Billy Chambers - Lake House Lullaby

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We can all relate to the latest offering from young upstart Billy Chambers. The Maryland up-and-comer effortlessly raps about young love on "Lake House Lullaby." The bouncy Strehlow-produced record allows Chambers to showcase a more upbeat flow and shows us his versatile style that makes for some highly infectious music. 

BADBADNOTGOOD - Kaleidoscope (Kaytranada Remix)

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Our neighbors north of the border have been pumping out quality acts and records for quite some time now and are finally getting the recognition they deserve. Two of my current favorite acts are Montreal's production wizard Kaytranada and Toronto's raucous jazz band BADBADNOTGOOD. Kaytranada takes the more hip-hop/jazz stylings of "Kaleidoscop" and infuses a synth-laden dance vibe that will have you grooving throughout the entire record. 

Earl Sweatshirt - Rats

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Earl Sweatshirt has grown as an artist since he burst onto the scene in 2010. His vulgar sex-laden rhymes and overall in your face style has captivated fans young and old. His latest offering comes in the form of an unreleased record entitled "Rats" in which he rocks over Odd Future brethren Tyler The Creator's simplistic yet hypnotic production.

Logic - Under Pressure (Deluxe Album)

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Def Jam made us wait a long time to hear Under Pressure, but I've got good news my fellow music lovers - it was worth the wait. Logic, who on the album claims to be "the one who no one used to vouch for," is making believers out of everyone who is coming into contact with this project.

 I love when I get the chance to listen to artists that are completely transparent in all of their music; artists who pour their entire souls into their songs. The ones that make you feel like you are connected to them. The ones that tell stories that make you think, reminisce, and relate. In an era of hip-hop where the above is a rarity, Logic is a breath of fresh air. It is his ability to match his witty lyricism with such an appealing, melodic approach that allows him to reach a diverse audience, from the older hip-hop heads to those who are drawn more to today's sound.

When it comes to album highlights, the standout tracks are "Nikki," " Till the End," and "Gang Related." These three songs all have different styles, yet impressed equally.  I have also caught myself playing the title track, "Under Pressure," quite often. This nine-minute song, which is produced by Logic himself, is the track to listen to if you have never heard Logic before. No other song on the album showcases Logic's versatility as a musician, a writer and a rapper in better fashion. Overall, I'm really impressed with the album and have liked it more after each listen. The only other hip-hop albums that have been released in the last few years that have really moved me like this one did would be Good Kid, M.A.A.D City and Nothing Was the Same.

As you hear in the album, Logic has only released a little over 150 of the 1,700 songs that he has recorded - aka we have a lot to look forward to. I just hope that the label doesn't make us wait as long next time. Until then, hip-hop fans now have a satisfying project that provides hope for tomorrow. All is well friends, hip-hop is undoubtedly still alive.


EndyEnds - Pink Dutch (EP)

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The DMV music scene continues to evolve as copious amounts of music from the area is released. The latest up-and-comer to come to the forefront is artist and producer EndyEnds who has garnered a significant fan base with his unique production and relatable lyrics. His latest release comes in the form of his Pink Dutch EP. The seven track offering serves as an appropriate to Endy and his unique style. The drug, sex and anime-laden project boasts features and production from Lil Shark, MadBliss, Kodyak and several others. Be on the look out for more original content from the upstart as he works to build a name not only in his native Virginia but throughout the country.

Swolf - Unbalanced

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After introducing Swolf with his highly infectious original "What You Want" and his rework of Master P's "Bout It" he is back with yet another release. He links with producer BeNFr!V for the captivating "Unbalanced." Swolf offers a drug and sex-laden original in which he puts on for his crew the FrivGang and his native Virginia. This is a fun record and makes for a perfect start to your weekend. Play this at high volumes at all your functions this weekend. "If pussy was a drug I'd be an addict." 

 Be on the lookout for Swolf's forthcoming project New Vegas which is set to drop later this fall. If these latest releases are any indication this will be a project you dont want to miss.

Eazy Steve - Ken Hannah

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Eazy Steve makes his DopeMusicBlog debut and continues to drop a slew of new content with a funky new record entitled "Ken Hannah." The Chattanooga representative pays homage to his grandfather with the soulful bouncy new offering which features the crooning of vocalist Marijiah Bowman. Steve imagines himself sitting in his grandfather's lincoln as the funky guitar-laden production plays. Be on the look out for more from the 21-year-old artist sooner than later.

King Rosè ft. Obii Say & Svannah - 4

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Maryland up-and-comer King Rosè is back with an emotional new single entitled "4." The Kool Klux Klan recruits Obii Say for a captivating verse and Savannah as the mesmerizing crooner on the powerful chorus. Rosè takes advantage of the smooth production as he delivers an emotion filled ballad that serves as a proper introduction to his style of music. This will be featured on his forthcoming debut Pushing My Luck which is set to drop Oct. 19.