I Found My Next Pregame Album: Guin Records' "Uncharted"

I Found My Next Pregame Album: Guin Records' "Uncharted"

My friend and I listened to some new songs that we think people should know about.

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This weekend as we got ready for a night out on the town, my friend introduced me to some new songs that have a production story equally impressive as the songs themselves. The songs were created by independent young artists and produced by fellow college students!


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Born out of hours spent in a college dorm room listening to underground artists on Soundcloud and YouTube (can't say I'm not guilty of this either), Guin Records co-founder Milan Kordestani teamed up with his sister, Misha, to forge a sibling venture that combines his business acumen with her artistic vision. I love stories like this from people my age. The brother-sister duo shares a unifying and relatable ideal: Music creation and promotion are based on teamwork, which is integral to discovering new talent. Now Guin Records is a fully operational, U.S.-based independent record label that provides undiscovered young artists access to first-rate production, promotion, and distribution.

The label maked its initial mark in the urban music industry, with its debut hip-hop album "Uncharted" dropping on iTunes and Spotify on July 1st. A watershed milestone for the label, it features a collection of over 14 artists, each track providing an auditory vignette of assorted emcees determined to make a name for themselves.

Guin Records' ambitions are evident in the three singles—"Wave" by Prospectz Nation, "One of Us" by Prophecy and "Still Doin' It" by Surve—released in the weeks leading up to "Uncharted." As my friend and I got ready for the night putting on our lipstick and such, we couldn't help but get down to these catchy songs.

"Wave" begins with some hypnotic, washed out vocals that's quickly subdued by alternating bursts of shimmering synths and punchy baselines, peppered with some opportune spurts of horns to give this smoker's anthem a healthy taste of jazzy flair. Breezy, yet thumping, "Wave" could easily find itself situated in a Majestic Casual or on a summer-themed Spotify playlist. It's almost tailor-made to transcend you into a hazy, sun-tinged daze.

A similar carousel feeling is all over "One of Us." It's the banger of the bunch, the beat mixing an airy, pitched-up vocal loop with throbs of bass pulsating throughout the track, giving it a wistful bite. Prophecy fancies himself as the Mafioso-type, and the images he evokes are well-worn, even if it works off an almost lunatic script, claiming he doesn't "need a hat to know [he's] supreme" and that he's "focused on all this green." With its repetitive hook, wild energy, and tight rhymes, "One of Us" has this lingering dark and ominous swagger, almost like Prophecy has this intuitive sense that he will command the attention of whatever room he steps into. He tells the listener to "run it up," and perhaps we should heed that advice. It is a great addition to my pregame playlist.


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Of the three singles, "Still Doin' It" is the most rooted in traditional hip-hop. The track is sparse, mellow, low-key, but laced with additional instrumental flourishes, separate melodies in the form of piano keys and picked the guitar to give it a '90s East Coast vibe. Surve's flow is ferocious and unrelenting, gritty but emotional. The cover art's allusion to Sisyphus approximates the song's message "Still do it for the realest, still mixin' lyrics in the lab like a chemist." His verses feel like he's giving it all just to get out of the booth and crank out some more tracks. One may think Yigil's feature could slow Surve's momentum, but the hustle doesn't prove to be zero-sum, it's only invigorated. While the former two singles concern themselves with the you only live once kind of party mentality, "Still Doin' It" is a reminder that the grind to the top continues the day after. It provides an uplifting, motivational compliment to the sun-kissed "Wave" and the shadowy "One of Us," almost like each song was specifically curated to be the ideal backdrops to your morning, afternoon and night.

Where all three tracks differ in ambiance, they are united by the braggadocio that comes with an emcee trying to make a name for themselves. If these three tracks are only a sampling of what's to come, then "Uncharted" is shaping up to be a worthwhile listen. My friend and I enjoyed them and will continue to root for these young artists.

Cover Image Credit: Guin Records

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10 Things That Inevitably Happen At Your Summer College Job

Dealing with "can I speak to the manager" situations together truly does create a one-of-a-kind bond.

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The 3 month gap in between semesters is one that's typically filled with working. But if you surround yourself with fellow college kids who are all in the same boat, you might just end up having the best summer of you life. Who says that work has to feel like work, anyways?

1. Inside jokes are always created.

And 98% of these jokes are somehow traced back to making fun of the managers.

2. Two people always start dating.

It usually only happens because all of the other workers are instigating it, but two people are bound to go out at least one time. Even if it is just to get the rest of us to shut up for the rest of the summer.

3. Pranks are always pulled.

You're never safe. Someone could pop out and scare you at any time, an ice cube could always find it's way down your shirt, and you could always come back to your car handles covered in mayonnaise. But no prank goes without revenge...

4. You insist on hanging out with each other outside of work.

As if seeing each other for 40 hours a week wasn't enough, staff dinners, game nights, and parties are always planned. Besides, it is more fun seeing your coworkers out of uniform.

5. Someone always has to volunteer their lunch break to go get Taco Bell for the whole staff.

If it's slow, Taco Bell truly might be the only thing that will help us survive a full day. Someone truly has to take one for the team.

6. You come in on your days off to bring food.

In the event that someone can't make a fast food run for lunch, you have to be the one to bring in the food or slushies. It's not so bad, after all, you do get to see your friends on a day you weren't necessarily supposed to.

7. Your phone constantly has notifications thanks to the group Snapchat.

Set your phone down for 30 minutes and you'll be welcomed back with 100+ notifications that were sent while we were all supposed to be working.

8. You swear you won't come back next year, but you always do.

When it's hot and busy, you swear that this will be your last summer at this job. But next May you find yourself putting on that same uniform... again.

9. You recruit literally everyone that you know to work there with you.

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10. You meet your new best friends.

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New Year, New You?

Is 2019 the year for you?

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As we all know, 2018 was not the best year for most people. For a lot of people, myself included, 2018 was a very stagnant and gloomy year. There wasn't anything extremely special or eventful going on and it also wasn't the most positive time of my life. With this downhill of 2018, I always come to thinking whether the new year of 2019 is going to be my year. When speaking upon the new year, is 2019 where we all change into new people? This question and dilemma of a new year always boggle me.


Through reading up on many people's experiences and thoughts of 2018, I firmly believe that 2019 is not the year for a "new you", but it is the year for an "improved and better you". 2019 will be an extremely better version of 2018 and I know that it is going to be one hell of a year. As a college student, I know that the new year will definitely be one of my most challenging years in terms of everything academic, but I also know that I will learn the most in this new year. Then, speaking upon everything else besides school, I know that this new year will bring upon many obstacles and challenges. Just from everything that happened in 2018, I can count on 2019 being the year of action and improvement.


However, one thing I felt extremely different about the new year was that it didn't really feel like a new start. From all the previous years, I felt that the change from 2017 to 2018 and others were more impactful than this one. When the date changed from 2018 to 2019, I felt like nothing really changed or anything special. This is more of a reason why I believe that 2019 is the year for improvement rather than complete and total change.


Aside from all of this "new year, new me" or "what the new year has in store for me", a new year does resemble a new and fresh start. We should all take this new year as a clean slate and learn from what happened in 2018 and the mistakes that were made in the past. With this, we should also learn to better our relationships with the people around us and learn to take responsibility for our own actions. One thing that I did not do enough was to take charge of my own actions and take risks. I know in 2019, I will definitely learn to take more risks and really go out of my way to get what I need to be done and what I want rather than just stand back and watch everything happen to me. As this new year is just starting, you should get ready for the crazy year ahead because I just have a feeling that 2019 is going to be one wild year.

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