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’

flowsfordays Co-Signs #5 (Playlist)

The 5th edition of our Co-Sign series is upon us! We’ve got 11 fresh joints from independent artists who deserve recognition for their music. Flowsfordays has always been a platform for rappers and singers that don’t get posted on blogs for reasons I cannot figure out. Music discovery is the centerpiece of our site, and we hope you find some new gems in this playlist … Continue reading flowsfordays Co-Signs #5 (Playlist)

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The Importance Of Juice WRLD’s ‘Lucid Dreams’

I first heard Juice WRLD’s platinum hit Lucid Dreams as soon as it got the visual treatment from videographer sensation Cole Bennett. A bit sad, as the 19-year old is a Chicago native, and the song was featured on last year’s Juice WRLD 999 EP. Fakeshoredrive has covered him from the beginning, and last year music sites of high-caliber finally noticed the kid. This year, he … Continue reading The Importance Of Juice WRLD’s ‘Lucid Dreams’

Jim Swim & Producer Blookah Link For Solid Split Single ‘Flex on Me/A Million’

It’s a rare occurrence when I hear a submission for the first time and IMMEDIATELY add it to my Apple Music. This was the case with Iowa City wordsmith Jim Swim. Dude recently dropped a split single – Flex on Me and A Million, and I knew both would stay in constant rotation this summer. Jim linked with producer/multi-instrumentalist Blookah on these two records – a smart move on … Continue reading Jim Swim & Producer Blookah Link For Solid Split Single ‘Flex on Me/A Million’

Detroit MC A-Minus & Producer Chanes Drop Lead Single Off Upcoming Collab LP

OG lyricist A-Minus & producer Chanes are gearing up for their debut album Theraputic, and signs point to a legendary LP. Via a well crafted press release, I know everything about the project EXCEPT the music – as it should be. Both MC’s have spent significant time in Detroit’s rap scene, and have worked with heavy weights around the globe. They are Detroit to the core, and I … Continue reading Detroit MC A-Minus & Producer Chanes Drop Lead Single Off Upcoming Collab LP

Slowlife Tito Shares Growth & Self Confidence In New Track ‘Figures’

Milwaukee’s Slowlife Tito has learned to stay true to himself, and he’s ready to share it with the world. I’ve admired the fast talking rapper since I got in tune with his music via a submission.  After putting out an enormous catalog, Tito took the time to step away, rebrand, and grow as an artist. After recently joining up with Marino, Tito has upped his … Continue reading Slowlife Tito Shares Growth & Self Confidence In New Track ‘Figures’

ANXT Confronts His Demons In New Trap Fused Single ‘Baptized’

ANXT has become a regular on FFD – and for good reason. When he drops music, it’s always a star-studded event. It all started with his Watching Paint Dry instrumental EP (yep, he raps and produces) followed with a plethora of dope singles and another impressive EP.  His latest, Baptized, is my favorite of his discography & is the latest single from his upcoming album Keep … Continue reading ANXT Confronts His Demons In New Trap Fused Single ‘Baptized’

flowsfordays Co-Signs #1 (Playlist)

With over 300 submissions a month, it’s hard to write up all the songs we 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 a playlist that I Co-Sign … Continue reading flowsfordays Co-Signs #1 (Playlist)

After A Year’s Hiatus, New York’s Rocket Drops His Most Impressive Track Yet In “5AM”

New York-based rapper, actor, and producer Rocket hasn’t dropped music in over a year. His previous tracks were remixes and more geared toward women, and although decent, didn’t show his true skills. The young talent is back after the hiatus with a rousing, fast paced song titled 5AM. The CashMoneyAp produced track showcases the energy and lyrical skills that Rocket has always had, but for some … Continue reading After A Year’s Hiatus, New York’s Rocket Drops His Most Impressive Track Yet In “5AM”

Chicago’s Farook Marshall Hits Our Pages For The First Time With “No Feelings”

Chicago’s Farook Marshall is new to my ears but has impressed me with his new track No Feelings. He details his relationship with a girl that started sweet but turned sour fast. Due to the detriment of the breakup, he’s lost touch with himself and the things he loves. Farook trusts no one and numbs himself by feeling no feelings. The story is more common … Continue reading Chicago’s Farook Marshall Hits Our Pages For The First Time With “No Feelings”

Vocalist RLA Drops Alt/R&B Track “Drove U Crazy”

Sometimes love cannot be explained. Romantic relationships are complex creatures, and if you are lucky enough to find someone who doesn’t make it complicated, consider yourself lucky. Music is a perfect medium to express emotions, describe memories, and share reflections and pain. In the genre of hip-hop, this is usually articulated through intricate lyrics filled with descriptive narratives. Submissions come a dime a dozen, but … Continue reading Vocalist RLA Drops Alt/R&B Track “Drove U Crazy”

Ron Beatty Teams up with Grammy Nominated Producer $K For “Infinity” (New Track & Video)

  North Carolina native Ron Beatty turned heads with his recent V.S.O.P. Playlist, but apparently the best was yet to come. His newest record with Grammy Nominated producer $K is an impressive blend of storytelling, honesty, melody, and transcending bars. It is soulful, organic, bassline driven record, and details Ron’s move to Atlanta along with his humble beginnings and the comfortable relationship he has with a … Continue reading Ron Beatty Teams up with Grammy Nominated Producer $K For “Infinity” (New Track & Video)

Dre Izaya – Words Cost (NEW TRACK)

Last year, an emcee who goes by DreIzaya quietly slipped past our radar. Born lyricist no doubt, the Chicagoan drops WordsCost, a three minute spill on a broken system and the results thereof. What’s more intriguing, Dre is rather young to be spewing such heavy bars. Although only 16, he shows what can happen when you hone your skill. Here’s to a new year and … Continue reading Dre Izaya – Words Cost (NEW TRACK)

The Village Do It For The Culture On Their Previously Unreleased Track “Cold World”

The Village has been on my radar for almost a year now. The Philly duo of Dizzy & Maye have always reminded me of that early 2000’s hip hop era – when the likes of Aesop Rock, Dilla, and MF Doom were at their peak. I’ve noted before that they choose excellent instrumentals to rhyme over, utilizing soul, free form jazz, and the classic underground. They also … Continue reading The Village Do It For The Culture On Their Previously Unreleased Track “Cold World”

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.”

Cayo Coco Finds The Silver Lining In A Recent Breakup With New Song “Parallel”

I always appreciate when artists’ submit their music with a personal message. The beauty of music is the connections we make with its lyrics, theme, and/or sound. Many of us have been through some type of ending in a relationship either romantic or otherwise, and the pain can be overwhelming. When this happens in my life I almost always turn to music to feel less … Continue reading Cayo Coco Finds The Silver Lining In A Recent Breakup With New Song “Parallel”

Boston’s M-Dot Made Me Shed Tears On His Heartbreaking Visual to “Chrissy”

In the last few years, there haven’t been many rap songs that have touched me deeply. Obviously, the rap game has changed, for better or for worse, and a turn-up, and often degrading sub-genre has emerged and prospered. M-Dot is rooted in the hip hop I grew up listening to, best shown on his latest double LP ‘EgO anD The EneMy,‘ The entire album is full … Continue reading Boston’s M-Dot Made Me Shed Tears On His Heartbreaking Visual to “Chrissy”

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…”