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Consistency In Hip Hop, The Golden Era of Mixtapes, & The Demise of the XXL Freshman List (Editorial)

Does Consistency Matter In Hip Hop Anymore? If a well-renowned rapper drops a classic album at some point in their career, hip hop heads pray another one will be coming soon. Let’s think about Eminem. I have no problem deeming his first three projects masterpieces (The Slim Shady LP, The Marshall Mathers LP, and The Eminem Show). After The Eminem Show came Encore, the first … Continue reading Consistency In Hip Hop, The Golden Era of Mixtapes, & The Demise of the XXL Freshman List (Editorial)

After A Brief Hiatus, Shon Goner Returns With His Finest Offering Yet – ‘Like This’

Philly’s finest Shon Goner dropped a hell of a debut album last August that I wrote about extensively. The project was full of club ready, r&b centric bangers that were catchy &  innovative. Shon can sing, rap, and put together cohesive albums and creative singles. He’s been gone for a minute, working on some personal issues that he has every right to. I’m ecstatic Shon is … Continue reading After A Brief Hiatus, Shon Goner Returns With His Finest Offering Yet – ‘Like This’

RLA’s New Masterpiece Vérité Has His Name Buzzing – Learn Why The Singer, Songwriter & Producer Is Up Next

Hey Logan, thanks for sitting down with us.  Hey Julie, thanks for having me. I’m a singer/songwriter/producer from Pittsburgh, PA, just out here trying to rep my city.  What got you into singing, songwriting, and producing? Did you get into all of these at the same time? It started with singing. My dad would always be singing when I was a little kid, and I eventually realized … Continue reading RLA’s New Masterpiece Vérité Has His Name Buzzing – Learn Why The Singer, Songwriter & Producer Is Up Next

Analicia Lasett Is The Epitome Of Female Empowerment – Just Peep Her New Visual ‘My Name Isn’t Intro’

There are a plethora of female MC’s in Chicago that have yet to be discovered, or aren’t embraced the way they should be. Sorry guys, a ton of these ladies have more talent than you. It was upsetting to see Analicia Lasett’s My Name Isn’t (Intro) have 5 thumbs up and 3 thumbs down on YouTube. The The Ryan Schultz directed visual  is 2 and … Continue reading Analicia Lasett Is The Epitome Of Female Empowerment – Just Peep Her New Visual ‘My Name Isn’t Intro’

Pigeons & Planes’ Freestyle Winner K1NG ELJAY Showcases His Production Chops On Instrumental Project ‘ROYALTY: The Common Tape’

Beat tapes are my weakness. I listen to a lot of hip hop, but rarely do I find an instrumental project that I really fuck with. When I do find that needle in the haystack, I play it obsessively throughout the coming weeks, and revisit it over the course of the year. K1NG ELJAY’s latest project, ROYALTY: The Common Tape, is a breath of fresh air. It … Continue reading Pigeons & Planes’ Freestyle Winner K1NG ELJAY Showcases His Production Chops On Instrumental Project ‘ROYALTY: The Common Tape’

Theisy – L.A.M.E. (New Project & Premiere)

Theisy is young, but boy does he know how to make music. His instrumentals are multi-faceted, exceptional scores that perfectly encapsulate whoever rhymes behind each. Theisy embodies this on his newest project L.A.M.E. Featuring a bunch of talented artists who are also close friends, there is a plethora of different sounds, vibes, storytelling, and creativity to feed fans old and new. Continue reading Theisy – L.A.M.E. (New Project & Premiere)

D2X- ‘Enjoy Life’ (New EP & Premiere)

We’ve been rocking with Chicago’s finest wordsmith D2X for years now; before he developed the amazing fan base that he currently has. There’s a reason for that. Every project, song, and visual he puts out is quality, and never the same as the last. He’s mastered the art of the EP, and Enjoy Life has garnered his best buzz yet. It makes sense, it being … Continue reading D2X- ‘Enjoy Life’ (New EP & Premiere)

Domineko – A Son, A Brother, An Exceptional Emcee…and More Alive Than Ever (Exclusive Interview)

There are some rappers who enter the hip hop game because they want the money, the fame, the clout, and the rockstar lifestyle. Domineko, a talented lyricist from Kansas City, uses his music as a way to inspire others and learn about himself. He grew up in tough surroundings, but after finding ‘the new Dominque’ he began his real journey as an ever evolving MC … Continue reading Domineko – A Son, A Brother, An Exceptional Emcee…and More Alive Than Ever (Exclusive Interview)

Mani Jurdan Shows What It Means To Be A Revolutionary in Breathtaking New Visual ‘DIFFERENTIATION’

Mani Jurdan is one of the most versatile MC’s I’ve heard in quite some time. Last year he blessed us with Ntro 2 Da Ntro, which spawned his breakthrough single DIFFERENTIATION. He has a quality over quantity mentality which I heavily endorse. Make no mistake, Mani is alive and well, and has just put out a dynamite visual to the aforementioned track. Dude’s can talk a … Continue reading Mani Jurdan Shows What It Means To Be A Revolutionary in Breathtaking New Visual ‘DIFFERENTIATION’

Nolan The Ninja Debuts as NOLAN in New Self Produced & Self Directed Visual ‘NUMB’

