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.

Fivio Foreign “Big Drip”

By Emmanuel Louis-Charles

Drill flow + Grime Beat = Smash 

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Fivio Foreign joins Pop Smoke as another artist from New York experimenting with UK Grime beats and incorporating it with a gritty drill-esque New York flow. I was honestly hesitant about posting this because it sounds so much like Pop Smoke’s records but if your on the east coast right now I know for a big factory that you love this song and the numbers reflect it. I don’t have high hopes for Fivio Foreign’s future in rap, or Pop Smokes because they don’t seem to care about changing their sound and are happy to be able to grab club hosting bags. But surely this sound will fizzle out and these artists with it if they don’t show some variety in their sound. But for now SHE WANNA SUCK ON A LIT DICK (AYEE AYEE AYEE!!).

Artist Feature: Sheff G

By Emmanuel Louis-Charles

The New New York

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Sheff G is an artist from Brooklyn that has seen a rise during a pretty dope time in New York and East Coast hip hop. The East Coast for many years was lagging behind the South and seemed to be constantly trying to “restore the feeling” rather than change with the times. Now a days I feel as though the East Coast can represent almost all of the different kinds of rap existing today, from traditionalists like Westside Gunn, Conway and, Benny, to auto tuned pop stars like A Boogie, and Lil TJay New York is in a great place in rap.

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The group Sheff G rose with includes contemporaries like 22 G’s and Pop Smoke and he holds some similarities to their music specifically the heavy drill influence. One thing Sheff G does differently and well is his use of melody and the UK Grime sound that New York street niggas are randomly fans of now a days. Sheff’s music can be characterized by his unmistakable voice which is thick, deep, and menacing. I hope Sheff can flourish in rap and stay out of trouble as his street reputation is certified. Standouts for me are “Flows”, “Respect”, and “Think I’m Playing”. Peep Sheff G’s music below.

The Hottest Songs Out 10/17/2019

By Emmanuel Louis-Charles

TOREY LANEZ

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Torey Lanez ft Chris Brown “The Take”

Bad Newz Boys “Get Ya Issue”

Future ft Lil Durk “Last Name”

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie ft Lil Uzi Vert “Reply”

Lil Baby “Woah”

Torey Lanez ft Ludacris “The Fargo Splash”

Gucci Mane ft Kodak Black “Big Boy Diamonds”

G Herbo “Can’t Sleep”

Goonew “Moesha”

Styles P ft Conway the Machine & BENNY the BUTCHER “Blam, Blam, Blam”

Torey Lanez ft Slim and NYCE “Room 112” 

Underatted: Wifisfuneral

By Emmanuel Louis-Charles

Alone As A Face Tat

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Wifi is one of the staples of this new face tat generation and it is unfortunate that he gets lumped together with others like Lil Pump and Smokepurrp when is music holds much more merit and replay value than his contemporaries. In the beginning of the Soundcloud explosion it was almost impossible to differentiate the styles of all of the artists coming out of the movement and was way easier to lump all of the screaming, colored hair rappers into one large group with the few big name exceptions being XXXTentacion and Lil Pump. But as time went on and with the untimely and tragic passing of X, the artists from South Florida begin to evolve and die.

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I feel as though artists like Purp and Pump are clearly going through the ending years of their career and their stagnant music is a telltale sign of that. While Wifi on the other hand has been making the best music of his career. WYA Pt.2 is the best song he has ever made and Ethernet 2 was one of the best projects to drop in the beginning half of 2019. Songs like “Eggs” and “WYA Pt.2” show me that Wifi is determined to not be boxed in and singled out as a dime a dozen Soundcloud rapper and wants to be seen as one of the elite from his generation. I personally believe he will get there. Take another look at Wifi down below and ignore Russ and Joe Budden at least when it comes to Weef)

 

Artist Feature: Xanman

By Emmanuel Louis-Charles

The DMV is the new drill-era Chicago 

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Its always a pleasant surprise when someone lacks that rapper look but has quality music. Xanmans cheeks are so chubby and pinchable it surprised me when he starts rapping or talking and his intensely gruff and deep voice starts talking about all of the guns and drugs that he has.

Xanman is a DMV artist and as soon as he starts rapping you should be able to tell. To me the DMV flow has replaced the Chicago stutter flow as the go-to flow for almost every new rapper at some point in time. No new rapper comes out without rapping like Splurge or Q Da Fool at some point. Xanman’s style is more authentic due to the fact that he is actually from that area and collaborates with DMV street staples like Lil Dude and Goonew. Don’t look for any thoughtful bars from Xanman as it is all gun and dope talk like most of the DMV rappers, and there is nothing wrong with that. Standout tracks for me are Many Men ft Lil Dude, Midnight, and a plethora of others from his already deep catalog of projects. Peep Xanman below.

Video Premier: Bad Newz Boyz “Get Ya Issue”

By Emmanuel Louis-Charles

The first IUDK premier

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The Bad Newz Boyz are bubbling out of Atlanta right now and I feel privileged to be on to them so early because these niggas clearly got it. Just Leek and RIPXL are not slowing up after the release of BNB earlier this year and keep the applying pressure with this new single and video for “Get Ya Issue”. The record is a certified slap while the video is a bit regular compared to their others, its an overall great beginning to the roll out of another stellar project. Watch the video below and make sure you get in tune with the Bad Newz Boyz now so you can tell your friends “I liked them before they blew up”.