A piñata’s no fun without a bandana.
Hightosis on TeamSESH, Digital Art, and the Meaning of Life
Aesthetic trends are temporary. They look cool, they catch on, they get stale, and then they die. Furthermore, hollow trends may only be created by hollow artists and perpetuated by hollow consumers. Hightosis couldn’t be further from hollow. The TeamSESH visual artist considers his process a “sacred healing method,” and uses it to tackle life’s biggest questions.
Greaf Bends Minds on “River City Wizard”
When it comes to Greaf, you have to expect the unexpected. While doing so, expect to encounter something unexpectedly normal while expecting something unexpected. It may seem impossible to be a step ahead of Greaf, and that’s because it is.
Heart-to-heart with Li Chem and Ratner of 420 UNLOVABLE
420 Unlovable highlights the nuances of modern relationships with their tender alt-trap ballads. There’s virtue in trying, and this Maine-based collective wants to prove it.
YGTUT is Back in his Bag on “Mind Ya Business”
It’s been four years since YGTUT dropped his breakout album, Preacher’s Son. Ever since, he’s been rapping about, well, rapping – until now.
Check in With Lil West — Before He Blows Up
Lil West is a 20-year-old powerhouse pushing music into the future with everything he’s got. His sound is abrasive but familiar, industrial but saturated. He’s lightyears ahead of modern trap, but the themes he touches on are current and relatable.
Behind the Scenes With Laura Les
Between soloing with dog barks, bitcrushing 4/4 kicks into cyber-mush, and throwing autotune against the lockers until it coughs up its lunch money, Laura Les lives a pretty normal life. Take an exclusive look behind the scenes of her life and process.
Watercolorsunshine is a Folk musician with a knack for radical reinvention. Recently, he released a heart-wrenching banjo cover of Swedish Promcore artist Bladee’s tumultuous autotune banger, “Destroy Me.”
The music industry eats artists alive. After years of stylistic trailblazing, one would assume that fame, fans, competition, or money would alter the priorities of those who have been around the longest. Nevertheless, Bones, Xavier Wulf, and Greaf stay true to themselves, continue to innovate, drop when they want to drop, and take the risks that they want to take.
BLADEE PUSHES THE ENVELOPE EVEN FURTHER WITH “EXILE”
Over the years, Bladee has explored uncharted musical territories, crafted entirely unique flows and aesthetics, mastered them, then moved on to the next innovation. Exile is the budding of the future for Bladee, and therefore underground rap as well.
Deadmall on Vulnerability, Friendship, and “Bunny Rabbit”
Gabe Gill and Honeyfitz comprise the inseparable Western-Mass-crooner-duo that brings true emotional honesty to an underground littered with cries of “Nobody gets me,” and “Fuck my mom.” Deadmall blends the plasticity of autotune with the organic nature of folk instrumentation to bring us their debut album, Bunny Rabbit.
In a time when even the most devoted fans of lo-fi hip hop are often ashamed to praise it for fear of resembling mindless consumers of “beats to relax/study to,” the lo-fi hip-hop sub-genre spins adrift with no true home.
Just When You Thought Father Couldn’t Give Any Less Fucks, He Drops “Awful Swim”
Deep in his routine of spitting left-field lyrics over crisp trap beats, Father has hit peak individuality. He’s not interested being trendy or starting a fad, he just wants to be himself. With Awful Swim, Father creates minimalism from laziness and acuteness from absurdity.
Fifty Grand Sums up His Whole Career on “i will take the Ring, though i do not know the way”
Underground icon Fifty Grand has made everything from trap beats to neoclassical compositions over the span of his career. Fifty’s new single draws inspiration from each pitstop along his 8-album career.
Earl Sweatshirt is back. That’s the sentence we’ve all been waiting to hear. Now, here’s some background on his new track, “Nowhere2go.”