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cbd – [brakence]

As time has continued to go on and more and more music has been released into the world, I have come to realize just how little boundaries there are for certain artists or genres, and those confines only apply if you let them get in the way. I think that’s why I fell so deeply in love with hyperpop about a year ago, because it seemed like none of these talents were abiding by any sort of rules or regulations but rather doing what they wanted how they wanted, and this has led to a flourishing and profound subgenre that only continues to grow in both popularity as well as innovation. Certain names in this category of music have definitely become nationally recognized, and while I am so grateful and excited that these musicians are bringing light to this impressive new style, I also know that for every recognized artist, there are thousands of other talents trying to make a name for themselves, and it’s my mission to learn about them and find out who truly deserves praise. Nonetheless, brakence is one of the more notable names in this subgenre thanks to his out-of-the-box mentality and precise attention to detail …

Party By Myself – [She Loves Boon] ft. [funeral]

For many artists, the music-making process might just be something simple and easy in order to deliver a song that others will enjoy, regardless of the lyrical content or time that went into bringing the record to life. For others, though, making a song is often a process that not only allows them to reveal some of their innermost feelings and thoughts, but also connect with their audience thanks to an impactful message or narrative. New York City’s very own She Loves Boon is an up-and-coming talent who describes his sound as “emotional trap”, a style that is definitely prevalent when listening through his discography, but it’s definitely also a sound that is new and innovative, two adjectives that get me to tune in to something new immediately, even if I have no idea what to expect. Boon is an artist that I’ve become familiar with over the last few months, but he’s also someone I know I need to pay a lot more attention to, and every song I listen to from his is another example as to why I need to wake up more and more. Most recently, the talented rising star debuted his latest release “Party By …

Trench Thoughts – [Persistence]

Hailing from one of the modern-era hip-hop breeding grounds in Toronto, Ontario, Persistence has continued to display his growth independently as his exposure gains numbers and consistency with every release. His latest track “Trench Thoughts” is no exception, and on December 29 he released an accompanying visual shot by Frame Giants, which has already racked up 143K views. The track paints pictures of his views on reality, emphasizing ideas of what it’s like to come from where he’s from and what’s been necessary to make it to where he’s at now. Themes of pain and sacrifice reign prevalent, as his dreary, ominous voice perfectly slides over a key-heavy instrumental. “I went to Paris couldn’t play the Euro league, they couldn’t pay what I was making in the streets.” The visual shot by Frame Giants is a meticulous project, with several professional, cinematic features that make it stand out among competition. It captures Persistence flashing jewelry and posted in front of beautiful whips, with incorporated cutaways of creative framing and transitions that add even more splash. His work is already doing numbers, with all of his videos reaching over 100k views and his most popular “Launch Pad” with over a million. …

Can’t Make This Shit Up – [Shaudy Kash]

I just cannot get enough of Shaudy Kash’s music lately, maybe because of where I am in life, unsure of my next direction and pensive over which route is best to choose, or maybe it is the large quantity of Detroit music I have been inundating myself with for well over a year now, but whatever it is, I am certain that Shaudy Kash is perhaps the brightest diamond in the rough in his talent-flush city. His maturity speaks volumes calmly and the large quantity of music he has already released and continued to do not only follows suit with his successful musical peers in the Motor City, but also to his personal dedication to his craft as an artist, a title I don’t give him lightly. He is in our pages today with his latest visual release, the title track to his recent EP, “Can’t Make This Shit Up” which was brought to life by the hands of Big4Boogie who works often with Kash and has amplified his reach greatly with his visuals that capture his laid-back pragmatism well. I am sure that Shaudy Kash has a surplus of music for us in 2022 and I can’t wait to …

WASTED – [T$AN]

Philadelphia, PA rapper T$AN is looking to launch himself into the mainstream in 2022 after having proved himself with a prolific run through the underground scene over the past year or two since his Farewell EP introduced us to the charismatic young artist. His debut captivated many in the Philly area and beyond as many people quickly compared his sound and energy to Lil Uzi Vert’s, which is quite the rare comparison as many would be hesitant to throw a young artist such high praise, but in the case of T$AN these high marks always felt deserved. After taking a brief hiatus of dropping music through the pandemic, T$AN is back in full force after having taken time off to fully master his sound and incorporate new sonic wrinkles and types of production into his repertoire, most recently with his new visual for “WASTED” that serves to kick off an upcoming run of visuals into his forthcoming EP Till The Death of Me which is set to release later this spring. “Wasted” was brought to life by CASEUNO Films whose direction matches the energy of the song perfectly, showing T$AN as the life of the party, creating scenes that show the …

