Posts tagged Modern Life Mag
The Hustlers Catalog Episode 2 // End of The Year Awards: Los Angeles

Throughout the podcast, it covers the various artists making an impact, businessmen and individuals behind the scenes that’s making a difference, and publications + podcasts that are covering some of the highlights in the area.

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Producers Only: Yung Icey

We continue our series with another budding producer, Yung Icey, who's producing a very secular sound for artists such as Yung Bans, NGeeYL, Slime Dollaz, and much more throughout the years. The South Carolina bred creative has placed himself as being one of the key figures for this new generation when it comes to production and how he's helping artists evolve. 

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Texas artist BBY KODIE blends humor and bass, a recipe for him to prosper in 2018

One of the most popular artists who has recently paved his own path as well is Ugly God, a rapper who raps about booty and toenails, but scored a nice record deal with Asylum/Warner Brother Records and garnered a grand following within the last year due to hilarious antics. Somone who may follow in the same footsteps is a bubbling artist that goes by the name of BBY KODIE. 

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Press Lives Matter: Shea Serrano (Circa 2014) 

One of those moments is embedded in our archives with our interview with the now-renowned author, Shea Serrano. I initially approached Shea because of his iconic stories he did to break artists such as Slim Thug, Maxo Kream, and other prolific figures who were doing their thing in the Texas music scene. As his work in music has always set the tone, he drifted into covering sports as well but doing it with the same witty/hilarious twist he incorporated in his music editorial work.

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The Rundown: Native Youth

If you've visited the site before, you have seen the material of Native Youth. Coming on the scene with her lo-fi hip-hop artistry of music, Youth defines herself as an X-Factor who's playing by her own rules and breaking borders with her sound. You hear this clearly in her recent body of work, "Second Chances," which is the perfect emotional filled soundtrack for your late night moves and grooves. Her versatile presentation shows the world that South Florida has more to offer than the typical "thrash rap" that's being pushed in your face. It's a lighter palette, but it's held down with feelings that anyone can relate to. 

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Papikodone invades the Chicago Sleepers Podcast

In an age where social media leads to instant gratification and it’s also the platforms for the annoying socialites, it’s hard to differentiate who’s really about their business and who’s not. Being a supporter of the Chicago Sleepers since the earlier parts of this year, they have brought individuals who have shaped a unique culture in today’s time and one of these individuals is Papikodone.

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Drawing Outside The Lines: Father Nico

One creative has had an excellent year being himself as well as changing the ways people saw him and his art with every creation. That one artists is FatherNico, the mysterious young artist stealing the eyes of the people and putting them right onto his work. As vague as the young man is I got the chance to speak with Nico and get a better look into the foggy, abstract drawing on the window of your car in the rain that is… FatherNico himself. 

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The Rundown: OG Shyne

The Rundown has laid the groundwork for artists to express themselves and share their music to the followers of Modern Life Mag. Covering artists from coast to coast, we land back in the homestead of the MLM headquarters and stumble a brash yet witty sound that's coming from the Houstock camp. 

Seeing the creative collective from their humble beginnings, ByBreezy has single-handily created a lane where the indie acts of Houston can prosper, unite, and ultimately create a revolution amongst themselves to provide a refreshing versatile aura to the Houston music scene. Throughout the collective, it's many artists to offer, but OG Shyne stands out as one the lead general of the camp with her upfront attitude and will to win by any means. 

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Keepin' Clean Ain't Easy : A Conversation with George Hammond (Owner of Clean Skate Co.)

In 2015-2016, we saw a massive increase in the creative community; new streetwear brands being formed, artists emerging, mags & blogs putting themselves on the map, visual artists getting the recognition and shine they deserve. A lot has happened this past two years and we have no one else to thank other than the creatives behind these ventures and movements, the people who see their world as something they can alter and affect with their own art. In the beginning of this year, I had the chance to speak with George Hammond, designer and creative director of CLEANSKATECO,

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New Age Designer: A Conversation with BigBabyGucci

    This year alone we’ve seen the rise of many talented individuals when it comes to music, fashion, art, etc. Music saw the most increase in this as we can see from how many talented young rappers are filling our phones up nowadays. The youth are sending a message that there’s very slept on talent in this world today and that many of us need to find out. From North Carolina, meet BigBabyGucci.

