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HELLSING – [ITSOKTOCRY]

If there’s one artist in the. Underground that I think has been consistently making some of the best music in the entire world for years and years, it has to be ITSOKTOCRY. The Denver native has not only created an insane legacy by himself, but he has aligned himself with such a dexterous group of other artists that it seems like there’s nothing he can’t do if he puts his mind to it. I legitimately never get even remotely tired of hearing any of his songs, and this is mainly due to the fact that his voice is so pliable that he can make any sound he wants, reminding me of an almost more versatile Young Thug which is as high as my praise can get. Although there has been a brief hiatus since he dropped new music considering he was putting in work on the music video front to continue to promote his unbelievable project Poshboy 2, he decided to bring that break to an end with the release of his latest record “HELLSING”, and it’s even better than I could have ever anticipated. Produced by neet.ro and 1177, our ears are met with some mischievous, Dracula-like synths that …

13 G’s – [ILLYMINIACHI]

Over the past few months, ILLYMINIACHI has been releasing some of the best music of his career. With a unique voice and approach to his music, there has never been any question that ILLYMINIACHI stands out amongst the pack. His laid-back delivery matches perfectly with complicated production that lines up for something that sticks with you after listening. As we move closer to the release date of his highly anticipated project CAMPAIGN, ILLY blessed us with another single titled “13 G’s” which is another upbeat banger that is set to test the bass in your speakers. The last time we heard from ILLY, he was venturing into new territory with a UK Drill influence. On his latest release the Vancouver artist performing at his best, riding the pocket over astronomical production by 13Graeme. While the past year has seen travel come to a standstill, ILLYMINIACHI has spent a good portion of his time in Nigeria working on music. ILLY has always been one to pull from a multitude of influences, going back home is sure to have unlocked some different sonics that we will hear in the not-so-distant future. To accompany the single release, a video was released to bring the …

FILO Mix 1 – [AVerma] x [Project FILO]

In the midst of studying for final exams? Have a long drive or lengthy flight planned for summer break? Or are you simply searching for something quality to play with no interruptions? The answer often comes in the form of a DJ Mix, and Project FILO’s “Mix 1” checks all the necessary boxes.  Teaming up with CreateSafe, the mix falls under their BLAST partnership with Apple Music, which “pushes forth initiatives that appropriately pay both DJs and their featured artists for their creations.” Mix 1 was specifically remixed by fellow Project FILO artist AVerma, with included songs from every music artist on the roster. Aside from FILO representation, Mix 1 contains tracks from popular artists + producers such as Drake, Smino, Bari, Murda Beatz, The Kount, KennyBeatz, and more. Similar to the appeal of a Soulection radio session, or OVO sound radio release, Mix 1 includes well-timed transitions for an overall sonically pleasing vibe. With a multitude of genres to offer (hip-hop, rap, trap, R&B, Lo-fi, neo-soul, jazz, etc.), “Mix 1” is only the beginning of a brand new series with eclectic sounds from some of the most talented artists you’ve never heard of; occasionally blended with your favorites for …

ST LGND 94 – [Jay Worthy & St. Ides]

There are very few artists out that have put in the work like the living legend that is Jay Worthy. The independent hustler has never let something like a pandemic slow down his growth, with real street rap seeming to be as popular as ever Worthy is at a very interesting turning point in his career. He has an established reputation as your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper and it’s well earned. P Worthy is a timeless artist, he has stayed true to himself and consistently brings a different level of storytelling to a new generation that often lacks to look back further than a decade when it comes to music that stands out. His sound is west coast rap at its finest, laidback music that hits best in a convertible playing as loud as possible. He recently dropped a mixtape in partnership with an iconic brand that further cements himself as one of the biggest hustlers in independent music. This is a must-listen for any reader’s craving the gritty nature of ’90s rap and Where Worthy excels most is as a storyteller though, both in his lyrics and in conversation. He’s a true student of the game, picking up knowledge …

IDEAS ARE BULLETPROOF! – [EGOVERT]

Out of everyone in the industry, big or small, there is really no one I root harder for than EGOVERT. Not only is he an incredible musician on all fronts, but he is one of the most captivating and polarizing individuals on this earth, period. While he is known for creating some of the most dexterous, out of the box music that can be the soundtrack to a party just as easily as other songs can be the playlist for a good introspection, he is simply one of the most versatile artists in the entire world and it amazes me time and time again that people can go about their lives without knowing about him. Although he has been hyping up his project EGODEATH for quite some time, I know he wants it to be perfect. So, instead of making fans and listeners alike wait, he decided to appease our hunger with the release of the aforementioned project’s prelude entitled Ideas Are Bulletproof! Executively produced by Dustin Cavazos and Siddhartha with production from oakerdidit, crmsyn, cherryannbaby, and oddestoneyoung, these 5 songs run just about 17 minutes long and were written, recorded, and produced in 47 hours and 37 minutes. Although …

