Some artists have a way of drawing inspiration from life experience. LLG Siicx is one of those artists.
Chicago native LoeLyfeGang Siicx has been rapping since he was 13. Despite seeing the hardships of those around him, Siicx fostered his talent, understanding that he has something special. Though it wasn’t until recently that Siicx took his own talent.
In the last two years, Siicx has released four music videos, two of which in the last two weeks. He has also been featured on a number of compilation mixtapes. Siicx is now working to complete his debut mixtape slated to be released at some point this summer.
Westside native Don of CashOverClout joined forces with Ace da Vinci and aged themselves just a bit with “Duke Nukem.”
In yet another CashOverClout/SmartMouf collaboration, Don of CashOverClout and Ace da Vinci float over an Ace da Vinci produced beat on “Duke Nukem.” Named for the video game original released in 1991, “Duke Nukem” is two minutes and 56 seconds of vibes and sounds a little like a video game.
Don of CashOverClout rightfully takes pride in his performance, declaring “lyrically, this one of the hardest songs I ever did.” A hard lyrical performance that was absolutely necessary to be befitting of the Ace da Vinci beat. Don employed a laidback flow that emphasized his lyrics without overpowering the beat.
While Ace da Vinci outdid himself in the way of production, his lyrical performance was notable as well. Ace da Vinci’s flow while completely different from Don’s was equally perfect over the beat, making “Duke Nukem” complete and reiterating that CashOverClout and SmartMouf is always a dope combination.
Some lifestyles are uninterrupted by social distancing, stay at home, or shelter in place orders. Goonew & Lil Dude recruit Keezah to inform the world that the Mafia Lifestyle is one of them.
Maryland rap duo Goonew & Lil Dude are already ascending into rap superstardom and their latest single “Mafia Lifestyle” is only propelling them even further. “Mafia Lifestyle” appears on the pair’s latest project Homicide Boyz 2 and is a fan favorite. Rightfully so, “Mafia Lifestyle” combines gritty lyrics delivered in hushed tones with aggressive production for Spizzle Doe and it is a winning combination.
Goonew & Lil Dude are joined on the track by Keezah. The trio is just enough for mob action and obviously just what fans are looking for.
The visual is quite befitting. It captures images of the rappers delivering lyrics in hallways and on street corners with ominous lighting.
Some artists just manage to stand out and NewFlo Brody is one of them.
NewFlo Brody is a Brooklyn native, now representing Miami. Brody has combined the traditional New York hip hop sound with that out the South to create an eclectic sound all his own.
Masterful and creative, Brody’s unique approach to hip hop makes him nothing fans have heard before as well as something they never new they needed. With obvious influences from both New York as well as the South NewFlo Brody connects with a fans in a way very few artists can.
NewFlo Brody has been making waves, proving that being different is a good thing. Brody’s “Money Calling” currently has 1.2 million streams on SoundCloud.
According to Nique Robinson, his new EP Say What You Feel is based on his experiences with love and his perspective on telling the truth.
At just under 11 minutes, some would describe Say What You Feel as a masterpiece of minimalism. Nique Robinson delivered fours tracks of transparency, addressing some relationship issues that the masculine nature of hip hop seems to ignore.
Graduation for the class of 2020 almost certainly looks nothing like anyone would have expected. Despite social distancing and stay a home orders, Pennjamin Bannekar made sure that every graduate had a song to celebrate to with “Graduation.”
Chicago based artist, Pennjamin Bannekar decides that Covid-19 shouldn’t overshadow the accomplishments of the class of 2020. “Graduation” is just under three minutes of celebration for everyone who celebrating their graduation.
“Graduation” is equipped with everything one would expect in such a celebratory song. Bannekar reminds listeners that they deserve congratulations, their hard work has paid off, this moment isn’t about the past or the future, and you need to take pictures.
At a time when so many graduates are disappointed due to cancelled, postponed, or non-traditional graduation ceremonies it’s nice to actually feel celebrated. Covid-19 has overshadowed nearly everything else going on in the world fore months, but Pennjamin Bannekar reminds fans that despite the pandemic graduation is still a milestone and everyone who graduated deserves their moment.