Interxeller – [Lil Xelly]

If you asked me a few years ago if I’d get to call some of the people I’ve met throughout the music industry my friends, I would say you’re crazy. About a half-decade ago, there was a handful of underground icons whom I listened to so often, others might’ve thought it was my job, but I was just so encapsulated by how different they were when comparing them to the majority of the mainstream artists that were receiving all the attention that I simply couldn’t go what seemed like even an hour without listening to a song or two. Some of these artists included names like Tommy Ice, Kevin Kazi, 909Memphis, BBY GOYARD, and so many others that I can’t name otherwise this sentence would go on for eternity. Ever since, I have had the pleasure of not only watching these individuals grow as musicians, but I also get to call the majority of them homies, and that’s something I’ll forever be grateful for. Out of all of these names, Lil Xelly is someone I not only consider a friend, but someone I truly and firmly believe has the potential to go extremely far in his career, and I just …

Better Float – [Highway] & [Xjay]

The pacific northwest region of the country might not necessarily be commonly known as a place that breeds talented hip-hop artists, but if you give any city in the world enough of a chance, you’re bound to find musicians who are seriously skilled and deserve as much attention as other celebrated cities are used to receiving. A few years ago, Seattle’s Lil Mosey took the scene by storm with his bubbly, easygoing personality and beyond catchy songs. Even though his buzz may have calmed down a bit since, Portland’s Yeat was undeniably one of the biggest success stories over the past year or two, and he is only continuing to rise up the ranks of the industry. Although these are just two names out of countless artists, one person who I have had on my radar for a handful of months is Highway, another Seattle bred emcee who is trying to make a case as to why he deserves a spot at the table, and after a few unignorable moves throughout his young career already including work with producers like Jetsonmade, Nick Mira, and many more, and this is only the beginning of what is sure to be an eye-opening …

it’s a monday – [Yung Kayo]

It seems that as artists rise in fame, success, and popularity, there are a few different routes they can take. They may focus all of their efforts on their music, work on their music while also attempting to embark on other business endeavors in other industries, or give up their time in the studio in order to build an empire of their own, and no matter what path they may pursue, it’s usually very inspiring. Young Thug is a bit of an anomaly because he seems to be a superstar who pursued the middle path that I previously spoke of, but considering he is as massively successful and dominant in both music and business, it appears as if everything he touches turns to gold. After starting YSL records, which is an imprint of his mother label 300 Entertainment, he has brought attention to some of the industry’s biggest stars including Gunna, Lil Keed, Lil Baby (who is no longer signed to the imprint), and more, with each emcee bringing something different yet equally appealing to the table. A couple of years ago, DMV-based talent Yung Kayo signed to YSL, and ever since, I have yet to be let down by …

tellmewhatuwant – [aldn]

I feel like not a week typically goes past where I don’t write about something coming out of the hyperpop world, but this is something that truly excites me. Not only are these artists some of the most creative musicians in the entire music business, but they are also some of the hardest working, which is the main reason why I never have a shortage of releases to cover. When I first found myself exploring this new subgenre, I was fully entrenched with all of the indescribable styles being brought to life, and while I was blown away, I was also nervous that it could be difficult to continuously keep up with this level of inventiveness. Much to my surprise, I have yet to find myself bored by even a single song that has come out of this rising style, and my admiration for these artists grows daily with every new release that is put out into the world. One of the calmer and more intricate talents in the scene is aldn, but his explorative nature has led to some of my favorite songs of 2021 in general, not just in the hyperpop community, and I’m beyond amped to see …

FNs Glokks Khopz – [Kickkone]

It may seem excessive to some, but I feel like I have the pleasure of writing about Florida-based artists a few times per week, typically. Although I’m not from the southern state and don’t have much of a connection to it at all, personally, I just see how much talent is oozing out of every single crevice first-hand, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop trying to put others onto this rejuvenating movement even after the rest of the world stops sleeping and realizes what kind of gems there are down south. Thanks to all of the incredible sounds coming out of Florida, I have gotten to become close enough. with certain hitmakers to even consider them friends, and the talented producer Taymasterchef is someone who never fails to keep me tapped in with some awesome rising artists that he is close to. Tay has told me about friend and fellow musician Kickkone in the past, but when I saw that he released a music video for his song “FNs Glokks Khopz” that was produced by Tay, I knew I had to tune in. It wasn’t until I checkout out the visual’s description that I realized it came off of …