Sixteenleo is “No Pretenda”

I’ve been out for awhile, starting the next phase of Curated Flame.

In that time, I have been contacted by dozens of wanna be rappers, sending me various dms or emails and unfortunately, I just haven’t been impressed. That is, until now.

Sixteenleo, might not have the best name, and he’s still very raw and early, I mean he literally only has 19 followers on Soundcloud right now. But he impressed me enough that I am writing for the first time in a couple months.

When I first got his email and saw that he said I have “heavy anxiety and that’s why I been in my room making music for the last two years” I rolled my eyes, I am not even going to lie though. I’ve heard this before, from this generation of rappers whose top 5’s all have at least 4 “Lil’s”.

Then when I started listening to his first track, I liked it, but I was kind of annoyed that I liked it. I’m thinking to myself, this kid’s just doing it as a joke, but you know what, fxck it. I think it might not be a joke, he’s really committed to the craft, he switches up his flows, and his awkward flows are even dope.

If his tracks, Rick James and No Pretenda, are any inkling of what his music is going to be like in the future, then I think this dude is going places. His style sounds like a blend of Lil Pump & Hooligan Chase and I fux with it heavy.

Lil Dusty G reminds me of Landon Cube meets Lil Peep

I’ve never claimed to be a particularly big fan of Lil Peep, but for one of my best friends that is his favorite rappers, and one of my favorite rappers is also IloveMakonnen, so for those two reasons especially I have huge respect for Lil Peep and what he did.

Recently there has been a large outpouring of artists trying to maybe fill in the hole he left behind. Most of what I hear is complete garbage. But last night I found out about a guy named Lil Dusty G and I don’t know, his music is starting the process of becoming something I listen to a good amount. I mean I actually have already played his track ghost rider about 3 times in the last 24 hours and I suspect it might get many more plays from me this week.

The guy featured on the song below, Ronen, really ruins the song, if you can just skip his part and pay attention to the Lil Dusty G parts I think you will get what I am seeing / hearing.




“Lil Phenomenon” a list of 63 rappers named Lil

Whether you are a passive fan of hip hop / rap music or a super fan, you know the stereotype or the old joke, with rappers calling themselves “lil (put name here).”  In fact, it was someone last night that I was driving around for Uber (my main gig) who said to me, “why do so many rappers call themselves lil?”

Now this person I was driving, wasn’t a fan of hip hop, and only had two examples to name which were Lil Wayne and Lil Peep. But still the fact that someone who doesn’t listen to Rap was still able to lament about how so many rappers call themselves lil, really renewed an interest in writing an article idea I have had for some time.

So today with my car in the shop I decided to put some research into finding out more about this “lil” phenomenon.

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A couple of the things I sought out to do:

  1. Find out an exact number of how many rappers I could find whose stage name starts with Lil.
  2. See which names are the most creative, funny, unique, etc.
  3. Compile a list so that other aspiring rappers don’t make the mistake of picking a name that is already being in use which to many up and coming artists don’t take into account.

Criteria for the list:

  1. Rappers listed on Soundcloud, YouTube, and Genius who are actively putting out music or relevant in some manner even if they are not currently releasing music.
  2. I tried to not include rappers whose names might have included “lil” before but have now been changed, for example Lil Boosie (who now goes by Boosie Badazz) and Lil Capp (who now goes by Capp)

By the numbers:

  1. 63 Rappers who stage name begins with Lil
  2. Most popular first letters for the second part of their name: D (6), W (6), M (5), B (4), F (4), S (4)
  3. Top 6 most creative and / or unique names: Lil Bootycall, Lil Housephone, Lil Icepack, Lil Toenail, Lil Ugly Mane, Lil Windex

All the rappers named Lil:

  1. Lil Aaron
  2. Lil AJ
  3. Lil B
  4. Lil Baby
  5. Lil Barnacle
  6. Lil Bootycall
  7. Lil Boom
  8. Lil Chief Dinero
  9. Lil Cray
  10. Lil Chuckee
  11. Lil Debbie
  12. Lil Dicky
  13. Lil Durk
  14. Lil Duke
  15. Lil Dripp
  16. Lil Droop
  17. Lil Eytch
  18. Lil Flash
  19. Lil Flipp
  20. Lil Foxx
  21. Lil Frost
  22. King Lil G
  23. Lil Housephone
  24. Lil Icepack
  25. Lil Jay
  26. Lil Jojo
  27. Lil Jon
  28. Lil Keke
  29. Lil Kim
  30. Lil Kleine – One of the biggest rappers out of the Netherlands.
  31. Lil Larcenie
  32. Lil Lonnie
  33. Lil Mama
  34. Lil Mister
  35. Lil Mosey
  36. Lil Morty
  37. Lil Mouse
  38. Lil Nizzy – I just want to add that I found this rapper on accident. I was actually thinking of someone called Flatline Nizzy but I had forgotten their name so instead I Youtube searched Lil Nizzy and I found this rapper. That’s how crazy this is getting, you can literally make up a name and search it and there probably already is a rapper with that name. wtf does lil nizzy even mean?
  39. Lil O
  40. Lil Peep (R.I.P.)
  41. Lil Phag
  42. Lil Phat (R.I.P.)
  43. Lil Pump
  44. Lil Rob
  45. Lil Reese
  46. Lil Scrappy
  47. Lil Skies
  48. Lil Slugg
  49. Lil Snupe (R.I.P)
  50. Lil Toenail
  51. Lil Tracy
  52. Lil Troy
  53. Lil Twist
  54. Lil Ugly Mane
  55. Lil Uzi Vert
  56. Lil Wayne
  57. Lil West
  58. Lil Will
  59. Lil Windex
  60. Lil Wop
  61. Lil Wyte
  62. Lil Xan
  63. Lil Yachty

