SEARCH FOR: MY FAVORITE COLOR

Chakra – [V Lonely] ft. [TheHxliday]

As I have spent more and more time in the music industry, I have learned to never let an opportunity to learn about a new artist go to waste. While I definitely don’t have the time to go through all of the cold direct messages that artists send to me day in and day out (although I wish I did), I try my best to listen to musicians that I’m not familiar with by randomly finding things on Spotify or YouTube, receiving a press release that catches my eye, hearing about an up-and-comer from a fellow music business friend, or any other way I can. One method that I often overlook is by paying attention to opening acts at concerts I attend, but that is one of the best ways I have come across artists I thoroughly enjoy. While I often get to shows late because I just want to see the main act, when I attended the DC the Don show a few weeks back, I made sure to get there as soon as doors opened because I’m homies with DC and some of his team members, so I wanted to take in the experience in its entirety, especially …

Lucki blesses listeners with new visual to “GOODFELLAS”

With Lucki’s near-perfect project FLAWLESS LIKE ME dropping just over a month ago, it was only a matter of time before listeners were graced with some visuals to accompany it. His latest for “GOODFELLAS” just dropped last night, following the video to “LIFE MOCKS ART” which dropped last week. Directed by Lonewolf, this joint gives a perfect representation of the song’s feel. A cinematic piece, the title directly reflects what you’d expect to see; blood-colored tint, Tommy guns, dim-lit rooms, stacks of cash, and mob-dressed actors. This is one of my favorite tracks on the album, and this masterful piece was met with an equally flawless video. Go peep on YouTube below.

vulnerability – [Remedy4Ej]

SoundCloud is a streaming platform that means a lot more to me than most other music listening stages out there. I admittedly haven’t been on SoundCloud a ton in the last handful of years, but it was on this very platform that I discovered some of my favorite artists ever. Even if you are just starting out, have little to no following, and are trying to make a name for yourself, it seems like SC is the first place you should start uploading your music because even if listeners only have the free version of the app, they have unlimited access to your discography (even if you have to deal with a monotonous Wendy’s ad every few songs). This app has changed my life, and it’s the artists I’ve come across on there that have changed my outlook on the industry as well as my personal taste in music, and I will never abandon the streaming platform entirely because I’d be dumb to do that in any capacity. Although I get sent music daily from homies, publicists, and random people alike, when my friend sent me Remedy4Ej’s latest song “vulnerability”, the recommendation came through an email and an additional text …

Mama’s House – [My Favorite Color]

My Favorite Color has been crafting some of the most imaginative releases that I have ever witnessed throughout the past few years and considering they’re always over the top and executed so incredibly well, I am past questioning if he will ever run out of ideas because that’s just impossible at this point. Whether it’s his diverse songs, mesmerizing music videos, or simply his compelling persona, MFC checks all the boxes for what it means to be an artist, and I really wish that other rising musicians would take note. His songs are always a spectacle in and of themselves, but his music videos are things that I can never pass up no matter how late to the party I may end up being. Today, I realized that I missed out on a music video for his ZAYALLCAPS and KEEM THE CIPHER-produced song “Mama’s House” that dropped just about a week ago, but I didn’t let my self-disappointment or self-reproach prevent me from enjoying every single second of this release that takes us through what I would imagine is the worst nightmare for anyone bringing their significant other to meet their parents. After knocking on the door and being greeted …

Winter – [Danny Brown]

Certain emcees have grinded for many years, putting blood, sweat, and tears into their music to get to the position they’re in today, and it seems like the current generation just doesn’t have the patience or a similar work ethic to put in the time and dedication to gain notoriety. Well, one of the most infamous OGs in the game is Danny Brown, a Michigan spitter who needs no introduction at all, but I’ll give him one anyways. Danny was one of the first people I ever experienced (and actually appreciated) try something outrageous as far as vocals are concerned, and with his flows and lyricism shining brightly alongside these captivating styles, I was entranced from the very first time I tapped in. His album Old is still a project that I will revisit regularly, but my favorite memory was seeing him live in 2014 at the Pitchfork Music Festival here in Chicago which still stands as one of the most entertaining, energized performances I’ve ever experienced with my own two eyes. If you’re a fan, you know that we’ve heard more crickets over the past few years than we have new music, but with so much going on in …

SO WHAT – [Dro Kenji] ft. [DC the Don]

