When you think of AllStar JR’s discography, what kind of production do you believe he frequents? If I had to narrow it down, I would say his releases usually fall into either one of two categories: soulful, gigantic production or unabashedly Detroit style. Not to say that he isn’t an adventurous artist – his familiar use of production allows him to push the boundaries of his music in ways that make him one of the best in the city. On his new release “Cold Out,” it’s almost as if he realizes his subconscious fascination with these beat types and decides to go in another direction altogether – almost SoundCloud-like in execution.
What exactly is SoundCloud-like? It’s a mix of trap aesthetics and cloud-rap stylings. There’s a certain bounce to its quick step and thudding bass that usually have autotuned vocals as the pairing mechanism elevating the production to the next level. The trap aesthetics are quickly apparent in “Cold Out” ‘s otherworldly, snappy production. It’s an odd song; yet, creative in execution. It’s by far, one of our favorite releases from him.
With a track this good, it’s only right that the visual be more than standard video fare. And that it is, director 2M Digital invokes a sense of creativity into the proceedings that make it a visual treat. My favorite aspect is the clever use of blue lighting for some key scenes at the beginning that really pull the viewer in, prepping them for the idea that anything’s possible.
Watch the video for “Cold Out” below.
Fly Boi Rich’s new tune “New Jack City” is immensely powerful
Fly Boi Rich is one of Detroit’s hidden gems. This rapping mafioso’s punchlines hit hard, his beats even harder. His latest release is “New Jack City,” a tough, street anthem that will make even the most weary become fans. Check it out below.
.@drewisfamous and @playknows hit the school track in “Look At That!”
Drew Famous dropped the aesthetically bizarre 800DASH last year, and now he’s releasing the video for “Look At That!,” a crisply shot trip heavy on the nostalgia. It’s almost like one of those weird training videos from the 1990s that makes brilliant use of washed out color palettes and cool camera angles. It features PLAY of Virginia group Breezepark who brings tenacious energy to the chill tune.
Check out the visual below.
@RealRobotJones and @LadiEarth have the time of their lives in “Big Ol Booty”
Robot’s tenacious new track “Big Ol Booty” will undoubtedly be the soundtrack to a lively time once the weather warms up. The Texas-based rapper knows how to have a good time, judging by past hits like “Camera” and “Sleigh,” and brings that same approach to this tune, reveling in his unique energy to breathe fresh air into the instrumental. Ladi Earth, whose music has just been featured on Netflix’s Russian Doll (her song “Water“), appears her and brings some sex appeal to the proceedings.
Check out the video below.