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Maryland rapper, Lil Xelly, Drops Turn-Up Track “ME”

It wasn’t the most fruitful of summers for hip-hop; the last couple of months have had its ups and downs for the culture: the death of X anguished fans, Mac Miller’s passing rocked fans to their adolescent core, and the inflow of creatively lukewarm projects left avid listeners unfulfilled. The maelstrom of tragic headlines and stories left the hip hop community emotionally exhausted but there were exciting artists that were silver linings during this storm. Maryland rapper, Lil’ Xelly, is a name that has caught our attention so far in 2018. The Rockville product has dropped several projects this year more »

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Laxcity and Lani Rose’s “Changing” is a Musical Metamorphosis

Parachuting into Spotify playlists and dropping hit remix after another, artist Laxcity is sending shockwaves throughout the industry. So far this year, the Zambia-born beatsmith has snowballed an impressive slate of singles that have garnered a salary-figure of plays on Spotify as well as Soundcloud. And Lax brings forth that amalgamation of sonically lavish ambience and multi-dimensioned soundscapes to his latest single “Changing” with budding singer Lani Rose. With subtle foley percs and drums, “Changing” is a metamorphosis that suspends the listener in its gravity. The hypnotic ambience and infectious vocals create an atmosphere for listeners to soak their ears more »

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Insomniac Howls a Stacked Lineup for Nocturnal Wonderland 2018

For festival heads, summer is the season to unwind, hang with friends, and trek to big name music festivals. As the ambassador for electronic music festivals, Insomniac will be returning this September with the long-running Nocturnal Wonderland to bring fans three nights of camping and two days of art and music. The sea of talent tiding this year’s festival includes Boombox Cartel, Bijou, Slumberjack, Jai Wolf, and more. This year’s long list of names should be enough to leave fans drooling in anticipation until Fall. Here’s a couple artists we are looking forward to performing: PRXZM  The electro-pop duo has more »

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Yung Bans Delivers Heartfelt X Tribute “So Long My Friend”

The untimely death of rapper XXXTentacion has stormed the hip-hop community and left avid fans of the 20-year old’s work in grief. Memorials, vigils, and tributes for the slain MC have been held from California to Florida to commemorate the late rapper’s life and career. Rappers including Meek Mill, 6ix9ine, 21 Savage, and Lil Yachty broke their silence this past week to pay respect to X’s family and speak their truth about violence and unity. Close friend and collaborator, Yung Bans, drafted his feelings in his tribute “So Long My Friend,” a two minute track that transcribes his thoughts in more »

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Lil’ Skies’s “World Rage” Is Worth All The Rage

Championing a bubblegum trap sound that is playful and bouncy, Lil Skies’s latest single “World Rage” partners the rapper with talented producers, Danny Wolf and Otxhello, to create a pop rap tune that will find home in many Soundcloud users’ likes. The 20-year old rapper has had a strong campaign with two singles, “Nowadays (#55)” and “Red Roses(#69),” charting the Billboard Hot 100 this year. The repertoire of singles garnered enough attention and popularity from listeners for Skies to score a deal with Atlantic Records and earn an invite to this year’s XXL Freshman Class, which he would decline. Although more »

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SLEEPYCATT’s Minecraft Birthday Party is the Music Festival 2018 Deserved

Soundcloud twitter is a universe crowded with memes and quotable tweets. Cartoonish personalities and characters that govern a community that feels cooler than the audio distribution platform itself. If you heard this past week that there was a “Minecraft Party” where Charli XCX showed up, you were correctly informed. For one night, Minecraft was the festival ground for a 13+ artist lineup that included Soundcloud favorites Y2K, Valentine, umru, William Crooks, Cavan Brady, Sadkey, Yitaku, Ramen Boy, and Gupi to celebrate SLEEPYCATT’s 21st Birthday. It’s as if Brownies and Lemonade was boxed in the 3-D space of Minecraft, or if Kaytranada’s more »

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Audiotistic Bay Area 2018 Looks to Make Bigger Splash With Stacked Lineup

After booking a stacked lineup of A-Class names that included Marshmello, Lil Uzi Vert, Ghastly, Playboi Carti, and Joyryde, flagship festival organization, Insomniac, returns to host Audiotistic with a lineup that is twice as big and full of promise. For two days, Audiotistic Bay Area will have appearances from Ekali, Medasin, Jai Wolf, K?D, and more looking to make a splash at this year’s festival grounds. Artists who have made strong campaigns this past year such as Whipped Cream and Judge will be taking center stage Saturday along with a superstar roster of earworm rap and electronic acts. Since 1996, more »

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Umru and Ravenna Golden Team Up to Release Chilling Pop Banger “Sticky”

After a whirlwind of remixes and co-production work alongside A.G. Cook for Charli XCX’s Pop 2 Mixtape, 19-year old, New York-based producer umru returns to the fold with LA songstress, Ravenna Golden, to release “sticky.” Originally planned as a remix of Ravenna’s Machete, the pair turned their heads towards creating something new and fresh for audiences to hear. At center stage are Ravenna’s airy, autotuned vocals that contrast with umru’s mammoth percussion. Detailed with otherworldly, futuristic sound design, umru alchemizes squeaky textures, hyperreal soundscapes, and SOPHIE-inspired percussion into a refreshing take on pop that remains explosive and electric at its center. Ravenna’s ethereal more »

