Sebastian Kamae Drops Monumental New Project ‘Waves’

SoundScape Studios and Closed Sessions are staples in the Chicago hip hop scene. Soundscape has a solid reputation as one of the best studios in the city, while Closed Session houses talents such as femdot., Ajani Jones, Kweuku Collins, and more. Sebastian Kamae, a producer, audio engineer, and composer, was lucky enough to intern with both this year. Through his work, he discovered artists that perfectly fit … Continue reading Sebastian Kamae Drops Monumental New Project ‘Waves’

nombreKARI – VENUS DOES (NT) EXIST (Project)

Kari Thompson was born and raised in Chicago. His medium is music, and he really loves crafting sounds and lyrics around ideas. The feeling of making a genuine, cohesive piece of work is unmatched by any other feeling to him. “Music is powerful beyond comprehension.” VENUS DOES (NT) EXIST consists of 7 songs, one of which was released prior to the project released as a … Continue reading nombreKARI – VENUS DOES (NT) EXIST (Project)

BOSTON’S ED BALLOON PUTS THE “ALTERNATIVE” IN ALTERNATIVE R&B ON HIS INNOVATIVE AND INSIGHTFUL EP “FLOURISH”

The sounds of Alternative R&B continuing to break new ground (truly putting the “Alternative” in Alternative R&B), have allowed artists like Boston’s own Ed Balloon to flourish and innovate, as he does on the fantastically forward-thinking EP Flourish released on Deathbomb Arc. Ed carries the raw vocal talent of a vintage gospel singer, and applies that talent to varied instrumentals that take equal cues from … Continue reading BOSTON’S ED BALLOON PUTS THE “ALTERNATIVE” IN ALTERNATIVE R&B ON HIS INNOVATIVE AND INSIGHTFUL EP “FLOURISH”

LA’S TEECEE4800 SHOWS WHY THE WEST IS BEHIND HIM ON NEW MIXTAPE “REALNESS OVER MILLIONS 2”

Coming off of landmark features with YG, Ty Dolla $ign (who also happens to be his cousin), and DJ Mustard, TeeCee4800 has returned with his new mixtape, Realness Over Millions 2, showing that he has the whole West Coast behind him and for good reason. The project shows TeeCee4800 balancing two-sides of his lifestyle, containing gritty lowkey bangers like Crippin featuring Vince Staples and D … Continue reading LA’S TEECEE4800 SHOWS WHY THE WEST IS BEHIND HIM ON NEW MIXTAPE “REALNESS OVER MILLIONS 2”

RAP CONTRADICTION IDK DROPS YEAR-END CONTENDER WITH ASTOUNDINGLY VARIED PROJECT “IWASVERYBAD”

Every artist is a product of their environment, their output is an expression of the life they have lived to varying degrees of honesty. Maryland rapper IDK has lived a life of duality: experiencing bigotry at school and love in the streets (as is made known on the jaw-droppingly frank No Shoes on the Rug, Leave Them at the Door); being surrounded by “spellin’ bee … Continue reading RAP CONTRADICTION IDK DROPS YEAR-END CONTENDER WITH ASTOUNDINGLY VARIED PROJECT “IWASVERYBAD”

INLAND EMPIRE PRODUCER ITAL SANTOS RELEASES AN INSTRUMENTAL ODYSSEY WITH NEW PROJECT “REFLECTIONS.”

The West Coast has consistently been a gold mine for instrumental hip hop over the past couple decades and Inland Empire, California resident Ital Santos has now arrived to claim his own status as an instrumental auteur with his 28 track odyssey Reflections. Santos’ attention to the value of a great loop warrants comparisons to many of the beat-crafters on Stones Throw Records, especially on … Continue reading INLAND EMPIRE PRODUCER ITAL SANTOS RELEASES AN INSTRUMENTAL ODYSSEY WITH NEW PROJECT “REFLECTIONS.”

