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Ripp Flamez releases new project "Everybody hates Ripp"

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Ripp Flamez has been a staple in the Cleveland rap scene since 2016 with his first project WaveForever. Taking the soundcloud trap style that was hot then and making it his own, he's since been releasing a study flow of projects almost every year. My favorite being his Project Melodies series.  However, since 2019, Ripp seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth. That is until recently with the release of "Everybody Hates Ripp," which was released today on streaming services. Despite the comedic reference, this album isn't a lighthearted listen. With 13 songs and no features, Ripp explores themes like grief, loneliness and betrayal. Sonically, Ripp is still one of the most dynamic artists to date with a rich blend of trap/R&B style beats. This project is best played late at night while your driving or in bed....alone with your thoughts. This project reminds us that Ripp still has plenty to talk about and can find new ways to do it. It's not an upbeat list

The best rap albums from Ohio artists in 2020

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  It's been one week into 2021 and I am already exhausted. I meant to have this list in then but with everything going on in the capitol right now, it seemed secondary. Now after a few weeks off, here is my final best of list for 2020 chalk full of my favorite projects from artists from and around Cleveland. These artists are on the come up, don't be surprised if you see them start to make waves in mainstream music industry soon. That last sentence is always a "hopeless romantic" saying, but I honestly do think Cleveland is beginning to carve out a sound for itself. It may not be in the next few months, even the next few years but there are plenty of artists ready to make the leap to a wider audience. For these artists, all it takes is that Tik Tok, Ebro picking your shit up, or a break out hit so undeniably classic that anyone can pick it up. Some of these artists are already there, some of these artists will soon be there. Here is my list of the best albums from Ohi

The most underrated albums of 2020

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  Here are my tp ten most underrated albums of 2020: Ho, Why is you here? - Flo Milli Okay, this album has made it to a few best of lists. I still think this project is under rated though. In a year dominated by Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B, Millie carved her own lane in the same style of music and made it completely her own. Her style, while simple is insanely quotable and catchy. None of the song on this project sound the same, making it one of the best albums to blast and piss your neighbors off with. Modus Vivendi - 070Shake I completely wrote of 070 Shake when her career started, I will be the first to admit that. I didn't like what she was doing with the culture vulture queen herself YesJulz. Now, it looks like she's gone her own way and has created an entire cerebral experience for her fans. Filled with vintage samples, violins, synths and stripped back drums, 070 Shake makes you feel like your falling down a cybernetic rabbit hole. It makes me feel like I'

Rap Gems’ best albums of 2020

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  This year has been one of the most horse shit years ever.  That being said, this year may also have been one of the greatest years for hip-hop period. We got a new Cudi album, Mac Miller album AND everyone is realizing how garbage Lil Pump and Tekashi69 are (still shocked he has defenders). Since every media outlet released their best of lists at the beginning of December, I decided I'd hold off on mine until the actual last week of the year just in case there were any late entries (there was one). Over all, it was a hell of a year for both boom-bap and trap rap. While I'm absolutely inlove with the former, the latter has taken me some time to get used to - which is why there are few trap albums on this list.  (Don't get it twisted, Vert, DaBaby, Gunna etc. etc. are fire rappers.) So, with that in mind here are my top ten favorite albums of the year: Burden of Proof - Benny The Butcher Griselda Records had probably the best year out of any collective of artists. Capping o

The Cut: LaVelle Lewis is a one man vibe machine

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  New Years Eve is going to look hella different this year. Normally, it's right about now I would be panic rushing to find plans and realizing I'm the absolute worst at keeping in touch with friends. Now because of the pandemic, I plan to sit on the couch and vibe out into the new year. Cleveland's Lavelle Lewis will help those plans come to life. It's hard to describe Lewis, whose been grinding since I was in high school (and also a rapper). He's a chameleon, one album he gives you clear poppy-radio hits and in the next he'll give you a hazy underground trap album. No matter what he give you though, he rarely misses a step and often times you'll find yourself humming along or nodding your head to his words or tight production. Lyrically, Lewis likes to use word play and flow changes to keep you engaged. Sometimes when you listen to a rapper, you can get used to their style of delivery (DaBaby, Playboi Carti etc.) here, that's not the case. Lewis is ade

Weekend Playlist: Keep your holiday's bumping with the Cleveland Weekly

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Photo by the KoolShooters Since Christmas is literally two days away - this will be my last post (until next Monday). Because of that, I wanted to leave y'all with something dope to listen to while you spend your time counting down the days 2020 is finally over. The Weekend Playlist will be a weekly post featuring a curated playlist of the hottest talent in and around Cleveland by contributor Domingo Kite (who was recently featured on the blog cause he's dope rapper also). This week features new music from Teflon Sega, Manic Phase and Diamond Kites. It also features tracks from soap., Nadi and London Thompson. Check it out and let me know what you think, Lux

THE CUT: Cleveland's Rico Blu is hungry for the spotlight

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If you see me in a neck brace over the weekend, don't worry I didn't get into a bad accident.  I did, however hurt it because I was bobbing my head ignorantly to Rico Blu and his new song "What a Feeling." Between Blu's rhyme scheme and the production, I really couldn't help it. The Cleveland native's rap style is like trying to carry every grocery bag from the car to your house. You may not get everything he says on the first go but that doesn't stop you from trying. Either way, once it's all over you're satisfied as fuck.  This is not an insult in the slightest, Blu's flow and ability to jam pack every line with a bar makes everything he says more potent. Blu is not for fans of mumble rap, this is gritty, chip off the block rapping. It honestly brings me back to the early 2000's when Eminem and The Wu-Tang Clan dominated the rap landscape.  The dreamer in me says that this is what Cleveland sound should be. Produced by Elyria native W