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.

 

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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.

Lil Gnar ft Germ & Madeintyo “Sticky Rice”

By Emmanuel

Big Bad Gnar Shit Out Now

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Lil Gnar first came up through his popping Gnarcotic streetwear brand and now he is venturing into music with assistance from the Buffet Boys Germ who he has chosen to  put out this entire 6 -track EP with. After the first listen the Madeintyo assisted “Sticky Rice” stands out the most to me. Peep the track as well of the rest of the EP below.

Kodak Black “Running Out Of Love”

By Emmanuel

Free Kodak

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The recently incarcerated Kodak Black just dropped his Heart Break Kodak project from behind bars and the Valentines Day themed project is moving my soul as we speak. A standout from the 17 track effort for me has got to be the opening track “Running Out Of Love”. The song matches the title exactly as Kodak sings about a relationship that has reached its end. Kodak is really lit so he doesn’t need auto tune, and his natural voice is amazing on the smooth R&B instrumental provided by Canadian maestro Murda Beats . Listen below.

 

The Hottest Songs Out Right Now

By Emmanuel

Get In Tune

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Drake “God’s Plan”

D Savage “Kame In”

Blocboy JB & Drake “Look Alive”

Robb Banks “A Milli (4 M’s)”

Kendrick Lamar ft SOBXRBE “Paramedic!”

Key Glock “Russian Creme”

Cozz ft J.Cole “Zendaya”

Rick Ross ft T-Pain and Kodak Black “Florida Boy”

Audio Push “Spill Drinks”

2 Chainz “LAND OF THE FREAKS”

Gunna ft Young Thug and Lil Baby “Oh Ok”

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.

Blocboy JB ft Drake “Look Alive”

By Emmanuel

Memphis connection

I though Drizzy was hopping on JB’s buzzing “Rover” track but it seems as though the two artists have gifted us a whole new song and visual to match. Drake takes the chorus and first verse with a swagged out minimal flow matching the simplicity of JB’s style. This is a huge look for JB and his budding career. Listen and watch the video below.