“Since their 2016 debut Sopadelic, Young Bull’s been on a steady rise in both the regional and national scene. Amassing millions of streams on Spotify alone, the soulful hip-hop collective has shared bills with iconic acts like Erykah Badu, Miguel and Anderson .Paak. But throughout their career Young Bull has never sounded as polished and poised as they do on their latest single “Black Crown,” the lead-in single for their forthcoming album, Windows.” – Grant Golden, CLTure
“Catchy flows and hard-hitting beats are enough to grab attention, but the ability to tell a story is what separates the good from the great. No Safe Haven places the Raleigh-based Shame Gang firmly in the category of greatness. With staggering levels of frankness, Shame Gang’s songs are filled with deeply personal anecdotes while still feeling relatable.
With blistering beats and a nimble vocal cadence, Shame laments over the recent loss of his brother and his family’s struggles with grief. But that’s not to say that the record is full of morose, downtrodden songs. Shame’s excellence comes in how seamlessly he interweaves straight-talking lines along braggadocious claims. “No Limit” and “What’s Good” showcase Shame’s chest-pumping pride while tracks like “Changes” and “Come Too Far” highlight more contemplative and introspective sides of the complex artist. In short, No Safe Haven is an album capable of propelling Shame Gang to even further heights for the stand-out local.” – Grant Golden, CLTure
On Erick Lottary’s latest project, Safe & Sound, he shows a maturation and versatility with his R&B ambitions. Adeptly touching on the nuances of love while at the same time illustrating the magical moments therein with a lustrous backdrop of production.