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’

Alt-R&B Crooner MAJILLA Re-Introduces Herself on “CAN I HAVE MY WAY”

What a difference a year makes. Just ask Ohio’s Alt-R&B crooner MAJILLA Her first song, CHANGE, showed potential but was weaker in sound and production. As the months went by she became stronger as a vocalist with an increasing number of streams on SoundCloud. She’s dropped just three tracks in two years, and her 4th blows the likes of The Weeknd and Tory Lanez out of the water. Why? … Continue reading Alt-R&B Crooner MAJILLA Re-Introduces Herself on “CAN I HAVE MY WAY”

BOSTON’S OWN DANNY DIAMONDS DELIVERS TRUTH TUNEFULLY ON NEW SINGLE “STUCK”

Boston has another one! In recent years, there has been a thriving rap scene in Boston seen in rising stars Michael Christmas and Cousin Stizz (amongst many others), and Danny Diamonds has stepped to the plate with his sunny and promiscuous, but self-aware new single Stuck, produced by Polyte. The concept of the track is made apparent from the jump as a voicemail about Danny’s … Continue reading BOSTON’S OWN DANNY DIAMONDS DELIVERS TRUTH TUNEFULLY ON NEW SINGLE “STUCK”

Matt Maratea Shows His Versatility In Double Drop “TALKIN’ BOUT” & “ANOTHA”

Matt Maratea has become a flowsfordays favorite. I’ve always admired his ability to create diverse tracks. One drop will be full of west coast flavor, another has that NY grit, and then there are his full-fledged bangers. His production choice compliments everything he puts out…another feat. His newest double drop, TALKIN’ BOUT & ANOTHA, are hard-hitting records that share his values and evoke confidence. Matt feels … Continue reading Matt Maratea Shows His Versatility In Double Drop “TALKIN’ BOUT” & “ANOTHA”

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”

NY UNDERGROUND TRAILBLAZER MIKE RELEASES STARKLY POIGNANT VIDEO FOR “WAIT FOR ME” (Review)

NY rapper MIKE has quietly been having a landmark year in the underground hip-hop scene, with his stunningly introspective project May God Bless Your Hustle, and he has returned with a resonant-in-its-simplicity music video for Wait for Me, off of his new EP By the Water. The song is backed with a beat that takes equal influence from the sounds of cloud rap and jazz … Continue reading NY UNDERGROUND TRAILBLAZER MIKE RELEASES STARKLY POIGNANT VIDEO FOR “WAIT FOR ME” (Review)

C.Shreve the Professor Links With Jrusalam & Tuscon For A North Carolina Hip Hop Cypher

flowsfordays’ favorite C.Shreve the Professor is gearing up to release Daddy Love To Rap, a project I’ve been anticipating for quite some time now. Dude has been tearing up the North Carolina hip-hop scene with a host of impressive stage performances and strong releases. To build more anticipation for the LP, Shreeve has linked with fellow NC natives Jrusalam and Tuscon for a gritty hip-hop ditty in Where The God At? … Continue reading C.Shreve the Professor Links With Jrusalam & Tuscon For A North Carolina Hip Hop Cypher

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.”

ENIGMATIC MC JOSH JENKINS MAKES HIS DEBUT WITH CHARGED SINGLE “CROWN”

The value that platforms like Soundcloud and Bandcamp have given to independent artists cannot be understated, its detachment from industry politics allows music to speak for itself transcending image, marketing, or timing. This is evident in the sudden release of what appears to be Wisconsin MC Josh Jenkins’ debut single Crown. A charged single addressing systematic racial inequality over production from Austinfig that bubbles under … Continue reading ENIGMATIC MC JOSH JENKINS MAKES HIS DEBUT WITH CHARGED SINGLE “CROWN”

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

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”

NY QUARTET PANDA CITY BRINGS BARS AND GROOVES IN EQUAL MEASURE ON THEIR EP “BAD BLOCKS”

The musical melting pot that is New York City has always housed connections between rap, jazz, and punk, from the Beastie Boys to Show Me the Body, and NYC quartet Panda City have brought their own intriguing approach to this stylistic intersection with their EP Bad Blocks, backing intensely-delivered, lyrically-sharp verses with the type of controlled chaos seen in jazz and hardcore punk in equal … Continue reading NY QUARTET PANDA CITY BRINGS BARS AND GROOVES IN EQUAL MEASURE ON THEIR EP “BAD BLOCKS”

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”

FAT Fly Freddie Lee Shows His Musicianship In New EP “3 Piece & A Biscuit”

The current state of the music world has lead to a phenomenon of R&B artists who carry themselves like rappers as much as they do singers (ranging from DRAM to Anderson Paak). FAT Fly Freddie Lee has entered this scene with a sound all of his own, managing to fit this approach and recalling vintage but never dated sounds of Rick James and Zapp on … Continue reading FAT Fly Freddie Lee Shows His Musicianship In New EP “3 Piece & A Biscuit”