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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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.

 

Artist Feature: Pierre Bourne

By Emmanuel

Don’t sleep on Pierre’s skills in front of the mic

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Pierre Bourne made one hell of a name for himself in 2017 as the producer behind multiple hits for the likes of Playboi Carti, and Tekashi 6IX9INE among many others. But his work as an artist should not be overlooked or dismissed. Pierre’s music is super melodic and feels like he has been perfecting the way he attacks the beats he makes for years. Even though he freestyles and uses lots of auto tune  like many artists do today, you can tell that he takes more time thinking about how his vocals and the beat combine for a complete record. Others have recognized Pierre’s talent as a rapper as well as Drake had him open up for him on select dates of the Boy Meets World Tour. Standouts for me from Pierre’s extensive catalogue have to be, “Honeyberry“, “Pokeball“, “Hacked my Instagram“, “Yo Pierre!” and “Hacked My Snapchat“. Peep the vast majority Pierre’s catalogue on Soundcloud below.

Artist Feature: Yung Bans

By Emmanuel

Get to know the Freebandz Gang signee

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Yung Bans has been making a lot of waves as of late especially with his breakout hit “Lonely”. But the Atlanta rapper has lots more than that one record to get your ears tuned into him. Bans style is characterized by his hushed, melodic delivery and swirling, intoxicating beat selection. Drugs like lean are clearly a big part of his creative process and it makes perfect sense that he signed to the poster boy for drug rap Future. Bans is sure to blow this year so you should get in tune asap. My favorite songs from Bans are “Lonely”, “Right Through You”, “Dresser”, and “No Cap” amongst many others. Give Yung Bans a listen below.

Artist Feature: Drakeo The Ruler

By Emmanuel 

Watch out for Drakeo and The Stinc Team

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California’s Drakeo the Ruler has a firm grip on the local scene out on the West Coast along with others like RJ, Mozzy, and 03 Greedo. Drakeo is sure to blow along with a few of these other local stars. What sets Drakeo apart is how is flow is very much characterized by his heavy lean usage. Drakeo is often whispering menacingly on his tracks as he quietly describes how he will flex on and or shoot you over dark and withdrawn west coast beats. He is very fire and you should all listen now. Standouts for me right now are “Impatient Freestyle” “Big Banc Uchies”, and “Fools Gold” Take a listen below.

Artist Feature: 03 Greedo

By Emmanuel 

Pain Into Passion

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03 Greedo is one of the newest rising acts t come out of the west coast and his Cali spin on Future-esque melodies is a refreshing and unheard sound. Greedo hails from the hard streets of Watts and all of the struggles he experienced as a Grape Street Crip profusely bleed through in his music. In my opinion Greedo makes some of the most vulnerable street music in today’s landscape. In terms of content he paints pictures of the negative side of the street life similar to acts like Meek Mill or G Herbo, but sonically he uses many vocal effects to craft his Future like crooning over distinctly bouncy west coast production. The combo is fire. Get to know Greedo in his Nu Jumper interview below.

Standout tracks for me right now are the undeniable “Never Bend”, and “Run For Yo Life”. Peep these tracks and the rest of his catalog below.

 

 

 

 

 

Artist Feature: Trippie Redd

by Emmanuel

Could be next to blow 

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Canton, Ohio’s Trippie Redd is my newest Soundcloud discovery and is brimming with potential. You will notice right off the bat that he has abandoned many of the regular rapper tropes as the majority of his music has to do with heartbreak, and dealing with emotions. Despite having many rap records some even being displays of traditional rap skill over boom bap production.

Trippie shines hardest on the tracks where he is crooning with slight auto tune and his signature cracked, strained vocals, most likely the reason for many of his tracks having the R&B and Soul hashtag. Standouts for me are “Oowee/Thots”, “Chair Falling”, “Romeo and Juliet” among many others. Give Trippie Redd a listen below.

Artist Feature: Mathaius Young

by Emmanuel

Indy got heat’

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Mathiaus Young is another up and comer from Indianapolis who often runs with Drayco McCoy. In an interview with the Chicago Sleeperz Podcast Drayco mentioned that he had a clique of friends in Indy who all had great solo music. After taking a listen to Mathiaus Young’s  music I can say I agree at least when it comes to him. He recently got his first big solo placement with HNHH posting his most recent mixtape Take The Night Away. Mathius has a much more chilled and relaxed vibe as opposed to Drayco as you can hear a lot of R&B influence and introspective content in his music. But make no mistake he can t’up with the rowdiest of them. Standouts for me are “Fuck” ft Draycco McCoy, “Wassup”, and “It’s All Over” Take a listen to Mathiaius Young below.

Artist Feature: Kur

by Emmanuel Louis-Charles

Philly is goin crazy rn

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Shoutout the good people at Complex who just put me on to the young dragon from Philly known as Kur. The 20 year old MC has received a cosign from current Philadelphia champ Meek Mill and grew up listen to east coast staples like State Property, and Jadakiss. His fiery aggressive flow is filled with the grit and grime those artist filled their music with. Kur’s music ranges from introspective thoughtful street stories to grimy hood bangers and while he has been vocal about favoring his softer music I prefer high energy (preferably anger) in mine. Standouts from his catalogue for me are “Stuck In My Ways”,

“Uptop!, Uptop!, Havoc, and “I Dont Give a Fuck” featuring a very humble pre-fame Lil Uzi Vert.

Take a listen to Kur below, this nigga is amazing.

Artist Feature: IshDARR

by Emmanuel Louis-Charles

Straight Outta Milwaukee 

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Milwaukee’s Ishdarr has mountains of potential. I was recently put on to the mid-west spitter and after flipping through his visuals and Souncloud have come to the conclusion that he is fye. It took me a while to warm up to him as it is easy to see he has been inspired heavily by movements like TDE. Expect lots of speedy flows and lyricism and traditional sampling from IshDARR. Despite this fact his music is still very good. Standouts for me are Locals, and Rememeber. Watch and Listen below.