Category Archives: Mixtapes/Albums

MulaManDam – Green Eggs & Dam

Artwork By Matt Obscurist
Produced By Lord Casso

New York City creative MulaManDam has blessed the scene with this brand new project titled “Green Eggs And Dam” and this 12 track project is definitely one you can play throughout a whole function. Don’t miss out on this 12 track gem and tell us what you think about it. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

MĪRAJ -When In Paradise

Continuously dropping gem after gem emerging Toronto singer/songwriter MĪRAJ has finally blessed us with his highly anticipated project titled “When In Paradise” and its worth the listen, the entire project was produced by INK. I literally jammed the whole project without skipping a song. This project is summer vibes forsure. Go ahead and stream the project down below and familiarize yourself with MĪRAJ because this won’t be the last time you hear from him.

Kevin George – LOVELAND EP

We are already seeing his name everywhere and the crazy thing he is just getting started. Kevin George has released an incredibly infectious debut EP titled “LOVELAND” and I can honestly say that his 7 track EP is one you can listen to all the way through. Kevin produced, engineered, and mixed this entire project considers him a triple threat. With this being his debut project Kevin George is definitely up next. Go ahead and stream his project down below and get familiar with his name, as this won’t be the last time he will be featured on Popped Cherry.

SA – Shock & Awe EP

So I’ve been patiently waiting to see what Atlanta artist SA was going to bring this year and he’s definitely not playing with anyone. This 7 track EP titled “Shock & Awe” is one you can play all the way thru without skipping and the production is dope because you’ve got people like ADV, TRAPMONEYMELO, A1DEVIN, plus a few other dope producers. Shout out to Zach Skywalker for blessing the streets with this project too. This is just a small taste of what SA plans to bless us with this year. Go ahead and press play down below and become an instant fan. Don’t sleep.

xxxtentacion – ? (Review)

Love him or hate him, X’s status and one of the game’s most versatile artists to date shouldn’t be debated. In the short span of his career, he’s played with post hardcore, trap, boombap, and alternative indie all at once, encapsulating the emotions of depression with his last offering 17 in multiple styles. His new project “?” (Question, question mark, unknown, idfk) is more stylistic variation, but with a more lighthearted energy. While 17 expressed every ounce of sadness and made you truly feel it, “?” takes a more varied approached, covering a range of topics and styles that are widely different yet somehow still work together.

From the jump X wants to make it apparent that you shouldn’t go into the album expecting one thing, using the opening track Introductions to tell the listener to open their mind to the alternative style. No two tracks are the same or would even make sense in context if this was an album from anyone else, but that’s kind of what makes it interesting. Like, who else would you expect songs like Infinity (888), a classic New York sounding boombap track featuring Joey Badass, and I don’t even speak spanish LOL, a latin pop hit, from at the same time? What I like about X is that he doesn’t seem afraid to explore different territories that other artists labelled under a specific genre like rap maybe wouldn’t, and does it authentically, having it feel more natural than awkward. Floor 555 is probably the closest he’s gotten to his original aggressive lo-fi low-quality sound since he blew up, while Pain = BESTFRIEND is an angry post hardcore track reminiscent of bands like Touché Amore, and Schizophrenia sounds a lot like Let The Bodies Hit The Floor.

The songwriting itself is haphazard throughout the album, but for the most part it’s all pretty good. Moonlight is sonically pleasing and catchy to listen to, but lacks in the substance department lyrically, and while $$$ is my favorite song on the project, it’s most because Matt OX’s hook is SO. DAMN. GOOD. X’s verse is ok, there’s nothing that really catches you like the hook does. (I really hope we get new Matt OX music soon, gahdamn that boy ate). Infinity shows off and unlikely combination that works very well together. Both Joey and X have great chemistry and super strong verses, Joey pulling out the heavy punchlines while X shows off multiple flows and insane syllable work, and this makes me think that the collab project they teased a couple weeks ago would be a lot better than I originally gave it credit for. My least favorite song on the album is probably smash, just because I didn’t really find it interesting to listen to, and I’m not a huge fan of PnB Rock cuz I consider him like a Dollar Tree version of Fetty Wap. I personally feel like the Indie stuff is where x shines, songs like Love Yourself interlude and Changes really hitting you where it hurts in terms of invoking emotion. He’s very good at writing and orchestrating songs that make you feel something, which is part of why 17 was so good, you could really feel what he was trying to convey. X has proven himself to be diverse in that he writing coincides with how he wants the song to feel. He can write a pop hit, a lyrical track, or some heavy shit whenever he really wants to.

