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Five SoundCloud Gems To Get Behind



After going on a SoundCloud deep dive, we’ve found five tracks that’ll make your week better, even if it’s just a smidge. These are some out of the ordinary cuts by rappers on the verge of becoming industry iconoclasts when they reach the next level. They’re not afraid to push the envelope so that they may push the culture in return.


“Midnight” by Nick Teslah

Nick Teslah is based out of Newport News, VA, and he’s one of the hottest rising artists in the state without the tremendous buzz that comes with prodigy-level talent. “Midnight” is a moody indicator of his dreary aesthetic, incorporating the kind of slow-burning emo feels that many artists try to emulate, yet fail miserably in doing so. Teslah’s got a bright future ahead of him.

“What Am I To Do” by Mick Jenkins

Mick Jenkins has been a fixture of the conscious rap scene for years now. His penchant for quality, other-worldy music is next to none. His new release “What Am I To Do” switches it up, sounding much more grounded than many of his older works, largely due to KAYTRANADA’s production. It’s one of the more soulful tracks that you’ll hear this week.


“Save Her” by CashCurt

This CashCurt cut “Save Her” is just the kind of new age hit that’ll leave your ears smoldering. There’s nothing especially unique about it other than the fact that it sounds brilliant, furthering many of the concepts artists have brought to the table in a sonically consumable package.


“Pop Shit” by Draydon”

Draydon came onto our radar with “Gem” a few months ago. Now he has a somber new cut that looks to stir up a similar sentiment. “Pop Shit” is a creepy, emotional cut that brings more of his spectacular brand to the forefront. It’s some seriously smooth shit that’ll keep you replaying it.


“Poppin Shit” by ATL Smook

You never know what you’ll get from ATL Smook. That’s what makes his music so exciting; he could create a trap banger of the coldest quality, and, next, he’ll create an autotune smash that stands extremely close next to alt-rock. His newest, “Poppin Shit,” sounds like a bass-heavy mix, being one of the best tracks we’ve heard from him in quite some time.

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Only One Felipe Showcases His Evolution As An Artist w/ The Release of New Album “SUPER”




An artist who is hungry for success will continue to grind until they see it through. Since establishing his own label, Only One Records, Atlanta native and Rap heavy-hitter Only One Felipe is creating his own legacy with the release of his highly anticipated album Super. Carrying on the momentum of records such as Way Out and Tried, Only One Felipe’s new album is set to be a fan favorite.

One thing that makes Only One Felipe unlike other artists, he’s not afraid of taking risks. From being signed to Republic Records in 2018 to deciding to be fully independent, Only One Felipe continues to bet on himself even when the odds are stacked against him. His go-getter mentality can be heard throughout his new album, Super . In records such as “Lucky” featuring Landstrip Chip and Seddy Hendrix, he is not phased by the fake love that comes with fame because “some people change guess they weren’t meant for me”.

Super is a culmination of emotions stemming from those who doubt him, focusing on his career, and losing people on the way to success. “Everlasting” is one of the most raw records on the entire album. Listeners will not only relate to the song, but will feel Only One Felipe’s passion and pain in every bar. The record is a note to himself that regardless of all the love he lost, “I gotta make it for me”.

Be sure to check out Only One Felipe’s album Super on all streaming platforms and connect with him on social media @onlyonefelipe for all updates.

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Tookey Teams Up With Dolly In Fire New Track “Patek”



Tookey is a Chicago native who raps about her life and is not afraid to tell it like it is. The passion she has for music came from her parents as they were both HouseHead DJs. Music has always been a huge part of her life but it wasn’t until about three years ago when she fully pursue her dreams and becoming an artist. 

Tookey’s style is what separates her form the rest. In her newest track “Patek,” she teams up with independent artist Dolly where they talk their talk about their drip, jewelry, and lifestyle. In the visual, the duo is seen going bar for bar while not worrying about the time. The visual is to out now so sure to check it out below!

