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’

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)

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.’

ILLECT RECORDING’s James Gardin & Terem Team Up For New Track ‘Groove’ (Review)

ILLECT Recordings signee’s James Gardin and Terem recently teamed up for a funky, new record titled Groove. Terem brings out the best in James and his half-sung raps and catchy chorus. Groove has potential, but it’s lacking polish. James often goes off-key, and the volume of his voice changes rapidly. I’m not sure if that’s due to poor engineering or vocal control, but it greatly takes … Continue reading ILLECT RECORDING’s James Gardin & Terem Team Up For New Track ‘Groove’ (Review)

HEAVY CO-SIGN: CACTUS VAN’s New LP ‘DEATHMATCH’ & Music Video ‘BIG CACTUS VAN’

Sure, CACTUS VAN is affiliated with ‘UNDERGROUND UNDERDOG‘ – but his distinct personality, rugged voice, and choppy flow will bring him to the forefront as long as he puts in the work. And he has. His newest music video for BIG CACTUS VAN is an accurate depiction of what CACTUS can bring to the current hip hop scene. Above you is an incredible, experimental, short film, … Continue reading HEAVY CO-SIGN: CACTUS VAN’s New LP ‘DEATHMATCH’ & Music Video ‘BIG CACTUS VAN’

Keenan Kilgore’s New Album ‘SEPTEMBER’ Shows Beauty Has No Bounds

Instrumental albums make the world go round. FACTS. When I get one as a submission, my day instantly becomes better. Music is the soundtrack to our lives, and hearing something that connects you to an artist you’ve never met is one of the best feelings in the world. Keenan Kilgore’s new LP SEPTEMBER captures me at this very moment. Why? His press release says it all: “SEPTEMBER  reinforces … Continue reading Keenan Kilgore’s New Album ‘SEPTEMBER’ Shows Beauty Has No Bounds

After A Year’s Hiatus, Tom Moore Has Returned With Lyrical Workout ‘Sunday Fun Day’

Tom Moore is one of the biggest hip hop heads I know. He reps the most important qualities of being a true MC – lyrical dexterity, upright flows, compelling content, a unique voice, and a keen ear for beats. It’s been a full year since we’ve heard from Tom after putting out his Discontent EP executively produced by FFD favorite banksthegenius. The long wait is finally … Continue reading After A Year’s Hiatus, Tom Moore Has Returned With Lyrical Workout ‘Sunday Fun Day’