SEARCH FOR: XAVIER WULF

Why Look Up, God’s In The Mirror – [Lukah]

Memphis, Tennessee is without a question one of the most historic outposts in the history of music, far predating their storied and vastly influential run of rap music from the late ’80s and on, going back to a history of blues and jazz and even rock and roll. From the depths of the Delta and on up to Nashville, there is something about this part of the country that just has music in its veins and that continues to be the case to this day, while each of these areas have certainly for the most part migrated to the trap-tropes of production that can without a doubt be traced back to Memphis first. However if any criticism could be made towards the city of Memphis’s music scene, from a strictly sonic perspective mind you, is that it is beginning to become a bit singular in sound, while there are obvious more mainstream leaning exceptions, the city has largely strayed away from experimentation and embracing the styles of more progressive artists, if you will. However that is certainly not the case with South Memphis lyricist Lukah who paints similar broad strokes as his city’s peers whose music deals with the drugs …

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 …

Burden – [Bones]

Just yesterday, I wrote about Xavier Wulf and how much of a legend he is in the underground. At the same time, I didn’t even realize that Bones had dropped a project, but as soon as I found out, I knew that it was only right to show that man as much respect as possible as well. After all, he is often looked at as the godfather of the underground music scene and has undeniably paved the way for pretty much any SoundCloud or underground artist you can think of. Without him, there’s literally no telling what the music scene would look like in this day and age, but I’m beyond grateful that we don’t have to witness that, and I’m even more ecstatic that Bones is still making some of the best music in existence even after so many years. The aforementioned project I’m talking about is called Burden, and it’s legitimately one of the best things you’ll hear all month if not longer. After so many years in the industry, many artists can get stale and fall off, but Bones is one of the select few that has not only been able to survive but also thrive. He …

READ EM AND WEEP – [Xavier Wulf] & [Quintin Lamb]

Whether you’re heavily into the underground Rap scene or not, Xavier Wulf shouldn’t be an unfamiliar name whatsoever. He has been making waves in music for the better part of a decade and it’s not even slightly a stretch so say that he has paved the way for most rappers coming up through the internet age of music to be themselves and test out various different styles even if it’s not what most average people would accept or find themselves listening to. Just at the end of last year on Christmas of all days, Xavier decided to team up with his good friend and frequent collaborator Quintin Lamb, an unbelievable producer that has provided a perfect foundation for X numerous times in the past. Once they got in the studio, they brought their project Rude Dog to life which ended up being a 12 song, 26-minute-long effort that is full of hostility, aggression, and all-out ruthlessness in the best possible ways. The penultimate song “READ EM AND WEEP” was definitely an early favorite of mine after just one run-through of the project, and I couldn’t have been more stoked to find out late last night that X and Q decided …

Burden – [BONES]

TeamSESH’s superstar BONES returns to Lyrical Lemonade with another phenomenal album entitled Burden. Burden marks BONES’s first offering of 2021 to follow up the stunning five projects he released in 2020. With fourteen signature tracks, once more the artist has demonstrated an inability to become redundant, as each song employs its own unique identity. Perfectly balancing a mixture of ‘bangers’ and singing ‘pu*** sh**,’ the entire project flows in harmony; indicative of solidified excellence from his time sacrificed to the studio. Perhaps the most eye-catching track, “WannaSeeMyKnifeCollection,” implements both styles in one to illustrate the harrowing experience of reverting to ‘old ways.’ Asymmetrically met with quick 808 production, the fast pace creates intentionality to emphasize the artist’s dreams dying slowly, which paradoxically creates a rampant spiraling effect of despair. The song “DejaVu” offers a very similar tone & catchiness, except it’s slowed to spotlight the ever-evolving vocals of BONES. The familiar names of Xavier Wulf and Eddy Baker are the only two features; both of whom exert their Super Saiyan esque energy to match BONES’s intensity. Like any BONES album, it’s not easy to pick immediate favorites, but “Ethanol” unquestionably stands out from an objective lens. In collaboration with TeamSesh producer Lyson, …

Trophy Boyz – [Xavier Wulf]

