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Xavier Clark releases new EP "Tulips"

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  Last week I wrote about how I thought underground rap vet Xavier Clark is a hidden gem. Since then, Clark has released a new project titled "Tulips," and I have to say my opinion of him has pretty much not changed since then. The project, which features four tracks produced by Hype Alexander is a whole damn mood. With lo-fi synths and scaled back drums, the project feels retro, gritty and real. The project features two guest verses from Save and another artist featured on this blog Will Cherry - both of which kill it on their tracks. Here's the lead single off of the project: Here's a link to the project: https://music.apple.com/us/album/tulips-ep/1539210024 Let me know what you think, Lux

Kill time at work with Hasan Minhaj and Complex

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  I don't know about y'all but because it's a holiday week, I've absolutely checked out at work (which is alarming because I'm a reporter and I can't really check out....oh well). Instead, I've mostly filled my time so far with watching videos on Youtube. Of course, I had to write about the new Sneaker Shopping episode with Hasan Minhaj, one of my favorite comedians and reporters out today. This episode doesn't disappoint either: we learn about a few of Minhaj's break out news segments and the story behind his new shoe collar with Cole Haan. Hopefully, there's more in the works for him down the line. The Patriot Act was mine and Zoe's favorite show to watch before going to bed every week.  I'm still chapped they canceled it. Let me know what you  think, Lux

THE CUT: Make Flyboyeli your next go to good vibe artist

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  For those of you that follow the blog, y'all know I've been absolutely swamped with my current status as managing editor for my 9-5 in Cleveland. I have barely had anytime to sit back and relax to some new music. Luckily, this week I got a chance to listen to up and comer Flyboyeli. The New York artist based in Yonkers has seemed to pop up out of no where and has been garnering some pretty big attention online. It's not hard to see why either. On one song he can rap about falling hard for a girl and on another he can sing about dealing with mental health issues but doesn't matter what the topic is, it all vibes well. If I could some his music up in one phrase it would be: easy listening, easy vibes. I wouldn't be surprised if Tik Tok's algorithms picked him up or one of those D'Amelio girls appropriates his music for their dances.  Yes,  that's a compliment. and Let me know what you think, Lux

Start your day with Nicx's new freestyle "Silverback"

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  Okay, I'm hella late to this track which was released *checks notes* three days ago now? It was too fresh not to write about though. Cleveland artist Nicx has been out here for a minute and is essentially the definition of the Clevelanta movement. On "Silverback,"Nicx gives us another reason why he's the king of it. Clocking in at just 1:42 the song provides just a little taste of what the artist has in store. It's hard to tell my favorite part of the song. I'm stuck between the mesmerizing beat with a screwed sounding synth and perky beat or how quickly Nicx navigates through it with his verses. I got to say, it's left me satisfied and wanting more. Hopefully there's a new project by him in the works? I feel like it's been a minute since he's released an album/mixtape/EP. Let me know what you think, Lux

Shawn K releases a hot new track

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Shawn K continues his streak of releasing heaters - this time literally. Today, the Cleveland artist released "Spicy Ramen" Ft Benji a love song involving the love interests favorite food. I really like this track because it's bubbly and easy to listen to, neither rapper is taking themselves seriously and it's refreshing. Shawn has been killing it recently by showing fans all the different styles of rap he can do. Hopefully, the end result is a project by the end of the year but that's wishful thinking. Let me know what you think, Lux

THE CUT: Xavier Clark is one of underground rap's wonders of the world

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  There are some things that boggle my mind. How did they build the pyramids with such primitive technology? Who was Jack the Ripper? Did the Warriors really blow a 3-1 lead against the Cavs? Something I've recently added to my list of things that keep me up at night is how people don't talk about Xavier Clark more. Sure, there've been articles about him but those were written years ago and there hasn't been a thing since - why? One play through of his music and its clear Clark deserves the hype.  It's not so much one thing that makes Clark's music stand out above the rest - it's how it moves together to form one glowing product. His production is clean, his lyrics are smooth and he has a certain swagger with his delivery that's striking.  His vibe is perfect for late night smoke sessions or gaming live. The bottom line is that this man deserves more recognition for the hustle he's put into his work.  Check out his new single below: and Let me know w

THE CUT: Whoseray is Cleveland's next wild child of rap

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  There's a ton of rappers form Ohio making a name for themselves in the game right now. I'm pretty sure none of them green screen themselves to review movies like Fifty Shades of Grey, unless you're Cleveland artist Whoseray. Don't get it twisted, it's not his videos I want to talk about - although his on screen personality is enough to shoot him to the top of Billboard - it's his music. Somehow, Ray has managed to blend a laid back trap sound with dynamic lyricism. On one track he'll be rapping over a trap beat, the next he'll rap over sampled jazz music and he doesn't miss a step. This is perfect party music for any stage of the night. Okay, let's talk about his videos ie: they're amazing. Ray's energy and charisma is enthralling and every video is entertaining as hell - even if he's just walking around in them or in the recording studio. He has a wild look in his eye that screams "fuck you, vibe with it or die." I will s