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Pet Zebra Punches Back with Ethereal “Vanilla” Music Video

Making waves in the online rap community, Pet Zebra shares his music video for his ethereal banger “Vanilla” off his new album BLOSSUM. Laced with trippy visuals, fast crash zooms, and fish-eye lensed angles, the video for “Vanilla” is eye and ear candy for followers of Pet Zebra’s work. Featuring a catchy hook that will stay in your head for days, Vanilla is a non-stop thrill ride that corrals Pet Zebra’s best flow and rhyme schemes. Unlike “Language” and “Theme Song” that lax out listeners with smoother, jazzier beats, Vanilla is a dragon-energy fueled package that slaps yet it keeps more »

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After Two-Year Hiatus, Mark Redito Returns with Dreamy Follow-Up “Cloud Keep” with Abbi Press

Prolific electronic, Filipino producer, Mark Redito, returns to the fold with his vibrant new single, “Cloud Keep,” featuring Brooklyn Songstress and Producer, Abbi Press. Recovering from a lengthy writers block and subsequent disappearance, “Cloud Keep” is Redito’s first original follow-up since 2016’s “You’ll Only Love Me When I’m Gone.” Bounded by personal matters, Redito’s creative spirit hit a speed bump in 2016 – a fruitful year full of career accomplishments that included the successful debut of Likido, a concert series focusing on people of color, women and LGBTQ producers. “ “I felt burnt out and unmotivated,” Redito says of his more »

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SoCal Rising Star, WRRY, Drops Explosive Follow-Up Banger “MY TIME” with Apollo Hill

The Orange County music scene is thin. Aside from its crowded surf/ punk/ garage rock community that populates its underground music scene, Orange County is barren of accessible hip-hop talent making an impact on the culture. Now before I have the entire DIY community hate me for this assertion, let me be clear that beat showcases and collectives such as Beat Cinema and SXN have allowed an avenue for hip-hop and lo-fi producers to perform locally in cities such as Anaheim and Fullerton. Their efforts to colorize the hip-hop music scene in Orange County should not be overlooked. However, Orange more »

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Osquello and Maxd Team up for “Don’t Close Your Eyes”

Debuting on internet record label juggernaut, Majestic Casual, 18-year old London singer, Osquello, partners with Canadian melodic electronica veteran, Maxd, to craft a warm, sonically vintage, and emotionally resonant tune (inspired by the film Donnie Darko) that listeners will have on repeat. With a palette of crisp drums and colorful 808 patterns, listeners will become attached to the strong percussive production that drives the song’s pulse. In addition, Maxd’s ethereal synths give the track brightness and soul beyond its percussive counterpart. Furthermore, Osquello’s approachable and warm vocal contribution adds another dimension to the track. Osquello’s verses deal with confronting fear more »

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Ghostemane Delivers Unhinged LP “DAHLIA” with Veteran Producer, Getter

Floridian rapper and Final Fantasy cosplayer (just kidding), Ghostemane, has made waves in the hip-hop community since making his imprint with “Andromeda” in early 2017. Strong follow-up singles including the gothic trap banger, Mercury, and the haunting Nirvana-sampled, Elixir, had internet audiences growing fond of the 26-year old rapper whose style echoes those of the SuicideBoys, Bones, and Ramirez. Given how saturated hip-hop is with Soundcloud rappers, it is hard to approach Ghostemane’s music without judging his starter pack-esque aesthetic that closely infringes on that of the Suicideboys’ style. However, after revisiting his work, Ghostemane’s talent holds up well compared more »

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Bro Can I Steal This? – A Meme Review [February 2018]

As a connoisseur of memes, it is fair to say that meme content has become a modern form of communication and interconnection for millennials and Generation Z. With advancements in technology, our affinity for memes and internet culture has kept us closer to our phones and laptops than anything else. With access to news and media at the stroke of a finger, these sessions where we relax-and-swipe have normalized into our everyday schedules. Our attention spans and content consumption has us binge-streaming meme photos and videos for hours on end.  Memes have given this generation a voice and solace those more »

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Aywy and Rvdical the Kid drop Bollywood-flavored banger “Hide & Seek”

Veteran trap producers, Aywy and Rvdical the Kid, have returned to release the Hindi-flavored banger, “Hide&Seek.” Borrowing influence from Eastern sounds, the duo perfectly fuses Bollywood samples with Western Trap rhythms to create an explosive track that feels fresh and memorable. Sonically, the crisp snare fills that cut through the mix add character and grit. At the heart of the track are the beefy and colorful 808s that punch through the song’s layers and tie the track together. As a nice little touch, Timbaland’s acapella from “Are You That Somebody” are chopped and sprinkled throughout the project to provide a more »

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Chris Birdd Emphasizes the Grind of a Starving Artist in “Level Up”

With a sea of tunes awaiting listeners’ ears on Soundcloud, it is rewarding to find a track that we can call a “gem.” Channeling a hybrid of RnB and Trap, Chris Birdd’s “Level Up” bridges these two soundscapes to create a dynamic and fluid narrative that focuses on the payoffs of hard work and the importance of “investing in oneself.” The song’s triplet bars and melodic refrains are backed by bells and trap drums that feed the song’s emotional pulse. The song’s lyrics champion the grind of a starving artist who is willing to go “broke” for their craft and more »

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