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Five SoundCloud Gems To Get Behind

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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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Dro Kenji’s Glides Through Gotham with “THEY DON’T KNOW”

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Armed with mellifluous melodies, an introspective pen, and an otherworldly creative vision, Dro Kenji has quickly built a strong reputation for consistent quality and colorful creativity. Since putting on a masterclass in world-building with the vibrant visuals from his debut album, WITH OR WITHOUT YOU, earlier this year, Kenji returns to tackle hidden demons in “THEY DON’T KNOW,” his new video single. Produced by CensusCxdyParyo, and Taz Taylor, the track finds Kenji reflecting on romance gone rotten and fighting to keep hurt feelings at bay. He paints heart-broken pictures with heart-racing intensity as he croons, “Lost in the storm, stuck in time / But the past don’t change, so why should I?”

The Declan Kyle-directed video for “THEY DON’T KNOW” is a departure from Kenji’s previous collaborations with the music video maven on recent clips, such as “PUSH2START” and “VANISH,” which built up the purple-tinted dream world of the Dro Kenji cinematic universe. Set in the cold, dark streets of New York City, “THEY DON’T KNOW” sees Kenji walking on bench tops in Central Park and skipping down the infamous “Joker Stairs” in the Bronx, as he contends with his inner demons.. 

“THEY DON’T KNOW” marks Kenji’s first single following his recent debut album, WITH OR WITHOUT YOU. Released in January, WITH OR WITHOUT YOU arrived after a banner year for the young artist, which saw him embark on his first headlining national tour, wrapping up with a performance at Rolling Loud California. 2021 also saw Kenji release two new mixtapes, including EAT YOUR HEART OUT, this past spring, featuring “KILL CUPID” ft. $NOT (13+ million Spotify streams), which received an animated video, and the early summer’s F*CK YOUR FEELINGS, which saw the rapper flex and reflect over 16 tracks of expansive Internet Money production, and features highlights like “SUPERSTAR” and “TRANCE.” 

Never one to rest on his laurels, Dro Kenji continues to hustle his way to new heights. The 20-year-old artist was a standout performer at this year’s SXSW, performing at multiple showcases including Rolling Loud x RapTV’s extravaganza at Stubb’s, and catching up with Variance Magazine. Stay tuned for much more from the prolific artist–including a new project coming this summer–as he continues his ascent to the highest echelons of the rap game.

Watch “THEY DON’T KNOW” here!

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Philly’s @LotpLotp_ Shares “Yeah Yeah”

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Unlvcky Nas is one of the most versatile acts from Philadelphia. His lyrics are strong, but you never know what pocket he’ll jump in with each release. “Yeah Yeah” is an up-tempo banger that will have everyone going bonkers on Tik Tok. The high BPM track is his first drop since his Babyface Ray & Veeze-assisted LP, Still Not F*****g Around

Unlvcky Nas is no stranger to the spotlight. He lives the life of a rapper, but he is still hungry for more. His heartfelt bars keep Nas relatable. His crew is full of some of the best rappers in the DMV, and they all have their sound. Follow him on social media to enter his “Yeah Yeah” contest on Tik Tok. Moreover, be on the lookout for his upcoming visuals. They are always industry-level mini-movies.

Check out “Yeah Yeah” by Unlvcky Nas today!

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D Rock Comes Through With Heat On “See Us Win”

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D-Rock, aka Dylan Okoro,is a popping Jersey artist born in Brooklyn. His inspiration comes from BabyRellz, one of his best friends. The proper push with him musically came after a breakup. His failed relationship helped give him the spark it took to become a true creative. Growing up, life was tough for Rock. His family wasn’t exactly the Huxtables, but they did what they could to help him out. During his early years, he was bullied in school, but he became an athlete over time, and people’s perception of him changed. He always wanted to be the one women desired, but he never felt like he was anyone’s top pick. This forever lit a fire in his soul.

Breaking up is hard to do. D-Rock was someone who always wanted love, and he just found it hard to keep it consistent. Today, he is prominent in the crypto space, and his music reflects his growth as a man. Although he makes trap songs, he enjoys making music about heartbreak. Those are the songs he feels most confident in. His latest record, “See Us Win,” is a step in the right direction, and his fans are looking for more from him. He is looking to grow his base by telling stories of pain. D-Rock never felt heard his whole life, and now he will put it all in his music.

Take a listen to the upcoming act’s new record here!

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