Jon Tanners

A wayfaring stranger trying to make cool things before I die.

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5 On It: Reflect on Technique

5 On It is a feature that looks at five of the best under-the-radar rap findings from the past week, highlighting new or recently discovered artists, or interesting obscurities. Jayaire Woods – “toolong.” One of the... Read more »

Premiere: J.I.D. – “Underwear”

Atlant’s J.I.D. raps like a boulder hurtling down hill, each word connecting to the next with a momentum that makes verses feel inevitable. He twists syllables, uses internal rhymes, and stacks similar sounds to create that inexorable... Read more »

Premiere: Mic Kellogg – “Tune Out”

With only three singles to his name, Milwaukee’s Mic Kellogg has already exhibited a distinctive style, leaning heavily on expressive, melodic rapping and personal detail—an inviting combination that caught my ear on “Breakfast (Intro)” and “Moon... Read more »

Premiere: Duckwrth & The Kickdrums – “Lambo”

We first encountered Los Angeles-born rapper Duckwrth through his mixtape TAXFREEE Vol. 1 and, in particular, standout single “…Travel.” Channeling California greats The Pharcyde with his knowing wit, Duckwrth managed to escape the trap of nostalgia and... Read more »

5 On It: Down in a Cloud

5 On It is a feature that looks at five of the best under-the-radar rap findings from the past week, highlighting new or recently discovered artists, or interesting obscurities. Corbin Butler – “23” It’s rare that rappers... Read more »

Premiere: Iris Lune – “Bring Me the Moon”

Brooklyn-based quartet Iris Lune crafts tastefully grandiose alternative pop. Intermingling rock with electronic elements, the group’s debut single “Bring Me the Moon” manages an unusual feat, heavily characterized by theatricality without feeling like an outtake from... Read more »

Video: Miles Meraki – “Hwudor”

Beautiful in its lo-fi honesty, rapper/singer Miles Meraki’s “Hwudor” feels like a transmission from a teenage boy’s bedroom to the girl of his dreams—a John Hughes movie filtered through sad boy hip-hop and digital art aesthetics.... Read more »

Premiere: Phoebe Ryan – “Homie”

Though we’ve come to associate pop music with a certain sheen and set of sounds, no “genre” is more ultimately elusive in definition. The pulse of the moment, the bleeding edge after it’s been sanded down... Read more »

Video: Broderick Batts – “Diggin’ To China”

The video for Broderick Batts’ “Diggin’ to China,” the standout from the Tampa-bred, L.A.-based rapper’s 2001 Odyssey EP, serves as fitting accompaniment to the song’s musings about modern romance and lust. Simple and stark, it pits... Read more »

5 On It: Assorted Strains

5 On It is a feature that looks at five of the best under-the-radar rap findings from the past week, highlighting new or recently discovered artists, or interesting obscurities. Javon Johnson – “Hermann Park” Earlier this... Read more »