Author: Kailey Carty
It looks like Country-Trap is set to be the next big sub-genre in Hip Hop.
On December 2, 2018, Atlanta- based artist Lil Nas X's released his now-famous country-trap song titled "Old Town Road", which recently hit #1 on the iTunes Country chart. There is some debate over whether or not the song can really be classified as country in genre, and some corporations have chosen to remove it from their country charts, namely Billboard Music. This is fair, considering Lil Nas X has never claimed "Old Town Road" to be a country song, nor to be a country artist himself. In fact, he frequently adapts different styles of music and applies them to his work. His ten-track collection on SoundCloud titled "Nasarati" employs an abundance of unique styles ranging from the "Get Flipped" dramatic and hollow pangs, to the digital backdrop of "Nasarati".
A major concern of those who believe "Old Town Road" does not belong in the country genre is the circumstances surrounding its virality. Many social media users have taken to using the song in the background of memes that poke fun at stereotypical rural/cowboy culture and some worry about what effect this will have on public interpretation of country music. However, these memes are not to be taken seriously as they are based on a radical stereotype and meant to elicit a reaction from viewers.
Despite the controversy surrounding the song's genre placement, Lil Nas X appears to be doing well for himself as he was recently signed to Columbia Records, a label that houses many of the most well known and respected artists of all time, including Beyonce, AC/DC, Snoop Dog, and Prince. Whether or not he will take his place among them is yet to be seen, but his coming releases will certainly be ones to keep an eye on.
Author: Justin Grome
The Philly rapper is here to make a statement with his upcoming project.
In 2017, PnB released his debut studio album titled 'Catch These Vibes', with features from Russ, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Smokepurpp, Lil Yachty, Roy Woods, and more. The rapper mostly known for his song “Selfish” which peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at 51, plans to do the uncommon that only a few other legends like Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., and Drake have done. In June, PnB revealed his forthcoming project, 'TrapStar Turnt PopStar', would be a double album which means it would have a Side A and Side B which we came forward with on Twitter.
PnB Rock recently talked to Zane Lowe on the World Record on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio show, to discuss his new single with Lil Skies and his upcoming album, where he broke some really interesting industry news.
According to PnB Rock, he has lined up some high-profile collaborations, including verses by Tee Grizzley, Quavo, and the late XXXTentacion in this double-sided masterpiece. PnB Rock said he's sitting on two unreleased tracks with XXXTentacion, including one which will make the cut on his new album 'Trap Star Turned Pop Star'. According to PnB, he recorded his music with XXXTentacion in the studio, before the rap star was gunned down in Deerfield Beach, Florida on June 18, 2018.
"We just had a few sessions where we just vibed out, you know what I'm saying," PnB Rock revealed. "Me and him we created beats, we sung over those beats, we made melodies over those beats and then we just critiqued different songs." According to PnB, he also has plans to release his second song with XXXTentacion at a later date. "If I put this song out five years down the line, it's still gonna be the same vibe. It's still gonna be the same type of response, you feel me," PnB Rock said.
PnB Rock's new album Trap Star Turned Pop Star is slated to hit stores in May.
Author: Kailey Carty
After dropping six singles and two albums in 2018, Logic is back for 2019 with his new single "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind", the title track for his upcoming album. Throughout the new track, Logic demonstrates his musical dexterity with a sound unlike what his fans would have expected. Rather than employing the strong vibe, his fans are used to, he instead takes on a more chill sound accompanied by an inspiring message about social media's effect on the mind. He details his experience with social media in relation to his music career, the dark effect it takes on his mind, and how he continues to overcome it. He specifically mentions various comments he often receives from his "haters" that drive him to channel his feelings into making music.
When Logic released the track on March 22nd, he also announced the accompanying album named "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind". The release date for the new album is unclear, but fans are certain it will be soon since he's been releasing so much music over the past year, including Bobby Tarantino II and YSIV. Logic supporters are excited to experience what is expected to be a unique sound and flow different from what he has released in the past.
Author: Sean Sickler
On Friday, March 22, Rich the Kid released his long waited album, "The World Is Yours 2".
Building the hype for it since the release of "The World Is Yours" in 2018 by slowly previewing breakout songs that were going to be headliners on the album. Rich the Kid fans were patiently waiting for the trackless with the features to see who would be along side Rich and as to what tracks would blow up. The largest track off the album that was the single for the album, "Splashin", was released and teased before the release of the album. Racking in millions of streams and becoming one of his most streamed songs, "Splashin" really was the song that built the true hype for the project.
