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My favorite projects released this past week.

Below is a quick background of the Artists I have chosen to feature on my most recent playlist.

Jay Critch- Signed with Love – 11 songs 28 minutes

23-year-old upcoming artist out of Brooklynn. Jay Critch has been on the east coast rap scene for some years now. Currently he is signed under Interscope records via Rich the Kids Rich forever label imprint. If you enjoy Signed with love be sure to check out his 2018 album: Hood Favorite. 

Songs on Playlist: Been That The Plan and Familiar 

Stvsh – Unlocked ep. – 6 songs 16 minutes

 Another young up and coming artist out of Brooklynn. Stvsh does a great job of blending 2 of the city’s most popular rapping styles. A combination of Brooklynn Trap and Melodic rap. The absences of any featured artists on this project allows for Stvsh’s unique style to shine. If you enjoy this short ep, then make sure to check out some of his other Projects; Commercial Crack & Live Fast Don’t Die Young.

Songs on the Playlist: Get Back, Coach Carter and Reel Em’ In

Pop Hunna – Mud baby – 10 songs 27 minutes

You may not know that name but if you follow Tik Tok or the NFL I am sure you have heard the hit single off this album. Adderall (Corvette Corvette) made popular by NFL wideout Juju Smith Schuster. Pop Hunna is a 20-year-old rapper out of Philadelphia, Pa and a man of many flows. If you enjoy Mud Baby be sure to check One Year Later. An album he released in January this year

Songs on the Playlist: Adderall remix, Nina and Take off remix

J Stone – Definition of pain -18 songs 57 minutes

This latest project from All money in rapper J stone is perfect for an hour-long gym or cardio session. Like the name implies you can hear the pain in every lyric. From losing his mom and brother at a very young age to being brought up by the Rollin 60s Crips in South Central, LA.  If you enjoy his style of rapping be sure to check out his discography: Ground Zero and Definition of Loyalty.

Songs on the Playlist: All or Nothing, In the Air and Never Loved us

38 Spesh – Interstate 38 – 11 songs 31 minutes

One of the best storytellers in the rap game currently. 38 Spesh has flooded 2020, releasing 15 projects since the start of the year. With a unique voice and hard punchlines. If you enjoy boom bap rap but have not heard of 38. Do yourself a favor and check out the rest of his discography. Some of my favorite albums by him are: Stabbed & Shot and the 38 Laws of Powder.

Songs on the Playlist: Toll Booth, Stash Box and Under the table

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