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Avril Lavigne – [TiaCorine]

TiaCorine is a rising act out of Winston-Salem, North Carolina who is garnering the attention of some of your favorite musicians. Today she offers up her newly released visuals for “Avril Lavigne” which was directed and shot by Josh Seidman of Rocket Reels. This record showcases how versatile Tia’s sound and talent can be, if you were a fan of her ‘34Corine’ project you’ll notice how much this “Avril Lavigne” record differs compared to the rest of the project. This is just a taste of what’s to come for Tia, as this video is the start of the rollout of her deluxe version of ‘34Corine’ which is set to drop later this month. Tia is an artist who has received high praise from acts such as SZA, Isaiah Rashad, Rico Nasty, Kenny Beats, and more. With her exponentially growing fan base and co-signs the South Coast Music Group emcee should be ready to take a giant leap in 2021. Watch TiaCorine take her band from the garage to across the city with a new video for “Avril Lavigne” for yourself after the break.

Stick! – [Zack Fox] ft. [Fabo]

In a world with so much polarization and divide, having someone like Zack Fox is always refreshing. His comical approach to music is unlike any other meme rappers you can think of because not only are his bars hilarious, they’re also actually incredibly well thought out and pieced together in an unbelievably remarkable way. He isn’t just making music as a joke, and that’s clear because although there might be funny elements, he’s actually extremely talented and has proven time and time again that he’s more than a comedian. Although I’m a little late to his most recent song “Stick!”, I couldn’t help but talk about it after seeing all the creativity and thoughtfulness that went not only into the record itself but the visual that accompanies it as well. F1LTHY, a producer I’ve grown familiar with through his copious amounts of work with Chicago legend Lucki, is a hitmaker I wasn’t expecting to join forces with Zack, but after hearing the results, I’m beyond grateful that they did. As for the production, F1LTHY utilizes some lighthearted, almost elementary-sounding piano keys that are accented by spread out percussion and very pungent, hard-hitting bass in the distance. When Zack starts to …

Bop It – [Fivio Foreign] ft. [Polo G]

One of the best parts about getting a yearly XXL Freshman class is all the collaborations that come from the multitude of artists on the cover. This opportunity for some artists has led to some wild collabs in the past, but it has also led to some long-awaited work between artists as well. Although Fivio Foreign and Polo G have teamed up once or twice in the past, they’re back and better than ever in their latest song together. Throw in a little nostalgia and some Kenny Beats production and the results couldn’t get any better. The track I’m alluding to, of course, is called “Bop It”, and although it came out late last week, it’s a song I’ve been bumping all weekend so I could help but talk about it. Kenny lays a perfect Drill-Inspired foundation with momentous synths, clattering percussion, and out of the box drums that gives Fivio an incredible path to show off his skills, while also pushing Polo out of his comfort zone slightly, leading to magnificent results. As the song starts up, a short sample that must have been taken from a retro Bop It commercial is played before the instrumental begins to build …

34Corine – [TiaCorine]

I know I’ve been saying this all 2020, but women are running rap music this year. I don’t think I’ve heard a project from a woman emcee I didn’t believe that was at least solid and that I didn’t run back multiple times. Tia Corine is a rapper from Winston Salem, North Carolina who is quickly making a name for herself and her lyrics and flow stand out from the typical content. It’s the Dragonball Z skits and the lyrics and flows for me on Tia’s newest project 34Corine. This is only the tip of the iceberg for her, no I’m serious it is. She’s gotten co-signs and singles in the vault with people such as SZA, Isaiah Rashad, and an ep with Kenny Beats in the works. The South Coast Music Group affiliate looks to follow in the success of fellow label mates Dababy and Toosii heading into 2021 and to build a household name for herself. Press play on TiaCorine’s new 8 track project ‘34Corine’ after the break below.

Kamikaze – [Omar Apollo]

When I first got hooked on watching The Cave with Kenny Beats, I was drawn in by all the incredible rappers he invited to the studio to freestyle over insane instrumentals. Then, when he began inviting unpredictable yet incredible talents like Marc Rebillet and Omar Apollo onto the show, my horizons began to expand, and my mind was completely blown. Their appearances brought a new side out of Kenny, while Kenny was able to challenge them and give them a soundscape that isn’t typically used by these artists. Nonetheless, they rose to the occasion, of course, and went off the rails unlike ever before. I bring this up because Omar Apollo’s episode was my first introduction to the Indiana songbird, and although I definitely need to familiarize myself even more, when I saw he released a brand-new song entitled “Kamikaze”, I had to stop everything I was doing and tune in. To start the beat off on the right foot, producers Omar Velasco and Teo Halm team up to offer up dreamy, mystifying, and resounding synths of some sort paired with an instrument that sounds like a filtered electric guitar. Eventually, a consistently groovy bassline coupled with old school-inspired percussion …

Baguetti – [Smino] x [J.I.D] & [Kenny Beats]

There are very few artists, who aren’t in a group or collective with each other, that come together and just simply click with one another quite as Smino and J.I.D do. I’m not sure if this is due to the fact that they both have similar sounds or styles, or maybe it’s due to the fact that they seem to give it their all every time they write a verse by utilizing a plethora of different wordplays and deliveries that make them stand out amongst everyone else in the industry. When they have gotten together in the past, it’s almost like a friendly competition to try and one-up one another and challenge the other artist to make sure they bring their A-game, which is always the case for both of them regardless. As for Kenny Beats, he just has this rare ability to form connections and relationships with everyone he truly wants to work with, and he understands their strengths so well that he’s able to exploit these traits and bring the best out in every artist he comes in contact with. Out of nowhere yesterday, the trio took to Twitter to announce the release of their brand-new song “Baguetti”, …

Tony Shhnow and CashCache! tell us how they linked up, their latest joint-project, how CashCache got his tag, and much more in an exclusive new Q&A

2020 has been a year of mass chaos and upheaval that has lead to a great many growing pains within our different communities as dissension increases more and more and on a much more microcosmic level, this has been reflected in many different music trends, specifically within rap, that have begun to take shape over the last twelve months that are certainly challenging sonic status-quos while also inspiring and grabbing the attention of new listeners every day who are tired of hearing the exact same type of boring song structure and production tropes continually. Atlanta in particular has been a hotbed for this rise of creativity and innovation within the ‘trap’ and ‘SoundCloud’ spaces that have given both artists and producers a blank canvas to essentially riff on the sounds and flows pulled off by their peers. It is innately collaborative and frankly beautiful to watch and while people may immediately point to artists like 645AR, whose squeaky-voiced flow has already enchanted millions this year, or even Kenny Mason who is beginning to work metal and shoegaze production tendencies into his music in a completely new way, unlike the tired and drab ‘rap-rock’ of previous years. However, neither of these …

YND – [KEY!]

For quite some time I’ve been a massive fan of KEY! He’s obviously an underground legend, but I feel like some people forget just how deep his roots run considering he’s been an integral part of the Atlanta Hip-Hop scene for quite some time at this point. He’s the voice behind Kenny Beats’ “Woah, Jenny” ad-lib, and that’s obviously not the most impressive thing he’s done in the slightest. His next album I Love You, Say it Back is set to release next week on June 4th and I legitimately couldn’t be more excited. I’ve covered a few of his other singles off the project and they’ve gotten me so eager to hear what else he has in store for us that this week is going to feel like an eternity. “Sugar & Rice” specifically has graced my speakers at least three to five times per day since it released just because it’s such a feel-good, bubbly anthem. After letting his previous singles breathe for about a month or so, thankfully he’s back in full album promotion mode with another single entitled “YND”. Rotating, affectionate synths mixed with what sounds like some organ keys create the framework for the production …

BB (BODYBAG) – [Slowthai]

Slowthai has been going off for the past week. Well, to clarify, he’s honestly been going off for a few years at this point with his insane and chaotic offerings. This past week specifically, however, he has dropped off a slew of new music out of nowhere, each song being better than the last, and his fans couldn’t be more excited. I had just written about the song “Magic” that he made with Kenny Beats and was playing that repeatedly before realizing that another single had dropped, and this one had a music video. I’m talking about his song “BB (BODYBAG)” of course, and I know I’m a couple of days late to the party but it’s as wild and crazy as any of his other hits this week. The beat begins with some fuzzy synths that almost sound like vintage horns as well as some plucking strings before the percussion and bass come in to add some eye-opening hostility. Before the percussion does come in, though, his lyrics and delivery come off as somewhat innocent and harmless prior to his entire disposition changing as soon as the striking hats and booming drums come into the picture. With all of …

Magic- [Slowthai] & [Kenny Beats]

All sorts of Rap music is being created in this day and age, and Kenny Beats is typically responsible for making a good majority of it. His versatility to produce for such a wide variety of artists has always been something I admired about him, and his show The Cave on YouTube has put me onto some artists who I’ve honestly slept on up until seeing their appearances. Slowthai was one of these people, and I had no idea what I was missing out on with his music. His edgy, grungy demeanor is unlike anything else in the industry, and the fact that he’s making music like this coming from a place like England is unheard of. His personality is so strange in the best possible way, and his uniqueness shines through in his music, time and time again. Most recently, he teamed back up with Kenny Beats to release a random single entitled “Magic”. With most interactions being handled virtually, Kenny and Thai met up while streaming on Twitch to announce that this song was going to drop soon and soon ended up being just a few hours later. Kenny uses beyond pungent and powerful drums, clean hats, and …