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Left Lonely – [Hotboii]

It should be no secret to fans who read my articles that I have an affinity for Florida Hip-Hop music. Through many different artists, we’re given tales from the streets in a variety of different forms, some being about more violent threats while others detail hardships and struggles that come along with the street life. Hotboii, one of my personal favorites, has been using his platform ad an emotional outlet, mentioning themes like the things he had to do to survive, his time in jail, and other gracious appreciations thanks to the life he’s now able to live with his success in the music world. Following last month’s Lil Baby-assisted remix to his hit song “Don’t Need Time”, he’s back with another incredible offering, this time in the form of a song called “Left Lonely” and a music video that couples with it. The beat begins with a Flamenco-inspired melody that gets your hips moving as your brain’s gears begin to spin prior to feel-good guitars entering into the picture that is elevated by crisp percussion and concise drums. As he begins to recite the chorus, he spreads his words out slightly while boasting his unique sing-song style. After a …

Naw 4 Real – [Quez4Real]

For more than a decade now Atlanta has consistently set the trends in sound, fashion, lingo, and the actual promotion and proliferation of their music and it is the east side of the city that has received a great deal of the accolades up to this point. Ranging from street sensations like 21 Savage and Young Nudy who respectively changed trap music forever and beautifully married melody and violence to create a beautiful picture of both the struggles and redeeming qualities of growing up in their ends,  but this of course is not limited to just the PDE crew and expands even into R&B where 6lack forever cemented his adoration for East Atlanta with his aptly titled East Atlanta Love Letter last year, but as this new decade has rolled in and many other established paradigms have shifted since Covid-19 effectively paused and reset culture for all of the years to come after life begins to resemble normal again. Throughout this limbo from Coronavirus however something has begun to shift in Atlanta and as gentrification begins to further its vice-grip on the city it is not surprising at all to see rappers begin to blow up from areas that weren’t always synonymous …

Dis Dooda – [Taleban Dooda]

Florida is becoming almost like an even more southern Atlanta in terms of its music scene. What I mean by this is the fact that I’m constantly discovering new artists blooming out of the Rap scene in Atlanta, and in recent months or even years, I feel as if a day can’t go by without me hearing a new name or song from an artist that I need to get in tune with. Most recently, I was put onto East Tampa artist Taleban Dooda, and although the name sounded very peculiar to me, I put my skepticism to the side and listened up. At only 18 years old, there’s clearly room for Dooda to grow as an artist after listening to his song “Dis Dooda”, but his talents are already overly abundant and his potential is probably higher than most up and coming artists you could name off the top of your head. His voice is diverse when compared to his other Floridian counterparts with the fact that it is slightly melodious and more tuneful than most of the other artists from the state, but it has almost this Drill quality that sets him apart from his fellow Florida crooner …

Blindfold – [Gunna] ft. [Lil Baby]

There are certain dynamic duos who simply elevate each other on all fronts no matter what industry or profession you look at. When it comes to rap music, Gunna and Lil Baby are two of Atlanta’s most in-demand superstars without a doubt in anyone’s mind, and it has been this way since even before their “Drip Too Hard” days. While they simply seem to make each other better, they also make one another work harder as if there’s an unspoken challenge between the two to try and outdo the other artist. Either way, there is never any love lost because they both just compliment each other seamlessly and there hasn’t been a single time where one has truly overshadowed or outshined the other, and I’m not sure that day will ever come knowing just how talented the two rappers are. Even the release of the deluxe version of Wunna didn’t take away from how incredible “Blindfold” was off of the original, and it once again shows the duo at the top of their respective games. Considering that Wunna was a massive success and I don’t want to bore you with a repetitive explanation of the song itself, I’m going to …

Don’t Need Time (Remix) – [Hotboii] ft. [Lil Baby]

It’s kind of insane to think about the massive success that Hotboii has had in the Rap world in a relatively short period of time. Not only has he managed to make waves in the Florida music scene, but he has definitely differentiated himself from the rest of the artists in that region through his impressive versatility. What’s even wilder is the fact that he’s one of the youngest rappers making hits down there at only 20 years old, so his career is only going to continue blossoming as he gets older and more experienced. “Don’t Need Time” was one of the best songs off of Kut Da Fan On, which was a project full of bangers, so that says a lot. Most recently, however, he reached out and thankfully got a verse from Lil Baby on a remix, and Baby definitely made this song even better, unsurprisingly. As a refresher, poignant piano keys begin to play prior to lively hats and booming, succinct drums coming into the instrumental, adding some swiftness to the offering. Hotboii’s lyrics are sung in a moving, emotional fashion, but you’ve probably already heard his part because he keeps his hook and verse consistent with …

Tighten Up – [Lil Keed]