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Sound Select: DJ NoLita

It’s been quite some time since we dug into our Sound Select series, a collection of an interviews where we feature different DJs and have them speak about their careers and have them premier exclusive mixes. Our first edition featured a budding female DJ from Houston, Cre8shun. As we continue to gear up the series, we feature another female DJ who’s killing the party scene in NYC, DJ NoLita

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The Last Sign of Fresh: A Conversation with Bankroll Fresh

In the series of the many of interviews we’ve done over the years, this one has to be one of the most captivating pieces I’ve done, and it wasn’t event intended to be published on Modern Life Mag. Last summer, I pitched an idea for VIBE Magazine to get an exclusive interview with a then budding rapper, Bankroll Fresh. In the midst of him releasing two solidifying projects, Life of a HotBoy 1 and 2, VIBE gave me the green light to talk to one Atlanta’s polarizing figures in their modern music scene. 

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The Rundown: Retrokash

As we gear up for the ending parts of the summer, Modern Life Mag has been introducing a new wave of artists that stretch from the Texas borders and beyond on our annual interview series, “The Rundown”. The up and coming platform has been the launching pad for many such as Trevell Hudson, Dice Soho, Paris Le Rouge, and more. 

We continue this tradition with introducing the sounds of Retro Kash, a raging cajun from the land of Louisiana. The artist from “The Boot” has been making his mark in Texas with his New Orleans tang and Southern flavored tang that’s embedded in his music. He displayed on his tape, “10K”, which blended the influences and modern vibes of the 3rd Coast in ten tracks. Outside from doing that, he’s been gaining clout with releasing cutting edge visuals, killing performances locally, and captivating the gulf coast sound with his organic delivery in his music. 

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The Rundown: Paris Le Rouge

Due to us focusing on other various projects, we stepped away from our annual interview series, "The Rundown". Recognizing the significance of breaking new artists and giving them the chance to speak their mind is the reason why we have "The Rundown" and it was only right for us to bring it back. Opening the platform and giving artists the chance to use their voice, we spoke to Paris Le Rouge, a rising artist in the Houston area who's going against the grain to break barriers and stereotypes of what a Houston artist is in this day of time. 

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All Hail Maxo: A Review on Maxo Kream's "Persona Tape"

It is finally here. The highly anticipated follow up to last year's #Maxo187 has arrived to change the way we all look at the new era of Houston hip-hop and one of its loudest voices, Maxo Kream. His junior full length release finds Maxo building upon his already menacing demeanor and rapid fire delivery, exhibiting his skills over production that is different from anything we've previously heard the de facto leader of Kream Clicc spitting over.

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Lurking in the Garden of Woods: Getting to know Tim Woods

If you’ve been watching what’s been going on in the Houston music scene for the past few years, you would be somewhat familiar with Tim Woods but at the same time it would serve as a blur because his work wasn’t as established until now. Woods has splashed onto the scene with hits such as “H20” and “Bak N Town” that has garnered the support from OG Ron C, Houston Press, and more outlets that see Woods’ vision. With a lot under raps and it’s a huge process for preparation, Woods gave us the opportunity to talk to him about his transition into stardom in Space City and beyond.

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Good Job Larry! : Why Larry June Makes Hip Hop Entertaining

Music is an art form that allows one to express themselves, but one of the most key elements to it is the delvery. The artistry behind vocals and what’s said can make or break an artist, especially in today’s age of hip hop. A once traditional listening experience that turned into an oversaturated feel influenced by the internet and fusing new trap. Although today’s sound brings more versatility, it’s not a lot of artists who are making quotable lines that people can remember. Hailing from San Fransisco, Larry June, presents an humorous void that needed to be filled in the genre. Which was making it cool again to be a player and continuously to congratulate yourself as your on the way to the winner’s circle, and laugh while doing it. 

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