A little look into the history of Rich The Kid's musical career:
One of his first ever releases was a collaborative project with the hit rap group, Migos. The project's name was "Streets on Lock" (had two volumes) and was loaded with hits that showed Rich's true talent as an artist and how he was able to make each song have its own style to it. Before this, Rich released his own mixtape, but this collaborative piece, helped him get his feet off the ground for the action packed career he was going to have ahead of him. One of his best collaborative pieces is his music with Famous Dex. Releasing a few singles, these two racked in millions of views and streams, creating an iconic duo in the genre that will not be forgotten for the new age rappers.
Below is the link for the project, go ahead and check out some of the hit tracks off the album with some favorites of mine being...
- "Fall Threw" (Featuring Young Thug and Gunna)
- "Save That"
- "Tic Toc" (Featuring Tory Lanez
Author: Justin Grome
The Toronto rapper is back after a hiatus.
There have been a few hiccups in getting this record on track, but NAV comes out of "retirement" to deliver his The Weeknd-executive produced album, 'Bad Habits'. The Toronto rapper recently took some time off in solidarity with good friend Lil Uzi Vert, but after his 'Brown Boy' EP dropped last week throwing fans into a tizzy, NAV has blessed his supporters with an album which includes an impressive line-up of features including The Weeknd, Gunna, Young Thug, Lil Durk, and Meek Mill.
Lil Uzi Vert would have had his name added to that list, but according to NAV, Uzi's label heads DJ Drama and Don Cannon didn't want to sign off on the "Habits" feature. Unfortunately for NAV, he had to pull the track from this release, but that didn't stop him from throwing a little shade by including it on the tracklist with the name just scratched out on an Instagram post.
“I know y’all wanted habits on the album," NAV wrote. "I had an open verse for the longest and Uzi blessed us one. Unfortunately DJ Drama and Don Cannon won’t clear his verse legally. I use to be a big fan of them since Gangsta Grillz mixtapes and always thought they support new artist. I guess it’s all about $$$$ for them now. It’s crazy but it’s true."
Drama responded to the accusations saying that it was never about the money. Either way, fans are excited to get this long-awaited release from NAV now that he's shown face following his hiatus.
Author: Sean Sickler
Juggernauts in the rap game, Drake and Future might have something cooking up in the background. Rumor has been spreading around recently that Drake and Future have been working on a follow up to their mixtape "What A Time To Be Alive" that released back in 2015. The suprise project stormed the charts and created many of the hit tracks that the two perform on tour all the time now. Listing a few of the hit tracks as: "Jumpman", "Big Rings", and "Diamonds Dancing"; these tracks create a hype for the possible follow up. Drake and Future fans can remember waking up on that cold September morning back in 2015 and hitting play on that first track ("Digital Dash") and wondering how the next track could top it. To no avail, each track had its own spin to it, changing pace and aggressiveness really set these tracks apart from another.
Starting early yesterday, the rumor starting floating around social media as many other media outlets starting placing the rumors around. After reading some comments on another large social media account "ourgenerationmusictv", I noticed that famous producer and artist, DJ Mustard" commented on the posts with the shocked emoji faces.
Some might believe that DJ Mustard is commenting this because of the possibility of him being one of the producers helping out on the project. Now, the fans must patiently wait for some potential leaked news or confirmation from either of the two artists. We will keep you all posted on this and let's hope the rumors are true.
Speaking with Daylight, you learn about his style really fast and has similar styles to many SoundCloud rappers nowadays. In this “17 Freestyle”, the hook is about how Daylight sits back, does his own thing and keeps moving forward no matter what anyone says about him. He doesn’t let anyone’s insight hold him back from his craft. The reason behind the freestyle is pure joy due to it being his birthday and finally turning 17.
Verse 1 establishes that it’s a freestyle, and he reiterates the meaning of the hook. “If you talking down but listening then you a hypocrite, seems like everybody tryna be me, ain’t nobody rapped for I was drippin like some Fiji”. Daylight explained to us that he said this lyric because he claims he started his own rap wave in Southwest Michigan and now everyone wants to rap. He raps “I got Baldy cooking bangers in the basement, and Chrissy in the corner loading 9’s up in the stainless”. He later mentioned to us that those were the two people he was with while recording this.
