I’ve been on a mad hunt for a new rap artist lately and while I’ve been investing hella time into DaBaby, but a young new artist out of Memphis took me out of my workout element just to check his page and see what he’s about so I think that’s worth discussing. Young buck NLE Choppa dropped “Shotta Flow” back in January which racked up over 300,000 views in under two weeks and shortly thereafter began a bidding war between Interscope, Republic, and Caroline Records that reached over $3M before deciding to go the independent way. It has since been viewed over 43 Million times and its not about to stop there. At only 16, NLE Choppa (which stands for No Love Entertainment) has heavy hitting bars and delivers them with the perfect melodic undertones to either put you in the turn-up mood or prepare you mentally to get through that regular ole 9-5. Check it out below, explore some of his other songs, and wait for the young talent to bring us more bangers!
“Hold Up” – Beyonce
In case you haven't heard, Beyonce's “Lemonade” album is finally on Spotify. That means I've spent the past few weeks jamming out to “Hold Up” and being angry with a ficticious, cheating husband. As you do. There are a few other songs off the album I can't get enough of, but “Hold Up” will always be my go to. The song has the ideal amount of accusatory snark, and the music video is (no pun intended) flawless. The way Beyonce smiles good naturedly while smashing stuff with a baseball bat perfectly demonstrates the 'you messed up, but i'm doing my best to be gracious about it' sentiment of the lyrics. Not only is “Hold Up” my current song of the month, it also happens to be one of my all time favorite songs.
“Envy Me” - 147CalBoy
(Disclaimer, the embedded video does not own rights to this track)
This song has very quickly slid into my top played songs. If you’re genre sensitive this may not be for you because of the melodic sound throughout, and the subject at hand if you can’t really feel it. For myself it makes me feel a way and brings back certain times in my life which is what does it for me with music. CalBoy got himself a hit while still being young and I’m excited to see if he can keep up with the bangers. I highly recommend you listen and add to your playlists! I’d also like to know what you think about it!
“Follow You Down” - Gin Blossoms
It’s officially not freezing outside, which means it’s time for the summer jams to come out. If you’re anything like me, and don’t have working AC in your car, you’re constantly rocking the windows down with the radio as loud as it can go. It’s always so hard to breakdown the best car jam for the entire month, but for May it goes to Follow You Down by Gin Blossoms. Gin Blossoms are a very underrated 90’s band that deserves much more credit. The harmonica in this song brings it all together, and honestly makes me want to relearn the harmonica. This song is also featured in one of (in my humble opinion) the greatest movies of all time, Dumb and Dumber. If you’re raising an eyebrow, and can’t quite put your finger on the Gin Blossoms, check out their biggest hit “Hey Jealously”. Also, check out the link below for Follow You Down. Perhaps when you hear it, you’ll think about the exact scene it’s in from Dumb and Dumber
“Rebel Girl” – Angels and Airwaves
Did somebody call 2006? Because with the new Angels and Airwaves you’ll feel like you’re there. “Rebel Girl” is vintage AVA with ambient guitar tones and piercing synths. In classic Tom Delonge style, his vocals over annunciated and whiny, but still as infectious as it’s always been. They’re gearing up for a new album and tour, and I can’t wait to hear all the new material Tom and company have in store for us!
“Head Hunter” – Dance Gavin Dance
If you’ve never listened to a Dance Gavin Dance song before, this is either the best or worst song to jump in with. My favorite thing about DGD is their ability to find room for that “something-for-everyone” angle that the progressive music scene seriously lacks. If you’re a fan of impressive head-space vocals with pitch perfect control, you’ll be sucked right in by lead singer Tilian Pearson during the chorus, proclaiming he “Wont Ever Grow Up, Oh-Oh”. If you’re into the rougher side of Dance Gavin Dance, Jon Mess carries the banner for the gritty post-hardcore side of the DGD coin, asking out to “BLESS THIS MESS”. The real star of the show is what Dance Gavin Dance is when it’s all together. Will Swan, being at the absolute top of his game and forefront of this generation’s paramount tier guitarists, shreds in and out of the track from intro to outro – mixing layers of effects and techniques to really honestly… just show off it seems like. I haven’t even got to the video yet? That’s ok. It’s maybe even the best part. I’ll save my words for how great this genre-jumble of a single is. Check out the video!