On the heels of growing critical acclaim and buzz, midwest rapper (I)Deal is back with his second single of the year, “Unconventional”, featuring Chicago heavyweight Mick Jenkins. On the aptly titled song, (I)Deal brings a truly unique and inspired flow, rising to the occasion with two impressive verses to open and close the track. Mick Jenkins slides in with veteran presence for 20 bars of dense wordplay we’ll be dissecting for a minute. Both emcees match the intensity of the powerful soul samples and raw electric guitar riffs and massive drums for an all around slap that will have us looking out for more from (I)Deal.
Every Sunday, Marc Rebillet performs via livestream, and guess who showed…Wayne Brady. Most of us know him from his amazing run on the network improv show, Who’s Line Is It Anyway? The two performed a b2b improv set together from Marc’s house, and the vibes are just too good to miss.
Chicago rapper Henry Arts is happy to be alive. After surviving a brush with death in the form of fentanyl laced pills, he’s back with a strong message in “Revival.” The young artist brings serious content to melodic rap as he tells his story and explores the pitfalls of addiction through a raw and authentic lens that a lot of people in our generation can relate to. We’re glad Henry Arts is still here to share his experience through dope music. RIP to all the legendary artists we’ve lost in the modern Opioid/Fentanyl epidemic, if you’re struggling with addiction, get help!
DUCKWRTH captures those early quarantine days of longing with a bit of a sci-fi twist in the video for his SuperGood single “Kiss U Right Now.” This video features the singer/rapper playing the role of a super cautious bachelor trying to make it through the pandemic.
R&B artist Brent Faiyaz had a breakout year in 2020 with the release of his critically acclaimed EP, Fuck The World, and so far, 2021 is looking like it will take that recognition to the next level. This new track, “Circles”, is spellbinding. Faiyaz takes some pitched distortion to his vocals for an eerie twist to this spell, while New York based band, Purr, plays a dreamy outro.
J. Cole’s highly-anticipated new album the Off-Season dropped today, and ahead of its imminent release, the North Carolina rapper has shared a documentary.
Check out the latest track and lyric video from King P titled “Slip N Slide”. King P is following up this record with a music video that is set to be released on May 28th, 2021. If you don’t already know, King P is a Miami based, Jamaican-rooted Hip Hop artist and multi-instrumentalist who delivers an unmatched level of energy through his Dancehall flair. On “Slip N Slide,” King P is just having fun and letting the world know that when it comes to the ladies, he keeps it moving. With a bouncy instrumental at the foundation P delivers swaggy verses and an addictive chorus ready to heat up the clubs from South Beach, to LA, to Negril.
Hailing from Washington DC, Korean American artist Travis Shyn just released his latest single “Shattered”. The track is professionally produced and sounds commercial but with more soul than you’d expect from a pop track. Think Post Malone, but if he had grown up eating Kimchi & and skipped the face tattoos. Travis Shyn is that and then some. We are excited to hear more from him & watch him blow up from the front row. If you like the song, be sure to follow him on the gram at @treyshyn
Denver based producer and musician Contra Scandal makes his official debut on Gravitas Recordings with Full Circle, a 10 track offering that fully displays his versatile talents. With consistent heavy synths and loose airy drums serving as the bonding agent, each song centers a violin performance tethered to a different regions of the world. Precisely placed vocal snippets, (and even few rap verses from Contra himself on “Mile High Livin,”) keep things interesting and contribute to an impressively cohesive and polished, albeit genre-bending project. Check out Full Circle available everywhere!
The modern era of music has given way to enigmas and artists of all shapes and forms who break the norm of what have come to expect as far as what an artist truly is. RunItUp Rob is one such artist that epitomises the essence of the modern era. A multi-talented vocalist and Rapper born in Long Beach, Ca and raised in San Bernardino, Ca. RunItUp Rob is making music that is thoughtful, conscious and driven by a desire to motivate, inspire, comfort and spread love and joy to all those that hear it. Check out his latest single “If you understood” here first & be sure to follow RunItUp Rob.
