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Degenerate EP – By Jordan Baumstark

Making his Everything’s Fly debut Jordan Baumstark recently released a 4 track EP labeled “Degenerate“. Setting his self aside from the crowd Jordan proves his all around skill as an artist producing each instrumental on the EP while laying nostalgic flows on such tracks like “Open Season”. Open Season gave me a Dom Kennedy vibe that sent me back to High School memories of sneaking out late at night to smoke with the homies while vibing to “From The Westside With Love, II”. Overall a solid project so be sure to check out “Degenerate” below and let us know what you think.



Lil Lean – Put Me Down

Lil Lean makes his Everything’s Fly debut with the first single off his upcoming project “NOT SORRY” titled “Put Me Down”. Lean puts his heart on the beat adding a bouncy flow that’ll have you singing along instantly.

During the transition of trying to find his sound and becoming the artist he is today, Lean had to deal with many doubters but as of lately shows have been getting booked & he’s making bigger moves on the scene. Its pretty clear that Lean is here to stay so check out the track below and let us know what you think.

RAIN. – The latest EP from Jay Wood

As fun as it is to pretend like the clock striking 12:00 is a magical moment of renewal… it’s highly likely you’ll be scribbling out 2017 and rewriting 2018 for the next three months. So before we get too hasty, let’s get hip to a recent EP release from a fearless up-and-coming rapper: RAIN. x Jay Wood. (listen here on soundcloud)

The forecast for this project (meteorological pun aggressively intended), features artists like Femdot & fellow Freesole artist Chulo. Not to mention, obtuse beats with versatility, an agile flow and direct lyrics describing the reality of a young black artist clinging to his faith and sanity amidst the chaos. While the delivery is clutch and charismatic, its the authenticity that seals the deal. This EP will grow on you.

Speaking of growth, the Midwest music scene is undeniably doing just that: growing in confidence, support and reach. Adding to the momentum is a one Jay Wood a.k.a. “Wizzle”, the young rapper out of Chicago boasts a unique voice, contagious passion and lyrics that you can’t ignore or minimize. (Think – lunchroom cypher spontaneity, spiked with the bitterness of  adulthood and the awareness of the narratives he’s expected to fall into. Think – teriyaki sauce, familiar, sweet, but deeper than just that. Opaque brown and thick consistency, fun but heavy.)

You get the point. Now let’s go through the 8 tracks, dropped just this December, together and peep his inspiration for each.

  1. FAITH.  You can’t prepare yourself for the intro, so just let it happen. An alien invasion opens after landing and out comes – no, not a purple monster with tentacles, but “Wizzle” with clear cut confidence and a killer hook. Suddenly, the invader sounds less alien and more like one of your own voices in your head. His inspirations: Faithful x Common, T-Shirt x Migos. Listen.
  2. SOMETHING TO GIVE. A personal favorite. The rhymes are stacked and the sound will put you in a trance if you let it. True Jay Wood style and variation and an almost unbearable familiarity in the track’s content. You’ve been there. His Inspirations: Stoney x Saba, All Falls Down x Kanye West. Listen.

  3. DESTINY. (feat. Christian JaLon and Oliv Blu) A cool interlude that sounds just how stepping into those pools that don’t have stairs but actually slope down like a beach, feels. Inspo: You Can’t Stop the Rain x Loose Ends. Listen.
  4. RIGHT NOW. (feat. Chulo and Femdot) The title fits like a glove, this song is as much a hype track as it is a call to action. Phonetics and emphasis are dancing with each other and each of the flows present are distinct yet complimentary. His Inspiration: Roc Boys x Jay-Z, Like My Style x 50 cent. Listen.
  5.  JESSE WHITE. (feat. Ajani Jones) Funky tones like a droid from a space movie meet an equally sporadic style as Jay Wood spits the real seemingly in every octave, with Ajani Jones coming in with heat. The quirks of the song fits the artist, like the 8 ball cap perched on top of the iconic mane. His Inspiration: Like a Pimp x David Banner, Modest x Isaiah Rashad. Listen.
  6. MILKNHONEY. A vibe I’d call damn near the best remix of the Charlie Brown song, in the best way – trust me. The steady message is layered and intentionally obstructed. Whether lyrics come from your voice of reason or a crackling megaphone, the song supplies both force & direction and the sweet title almost hides the true danger of our desires.  His Inspiration: The Commander x Kid Cudi,  Get Out My Way x Alex Wiley. Listen.
  7. STREETLIGHTS. A quick blunt report of the overlooked grind and what cultivates behind trendy culture, in the reality of the shadows. Inspo: BON x King Louie. Listen.

  8. LET HIM IN. The track is gentle and smooth with the kind of hooks and ad libs that makes you feel involved. Part of the appeal is not only Jay Wood’s ability to befriend you through a speaker but also there’s encouragement and hope. Humble hunger and real thoughts make the track all the more relatable.  His Inspiration: All of the Lights and Stronger x Kanye West, Immortal x J. Cole. Listen.

Find Jay Wood on Twitter and Soundcloud or mobbing with a family of artists to a stage near you.

Full Circle. As a country, and maybe even as a human race, 2017 comes to a close with some horrendous memories politically, huge societal failures and almost comical gaps in accountability. While the general team record is hot trash, if you’ve been paying attention the year has been full of exponential growth in areas like sexual assault awareness, climate change and of course, in music. To be specific, Hip Hop and R&B (after flirting with senseless chaos, demonic glorification and gassed up vine wannabes) has evolved and thrived this year. Whether it’s because we need more music to cope with the impending nuclear war, or because people are beginning to fight for themselves and support fellow creatives, taking advantage of the digital age – it’s hard to say at this point. The result is infectious growth (ew, not the best word choice but you know what I mean). We often forget how much impact personal growth can have.

