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N.A.O Quelly flexes success on "Mo Betta," plays Knitting Factory 8.14

N.A.O Quelly knows how to use his youth to his advantage, with new single “Mo Betta” a standout example of how the Bedstuy rapper fashions raucous energy and unconventional production into an experimental label debut. A signee of Joey Bada$$'s newly-minted Badmind imprint, “Mo Betta” features distorted, drill 808s coupled with ghostly discordant synth, all calling cards of track producer (and previous Bada$$ collaborator) Powers Pleasant. It provides the perfect venue for Quelly’s nasal spitfire flow, where the emcee’s speed and lyrical persona play against the negative space of Pleasant’s production. While lyrically “Mo Betta” isn’t the most compelling production (much of it focuses on Quelly’s recent success and his ability to get his bread up), it’s a promising introduction to a (at the time of writing) relatively unknown artist, and nearly guarantees a barn burning performance at his live debut on August 14th at Knitting Factory. Give a listen below. -Connor Beckett McInerney





Dhan Dee "Muddy Waters"

Dhan Dee of Chicago Loud 9 is dropping a new mixtape called “Muddy Waters” on June 30th. The album’s first single is called “Nickels and Dimes” and it cleverly plays with the duel meaning of both words.

You can catch Dee performing with Chicago Loud 9 on July 6th at Emporium Wicker Park.

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Highest Low "Underdogs"

Highest Low, the Hip Hop duo of Just Wise and Cruz Ocho, released their latest album, Underdogs, earlier this month. The album features production from Joe Tyse and contributions from Lil Bruja, Je$$e, Black Logic, and Tomcantsleep.

The duo manages to magnificently walk the like between old school and new school while touching on subject both fun and frivolous and grounded and serious.

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Matt Muse “Ain’t No”

Matt Muse released the first single and video, “Ain’t No”, from his forthcoming EP, “Love & Nappyness”, which is due out August 9th. This is the follow-up to Muse’s acclaimed 2018 album Nappy Talk.

You can catch Matt Muse at Schubas on August 17th with Ausar, Loona Dae, and DJ Cash.

(photo by Paul Elliot)

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Pete Sayke "Gold & Rue"

Pete Sayke dropped a new album called Gold & Rue last week. The album, Sayke’s first since 2017, features production work from Phoenix, iLL Brown, Mike Jones, LONEgevity, and Theory Hazit, along with contributions verbally from Phoenix, JusSol, Mother Nature, Roy Kinsey.

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