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

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

Stream Of Consciousness – Track by Track 1st Listen to D.R.A.M.’s New Album

  D.R.A.M. just dropped an album. It has an odd cover. Ok, glad we got that out of the way. I’ve heard all the singles and I’ve enjoyed them all. I’ll be honest, I had no idea a full length was in the works. I don’t follow him on any social media platform; thank god … More Stream Of Consciousness – Track by Track 1st Listen to D.R.A.M.’s New Album

FXXXXY – Cartel Shawty #ANKCARTEL (New Mixtape + Extensive Review)

FXXXXY is a crawler. That’s the best way to describe his music. About a week ago we wrote on his out of this world track 20 Taliban. I knew EP Cartel Shawty #ANKCARTEL was coming out on the 31st but I never saw it on my SoundCloud feed and sadly I was too lazy to seek it … More FXXXXY – Cartel Shawty #ANKCARTEL (New Mixtape + Extensive Review)