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Ariel J. is a name and sound we will become very familiar with inside 2021. After she caught our attention with her buzzworthy single “Enough,” the emerging new singer/songwriter capitalizes on the attention with the release of her anticipated single “Excited.” Featuring fellow rising star Charayana J, the new single is the first official release under her new deal with Young Intelligent LLC. 

Produced by Lug Soda •BMP : 123, “Excited” is a smooth love song about appreciating the beauty of her muse. It’s about the addictive symptoms that come with discovering new love. Ariel J takes us through all the emotions that draw the pleasure of being around the one we love from both a physical and mental point of view. Over the soothing Jazz-esqe production, Ariel admires her love interest’s undeniable features like lips, hypnotizing stare and seductive v-cut that intoxicate her every time. “Excited” is the perfect song for any time of the day or night with your lover while showcasing Ariel J. rarity as an emerging artist in today’s R&B. Making you a newly discovered fan of the rising star from the first listen, instantly.

The song comes as support, appreciation and pride for the LGBTQ community. A community she champions daily through the music, “I hope that my music starts necessary conversations around the way LGBTQ+ people are presented in media, treated as individuals, and understood as a whole.”

She continues: “Being part of the LGBTQ+ community, they’re so many layers to what we feel and are often unable to express. I try to make songs that bridge the gap when it comes to understanding our human experience, highlighting the fact that we’re much more alike than we are different.”

A brief history on Ariel J., the Mississippi native began creating music at nine-year-old. Growing up in church, Ariel’s passion for music became extremely persistent as she got older. She established a grassroots fanbase early on in her career through cover songs. A practice she still promotes til this day with covering chart-topping singles by several of today’s biggest names in R&B. Among the covers, Ariel J. released intriguing originals that showcased her tremendous range and songwriting abilities like “We Deserve Better,” “Layers” and “A Song For You.” It’s merely a matter of time before Ariel J. is synonymous with one of the best songwriters in the business along with being one of the best new entertainers. 

Definitely, a refreshing new sound needed on the charts right now. She’s the total package. Her popularity only continues to grow via word of mouth and social media. Producing catchy singles, undeniable beauty, and enormous co-signs from fans and collaborators. 

Ariel J. is ready to further her career in 2021 with an anticipated debut project(s) release expected late in the year. “I have an EP on the way called ‘LET ME BE.’ It’s a very personal project– a glimpse into my home life, my dating life, my journey as a person and as an artist. Can’t wait to share it,” said Ariel J.

Lately, the fearless talent has been very vocal about how she plans to fill the void missing in today’s music industry, stating, “There aren’t enough songs centered around love, unity, and understanding. I want to help usher these kinds of messages into mainstream media.”

Upcoming projects, more covers, and other intangibles. Now is the perfect origin point to get familiar with Ariel J and what’s next. To stay up-to-date on everything Ariel J., follow the rising talent on social media. 

Stream Ariel J’s new single below and check out the lyric visual here.

(April 28, 2021) The thrill of discovery and attraction is universal. The when, where, how, why and who don’t really matter. When that connection happens. When two people are simpatico. When they vibe, then they just vibe. And you get excited. That is the message that Mississippi native and singer songwriter Ariel J. delivers on her latest single “Excited.”

The cut is a sweet ballad, made all the sweeter through Ariel J.’s intimate and sensual delivery that draws the listener to the description of every aspect of her lover’s mannerisms, touch and the cut of her body, and how that love is so overpowering that it compels you to give every inch of yourself to that person.

“Excited” is a song that reminds us that love is love and that attraction transcends all of the cultural and political limitations and barriers that society has erected. As a member of the LGBTQ community, Ariel J. says that she hopes to use her music to champion that that community and causes. “Being part of the LGBTQ+ community, they’re so many layers to what we feel and are often unable to express. I try to make songs that bridge the gap when it comes to understanding our human experience, highlighting the fact that we’re much more alike than we are different.”

Check out “Excited” 

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