Geno Pacino Fights For His Rights On ‘Justice’

MC’s like Geno Pacino are the reason why I have such a soft spot for nasty, grimy, street-oriented hip-hop. It’s menacing, in your face and unforgiving. And his new single, Justice, is no exception. The instrumental is one of the nastiest I’ve heard this year. The bass is an intimidating grumble, followed by hard-hitting trap percussion with bleak … More Geno Pacino Fights For His Rights On ‘Justice’

B1GJuice Sounds Smooth As Ever On “99 Freestyle”

As a music nerd, my absolute favorite thing about the summer is all of the joyous, carefree music that comes along with it. A shining example of that is B1GJuice’s brand new single, “99 Freestyle.” There’s a wavy feel in the synths that embody the slow pull of waves to shore on a chill summer … More B1GJuice Sounds Smooth As Ever On “99 Freestyle”

DeadstockV1’s “Nightmare in Sudan” Will Give You Chills

I always get super psyched when DeadstockV1 drops new music. He is the type of artist to spend hours perfecting just a single line in a verse, and as a result of his insane work ethic, he never fails to blow me away. However, his new single, “Nightmare in Sudan,” is perhaps his most powerful … More DeadstockV1’s “Nightmare in Sudan” Will Give You Chills

Nique Robinson Comes Through With A Solid, Cohesive Project On “PAINT”

Nique Robinson’s new EP, “PAINT” is the epitome of why I love short projects so much. Though this project clocks in at four tracks and just under 11 minutes in length, Robinson covered a wide array of lyrical topics while simultaneously developing a cohesive sound over the duration of this record, culminating into a listen … More Nique Robinson Comes Through With A Solid, Cohesive Project On “PAINT”

Picclo Fights For A Love Gone Sour On “Can’t Let You Go”

This new Picclo joint was the very first track in my submissions box that I lent an ear to this morning, and it has been on repeat ever since. Can’t Let You Go” is the lead single off of Picclo’s “The Cookout” project, which is slated to drop on July 9. The D-Sharp produced instrumental … More Picclo Fights For A Love Gone Sour On “Can’t Let You Go”

Ajani Jones Paints Vivid Pictures On “Pluto”

https://open.spotify.com/album/5dhfsECC0FEYIZGA9r7uSR I don’t know of many other MC’s in Chicago these days who is making moves quite like Ajani Jones is. He recently dropped an absolute gem of a single entitled “Under The Weather,” which displays a stunning of socially aware lyricism and urgency on the mic. He also announced the release date of his … More Ajani Jones Paints Vivid Pictures On “Pluto”

Jay Wonder Gets Sentimental On “Don’t Fall In Love”

This is my first time coming in contact with Jay Wonder, but damn, his new single “Don’t Fall In Love” is blowing me away. The beat for this cut, which is produced by hamzah, is jazzy and subtle. The first thing I noticed about this instrumental is how much it reeks of J. Dilla influence. … More Jay Wonder Gets Sentimental On “Don’t Fall In Love”

Imperial, K.I.N.E.T.I.K., Oddisee, & Micall Parknsun Come Together On “Travel The Map (Remix)” (Review)

Imperial & K.I.N.E.T.I.K. just dropped a remix of “Travel The Map,” and few songs that have come up in my submissions inbox have caught my attention from the very first listen as much as this gem did. The remixed instrumental, produced by Micalla Parknsun, is laid-back and jazzy, which is shown in the eerie piano … More Imperial, K.I.N.E.T.I.K., Oddisee, & Micall Parknsun Come Together On “Travel The Map (Remix)” (Review)

Kai Akili Slows Things Down On “Hunnid Acre Wood” (Review)

Black Tide Entertainment MC Kai Akili is back with a new single entitled “Hunnid Acre Wood,” and it’s a hazy, lo-fi kind of a jam. The instrumental on this joint, which is produced by Parker Jazz, is stripped back and jazzy. It has a nocturnal feel, sounding perfect for a late night cruise through one … More Kai Akili Slows Things Down On “Hunnid Acre Wood” (Review)

DeadstockV1 And NEV Start Off The Summer Right With “Liv.9000”

Energy, energy energy. That is the thought constantly running through my mind every time I listen to DeadstockV1 and NEV’s new single, “Liv.9000.” The beat, produced by Origami, is one of the more lively instrumentals I’ve heard all year. The bass thumps along at a constant, hard-hitting pace, and it adds a distinctive rhythmic pulse … More DeadstockV1 And NEV Start Off The Summer Right With “Liv.9000”