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2020 ARTIST INSIGHT: LUIS THE LOVER

Austin, Texas’ Luis the Lover is a tenderly-voiced singer-songwriter that dabbles heavily in the lonely, detached sounds of modern R&B. His 2019 project I Wanna Die More Than You is an excellent collection of initially disparate sounds that ultimately converge into a beautiful orchestra of experimental sound. ‘From a Distance’, which dropped over two years ago and is self-proclaimed to […]

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2020 SINGLE REVIEWS: YUNG MOOTLA – ULCER

Best known for being an exceptional hook writer, Yung Mootla has kicked 2020 off with another huge banger. Like the rest of the rapper’s discography ‘Ulcer’ employs huge trap production and an earworm chorus, but where it differs is in its scope. More often than not Mootla’s efforts to ram a phrase into a listener’s head succeeds, but never before […]

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2020 SINGLE REVIEWS: MVSON – KTA

On ‘KTA’ MVSON lets his true self flow through an unbreakable verse. “I don’t give a fuck about nobody, shit, I’m the worst of all” lies at the centre of ‘KTA’, the latest single by Chicago rapper MVSON. This unapologetic declaration is the core of the song’s only verse, a tightly knotted set of bars delivered with dexterity and confidence. […]

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2020 REVIEWS: STONE – SEMI SWEET

The follow up to 2019’s uber-hazy Gypsy, Semi Sweet is SToNE’s most accomplished offering to date. The production credits are familiar, as are the disoriented flows, but there’s a tighter sense of songwriting here than ever before. Check it out in full here. ‘High Note’ features one of three credits from frequent collaborator Nephew, his woozy beat makes the track […]

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2020 ARTIST INSIGHT: METAL SLUG

From South St. Louis emerges a multi-hyphenate artist veiled in ghostly energy. “80 on the dash, bitch I’m in the fast lane” raps South St. Louis artist Metal Slug calmly on ‘4DALUVOFMONEY’. The line wouldn’t feel out of place in any modern trap song, but in the context and surroundings of Metal Slug’s artistry it is a mission statement, a […]

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2020 SINGLE REVIEWS: SICFREID – ZORO

Sicfreid is a gruff-voiced rapper/producer who dropped singles periodically throughout 2019, the best of which was undoubtedly ‘Zoro’. Clearly a lover of anime, the artist had tapped in to this hazy trap sound seven months prior on ‘Phantom Troupe’, but here he essentially perfected that direction. Perhaps the reason for this was the self-production, a new feature at the time […]

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2020 ARTIST INSIGHT: BIG MARLEY

Texas rapper Big Marley is one of the most inhuman rappers I think I’ve ever heard. His grinding, vehement takes on trap and drill are intensified by his vicious, animalistic delivery, creating a listening experience unlike much else in the underground scene. Marley’s Soundcloud bio says ‘not human’, and this much is believable. Although he raps primarily over straight-laced hip-hop […]

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2020 REVIEWS: 10K KWASI – GOLDEN BOY

California rapper 10k Kwasi dropped three projects last year, more than doubling his overall output. The third and longest of these, November’s Golden Boy, is the first defining project of his career and a very worthwhile listen for fans of major hip-hop labels like TDE who may grow tired of their unpredictable release schedules. Kwasi is a great rapper and […]

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2020 SINGLE REVIEWS: KARI MAGIC – CUJO

Kari Magic brings vicious energy to his latest single. Kari Magic brings staccato murmurs over a dissonant trap beat on “Cujo”. Clocking in at a brief 2 minutes, Kari wastes none of the time allowed; The song begins and ends abruptly and the bars come without pause. Bells ring hauntingly throughout as Kari raps confidently in a gravelly tone. Compared […]

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2020 REVIEWS: ASTRAL TRAP – STRATAGEM WITCH

2020’s first major underground release is another colossal, intense and mystical offering from one of the godfathers of the underground. You can hear it in its entirety here. Astral Trap (FKA Dari Loso)’s career spanned the last half of the 2010’s, cementing his place in the underground hip hop canon forever. His projects are dense, epic and crafted alongside some […]

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2020 REVIEWS: KIRYANO – REFINE 01

The Ivvy League producer and vocalist brings forward an expansion on his previously released 2019 EP 01 REFINE. In the world of modern emo-rap music, repetition has come to be expected; audiences have heard many times tales of heartbreak and hypebeasts. Despite this, Kiryano’s Refine 01 captures with skill and originality a now familiar world of fast fashion and drugged-out […]

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AOTY SEASON: THE TOP 20

20. LÄRS – MOLOTOV PROD: GRIMM DOZA, REVENXNT. FEATURING: SANJIGGYRONIN, GRIMM DOZA, CRIS SHIMMY, SKULLLELEVEN. Easily the finest project Dots has released this year, Molotov compiled some of his best previously released Doza collabs (‘Toro‘, ‘Twacked‘), alongside a handful of brand new joints to create an excellent fourteen track album that will likely go down as one of his best. […]

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AOTY SEASON: HONOURABLE MENTIONS PT. 2

JOSEN – JOSEN & FRIENDS PROD: HOODWTCH, DECEASED, 1CHAI, ENDOHBEATS, LUKRATIVE, 4AM, FRXSTBITE, GHOSTIE, SNOOZED, RICAN HAVOC, GEEOHS, DONTSLEEP, CASHCACHE, FALSECUT, NINETHLUKE, MOZIATL, BRWNWRLD. FEATURING: BILL$, YUNG TUDA, TOMMY ICE, ENDOH, YUNGSTER JACK, SOLJAY, YEAT, HELLFIGER, GHOSTIE, LUVELOVESYOU, KANKAN, JVLES, TEXAKO, GOJIBEANBRYANT, LIL TURBO. The focus of Josen & Friends, the first, collaboratively-focused mixtape from the New York rapper is […]

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AOTY SEASON: HONOURABLE MENTIONS PT. 1

HERME$ – NEVA CHANGE PROD: GENSHIN, ALIENGAWD, ICXXY, SPACEGHOSTPURRP. MIXING: 500DEGREEJAZ, 4JAY. FEATURING: 4JAY, HEARTBREAKJP. Herme$ has dropped a lot of amazing projects this year (arguably more than anyone else), and Neva Change is likely my second favourite release from the rapper this year. The EP is spearheaded by the breathtaking, ‘Intro‘/title track that dropped as a single around two […]

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UNDER THE RADAR: SAL DA SLEAZE – NOTORIOUS BOOK OF SLEAZE

ARTIST: SAL DA SLEAZE SOUNDCLOUD Sal da Sleaze is a former LO$TBOY$YNDICATE member that recently hit me up to check out the Notorious Book of Sleaze EP, a four track offering portraying a life of struggle, hard work and dedication. ‘Close Your Eyes’ begins with the familiar pop rap motifs of echoey female vocals, but when Sal begins to rap […]

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2K19 REVIEWED: LIL GOHAN – NEPTUNE

ARTIST: LIL GOHAN SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER The latest chapter in Lil Gohan’s planetary-themed tape series, Neptune might be his most accomplished to date. Like the icy planet that it takes its name from, the nine song project is vast, looming and comprised of many complex, atmospheric layers. ‘The Sounds of Love’ is the project’s intro, its glimmering beat masked by moaned, […]