BODILESS – YTK (Visual directed by Ausxtaylor)

With a lyrically, focused track and precise visual, new artist YungTrvpKid apart of Arvada Creatives premieres his song “Bodiless”. YTK is a 17-year-old coming from Baltimore, Maryland. Arvada Creatives’ Ryan Antar is an 18-year-old also from Baltimore.

This video is what I like to label a Mixtape Worm exclusive title, DINGER ALERT!!!

What I think really sets this visual a part is the continuity of theme, style, and the relationship between the lyrics and the beat. I felt like I was peering into a scene of music from Europe, completely foreign and ignorant to what I was experiencing. I enjoyed how efficiently the video was filmed and edited, clearly demonstrating a high skill in cinematography, while also exhibiting an evident capability of going beyond a baseline idea to following through with masterful execution. What this group did was not by any means an amateur production, and because of that, I think that they are really onto something bigger. Establishing ideas like the ones used to create this video is visual proof of next level intuition coming from the Arvada team as well as YTK.

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PREMIERE: Yung Welch & Umbra – Out The Way

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Two of my favorite producers cooking behind the boards right now are back with another #dinger. I’m really starting to appreciate these instrumental tracks more and more as they come. These tracks alone, I feel, really display the immense progression of not just the two beat makers, but hip hop production itself. The synths on the track shine like spotlights, one popping in after the next in search of that playful noise coming from something of a UFO which peeks in and out of the production. Around the one minute mark, there is brief change-up that really adds to the entire track, emphasizing the hypnotic sound both these producers are known for. Check out the track below:

Coolie Blow – Q’s & P’s (Prod. by Coolie Blow)

Local, rising artist Coolie Blow is one of the hottest in the city, right now. He finally unleashes a new track and it’s a single from his upcoming, debut project “Earth 2”. This will feature a slew of Tulsa artists and will depict Coolie at his sharpest, yet. On “Q’s & P’s” he’s tossing the alley-oop to himself as he slides over his own, west coast-esque production. The baseline screams G-Funk while the drums knock like the police at your front door. With the addition of chimes and keys, Coolie is able to unload bars in a cathartic manner. He touches specifically on his blessing and his alliances while sliding in subtle boasts and introspection

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Coolie Blow is aligning himself to be one of the best amongst his peers and his work ethic just might get him there. Get familiar with the artist and watch his first interview to see just how down to Earth (2) he is.  Listen to Q’s and P’s below.

PREMIERE: UMBRA – ZOOMIN (FEAT. ST. DOMONICK)

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One of Tulsa’s hottest, emerging rappers is back with another #DINGER, taking assistance from his right-hand man, Umbra. The two continue to build collaboratively and have delivered some incredible pieces; this one is no different. The duo offers us Zoomin: a brief, hypnotic track where Umbra pulls from “Plastic 100 Degrees Celsius” by Sampha and Domonick flows like mercury and rhymes in a stream-of-conscious type manner that only emphasizes the mesmerizing production to the point he has to remind himself to stay focused throughout the track — the two beans are getting to him and Dom needs the dream of a new Rover to keep him determined. This song illustrates the swag St. Domonick oozes, while Umbra provides the perfect backbone to an already poised rapper. Catch the #DINGER below:

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It only makes sense that on the weekend I listen to nothing but Dean Blunt / Hype Williams that two of my favorite musicians from Tulsa would drop experimental, ambient tracks. The track from Umbra features an elegant harp taken from a Rhye’s track “3 Days” and some slow, steady drums in the background. A track crafted for lazy afternoons and gloomy weather. It also features minimal vocals from close collaborators Tall Pockets and fellow producer Yung Welch to stretch this track into a dream-like soundscape. I would not be surprised if Umbra went off to make a side project compiled with stuff like this. The second track is a plunder-phonic playground featuring vocals, drums, and other instrumentation from a myriad of different tunes to come together to create a moving piece of work. Taking puzzle pieces from other songs to create a completely new picture, it seems musician Bearly has re-discovered his passion for painting sonic images. This type of experimentation is what I would really like to see from everyone pursuing music. Listen to the tracks from both artists below.

Umbra Hits Always Thumping

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Umbra puts on for the city, once again. The Tulsa, OK producer brings us another hit in “Erykah” featuring local artists St. Dominick on the first verse, Coolie Blow on the second, Jonny Miller covering the hooks and Tall Pockets filling in the gaps. The production sounds submerged in water, while the waviest rappers give it a ride. Take a listen, below!