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Dark Cloud – [Jay Whiss]

Over the past few years, the Prime Boys collective out of Toronto has produced some of the most exciting lyricists to come out of Canada. The group’s hardest hitting bar spitter Jay Whiss has always been an artist I have supported as his music carries so much emotion while keeping it incredibly real in his intricately crafted lyrics. It has been over 2 years since Jay Whiss has released any music, the drought had me anticipating when he would bless the world with more music. In the wake of the untimely passing of his close friend and rising superstar Smoke Dawg, it appeared as if the entire group stayed silent to shine a light on one of the Country’s most exciting artists gone far too soon. With the relase of Dark Cloud, Jay’s silence has been broken and over these three tracks, its clear Jay Whiss is coming to take what’s his. Dark Cloud definitely has an ominous overtone, with dark moody beats that allow Jay to clearly outline the struggles he’s faced over the past few years. The self-titled intro track features Jay opening up about the violence in Toronto that has been growing at an immense rate. Whiss’ lyrics are …

Left Unsaid – [Dpat]

From the very tops of the mountains to all the valleys below, it needs to be made known that the Sonder trio is making some of the best music that R&B has heard in quite some time right now. From the purity of their sound to the silky smooth intricacies incorporated all throughout, few groups/artists excite me for the future of music as much as Sonder does, and today, one of the trio’s members, Dpat, is here to push this to the next level with a brand new project, Left Unsaid. 10 tracks long, Left Unsaid first struck me as a project almost suspended in time. The influence from past R&B acts, as seen through the project’s extensive use of vocal samples, is certainly pronounced all throughout, but the futuristic aesthetics of the project seemingly play the other side of the coin, generating a beautiful balance between the two from the opening seconds to the project’s close. Needless to say, Dpat pushes the boundaries while refining the current state of R&B, and resulting is a masterful display of complex, soul-stricken production in its finest form. That said, per usual, Dpat’s advanced grasp on his sound has created for a riveting project, leaving …

The Search – [NF]

By: Stacy Burse, Jr. After more than a year since his Chart-Topping album, Perception, which still is on the charts today, NF (@nfrealmusic) drops his new single called “The Search”. In “The Search”, NF becomes very introspective and searches through the thoughts in his mind that have flourished since his rise to fame.  One thought that he admits is doubt.  He admits that he sometimes doubts that he will have another huge impactful song like his 2017 triple platinum single, “Let You Down, which, in my opinion, NF doesn’t have anything to worry about his music not being as impactful as in the past.  “The Search” has earned almost 1.5 million views in under 24 hours. The video is set in a deserted field along with NF wearing black carrying black balloons and other sad people sporadically placed in the video wearing white. In my interpretation, the field represents his mind and people wearing white are negative thoughts that occur in his mind sporadically. I am excited to see what’s in store for the talented Michigan rapper. Check out the “The Search” video below and let us know what you think in the comments. Directed by NF & Patrick Tohill

Tyler, The Creator’s IGOR: The Most Accurate and Mature Interpretation of Heartbreak

Heartbreak is an indescribable feeling that blends mental and physical pain into a bane that one wouldn’t wish on their worst enemy. It’s been awhile since it’s been so accurately portrayed in the form of a full-length album, at least as accurately as Tyler, The Creator has on his new record IGOR, which cements him as one of the best artists of our generation. IGOR is an amalgamation of profuse and delightful arrangements — pulling elements from jazz, pop, soul, rap, electronic music, and more into his most focused and cohesive, but also unpredictable project to date. Tyler finds peace in accepting the outcome of a relationship, creating an immersive soundscape full of catchy love tunes, balancing brashness and beauty in a way that exquisitely captures the joy, sorrow, and anger of a loving but unhealthy relationship that takes a turn for the worst. IGOR represents the best and worst of a relationship, tied together through themes of self-realization and individualism. It’s an on-the-nose portrayal of the full cycle of a relationship and the heartbreak that tends to result from it, capturing everything to an extent, from the warm and fuzzy feelings that kick off every relationship, all the way …

Stronger – [Raveena]

Emotional clarity is a virtue, and quite often, I find that my best moments of introspection in this context arrive at the hands of music. Every once in a while, I’ll find that my entire mindset can shift based on the lyrics of a song, and more often than not, this occurs when an artist is truly able to capture a profound idea/emotion and package it in a way that listeners can resonate with. Doing just this in her own, uniquely alluring way, Raveena is back on our pages with her brand new single, “Stronger.” At its core, “Stronger” feels less like it speaks to listeners and more like Raveena speaking and reflecting to herself. The lyrics take on vulnerability with a devout hunger for the aforementioned clarity of mind, and resulting is a deeply candid account of Raveena’s inner relationship with strength, specifically in the context of love and the valuing of oneself. With this, in regards to songwriting, few artists right now come across as genuinely exciting as Raveena, as her ability to create a shared sense of community between the listener and the artist is truly second to none. Every time I listen to Raveena, I feel …

FOTO – [Kota The Friend]