Every day I listen to a bunch of up-and-comers that the general population might be oblivious to, so when someone asks me for recommendations of who’s hot that they need to check out, I could list off probably hundreds of different artists. Two of my very favorite recommendations are Dro Kenji and DC the Don, though, and while I can go into a variety of reasons why they are at the very top, you should understand my thought process after checking out any one of their records. Although they both have unique styles and distinctive characteristics, I feel like they’re cut from a similar cloth and carry a comparable dark, pensive, and shadowy aesthetic as well as intoxicating energy, regardless of the song you’re listening to. It’s weird to consider them up-and-comers after witnessing all of the success they’ve achieved at such young ages, but it’s a matter of time before the mainstream spotlight is on both of them, and it’s a moment that I am beyond eager for. I usually have a tough time selecting favorite songs on any of their projects, but when Dro dropped his EP LOST IN HERE a few days ago, the song that stood …

Same Old-[autumn keys] x [Ayotemi]

“I curated this project to affirm the belonging of hip-hop & electronic music in a single space. Otherwise known as future beats, this project brings together soulful and jazzy boom bap production riddled with soulful rap vocals and electronic sound design. The sub-genre was greatly inspired and developed by the likes of Flying Lotus, Mr. Carmack, and quite a few of the artists featured on this project including Oshi, Lophiile, DECAP, whereisalex, & ROMderful. It was no easy undertaking bringing together these staples of the producer world, but over the past year, I’ve been lucky enough to have everyone place their faith in me. After over two years since the last issue, Good Society Volume 3 is our version of the ultimate genre fluid hip-hop album” – Josh Yamini Colorado producer autumn keys and DMV artist Ayotemi team up for a blissful new track titled “Same Old.” This stunning song is off Good Society’s third volume of their reputable compilation series, which never fails to recruit elite talents representative of the current beat scene. “Same Old” is my favorite track on the project, which is largely credited to the immense musical chemistry displayed between autumn keys and Ayotemi. For starters, …

off_yew – [whiterosemoxie]

Although this isn’t the case for everyone, there are certain emcees in this industry that when they’ve been relatively quiet, you know something big is coming. I mean, everyone seems to have their own cadence as far as releasing things goes, so whether they release something new every day, every week, or every few months, you know when to expect a fresh drop. As I grow used to these behaviors, though, I notice when they begin to stray away from what is usual, and considering Detroit’s whiterosemoxie seems to be relatively quiet over the past few months, I can only hope that this means he is about to drop something epic. I’ve made my stance on the Michigan music scene as clear as day quite a few times at this point, and while it is one of my favorite hip-hop destinations in the current climate, moxie is undeniably one of my all-time favorite emcees out right now, so I have to speculate, otherwise I just wouldn’t be being honest. He has dropped a slew of hits exclusively on his SoundCloud page over the past few months, and while I’m not sure what these are leading up to, I do know …

SOS – [cybertrash] ft. [reef]

I’m pretty proud of my music taste and like to think that I am someone who can put my friends, family, and industry cohorts on to some amazing new musicians, but I will never sit here and ever claim to be even close to the best. I mean, I like what I like, and while clearly I’m not the only person who enjoys the music I listen to because if I was, then no one else would probably care about these articles or check out to the music I write about. For this reason, though, I know that actual musicians are typically the ones who are the most tapped in with up-and-coming acts because I know they want to help put others in the position to succeed knowing that they were once in the same exact spot. ericdoa is definitively one of my favorite artists out right now, and he has been for probably around 2 or more years, but if there is one person who really created a new sound that I was captivated by, it’s him. He even puts me onto new emcees that he works with, and even though I don’t believe they have collaborated quite yet, …

Cut Me In – [My Favorite Color]

Although I’m about to say what I’m about to say, hear me out and keep reading to understand why I’m typing these words: My Favorite Color ruined music for me. To embellish on what I mean by this statement, the Los Angeles-born Pittsburgh-raised emcee is just too creative, forward-thinking, and enthralling that it makes almost any other emcee out there feel like a normal, run-of-the-mill person. MFC’s out-of-the-box style of creation has led to countless hits that get better and more intriguing as additional music comes out on his end, and he is never afraid to push the limits or try something new. While he is known for his undeniably entertaining personality and remarkable rap skills, when he dropped his Garrett Hunter-produced song “Cut Me In” a few weeks back, I was caught off guard because it was so much more melodic and tranquil than most of the other records that I have heard from him, but I loved this change of pace as he seized the opportunity to double down on his versatility. In the article I originally wrote about this track, I had mentioned how I was slightly let down that there wasn’t a music video paired with …