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The Vulture – [Jay Montana]

The increase in regional rap’s diversifying of sounds has lead to a lot of new recent trends in sound, from Brooklyn to Memphis to Baton Rouge and of course Detroit, the way people rap is more than ever reflecting the part of this country they come from, and that is especially becoming the case in Mobile, Alabama. However Mobile is much more than your standard regional outpost of music with a cool local scene or a couple names making noise in the industry, and that could not be further from the case. The city has produced bona fide stars such as Yung Bleu, NoCap, or Flo Milli, and plenty more artists that are easily identifiable in the mainstream but have more underground, cult-like followings with OMB Peezy and Rylo Rodriguez, and there are plenty other names as well that are worth mentioning for their contributions to the region’s overall sound, but none have been quite as innovating and prolific as Jay Montana, who has given his fans seven mixtapes already since picking up the mic in 2019. He has continued off of the sound that NoCap and Rylo Rodriguez first popularized and has continued to build off of elements of …

Toxic Ends – [Rarin]

If you’re pulling in 260k views on a video in two weeks you must be on the right track to doing something right. Rarin and his New pop and hip-hop-infused single “toxic ends” will catch your attention and stay in your head for some time. If you’re a fan of the younger generation of pop-rap acts such as The Kid Laroi, Post Malone, Bankrol Hayden,  and Yung Pinch then you’ll find “Toxic Ends” rather enjoyable. The video overall is one big stress ball, do you find yourself on the edge of your seat as Rarin hangs from a lime green Lamborghini scraping the pavement throughout the whole video. His voice, melody, and tone how far beyond his years. If he can incorporate in-depth stories that can rally fans around his brand then Rarin should be able to carve out a nice niche for himself in music. Watch Rarin’s highly-anticipated video for “Toxic Ends” after the break.

Moment of Silence – [Glockboyz Teejaee] [Slim Santana] & [Cruwop]

Although go back and listen to some of Slim Santana’s music from a few years ago that I got heavily into, I kind of somehow let him slip my mind. Luckily, he, alongside Glockboyz Teejaee and Cruwop, gave me an amazing refresher that sent me spiraling right back into the amazing sonic world that he creates. While I’m not familiar with the other two artists just yet, I was thoroughly impressed with what they brought to the table on their song “Moment of Silence”, and it was an even better reminder for me of just how talented Slim is. I’m not entirely sure who produced this hit, but it contains some momentum-carrying synths as well as a slight vocal sample during portions that is eventually taken over by chattering percussion and thunderous drums for an almost Michigan-style rhythm that is taking the music world by storm right now. I’m not completely positive, but I believe that Teejaee starts this track off with his verse, boasting some confident and aggressive words that just roll off of his tongue effortlessly. Slim takes over the minimalistic hook where the beat simplifies and he basically repeats the name of the song before coming in …

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 …