video is a reset. Not just for the culture but for me also. It’s showing the brand and how I’m coming this time around. Separating myself from the gangsta rapper image I’m known for, but still having that street niche in it because I’m from that,” Chapo explained to me. “But I’m so much more than that. It brings that rage, mosh-type vibe that I love, and overall it’s just a feel-good song. I made this song for people to wake up, put that fit on, and feel confident going outside. Live in that confidence.” The record visual showcases a party with Chapo performing, and fans engaging …

Allstar JR assembles a star-studded roster to deliver “Organized Crime 2.”

Detroit artist Allstar JR is continuing to cement his name alongside the most popular in Detroit, with his most recent release Organized Crime 2. Even from the first time I’d written about JR not too long ago, I’ve seen his following and work grow considerably, which is no surprise (to me, at least). The clever lyricism, distinctive style, and pressure-packed energy have only become more methodical and apparent as time has gone on, and it’s clear with this latest LP. Detroit is a music hub bubbling with talent and style, and JR was able to wrangle some of the city’s biggest names for this one. The entire project has a complete and well-rounded feel, almost compiled like a narrative story. Babyface Ray, BabyTron, and Icewear Vezzo are just a few of the names JR was able to land, further showing the respect others have for him and his talents. TraumaTone, W$ Kharri, Flex OTB, Pooh Beatz, ForeveRollin, and more submitted beats to round out the heavy-hitting production team. I was also a huge fan of the interludes, which took shape of radio interviews with esteemed music journalist Ahmad Davis. I listened through the whole album twice now, and I’d say …

you were good to me-[Chloe Lilac]

Chloe Lilac has been a name that I’ve heard circulating in various circles for some time now and I honestly can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get her on our pages, but better late than never right? I always knew Chloe was talented, but after taking some time to listen all the way through her latest EP, I’ve instantly become a full fledged fan.  The project, entitled, “you were good to me” was released last September and has aged like fine wine in my opinion, only getting better with each listen. Making great music is impressive in itself, but doing it at a level that Chloe’s doing it at while being independent is a really amazing accomplishment that deserves all of the praise.  From a musical standpoint, this 6 song offering is one big breath of fresh air in every way. Throughout each track, you can feel the intentionality and care that Chloe put into this entire collection. With songs like, “lily’s backyard” all the way to “only love song”, this Brooklyn-raised artist perfectly showcases why she’s one of the most promising talents in the music industry right now. “you were good to me” is truly an amazing …