Duwap Kaine “DO”

By Emmanuel Louis-Charles

Kaine got one

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Duwap Kaine just dropped his best song since “Flyin” and it is a banger in the name of “DO”. Duwap asked for 10k comments on the Instagram snippet of the song and his fans earned the release this morning. “Do” is a hauntingly ethereal banger reminiscent of Back From The Dead 2 Chief Keef production, but with Duwap’s signature auto tuned raps and off kilter flow. Duwap Kaine is only 16 and just keeps getting better. Peep the video below.

 

Underatted: Sahbabii

By Emmanuel Louis-Charles

More Than a Thug Copy

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Sahbabii was one of the first artist I wrote about on here and when he first came onto my radar I found it hard to post him because of the similarity he held to fellow Atlanta artist and god Young Thug. His breakout single “Pill Up Wit A Stick” sounds so much like a Young Thug song I found my self writing “the kids accept clones as new artists”.

I still believe that but upon listening to more of his music and paying close attention to his career, I saw that I was wrong about Sah and that the heavy R&B influence in his music is what set him apart from his contemporaries. Sah takes from a specific Thug pocket found on songs like “Hey I” and “No Way” from Slime Season 2 and 1 respectively. He dives into this pocket on songs like “Titonooba” and “Cracks and Crevices” on SANDAS and goes full croon on records like “Watery” and “7 Squids” featuring R.Kelly.

I have patently waiting for more Sahbabi music but it seems to be at a fierce halt. In an Interview with Complex earlier this year Sahbabii said that his next album Wolverine would be his last. I don’t really understand why and from reading the interview it seems as though Sahbabii just wants to be a regular person who can watch Naruto and chill all day. I personally think that’s dumb and he should get back in the stu. But artists these days are more manic and sporadic than ever so lets just hope we get Wolverine before I die and stop sleeping on Sahbabii.

The Hottest Songs Out 12/27/2019

By Emmanuel Louis-Charles

THE $UICIDEBOYS ARE BACK

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SuicideBoys “Fuck Your Culture”

SOBXRBE “Pass The Mic”

Currensy ft MadeinTYO “Nautica”

Young Thug ft Travis Scott “Hop Off a Jet”

Roddy Rich “The Box”

Jackboys ft Pop Smoke and Travis Scott “GATTI”

G Herbo “I Want It”

Vince Staples “Hell Bound” 

Young Thug ft Gunna “Diamonds”

Why Do People Like NLE Choppa?

By Emmanuel Louis-Charles

I just dont get it 

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Honestly I don’t understand how NLE Choppa became one of the premier young artists. Generic name+generic flows+generic auto tuned tracks+ generic street cuts = instant success? I think its a damn shame. As much as I try and do conform to the way the new generation of music works and how rappers get popping now it seems as though kids just like anything and anyone. Lets take a look at his hit record “Shotta Flow”. I beg for someone to point out to me something that was not done or said by a rapper in that song or video in the 6 months prior. You can’t cause the song and video look and sound like they came out of a ABC Rapper vending machine.

There so much dope talent in Memphis but NLE Choppa is the one who gets a Post Malone song? Him? This copy and paste ass nigga? I feel the same way about artist like Jay Da Youngan, Youngeen Ace, Yung Blue, OMB Peezy, and so many other fake NBA YoungBoy’s of which Choppa is another. All of these artists are doo-doo caca and if you like them you probably listen to Maroon 5 by choice.

Underrated: Silkmoney

By Emmanuel Louis-Charles

Loser rap at its finest

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Silkmoney was one of the main voices of Richmond, Virgnia rap group Divine Council. It seems as though the group has dissipated and members ICYTWAT, Cyrax, Lord Linco and, Silkmoney have gone there separate ways. While I was heavily listening to Divine Council I instantly recognized Silk as the lyricist of the clique. Silk was the only member of the Council even considered for the voting of the XXL freshman for 2016-17 making his solo star rise even more.

Since the time of records like “Dick In the Dope” Silk has dropped two very quality solo projects the second of which just came out the other day, prompting me to write this piece. This man is one of the only people in the younger generation of rap that I feel like can compete bar for bar with the lyrical front runners of the generation of rap like J.I.D, Griselda and Roc Marciano. Not only are his bars and flow elite, the content is consistently hilarious and easy to relate to. Songs with references to Ben 10, Finding Nemo, anime, weed, sex and jerking off too much make up Silkmoney’s catalog and he delivers these bars with the lyrical dexterity and confidence of one of the best bar for bar rappers out right now. His newest tape finds him heavily influenced by artists like Roc Marciano and Griselda while still keeping the bombastic and 808 heavy sound that he and the council were known for. Also look for some more conscious content here as he touches on the value of the black dollar and the plight of the black man in America Mj I. Peep his two projects below and stop sleeping on Silkmoney.

