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Hip hop heads, backpack rappers, boom bap beat aficionados: you’ll feel me on this one.

Bop: Kvng4way has a great rap voice. It is reminiscent of Beanie Siegel, but a little fresher. While previously, our “Bop” category has included some ass-shakery, this is a long drive vibe bop. It feels like our favorite 90s and 00s New York hip hop movies and music videos; cool blue filter, a street corner with forty niggas wearin timbs’ and Enyce hoodies. This is that feeling. The verses are so well delivered, it leaves you wanting to replay to find those lyrical easter eggs. Kvng4way has a great grasp of lyrical content, delivery, and rap appeal.

AirPods Quality: The mix on this song is a bit raw. It still sounds really good in the ‘Pods. The bass on this song can become entrancing, if you like that kind of vibe. If you’re into the backpack rap vibe, you’ll love the quality of this song. The vocals come in higher than the beat; it sounds like he’s right in your ear. You can hear the push behind his Ps, the hiss in his S’s, even the coy in his laugh between the first and second verse. The engineer did a great job of adding panning aspects of both the instrumentation AND the vocals without being overpowering or annoying. It is a brilliant touch from his production team. Kvng4way has great adlibs that are layered and textured and staggered, which sounds like a lot, but when you listen, it works really well.

Knock Value: this song knocks. Period. It’s a vibe that carries through the song. It’s consistent. It’s honest. He’s feels like his own choir. The song has a poetic build up. It feels like he recorded it in one take. And even if he didn’t, Kvng4way delivers in that raw, Method Man, aggressive tone that adds pressure to the climax of the song.

Misogyny Meter: You can play this song with the crew. The whole crew. I love that this song is uplifting everyone. Kings and Queens (NB Royalty included!), this song is a vibe for us all. We truly miss a lost of the camaraderie of hip hop when we exclude or belittle communities, and this song feels like we're ALL in the cypher, being uplifted in song.

The Truth is a great song. It’s raw and honest. It’s one of those songs. One of the songs you throw on that “chillin” playlist. If you love a good hip hop song that you can play around anybody, this is that song. It’s empowering and strong. In times when a lot of music is CAP, it’s refreshing to have a song that isn’t that; a song that remembers the craft of rap: rhythm and poetry. This song is a poem. It is a movement. If you need some truth, listen up: Kvng4way is delivering.

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Updated: Jan 29, 2022


Track 13 - Remember My Name

I love a catchy hook! This is one of those songs where you will find yourself singing the hook throughout the day. (DAMN IT FEELS GOOD TO BE THE MAN AGAIN!) It’s almost like trap affirmations (trapfirmations, if you will). But who doesn’t want to be remembered? This is a song you bump before you go into that really important meeting, or before leg day at the gym. Remember My Name feels like one of the hypest songs on the album. It is an absolute bop.

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Track 5 - Damaged

If you’ve tuned into DJ Show’s Back Bathroom Radio show on Instagram, you’ve likely heard this song once or twice. But every time feels like the first time. The AirPods Quality is wonderful on this song. His vocals are just barely modified, which keeps him from sounding too auto-tuned. In fact— the autotune fits really well for the song. Damaged is really bright and upbeat. YBD OPS is always going to pop his shit, that’s what makes him such a fun artist.

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Track 11 - Beam Me Up

This beat goes CRAZY. YBD OPS is great for a melodic intro, but Beam Me Up has a 6-beat intro that builds up for a great hook. By now, you’ve probably heard some Lil Uzi Vert inspiration floating throughout the project, and I love a good Hip Hop-Rock mash up. This song is one of my favorites on the album. (WAIT- WATCH ME SAUCE IT; BITCH! I AM COOKIN!) is where you really get into the energy of this song.

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Track 3 - Emotions

If you’ve never had a summer love, you won’t understand the love in this song. If you’ve never spent summer nights watching the sun set with your summer boo; bonfires and natural suntans; the smell of shea butter and lemonade; this is that song. Emotions is the song you play for your boo. We know YBD OPS is a G, we love a hopeless romantic who can pull off demon time.

Stoners Paradise is a great project, especially if you’re into Lil Uzi Vert/Juice Wrld/Travis Scott type music with some great romantic bops. You’ll enjoy this album if you love an album with consistent energy throughout. Listen to Stoners Paradise if you like an upbeat album that talks that SHIT. Trust me, YBD OPS is one to look out for.



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Updated: Mar 4, 2022

East Oakland rapper and producer, Milli Madik, is giving the hustlers and the independent women a new anthem to ride to with this one. “Gutta Lil Baby” is a fun and fresh song from Milli Madik’s 2020 project, Flight Plans 3, available on all streaming sites (linked below).


This is a bop. I’ll make it real easy for you. If you like a catchy song you can throw on to get everybody in the room shaking some ass, this is the one. Even the hood niggas gon’ love this one. It is a short song at just under two minutes, but it is definitely a party starter. “Gutta Lil Baby” has a modern production with a fun throwback flow. Plus, the hook is undeniable. I repeat— the hook is undeniable. You’ll find that the hook is very catchy, especially if you like that Bay Area flow that keeps the authenticity of hip hop with the call-and-response feel. We all know how crucial it is to have an attractive hook that grabs listeners attention; something you find yourself repeating throughout the day.

AirPods Quality:

The production on this song is really great. Milli Madik mixes and masters all of his music on his own, which is a tremendous amount of work. That hard work shows in the way this song comes through your AirPods. At even its highest level, the audio doesn’t crack and the bass on Gutta Lil Baby is consistent, not obnoxious. The first three chords of the song are a subtle invite to the first beat drop which leads into a fun summertime feel. Even the panning of the keys in the background isn’t too overpowering or distracting. It’s that very precise production choice that sends the vibration through your ears and down back and makes your ass shake. It’s just science at this point.

Knock Value:

Milli Madik knows what he’s doing in the production area and “Gutta Lil Baby” is proof of that. Madik knows how to take the fullness of an instrument, and use it as bass; that’s a clever way to maintain the knock throughout the song without solely relying on 808s. Not to say there’s anything wrong with 808s, but those artistic choices are what make this song, and it’s knock value, undeniable.

Misogyny Meter:

Oh yea, the bitches gon love this one. Yep. This song is so fun. It’s a hype song to the independent woman who makes her own money, has a healthy sex drive, and hustles for her own shit. Milli Madik is enamored about this woman’s work/life balance and celebrates her by singing her praises and dropping off quality D. “Gutta Lil Baby” is a celebration of the entrepreneurial women; it is a love song. Milli Madik is taking time to appreciate the hard work that hustling women put in and we love an anthem celebrating women.

Overall, “Gutta Lil Baby” is a 5/5. It is even more reason to check out the rest of Milli Madik’s music on all streaming sites linked below. Make sure to follow Milli Madik on all social media: @millimadik

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Written by Ink; @Inkverywell; 2022

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