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Made the beat for Lil Skies hit “Fake” but his talent certainly isn’t – Interview + 4 beats with Hip Hop Producer Mike Medusa

One of the reasons I started this whole blog was because I notice stuff. By that I mean I consume and observe a lot of information and I can notice when steam is starting to build up around an artists career. For example, since the passing of Lil Peep, I have started to notice another artist named Lil Skies starting to gain a buzz. And it seems with every passing week that buzz grows louder.

I AM NOT SAYING that Lil Skies is making the same music as Lil Peep. However they do share enough similarities – they have the same aesthetic look, they are both from small towns / cities, and they make alternative types of rap. I truly feel that Lil Skies is going to be the 2018 Lil Peep. Hell, Lil Skies hasn’t even released his upcoming mixtape and I saw that it was number 17 in the world on Itunes, da fuck? pre orders are heavy for this one.

What does this have to do with the producer Mike Medusa? I saw that Mike Medusa produced a pretty dope beat for Lil Skies on one of his tracks called Fake. I immediately tried to get in contact with him cause the beat was fire and also if my prediction is right about Lil Skies, 2018 is going to be a crazy year for any producer who has worked with him.

Look at what happened with everyone associated with Lil Peep all the way down to his producers. There’s got to be at least a dozen people who have sustainable hip hop careers because they were aligned with Lil Peep. Hell, NEDARB and Bighead are two of the hottest producers in the game right now.

I reckon (*nicejewboy might be living in the east coast but he’s from the south) that Mike Medusa and all the producers who worked with Lil Skies in 2017 are going to have a whirlwind 2018. So I had to do an interview with Mike, and luckily he agreed. according to him curatedflame is the first interview he’s doing as a hip hop producer!

Get woke and read the interview + check out 3 of his beats that are still available for sale!

Major Credits? (artist/song) The biggest credit so far is lil skies. I hope i get to work with him again. He e-mailed dm’ed me a few months back about me sending some beats over but i didn’t have anything that good at the time. I’ll get back to him on that tho.
How old are you? I’m 23
Where are you from? I’m from The Netherlands, Rotterdam. I just moved to Amsterdam.
How long you been producing? / How did you get into it? I’ve been producing since my 17th, so 5 years now.
I got into it because of my sisters ex boyfriend who’s a big hip hop head. He told me about FL studio and that he used to make beats sometimes. Some time later he showed me the program and explained it a lil bit. I of course didn’t understand shit about it but it grew on me. A good friend of mine also encouraged me and still does to keep me going.
The very first time i knew i liked to make music was on my sisters Sony Ericson t610, there was this music creator game that i loved.
Dopest thing thats happen since releasing music? Honestly, the lil skies credit was dope. I didn’t knew about it until some guy dm’ed me on Instagram about the beat. It was like a month after the song dropped. Other than that prolly learning the program until i could make what i wanted to make faster. The lil skies beat was made in a hour or something.
Who are your influences? Allot but, Flying Lotus,Coki,Ikaz Boi, Yung (Gud),BoazvdBeats, DjStijco, Play Picasso, Pi’erre Bourne to name a few.
Shoutouts? Shoutout to my supporters my mom and sister ( no i’m not adding her ig), @slushpapi,@sexysnakebeats and @sorryantho.
Whats something people would be surprised to know about you?
I sell Saffron to restaurants, i’m gonna sell more to high end restaurants just like Ian Purkayastha ‘Truffle Boy’. Im learning to become a finance consultant and i had hoop dreams since i can remember but i blew my knee out, i can walk tho.
What is your process for making beats? 
I mostly start with the melody, it just depends on my mood nothing special. When i have a base i just make the beat as complete as i can and then later remove stuff when i’m arranging to make space for the artist. I’m gonna make video’s about me producing on my channel soon. It’s easier to just see it than explain it in text.
The most you made from one beat? From one beat $750,- . This was when i just started uploading last year –
Never heard from the guy again but that was pretty cool.
How did you get the Lil Skies placement? The placement came trough my Youtube: Artists just stumble upon some beats or really search for some type of beat and so they reach my channel, where i upload my beats btw.
 Software or hardware? Mostly software, Fl studio 11 and Logic. For hardware i just use a Roland A49 keyboard, my Macbook Pro and a couple of Rokit 5’s with a scarlet scarlett 2i4
How many leases or beats, do you think you have sold in your career? Not that much, i still do it part-time. I’m gonna change that though, i just need to upload more often.
Plans for 2018? My plans for 2018 in music are to work with allot of artist/producers,
and to link with one artist to build a sound/wave.
Do you receive royalties for any of your beats? I actually don’t yet. I’m planning on doing that but i need a couple more songs for that.