CHATTANOOGA’S OWN YGTUT RETURNS WITH SOUTHERN-FRIED COLLABORATIVE “SUPA EP” WITH DUCKO MCFLI

  After years of anticipation (his last project being the highly promising Preacher’s Son two years ago), Chatanooga, Tennessee’s own YGTUT has returned with a new EP collaborating with Atlanta producer Ducko McFli, the pairing producing five gritty but melodic tracks that bode well for both of their futures on the Supa EP. In his production, Ducko has always struck his own unique balance between … Continue reading CHATTANOOGA’S OWN YGTUT RETURNS WITH SOUTHERN-FRIED COLLABORATIVE “SUPA EP” WITH DUCKO MCFLI

NY RAPPER HOOKZ MURDOCK PROVES HIMSELF TO BE A HIP-HOP HERO ON NEW PROJECT “THE ADVENTURES OF…”

Since Ghostface Killah first called himself Tony Starks (along with naming his classic debut Ironman), and MF DOOM donned the metal mask, some of rap’s greatest characters have taken great influence from the world of comic books, and with his ambitious project The Adventures of…, New York MC Hookz Murdock becomes a hip-hop hero himself. The project is described as an audio-graphic novel, and it … Continue reading NY RAPPER HOOKZ MURDOCK PROVES HIMSELF TO BE A HIP-HOP HERO ON NEW PROJECT “THE ADVENTURES OF…”

LA PRODUCER SAMIYAM PROVES HIS STATUS AS AN INSTRUMENTAL AUTEUR ON “PIZZA PARTY” PROJECT

As is to be expected from a producer with ties to Brainfeeder and Stones Throw Records, LA producer Samiyam can always be depended on for offering forward-thinking production. This continues to be the case on his latest project Pizza Party, which stands at a brisk 23 minutes in length but does not waste a second of that time. Samiyam’s trademark wonky production, with unpredictable and … Continue reading LA PRODUCER SAMIYAM PROVES HIS STATUS AS AN INSTRUMENTAL AUTEUR ON “PIZZA PARTY” PROJECT

BERKLEY MC CALEBORATE DELIVERS THOUGHTFUL AND HONEST PROJECT “REAL PERSON”

As with most other forms of entertainment, rap relies on persona, an MC creating their own auditory character with whatever personal qualities they want to emphasize for their audience. This helps artists distinguish themselves and flex their own creative energies, however oftentimes it is the most honest expressions that are the most powerful. On his aptly-titled new project Real Person, Berkeley MC Caleborate does a … Continue reading BERKLEY MC CALEBORATE DELIVERS THOUGHTFUL AND HONEST PROJECT “REAL PERSON”

CHRIS BUXTON RELEASES STELLAR EP “SUBURBAN POPSTAR” (Review)

Chris Buxton is making moves as of late that might just give him the popstar status he’s hoping for. His newest project, “Suburban Popstar”, is a 5 track EP of hip-pop, with every track being able to stand alone as a single. “Mary, Lucy, I” is a subtle track of love that could have been. Produced by Daniel East, his vocals take it to a … Continue reading CHRIS BUXTON RELEASES STELLAR EP “SUBURBAN POPSTAR” (Review)

Fools Gold Heavy Weights G-Perico, Jay Worthy & Carto Drop Their Debut Collaborative Album “G-Worthy” (Review)

It is safe to conclude that in the last few years the underground West Coast rap scene has infiltrated the mainstream rap industry in a manner that arguably hasn’t been seen since E-40’s second wind in the 2000s. This has been best exemplified by DJ Mustard’s on-going production hot streak that peaked in 2013 – along with a consistent set of hits from YG (compounded … Continue reading Fools Gold Heavy Weights G-Perico, Jay Worthy & Carto Drop Their Debut Collaborative Album “G-Worthy” (Review)

LOOKING BACK ON KING LOUIE’S CLASSIC CHICAGO MIXTAPE – “DRILLUMINATI”

