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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 …

Love Hurts Feelings – [7ru7h]

Ever since I found out about Huntington, West Virginia native 7ru7h a few months ago, I have heard nothing but rave reviews from fans all over the world. Most recently, when I saw his latest release “Love Hurts Feelings” pretty much going viral, I had no choice but to tune in. Opening up, you hear the strums of a very emotive guitar melody that 7ru7h ends up introducing his vocals on, starting out with a very passionate, almost melancholic delivery that is full of pain and heartache. Although his voice is powerful and as honest as ever, a deep, pungent 808 enters into the scene about halfway through, elevating the bounce as well as the energy of the instrumental which then seems to rub off on the singer, ultimately adding up to another unbelievable offering from the rising star. Considering he predicted this track to be a hit from the jump, he also teamed up with T Aubrey who shot a miniature movie for this record, and the results are simplistic yet complementary in all the right ways to bring this offering to new heights. As it opens up, he is sitting down in a cemetery with his back to …

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 …

Walk In – [Pouya] & [Lu Baby]

Out of all the originators of a new wave of music that many might call SoundCloud rap, I have to say that Pouya was one of the very first trendsetters. While it seems like since he first began his music career, some other artists who were influenced by him have taken their own direction and almost created a negative stigma based around that term due to a lack of substance or creativity, Pouya has never given in and has consistently created some of the most diverse and incredible music in the entire rap genre, leading him to be one of my all-time favorite underground legends. Most recently, the underground underdog teamed up with Lu Baby, a rising artist who I honestly know nothing about and struggled to find information on him after searching on Google, but after this big moment in the spotlight, fans are going to start flocking in his direction immediately. “Walk In” is the name of the record they dropped, and it was produced by both Rocci and Maika Maile who utilized some thick snare drums, rattling percussion, and a smooth melody that sounds almost like they sampled “Ms. Jackson” by Outkast, putting their own spin on …

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 …

Detroit Flow – [FastMoney Ant]

Over the past couple of years, it seems like as more and more artists come up, everyone seems to kind of stick together and root each other on. Whether you’re from one of the coasts, the South, or the Midwest, people seem to draw influences and inspiration from one another to both pay homage and add something new to their arsenal of aptitudes. While Michigan seems to be having its moment in the spotlight, as they very well should be, it seems like artists from all over are giving them the respect they deserve and I’m all here for it. Although it has been out for a few weeks, at this point, I was just put onto FastMoney Ant and his latest release “Detroit Flow”, which obviously pays homage to one of the biggest music cities out right now. I was honestly somewhat shocked that I had never heard of Ant until now considering he’s from the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, but you can bet your life savings that he’s going to stay on my radar moving forward after hearing this hit. Opening up with an obvious Michigan-stylized instrumental, the church bells and rattling percussion place you right in the …

Entice – [Saba Abraha]

The collaborative bliss that ensues when singer-songwriter Saba Abraha and producer De’Jour Thomas connect is always something special. To no surprise, their latest work, in the form of Saba Abraha’s new single, “Entice,” is as exceptional as her previous work and a big step forward for the talented musician. Absent for a year, Saba appears to have been growing, as a person and an artist, refining her sound and spirit to deliver a palpable example of her intimate songwriting. Her new single, “Entice,” is a mid-tempo production that exudes growth. Saba’s lush vocals glide over the De’Jour Thomas production with ease as she chronicles her newly found spirit, describing how she is no longer the woman she once was. This step into something bigger and brighter is an enduring message that completely engulfs you when listening, fueling your own need to shed the un-serving wears of life. “Entice” is Saba Abraha’s first single in some time, and her return leaves me, and I’m sure many of you, hopeful for an influx of new music from the compelling R&B storyteller. Saba Abraha had the below to say about her new single, saying, “Entice is a sayonara to all of the people and habits …

Gravestone – [Tuxx]

For those who know me, you know just how much I enjoy the crossover between rock and hip-hop. While I grew up on bands like AC/DC, Greenday, and Blink-182, I moved into rap and hip-hop in my middle school and high school years, and now seeing artists bringing these genres together just makes everything come full circle for me. I’ve been a big fan of artists such as the late Lil Peep, Lil Tracy, Iann Dior, POORSTACY, and others, but when I hear about new artists making waves in this genre-mashing scene, I need to tune in immediately. When the homie Sam McGrath hit me up and said he was shooting a visual for LA by way of Arizona artist Tuxx, I had no clue exactly what to expect, but after tuning into “Gravestone”, I was as impressed as I’ve ever been. Considering he has worked with hitmakers like Nick Mira, PAYSO, Baker, Playdoe, and Sam Thraxx in the past, I knew I was in for a treat, and considering the last three producers brought this hit to life, I was even more excited. It’s clear that there is a pop-punk influence behind his vocals that combine with the guitar-forward …

What You Need – [Don Toliver]

When speaking about one of the most impressive breakthrough artists that the game has seen in recent years, it’s almost impossible to go down that list without mentioning Don Toliver. The Houston-native and Cactus Jack signee has been making a killing in the game ever since he stepped foot in it. With the success of his debut album Heaven or Hell, many viral singles such as “No Idea” and “After Party”, as well as the smash Internet Money hit “Lemonade”, it would appear that Don Toliver simply can’t lose. While many may be confused as to where his rise to fame came from, there is no doubt that he has put in the groundwork and is continuing to thrive as one of the best to ever do it. With 2021 being the year that we will begin to see some of the heavy-hitters come out swinging with their new albums and tour announcements, Don Toliver came right in time for the summer with his latest single and visual, “What You Need”. Taking place in Colombia, Don Toliver dives deeper into his acting bag as he ventures throughout the city in what appears to be a crazy trip. Following this mysterious red …

Come Alive – [Taylor Bennett] ft. [TheHxliday]

Over the past handful of years, few artists in Chicago have remained at the top of their game as Taylor Bennett has. While many people might’ve come for his music because they had to hear what Chance’s little brother sounded like, they stayed for years and years because it was clear that talent was a common theme in the Bennett family and Taylor was giving Chance a run for his money more often than not. Just before the weekend, Taylor dropped off an unexpected yet much-appreciated collaboration with Baltimore native TheHxliday called “Come Alive”, and while I never really thought of these two talents sharing a record together, they did an absolutely remarkable job. Although I was bumping the track all weekend, when I saw that they decided to team up with Goood Dylan to direct a music video in the city that Taylor and I both call home, I couldn’t resist sharing it with you all. Although Goood Dylan is a relatively new director and editor on my radar, I have realized that he uses lots of specific, unique animations that are somewhat similar to fellow videographer Lonewolf, yet Dylan puts his own spin on these intriguing edits. After …