American record Label and record artist/producer collective Internet Money make a bold comeback with a fresh new EP ‘We All We Got’, proving to be as determined as ever under the lead of 3x Grammy nominated 58 platinum plaques and 14 billboard No. 1 hits CEO and record producer Taz Taylor. Since their last momentum with debut studio album ‘B4 the Storm’ in 2020, the producer collective has this time around expanded their reach and taken upon themselves to feature the hottest new underground artists in the rap scene right now, such as Yeat, Ken Carson, Destroy Lonely and more. Staying true to their industry relationships, friend and music icon Lil Yachty makes a big imprint with an appearance on the song of the summer ‘Codeine Cowboy’. Perhaps the most surprising feature on the list is none other than underground king himself Lucki who happens to be rapping on one of their lead singles.
01. 2k In The Soda featuring Lucki
The first track and one of its lead singles on the EP, ‘2k In The Soda’ is a layback and relaxed listen accompanied by Lucki. Indifferent to the familiar sound and flow the Chicago rapper has been able to recreate over and over again for the past years, the track is an easy add-on to his growing song catalogue. With lyrics referring to drug use, which Lucki is infamously known for, he takes you on a typical day trip the rapper would frequent in the city of Los Angeles. Altogether, perhaps with the intent of starting the EP at a lower stage, Internet Money may have once again proven to operate with strategy and produce to their best ability no matter the artist they choose to work with. To conclude this, we can only hope that their paths will cross again and next time, the two will set the bar for their collaboration a little bit higher.
02. She Want Some More featuring Ken Carson & Lil Tecca
The second track and second lead single off the EP. ‘She Want Some More’ with guest appearances from Playboy Carti’s popular Opium label artist Ken Carson and rapper Lil Tecca is everything you could ask for – if that’s what you’re into. Quite a jump in rhythm from the previous song with Lucki, this duo portrays a great exchange of bars between the two rappers while vibing on Internet Money’s jumpy production. From what would seem like an unexpected pairing for most fans, for some reason makes total sense for us listeners and can be interpreted as evidence of a smart selection from the collective’s perspective.
Furthermore, one may say that Internet Money has placed Ken Carson in a corner here, pushing him away from his usual rage sound and challenging him to vibe on a different level. The result? A great expansion to his curated sound, thanks to the influence and music direction by Internet Money.
03. On Me featuring Destroy Lonely
The third track ‘On Me’ off the EP by another Opium label artist Destroy Lonely is where things get interesting. Motivated by the trending sound of rage music and Playboy Carti’s current bread & butter, the young prodigy completely takes over Internet Money’s production with elevated singing and a catchy chorus. By then, the collective makes us listeners understand how truly versatile they can get, each time keeping our attention span with a range of beat productions, always complimenting the artist at hand. Destroy Lonely sounds at his best on this track, repeating these snappy lyrics before each drop; “Don’t ask how much I make, b’tch is on me!”. After a few listens, one can only imagine how it would sound live at a rave concert.
04. No Handoutz featuring Yeat
Perhaps the biggest contribution from the EP aside from Lil Yachty’s feature is the fourth track and lead single ‘No Handoutz’ with Portland rapper Yeat. As the second official rage song on the album, Yeat flows well on this hard production by Internet Money. Throughout the song, the rapper lets out his animal side and maintains a certain assertiveness until the end. We can definitely see that the purpose of its creation is to be experienced live in front of a modern rave audience – like most rage songs in that category. It would have been interesting to see a total makeover in sound with a feature like Yeat since amongst his peers, we could say he captures the most interesting vocal ranges yet to be experimented and challenged sonically.
05. Codeine Cowboy featuring Lil Yachty
The Fifth track and arguably the biggest feature off the EP is a high performance from Lil Yachty in which he did not disappoint. Not only is it Internet Money’s best effort on the production side thus far, but also the Atlanta rapper has one of the most playful delivery here that automatically makes you want to listen to it again. Regardless of the choice of lyrics in reference to drug use, the beat switch with the combination of the change of flows play a big role into its instant likability. Ironically, the song is the shortest one from the EP, only making up to 1 minute and 41 seconds. Whether it was a smart move and will hinder its chances of a satisfactory listening experience is up for debate.
06. Falsetto Featuring Lil Tecca
The sixth and final track from the pack by Lil Tecca on the first impression is a song the EP could have easily done well without it. Overall, the rapper’s flow evidently carries the beat and perhaps has the best complimentary vocals on the entire EP. However, the song in itself sounds a bit outdated and feels more like a throwaway rather than a supplement to the momentum Internet Money is trying to create. Not to mention a third of the song is an audio of Lil Tecca most likely at an early studio recording session, commenting on the track which could have easily been replaced with him giving some praise to the EP instead.
‘We All We Got’
The long awaited EP ‘We All We Got’ represents the importance of relationship building in the industry and curation of a selection of tracks. Whereas at the beginning, the group were seen as trend makers and in-the-know of upcoming artists before they became known on the internet, you can not help but to feel like the choice of beats and artists was made to cater to a mass audience rather than introducing them to new music. The EP has no cohesion and a specific theme because it is not meant to. It was made with one thing in mind and that is to target a group the collective has been absent from the past two years. Whether it will make enough noise and grab the attention just under the length of 6 tracks will be determined by their core fans.