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ARTIST: LIL SHIES SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER For New York rapper Lil Shies, Ridin Round Town Vol. 1 represents a significant stylistic evolution. Spearheaded by single ‘Benz’, the six track, entirely Godmode-produced tape sees Shies delivering smoother, more melodic rap music. His vocals smattered in autotune, the MC quickly establishes this sound on ‘What It Is’, one of the coolest, most expertly […]

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XHRIS2EAZY has been investing himself in the most interesting sounds of the underground for a minute now, hopping on beats by Hi-C, ICXXY and even dropping a DJ Slur mix to one of his songs. His newest joint ‘Russian Cream’ lacks high-profile producer credits, but its dreamy plug sound is amongst the most luxurious shit that the NYC rapper has […]

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ARTIST: ACID SOULJAH SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER Houston rapper Acid Souljah has been steadily updating me on the progress of his new tape BasedBoyBillionaire for some months now, with three singles (the abrasive ‘I Can’t Keep Track’, the rugged ‘25i’ and the venomous ‘BasedBoySouljahs’ with Xhris2Eazy) offering glimpses into the tape’s layered, cybernetic production. Such a sound is key to the success […]

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ARTIST: CHEW SOUNDCLOUD I’ve reviewed Chew’s music before, when I reviewed Drip Or Dropped, the project released by his collective $econd Nature earlier this year. There, I complimented the rapper’s demented, grimy flow and eerie, synth-laden production. He’s just as strong as a solo artist, and on his latest project Nu Life he’s amped all of these existing qualities to […]

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Interview Season 2: Young Jade

UK rapper/producer Young Jade is a man of many talents, crossing genre limitations as often as he adheres to them. He’s been kiling it production-wise lately, and I’m confident that he’ll continue to drop his best work to date over the next few months. 1. You’ve recently focused on producing, and you just dropped the Fusion Deluxe beat tape under […]

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ARTIST: FLEXO KOBAIN SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER Released Halloween last year, Money First is one of Flexo’s hardest and most underrated projects. Bristling with a kinetic energy, the EP is a rollicking ride through the strongest aspects of the rapper’s sound. ‘Money First, Man Down’ sees Flexo employ a buzzing, robotic delivery, while ‘Friday 13th’ takes the plug sound in a tougher […]

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Interview Season 2: Ace McCain

Underground mogul Ace McCain is a real pioneer of self-made business, assisting with management, promotion and career-building. 1. For those who don’t know who you are, how would you best describe your presence in the underground community? I’m Cain the networking god the Moses of the underground I lead the way and show the way from the underdogs to Indy’s […]

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drinkbleachh has a discography rife with melancholy, but even by the Canadian rapper/singer’s standards his newest drop ‘Losing Sight’ feels extremely cold, distant and emotionally disconnected. The song’s slurred murmurs remain smooth and gentle and, despite the hard to decipher lyrics, cascade gracefully over acoustic strums and electric wails. A brief rap/spoken word segment acts as the eye of the […]

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Interview Season 2: YVNG $TEVE

MGR’s secret weapon, YVNG $TEVE makes vicious, contorted and hallucinogenic rap music. 1. How long have you been rapping and when was it that you connected with the other members of MGR? I’ve been rapping for about 4, 5 years or so idk lmao. I recently connected with MGR about a month ago. I have been fuckin with MGR for […]

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PRODUCER: LXRD UNKNXWN SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER UK producer LXRD UNKNXWN is making eerie, dystopian music for an audience raised on a torrent of dark trap and tread, and on his new drop Unascertained he’s bringing these influences to the forefront. ‘Terra’s quiet, bassy undercurrent is shadowed by lurking synths, the melodic elements of UNKNWXN’S sound springing to the forefront. ‘Aer’ is […]

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Interview Season 2: nurture

Dreamside producer Nurture makes dense, melodic music that pursues some of the most atmospheric sounds that the underground has to offer. 1. You frequently post beats both mixed and unmixed on Soundcloud. How often do you cook up and how much music do you have in the stash? I don’t make beats as much as I’d like to as of […]

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Interview Season 2: Zerosuit

By far one of the most exciting underground producers at the moment, Zerosuit’s longevity is also assured. His prehensile, raucous productions are incredibly vivid and go a long way towards his collaborators sounding their strongest whenever he unites with them. 1. How long have you been doing music for? Your Soundcloud only goes back eight months but I would assume […]

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Interview Season 2: Lord Lyrico

MGR affiliate Lyrico presents another of the most creative sounds of the underground a dazzlingly talented rapper/producer with the ability to craft almost any style of hip-hop. 1. Which did you start doing first, rapping or producing? I dexided to just try out rapping when I was like 9ish just as a lil hobby I guess until I started taking […]

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ARTIST: CAM KRON SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER We may be approaching the Autumn months, but Cam Kron’s new tape Feels Like June seeks to convey a completely different atmosphere. As the title suggests, Cam is rapping over blissful, breezy beats, employing plenty of his trademark hook work for a dazzling six track EP. ‘Bandz On Tha Run’ features one of IAmPissed’s most […]

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PRODUCER: GORGEONSTARS BANDCAMP TWITTER As a follower of Gorgeonstars’ lush, meticulously detailed production, I can safely say that Leaves; which lives up to the aforementioned description with its throbbing, radiant title track; is his best collection of music to date. Every track presents a unique sonic palette: the opener a tidal wave of beauteous synth work, ‘Shine’ a sprawling piano […]

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PRODUCER: SHARP. SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER SHARP. is one of the coldest producers in the game, his credits are impressive but the music well and truly speaks for itself, even on his instrumental works there’s a deeply evocative love for the culture seeped into every kick and bass note. If you’re unfamiliar with the man’s work, and you need definitive evidence of […]