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Terrell Morris | Live From The Wayside
All alone, save for anywhere from one to four instrumentalists and the closing support of powerhouse vocalist, Adria Kain, Terrell Morris spends a smooth fifteen minutes across four of his favorite local stages as an homage to place, to people, and to the music that will eventually rekindle the two in confluence of one another. But for now, Live From The Wayside is also a memento of the times, and a perfect example of the beautiful things that were created during this secluded chapter in modern history.
Kaytranada Live at Red Rocks
We admit that we’re spoiled here in Colorado. The weather, the scenery, the weed, the music. Most notably, all of those elements come together at Red Rocks Amphitheater, and for the first time in such a long time, so many came together at Red Rocks for some reminiscence on normality – or rather, the abnormality of a feeling what was once in the not so distant past so normal for us all: a concert.
An Interview with A1xJ1
We live in the era of the quick come-up. From technological advances that have allowed anyone and everyone to create their own music, to social media that has allowed any artist to share their work with the world, one hit heard by the right pair of ears can take off and propel its artistry into the stratosphere. Case and point: A1xJ1. The UK duo linked up for the first time online at the beginning of 2020’s lockdown, crafting a song snippet that would quickly find footing on TikTok. Eventually, they met in person and Latest Trends became a full-length track that – accompanied by its remix and set of visuals – also became the living definition of its title.
Topaz Jonea | Don't Go Tellin' Your Momma [Album]
A refined, timeless confluence of 70’s funk and modern hip-hop drives the expansive direction of Topaz Jones’ new album, Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma. The album, that’s auditory aesthetic bleeds crystal clear of its influence when paired with the mirroring visual aesthetics of its accompanying Sundance award winning short film directed by Jones himself and directing duo, Rubberband, is the first release since 2018, and the culmination of years of work and months of single drops, from the New Jersey rapper and all-around creative. Through last week’s release, he’s reintroduced himself as one of the most intriguing and broadly talented names anywhere in hip-hop, or frankly, anywhere in music and music’s crossroads with the rest of culture at large.
Artist Profile | Ron Obasi
Like most of the Nashville scene, Ron Obasi’s beginnings feel rooted in the not so distant past. His first singles came out a few years ago, and his first collection, Notes on a Scale, in 2019. And yet, his music also feels rooted in the beginnings of hip-hop, and even before that. A brash affinity for beats that brim with unendingly jazz-driven directionalism brings nearly all of his music to a space more distant and epochally boundless than we generally assume of hip-hop up-and-comers. Instead, his sound feels refined, practiced, and unique by the weight of its honesty to the artist itself.
An Interview tih Nappyhigh
If you don’t yet know Nappyhigh, you’re about to. Not just through the length of our conversation with him here, but through the undeniably West Coast yet indefinably wide-ranging aesthetic in his signature sound, the LA-rooted producer, DJ, musician, songwriter, and rapper finds himself today at the cusp of greatness alongside a short list of other talented names whose refined sounds attract any and every rapper and vocalist to be a part of the sonic worlds he builds. Those worlds – four albums – WeekDaze, Orange, Villains, and Yellow....
Topaz Jones | Don't Go Tellin' Your Momma
With Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma, Topaz Jones is merging the many cultural lanes that have long inspired his artistry and continue to drive the larger cultural web of the US and the world. And at the focal point of that larger cultural web has always existed a hypocrisy of embracing Black music, Black art, Black genius, period, without really embracing Black culture. Now, that choice no longer exists, and all of us undoubtedly have something to learn and to love from the upcoming release.
FlySiifu | $mokebreak
After their acclaimed 2020 FlySiifu’s – the duo’s collaborative debut that doubled as an immersive concept album painting both artists as blunted employees of a milk-crate record shop dropping bombs – not bars – in the back of the store, $mokebreak hinges on that same storyline, as an explorative albeit pointedly removed continuation of the plot and the range of sounds from where it is rooted. $mokebreak as a title itself, in accompaniment of the project’s cover artwork that sees Fly Anakin and Pink Siifu posted up amongst shelves, crates, and banker’s boxes overflowing with vinyl...
Get to Know Nappyhigh
Beneath the mire of jazz and soul samples of the past, funky key progressions, West Coast synths à la Dre’s genius, and the entangled mosaic of his many featuring modern guest artists, exists Channy Cardenas. And Channy Cardenas is a product of his environment. Born in Fresno, raised in South Central Los Angeles, and residing in Palmdale, his was an upbringing of the same environment that raised many of modern hip-hop’s most notorious influences. Everything about that seems obvious in his sound today.
ELHAE | Aura III
Backdropped by bass-heavy beats that seem to always find flight in the playful keys of their production, ELHAE spends the duration of the 11-track ‘AURA III’ seamlessly meandering his own musicality and his own mind. From the hard-hitting verses, to the vocally vulnerable croons, to ELHAE’s comfort in the moving middle grounds, his sound knows less boundaries than ever before. From the braggadocious, to the sensual, to the downright romantic, ELHAE’s songwriting opens a diary of sorts for the listener to get a glimpse into the daily life of an established Atlanta figure, and an emerging global star. And even amongst such range over a short half-hour exhibiting the breadth of modern Atlanta music, ‘Aura III’ also never feels lost. Instead, it encapsulates a listener’s attention from the jump, pulls them into ELHAE’s world, and gives us a Springtime taste of what is ultimately to come.
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Pit of my Dreams
April + VISTA
To Kill A Sunrise
Kota the Friend + Statik Selektah
Clairmont The Second
End of the Earth
Boys Wear Pearls
M-Side Odyssey 2
It's Not You, It's Me
Sy Ari Da Kid
Michael Da Vinci
Lyrics to Go, Vol. 2
Kota the Friend
From RyAnnae, With Love
Every Race is a Solo One
Gems in the Cornerstore
Elujay + J.Robb
Whie The World Was Burning
F*@k It, Burn It All Down
if You Feel
Tenn Toes Down
No Moor Bad Days
Rap N Roll
Aphelion's Traveling Circus
Yours Truly, Jai
Postcards I Forgot to Send
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Elhae + Masego