DRIP DROPS of HIP-HOP from CHATTANOOGA
by Julian Cuebas
Hey everybody! Today I wanted to write blogs I follow in the spirit of connectedness. I find myself sifting through blog after blog, and it has taken a long time for me to find a handful that provide me with good content and honest feedback. Finding a good blog takes some time, I’ll be scrolling through Instagram and I will see a local blog then realize they haven’t posted a review in two years. Or I’ll stumble upon a blog offering me likes, followers, or promo and I can see the inorganic feedback rotting on the tracks they post. This is a list of four blogs and that I have found new artists on, that provide honest feedback, spotlights prominent music figures, or promotes organic growth.
Tha Milk Drop
Who would’ve guessed my top is Tha Milk Drop? Sammy Lowdermilk loves the Chattanooga hip-hop community and is deeply rooted in classic hip-hop taste. He offers a very open platform, giving new artists with as few as 50 followers the chance at audience they can reach. The reach they receive helps generate honest feedback from listeners in the community. His grass-roots blog and Hip-Hop Cha network has created a web of artists all elevating simultaneously. Tha Milk Drop can also be found on SoundCloud, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Spinrilla.
I thank Top Chatt every day I hit my Instagram feed. Between Tha Milk Drop and Top Chatt I know all my local bases are covered. I have only recently linked up with Top Chatt, but the people running this page are genuine music critics that give feedback and promotion to the artists they enjoy. At the core, I believe that’s what blogging is about. I feel like, as with music, there is a period of time where labors of love turn into reward and resources when combined with passion and hard work. I believe the guys at Top Chatt do something special for the Hip-hop community. They help solidify Chattanooga’s artist pool, as well as capture what this city sounds like. They can be followed on Instagram: @top_chatt
This is a fairly new music channel that can be found on Instagram. It’s run by my longtime friend Ryan. We connected fast over hip-hop and he has thoughtful opinions on all the prominent figures in hip-hop from Tribe to Logic. His content mostly consists of hip-hop, but he posts snippets from all genres of music. I go to his channel when I am looking for posts about prominent figures in music. He’s not a local blogger or somewhere to get posted though. I would say right now his page consists more of Album reviews and discussions of music influencers both old and new.
Follow his Instagram: @swiminecstasy
I first found out about Daily Chiefers when they reposted a video of Chattanooga Bounce MC, Swayyvo. I went to their Twitter after and found out they are based out of Broward, LA, and NYC. I was excited to see Broward County Florida on there. XXXTentacion, Denzel Curry, and Ski Mask Tha Slump God are artists I have enjoyed listening to since their start. This source of hip-hop is great for a mixture of up and coming artists and popular happenings in Hip-Hop culture. It’s the largest blog I am mentioning today and I think it has a lot to do with the quality work they repost.
They can be found on Twitter, Instagram, and their website: http://dailychiefers.com/
These blogs look into facets of music like: Personal life, critical appreciation, and organic support. Staying connected with music can be difficult with so many outlets vying for a listener’s attention. But in a sea full of internet clutter, there are a lot of personal blogs that go passed being a platform. There are blogs that still connect the listener and reader. The world of music is a listening space for people from all walks of life. In my opinion, there is no greater gift to people than music. These blogs are passionate about what they do and put their best foot forward with each post.
Tha Milk Drop is a site focused on highlighting the hip-hop culture in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but also taps into hip-hop worldwide. Each week we drop exclusive and new content from artists. Also catch the profiles and interviews of hip-hop artists and creatives.
Tha Milk Drop Socials