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Stunt Double – [Lil Yachty] ft. [Rio Da Yung OG]

Despite the fact that Lil Yachty hails all the way from Atlanta, it almost seems like he turns into a different person when he finds himself up north in Michigan. He’s one of the few people who truly respects all of the insane talents coming out of the state, and even though there are so many different styles and sounds that all of these artists are delivering, I truly and firmly believe that Yachty did his very best to encapsulate just about all of these personalities on Michigan Boy Boat. Even though he might’ve been slightly out of his comfort zone when first starting to rap over some of these beats, he seemed to come into his own on this project and the most noticeable thing is the fact that his wordplay seemed to be at an all-time high. While it’s tough for me to pick a favorite song on the album considering it’s jam-packed full of bangers, one track I found myself gravitating towards earlier on has got to be “Stunt Double” which features the unbelievably talented Rio Da Yung OG. Despite the fact that Rio is currently locked up for various reasons that he describes as things that …

Wait! – [Yung Gwopp]

If there’s one thing that I love about music, it’s the fact that it spans way further than any border or boundary could ever even dream of containing. We’ve got international superstars like The Kid LAROI, Skepta, and Slowthai, to name just a few, yet they’re setting examples for kids all over the world to chase their dreams and do anything they set their mind to as long as they have the work ethic and determination to get the job done. For Yung Gwopp, he moved from rural Australia to the big city of Brisbane at a young age. While growing up, he listened to bands like Green Day and Blink 182 before shifting his admiration in the direction of more hip-hop-forward music. Discovering music production at the early age of 12, he was able to test out a plethora of different sounds that would eventually go on to form the foundation of his music, and after checking out his latest song “Wait!”, all of these influences are fairly clear throughout even with his own unique spin on things. In the instrumental, we’re greeted with light, airy synths that sound almost Pi’erre Bourne-inspired prior to tapping hats and pithy 808s …

Sundress – [MC Virgins] x [Yung Bae]

So I’m not a big fan of comedic rap but this song by MC Virgins and Yung Bae really hit song for me. The title of the song and the visuals and the overall mood of the song match up with each other perfectly. None of the weather is getting warmer and as we’re inching deeper into springtime and close in on summertime the sundresses are just going to start popping out. This video is not to be taken seriously of course like look at who’s making the song it’s all about good-hearted fun and the video is actually pretty funny. Normally I feel like some comedic rappers try too hard or have really corny bars. But this is also probably because this particular song feels more like a pop single instead of a rap single. Regardless this is just a fun record to listen to, nothing really deep to dive into. Watch the music video for MC Virgins and Yung Bae’s new song “Sundress.”

Who Would Ever Thought – [Lil Aaron Japan]

Just a month or two ago, the homie put me onto an artist who goes by the name Lil Aaron Japan, and although he might live out in Houston at the moment, his roots are dug deep in Milwaukee and that’s the place he calls home over everything else. The song that was my introduction to him was called “Thinkin” and it was a Detroit styled banger that was very reminiscent of a Baby Smoove or Veeze type of flow, instrumental, and overall aesthetic, but little did I know that it was going to lead me to more music that is even more unique and incredible than I could’ve ever expected. This incredibility is shown off in his latest project entitled Who Would Ever Thought, a 7 song, almost 13-minute-long mixtape featuring production from T4 and GabyBatBouta that gives a sample size of all the insane and out-of-the-box styles that Aaron can bring to life. Opening up with “Scotty Pippen”, an inspiring piano melody is combined with some airy, lighthearted synths. As he talks, his vocals are soft and angelic, yet it almost sounds like he is putting the most minimalistic amount of effort into his delivery as the autotune …

Stay Down – [Yung Mal]

Yung Mal might be a completely new name to me personally, but that doesn’t mean he’s a new name to others. After a huge breakout year in 2020, he is back and ready to dominate 2021, kicking things off with his latest offering “Stay Down”. Ronan and TRGC took the reins on producing this track, and they made everything come together with some playful, mischievous flutes, intense synths, and a drumline that is as Trap as it gets, which complements Mal’s deliveries nicely. As the beat takes shape and continues to transform, Mal continues to hype himself up to come in and go crazy. Before anything else, you notice his personality at the forefront of everything, and although he might not necessarily be the wildest character in the game, you can tell he’s being authentic and 100% himself which is sometimes hard to notice in the current day and age of Rap. As he continues throughout the record, his flows are tight and well put together, and he never seems to get too overeager with his words which helps them come out naturally and professionally. His diversity of cadences is also quite the spectacle as he shows off his dexterity …

Back Pack (Flora the Explorer) – [Flo Milli]

