Baltimore-based rapper, maderanged, takes a page from Kendrick Lamar’s classic m.A.A.d city with the single “boogeyman” off his own upcoming EP, Bleak. With drums leading the charge of the song after an extended instrumental opening, there’s a palpable electricity that flows through the bedrock of the song.
Once maderanged gets started, it seems like his flow never truly stops as he highlights some vocal quirks like quick falsetto notes and grunts among a complicated rhyme scheme that is infinitely captivating. It’s a Avant Garde kind of rap that takes more pride in off-kilter rhythmic structures focusing more on multiple rhymes in a single line while staying true to the underlying thematic content of running a victory lap.
This is one of those songs that doesn’t have a true verse-chorus structure neither. Each stanza or section feels distinct in feel as maderanged keeps his nose to the grindstone of his lyrical flow. If it’s an indication of what’s to come on his upcoming EP, it shows off an elaborate vision of spitfire rhymes and rhythms that stand out from the more generic pop attempts at hip hop. This will be an album with something to say.
“The song really came together by itself,” says maderanged. “The recording session, and really the whole week, was originally scheduled for a song that was supposed to be on my upcoming EP. When we played this back at the end of the week though, I just knew we had to drop it as a precursor to the EP and what it would sound like.”
“Boogeyman” is available now on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music and can be found on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify.
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
When D.C. venues were ready to reopen after COVID-19, indie pop duo GLOSSER was ready to perform. The two, Riley Fanning and Corbin Sheehan, formed the band pre-COVID out of a shared aesthetic vision and passion for music storytelling.
Their first album *DOWNER* was released in January 2023, however they have decided to release a [__deluxe version__](https://open.spotify.com/album/0KLORhtj3ohV4FtbdjoKu5?si=iNZX9fiZSm2M6V8pRdBkow) exactly one year later containing four new tracks – two remixes, a reimagined song, and a cover – that they are hoping will give it a second life and allow them to continue performing around the area.
The band explains that they have spent many shows opening for touring bands that traveled through D.C. “We made music and then venues started to open again,” Sheehan says. Rather than having the “typical grungy” D.C. band experience, they uniquely went straight to club shows.