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U Still Here – [Keshore]

Keshore has been in the underground music scene for quite a few years, yet he has somehow managed to evade my attention. I never intentionally dismissed him, he’s just a name a had heard of but don’t really know from where, and once the homie put me on, I couldn’t have been more grateful to find out everything I was missing out on. The song he sent me, alongside a few of his classic hits, is his latest release entitled “U Still Here”, and after tuning in, I can’t believe I’ve been sleeping on the LA-based artist for so long. Produced by ihatebigchase, the beat kind of slowly starts up and progressively gets faster, more intricate, and hits harder, although overall, it is a relatively simplistic, smooth, percussion-forward instrumental that Keshore absolutely destroys effortlessly. Almost halfway through the song’s runtime, Ke picks up mid-sentence to insult an unidentified hater, starting his flow out of nowhere but picking up the tempo with ease. At times, he uses a bit more conviction behind his delivery while other aggressive lines sound as if they should as well, yet he recites them with a very stern, straight face to show people he’s dead serious …

DETACHED – [Austin Skinner]

I love the underground music scene because once I find out about one artist, they almost always lead me to an entire world of new talents that I might’ve never found out about had I not known about the initial artist in the first place. It almost feels like a constantly growing tree, and the more branches I venture out into, the more unbelievable talent I discover, which I have turned into a mission of mine to put as many people on to these unbelievably skilled individuals as I can. Austin Skinner is definitely one of these artists, and while I was put onto him after his work with BIGBABYGUCCI and ITSOKTOCRY, I was fully engrossed in the sonic world he was creating. Not only that, but he has also introduced me to countless other artists he has worked with in the past as well which helps me continue branching out and diversifying my musical taste. While I don’t think Austin can do any wrong whatsoever, he continues his hot streak with his brand0new album DETACHED, and after I realized it released, I stopped everything I was doing and tuned in. When I saw him hyping it up for the …

Sincerely – [Chuuwee] x [Money Montage]

Chuuwee is one of my favorite rappers, and his new song titled “Sincerely” is a testament of his deserved placement on my personal list. Produced by Money Montage, Chuuwee’s flow is both effortless and (seemingly) breathless in contrast to Montage’s relaxed instrumental. This combo creates a ‘chill banger’ suitable for blasting the record through your speakers as well as casually vibing via headphones. Although Chuuwee’s latest project is titled Working Hardly Working, do not be fooled; the Sacramento native is undeniably one of the most consistent artists in the game. Therefore, it is imperative for his audience to acknowledge his hustle by way of routine support. Check out “Sincerely” below!

Millions – [Matty Wood$] [chrisclay]

St. Louis rapper Matty Wood$ and Atlanta producer chrisclay are both back in our pages today with their new collaborative song and visual for their track “Millions” that released today. Wood$ is determined to be the pickiest smoker in the game right now, putting you down if you didn’t know to exactly what is going on with weed prices and “exotic” proclaiming “If it’s Za imma buy it, if its not 75 and up then I don’t want to try it,” which is a statement that will make your traditional old-head OG smoker have an aneurism, or the immensely relatable line “Make a bitch re-roll the ‘Wood I need it just how I like it,” which honestly relieved me because I feel trifling when I do that. About halfway through the track chrisclay switches the instrumental up, toying with the track’s pace bar-to-bar and occasionally incorporating a digitized melody that is punctuated by the off-kilter bells that are a staple now in both Atlanta and Detroit production. This song is off chrisclay’s Dr. Clay 2021 mixtape that released just last month and featured collaborations with many of underground music’s top names right now, as well as artists that will surely be new …

DAMN WELL – [Xavier Wulf] & [Quintin Lamb]

Late last year, Xavier Wulf teamed up with hitmaking phenomenon Quintin Lamb to create their collaborative project RUDE DOG together, and the results were exactly how you’d expect them to be. With a mixture of ruthless bars, assaulting lyrics, thumping instrumentals, and aggressive deliveries, this was a project that I think went much more under the radar than it ever should have, but real fans know exactly what everyone else is missing out on. It honestly doesn’t seem like it came out that long ago considering I still revisit it quite frequently and it holds up magnificently, making it an album that I don’t see myself forgetting about anytime soon. Luckily, they decided to keep their momentum going by revisiting one of my favorite cuts off of the project entitled “DAMN WELL” to shoot an awesome new music video. While they don’t get too crazy with the scenery or using different shots, it does everything it needed to do and more, so I’m happy with the end result. The majority of the time, X is just hanging out next to one of his cars inside what seems to be a portal of lights that almost make it look as if …