Verse 2 states, “and these hoes wasn’t fucking back when I was on my cloud shit” meaning that no one really wanted anything to with him when he was just a typical SoundCloud rapper and now that they see him coming up, they want to be friends with him. “Ha sike nah I had to come up from the ground bitch, if you wasn’t with me from the jump then you a clown bitch”. He claims that he doesn’t want anything to do with people that weren’t with him from day one.
Author: Justin Grome
In 2019 and onward, Clonefluence will be releasing its annual "Elementary Class" list. The issue features ten artists-to-watch come up, all appearing on the cover. The list will only be consisting of underground rappers and R&B artists, as well as artists considered to be on the rise. The list will be creating a significant buzz among listeners and artists alike, and is credited for giving many artists their first taste of recognition.
The surprise 2019 Clonefluence Elementary Class has arrived. Beginning that this is only the first edition, the Clonefluence franchise has exploded into popularity over the past few years thanks to the internet, social media and, more importantly, the underground hip-hop and R&B fans. From this year onward, the Clonefluence Elementary Class will come together the same way as XXL would for the Freshman Class. This class is specially made to give underground artists the recognition they deserve to show that their hard work, motivation, and dedication is being recognized by somebody, but not quite the “Freshman Class”. We have worked with millions of artists in different ways and this is just one of the ways we’d like to give back to the community for keeping up with our updates for so long. We’re doing this purely as our thanks to you. As a Clonefluence family, team, and empire, we’d like to thank everyone who has helped us get this far.
More importantly, we talk to everyone we possibly can to make decisions regarding the ten spots for the class—underground industry tastemakers, rappers, fellow underground hip-hop heads, and most importantly blogs—to get their input on who they think should be picked for the class regarding being the most influential in the underground scene. Then we argue it out as a staff and narrow down the list.
After days of discussing with the team, we wanted to surprise everyone with this recognition. Without further adieu, the first edition of Clonefluence’s Elementary Class includes Terner, Ace, Sity XX, Meeke, JT5K, Auxycodone, Glodeinmane, GxneTilNxvember, Yajj, and E-Mann. Congratulations to everyone on the list and to the only female artist, Yajj.
Keep in mind there were no submissions for this, this is just us doing our job.
Over the next month, Clonefluence will be releasing content from the members of the first annual Elementary Class including freestyles, solo interviews and discussions so that fans can get to know each artist and what they represent so please stay tuned.
Clonefluence's Elementary Class of 2019 (Spotify Playlist)
Clonefluence's Elementary Class of 2019 (SoundCloud Playlist)
Meeke and Lil Cree met years ago through music and similar interests. Building this strong relationship together they've been working on many different projects. From listening to this project early and conversing with Meeke and Lil Cree, we can conclude that they have very similar styles. Although this project was different than most collaborative albums, it was unique in it's own way. They worked side by side each other, but never made an appearance on the same track together. This is something that is less frequent and we're very surprised they chose this route. Although, the tracks do go very well together, they should have exchanged flows on at least one song together. They're similar styles come together to almost create a story of trap and what goals are in mind for the future. Meeke has been dropping hints on Twitter for months about this project, but never gave an exact date until a few days ago playing one of his songs over a montage of girls twerking.
Collaborative albums usually come together to flexible verses come together. Particularly, Meeke and Lil Cree have similar styles which is why it is no surprise that "Da Ville" flows perfectly between alternating rap exchanges throughout. As perceived, this project reminds me of a wrestling match to tag his partner in to body his own song then switches again. According to Meeke "Da Ville" is a sample of his original project "My Time" that he's releasing after this one. He really wants to prepare really for what's coming. The “Da Ville” project is truly a work of art.
LoWkEyyy, an underground artist out of Chicago releases two major hits. One is titled "By Myself" and the other is "Bag". The song "By Myself" sends a message expressing raw emotions on being independent and self motivated, yet at the same time it adds more of a dark, trap vibe. He expresses that this song is for people who always feel really down about their life and situation they're currently in. It's about the motivation that they have growing inside them and nothing will let them give up. They manage to keep pushing and grinding for what their dream is. "By Myself" sends vibes like no other and is definitely worth the listen especially if you need more motivation.
The song "Bag" brings a more upbeat and wavy vibe about bag chasing which is known as chasing money or getting paid to familiarize yourself. Strictly the attitude of the tune expresses not worrying about everyone else and doing your own thing. LoWkEyyy states that you should live your life to the fullest no matter what circumstances. "Bag" brings more hype than no other yet makes you unusually happy. The hype is so catchy that it makes you want to start dancing along to it.
Listen to "By Myself" and "Bag" on LoWkEyyy's profile below: