Rashad Stark is acting brand new on his latest release "Who Dis?" He likely won't be answering your calls anytime soon as he preps to drop a new project entitled The Most Lit, so don't bother calling or hitting the DM. Stark has a new phone, a new bitch, and a braggadocios feature from Atlanta's Key! to add to his flexing. He also brings along fellow DMV native Kasey Jones to round out the lineup on the catchy new self-produced offering.
Ever since hearing K.A.A.N., which stands for Knowledge, I have been thoroughly impressed. The 24-year-old Maryland upstart can do no wrong as of late as he continues to display his lyrical prowess and effortless flow. His latest release comes in the form of a visual for "Phoenix" off his project Eclectic Audio. K.A.A.N. flows over the atmospheric stylings of producer ORBT and the result is a cohesive piece. We a drawn in by the hypnotic production and stay for the rap clinic that he puts on.
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.