Loes n Hies – [Amon]

San Diego native rapper Amon is on pace to release a new single every other week for the next few months and, in doing so, is proving himself to be one of the most exciting new rappers ascending. The personal declaration has resulted in an impressive showcasing of lyricism and storytelling that is expanding the burgeoning rapper’s name with each release. His latest single, “Loes n Hies,” places a magnifying glass on his technical skill in what feels like a storied delivery of what has been on his mind as of late. The newly released introspective record feels testimonial, with simple looped production creating an intimate space for Amon to air his grievances, both personal, and professional as he continues to make strides in the industry. Although the rapper has captivated listeners with more uptempo songs in the past, Amon is proving himself to be a rapper who can make an uptempo braggadocios record as well as something more personal that will have you hanging on every word. Listen to “Loes n Hies” by Amon below.

Get Refreshed: The Story of Cartz

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Alejo Andres Remembering To Forget With Cat Mother Any creative eager to move towards new beginnings in their artistic career might focus on the idea of the “future” more than anything else. Most creatives would more than likely share this belief in full; planning out how things might turn out in going through with an artistic transition is much better than going in blind, obviously.  But what’s even more obvious is this: Quinn – the 16-year-old phenom of the online music world – has never, and will never, be classified under the title of “most creatives.” Simply put, we’re dealing with a talent who stands completely amongst themselves in regards to their place in the modern music landscape as a whole, and nothing better exemplifies that than their brand new artistic endeavor under the pseudonym “Cat Mother.”  This fresh title has arrived with an equally-fresh outlook in regards to their craft. The immense, impactful, and influential waves that they have already created with their past pop-centric work has been effectively concealed and placed out of sight by way …

Atlanta’s Most Wanted – [Ola Runt]

Ola Runt’s prolific behind-bars run of faithfully dropping music continues today with the release of the much anticipated project Atlanta’s Most Wanted that is another collections of songs Ola left behind. If you are a die-hard Ola Runt fan then you have already heard a few of these tracks, but it is still unbelievable to me that now after months of incarceration Ola is still able to pump out a steady-stream of music that still has not taking a drop in quality and is yet to lose its experimental edge. It is honestly a tragedy that Ola has been taken away from us as he is easily one of the very most exciting Atlanta artists to surface within the decade and unlike so many others in his city Ola never once shied away from pushing boundaries and trailblazing his way to his own unique flows and sound. “Zion and Zay” is a melodic new cut I had not yet heard from Ola, as is the VL Deck and 24Lefteye assisted “Zone 6” where the trio memorialize the area lost to gentrification through a romanticized lens of a violent and drug-addled, albeit tight-knit and very historical, remembering the good and the bad and …

Over and Over – [909Memphis]

It has been quite some time since I covered a 909Memphis song for no other reason other than the fact that I’ve just been so busy recently. Nonetheless, I’ve still been tuning in and listening to every single song he has dropped recently, and some of my regular OG readers know just how deep my admiration for Memphy runs. He’s simply one of the most unique artists out, whether you’re looking at the mainstream or the underground, and it still amazes me how people can somehow still sleep on him. About a month ago, I saw that he released a song called “Over and Over”, and after tuning in, I made it an absolute priority to share it with the world to the best of my abilities. David Morse brought this instrumental to life with some very soothing, meaningful electric guitar riffs that are complemented nicely with consistently tapping percussion and soothing drums that provide a nice, bouncy foundation that Memphis absolutely destroys. As he begins to sing, there’s an obvious sentiment behind his words that makes it clear that he’s singing about real experiences and things that are familiar to him. On top of this, there are numerous lines …

Premiere: HAKEEM – [2219 Lee] ft. [Mali Smith] [Cash Cobain]

In accordance with the rise of social media as the predominant way for artists to promote their work, the snippet game has become crucial in building an audience. Post 20 seconds of an unreleased song – the most quotable part, the part when the beat drops, etc. – and if it’s captivating and brief enough, people will want to hear more. When done right, snippets create demand, which was exactly the case when this snippet from 2219 Lee, Mali Smith, and Cash Cobain caught my ear on Instagram. Hailing from New York, all three artists are part of a collective called MHPG SOUND, which is characterized by its “SOUND OR DROWN” slogan. The group has built out a style that’s buzzing around New York right now, especially seen in Cash Cobain’s recent growth with cosigns from Drake via IG live and Lil Yachty, to name a few. MHPG’s latest release, “HAKEEM,” is the group’s best work to date. Built on the simple-yet-effective foundation of an ominous melody and hard-nosed drill percussion, “HAKEEM” is the kind of straight-forward release, packed with signature New York charisma and quotable lyrics, that cements the excitement around such a promising collective of talent. With lines like “Cash Cobain …