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Level Live 001: Bathe

The good people at Level have been developing an awesome space in Austin, Texas over the past couple of years and their latest creation is their new series simply called Level Live. Their first episode included the tremendously talented duo that goes by Bathe, that makes up of Devin Hobdy and Corey Smith-West, and man they certainly didn’t disappoint! The two performed a stripped down version of their track titled “Kimmi”, and they absolutely blew me away, leading me into a wormhole of the rest of their catalog & I am so glad Level led me to discover these guys. Get familiar with the new series and with Bathe by pressing play below!

A Conversation with HappyBirthdayCalvin • One Of Chicago’s Brightest Young Acts

HappyBirthdayCalvin is a kid out of Chicago who has been making some major noise in the music community, but especially here in the city, so of course I had to bring him through the office for a brand new interview for the site! HappyBirthdayCalvin will end up being one of the leaders in the Chicago music scene within the next few years, and I know that’s a bold statement for someone who just graduated high school, but trust me when I say he is a good person to the core but even more importantly he is musically inclined. Calvin’s record “No Friends” has been going crazy for a minute now, playing on radios all over the country, and not to mention that he just got Chicago legend G-Herbo on the remix of the track. Learn a thing or two about Calvin by reading this brand new interview below and don’t forget to stream his record below while you read, & also keep an eye out for his upcoming music releases! Follow Calvin on Twitter here!   — EM: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself. Calvin: …

Work – [Christian Kuya]

Filipino-American artist Christian Kuya has a slapper on his hands. The Cuzzi Gang artist’s new song, ‘Work,’ will have any fan of Lil Pump, MadeinTYO, or 24hrs jumping, twerking, and dancing. Co-produced by Xavi and Rojas On The Beat, the song has the hard hitting kicks and 808’s that would throw any party into an absolute frenzy. With the easily memorable lyrics and Kuya’s everlasting and irresistible energy, the song is one I expect to be heard all summer long. As the Las Vegas based artist continues to perform cross country alongside manager, Steve Newland, be sure to follow him along the way.

Summertime Slaps, Volume 2 – [WesWill]

WesWill delivers a bass thumping, shoulder grooving exhibition on the latest installment of his Summertime Slaps series. The Cleveland native made good on his promise to deliver and does so in every sense of the phrase, showing growth and continued motivation that infects each of his records. Cohesive from the start of the album, Summertime Slaps, Volume 2, embodies the spirit of Summer and everything that goes along with it. Able to occupy several different spaces, Volume 2 finds massive playability whether you are poolside or cruising with the windows down on a late night out. The combination of funk-laced production and WesWill’s throttling flow throughout records like “PTP” and “Jeep Lovin’” cement his technical skill as a rapper. Softer records such as “Freebies” and “Late Night Creep” find the lyricist reigning in his speed on the mic into a softer melodic vocal showcasing that piques our interest into what future offerings will sound like. Progressing through a series of comical skits and on-going jokes taken from the first installment of the series, WesWill creates a connection that expands on the personable attitude of the 30-minute offering. WesWill outlined his goal for the album, saying, “I want the music on STSV2 …

4wurd – [Jay Bel]

A super talented emcee that goes by Jay Bel is finding himself on our website tonight with his latest project titled “4 Wurd” (An anti-gentrification project). One feature that I love about Soundcloud is the ‘artists you should know’ section because I typically find some good talent there, and that is exactly how I came across Jay Bel, which led me to this fantastic tape! There is a total of fifteen tracks on this project and as you can tell from the title, it is all based around the idea of anti-gentrification. I was ultimately impressed with the final outcome of the tape, Jay Bel is a real spitter and proved that he’s not to be taken lightly with this release. I highly suggest that you stream this tape in it’s entirely via Soundcloud below, and if you like it then go ahead and share the music with a friend. production from 2spvced, Bakimbo, Groove, Flip.gawd.dre

Watch A$AP Ferg’s brand new interview with Joe Budden

A$AP Ferg was the latest record on Joe Budden’s Pull Up series, and it’s not anything you want to miss out on! You will find these two speaking about plenty of subjects such as taking a step back to self scout his situation, getting new management, his A$AP crew, dealing with stress, delegating, mental health, having thoughts of doubt with music before, touring, buying his first house, New York, his new music, considering himself underrated, social media, his position at Tiffany’s, his fashion sense, the features on his next project including Rico Nasty, working with Nicki Minaj, working with Pharrell, Snoop Dogg, his brother that makes music, BMX, his other business ventures and more. Watch this knowledgable new conversation below.

Believe It – [Doneze]

Life has not always been easy for up and coming African-Canadian rapper Doneze. The 20-year old artist moved from Nigeria to Calgary, Canada in hopes of escaping the brutal violence going on in his home country. Shortly after arriving, Doneze found inspiration in his surroundings and began making music. After receiving nods of approval from Migos, 21 Savage, and Lil Yachty for his 2017 single, ‘Dab Fashion,’ Doneze is back with new music. Doneze is in his bag with his newest single, ‘Believe It.’ His melodic efforts combined with the romantic and emotional piano chords produced by Deemarc, will have any listener in their bag as well. Additionally, lyrics such as, ‘I tried to tell them that I was gon’ make it out, they told me I was dreamin, man they love to doubt,’ and ‘It was just yesterday I was starvin,’ gives listeners a real insight of what it means to come from the dirt. With a bright future ahead, Doneze is just getting started.

Apple Jacks – [Nu Vintage]

Nu Vintage is a dope producer that I have covered here on our website several times this past year, and this evening he is back yet again, this time around with a brand new beat titled “Apple Jacks”. The San Francisco based creative has impressed me time and time again so coming into this joint I was expecting something special, especially with the interesting title and cover art, and Nu Vintage came through again with a great beat. Listen to this new release below and if you like it make sure you follow him on Soundcloud here.

Opps – [JayDaYoungan] x [Yungeen Ace]

Lousiana native JayDaYoungan and Jacksonville product Yungeen Ace collaborated last week on a catchy new single, “Opps” off their upcoming joint album Can’t Speak on it. The two are still quite young in the rap game, though they preach their experiences in the streets like seasoned veterans. The single is filled with danger, with stories of stick-toting and pressure from their opposition. “All of my n****s get straight to the business, we got the mops and they come with extensions, clear the whole street, we ain’t leavin’ a witness, hated by many, they say I’m a menace.” The aggressive duo show no signs of slowing down, and more signs of bangers still yet to come. Listen to “Opps” below!

Sweetness – [Deadmall]

Western Massachusetts has a burgeoning underground music scene, at the forefront of which is duo called Deadmall, made up of Gabe Gill and Honeyfitz. Their new single, “Sweetness,” offers an upbeat vibe that is sure to have you moving on your feet while simultaneously missing your (potentially toxic) bae. Released on their own Not Here Records, the song combines a cheerful instrumental with melancholic lyrics about a relationship they wish blossomed into more. The Carlos Semedo-directed visual features Gabe Gill and Honeyfitz singing and dancing around their new neighborhood in Brooklyn. Deadmall may be new to the bustling music scene, but they’re here to stay. Check out the new single below and let us know what you think in the comments!