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

Daily Yinz – Moemaw Naedon & C.Scott – Owls in the Sun (feat. JM the Poet)

Rapper Moemaw Naedon and producer C.Scott's September project, River Rats, emerged from days and nights spent outdoors on the banks of the Allegheny. As is often the case with these artists' work, River Rats is dusty, sample-heavy, and gritty, a real throwback hip-hop record. The meditative, jazzy "Owls in the Sun," which brings Driving While … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Moemaw Naedon & C.Scott – Owls in the Sun (feat. JM the Poet)

Daily Yinz – Juss Jala – Vapor Rub

Rapper Juss Jala continues her run of ferocious verbal beatdowns with "Vapor Rub," a single released in August. The track positions Juss Jala's flows-- cold and serrated as a steel bread knife, as always--against looped piano, knocking bass, and subdued percussion. The atmosphere is menacing; Jala fills her bars with boasts that double as put-downs … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Juss Jala – Vapor Rub

Daily Yinz – G Kiddo x Bolt x Baby Swervin – Watchu See In Me

Rappers G Kiddo, Bolt, and Baby Swervin unite for the celebratory "Watchu See In Me." The track sees the emcees trade melodic verses back and forth, delving into their values, goals, and accomplishments. The three work as a unit, each one riffing on the song's central refrain ("Tell me what you see in me/Why you … Continue reading Daily Yinz – G Kiddo x Bolt x Baby Swervin – Watchu See In Me

Daily Yinz – A Kid Called Gauwd – She Loves Me Not

The hip-hop duo returns with "She Loves Me Not," a track that adopts the signature sounds of mid-2000s pop-punk. The first thing you'll notice about "She Loves Me Not" is Ase Snefru's pitch-perfect mock British accent, the sneering dialect popularized 15-20 years ago by every Cali dude with a guitar and skinny jeans. Each "I" … Continue reading Daily Yinz – A Kid Called Gauwd – She Loves Me Not

Daily Yinz – Bilal Abbey – Copper Skin (feat. Mani Bahia)

Rapper Bilal Abbey recently released Crash Landing, a brief work that draws parallels between love and space exploration. The release kicks off with "Copper Skin," a collaboration with vocalist Mani Bahia that begins with the kind of grainy countdown you'd hear in a Tom Hanks movie, setting the stage for Bilal's exploration of Planet Romance. … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Bilal Abbey – Copper Skin (feat. Mani Bahia)