I first came across Tyler Wrighteous when he dropped his Nimbus project about a year ago. Since then, the multitalented artist has kept the heat coming with tracks like “Ovation” and his latest titled “Talk.” The self-produced cut recruits fellow Virginia talent Matt McGhee, carrying a heavy boom-bap energy as the two deliver their crisp verses to call out those that ramble in their raps. Tyler and Matt continue to evolve with each release, leaving us excited to see what they have in store in the near future.
Stream “Talk” below.
With production credits for the likes of Mick Jenkins, Tunji Ige, and Childish Gambino, Chicago producer Stefan Ponce has an impressive list of accolades. Stefan will be topping off the year with his debut album The Boy Who Fell From Earth, returning today with the first single from the project titled “Super Star.” The tune recruits an all-star roster including theMIND, Julian Bell, Micah Freeman of Awful Records, and recently platinum-crowned artist KYLE. The bundle of talent take turns on the mic over Stefan’s upbeat production, culminating in a catchy jukebox jam sure to keep you dancing along.
Vibe out to “Super Star” below and expect The Boy Who Fell From Earth later this year.
Caleborate‘s already dropped off a few gems this year like “Make Me & Take Me” and “Produced By J.Cole,” but his latest is truly a special treat. Produced by Lege Kale, “Soul” stands as the first taste of Caleborate’s forthcoming album. The Bay Area icon crafts a reminder to stay true and challenge yourself, recognizing his day one fans along the way. He drifts with each verse and holds it down on the hook, backed by Lege Kale’s hard-hitting production. Caleborate is kicking off the fourth quarter with a bang that leaves us yearning for the full project when it drops later this year.
Stream “Soul” below.
As a veteran to the Chicago scene, Luke Titus takes the spotlight with a new track titled “Bubble Rap.” Co-produced alongside Phoelix, the song opens with dreamy synth work before tapping a flurry of percussion to drive the energy further. Luke’s malleable flow blends seamlessly with the groovy foundation, weaving between jabbing verses and euphoric lines. Topped off with a clean verse from Elton Aura, “Bubble Rap” is sure to jumpstart your week.
Stream “Bubble Rap.”
Jean Deaux is a truly special gem that serenades listeners with her divine vocals. Following her galactic track “Pressure” from earlier this year, the Chicago artist returns with “Wikipedia.” The ROMderful-produced cut carries a jazzy pocket, sweetened by Jean Deaux’s smooth voice that trickles over with ease. The duo of talent captures the warmth of sunshine to conclude the summer with the perfect soundtrack for laying poolside.
Vibe out to “Wikipedia” below.
W&V sweethearts MIKNNA are back with another outstanding single. Since dropping their debut “50/50 (Side A),” the enterprising duo have set off on a traversing national tour. Despite a strenuous tour schedule, MIKNNA have still managed to push out three huge singles including “Mona Lisa,” “Cues,” and their latest, “MPH.”
All three singles have received the overwhelming support and attention they deserve. Since forming and dropping “Trinity Ave” together just over a year ago, Mike B and Ken Nana have held themselves to a level of quality unprecedented of such a relatively young group. While MIKNNA as a group are just beginning their career side by side, Mike and Ken benefit from a long history of working together, both professionally and personally. With styles that one wouldn’t initially put together, MIKNNA is a union that few could have predicted, but that continues to impress.
Mike B has proved himself repeatedly capable of handling the R&B funk tone that Nana’s production invites. His strength lies in this flexibility. “MPH” is yet another example of Mike’s control over his own voice. From the loose melodies he covers the track with, Mike deftly switches gear and cruises into an uptempo delivery with the ease of the Camaro pictured in the track’s artwork.
Ken Nana brings his own steez to the track just as easily as Mike. His instrumentals speak out in the track in a way that exceeds standard production. The bright synth and guitar lines are as much part of the song as the vocals. MIKNNA is a duo that relies on balance, and the two artists never seem to lose equilibrium.
MIKNNA continue to drop hit after hit. When their tour wraps at the end of the month hopefully there will be more new stuff to come. Until then, vibe out with “MPH” on soundcloud below.
Harlem’s bar-heavy lyricist Don Mykel continues to boost interest in his upcoming EP with banger after banger. Infinite is set to drop September 8th, but the Don has had our attention for a few months now. Mykel’s “Return of the Don” and “N.W.O” singles have cemented his voice as one of the most exciting in the already competitive New York scene. Now imminently approaching the release of what could be a huge album for him, Mykel seems more focused than ever.
“Hell On Earth” is something of a departure from what Mykel has shown recently. His lyrical avalanche remains, but gone is the relentless punching style that he brought on “Return of the Don” and “N.W.O.” Instead, he opts for a more calculated and melodic approach, swinging from bar to bar. “Hell On Earth” is the shortest of the three singles and comes off as a much more deliberate track than other two.
All the tracks that we have heard from the Don, however, benefit from his undeniable lyrical ability. Mykel’s game lies not just in his word choice and delivery, but also in his dexterity and ability to shift his emphasis to fit the bar. Where “Hell On Earth” differs from the previous two singles in tone and style, the techniques remain uniquely similar.
To call Don Mykel’s talent raw seems a bit of a disservice to the MC. Mykel combines a mean pen game with a distinctive voice and delivery into a style that feels raw, but is also very precise. We look forward to hearing more from the young artist.
Stream “Hell On Earth” on SoundCloud below and pre-order Infinite here.
Streetwear brand Rare Panther unveiled some new goodies just in time for the end of summer. Their Worldwide Capsule features two new long-sleeves and a pair of Champion shorts. The long-sleeves are a 100% cotton blend, available in both a white on blue and blue on white colorway. The streetwear brand continues to come through with stylish designs fit for any wardrobe.
Peep the collection below and cop your own while supplies last.
At the top of this year, Ryan Trey gave us a proper introduction with his Eight 24 EP. While the St. Louis emcee will be following up with his August project later this week, Ryan is holding us down in the meantime with “Mutual Butterflies.” Ryan flows over beautiful production reminiscent of Nujabes as he explores the hurricane of emotions that arrive with relationships. His ability to channel his emotions permeate throughout the track, leaving us excited to watch him continue to grow in the near future.
Stream “Mutual Butterflies” below and expect August on August 31.
With tracks like “Only” and “Dive” under his belt, Dave B is on a roll. His latest dose of soul titled “Blue Faces” recruits fellow Seattle-bred emcee MO$ for a silky cut. Frequent collaborators Nima Skeemz, Elan Wright, Abjo, and Mello Papi merge talents to lace their vocals with a steady groove. Dave and MO$ deliver their sleek verses with ease, culminating in another bundle of sonic gold.
Stream “Blue Faces” below.