Virginia’s very own Fake Uzumi takes matters into his own hands with wellDAMN, a three-track project featuring catchy edits of select songs from Kendrick Lamar‘s DAMN. album. He takes “PRIDE.,” “HUMBLE.,” and “DNA.,” infusing them with additional samples and sounds to give them a more mellow, melodic vibe. The whole thing feels pretty counterintuitive, but . . .
Fake Uzumi and Mike Strong link up to craft a hazy, hard-hitting remix of Future‘s “Commas.” Uzumi lays down a spacey, muted sound to add a somewhat less hype feel to the smash hit, but Mike brings nothing but intensity to the table with a couple of blazing verses to tie everything together.
This edition of The Highlight Reel features a total of three songs that draw influence from Kendrick Lamar’s Damn album in some way. There’s Virginia-based producer Fake Uzumi‘s catchy upbeat remix of “Pride.” There’s New York-based and Pro Era-affiliated lyricist Nyck Caution‘s remix of “Element” and “DNA.” There’s GEOTHEORY‘s jazzy, downtempo reinterpretation of “DNA.” Just . . .
Virginia artist Opal takes listeners on an interstellar trip across the Atlantic Ocean with “FRANCE.” Featuring hazy house production from fellow Virginian Fake Uzumi, Opal’s hypnotizing vocals create a trance that will force you to get up and move, or maybe just get your head nodding. There’s no word on whether this record will live on . . .
Virginia Beach up-and-comer Mike Strong gives us a product only he could create with his newly released Bread & Butter album. Mike brings a hungry, confident delivery and strong storytelling ability to the table throughout the thirteen-track release, as he gives listeners a window into life on his side of the tracks. He takes his . . .
The title of Virginia Beach native Mike Strong‘s Lord Still Willin’ mixtape holds special significance for many. In 2002, Virginia Beach duo Clipse’s debut album, Lord Willin, released. It is recognized to this day as one of the most impactful Virginia hip-hop projects to this day. So, if a Virginia hip-hop artist decides to release a similarly named project, . . .