Trapped on Cleveland 3, Lil Keed’s most recent album, completely lived up to the hype in my personal opinion. In all honesty, the first run through or two didn’t necessarily catch my attention, but that’s happened in the past with other albums, and I’m glad that it has grown on me because now I revisit it constantly at least once a day. Although some of the guest spots were absolutely insane, especially the features from Travis Scott, Lil Baby, Gunna, Thugger, and others, Keed managed to consistently steal the show with his diverse styles and dexterous deliveries. Although he’s been celebrating the success of the album, he’s not slowing down any time soon, and he’s continuing to support the project by releasing some music videos, most recently for his track “Tighten Up”. As the song starts up, the camera pans up to the sky as balloons obstruct the view. Soon after, we’re transported to a used car dealership lot, and Keed makes his first appearance. A filter is used on the screen during certain shots that give it the feel as if you’re watching a cheesy public access commercial, and I find this style somewhat humorous but also intelligently placed …

Lemonade – [Souf Souf] ft. [Lil O]

Souf Souf is a Seattle-based group that I’ve only recently come in contact with, but I was thoroughly impressed by their sound. While I haven’t listened to too much of their music, they seem to have this infectiously fun quality within both of their voices, and considering it’s a duo, both of the artists bring some greatly appreciated differentiation and originality to the table. Their sub-genre of music has been described in the past as Island trap, and although the combination might sound slightly obscure, it comes together in an impressive fashion and it’s definitely going to turn some heads moving forward. Lemonade has been a hot topic as of recently, and obviously we’re always interested to see what the latest drink-related trend is here at LL, so when I found out that this dynamic duo dropped a song with “Lemonade” as the title, I had to see what kind of rendition they brought to life. Some lighthearted, bubbly synths combine with sharp percussion and overly bouncy drums in the perfect manner, creating a foundation that the two artists take and absolutely destroy. Shotta Pistol takes the hook where he uses this time to provide even more vitality to the …

Prospect – [Iann Dior] ft. [Lil Baby]

I always tell myself that one of these days I’m going to give writing about new Iann Dior releases a rest for a bit because I feel like I’m constantly covering any new songs or videos he puts out, but today is just simply not that day. He might’ve gotten snubbed out of being an XXL freshman, but the list itself wasn’t something I could complain too much about so it is what it is, and he’s going to keep hustling and raising his stock price anyway so I’m sure he’s not overly affected by this slight. I’m Gone is still in my constant rotation and at this point, I’m not sure I’ll ever grow tired of the project, but I’m not complaining about that whatsoever. It’s not often that an artist puts out so much music at such a consistent rate, and all of it is just incredible, so Iann undoubtedly has a gift that doesn’t come around frequently. His ability to not only steal the show on his individual efforts but also stand out on songs with features is uncanny, and it’s insane to think that he’s legitimately only getting started, so I’m excited to see what he’s …

Trapped On Cleveland 3 – [Lil Keed]

Atlanta and YSL affiliate Lil Keed is back with his star-studded and highly anticipated album ‘Trapped On Cleveland 3’. Personally I’ve been waiting to dive into this album for some time now to see how much Keed has progressed his sound up until this point. Keed’s newest project features a star-studded cast that features the likes of Young Thug, Travis Scott, Future, Lil Baby, Gunna, Ty Dolla Sign, and more. One other reason I was excited about TOC3 was the fact that Young Thug was really hands-on with this and helped executive produced this record. You can tell Keed is experimenting as an artist and with how he’s been structuring his music and how he’s been playing around with different flows and cadences. Like the features, the production on this album features some pretty notable names as well such as Wheezy, Jetson Supah Mario, and more. Although he has a while to go I believe Keed has the drive to become one of the most unique artists in rap. No, his sound isn’t that much more different than Young Thug but with Thug grooming him and how much Keed has progressed within the last 2 projects I believe he’s showing …

She Know – [Lil Keed] ft. [Lil Baby]

I honestly can’t remember the first time I was put onto Lil Keed, but I can’t image a world where I didn’t know about him, at this point. I‘ve been tuning into his releases for a couple of years at this point and I have yet to be disappointed with any of his projects or other miscellaneous releases. At first, in all honesty, I thought that although I liked a few songs, I was assuming that his sound might become monotonous or repetitive, especially with other rappers sounding similar, but he made sure to switch up his styles and deliver different sounds in ways that I never knew he could, making sure to keep his music fresh and inventive. In recent months he has been putting in an insane amount of work through features with other artists, but it’s about time that he gifts fans with another project, in my own selfish opinion. Luckily, the third edition of his Trapped on Cleveland series is set to drop this Friday, so our wait will be over, luckily. In order to build anticipation and even more buzz than ever before for the project, Keed decided to tap into Atlanta superstar Lil Baby …