The controversial grime star rises above his recent antics and delivers a diversely produced and skillfully rapped album

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I’ve started to come to the conclusion that I enjoy British grime rappers a bit more than American trap music. That’s not to discredit all trap albums coming out because some are just a cut above the average lackadaisical trap album but British grime seems to tickle my fancy more. What I’ve heard is a lot more energized in both the rapping and the rhythms and I think the bombastic yet diverse production makes for an enjoyable and engaging listen. …


The hot newcomer to 1017 Records recently released his highly anticipated mixtape

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Pooh Shiesty’s Debut Mixtape “Shiesty Season”

Atlanta’s 1017 Records has changed a lot over the last decade or so and trap music, which the label played a big hand in popularizing, has changed along with it. Despite all of the chaos the label was associated with in the last decade founder Gucci Mane, who bears a lot of the blame for driving the label down, seems to doing all he can personally to reclaim some of its glory. He’s been steadily releasing albums on the label and garnering hits once again but everyone knows Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor was it built by one…


Killing two birds with one stone, featuring two amazing Boston bands and their split EP

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Greylock & BEDTIMEMAGIC’s Split EP out February 12th

Boston is a mess these days, it’s kicking out every tenant that doesn’t make ridiculous amounts of money every year in favor of destroying the cities rich culture and history for yuppies who want to come here and play Bostonian. It’s bleak for those who are actually from here and deal with the harsh reality that comes from poverty and living in a city that wants to force you out and will do anything to do so. …


Stoner/ doom rock from Argentina. What’s not to like?

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Officer I assure you, no one in here is ingesting mushrooms and attempting to captain an intergalactic spacecraft through the cosmos… but dammit we’re trying to!

Argentinian stoner rock project Black Sky Giant introduced itself to the world with the debut Oribter back in August of 2020, the brainchild of a solo Argentinian artist. The sound, a mix of Sabbath inspired doom, fuzzy stoner/desert rock and some Latin American flavor as well was all too appealing on the debut. …


Write up about a show that actually exceeded all of my expectations

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Poster for $ucideBoy$ Greyday Tour, Summer 2019

I’m not a big fan of $uicideBoy$, they’ve made a few decent songs like “FUCKALLOFYOU2K18” and some others but overall I thought their recorded musical output just wasn’t for me. I would not have even gone to see them on their GREYDAY Tour in the summer of 2019 if it weren’t for the lineup: Germ, City Morgue, Pouya, Night Lovell and Trash Talk. 100% of my reason for attending this show was to see Trash Talk. The L.A. thrashcore champions are one of my favorite hardcore bands from…


After a depressing year the Chicago band’s most recent single gets the much needed party started

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Courtesy of Flatspot Records

Buggin’ from Chicago Illinois knows how to get the party going and their most recent single “Brainfreeze” is characteristic of their infectiously groovy and blistering attack. While hardcore bands throughout the scene love taking themselves soooo seriously these days, not enough bands want to bring out a sound music is made for: fun. This is where a band like Buggin’ comes in. They want their music to be light-hearted but not corny and that to me is a necessity very rarely recognized in hardcore music.

With a killer 2019 demo and a fiery 2020 EP under their belt the band…


The deceased rappers 3rd posthumous outing does nothing to elevate his legacy within emo rap

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Lil Peep and Nedarb’s “California Girls” EP

Gustav Elijah Åhr or Lil Peep was a trailblazer in the world of emo rap, his album Come Over When You’re Sober established both his and the subgenre’s influence on hip hop and pop culture at large. After years of dwelling in the underground and SoundCloud scene and making his name with GothBoiClique and his own string of mixtape releases. By the time he died of a deadly combination of fentanyl and Xanax he was poised to be one of the most watched artists across the country. …


How has Lenny Lashley’s lesser known yet dearly loved folk album stood the test of time?

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Boston punk rocker Lenny Lashley known for Darkbuster and Street Dogs

As the makeup of the Greater Boston Area seems to be evolving into a more safe and overall PG version of what the city used to be the artistic scenes of the area put up the good fight to maintain their brand of expressionism. One of these stalwarts is Lenny Lashley, one of Boston’s most beloved punk rockers and deeply moving lyricists. Lenny’s never been afraid to step outside of his comfort zone, Bostonian’s thrive in discomfort in fact, and nowhere is this better reflected than through his music career which has spanned across many genres.

From his hard partying…


The Detroit rappers bleakest yet most engrossing art-piece is one of 2010s best expressions

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Image courtesy of Rolling Stone

Danny Brown is one of raps most eccentric figures right now and arguably one of the most talented. It’s easy in the game to be a wide-eyed and deranged figure but not everyone has the skill behind them to back the act up and keep people entertained. Brown on the other hand has already developed a sizeable repertoire of raps with some of the most eclectic and bombastic beats produced behind him and his reputation for debauchery is almost unmatched… almost. …


2021 has been blessed with its first hateful album by the crushing Arizona band

8.5/10

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Image courtesy of Closed Casket Activities

When I listen to death metal I look for three things: it better be brutal, sloppy and absolutely punishing or I don’t want it. Now as we’re settling into 2021 we already have a new Gatecreeper album and in my opinion this album satisfies my still developing taste for the death metal genre. I’ve never been a huge fan of death metal because it always sounded too clean for my tastes and at some point you have to admit a good portion of the bands members are a bunch of nerdy edgelords, looking at you Glen Benton.

Once in awhile…

Ryan O'Connor

BA — Bridgewater State University, English Student w/ Minor in Latin American/Caribbean Studies Music journalist

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