Artist Feature: Goonew & Lil Dude

By Emmanuel Louis-Charles

Homicide Boyz Got A Wave Comin 

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Goonew and Lil Dude were brought to my attention by Ian Connor and Lil Yachty. Ian posted them in a crib banging their collab with Yachty “Homicide Boat”. Upon first listen I was not to sure if I liked them. Goonew has a very similar flow to Q Da Fool and other DMV rappers and Lil Dude can be very generic as well, but I kept revisiting because I felt I was missing something. Now after taking a hard few listens to Goonew’s GoonWick project I can say that despite whatever negatives people have to say about them (sometimes off beat flow being the main gripe) , their trajectory is looking up. One of the best parts about their music to me is their beat selection which ranges from complex samples to hyper minimal keyboard beats all of them knocking something serious. Standouts for me are “Homicide Boat” ft Lil Yachty, “Stain” ft Duwap Kaine, “Str8 Of Da Boat”, “80’s”, and “Goon Rich” from Goonew. “2.0”, “No Hiding“, and “Lil Boowop” from Lil Dude. Check the Homicde Boyz out below.

 

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16yrold ft Yung Bans, D Savage, and Tracy “IFEELLIKEYOUNGSCOOTER”

By Emmanuel Louis-Charles

I just left Columbia

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16yrold had a monster 2017 on the underground tip and 2018 is definitely the year he catapult’s himself into the mainstream. Today he drops a posse cut of sorts featuring frequent collaborator D Savage along with newer voices to a 16yrold beat Yung Bans and Tracy. Bans handles the hook while Savage and Tracy supply some fire melodic verses. Listen below.

Artist Feature: Juice WRLD

By Emmanuel Louis-Charles

This kid got it

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I just got out of bed at three in the morning to write this because Chicago artist Juice WRLD is the shit, and I had to let whoever reads this know right now. Upon first listen to his music it screams Lil Peep/Tracy/Kid Cudi in the best ways possible. Juice’s music is emo rap at its finest. His content is not all sad boy stuff though as he can still stick his chest out and talk his shit like a more traditional rapper. Juice WRLD’s beat selection is impeccable and he has a mean hook pen and ear for melodies. I love how the vast majority of his music is produced by the same two people showing that he has a firm grasp on his process and sound. Standouts for me are “All Girls Are The Same”, “Rainbow”, “Until Its Over (closure)“, “Demo Wreck” and “Something New” among many I am sure I have yet to find. Peep Juice WRLD below.

 

 

Smokepurrp Drops Colorful Video For “Big Bucks”

By Emmanuel Louis-Charles

Purpps best song

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Smokepurpp and Ronny J dropped “Big Bucks” a few months ago and in my opinion it is still Purpp’s best song to date. Today we get a fluorescent video to match the buzzing track that features Purpp in a color changing room in front of a fly whip, entertaining fly women, classic hip hop. Peep the video below.

G Herbo “Everything” Remix ft Chance The Rapper

By Emmanuel Louis-Charles

Eastside Emissaries

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Herbo just teased the remix to his hit record “Everything” on IG and today we get the full version featuring Chi-Towns golden child Chance The Rapper. Chance hops on the third verse of the banger starting of with melody and ending with flexing inspired bars not heard often from the holy spitter. Shit is fire. Listen below.

 

Artist Feature: Gunna

By Emmanuel Louis-Charles

Catch up with YSL Gunna

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While it is hard for me to think of something that Gunna brings to the table that is distinctly his own, I can say that he is better than most at rapping like Young Thug. Thug would probably say the same as it was his cosign that first propelled Gunna into the spotlight. Sonically Gunna does what most rappers from Atlanta do, super fast spurts of rapping metered out by melodic sections, but his beat selection is better than most and he has access to high profile features by way of his connections. In todays music landscape its either hot or not and Gunna has heaters combined with a wave if internet hype. Standouts for me include “Don’t Play Wit It” featuring Young Thug, “Car Sick” ft Nav, “YSL” ft Playboi Carti, and “Oh Ok” ft Young Thug and Lil Baby. Peep Gunna’s catalogue below.

 

Moneybagg Yo “Ion Get You”

By Emmanuel

Ion get these hoes either

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I was definitely a Moneybagg Yo hater when he first popped up on the scene. I felt that he really came out of nowhere with songs immediately on the radio and was an industry plant of sorts. Now after finding out he just recently got signed in his Breakfast Club interview I decided to take a hard listen to his new 2 Heartless project. After the first listen it is clearly a quality effort. From the first go around a standout for me has to be the melodic “Ion Get You”. This song finds Yo flexing his melodic chops while talking about the confusing messages these bitches can send. Shit is hard. Listen below.

Kodak Black “No Feelings”

By Emmanuel

This album is hard af

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Kodak’s new project Heart Break Kodak is another high quality effort from the Pompano rapper and another fire cut for me has got to be “No Feelings”. Kodak has discussed often how he feels the women and people in his life have done him wrong and switched up making him numb. ‘No Feelings” finds Kodak exploring this topic again. Listen below.