On “TRUTH,” Juice Mazelee shares his pain

Chicago hip-hop artist Juice Mazelee loves channeling his pain through song. His 2021 project Hvnsnt (pronounced heaven-sent) is an emotive rumination on hardship, despair and ultimately, personal growth.

His new single “TRUTH,” released on January 5, touches upon a lot of the same sentiments while also packing the same level of emotional punch.

Over a spacey, drawn out synth line and a heavy set of bass kicks, Juice celebrates his successes while drowning in his deepest burdens, all while exuding an undeniable, even-keeled confidence in his delivery throughout.

“I volunteer my heart and story to peers, I saw some shit I always fear so over years I shed tears,” he rhymes, expressing a desire for his personal struggles to be educational for others.

In moments like this, Juice is vulnerable and open, willing to share a piece of himself to the world. In other moments, he’s more closed off, yet every bit as revealing:

“Can never show ’em what I feel, won’t see emotions from me/Mama’s baby coldhearted, stuck with PTSD,” he spits jarringly in the second verse.

Despite the piercing level of emotional intensity, Juice sounds completely comfortable on the mic. His tone is confident and ever-so-slightly gruff, never wavering in his belief in himself.

“TRUTH” sees Juice picking up right where he left off from previous releases. Sharing his pain is his bread and butter, and as the calendar flips to 2023, he is sounding smoother than ever doing just that.

Stream “TRUTH” on Spotify here.


Cldwaterr and Mugen! The Human officially arrive on new single “LOSE !”

There was a time when labels such as “rising star” and “next up” were often used to describe Chicago lyricists Cldwaterr and Mugen! The Human. Between their soulful odes to the underground rap of a bygone era, their sharp, aware lyricism and a willingness to experiment and evolve, it was only a matter of time before these two young spitters shed those labels, proving to the world that they are here to stay.

On Cldwaterr’s new single, “LOSE !,” both artists show that that time is now.

Arriving just in time for Cldwaterr’s birthday, “LOSE !” sticks to a familiar blueprint for both artists: dusty, old school production, reflective lyricism and piercing deliveries. The only difference now is that both artists are following it better than ever.

“Chop it up with God, fuck it we alive/Got my family by my side, can’t lose if I’m the prize,” Cldwatrr spits triumphantly over some airy synths and a rhythmic snare pattern.

Mugen! pops up in the middle of the song to deliver one of his best verses to date. His deep, groany timbre meshes perfectly with the laid back instrumentation, and his lyrics cut through as always:

“I want more out life than money, but for more the fam I cannot stop/I would trade my life away, could give a fuck ’bout what I got,” he spits authoritatively.

With both artists fresh off of stellar EP releases, “LOSE !” is yet another stepping stone in both Cldwaterr and Mugen!’s ongoing artistic maturation. What is different this time, however, is that they are no longer “up-and-coming.” They have arrived — and are here to stay.

Stream “LOSE !” everywhere here.


Occ Taee continues streak with “I H8TE HOES”

Occ Taee has returned to our pages with a fresh new single called “I H8TE HOES”, which follows up his well received prior song “Whats His Name”, released just 3 weeks ago.

Based in Indianapolis, Taee has been an artist on the rise, catching the attention of major labels with his tenacious authority and rising social media presence. 

Shimmering harp strings and engaging trap drums create an immersive, hard-hitting backdrop for Taee’s commanding, powerful flows on “I H8TE HOES”. This track continues to remind fans of his grit, hard work, and attention to detail. It’s a track that expresses his feelings to never trust anyone, sharing his past experiences and reminding his listeners to stay on their toes.

With “I H8TE HOES”, engineered by Tyler Weaver, Occ Taee proves once again that he’s here to stay. With his streak of consistent music drops, Occ Taee will make his name is not forgotten.

Listen to “I H8TE HOES” now:

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Baybetone surpasses 300K on “Knock”

Jacksonville rapper Baybetone is starting to create a lot of buzz in the Florida area. After taking a year hiatus, Baybetone has surpassed 300K on Youtube on his latest single “Knock” as if he never left. His hard hitting lyrics and versatility present in each song is enough to make you obsessed. Aggressive storytelling and raw emotions make Baybetone so unique in his lane, his flow represents his brand perfectly. Only being twenty one years old, Baybetone has a lot in store for the future and the upcoming year. With influences coming from NLE Choppa and Lil Wayne we are able to see the crossover that Baybetone presents. Be on the lookout for his next video release as we are excited to see the future for this upcoming star, as he is only just beginning. 


Jthurston emerges with his new single “Seven Days”

Emerging from San Francisco, Jthurston releases his latest single ‘Seven Days.’ This bouncy, bass-driven track reflects the roots of Bay Area music – incorporating catchy hooks, melodic wordplay, and upbeat nature that’s perfect for blasting through the streets of the 82nd block, East Oakland.

Jthurston flawlessly displays his lyrical potential in this newest release as he transitions through the hooks and verses. This two-minute and twenty-five-second track draw forth a hustler’s no-days-off mentality – perfectly indicating the artist’s desire and hunger for success. The composition and production of the song blend different factors of traditional bay area music – highlighting the prominent grand piano, rhythmic low-end 808s, and a distinct signature clap – that’s fitting for the city’s classic hip-hop sound. With a good balance between lyricism, production, and mastering – the overall outcome of the song is a clear reflection of the prolific artists’ integrity and work ethic.

‘Seven Days’ is an anthem – undoubtedly a fitting take on the flourishing Bay Area sound. Listen to the track here!

Listen to the track here!


01.EKKA shares nocturnal release “Hotel Eternal”

Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, rapper 01.EKKA has come through with a new release in “Hotel Eternal”, accompanied by a refreshing, nocturnal visualizer. An immersive, dark track, “Hotel Eternal”‘s chilling sound is built around menacing keys and ghostly guitars, underscored by crisp, head-nodding percussion. Paired with 01.EKKA’s charismatic, bold flow and descriptive lyricism, this track provides a cohesive package that kept our full attention throughout. This song explores how leading a life of lust can lead to clashes with long term goals, making for a thought-provoking theme as well. An intriguing, addictive new offering from 01.EKKA, “Hotel Eternal” will likely remain in our rotation for the foreseeable future.

Watch the visualizer for “Hotel Eternal” here: