Sidewalk Kal has released enough amazing music over the past few years to compile better albums than your favorite rapper. Although he’s made us wait far too long, his debut EP Champagne Forever is finally here. Three tracks may seem to be a pretty bare-bones release considering how most rappers these days are willing to release a new 30+ track mixtape every year, however, the restraint is exactly why Kal is one of the best underground rappers doing it right now. He doesn’t deal out garbage. ”Trumpets” opens the EP exactly as the name suggests, with trumpets. It’s a high energy song that flirts with traces of Chicago’s drill scene without ever sacrificing Kal’s reputation for thought provoking lyricism and melodic overdubbing. ”Out to the World” slows things down a notch with one of the more minimal beats of Kal’s career. Despite the minimal beat, “Out to the World” has Kal at his most charismatic. If anyone has managed to doubt it up until now, “Out to the World” is a track that demonstrates the distinct sound and personalty Kal offers. Obviously we love “Champagne Forever”. The EP too.
There just aren’t many other artists who can make such captivating and satisfying music that lasts under 2 minutes. The keyword with Tay Devenny’s newest track is “nooon”. ”Stimpaks (nooon.)” is exactly the kind of gorgeous, head in the clouds floater that any afternoon daydream (maybe on 4/20 when it was released…) needs. After the success of the epic “Vancouver/palm”, Devenny has proven himself most captivating when working in extremes. More excited than ever to see the evolution of his art.
It’s 4.20 and I really don’t know what that means but for some reason people are releasing a lot of songs about weed today. Weird shit. At under 2 minutes, “Dab One Up” is definitely one of the most potent bursts of psychedelic bliss that Salam has released. With the help of producers Sabata and Beatboxbandit, “Dab One Up” will perfectly compliment whatever you decide to do on Easter/420.
Hanz may finally be starting to gain the attention and fan base he deserves but that doesn’t mean his music is going to become any more accessible or traditional. His newest single, “Count” is easily one of the most minimal tracks he’s put out in a while. Similarly to his last release “War Fiction”, there is a militaristic quality to the strict and forward driving rhythm of “Count”. Emerging from a dissonant and dreamy first minute, the driving loop of “Count” marches forward at a soft, quiet and gorgeous pace. Repeat listens allow the small gems of lush sound emerge from the seemingly barren landscape of “Count”. It’s amazing how good Hanz has become at his singular yet constantly surprising sound. Watch out for Hanz’s upcoming Reducer.
Whether or not you like him, Spooky Black is primed to blow up (at least on the same level as Yung Lean) and he deserves it. ”Without You” is one of the most interesting pop tracks to drop this year and it sounds even better with Supa Bwe and Sidewalk Kal over it. The boys mostly leave the original intact, only adding their own original verses seamlessly in between Spooky Black’s. Sidewalk Kal is unsurprisingly amazing with a fast paced verse over the slowed beat and Supa Bwe adds some much needed texture to Spooky Black’s singing. The original may be a singular work but it’s hard to deny how much Kal and Supa Bwe add.
We know, it’s been a while. Hopefully you were all enjoying the sun too much to be on your computers anyway. Lol jk, I hate the sun because it makes it so that I have to come up with excuses to spend all day inside on my computer instead of getting tan or whatever with the cool bros. Anyway, it’s been a while so we’re just gonna give you a jumbo sized beaties volume to make it up to you all. Yup. This volume is 8 beaties deep. #rare. Enjoy the vibes from Lil Netzero, Drip-133, ghostwerk, sabata, F. King Taisho, cight, wu-lu and andrew michael.
Ever since dropping his epically lengthed “Vancouver/palm” and his equally impressive LP Shrine, Tay Devenny has been on a mission to progress his sound beyond the limitations of what is classically considered to be hip-hop. His newest collaboration with producer Iglooghost, “✿︵✿ (vat﹏of°fudge) ❀︵❀” (which we’ll just call “vat of fudge” for convenience), continues his experimentation with hip-hop proper. There are only about 30 seconds of actually rapping on the track but it is 30 seconds of Devenny’s most potent and ear grabbing performances yet. His bars move unhinged by any conventional beat, starting at a breakneck pace and eventually slowing down as the song disintegrates into its dreamier second half. Devenny is prepping a new release soon and this track couldn’t raise the hype levels any higher.