In summary, the project is cool. There’s something for a very wide range of people to enjoy, which is different than what a lot of other people are doing right now. It’s a very diverse project that has sounds that maybe some who just knows his hip hop work may not be used to, but if you are open, or are versed in multiple genres like me, you’ll have a strong appreciation for what X is trying to do with it. He’s really pushing his versatility as appeal. Why only push one sound when you enjoy and are influenced by so much more? Listen to it below if you haven’t already.

https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/2Ti79nwTsont5ZHfdxIzAm

DJ TOPGUN: Smooth Dinero – Klout Demons

While I was searching through SoundCloud I came across this project hosted by DJ TOPGUN titled “Klout Demons” by Smooth Dinero and it’s flames. The 5 track project is definitely worth keeping in rotation. Go ahead and press play down below and tell us what you think.

A$AP Ant – The Prelude (EP)

A$AP Ant has blessed the streets with his first solo project “The Prelude” and it was definitely worth the wait because I’ve literally had this whole project in rotation. I can almost ensure you that you can stream this project without skipping a track. This 7 track project is solid.

As you jam his infectious new EP, just think about what else he might have up his sleeve for us. Because this shit right here boy, it slaps. Press play down below and tell us what you think.

Check it out on: iTunes

PNTHN – Potluck

Making major waves in the central Texas area for a minute now, the ascension of the PNTHN boys has been very interesting to watch. They came in with their own swag, super high energy at shows, and a greater attention to detail in their music than a lot of niggas out, plus they’re always making the right moves to keep all eyes on them. They just dropped Potluck, an 6 song EP that shows they just keep getting better with time. Every member brings something unique with their verses, and their in house producers, Por Vida & Romby, are some of the best in the area. Each track holds serious weight, with Chrome and Vigilantes being some major standouts. Listen to Potluck below.

Lona x A.K.A. – Moments Notice EP (Review)

The chemistry of artist and producer is arguably the most important thing in rap right now. Like, everybody wants to work with Metro, but not everybody can even fit with what he brings to the table (cough, Nav & Big Sean, cough).  More than ever we just hear artists rapping over beats sent to them, sounding good to the ear but lacking true depth, and it’s honestly become rare to hear something that sounds truly organic. Sometimes though, if you look hard enough, you might find collaborations that fit like a glove.

Members of the Backyard Noize collective, Lona and A.K.A. are no strangers to working to together, yet this project is the first time everything has felt so tight knit. A.K.A.s vibrant, bouncy production style is in full force, matching Lona’s voice and delivery very well, whether he’s holding a melody or delivering a verse. He has a talent for remaining distinct with his sound while keeping each beat unique in their own right, with their own life and style. A.K.A. steals the show with his feature on LUV 4 U as well, his R&B pseudonym Alvynne showing serious melodic ability. Lona’s versatility is one of his best qualities. Being able to transition between rapping and singing with ease is a highlight, his singing standing out on Precious Tyme, and 1998 Freestyle showing he can rap with the best of them over a classic feeling bounce.

Neither of these guys ever disappoint. Serving as an appetizer until Lona’s 346 album drops, Moment’s Notice is the blend of artist and producer connection that the game needs more of. Listen below.

“NO SMOKING ON THE ROOF” EP – DEDD & Donnie Hardaway

Faded Decade’s Dedd and NoDom$ Donnie Hardaway are back with a new ep “NO SMOKING ON THE ROOF”. This ep consists of 3 tracks straight bangers, certain to enhance your playlists. With assistance from producers, Axthentic and DRXW, this is one you don’t want to sleep on!

Plotting on collaborating since 2016 at Faded Decade’s “The Barn”, these two later reunited and Dedd was inspired. He communicated to Donnie his excitement, ” We gotta make some fire, we gotta drop something crazy,”. They decided to let it come naturally and not rush the process.

Donnie stayed at Black Book Studios for 2 weeks and the first song was “All Dawgs Go To Heaven” meaning all their friends go to heaven. Donnie got the hook down and Dedd freestyled his verse.

On “Free Snow”, Donnie wanted a lot of energy on it so he could give Dedd the momentum he needed to freestyle. They took their time with it to really make sure they were getting the right point across. Donnie thought Dedd’s verse was perfect true and catchy. Donnie wanted his verse to have intensity and “ratchetness”, they knew it’d be the opening track.

The last song they recorded was “The Balcony”. They knew this track needed intensity and power as well so Dedd started it off making it swift for Donnie to follow him. By the time his verse was completed they felt a bit stuck until Donnie decided to let Donnie know, “you might as well come in with your part again because it was hard.” and then the song felt just right.

Dedd made sure he got the mixing and mastering for the ep where he desired it to be. They had brief difficulty with the cover art but Rome lent a hand with that. These two had lots of fun making this ep and they feel confident that they made hits that can compete with most of the mainstream talent. Dedd and Donnie feel as though they have quality music on their hands and are content with the response they are getting thus far. Go ahead and check them out below!

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