The Hottest Songs Out 12/8/2019

By Emmanuel Louis-Charles

LONG LIVE JAH LONG LIVE JUICE WRLD

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XXXTENTACION ft Rick Ross “I Changed Her Life”

The Kid Laroi “Let Her Go”

Roddy Ricch ft TY Dolla $ign”Bacc Seat”

Wiki ft Princess Nokia “Dame Aqui”

Babyface Ray “Still Gone Bust A Band”

Smino “Trina”

Baby Keem “Bullies”

French Montana ft Kodak Black & Kevin Gates “Lifestyle”

XXXTENTACION ft Trippie Redd and PNB Rock “bad vibes forever”

 

Artist Feature: The Kid Laroi

By Emmanuel Louis-Charles

Bibby Found a Gem

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The Kid Laroi is an Australian melodic prodigy discovered by Chiraq’s own Lil Bibby who recently just announced he would be retiring from rap in order to focus on being an the executive mind behind acts like Juice WRLD. Laroi is Bibby’s latest discovery and the with only eight records out deserves a full write up because as I stated in the intro this kid is a melodic prodigy. Today he dropped a video for his most recent single “Let Her Go” and I have not been able to stop slapping it over and over and over.

The YouTube comments for the video describe Laroi as an upgraded version of Lil Mosey and I agree but to a very limited extent. Their vocal tone is similar most likely because they are both so young, but I feel as though Laroi has a better grasp on the art of actually singing over Mosey. His style in a nut shell is the contemporary sound but he has a level of street grit behind his sweet alto type singing voice. This most likely comes from the fact that Laroi was deeply involved in the wild streets of Australia, probably why he relates to fellow street orientated people like Bibby. Standouts for me include “Let Her Go”, “Blessings”, and “Winning”. Peep The Kid Laroi’s catalog below.

The Hottest Songs Out 11/26/2019

By Emmanuel Louis-Charles

TRIPPIE REDD

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Trippie Redd “Love Sick”

03 Greedo & Kenny Beats ft Maxo Kream “Beg Your Pardon”

Action Bronson & The Alchemist “Dmitri”

Lil Peep “ghost boy”

YNW Melly “Adam Sandler”

Duwap Kaine “Nobody”

Lucki “Tbt”

Smokepurrp ft Lil Skies “Dirty Dirty”

Trippie Redd ft NBA Young Boy “Hate Me”

Fivio Foreign “Big Drip”

Trippie Redd “Chosen”

Trippie Redd ft Lil Yachty and Pierre Bourne “M’s”

 

Thinkpeice: The Impact of Drill

By Emmanuel Louis-Charles

Today’s Music Would Not Exist Without It

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Torey Lanez just finished his press run for Chixtape 5 and one of the major themes in this interview run was him talking about Young Thug’s influence and how most of the rap game sounds like him. While I agree with this point I feel like and even bigger influence on today’s music is Chicago and the drill scene that exploded in 2012. The minimalist flows, viciously knocking beats, and endlessly violent content are all things that have become staples in music today. Lets not forget the physical imprint drill left on the rap game. True Religion, Moncler and Hermes all owe Chief Keef a lot of money for making their clothes popular to an audience that was not thinking about them at all.

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Now lets turn to the invasion of melody in hip hop. While I won’t discredit those like Drake, Cudi, and Kanye for bringing other melody driven genres and blending them with rap. For this current generation and the way they use auto tune, their inspiration was not Kanye or T-Pain, it was Lil Durk and Chief Keef. More Durk who has stuck to using auto tune since his first big singles “I’m Still A Hitta” and “L’s Anthem”. To me A Boogie, Lil Uzi , Smooky Margielaa, Lil TJay, Lil Tecca, and a plethora of other young auto tuned spitters all sound just like Durk and Keefs iconic records like “Right Here”, “Love No Thotties”, and “Macaroni Time”.

I remember the first time I heard “Top” by Uzi and I said to my “This kid listens to macaroni time all day everyday”. My thoughts were confirmed as Uzi said in his Sway interview that Sosa was one of his biggest inspirations. Drill was characterized by the violence and it disappointed me that some of my favorite radio personalities refrained from shedding light on the movement due to that and ignored a lot of the phenomenal music that came out of there and continues to leek out of every pore of the city. The impact of drill will never go away, from slang, to fashion, to sonics, drill is the catalyst behind the explosion of hip hop becoming the biggest genre and should be treated as a legendary and historic time in hip hop.