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4 underground Projects that I would listen to before listening to the new Eminem B side Album

This week’s album drops are controlled mostly by the underground scene of rap and hip hop. Before you jump out the roof at me and say the people I have listed are not underground. Please keep in mind Eminem also released Music to be Murdered to, B side. It is a Deluxe version of the album he released under the same name earlier this year. All these artists in comparison I would consider underground because they would not be widely known to people outside of their respective fan bases. I have not listened to Music to Be Murdered to, A Side but if you like Eminem’s style of rapping you should be able to find a project from this list you find just as enjoyable.

Mack Dizzle is coming out of the east side of Toronto with a 9 song 26-minute project called Thinking Out Loud. This album is filled with tons of old school R&B samples. This collection is perfect for the person looking to lock into some desk work or just clearing their mind. The most noticeable feature on the ep would have to be the new verse from fallen rapper Bvlly (Long Live Bvlly). This album feels like Mack Dizzle is paying Homage to the Friend he lost. You can feel the pain in the lyrics. The first track that stood out for me was Second Story Diaries where Mack breaks down the promises he made to Bvlly before he passed. Next was the song Covid-19 where he preaches safe practices to the boys that are still running the streets during the pandemic. Last song that stuck with me was the outro that had Bvlly Featured on the song. Like Mack goes into earlier in the Album. Bvlly was fresh off a meeting with Atlantic Records before he was murdered. Leads one to believe the age-old sentiment that Toronto people hate to see people make it out. The bonus track on the album, Outta Town Freestyle really left me wanting for more Mack Dizzle music and I am excited to see what this young man can contribute to Toronto Music in the future.

Next Album on the list here is Sniper Gang artist out of Florida, Jack boy with his Project – Love Me While I am Here.  LMWIH is loaded with a ton of industry features. Appearances from the likes of Tyga, Kodak Black, Juelz Santanna and 42 Dugg among many others. Jack Boy does a great job on this project of making sure we know that he has his own style independent of that of Kodak Black, his label boss. With most of the songs on this project being high tempo, it is perfect for playing in the car or while working out. In my opinion it is his best body of work to date. With the run time being 51 minutes and 18 songs deep, I can understand if you do not have the time to commit to the whole project. Especially if you are new to Jack boy as an artist. The standout tracks for me are Killin A Sport, Devil in my Head, Pressure Bust Pipes, Own My Masters, Hear me crying and No love. This album is a great balance between expressing his pain from growing up in and around the streets. To street anthems that celebrate the progress he has been able to make in the industry and for his family.

Up Next for me this week was Hood life Krisis vol 3 by up and comer J.I. The Prince of NY. Like his names suggest, J.I is out of New York and if you have not heard Vol 1 and 2 of these projects, I advise you to go back and listen to them. Like Vol 3 they are very concise projects. With vol 3 being 7 songs and 22 minutes long. Filled top to bottom with Bangers. Including homage to his Puerto Rican heritage with reggaeton song Suficiente. After listening to one or more songs by J.I you may think to yourself that his sound is very similar to A Boogie wit da Hoodie. Another popular melodic rapper out of the same city that made the style famous. Ironically, A Boogie is the only feature on this album as well, appearing on track 2, R&B Shit.  For me, this album is perfect for a late-night car ride or if you need something to listen to while out for a run or on the treadmill. This collection is best consumed from top to bottom in one listen. If that is not your style or you simply do not have time. The tracks I would recommend you add to your playlists are Letter 2 u, What It’s Like and Calling out. 

Finally, Crime Scenes by Ransom and Nicholas Craven is perfect for the real Rap fan. As Ransom lyrically dissects all 21 minutes of this 7-song project over heavy instrumentation. With 3 features from underground lyricist Stove God Cooks out of Syracuse, New York. Ransom has been a staple in the East Coast rap scene since the early 2000s and has kept his foot on the scene’s neck since. Combined with Canadian producer Nicholas Craven out of Montreal, Quebec. The perfect collection to put you in the zone before a big sporting event or just to help you get locked in for a big performance.  If you like Gangster rap and drug dealing music this is the project for you. My favorite tracks off the album was a hard call as I love it all but if I had to choose, I would go with Good Times, 25th Hour, The Rite and A Most Violent Year. If you enjoy this project be sure to check out both Ransom and Nicholas Craven’s collections as they have been in the game a long time and have a wide selection of music to pull from.