If you aren’t from Chicago it may be difficult to plant yourself in the hip hop scene in 2012. Outside of the city, most hip hop fans were aware of Chief Keef, Lil Durk, and the budding drill music movement. Keef was the first drill rapper to take the sub-genre mainstream with his Don’t Like visual, although he had already built a strong buzz with … Continue reading LOOKING BACK ON KING LOUIE’S CLASSIC CHICAGO MIXTAPE – “DRILLUMINATI”

No Holds Back NY MC Theravada Drops A Remarkable New Project “Xen Griffey” (Review)

Photo credit (above): @zoomoguy It is safe to say that NY hip-hop has been going through something of an experimental renaissance lately. Though some may continue to argue that New York has lost mainstream relevance, it is now populated by numerous underground, idiosyncratic MCs who proudly wouldn’t be within spitting distance of a Billboard chart in any decade. Artists like Wiki, MIKE, and Your Old Droog … Continue reading No Holds Back NY MC Theravada Drops A Remarkable New Project “Xen Griffey” (Review)

German Producer Slim The Chemist Drops An Impressive Multi-Faceted EP “Perspective” (Review)

The release of DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing in 1996, in tandem with projects from J Dilla, Nujabes, and Madlib, (amongst others in the 2000s) gave rise to the rap instrumental auteur, beat-crafters who cultivated atmospheres with their productions that stand alone from an MC’s verses. This is the environment in which a producer like Slim The Chemist thrives, who with little more than an MPC and … Continue reading German Producer Slim The Chemist Drops An Impressive Multi-Faceted EP “Perspective” (Review)

Terral T Releases One Of The Finest Mixtapes Of The Year In “Sooner Than Later” (Review)

It always saddens me when a truly dope MC doesn’t get the love, plays, and recognition he/she deserves. I started flowsfordays to shine light on these artists, and give them a proper write up and praise. I’m sure it’s difficult to put in hella work in a song, video, or project and not be applauded for their work. It is something I aim to change … Continue reading Terral T Releases One Of The Finest Mixtapes Of The Year In “Sooner Than Later” (Review)

Don Mykel Drops His Long Awaited EP “Infinite” (Review)

It’s finally here! Don Mykel’s long awaited EP INFINITE has officially dropped. I was lucky enough to receive it early, and after multiple listens I am even more in awe of his talent and versatility. The NY native has been killing it this year; especially in the last few months. His experimental single Hell On Earth, the single and visual to New World Order, and … Continue reading Don Mykel Drops His Long Awaited EP “Infinite” (Review)

Saint Millie – “Glory: The Album” (Throwback Review)

https://www.audiomack.com/embed/album/saint-millie/glory-the-album Discover Good Music, my first hip hop blog, was created as soon as I was accepted into Columbia College. I was instantly attracted to the scene in Chicago, and covered a lot of underground music in the city. One of my favorite emcees was (and is still) Saint Millie. While Millie has changed the way he approaches music, and gained much more due respect, … Continue reading Saint Millie – “Glory: The Album” (Throwback Review)

KuuL Helped Me Believe Happiness Is Possible In His New Album ‘The Offering’ (Review)

With all of the lackluster music that has garnered millions of plays on SoundCloud, there are still gems, and New York’s KuuL is here to prove it. I featured him on my recent compilation tape, but it was no favor to him. It was more of a favor to me, as I’ve been a fan of his music since his first submission. After releasing a … Continue reading KuuL Helped Me Believe Happiness Is Possible In His New Album ‘The Offering’ (Review)

Portland’s Finest Al-One the Remedy Drops His Best EP Yet in ‘Sharptongue’

Can you imagine an emcee rapping for 13 years, and never dropping a bad project? It almost never happens, and if it does, there’s probably a reason for it. This is the case with Al-One The Remedy, one of the most consistent rappers out of Portland. He’s progressed every year from his singles, to his visuals, to his full LP’s. Al has always used sharp lyricism, boom-bap beats, … Continue reading Portland’s Finest Al-One the Remedy Drops His Best EP Yet in ‘Sharptongue’