new orleans rapper pell makes his own brand of hip-hop


introducing his new song “Vanilla Sky”

Last year, when rising New Orleans rapper Pell released his album, Floating While Dreaming, the consensus was that his music sounded nothing like Dirty South hip-hop that Cash Money Records helped to define as the New Orleans sound. But given that artists like Pell have access to something known as the Internet, it should be know surprise that an artist's immediate surroundings are no longer a defining factor of their work. Case in point is the 22-year-old rapper's latest single, "Vanilla Sky," which we're premiereing here. It's a soulful confessional about owning up to your faults, staying humble, and accepting criticism. It paints Pell as a man less concerned with the superficiality of fame than he is with remaining grounded and true. "I'm the type to trade a Grammy for some more time with my family," he raps at one point.  

"Often it's hard to take criticism, especially when it's coming from the ones you love," Pell tells us. "Sometimes I run from these criticisms, even when it's not the best decision. It's important to make sure you listen to those around you because they can reveal certain things about yourself to which you may be oblivious. The truth may hurt but it's all that matters."

Listen to the track below. 

Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, and so much more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week's round features 21 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, Tacocat, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Please Me" - Cardi B and Bruno Mars
"Please Me" will pair perfectly with all of the Valentine's Day candy you just bought on clearance. Trust me, there couldn't be a more perfect time to listen to this ultra-'90s R&B track.

Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne
I'm honestly jealous of whomever Avril is singing about on "Goddess."

Tacocat - Grains of Salt [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

"Grains of Salt" - Tacocat
When I realized Tacocat was back, I literally turned around at my desk and yelled. It's a miracle.

"Can I Talk" - Caleb Steph
Caleb Steph's debut single proves that he's ready for the spotlight.

Betty - Betty Who
"You better recognize/ That you're wasting all my time" from "The One" is my new favorite response to every "photographer" on Tinder.

"Butterfly" - Kehlani
The only thing more beautiful than this cover art is Kehlani's voice.

SASAMI - Free (feat. Devendra Banhart) (Official Video)

"Free" - SASAMI feat. Devendra Banhart
I would have never predicted a SASAMI and Devendra Banhart collaboration, but I am 100 percent not complaining.

Rex Orange County - New House

"New House" - Rex Orange County
Alex O'Connor never fails to impress me with his soulful bedroom pop, and "New House" is no exception.


"Cuz I Love You" - Lizzo
Distorted guitar paired with Lizzo's belting vocals? Chills, literally. She did that!

"Heads Gonna Roll" - Jenny Lewis
Like if Stevie Nicks' voice met Father John Misty's lyrics.

"Get Well" - Donna Missal
Donna Missal tells me everything I needed to hear about breakups on "Get Well."

"Patient" - Monica Martin
Sultry and sweet.

"Whorey Heart" - TeaMarr
TeaMarrr's bouncy new song is an excellent roast of the kind of fuckboi we all know and hate.

"Ice Me Out (Remix)" - Kash Doll
Kash Doll shows that she knows her way around a beat on "Ice Me Out."

"Lips of Lips" - Tiffany Young
Definitely catch me driving around with my windows down this summer blaring "Lips on Lips."