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Hip Hop

J.I.D. – 8701

The low-key rapper out of east Atlanta, J.I.D, just dropped his album The Never Story. I first found his song listed above, 8701, on Spotify’s “Most Necessary” playlist. J.I.D has a unique style and an intricately lyrical flow that adds character to his tracks. Check out J.I.D’s stuff on all your streaming services!

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04-06-17

Joey Bada$$ – Rockabye Baby (Feat. Schoolboy Q)

Joey Bada$$ just dropped a new song titled “Rockabye Baby” off his upcoming album ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$. Politically charged and over an ominous beat, both verses from Joey and Q on “Rockabye Baby” are aggressive – including a few very pointed bars in the direction of POTUS.

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04-06-17

Swindail – C’est la vie (Feat. Innanet James)

“C’est La Vie” by Swindail is an incredible song. He’s teamed up with innanet james and the outcome is absurd. Staying true to his whimsical energized sound Swindail meticulously sprinkles percussion and foley admist james’ lyricism. Stop by SoundCloud to keep up with them.

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03-23-17

Tee Grizzley – First Day Out

I found Tee Grizzley on the Rap Caviar page on Spotify, which is impressive being a relatively unknown rapper. The song titled “First Day Out” is a lyrically focused two-part track, which transitions from a mellow to explosive vibe. The man from Detroit has the potential and is on the rise!

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02-14-17

Sylvan LaCue – Best Me (Remix) (Feat. Saba)

Sylvan LaCue and Saba will link up beginning March 3rd in Seattle for a month-long North American tour (dates below). Here, the two emcees on the up trade bars over LaCue’s jazzy vibed-down original instrumental in an A+ collab.

03/03 Seattle, WA – Vera
03/04 Portland, OR – Peter’s Room
03/05 Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
03/07 San Francisco, CA – Social Hall
03/08 Los Angeles, CA – Roxy
03/09 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
03/10 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
03/11 Albuquerque, NM – Co-Op
03/14-18 Austin, TX – SXSW
03/21 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
03/23 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
03/24 Washington, DC – Songbyrd
03/25 Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
03/26 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
03/29 New York, NY – Studio at Webster Hall
03/30 Montreal, QC – Le Belmont
04/01 Toronto, ON – Adelaide Hall
04/04 Milwaukee, WI – Mramar

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02-08-17

Nick Grant – Bouncin

Nick Grant is the up-and-coming man out of South Carolina. In a hip-hop culture of trap music, Nick provides a refreshing and lyrically-focused sound that should not go unnoticed. One of my favorite tracks from the album, Return of the Cool, is called “Bouncin” which is listed below. “Bouncin” is a high-energy track perfect for the pregame. Check out the rest of the album, Return of the Cool, available on all streaming services.

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02-03-17

Gucci Mane – Ever

This year’s Gucci Mane Independence Day came on May 26th 2016 when he was released from prison. Since then, Gucci has been grinding to continuously provide new content for his fans. The below song, “Ever”, is a track off his most recent project, 3 for free. The project is a three song-EP he dropped on Soundcloud this past week. Look out for new music coming soon from Gucci; it’s always on the way.

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02-02-17

Pellican Child – Turn Me Down

Louis the Child’s secret side-project has me in awe. The authenticness of Pellican Child’s music is refreshing in a fame-obsessed world. It really feels like these guys are making music because they’re passionate about it. The groove of “Turn Me Down” is refreshingly positive and has me smiling from ear to ear.

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02-02-17

J. Cole – High For Hours

Fresh off the release of J. Cole’s 4th studio album, 4 your eyez only, Cole drops the mic on his latest released track “High for Hours”. The song is a slow jam which helps the listener really focus on what Cole has to say. Strategically released on Martin Luther King Day, Cole delves into his own mind about racism, religion, and politics. This is truly a deep track and a great way for J. Cole to start 2017.

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01-20-17

Supa Bwe – Fool Wit It Freestyle (Feat. Chance the Rapper)

Supa Bwe (Pronounced Boy) is an up-and-coming artist out of the Chicago scene. In the below song, “Fool Wit It Freestyle”, Supa Bwe features Chance the Rapper on some tropical summer vibes perfect to relax to. Check out the rest of Supa Bwe’s project Dead Again 3 here.

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01-20-17

THEY. – U RITE

The Bryson Tiller tourmates THEY. fire forward potent new one “U RITE”. The track’s minimal composition and immediate flow indicate a new more direct feel to the L.A. duo’s sound that we’re most definitely into.

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01-20-17