Posts tagged Op-Ed
From Cult-upringing to Cult Following, Lucky Daye Heads Towards the Mainstream

Painted – Lucky Daye. It’s stupid how much talent saturates this record. The sonics spill out into a lush atmospheric canvas which is splattered with Daye’s melodic and harmonic paint – not a single dull point amongst the entire album, which is outstanding given the current norm of releasing quantity rather than quality.

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Strength + Power in Numbers: How Marino Infantry Changing the Scope of Music + Culture

When you comb through the scope of the hip-hop scenery, it’s safe to say that the DMV has been making waves on their own for quite some time. As time goes on, the artistry found in their sound continues to expand with the likes of Q Da Fool, Xanman, Moneymarr, IDK, Rico Nasty, and many more who have been pushing the envelope. As those names have been making headlines, Marino Infantry remains one of the most influential groups in the region that delivers a stylistic approach to the game. 

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Jaden Smith is in the midst of Sophomore Curse and Riding a New Wave with his new effort, "EYRS"

I am definitely not one for outright hate towards the work of just about any artist. Especially if that artist has spent years refining their craft, taking criticism to the jaw, putting their nose to the grindstone, and focused on earning their spot in the industry.

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Mac DeMarco creates a body of work that will sustain and grow over time with his release, " Here Comes The Cowboy"

Since the release of his critically-acclaimed 2014 album, Salad Days, Mac Demarco has maintained his position as one of the most recognizable faces in indie music, putting out albums every other year. However, none of them have ever seemed to reach the success of Salad Days; 2015’s Another One EP felt like B-sides of it’s predecessor, while 2017’s This Old Dog did present a somewhat new sonic palette, the project still relied heavily on already established Mac-motifs.

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The New Age of Jigg // How Splurge Became One Of The Biggest Texas Artists Behind The Nation's Latest Dance Craze

As the Texas scene continues to cultivate with new emerging stars, Arlington’s shooting star Splurge is certainly one of the most notorious acts in his own right. From the ascension of pairing with Huncho while they were duo to seeing his rise a solo artist just burst on the national scene has shown what kind of influence that Jigg can bring to the forefront of the nation’s attention.

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The Art of Perfection + Development: How Philadelphia Production Collective, Working on Dying molded a star out Matt Ox

When it comes to the soundscape of what’s hot and what’s new, it’s a lot of artists who are coming up in different funnels of the rap industry, and with it being a climate where things can crash and burn very easily, you see a lot of these fast rising artists leave as fast as they came. In the young budding star from Philadelphia, Matt Ox’s case he’s been able to create a big splash with a crazy single and visual but during his process of growth he was able to maintain the tide to unleash a big wave with his debut project.

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Bringing The World To Houston // Travis Scott "Astroworld" Album Review

It’s been a long time since Houston has had someone that they can immediately point to as the lead torchbearer for the city. In the 90’s it was the late, great DJ Screw, in the new millennium, the spotlight shining on the Bayou City was shared between living legends like Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Mike Jones, UGK, and so many others. Now, with the release of his third full-length album, Astroworld, the torch has undoubtedly been passed to Mo City native, Travis Scott.

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Get Familiar with The People Behind Comethazine's Long Awaited Project, "Bawskee"

n a matter of 18 months, these guys went from being two of the most exciting artists to help cultivate a sub-genre to being trailblazers of today’s modern sound and landing on the cover of XXL’s 2018 Freshman Magazine. The evolution that has molded these artists turned a new tide in today’s music, and this same process will become even more prevalent when Comethazine’s drops his debut project, “Bawskee”.

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WHO GOT NEXT? // Why Southwest Houston is a Goldmine to H-Town Hip Hop

The differentiation has inspired many artists in the city to go above and beyond the stereotypes that have plagued for quite some time but with the large number of artists who are looking to break the mold, the Southwest area of Houston has become a field of growing crop of artists who are making major headway in the hip-hop industry outside the points of Alief.

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Breaking Hearts + Breaking The Mold : How JUICE WRLD's "Goodbye and Good Riddance" puts him in another class of music

Goodbye and Good Riddance, the first album from 20-year-old Jarod Higgins, better known as Juice WRLD comes after bursting onto the scene behind two solid single releases. The album shows Juice struggling with both relationship and substance abuse issues in an extremely personal way.

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Let The Underground Speak! : How 6FT Is Developing A New Platform for South Florida

6FT Interviews has become not only a hot spot for artists to stop by and lay down their opinions of the industry but it also gives these on the rise performers a strong platform to talk shit on. Nick Torious has followed a similar format that famous LA-based podcast, No Jumper has taken by giving artists a platform to speak while also providing tips for viewers that range from how to get more subscribers to do's and don't of being in Miami.

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Breaking The Barrier: How HBO's Insecure has became an outlet for rising artists

Once upon a time, there was an ongoing dialogue on the internet claiming oh so many similarities between HBO’s ‘Insecure’ and HBO’s ‘Girls'. The only similarities these shows have are that they are written by women and that those women have a hand in the soundtrack to every episode.

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