Category Archives: Mixtapes/Albums

CKENT Delivers His Surreal EP

Atlanta artist CKENT blessed the streets yesterday with the SURREAL [EP]. His 5 track EP is completely produced by Rob Surreal of NY. The project shows the Young Legend: CKENT’s growth and progression as an artist. He is comfortable on the unique slapping beats and sounding like nobody else before on top of telling his own real story. Get familiar with CKENT and check out his latest offering down below.

Billie Band$ – #IceManBands EP

SURPRISE, Dallas rapper Billie Band$ delivers a 3 track EP “#ICEMANBANDS” with complete bangers. All 3 of these songs will keep you piped up, you can even drop any of these songs at a function and it might guarantee to turn everybody up. If you aren’t familiar with Billie Band$ it’s time you get familiar because he’s really out here putting in work. Constantly delivering dope visuals and music he never fails. Press play down below and tell us what you think.

PREMIERE: Rising NYC DJ Bonita Santos drops new R&B mix “Last Call”

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Vibes, tons of vibes. NYC’s hottest DJ Bonita Santos drops off a new mix Last Call and it has got something for everybody. She lays down a slow groove of R&B hits, including Ashanti, Daniel Ceasar, Childish Gambino, Erykah Badu, Aaliyah, Smino, and more. What I like most about Bonita is how she blends what is currently hot with generational hits that will never go out of style.

R&B is all about knowing when to bring it close, and pull it away, and Bonita is a natural on the mix, building emotion and pulling it away, but never letting the vibe die. This is a perfect mix for any night, pull somebody close and put on Last Call.

Bonita’s SoundCloud is jam packed full of curated playlists and creative mixes. A good DJ always has their ear to the ground, and Bonita never misses a beat. Look for her to make some major plays in NY and take her talents around the country soon. With mixes like this, she can get any venue to vibe.

Follow her on Twitter and stream Last Call below.

Smokepurpp Drops Debut Mixtape Deadstar

Lil Purpp has finally blessed our trap. Hailing from Miami, Smokepurpp has been steady on the rise since he first blew up with Ski Mask, and we finally have his debut mixtape, Deadstar, after a ton of delays. On the first listen, the tape has varying from aggressive trap bops to crooned songs of drug binging late nights. With features from the likes of Chief Keef, Juicy J, Lil Pump, and D.R.A.M., and a clear and crisp quality, it’s clear that Smokepurpp is playing zero games with the industry. Give the tape a listen below.

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Tommy Swisher Releases His Highly Anticipated Project “Runway To The Moon”

Yo, Tommy Swisher did his thing with this project. Recently,  your soon to be favorite rapper Tommy Swisher blessed the underground streets with this new project titled “Runway To The Moon” and that’s exactly the type of vibe this project gives a runway to the moon. The St. Louis native Tommy made sure to give his fans high quality work and nothing less than that. The EP features some of our favorite upcoming artists such as Terrance Escobar, Rome Fortune, and NicX, plus a few others.

Go ahead and ride thru this 11 track EP locate your lighters and vibe to this great project. Tell us what you think down below, but I’m telling you don’t sleep because we aren’t handing out tardy passes for this one.

Listen To Dylan Cohl’s Death Proof EP

Houston’s Dylan Cohl is a new artist with a sound and style that has roots in Hip Hops classic down south era. His latest body of work, Death Proof, takes me back to the earlier 2000s with his flow, and the laid back southern sounds he brings forward remind me of early UGK or Geto Boys, but blends it with a modern swag to create something timeless.  He’ll definitely be one to look out for, bringing back the Texas Trill sound in a way that would make Bun B proud. Check out Death Proof below.

The PNTHN Drops Debut Tape “from disorder…”

San Marcos rap collective The PNTHN may have lowkey dropped one of the strongest debuts this year. from disorder… has raw energy, strong chemistry between the members, and bars that hit you upside like middle school kids when you get a haircut. From track to track you get hit with smooth as production that members like dc4prez an Kenny Casanova flow over with ease, and every single track is creative and has its own power. The whole project fits nicely together, yet each track is able to strongly stand on its own.With this just being their debut(like this is fire as shit), these small town boys have officially kicked the door in on the rap game, and are just getting started on taking shit over.  For a lack of better words, this shit brazy fam. Peep it below.