It’s been over a year since we checked in with Nolan The Ninja, and shame on us. The Detroit MC & producer has had an evolution of sorts, and has changed his moniker to just NOLAN. He’s still the battle rhymer that we’ve come to know, but his flow, production style, and overall vibe has a lighter tone. To signify this stylistic changed, he’s put … Continue reading Nolan The Ninja Debuts as NOLAN in New Self Produced & Self Directed Visual ‘NUMB’

flowsfordays Co-Signs #6 (Playlist)

With over 300 submissions a month, it’s hard to write up all the songs I love. I am a one man operation and go through all submissions, along with premieres, interviews, my PR business, and more. It can get overwhelming, especially since I discover such gems in my inbox. To ease your listening pleasure, (and my sanity) I’ve put together 10 songs that I Co-Sign … Continue reading flowsfordays Co-Signs #6 (Playlist)

Jarrett Rad Drops Infectious, Yet Dark Single ‘Adore Me’

Jarrett Rad is such a blessing to the Chicago music scene. The young talent knows how to make a god damn jam, no matter the subject matter. Jarrett turns a rather simple scenario (a girl who didn’t fuck with him now does) into an infectious, off the top meditation behind a HEYJEANPAUL instrumental. As Adore Me progresses, Jarrett touches on the often unfortunate realities of fame and … Continue reading Jarrett Rad Drops Infectious, Yet Dark Single ‘Adore Me’

Mpulse Digs In The Archives For ‘CIRCA 11’ EP

Mpulse ALWAYS  keeps his word. His campaigns are legendary, whether he’s dropping one song a week (2017) or a new EP every month (this year.) He took a much deserved break this July, grabbing 4 unreleased tracks from 2011 to make the CIRCA ’11 EP. Pulse told me they are outdated, and was a bit hard on himself in the press release. I loved to … Continue reading Mpulse Digs In The Archives For ‘CIRCA 11’ EP

YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS: doola – Meanwhile (New EP)

There are so many dope independent rappers nestled in the heart of Chicago. These MC’s can put out amazing music, but it often falls by the wayside, sinking into the black hole of the SoundCloud universe. One of the best projects I’ve heard all year has a similar story. Chicago talent doola just dropped his Meanwhile EP, and after immersing myself in his hypnotic flow, … Continue reading YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS: doola – Meanwhile (New EP)

TR0Y W0NDER Uses Creativity As A Means Of Self Expression On ‘Bloodrot’

Sometimes the world becomes too much for us to handle, and seclusion seems to be the only option. No matter how extroverted you are, we all need breaks from the stress and strain of friends, family, work, and relationships. I thought about this while listening to TR0Y W0NDER’s new track Bloodrot. Towards the end of the self-produced record, he talks about how often he wants to be … Continue reading TR0Y W0NDER Uses Creativity As A Means Of Self Expression On ‘Bloodrot’

REALXTY & Producer RYEN Drop Summertime Jam ‘Nobody Else’

We have seen a significant rise in melodic hip hop, and many artists, established or not, have tried to incorporate this element into their music. Take one look at the hip hop charts on SoundCloud, and your feed will most likely be filled with some version of it. While so many give it the old college try, it’s rare to find an artist that consistently … Continue reading REALXTY & Producer RYEN Drop Summertime Jam ‘Nobody Else’

Veteran MC’s Abyss, Dese, & Mic.ill. Link For C-Lance Produced Banger ‘Beast Mode’

If this beat by C-Lane fails to bring you a surge of adrenaline, something’s up. The instrumental serves as the backing for Beast Mode, a record featuring veteran MC’s Abyss, Dese, and Mic.ill. All 3 have a unique set of skills, but their wordplay, flow, and cadence are all A-1. Yes, they brag and boast, but their bars are easily backed up by talent and years … Continue reading Veteran MC’s Abyss, Dese, & Mic.ill. Link For C-Lance Produced Banger ‘Beast Mode’

Established Producer Natra Average Is Embarking On a Solo Career…and I’m Already Geeked

“R&B/Soul” is experiencing a renaissance of epic proportions. There is so much dope music coming out from the likes of Daniel Caesar, Jacquees, 6lack. Even Ty Dolla $ign and Kirko Bangz have stepped their game up. Although SoundCloud is the most inconsistent platform for even semi-bearable music, it is helpful for artists to distribute their music for a small fee. Luckily, I have the upper hand … Continue reading Established Producer Natra Average Is Embarking On a Solo Career…and I’m Already Geeked

Tom Moore Drops Another Impressive Cut Off Upcoming Album ‘Can’t Sleep’

MF DOOM and Aesop Rock have die-hard fans, and if you’re a hip hop pursuit you’ll understand why. Check their catalogue, interviews, album reviews and the UGHH message boards and get back to me. Tom Moore is a descendent, or perhaps a disciple, of what DOOM, Aesop, and the “underground” stand for. Last week, after a year-long hiatus, Tom gave us a taste of his upcoming … Continue reading Tom Moore Drops Another Impressive Cut Off Upcoming Album ‘Can’t Sleep’

Racine Native Kushie Jackson Checks In With His New Album, ‘Free Gas.’

With a following that spans from Wisconsin to Las Vegas, Midwest rep Kushie Jackson checks in for the first time with his new album, Free Gas. Sitting at a stout 16-tracks-long, Free Gas is a solid introduction to the rapper for new fans. Having gathered steam from previous releases in 2017, Jackson builds on that streak with energetic new cuts like, “Trump” & “Sky Walker Louie,” which showcase his … Continue reading Racine Native Kushie Jackson Checks In With His New Album, ‘Free Gas.’