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The $hoots x Lanzo – Plottin’

I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but the novelty of hip-hop crews started to wear a while ago.  Maybe too many blogs claimed that they had found the next Odd Future or maybe I just became more cynical after realizing crews like Pro.Era were a lot less deep than I’d initially hoped.  Despite this, I can’t help but get …

pkelly94The $hoots x Lanzo – Plottin’
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Adamn Killa x Bladee – Dont Want

If you haven’t realized yet, almost everyone raps like Chief Keef did now.  Its been almost three years since “I Don’t Like” came out and suddenly almost overnight everyone was trampolining off of syllables, stealing Chief Keef’s flow.  Adamn Killa immediately stood out to me because he doesn’t rap like anyone I can think of.  Adamn’s flow is effortless but …

tccarr14Adamn Killa x Bladee – Dont Want
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Luui x devenny – Guns (sail away)

devenny is cruising now.  Although he’s always been impressive his output recently has lived up to his promise to push his sound beyond hip-hop.  Opening with ghostly moans, “Guns” quickly settles into an effortlessly old school vibe accented by dusted percussion and soft static.  I’ve never heard Luui before but I definitely hope it’s not the last time.  His flow …

pkelly94Luui x devenny – Guns (sail away)

Enjoy It While It’s Fresh: Dylan Ross

Polarizing artists are my favorite to write about because they all have the equal potential to rocket out of anonymity at any moment or to drift back into it completely, but they are sure to upset a few people on their way down either path.  Dylan Ross is the newest polarizing artist that I am happy to introduce you to. …

tccarr14Enjoy It While It’s Fresh: Dylan Ross

Tive – Oblivious

Anchored by a beautifully atmospheric beat from producer Falco, “Oblivious” makes quite the first impression for LA rapper Tive (pronounced like give).  Tive’s clearest sonic touchstone is Bones but it never sounds like he’s biting his style.  While Bones meets atmosphere with an equally smoked out vocal delivery, Tive brings a muffled bark to his verses.  Confidence spills over all three …

pkelly94Tive – Oblivious
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Fly Anakin – Nucense (ft. DooF & Jalal Salaam)

If you’ve been paying attention, “Nucense” is probably the most exciting song that will drop all week.  Although we’ve highlighted all three of these rappers before, “Nucense” demonstrates (probably better than anything else they’ve all put out) why they’re the fresh faces to look out for in the underground.  There simply isn’t a wasted line across the entire three minutes. …

pkelly94Fly Anakin – Nucense (ft. DooF & Jalal Salaam)
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devenny. – aztec (demo)

Remember a few days ago when devenny. (who we only recently stopped referring to as Tay Devenny) celebrated his birthday by reminding us that underneath the philosophical musings and ambitions was a kid with a lot of talent with the rhyme?  Click the link if you don’t… “aztec (demo)” continues Devenny’s crusade into verse-centric hip-hop as the second part of a …

pkelly94devenny. – aztec (demo)