Another new music Friday in the books, y’all! Today was relatively anticlimactic and full of mediocrity, so let us put you on to some hidden gems. This week highlights a standout, high-energy track from the new Internet Money album, our pick from Nick Hakim’s stunning sophomore album, a track from Deko’s latest solo expedition, and singles from rising acts reggie and 18veno. Listen to the full 25-track playlist here.
"Right Now" by Internet Money (feat. Cochise and TyFontaine)
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LA-based producer collective / record label Internet Money, founded by Jacksonville’s Taz Taylor, has come a long way since the type beat days. Today, the collective dropped their first full length album, notably featuring several longtime collaborators, such as the late Juice WRLD. Though verses wax and wane in quality throughout the project, the production shines throughout. On “Right Now,” Florida rapper Cochise and the DMV’s own TyFontaine exchange bouncy, nasal, knockout verses over sparkling synths, their pitch almost as high as their energy.
"QADIR" by Nick Hakim
Brooklyn-based artist Nick Hakim’s sophomore album, WILL THIS MAKE ME GOOD, is a 12 track fully immersive journey. The project is honest and self-ware, swimming in a murky disquiet—an uneasiness that is comfortable in its familiarity but tense in its darkness. “QADIR,” the album’s leading single, is poignant, soulful, and thoughtful: a spiritual experience. Hakim’s breathy, expressive vocals are echoed by a vivid but evasive choir and layers of ethereal instrumentals. This is music that surrounds you.
"Ethereal Sakura" by Deko
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Producer-rapper Deko is well known for his production for mainstream hip hop heavyweights such as Migos, Chris Brown, and Gucci Mane. However, on his own time, the Georgia-born artist hand crafts his own truly unique sound. Crystalline, his fourth solo project, is nothing short of an otherworldly expedition. Deko’s vocals are steeped in autotune, the perfect armor for his melodic flow as he navigates a digitized, futuristic landscape.
"1942" by 18Veno
Fresh out of Winnsboro, SC, 18Veno has locked in his slot on the starting roster as South Carolina is catapulting towards the center stage of today’s hip hop scene. “1942,” the 19-year old rapper’s leading single, features production from fellow South Carolina major player Neeko Baby, who has turned in beats for the likes of Playboi Carti (“@MEH”) and DaBaby (“VIBEZ”). On this track, 18Veno’s no nonsense, hard-hitting flow brings the perfect level of intensity to a playful Neeko Baby beat centered around a sweet-natured guitar riff and delicate piano.
"Southside Fade" by reggie
Hailing from Houston, reggie folds his early life love for gospel and soul into a west coast tempo. His latest single, “Southside Fade,” could only have been made by someone familiar with mid-day summer sun. Press play lay back, and cool off😎.