Daily Yinz – Gnarly Ant – 187

Gnarly Ant, a newcomer to the Pittsburgh hip-hop scene, recently released his debut EP, Basement Tapes. Gnarly Ant brings a youthful energy to the project, his around-the-beat flow reminiscent of a less hyperactive Blueface. On "187," a track built around wooly, blown-out trap production, he manages to discuss gun violence, suicidal thoughts, lustful exploits, and … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Gnarly Ant – 187

Daily Yinz – Jvggy Hendrix x Nigel Frank – Grandma’s Cigarettes from Guyana

Pittsburgh's Jvggy Hendrix and Maryland's Nigel Frank team up for the smoky, atmospheric Vanilla Abstract. The tracks on Vanilla Abstract exist in a dimly lit room with the shades drawn, snatches of ambient jazz mingling with puffs of smoke while Swishers, snack wrappers, VHS tapes, and soul music cassettes carpet the floor. Musically, the tape … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Jvggy Hendrix x Nigel Frank – Grandma’s Cigarettes from Guyana

Daily Yinz – JM the Poet – Function (ft. Jordan Montgomery and Victor Muthama)

Driving While Black Records affiliate JM the Poet drops "Function," the first single from his upcoming album, Deja Vu. When I first listened to "Function," I was reminded of a song I used to like back in my dorky high school days, "Unbelievers" by backpack rap collective The Dean's List. Where that song filled out … Continue reading Daily Yinz – JM the Poet – Function (ft. Jordan Montgomery and Victor Muthama)

Daily Yinz – Kid A – Return To Peace (prod. Es-K)

Veteran Pittsburgh rapper Kid A (also known as Everything Makes Sense or EMS) partners with Vermont producer Es-K for the reflective "Return To Peace." The single acts as Kid A's emergence from a period of spiritual and musical hibernation. At war with his own mind and disillusioned with artists he had previously respected, the rapper … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Kid A – Return To Peace (prod. Es-K)

Daily Yinz – TonyNino – Lily (Like a Flower)

TonyNino is a Pittsburgh rapper who grew up on Kid Cudi, Mac Miller, and J. Cole. His stated mission is to help kids make it through their tough days, just like those artists have done for him. "Lily (Like a Flower)" belongs to the class of rap songs whose lodestar is not "N.Y. State of … Continue reading Daily Yinz – TonyNino – Lily (Like a Flower)

Daily Yinz – Nello and Lang – Lost In It

North Side rappers Nello and Lang join forces for their Lost In It EP. What do you get when you combine Nello's somber, death-haunted tunefulness with Lang's self-questioning introspection? In the case of Lost In It's title track, you end up with a muted, shimmying torch ballad whose refrain mourns the looming end of a … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Nello and Lang – Lost In It

Daily Yinz – Hardo – Ball & Chill

Pittsburgh rapper Hardo, assisted by producer STONEY, has crafted a summery ode to the finer things in life. Hardo's three-step recipe for contentment is easy to remember (especially when delivered in the form of a catchy hook): BallChillStay away from police On "Ball & Chill," the rapper sticks to this game plan in spite of … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Hardo – Ball & Chill

Daily Yinz – Lucid Vizions – Notice Me (ft. Moo Wupp)

Pittsburgh's Out for Duckets Entertainment has a knack for summer romance tunes, with singer/rapper Lucid Vizions's "Notice Me" representing another breezy entry in the label's catalogue. Anyone who's ever had a crush on another person will feel this song, because it pines harder than a Christmas tree farm (terrible pun, I know). An understated instrumental … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Lucid Vizions – Notice Me (ft. Moo Wupp)

Daily Yinz – Pet Zebra – Still Here

Pittsburgh rapper Pet Zebra teamed up with producer Hungerforcebeats for his June mixtape, Still Here. Already a master of banter-heavy hedonism, Zebra takes a wearier, more reflective route on the project's title track. Backed by a languid instrumental pulled straight from a smoke-filled daydream, the rapper surveys the past decade in his mental rearview, proudly … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Pet Zebra – Still Here