After getting off to a hot start at the beginning of the year, Xavier Wulf has somewhat calmed down and let the dust settle a bit. There’s nothing wrong with that in the slightest, though, because ever since he started blazing a trail that countless other artists have followed within the underground so many years ago, he has been one of the most consistent rappers producing some of the highest output in the entire industry. His consistency was always noticeable of course, but what was even more perceptible was the fact that throughout all of his releases, he consistently gave us some of the most masterful, inventive, and impressive songs to ever come out of the underground. His brief hiatus has luckily come to an end with the release of his song “Trophy Boyz”, and it’s yet again another banger that is sure to turn any function up to the max. Quintin Lamb produced this hit, and he starts it out with some resounding synths paired with crisp, intense hats and claps alongside some piercing 808s that couple seamlessly with Xavier’s unapologetically sinister flow. A sound bite from Seth MacFarlane plays from one of his shows and although I’m pretty …

Undefeated – [Xavier Wulf] & [Idontknowjeffery]

Xavier Wulf has been on an absolute tear in the industry as of recently. He has dropped off so much new music in so many different forms lately, and he’s still not done. After dropping a collaborative project with Bones, he contributed his efforts to another collab tape with Idontknowjeffery just a few weeks later called Bennington Forest. With the fact that both of these artists are from Memphis, Tennessee, they’ve been consistently bringing a new, more intense sound to the Hip-Hop side of the birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll. Although I haven’t kept up with Jeffery as much in recent memory as I have with Xavier, I’m extremely familiar with his music and out of the box style that has gained him a cult following over the years. The first track off of their joint project is called “Undefeated” and has now received a makeover in the form of a music video. As for the song itself, creeping, somewhat haunting synths, rattling percussion and always booming, intense drums come together to form the basis for an extremely vivid and striking offering. Jeffery is known for his very minimal, subdued voice as he flows along and vibes with the beats …

Nang – [JME] ft. [Skepta]

When I first heard grime music a few years back, admittedly I wasn’t a huge fan. I had trouble finding the beat because of some strange time stamps on certain songs and some of the lyricism just sounded kind of off to me. I can’t remember who I tried listening to for the life of me, because ever since I got introduced to Skepta, my opinion changed, and I instantly became hooked. The fast production mixed with his insane lyrical ability and his aptitude to be able to flow in so many different ways always stood out to me, and it was a type of Hip-Hop music that was unlike anything I had ever heard before in the States. I haven’t dived too far into the world of Grime beyond him, to be honest, but when I see Skepta’s name on a song, I know it’s essential that I tune in. As for JME, I wasn’t super familiar with his work, but it turns out that he was one of the most influential artists starting out along with Skepta in a young and ambitious Grime scene in England. Last November’s album Grime MC was an extensive look into the rapper’s …

TaintedBliss – [Bones] & [Xavier Wulf]

Ever since I had gotten into underground Rap music so many years ago, I’ve always been intrigued by the different styles and sounds that are created by so many different types of artists. Bones has always been a go-to rapper for me, as he is for a lot of underground fans, considering he paved the way for many of the artists coming up today whether they recognize this or not. His early overflow of songs and videos is what partially put him on the map, but the fact that even with this magnitude of music he was releasing, he was making sure that it was unlike anything anyone else was making at the time, and it was quality as well. After listening to Bones for quite some time, I was naturally put onto Xavier Wulf who then expanded my horizons and piqued my interest just as much as the Michigan legend did in the past. Their sounds were similar in a macabre, aggressive fashion, but they had their own individualistic personalities that stuck out to me beyond any other artists in the game. They’re no strangers to collaborating with one another, so every time I hear two of my favorite …

12ozs (Remix)- [Warhol.SS] ft. [Xavier Wulf]

I’ve been a fan of Warhol.SS for years at this point and seeing him go from getting local buzz and a few large features to the level he’s at now is nothing short of incredible. His music itself has continuously gotten better both in terms of quality as well as his talent level in general, and I can only see him continue to progress. Just when I thought that the classic hit “12ozs” that Warhol.SS put out around 2 years ago was going to be lost in his massive showcase of music, Xavier Wulf decided to jump on it for a remix, and he never disappoints so I knew I was in for a treat. F1lthy, who if you don’t know his name by now, you should educate yourself, produced this banger utilizing piercing hats and nasty instruments to create a vicious beat, to say the least. This is fully necessary when you have Warhol.SS and Xavier Wulf on a track because they both have a similar savage style that shines through on this track once again. If you’re a fan of either artist or better yet both artists, this track will be sure to please you. It’s a walk …