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Outside (Tiny Yung Freestyle) – [Lil Duece]

Although it’s impossible for me to stay up to date with each and every single that’s hot in the different regions of the country, I try my very best to tap in whenever I’m put on to the latest and greatest song, even if it hasn’t migrated to Chicago quite yet. When it comes to the West Coast, I find myself so deeply invested in the music scene and culture out there that it almost feels like a second home to me, despite the fact that I’ve never actually had the pleasure of being out West. Although I’m a few months late to this one, when the homie hit me up and just randomly sent me a link to Lil Duece’s song “Outside (Tiny Yung Freestyle)” saying that it was the hottest street record in LA at the moment, I couldn’t help but check it out as soon as I had the chance. After tuning in, though, it’s abundantly obvious why it’s such a popular song because although it incorporates that trademark West Coast bounce that a lot of that region’s music possesses, it is so much more laid back and smooth, making it as individualistic as it is an …

Get Refreshed: Roxas Hits A Hat Trick, The Unstoppable d1v, and Sam Thraxx’s Definitive Guide To Making It In The Music Industry

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Brixton Yorker dark0: “shining star” I am not quite sure who would’ve ever had the following belief, but for anyone who thought London-based club producer dark0 had anything less to prove up to this point in his career, they would be coming from a place of sheer ignorance, plain and simple. The outstanding outpouring of content from this digitally-incentivized production force has been nothing short of brilliant in all regards, and the mass amount of times this notion has been proven as such should be enough to cement their status as among the greatest modern figures within his craft.  And yet, he’s nowhere close to being finished — not in the slightest. Exemplified by the Year0001-hosted single entitled “shining star,” the first off of their long-awaited debut album experience Eternity, his potential has yet to be fully revealed, which is truly saying something for us outside onlookers who have considered his past work in a near-perfect light.  But with this track being paired with the corresponding reveal of the forthcoming album’s fantasy video game concept – driven by …

STEP IN THE SCENE FREESTYLE! – [EGOVERT]

Ever since I’ve gotten deeper into the underground music scene while writing for Lyrical, I’ve been lucky enough to actually form friendships with certain artists and other industry people, and there are perks that come with this. Most notably, a lot of times I get an early look at new music from some of my favorite up-and-comers, so when EGOVERT hit me last week and sent an early cut of his latest song, I was all in from the moment I pressed play. This song, which came out just yesterday, ended up being called “STEP IN THE SCENE FREESTYLE!” and it’s produced by the well-renowned hitmaker Supa Mario. As soon as you begin the song, your ears are attacked by a rowdy, intense 808 before you hear some intergalactic synths that are eventually met with spread apart hats and some mischievous piano keys that truly tie everything together. Considering EGO is one of my overall favorite artists out right now, I feel like he can do no wrong, but the way he attacks this instrumental shows him truly at the top of his game. Although he can have such a strong and almost overpowering personality, this is what keeps me …

Champagne Ahki – [Moe Faygoo]

In terms of underrated artists there are probably very few that are truly more slept on that Columbus, Ohio’s Moe Faygoo who you have probably seen or heard on social media whether you realized it or not and the young rapper’s massive magnetic personality has made him easy to love for his growingly loyal cult following, identifying with many because of his status as a first generation immigrant in America who has risen above all the odds and made a way for himself and gifted him a platform to tell the story of his life, his family, and friends. Most recently he borrowed the instrumental for Drake’s latest instant-classic “Lemon Pepper Freestyle” that he titled “Champagne Ahki.” From the open he opens his mouth there is a clear difference in his persona, offering up his personal tribulations in addition to his triumphs that are broadcast all over his music typically, but in the midst of the heartfelt, confession like energy he offers glimpses of his sense of humor with his sarcastic ad-libs that instead of taking away from the songs seriousness only like Moe Faygoo even more. The intimate visual punctuated by militant clips from the Middle East was directed …

ACTION PARK – [dolphin talk x stephen niday]

The current debate and dialogue I recently have seen all over Twitter is tired judgements on an underground scene that is incredibly misunderstood and perhaps more talent laden than ever which exists on SoundCloud, while the ignorant many continue their 2016-2017 nostalgia craze and ignore the actual leaps and bounds being made by artists who were first inspired by the now defunct scene that is so romanticized and building off of their innovations and learning from their many mistakes. but painfully the massive amounts of attention that were placed on the platform during the earlier years is now gone and these incredible creatives are starved of the popularity that initially birthed the entire “clout” craze but at the same time has led to their fanbases becoming all the more ravenous and close-knit and developing into intricate communities with distinct and often hilarious social orders and whatnot. One trend I have been seeing recently that I love is the increase in third-party project releases where a DJ or promoter or in this case producers recruit their favorite artists to their beats and release a compilation project that never becomes predictable and gives the producers a more extended moment to shine that is all too …

