Rebel Kuzco Drops Jam-Heavy Visual to Latest Track ‘Juice’

Grand Rapids, Michigan is rarely talked about within hip hop circles. Yet, 2018 has shown us that talent can come out of any city, suburb, state, and country. Luckily, much has changed, and hip hop heads no longer focus on location, but on the music itself. Although Rebel Kuzco hasn’t put out a lot of music, his latest music video, Juice, has already hit Hypefresh, and … Continue reading Rebel Kuzco Drops Jam-Heavy Visual to Latest Track ‘Juice’

Threat Digga & Foreva Fameos Collab On Serious Banger ‘Asian’

Threat Digga has been featured on FFD a number of times, starting with our first dissection interview back in October of 2016. I’ve always believed in the South Jersey native, and hip hop fans around the world are finally taking notice of his unbelievable talent. 2 weeks ago he dropped an absolute banger that has already been played 21.1K times. Asian is a hip hop heads’ dream, as both … Continue reading Threat Digga & Foreva Fameos Collab On Serious Banger ‘Asian’

Jacksonville MC Mavrick Savvy Pushes Through Adversity On His Latest, ‘Paradice’

We’ve all been through adversity at some point in our lives. Although difficult, there are ways in which to lessen the pain, and possibly even turn it into something positive. That’s exactly what Jacksonville rapper Mavrick Savvy did on his new single and visual to Paradice. He’s been through the ringer, and promotes honesty and a forward motion. The song is not just inspirational, it’s … Continue reading Jacksonville MC Mavrick Savvy Pushes Through Adversity On His Latest, ‘Paradice’

Daylight Tone Hits The Airwaves Once Again For Lyrical Gem ‘PayRoll’

Daylight Tone is Chicago’s best kept secret, but the word needs to get out. He’s put out classic projects, brilliant singles, and never stops working on his craft. It’s been two months since his jaw dropping debut EP WWDD, and luckily for us, he’s back. To celebrate the success of the project, Tone has released a short, but dope track titled PayRoll. Tone is known … Continue reading Daylight Tone Hits The Airwaves Once Again For Lyrical Gem ‘PayRoll’

M. Whise Brings Metal And Hip Hop Together In Latest Effort ‘Powerful’

M. Whise is STILL unlike any emcee I’ve ever heard. Many rappers underestimate how important confidence, voice, and delivery are in a great song. Listen to any of Whise’s discography, and you’ll hear how effortlessly he weaves them all together. In his latest track, Powerful, he is just that. Producer jvst x went crazy on this instrumental, bringing together heavy metal, hardcore rock, and trap. … Continue reading M. Whise Brings Metal And Hip Hop Together In Latest Effort ‘Powerful’

Armond WakeUp Does His Name Justice On Latest Visual – ‘Revelation is Revolution’

Armond WakeUp ‘doesn’t want to fuck with you weaklings’ – and I understand why. His latest visual, ‘Revelation Is Revolution’ is bold, creative, and lyrically insane. He speaks his mind on a number of topics, and uses his one of a kind flow and direct delivery to make one of the best tracks of the year. Not only does Revelation Is Revolution bang, it has one … Continue reading Armond WakeUp Does His Name Justice On Latest Visual – ‘Revelation is Revolution’

Musa Reems Drops Flodge’ As The First Single Off Upcoming Project

Chicago mainstay Musa Reems can do it all. He’s proven that in the last few years with bursts of short EP’s that are incredible works of art, AND never sound the same. His lyrical game is ALWAYS on point – he can rap on any beat, and his creative mind has grown with every drop. Musa has been working hard on his upcoming project. I’ve … Continue reading Musa Reems Drops Flodge’ As The First Single Off Upcoming Project

Mani Jurdan Shows What It Means To Be A Revolutionary in Breathtaking New Visual ‘DIFFERENTIATION’

Mani Jurdan is one of the most versatile MC’s I’ve heard in quite some time. Last year he blessed us with Ntro 2 Da Ntro, which spawned his breakthrough single DIFFERENTIATION. He has a quality over quantity mentality which I heavily endorse. Make no mistake, Mani is alive and well, and has just put out a dynamite visual to the aforementioned track. Dude’s can talk a … Continue reading Mani Jurdan Shows What It Means To Be A Revolutionary in Breathtaking New Visual ‘DIFFERENTIATION’

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’

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’

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

After Releasing His Best Project to Date, TwonDon Drops Self-Animated Music Video, ‘360’

After dropping his best project yet, TwonDon has returned with an animated visual to 360. 360 was released as a single before his Been Dead EP, and has become his most played song to date. Twon has a history of making animated album covers, so it’s no surprise he’s one of the masterminds behind the video. Oscar Colorado is the other half of the creative directing team. Twon represents … Continue reading After Releasing His Best Project to Date, TwonDon Drops Self-Animated Music Video, ‘360’

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)

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’

Chicago’s MPulse Drops Another Stellar EP In ‘Self-Awarness’

MPulse has been on fire this year, putting out a brand new EP every single month. This will last till the end of the year – similar to last year’s one song a week campaign. You can’t tell the Chicago MC he doesn’t put in work. Self-Awarness hit SoundCloud at the end of June – an EP full of music that captures the importance of … Continue reading Chicago’s MPulse Drops Another Stellar EP In ‘Self-Awarness’

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’