Daily Yinz – Arsinel x Yorel Tifsim – FARFETCHED

Arsinel and Yorel Tifsim, two of the city's most hypnotic hip-hop artists, team up for STRICTLY4THEBUGOUTS. Arsinel handles the album's production, while Tifsim contributes pitched-down raps and voiceovers. Arsinel's instrumentals are short on percussion and long on velvety atmosphere, unfurling slowly like puffs of cigar smoke across a backroom poker table, and Tifsim's dazed musings, … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Arsinel x Yorel Tifsim – FARFETCHED

Daily Yinz – Shamar – Overcasted

Rapper Shamar recently released the introspective "Overcasted" in support of his new album, Overcast Thoughts. "Overcasted" is one of those straight-talk tracks: no hook, no refrain, just bars, delivered in a relentlessly steady cadence and backed by a misty instrumental. Shamar touches on a lot over the course of the song's three and a half … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Shamar – Overcasted

A.D. Showcase – The November Project

A.D. Showcase describes itself as "a group of creatives who came together to create a space for other like minded individuals and display their art. Rather, it's music, dance, painting, etc. Our focus is the artist and their success." This Friday, November 19th, A.D. Showcase is hosting an event in Homestead called The November Project, … Continue reading A.D. Showcase – The November Project

Daily Yinz – Think Good Audio – day by day

Think Good Audio's Michael Haynes was hospitalized earlier this year with a severe case of COVID-19; his October release, Breathe, wordlessly chronicles the harrowing experience. Breathe's ten tracks, each less than two minutes long, lead the listener through the doors of the ICU, past beeping ventilators and disembodied gasps for air, and into the light … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Think Good Audio – day by day

Daily Yinz – Nice Rec – Cold Blood

Producer Nice Rec, whose tag you may have seen affixed to tracks by any number of Pittsburgh rappers and singers, goes the solo route with September's Drink The Blue Sky. The album's Bandcamp page features a quote from Russian author Yevgeny Zamyatin's We, a dystopian novel whose story revolves around the inhabitants of a totalitarian … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Nice Rec – Cold Blood

Daily Yinz – Benji. – Elevate

Benji., a Pittsburgh-based member of the acclaimed hip-hop collective Spillage Village, recently released an exuberant full-length called Smile, You're Alive!. Benji.'s rapping style blends soulful melody (think Chance if his voice had less squawk and more velvet) with dense, narrative flows (Big Sean-esque, but more sincere) ; his instrumentals--often complemented by the artist's own bass … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Benji. – Elevate

Daily Yinz – lys scott – best believe it (ft. DanSully)

Rapper lys scott follows up her June debut, squashed dreams & broken wings, with "best believe it," a carefree single produced by DanSully. The track's jaunty piano loops and bouncing boom-bap percussion create a sunny backdrop for scott to kick back and stretch her limbs, whirling through international locales ("Smoke that green green all the … Continue reading Daily Yinz – lys scott – best believe it (ft. DanSully)

Daily Yinz – Lando Ash – Robert Downey Jr

For his latest single, rapper Lando Ash pays tribute to Mr. Paul Avery from Zodiac, Mr. Not-Benedict-Cumberbatch Sherlock Holmes, Mr. Tony Stark, the Iron Man himself. "Robert Downey Jr" is a pure stunt track, given an offbeat edge by Lando's eccentric boasts ("Back away, 'cuz we're cooking/Martha Stewart!") and oddball asides ("What about my love … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Lando Ash – Robert Downey Jr

Daily Yinz – FTR Drama x Deezlee – ACT 34

Pittsburgh rappers FTR Drama and Deezlee team up for the opulent "ACT 34." The track, a melodic trap ballad built around subdued guitar plucks, delicate bells, and echoing trills, finds the two emcees reminiscing about past and present exploits, their cash-centric bars taking on a larger-than-life atmosphere thanks to some truly memorable flexes. FTR Drama, … Continue reading Daily Yinz – FTR Drama x Deezlee – ACT 34

Daily Yinz – Dikon – Almost Blues

Matt Dickun is a Pittsburgh composer--currently residing in Thailand--who leads the jazz outfit Dikon. Thommy Knoles: COPY CAT, one of Dikon's recently released EPs, was designed to sound like "Thelonius Monk, only with Bootsy Collins was playing bass and Madlib was the musical director." "Almost Blues" is a strong encapsulation of this ambitious synthesis; it's … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Dikon – Almost Blues