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Izy – Freez (prod. Rambow)

Izy’s streak can’t be broken.  It’s crazy to think that 6 months ago he hadn’t even put out a track yet considering how fully formed he’s become as an artist.  “Freez” is the latest entry in Izy’s collection of animated, stream-of-conscious raps and while I want to call it his most polished that would do a disservice to all his …

pkelly94Izy – Freez (prod. Rambow)

DooF – scuse me dood

pkelly94DooF – scuse me dood
doooof ness

DooF – CHRCTR16

Virginia based rapper DooF has attracted the attention of Turbo Tape Recordings who just put out a new collection of his tracks as part of  their TEAMBATTLEMODE mixtape series.  In typical DooF fashion, none of these tracks venture past the 2 minute mark however they aren’t forgettable either.  It’s no secret that DooF has only grown more confident over the course …

pkelly94DooF – CHRCTR16
in love with a ghost

In Love With a Ghost – Memories (ft. Luui)

Our first introduction to Luui was his great collaboration with long time Up-Turn favorite Devenny.  Here, Luui has lent his rhymes to producer In Love With a Ghost who is the first person I’ve seen describe himself as chillwave since 2012… so I guess it could be hip again.  Ghost mostly stays in the background allowing Luui to explode on the …

pkelly94In Love With a Ghost – Memories (ft. Luui)
the $hoots smugglin

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’
tay devenny cross

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)