New York’s Squidnice brought his hit single to life today in a blue tinted set of visuals. The rapper dropped “Trap By My Lonely” back in 2016, announcing himself as a major threat in the game as the track was picked up by several different national radios. “Trap By My Lonely” that speaks for itself. Squidnice doesn’t attempt shroud himself in mystery, diving headfirst into the song with an infectious hook that weaves in and out in his own voice. The following verses follow the same pattern. Squidnice blends humorous bars with more serious lyrics, creating a song that is unapologetically him.
Authenticity is a big part of Squidnice’s appeal. The rapper has a massive core fan base in his native Staten Island that is beginning to grow throughout the New York area. Squidnice continually pays homage to this community, releasing new content continuously since “Trap By My Lonely” as nods to his supporters. The visuals for “Trap By My Lonely” are no different. Squidnice is certainly not by his lonesome in the video, surrounded by his crew as they bag up xans and roll up together. The visuals encapsulate the song – “Trap By My Lonely” wraps up Squidnice’s talent and intent in a succinct and impressive piece of work.
Squidnice is set to drop his debut project soon; in another effort to recognize his growing fanbase he is lined up to perform the mixtape live at landmark New York venue SOB’s. Catch the music video for “Trap By My Lonely” below and stay tuned for his album.
Khary is on a roll with his latest freestyle titled “Cowboy Bebop.” His suave flow is laced with shoutouts to Bob Ross and Lion King, flexing over a twinkling piano riff from producer slom. Directed by Elijah Chauvin, the video follows Khary around his recent intern aquarium pop-up shop in Rhode Island. The celebration of the project’s one-year anniversary featured exclusive merch, including new hoodies, an “intern” tote bag, and a square print of the cover art.
Khary has that rare energy that keeps you hooked and yearning for more. While we await his Tidal Graves collaboration with Lege Kale, check out the video below and grab some merch here.
On the heels of “Fallen,” The enigmatic Jaden Smith returns with a new single titled “Batman.” The latest peak of Jaden’s debut album [Syre] places a harrowing twist on Drake and Future‘s “Jumpman,” lacing woozy synths and delicate keys with his start-and-stop delivery. The track also arrives with a set of Moises Arias-directed visuals, featuring Jaden in an all-white Batman suit as he strolls throughout Hollywood.
While we await more info on [Syre], tune into “Batman” below.
W&V favorite Travis Thompson has been on a hot streak all year—from the Jake One-produced track “American Youth” to “Pipe Down” with Michael Christmas, the Seattle emcee shows no signs of slowing any time soon. With a smooth foundation from close collaborators Nima Skeemz and Tyler Dopps, Travis reflects on his accomplishments and where he’s headed on his latest offering titled “Die Today.” His effortless flow paired with vivid storytelling make for a repeat-worthy trip down memory lane for new and familiar faces alike.
Stream “Die Today” below and revisit our conversation with Travis.
Travis will also be headlining The Crocodile next month on August 4. Peep the flyer below and grab tickets here.
The TDE songstress SZA is back with her long-awaited debut album, Ctrl. Initially titled A to follow in the vein of her previous projects S and Z, the 14-track journey showcases SZA at her finest and most vulnerable. Her ability to shed light on insecurity and inadequacy that many of us face on a daily basis marks another leap forward in her sound laced with brutal honesty. Building upon the success of “Drew Barrymore” and “Love Galore” with Travis Scott, SZA cements her spot as one of most talented artists to pay attention to in the near future.
Stream Ctrl below.
Since announcing himself with his huge debut track “Trap By My Lonely,” Squidnice has seen his presence in the New York and national music scene blow up. Following features on Blonded Radio and Noisey Radio, the rapper is gearing up to release his debut project later this month. In preparation, Squidnice laced his fans with a set of loosies, “OMG,” “Lit Now,” and “Still.” The 20-year-old’s latest drop shows just why he caught the attention of so many last year, building on and branching off the foundation he created with “Trap By My Lonely.”
“Still” leads the trio as a calling card for Squidnice. The rapper hops on top of an A. Lau and Tony Seltzer joint that joins the woodwind wave that has been sweeping producers everywhere. The airy flute winds in with the trap production to bring the best out of Squidnice and Gloss Gang. Squidnice pushes the track with his drowsy vocals and stylish inflections that have made him one of the most vibrant talents to come out of New York in recent months. Squidnice described the tracks as “something for [his fans] to hold on to” until his EP drops. Listeners will hope that the EP can replicate the quality of the tracks that precede it.
Stay tuned to Squidnice and catch his debut EP soon. Check out “Still” and the rest of Squidnice’s collection on soundcloud below.
On the heels of being named one of this year’s XXL Freshman class and his freshly platinum “iSpy” hit with Lil Yachty, KYLE shows no signs of slowing with “Nothing 2 Lose.” The Dez Wright-produced track is perfect for driving with the windows down and wyling out with squad as he details his focus on continuing to grow. Catchy and refreshing, KYLE’s latest track is another stand-out single in his discography you don’t want to miss.
Stream “Nothing 2 Lose” below.
Jay Prince is back with his latest bundle of golden tracks. From start to finish, the London artist delivers a whipping energy with his bouncy raps over production from the likes of J.LBS, Jonah Christian, and Axlfolie. His blend of positivity and flexes culminate in a thoroughly refreshing sound for listeners to enjoy. Also along for the ride are Aminé, Shakka, and Fabienne, tying the project together with stacked list of features. Building upon the success of his Smile Good mixtape and previous singles like “When I Die,” Jay is setting himself up for a true banner year.
In support of the project, Jay will also be hitting the States next month for a run of headlining dates. Peep the shows below and grab tickets here.
Gus Dapperton is back with another golden tune titled “I’m Just Snacking.” The self-produced cut pairs ethereal synths with his heavenly vocals that blend to form a thoroughly refreshing experience. Gus continues to evolve his sound with each release, with his latest placing the listener at the beachside.
Gus’ new track also arrives with a set of fitting visuals directed by Matthew Dillon Cohen. The video follows Gus as he searches to reclaim a lost love in-between roaming the streets with his headphones on and CD player in-hand.
Check out the video for “I’m Just Snacking” below.
The infectious Toronto duo Majid Jordan is back with a set of poppy visuals for their latest track, “Phases.” The Jordan Eady-directed video follows the two in the desert as they recall their development and growth over the years, channeled through their blend of uptempo R&B. With a stacked festival run to look forward to this summer, expect Majid Jordan to continue to skyrocket in the near future.
Check out the video for “Phases” below.