Cy Matik is an independent producer that delivers beats that are not only filled with great sounds and tangible vibes but are also technically on point. His beat-driven hip-hop impressively straddles the line between mainstream sounds and the more indie edges. You can connect with and check out all of Cy Matik’s music on his Website.
Urban Royalty is a multifaceted California Bay Area creative collective made up of family through love & loyalty. This is Reina, Apollo, Kush Bud, Donnie Baby, PapaBear & ThumoLij’s first musical compilation (Reina and Papa Bear are siblings, Apollo is Reina and Papa Bear’s first cousin, Kush Bud and ThumoLij are brothers). As they develop & maintain their own brands, in this project you will hear how each artist presents a unique style with crisp collaborations over futuristic trap beats. Urban Royalty Volume 1: Price Going Up was recorded, mixed and mastered at the legendary K-Lou Recording Studio, home studio to many classic artists like Master P and the late Mac Dre.
Gon Gotti has recently come back to music after taking time off to work on his new fashion line kush God clothing co. from Toronto Canada the 34-year-old Canadian isn’t new to the music business with many successful projects in previous years. let’s see if he still has it in him. He’s dropping an album with Patchy Pacino on March 20th called welcome to the 6ix featuring the smash single change up 15 songs with Patchy Gotti and many features 2 hot joints from madchild a legendary Canadian rapper as well as up and coming rapper Raxx aka Raxx be snappin. Even Snoop Dogg has taken a liking to him on Instagram and there are talks of a deal with Snoop’s label.
Randy Roberts and the late Mike the God teamed up for a Kobe Bryant tribute track titled “F$!K 2020”. This year has been rough for everyone making “F$!K 2020” a very relatable track. Randy Robert’s journey has been the ultimate example of perseverance and inspiration. You can learn more about his story and music at @Iam_RandyRoberts
Chicago artist Exclusive MC’s latest release “Peace Not War” begins with a dedication to a number of this year’s victims of police brutality. As the video starts, we find the emcee on the ground seemingly yet another life claimed by racist police. Instead, Exclusive springs to life and begins roaming the streets of his city as he delivers his thought provoking lyrics that touch on a number of issues that came to a head in 2020. Check it out and look our for more from the promising Chi town artist.
Yung Goony is taking the industry by storm. In just a year of releasing music he’s garnered over half a million streams along with critical and fan acclaim. The young Detroit artist is showing no signs of stopping with “Federal”, his hottest release yet.
Rising artist Rhythm the M3 is back with the 2020 weed anthem we all needed. With a chilled out beat at the foundation, Rhythm delivers a hypnotic hook you’ll get lost in before he snaps you out of the daze with a sharp verse and heavy punchlines. This one is definitely for the real smokers. Wiz Khalifa needs to jump on the remix for sure!
Emerging UK rapper Outlaw The Artist has released his new single, “DRiP.” With a dark vibe, Outlaw confidently drops clever punchlines with original cadence over a flashy web of synths fusing elements of the UK Grime sound with New York lyricism for a truly unique listen. This fire single has us looking forward to his forthcoming album Villains Never Die, slated for release later this year or early 2021.
It’s no secret that gaming and music go hand and hand. Back in the day we saw Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater introduce the first real music playlist and licensing deal within a video game. Fast forward a few decades and we’re seeing major artists like Frank Ocean curating virtual radio stations within the world of Grand Theft Auto, and artists like Travis Scott and others have done VR concerts in the world of Fortnite. With the two respective worlds intertwining more and more, new opportunities continue to arise. Gamerized is a social gaming network allowing gamers to listen to royalty free music, host tournaments , broadcast live from twitch and connect with industry leaders.
Hailing from New York and Miami rising rapper $windlaaa just dropped “Moving Fast” paired with a visual. $windlaaa left his college football career to become a rapper. In “Moving Fast” he takes struggles of dealing with the change from his family. Check out the track for yourself below, and follow $windlaaa on Spotify.