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Shout out to Jay Wood and all the artists putting real life into their craft and not letting a bunch of sheep in suits, uninspired parents or dream killing teachers crumple their destiny. Shout out to the artists multitasking and going to get that thing.

Growth is not defined by an A+, a piece of paper or worldly success but successful learning. Learning from pain failure and frustration, from love, tears and laughter. Countless artists and misunderstood individuals forget that being stuck in pain means you are in prime position for growth, if you fight for it. The music you love, like RAIN. come from those spaces and the minds we take for granted and forget to explore. If you don’t make music, make something. Make an effort to grow, and support those around you who are doing the same. If you need  inspiration check out Jay Wood and the Freesole (soundcloud page) fam.

Thanks for visually digesting my word collage. Listen to RAIN. again and plot your next move. Grow.


Anwar is back with pure heat this week. Dropping a new single “Rarri” the unique St. Louis rapper completely lives up to his rep and slides on the beat with his one of a kind voice. With his consistency and rareness, continue to look out for Anwar and his music. Safe to say he’s an artist we can be thankful for. Listen to his new drop below.


XXL 2017 Freshman List

Every year XXL releases a list announcing the next wave of rappers that are next up. Along with the list announcement XXL also drops freestyles and interviews from each artist and provides them with a great amount of exposure. XXL has predicted the success of many rap stars like Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, and Travis Scott by adding them to prior freshman lists. This year XXL freshman class includes; Kamaiyah, A Boogie, PNB Rock, XXXtentacion, Madeintyo, Playboicarti, Amine, Uglygod, Kap G, and Kyle. I think XXL did a good job with this list, although I believe NBA Youngboy, Montana of 300, Rich the Kid, Famous Dex, YFN Lucci, and Blac Youngsta could’ve easily been on the list as well. Every year a new list is dropped there is always controversy on who should have and who shouldn’t have made the freshman class. There are a lot of good artists right now especially in the music streaming era, and it’s hard to include them all on the list. Whether you agree with the choices of this year’s list or not you should check out each artist, and wait to see if any blow up in 2017.



Quavo “Can’t Get Enough”


The Migos are one of the hottest groups in the entire music industry. Together they make bangers, but each member of the Migos can also make dope singles by themselves. Quavo has been getting much buzz lately, and he doesn’t fail to disappoint with one of his latest singles “Can’t Get Enough.” Quavo uses his signature flow throughout the song, and of course he kills the hook. You can check the song out below.


Summer Selections – Vol 1.

Summer May not have officially started on the celestial calendar, but as this month closes to an end, here are a few tunes to try out to get you through that shift, pregame to, and fit the vibes of those hot, sunny drives.

  • Young Hot Thotties  x Dan Murray

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    This 2016 jam, available on Apple Music and here on Soundcloud, is by Virginia
    birthed, ATL reppin’ Dan Murray. In this interview with The Perfect Play, Murray states, “Everyone has that cocky side to them an I’m just open about it and like fuck it – being cocky or conceited is okay if your intent is good. I’m a pretty ass nigga blame my mom & dad not me so shit I’m going to brag about myself – why not you know.” It’s my current go-to solo drive song whether I’m feeling myself, the weather or I’m just back on my bullshit. Bump this track here on Soundcloud or stream on Apple Music, and thank me later.

  • XO TOUR Llif3Lil Uzi Vert

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    All my friends are dead, push me to the edge.” I know, I know – not exactly the fun message you think you’d want to hear when taking advantage of late nights and chasing thrills, but you’d be surprised. While perhaps lyrically disturbing, this Uzi track is currently placed eighth on the Billboard Hot 100 list. Don’t knock it till you try it, this tune is a guaranteed to be played at some functions if you havent heard it already. Check it out on Apple Music or here on Soundcloud. Prepare yourself, after party staples like Carti’s Magnolia and GoldLink’s Crew, you may find yourself in Uzi’s dark space (and you might like it).

  • Everyday We Lit (feat. PnB Rock) YFN Lucci


    Lucci claims this collab between the two came organically when just vibing in the studio, running through beats. However it was birthed, this track certainly captures the attitude many share this summer. A highly requested bop on college campuses, its got a sound that carries it beyond the seemingly played out topic. So, how lit does it get you? Peep the original on Apple Music or the remix featuring Lil Yachty and Wiz Khalifa here on Soundcloud.

  • Lemon Pon Goose (feat. Jean Deaux) x Smino

    The beloved STL native dropped this single in 2016 around the same time of the underappreciated release of the blkjuptr EP and its been sitting pretty in my “Songs to Whine on my Future BD” playlist ever since. (I wish I was joking). Infectious beats and the sultry feature of Jean Deaux (a dope voice known to roll with the Pivot team in the Chi with fellow up-and-coming-artist, SABA).  Listen on Apple Music or via Soundcloud here.

  • RAF (feat. A$AP Rocky, Playboi Carti, Quavo, Lil Uzi Vert & Frank Ocean) x A$AP Mob

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    The Mob has done it again with this fat collaboration with a specific request of the listener. Originally, a preview was flashed by A$AP Rocky in January under the name Please Don’t Touch My Raf  and more recently an alternate version aired on Frank’s Beats 1 Radio station Blonded earlier this month. With such a diverse set of artists, it’s impressive how cohesive it comes together and how consistent the sound represents Rocky and the Mobs usual ambiance. From Carti’s adlibs to Frank’s variations and stresses, the song is art just as much as any Raf Simmons original. Available on Apple Music and you can hear the preview on Soundcloud here


More Summer Selections coming your way next week. Enjoy your flight.