Where he saw room for a path, Brooklyn’s Kota The Friend created one. I’ve been aware of this budding talent for some time now, and simply by maintaining a consistent, high-quality level of output, Kota’s journey has been an undeniably lovable one. There aren’t any gimmicks involved — he makes great music, his guiding principle of authenticity never ceases to bleed through the music, and his clear creative vision has made for countless visuals and songs in the past, all of which have shown great development throughout Kota’s career. Today, these sentiments come full circle with the release of Kota The Friend’s long-awaited debut album, FOTO. 19 songs long, FOTO is definitely a longer album, but quite honestly, it gets away with it because of Kota’s storytelling abilities. His character arc throughout the album tracks the journey of someone truly questioning himself and the world around him, using the wins, the losses, and confusion as his map toward the light at the end of the tunnel. In general, the jazzy, lush instrumentals make sense for such a reflective release, and by the time the last few songs roll around, this inviting sonic environment and around-the-campfire lyricism make you feel as though you …

See If I Mean It – [Adrian Stresow]

Making a strong return to our pages today, Dallas artist Adrian Stresow releases a brand new visual for his Be Safe Out There lead single titled “See If I Mean It”. After taking a break from releasing for a few months, Adrian’s fans have been patiently waiting for his highly anticipated summer album. Announcing it earlier last week, he dropped the only single from the album accompanied by this incredible film below. Throughout the visual, which was directed by Zack Hefley, Adrian takes his fans on a journey through the last year of his life, including scenes from festival performances, private listening sessions, and trips that he’s taken to various cities within the US. Adrian’s upcoming album is set to drop next Wednesday, May 22, with seven additional tracks for a total of eight that will ultimately fabricate the message that Adrian has in mind. Be sure to watch Stresow’s visual for “See If I Mean It” below and follow him on Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date with news regarding Be Safe Out There!

Deem Spencer: Low-Key Taking the Legacy of Queens Hip-Hop Into Soulful, Vulnerable, Experimental Directions

Hip-hop is a big tent, with room for all kinds of voices, vibes, looks and personalities, right? Or at least, it ought to be. Too often though, as in other genres, one success story spawns scores of imitators, and A&R reps, managers and promoters—not generally known for seeking out the most unique and unconventional voices out there—scramble to find the next version of that person who blew up a few months back. Duplication is rewarded, and deviation from the commercially proven is viewed as suspect. Likewise, in a crowded landscape marked by a perpetual jockeying for attention on IG and Twitter, it’s often the loudest voices, the most colorful characters and outsize personalities that win the day and, of course, grab that money. Sometimes they’re little more than personality, but they know how to get noticed. So where does that leave a rapper with a subtler, less flashy, more low-key approach? Ask Deem Spencer. A product of south side Jamaica, Queens—a stone’s throw from JFK Airport—Spencer is a far cry from the noisy jets that populate his neighborhood, and not exactly a sonic descendant of Jamaica’s most celebrated musical idols, 50 Cent and G-Unit, though he’s a lifelong fan. With …

Injury Reserve: Commitment to Quality

Ahead of their self-titled major label debut album, we look at what makes Injury Reserve great, and why they should be admired by not just up and coming artists, but all artists. In an era where 20+ song albums laden with filler have become an unfortunate commonality, artists who truly care about pushing the hip-hop genre forward and taking risks are hard to come by, and often end up lurking in the shadows. Armed with their original ideas and captivating creative arcs, these artists not only make for longevity, but impact, just as well. Injury Reserve is a hip-hop outfit hailing from Arizona that has been consistently dropping boundary-pushing and inventive rap music for a few years now. The group consists of two emcees, Ritchie with a T, and Stepa J. Groggs, along with the glue of the group, producer Parker Corey. There is a clear sense of care and attentiveness to detail when it comes to the entire package of Injury Reserve. Not only is the music polished and amusing, but so are the visuals (directed by Parker Corey) and the live shows. On an adjacent note, the group’s live performance, in particular, had me, along with the rest …

Our 50 Favorite Wiz Khalifa Songs

In the music world, influence manifests itself in many different ways. Whether it be sonically — changing the sounds that artists use and often creating some sort of new trend and/or subgenre in the process — or aesthetically — changing the “cool” styles in music and the lifestyles that artists speak about in their songs — influence can arrive packaged as a quick viral moment or a lasting flame, both of which hold value in their own rights.  Pittsburgh’s own, the Taylor Gang representative himself, Wiz Khalifa, is one of the rare talents who comes around and entirely shifts the culture in both of the aforementioned ways. Especially when he first came out, Wiz’s lanky, tattooed build and effortlessly cool stoner lifestyle made him a genuinely alluring artist, and while his personal style (snapbacks, the dyed patch of hair, etc.) was worthy of mention, the music was there to back it all up. Simply put, Wiz’s style, both on the mic and off, quickly set a standard for creatives and other artists to congregate toward, marking him as one of music’s most underrated culture-shifters of the last decade or so. Even further, beyond the influence that Wiz has had on a …