Hustler Muzic – [Baby Smoove]

Every time I tune in to a new Baby Smoove track, I find it hard to believe that I’ve been following along with his career for almost a year. At this point, it seems like he’s still as fresh and new as the day I first heard about him late last summer, and although it has been a substantial amount of time compared to other artists I’ve just found out about, I think it feels this way because there’s really no one else like him in the music industry. His dexterity is obvious despite his laid-back style, yet he can flow with the best of them on any instrumental you put in front of him. While I feel like I always write about his new releases, I simply couldn’t resist his latest visual for his song “Hustler Muzic” after seeing it all over social media, so I honestly had no choice. Produced by Michigan Meech and shot once again by his videographer JuddyRemixDem, things open up in the middle of an absolutely massive, modern-day mansion. Laying there with his hat covering his face, he seems to wake up in a daze in the middle of the home’s library. As he …

Strawberry Cake / Temptation – [909Memphis]

If you’ve been following along with my articles over the past year and a half or so, 909Memphis should be a name you’re all too familiar with at this point. Although I’ve been following along with his career for almost a half-decade, at this point, I never cease to be amazed by his completely unique and individualistic sound, and he only continues to get better with time. While I firmly believe that the amount of time he has spent perfecting his craft should have skyrocketed him into the spotlight by now, he knows exactly how much potential he has, so he’s not going to let this discourage him but rather use it as a reason to keep going harder every single day in order to make it big sooner than later. At the same time, I alongside the rest of his constantly growing fanbase know exactly how much of a hidden gem he is in the music industry, so I’m just thankful to be able to call myself a day one supporter, and that support isn’t ending anytime soon. Just a few days ago, Memphy decided to drop off a one-two punch of songs, and I couldn’t be more excited …

Food At Home – [Kam Dela]

Kam DeLa is a Cherry Hill, New Jersey-based recording artist, producer, engineer, graphic designer, and multi-instrumentalist establishing his own spin on R&B, crafting his own quirky, yet audaciously groovy sound. He is making his Lyrical Lemonade debut today with his funky new EP Food At Home where he floats over a series of laid-back instrumentals, creating a feel-good atmosphere on the song. Kam hoped that this project would make his listeners look inward and appreciate what they have saying that the project is, “A reminder to take accountability through the ebbs and flows of life and recognizing it is all proverbial food for the soul.” I am looking forward to hearing more from him soon!

Slugger – [Kevin Abstract] ft. [$NOT] & [slowthai]

Kevin Abstract is an artist that I truly don’t think gets the amount of credit he deserves, but that doesn’t slow him down even slightly. The BROCKHAMPTON frontman has been making waves both whit his massively successful group as well as individually, so I couldn’t be more excited to see him succeed, especially with all of the beyond unique and inventive styles of music he has been bringing to life over the last handful of years. While he’s no stranger to working with a variety of artists you wouldn’t necessarily expect to see him in the studio alongside, he continued this streak late last week with the release of his single “Slugger” which features two of my current favorite artists $NOT and slowthai. An unlikely bunch, yet a group that always kills every verse, so the fact that this one was no exception is just another reason why Kevin is undefeated thus far. Opening up with an instrumental created by Kevin, Al Hung, and fellow BROCKHAMPTON star Romil Hemnani, we hear a very unique and uncharacteristic beat full of inventive sounds, a mischievous chorus, and a very tempo-setting drumline that is just chaotic enough to catch your attention without being …

Did I Imagine – [Alex Banin]

Alex Banin is a gem within Chicago’s music community and she’s been steadily improving since I first heard her music, and today, she is back on our website with her new EP called Did I Imagine. When it comes to unique/angelic vocals, there aren’t many that can compete with Alex Banin, her vocal abilities are straight-up jaw-dropping, and she flexed these skills on this new EP. There are four new records on this tape and the run time is just under ten minutes, but it features some of Alex’s best music to date. The upbeat introductory record “Closure” is my favorite of the bunch because I loved hearing her attack a more uptempo instrumental, it made for a different type of song than I was used to hearing from her, and I enjoyed hearing her in that bag. All of these songs are unbelievably good though, the third song “Forget About It” is a beautiful track that displays her range, and it actually just got a new Michael Del Rosario visual to match, so check that out after. Stream this brand new EP below and if you enjoy it, be sure to give Alex Banin a follow on Twitter here!