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Discover New Artist on Spotify with our curated playlists!

Josh Dominguez – “The Current” EP 

Up and coming SoCal native Josh Dominguez laces us with more heat, releasing his debut EP titled “The Current“.  Veteran SoCal hip hop artist and producer, Ariano, who wrote (“Looking for Me” and “Waiting”), co-wrote with Josh (“2AM”, “All Night”), and produced every track on the EP.

Q&A With Lil Nuts 

Please tell us what exact area code you represent? 603, New Hampshire

How long have you been making music? Been making music for almost a year now, started recording back in February of last year.

How did you come up with your emcee name? I used to freestyle quite a bit when I was a kid, and people would say it was a little nuts. Ended up sticking.

What influenced you to become a Hip Hop artist? What were the main factors that got you into, quote on quote, “Underground Hip Hop”?! Was in quite a bit of pain both physically and mentally last year. After I got medically separated from the US Navy, there was a lot of limitations to the kind of work I could do. It became very therapeutic, and a good way to get rid of, or refocus the pain. I’ve always been a fan of underground, as the message is usually much different than what mainstream artists put out.

How important is it for your to stay ORIGINAL? How would you describe your style? Originality is something that is missing right now, a lot of people spitting the same messages and same styles over the same kinds of beats. I take pride in taking a raw approach to recording; not using auto-tune, or not even really mixing and mastering (which definitely impacts quality, however I don’t give a fuck). My style is a combination of everyone doing it, and everyone who has done it. I pull from the greats, and make it my own.

Tell us about the creative process for your new album “Straight Out of Concord”! Straight Out of Concord was recorded over 12 months, in California, North Carolina, and Vermont. Total cost of production was $250.00, as I could only afford the cheapest software/audiobox/headphone/mic. When getting into artist mode, I like complete isolation and silence; something that is nearly impossible when you are bouncing from place to place. For the first part of the year, I would work during the day, and stay up most of the night recording/watching tutorials on basic mixing/mastering. About midyear, I quit my job to focus on finishing the album.

In 2019, who will be on your personal music rotation playlist!? Any new artists you are listening to? My rotation is a mix of Kendrick, Pac, Wu-Tang, ASAP Rocky and Suicideboys. I don’t really listen to much else.

Any new projects and videos you are working on? Planning on a tour anytime soon? I’ve got a few side projects with my boy Ruffih, who lives in Kuwait, and I’m trying to find the time/resources to shoot a few music videos for my past album, but right now I’m in save and survival mode. Not working for the last half of the year put me deep into the struggle lol. Would love to tour, waiting for the right opportunity to come my way.

Your TOP 5 Dead Or Alive??!! 2pac, Big L, Biggie, Kendrick, ASAP Rocky

Your definition of “Underground Hip Hop”? Something that goes against the grain, doesn’t conform to the drug and namebrand riddled messages of mainstream hip-hop.

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Any shout outs!? Shout out my boy Sixes for them big dick beats he keep slangin my way

Listen to “TV” by Elohim 

The only thing which has prevented me from writing about the LA-based artist/producer Elohim thus far was because she quite famously concealed her online self behind the guise of a cat mask. I am aware there was a meaningful purpose behind the producer’s decision to cloak her identity in this way. That she feels it gives her the freedom to create the way she wants. It was just that Galantis had already nabbed this look and in the first instance I found it to be quite confusing, in this respect. One of the reasons I am writing about Elohim now is that she has found the courage to allow the mask to slip ever so slightly. These days, since her emergence in 2016, I will accept a press image where I can at least see one of her beautiful eyes. So that I can, at last, begin writing about her forward-thinking, electronically curated tracks. Starting with her latest release “TV.”

TV” is a very, special song. It was written by Elohim as a way of highlighting struggles with mental health. It is a topic which has popped up on previous tracks. From beneath her mask, she is very open and honest in her lyrics. Writing about authentic feelings, spotlighting some not so pretty stuff. Showing vulnerability, encouraging positivity and self-love. These are topics which serve the track “TV“, as well.

Our heads are crammed full of many stresses and strains these days. Quite often it is the case, that the pace of modern life, earning a crust in a tough political landscape, makes it harder to step back and find time to relax and breathe. It’s not easy juggling all of these things and keeping our well-being in check, in 2019. We MUST find ways of taking care of ourselves. Elohim’s coping strategy has been to get lost in watching the TV. According to the lyrics of the song, not even that, but it is a distraction from the noise which rages in her head. Particularly, the song’s parting words “TV on, TV on, TV on. Drown it, Drown it, Drown it. Don’t turn off the TV please.” These pleas are very poignant indeed.

Connect with Elohim
Twitter: @elohimmusic

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McGrady OG – “The Hoopty Album” (Album) 

Bring his experiences living in the Pico-Union streets of Los Angeles to life in his music, “The Hoopty Album“, is a new 13-track project by Latino Hip Hop artist McGrady OG featuring fellow So-Cal natives The Union Station, Mentality, Solid Savage, and Viva Mescal.