If you listen to any of these projects and songs and find one you do enjoy, let me know and share this post with a friend!

Signing off,

Ryley J 

5 Albums better than Jack Harlow’s and Kid Cudi’s latest albums

 IF you are a big fan of either rapper, the title probably drew you here to see what the hell I am talking about. Some of the main issues I had with both albums is that Jack Harlow’s Album was 2 short and way 2 slow for the type of songs I enjoy from him (Tyler Herro). On the Flip Side for the Cudi Album within 9 songs of the 20-song album.  I had a hard time staying focused because it felt like he was just humming on every track. Like the problem people like Da baby have where their patented sound may be a little over played for some.

  While I am not here to sway your opinions. I am here to put you onto some projects you may not have listened to or found on your own. Let me know what you think or if you plan on adding any of these songs to your playlists.

The first album that I really enjoyed this week is by Toronto Artist Pressa.  Gardiner Expressway is his first album of 2020.  Pressa uses the 18-minute run time of the album as a street diary. With a lot of pure rapping and not many hooks. Noticeable features on the Album include New York drill rapper Sheff G, Viral Brooklyn artist Flip Dinero and Kodak Black’s right-hand man Jack boy. If you are not interested in playing the whole album, I would make sure you check out these 3 tracks. In my opinion they are the standouts from the project: Out the Mud, Head Tap and Dracula.

Second Album that hit the spot for me this week was Merlot by Maxwell Hunter. Its 7 songs and about 24 minutes in total run time. MaxWell takes a classic R&B approach and lays out his heart break and how he copes from moving on from one of the loves of his life. This album is so heavy with instrumentation, with 2 songs being almost all instruments and no vocals. When he is singing, he floats over the piano and saxophone like not many others. My go to songs from this project must be Got to know, Cynthia, Lush and Velvet Days.

The next album I really enjoyed is ZayStreet by Young Scooter and Zaytoven. The Atlanta Natives teamed up to bring the Streets 12 new anthems running about 38 minutes in total. This project is loaded from top to bottom with industry features. So, if you are into Atlanta Trap music, there has to be at least one song that you will love off this project. Appearances from the likes of 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Future and Chief Keef just to name a few. If you are familiar with Futures Catalog at all this album gives me Astronaut Status 1 Feels. Due to all the melodic, auto tune sounding rapping over heavy trap beats. This album is a bit longer than the 2 listed above so if you were looking for a couple bangers to add to your Serato look no further than Black Migo , Trap slow, Pound Packing , Pressure and Beat Cry.

This album may be my favorite of the week. The Album being Vory by Vory. The project is 15 songs and runs 41 minutes long. I would classify this as an alternative R&B album since he does rap quite a bit. Although most of the album is him singing over Heavy Trap drums. This project was a real coming of age for Vory as he expresses his regrets for how a mutually toxic relationship ended and reflects on the things he should have done differently. There is only one noticeable feature on this album coming from Meek Mill on Ain’t it Funny. The songs that I think are a must listen to off this project are his side, Bad guy, cc interlude, Harder than pain and Lil Benny.

The last album I have from you is from one of my new finds of 2020. Real bad Boldy is by Boldly James, a lyrical rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. Produced by Real Bad Man, a collective out of Los Angeles known for making street wear and fire beats. Conversely from the trap album I listed above that is out of Georgia. Boldly is really rapping. Similarly, to Pressa he uses the 10 song, 30-minute run time album to reflect on old times and let people know he is the man in the streets now. Real Bad Man provides unique production combining tons of guitar, drums and horns creating a sound that reflects well to the Coast they are from. This project is loaded with underground features. The most noticeable being Stove God Cooks on Thousand Pills. That song is included with some of the other standouts on this project: Failed Attempt, Held me Down, Street Shit and Champion. If you enjoyed this Tape from Boldy be sure to check out The Price of Tea in China that dropped earlier in 2020.

That is all I got for yall this week, if you enjoyed any of my selections tune back into my blog next week for some more undercover finds.

Signing off,

Ryley J