“google me” interview with Hip Hop Producer NEDARB – a go to producer for the late Lil Peep, ghostemane, and more!

Major Credits? (artist/song)
tons, google me
*editors note – for the people who don’t want to do the googling heres just a taste of some of his production credits:
How old are you? 
Where are you from?
new hampshire
How long have you been producing?
4 years
What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product?
being able to pay rent and travel off music
Who are your biggest influences? 
clams casino, suicideyear, eric dingus, friendzone, lil b, MF DOOM
Want to give any shoutouts?
rip peep
What is something about you people would be surprised to know?
i sleep with my socks half way on
Whats your process for making a beat?
synths or sample first then drums, simple
What do your beats normally cost?
email me for prices – (they not cheap)
What is the most you have made from one beat?
a decent penny
Any story or stories on how you secured some of your placements?
by sending emails
Do you use Hardware or software?
How many leases or beats, do you think you have sold in your career?
enough to survive
what are your plans for 2018?
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Beats + Interview with Hip Hop Producer DEADMAN 

I have highlighted beats and done interviews with some of the biggest producers on the internet in the game, such as mjNichols, godlikepariah, Dansonn, and more. But there’s a certain joy I get when I find a producer that is still early in the game, but I just know is going to be something special. I don’t know if they’ll be the next metro boomin but they are going to contribute something important to the hip hop game in the future. And recently I discovered a producer who I think is going to do just that, and their name is DEADMAN 死人 

I first found this producer because I was looking for beats that sampled Clairo and if I am not mistaken, I believe DEADMAN 死人 is actually the first producer to upload a beat that sampled clairo.

The beat I found was this:

After that beat I listened another one that blew me away as well:

(Somehow this producer only has 55 followers on YouTube and has sold one beat so far? Come on!)

So after hearing those two beats, obviously I had to interview whoever this producer was. Below you can check out the interview as well as more beats they have produced.

Interview with DEADMAN 死人

Major Credits? I guess forest98 would be my most major credit so far.

How old are you? 17.

Where are you from?  I currently reside in New Jersey.

How long have you been producing? A little less than 5 months.

What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? To be honest, this interview would probably be the dopest thing since I started producing.

Who are your biggest influences?  
Some of the biggest influences are Ove, SAMPLE GOD, J. Dilla, and 904TEZZO in terms of my production.

Want to give any shoutouts? 
Sure. Shoutout to forest98, Arsenyte, and HEMI POD. They’re three of my favorite artists on SoundCloud and they deserve much more success than they already have. Next, shoutout to my friends Astralities, Lil Child, WAKEUPSHAWTY, and wintrs!. They’re some of my best friends and have supported me since I started producing.

What is something about you people would be surprised to know?
Even though I use one a quote from an anime as a my producer tag, I really don’t find myself watching too much anime.

What do your beats normally cost? It honestly depends on how good I find them to be. While one beat could be $5, another could be upwards of $50. It just depends.

What is the most you have made from one beat? About $10.

Who are the favorite artists you have produced for? 
forest98 and WAKEUPSHAWTY

Do you use Hardware or software? 
I use a pirated version of FL Studio 12 to produce my music.

How many leases or beats, do you think you have sold in your career? 
I’ve sold 1 beat so far.

what are your plans for 2018? 
To work hard and continue producing until I get where I wanna be career wise.


Goth Raps Riff Raff: Lil Toenail hits it on the nail.

Lil Toenail is a rapper out of West Palm Beach, Florida. He is the antithesis of all the lil pump’s, lil peeps, and XXXTENTACION’S, and all there knockoff’s. But he definitely still lives in that world. Its ironic, its catchy, its hardcore hipster rap. He’s Goth Rap’s version of Riff Raff (and yes they already have a track together).

Or maybe he’s actually serious but has a good sense of humor.