There is a treasure trove of music out there on the web that is just waiting to be uncovered. The Internet has given rise to a generation of DIY up-and-comers unleashing a plethora of quality music. I recently discovered Los Angeles based crooner Bishop. Her latest release "Wild Horses" is a certified hit! She draws you in with her hypnotic vocals similarly to a siren guiding a weary traveler when all of a sudden you are hit over the head with a bass-laden dance-friendly rift that is mind blowing. Keep an eye on Bishop as she is certainly a talent that will only continue to gain notoriety.
It's a Virginia connection as Bucky Malone connects with A$AP Ty Beats on an incredibly hypnotic record entitled "Not Like Me." This is featured on Malone's latest project The Time is 7:03, which pays homage to his native Northern Virginia and its 703 area code. Malone effortlessly flows throughout the smooth stylings of Ty Beats. The braggadocious lyrics make it apparent that Malone is not impressed with you and your crews minimal flexing compared to him and his compadres.
The East Coast is currently blanketed by feet of snow from the weekend blizzard. As many of us dig our ways out to the world others stay hunkered down creating. Up-and-coming artist and producer Butch Dawson does not let the snow hinder his creativity as he has released two new records in the past week. "Til The End" is a haunting release that you cannot help but groove along with. The hypnotizing production combined with the inspiring vocal sample "Project Pat don't give a fuck" makes for a captivating piece. Dawson continues to impress with his production and overall style of music as he grows as a musician.
Arella Rocket continues to grow and develop as both an artist and a human being. This is no more evident than on his latest release "SHAMANS." A Shaman is "a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of good and evil spirits." In Arella's case it is influence in the world of good. The record is an epic that chronicles the story of our unnamed protagonist. It signals the beginning of the journey on the path to self discovery. Similar to when Luke Skywalker left Tatooine our protagonist must set out from dreaming in the darkness to search for the light and to inspire the light within on their journey.
Coming off their highly successful release "Gypsy Woman", Young Futura is back with yet another infectious offering. The duo, which is comprised of the District's Beau Young the Prince and French producer YMNO, return with "We Get Lit." The upbeat performance comes just in time for this weekend's festivities. Play this at high volumes and listen as BYP effortlessly and elegantly flows throughout the dance friendly YMNO production.
After a lengthy hiatus Virginia Beach beatsmith Lex Luger returns to throw an epic alleyoop to Awful Records' Father and LuiDiamonds. The minimalistic yet atmospheric is different from what we were used to hearing from Luger but we are pleasantly surprised. The production feels similarly to percocets mixed with several brews, which works perfectly with Father's laid back style and drug and sex-laden rhymes. Both artists effortlessly float through the track which makes for an entertaining journey.
Wale has always been praised and respected for his sports references in his music and his knowledge overall. He is one of the most well-versed rappers in all that is sports as he has made numerous appearances on ESPN where he holds his own. His latest release comes in the form of "MVP (Bryce Harper)" which pays homage to fellow District hero. Harper is arguably the most popular and promising athlete in the Nation's Capital and recently won the NL MVP after his record breaking season. Wale effortlessly intertwines D.C. references with fellow Nationals teammates and their accomplishments.
Black Kray perfectly utilizes autotune on his latest release, which was clearly not killed by Hov when he foolishly declared "Death to Autotune." The Goth Money Records representative pays homage to Paris Hilton on his latest release, an atmospheric single from his forthcoming project Souljah Luv Rari World.