Lil Uzi Vert – Luv Is Rage 2 review

Let me just start by saying, I’ve been a fan of Uzi for a while now, at least a couple years. His feature on the DJ Carnage track WDYW is what grabbed my attention, his verse and hook being arguably the best part of that entire track. He brought a new energy and melodic style to hip hop that hadn’t really been seen before, influenced by his love of alt rock as a kid. Fast forward to now, with 3 projects under his belt and one of the biggest songs this year with XO Tour Life, and Uzi has blown up to be one of the biggest artists of the new generation, and LUV is Rage 2 one of my most anticipated prjoects. The first iteration had  a wide variety in terms of style and flow, gave him his first shine, and each of his follow up projects showed a lot of growth and sound evolution. I had high hopes for what 2 could bring to the table, and while what we got was cool, it falls short of being the vibrant and definitive Uzi project it could have been.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of good music of the album. Pretty Mami is a bop, 444+222 showcases Uzi’s super strong flow, Neon Guts delivers one of the best Pharrell features in a minute. From the jump you get hints of classic Uzi style, and a lot more metal influence than before without a darker theme that’s carried throughout the entire project. But digging deeper, LIR2 has very few strengths and a lot of weaknesses. A lot of the problems I have with the project come from what feels like a lack of creative control on Uzis part. In my opinion a few of the tracks feel sort of awkward, limited, and more “safe” than a Uzis previous projects, majority of the album feeling designed to appeal a mainstream audience. There’s only a handful of tracks I have in rotation, and while the album is good sonically, it for the most part lacks in terms of content and creativity. I get that being his first official album, the label would want something widely accessible, but throughout the album you can hear a lot of restriction on his creative process. Like, Scott and Ramona, off of Lil Uzi Vs. The World, feels more organic of a love song that something like The Way Life Goes, which comes off a bit generic and seems sort of like a plant. Dark Queen being his version of a mom love song is cool, but other than that, it, like most of the other tracks, has no real depth or substance.

I really wanted this be one of the best projects this year, and while the strength of Uzis fanbase pushed it to be the number one album in the country, musically it just didn’t live up to what I’ve come to expect from Uzi as an artist. While there’s a few issues, he does show out a couple times on the project. Neon Guts is one of the best tracks to come out this year, easily one of the best on the album. Pharrells classic four count into the best and most vibrant production amps you up, and both Skatebord P and Uzi glide over their verses. There’s nothing on the album that’s super bad, but only a select few songs have any real staying power. Lack of features isn’t really an issue, because all throughout his catalog Uzi has proven his ability to stand on his own in his music, but they do leave something to be desired. The Weeknd feature is just ok, doesn’t really add anything to the project. If anything, it would have been cool to see someone like Playboi Carti on the album, just because of how strong we’ve already seen his and Uzis chemistry on a track to be.

All in all, it was a nice introduction of Uzi for people who may have never really listened to his music, but it’s all really surface level material. I’m sure after seeing the sales he got off this project, he’ll be awarded more creative freedom, so maybe we’ll get more of the raw unfiltered Uzi I’ve grown to love. I’d give this one about a 6 out of 10.

 

Austin’s TRAE CANE surprises us with 3 new visuals from his EP “DIGITS”

Yesterday out of the blue, Austin’s TRAE CANE released visuals for 3 songs off his 2016 EP Digits. The project put TRAE on a lot of peoples radars and are still racking up plays a year later. Fully produced by Texas hitmaker Steelo Foreign each song brings its own vibe to the table and helped create a sound that TRAE has built on with his releases this year. Each video was directed by frequent Anahata Milityia contributor Dak.ta. Watch all 3 videos below.

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