YN Jay Interview: The Rise of The Coochie Man

“I did everything that all the rappers used to do like writing real bars and real raps and it didn’t work. I just had to wait my turn. I watched everybody around me shine before I had my turn to shine.” -YN Jay Whether you love the platform or not, we can’t ignore the amount of impact that Tik Tok has had on the music industry as of late. The app that caught the most traction during quarantine became the home to the latest music trends and dances, and a lot of people found new artists there. The amount it time it takes for a Tik Tok sound to trend on the app seems like it gets shorter and shorter, and rap songs are leading the charge of most of the viral songs. One artist in particular who found his rise to stardom from the app would be the upcoming Flint Michigan rapper–YN Jay. Most recognizable for his bars about coochie, YN Jay has been one of the many artists from Flint Michigan to take off and show signs of a very promising future. His buzz began around March of 2020 when the country was completely shut down, and many …

Bonnet Freestyle – [Big Jade]

Over the past few years, there has been an absolutely remarkable movement of women entering the rap scene full force and never looking back. They bring a new sense of empowerment to people, especially other women, all over the world, and they’re making such an immense mark on the music industry that I can’t help but applaud this incredible movement. While some of these artists seem to have it made from the moment they stepped foot in the game, others, such as Texas’s very own Big Jade, have to work overtime to make their dreams come true. While Jade has an amazing crowd of supporters and possesses such incredible talent, she still has to juggle a blossoming music career with things like being a single mother as well as a part-time hairdresser on the side. Recently, she decided to make another claim as to why she deserves a moment in the spotlight with her latest freestyle entitled “Bonnet”, and it’s definitely going to turn some heads once people begin to notice her unique talents and stop sleeping on her. As far as the production is concerned, her rap mentor BeatKing flipped a classic Missy Elliot track and sampled “Hot Boyz”, …

No Saints on Knight Street – [MANILA GREY]

When it comes to music out of Canada’s West Coast, very few artists encapsulate the sound of the region better than MANILA GREY. The duo consisting of vocalist Soliven and emcee Neeko is an absolute powerhouse, impeccable sonics paired with an international fanbase that has been waiting patiently for the release of their highly anticipated project No Saints on Knight Street. Their most recent album brings something for new and old fans alike, their signature sound has blossomed to something that feels like it could easily be the soundtrack to a dystopian action movie filled with neon lights, something out of Blade Runner.  With their single “Backhouse Ballin” shooting up the charts in the Philippines, it’s only a matter for MANILA GREY to become a global phenomenon. What MANILA GREY does exceptionally well is using a multitude of influences from both Eastern and Western cultures to make music appealing to people on either side of the Pacific Ocean. The childhood friends have always had a passion for sharing their unique perspective through music, over the years they have remained consistent with an output of incredible tracks but it seems like with this release they are at a point they could …

BRA-LESS – [Iamdoechii]

Many of you by now have undoubtedly heard of Iamdoechii. The Tampa, Florida-raised rapper’s song, “Yucky Blucky Fruitcake” is making its way across social media and is absolutely deserving of all the attention coming its way. My introduction to the burgeoning rap artist was through her song, “Spookie Coochie,” and from the onset, you could tell Iamdoechii had an indescribable charisma about her that found its way into her raps. With the current success of her previously released single, “Yucky Blucky Fruitcake,” Iamdoechii’s music is being propelled into more ears than ever before, leading her to release a new five-track EP titled, BRA-LESS, that is re-emphasizing her charismatic style. Her calculated effort in putting together a collection of songs that exemplify the kind of production, delivery, and sound that lingers around our favorite mixtapes, makes Iamdoechii’s latest release so special. From her cinematic opener, “BRA-LESS,” to the braggadocios nature of “PMS,” the utter freestyle atmosphere created on “TRUTH,” the energized bounce of “SHIT” and finally, Iamdoechii concludes her project with her previously released R&B single, “GIRLS.” In totality, Iamdoechii embodies all the elements of an artist whose prowess as a rapper combined with her silk-lined vocal ability as a singer culminate …

Reverse! – [Natenumbaeight]

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about music in the current digital age of music, it’s that there are literally no boundaries that artists need to follow anymore. Just as Natenumbaeight, one of the most captivating and creative artists in the entire industry, yet you can never tell if he is constantly trolling just to joke or if he’s going to win a Grammy one day. Either way, Nate is no stranger to the spotlight considering a plethora of his spur of the moment freestyles responding to internet videos go viral more often than not, so if you’re not familiar with his name, you might be familiar with freestyles like his “FuckedUpInTheCribFreestyle.mp4” or “MonkeyBonerFreestyle.mp4”. Now, if you’re not familiar with his antics online, then his musical style might catch you by surprise, but there’s no denying his lyrical abilities when it comes to the wordplay he uses throughout his music, and even the harshest of critics would have to agree with that. This is evident in a song called “Reverse!” which came out about a month ago, so yes, I know I’m late to the party. Nonetheless, the homie FatBoyBrick actually produced this hit, utilizing some inquisitive and almost ominous …