Over the past few years, there has been an absolute wave of new female rappers coming up in the scene, and I’m HERE for it! They keep things so fresh and interesting and they’re always offering something new to the table, and I’m always looking for the next best rapper regardless of their gender, so when I hear of a new female spitting their heart out, you know I have to tune in. For Flo Milli, I’ve been following her career for quite some time now and I’ve completely enjoyed the come-up and the hard work she has put in to become one of the best and most exciting artists out right now. She seems to always be pushing the limits, whether that’s evident in her boundary-breaking lyrics, her creative music videos, or her unapologetic personality that is just so entertaining. As for her most recent release “Back Pack (Flora the Explorer)” which is produced by Yung Glizzy, she continues on her hot streak of inventive concepts and actually takes a sample from the backpack song in the children’s cartoon Dora the Explorer. While it has probably been quite some time since the last time any listeners have watched that …

BACK ON TRACK – [O2worldwide]

If you haven’t taken the time to get into the music of O2worldwide yet, you really have to question what you are doing with your life. The Oklahoma City-based collective consists of 16 members that all bring something beautiful to the table. It’s been 2 years since O2’s last full-length project was released and since that time, they have developed their sound as a whole. They have been teasing the release of their full-length project BACK ON TRACK for some time, with their fans waiting patiently for new music the group has finally released an album that is timed perfectly as brighter days look to bring us all back to the path we were on prior to this stupid pandemic struck a year ago. O2worldwide is comprised of members who almost all are fresh out of High School, while they are young their sound is timeless beyond their years. What stands out above all when listening to this album in its intended order is how the tracklist transitions seamlessly from song to song, the attention to detail that went into crafting the project is evident. Once you press play on the intro “TOO SOON”, you are locked in for a …

GFU – [Yak Gotti] [Yung Kayo] & [Sheck Wes]

Although it might be one of the more underrated labels in all of Rap music, Young Thug’s Young Stoner Life Records has a roster that could go toe to toe with any other label in existence. While artists like Gunna, Lil Keed, and Yak Gotti are obvious headliners, various other superstars have shown love to the label even if they’re not quite signed to it themselves. Most recently, Yak Gotti and YSL member Yung Kayo teamed up with New York’s very own energizer Sheck Wes in order to deliver an outrageous song called “GFU”, a brand-new single off of the upcoming album Slime Language 2. Taurus paved the way for this song through an absolutely remarkable yet uncharacteristic instrumental utilizing high-pitched, troublesome synths, a pitched down vocal sample, some clean percussion, and somewhat subdued drums that truly allow each and every artist to go absolutely insane as they’ve been known to do in the past. When Yak comes in, his words are just wild enough and his cadences are filled with enthusiasm just to the point where he can still keep his composure without reaching a tipping point and truly going insane. In the hook, they just pretty much chant …

Animal – [1504 Yungin]

Atlanta’s breadth of talent is seemingly never-ending. Not only do the artists themselves make ATL such a creative powerhouse, but the support system within the city is just as crucial. Simply put, in Atlanta, artists help put eachother on, and this “rising tide lifts all boats” mentality is what has pushed the city so far ahead, especially when it comes to rap. Today, we’re here to introduce readers to one of ATL’s most exciting new talents, having already received support from Pi’erre Bourne, 21 Savage, and Young Nudy, among others. He goes by the name of 1504 Yungin, and today, ATL’s own is here to turn heads with a brand new offering entitled “Animal.” Clocking in at 2 minutes, “Animal” is the kind of brief, colorful release that acts as a perfect introduction to 1504 Yungin. Hard-nosed production lays the groundwork for the song to thrive, and throughout the 120-second duration, Yungin does the rest, employing a barrage of wordplay and personality to lead the way. By the end of the video, it becomes wholly clear why so many ATL mainstays are already showing support, because Yungin is rapidly shifting into his role as next in line. Don’t sleep; be …

Curtis Waters: The Art of Authenticity

Photo by Jovy Bergen and Jocasta Clarke Well, as we come to a close on one of the weirdest years of the past century we reflect on how the massive halt the music industry experienced with its traditional methods of growing artists through festivals, touring, and really anything that comes with having a room full of people collectively wild out together has changed in a major way. What tossed the larger industry engine into a tailspin, became a rare moment of opportunity for 1000s of kids who’s relationship with creating music existed almost entirely within the 4 walls of their bedrooms. We have seen stars emerge who may have not their time in the cultural limelight had society been moving at its regular pace. This year has had disastrous effects for many, but for a few, it has been a time to thrive while young people across the world are being forced to spend more time isolated online. It’s been fun to be a fan of these artists, as watching them get noticed by the masses and seeing their song all over the feed is something that just makes you feel happy inside. Recently, I got the chance to have an …