We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of breaking Hip Hop artist Topnotch’s electrifying upcoming release “Who We Are”. As far as we’re concerned, he’s set the bar for Summer 2020 Hip Hop releases with the phenomenal drop.
So, if you’ve ingested enough lacklustre Rap to last a lifetime, prepare for the adrenalizing grooves in this high-vibe mix. The lyrics may address grounding issues, but the 90s Hip Hop Pop beats take Who We Are beyond the realms of Party Hip Hop and allowed Topnotch to cook up an unforgettable anthemic earworm. If any new release deserves to go viral this year, it’s Who We Are.
Who We Are is due to drop in August, you’ll be able to catch it on all streaming platforms including SoundCloud, in the meantime, you can check out Topnotch’s equally as energetic hits.
Philadelphia-based Rap artist Platune has just dropped their debut EP “Enter the Cave” featuring the colossal track “The Assassin”. Any fans of Wu-Tang Clan are going to want to hear the flawlessly fiery release.
Everything is on point in the Assassin. The way Platune’s snappy Rap bars collide against the smooth grind of the Old School instrumentals, the atmospheric layers which pull you deeper into the beguiling mix and the laceratingly sharp lyrics which offer a straight-up attack on the ludicrous state of our society.
By starting off with a sample affirming that all is vanity and illusion, the unfaltering tone for the track is set and it sticks until the dark, eerie, convictive track fades to a close. I honestly can’t remember the last time I heard so much visceral conviction in any track. Platune is exactly the kind of Rap artist we need on the airwaves right now.
You can check out Platune’s hit The Assassin for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.
For their latest tension-stripping feat of Jazz-layered downtempo Hip Hop “Staring at the Sun”, Erol Sabadosh teamed up with Ron Wayne to create an unforgettably cathartic playlist staple.
Through steady beats, soothing blasts of sax and the magnetically immersive Rap verses which will take you right back to the time when the Fresh Prince was king, listening to Staring at the Sun isn’t something that can be done half-heartedly.
If it weren’t for the deep grooves and lashings of Funk, Staring at the Sun would fall on the more ambient side of Hip Hop, but there’s plenty of energy to leave you feeling adrenalized from the moment you hit play.
You can check out the official lyric video to Staring at the Sun which dropped on May 9th for yourselves via YouTube.
Prepare your Summer Hip Hop playlists for DLNQNT & 4rif’s exotically sweet single Go Gadget.
The light organically sun-soaked beats create smooth grooving rhythms which serve as the perfect platform for DLNQNT & 4rif’s soulful vocals which bring plenty of good vibes. And let’s be honest, we need good-vibes now more than ever.
Despite the lyrics being fresh, they still invoke 90s nostalgia through the references to 80s and 90s cartoons making Go Gadget more than accessible for anyone who grew up in the 90s.
You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Go Gadget for yourselves. In the meantime, you can check out DLNQNT & 4rif on SoundCloud and social media. They’re definitely artists you’ll want on your radar.
DonnieCoupe’s playfully experimental approach to Old School Hip Hop in their recently released single “Tomorrow” is as refreshing as it is unforgettable.
Tomorrow kicks off with a unique take on Alicia Morton’s iconic track Tomorrow before progressing into a solid downtempo Jam with steady beats and an infusion of Jazz to amplify warmth of the mix.
While none of our tomorrow’s are going to be quite as lit or exciting as the hedonism which is contained in DonnieCoupe’s track for quite a while, it’s still a resolving track to sink into and soak up the soul.
Yet, DonnieCoupe does use his lyrical wit to serve a stark reminder that we’re never guaranteed today or tomorrow. Even in the midst of a pandemic that’s easy to forget. So, mortality reaffirming tracks which celebrate life such as this one will always be necessary on the airwaves and our playlists.
You can check out Tomorrow for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.
Living Alright is the oceanically hazy second single to be released from up and coming Hip Hop artist Don C which follows on from his debut single Life. He may have dropped the tempo in his second single, but the amount of soul and energy remains as a constant between the two releases.
Only after hearing the fresh new take on old school Hip Hop, did I realise how few humbly reflective Rap tracks are on the airwaves. The gratified introspective which is laid down in Living Alright is essential on the airwaves right now.
As the Rap bars run through the resonant lyrics, the Jazz-soaked warm, smooth beats create an ambient flow to give Living Alright a sunny cathartic feel. By bringing $togie Bryant in on the mix, Don C created a well-rounded mix which fans of contemporary Hip Hop and Old School alike will appreciate.
You can check out Living Alright for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
Up and coming Hip Hop artists who offer accessibility and experimentalism in the same infectiously fresh mix aren’t discovered every day. Which is why we should be boundlessly grateful for the latest single “L.S.” from Sed’Trieaun.
Sed’Trieaun teamed up with J-Link to create a high-energy Jazz-infused track which will undoubtedly appeal to artists such as Jay Z, Drake, Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Kendrick Lamar.
Similarities aside, the multicultural drop breaks away from the monotony of Western Hip Hop and allows Sed’Trieaun to offer a distinctive hook-filled viscerally vibrant track. The sound of Sed’Trieaun stamping down their signature style is perceptible in every progression in L.S. It’s a rare release which will unite fans of Old School and Contemporary Hip Hop alike.
You can check out Sed’Trieaun’s single L.S. for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
Fans of smooth Old School Hip Hop will undoubtedly want to pay attention to the latest release “Survival of the Fittest” from up and coming artist Kaedo.
With a new studio album due to drop, there has never been a better time to jump on the hype around this trailblazer of an artist who perceptibly excelled in reviving old school sounds with brand-new contemporary appeal.
The atmospheric groove alone is enough to make you want to want to give Survival of the Fittest repeat attention. There are also the incredibly immersive melodic progressions which give the track an Indie vibe and the candid lyrics don’t just sting, they burn with sincerity.
You can check out Kaedo’s single for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.
MC King Khan went right back to old school with their latest drop “Drama”. We all know those people who thrive on drama and centre their lives around it. This track is the antidote to the frustration felt by people infatuated with drama.
The EDM Hip Hop beats pack a punch at the same time as allowing you to appreciate the chilled vibe of the mix. With lashings of bass within the light shimmering experimental mix, the track resonates as playful whilst losing none of the conviction or passion which Drama was born from.
And MC King Khan perceptibly didn’t hold back when it came to penning the wit-soaked Rap bars. You can practically feel the catharsis which they felt while writing Drama.
You can check out MC King Khan’s latest single via Spotify
Up and coming Hip Hop artist DomiDELLA dropped their latest single “Breadwinner” on November 19th. Fans of lyrically fierce, instrumentally monstrous West Coast-style Rap won’t want to wait around in getting DomiDELLA on their radars for 2020.
Thanks to their artistic ingenuity and lyrical wit, Breadwinner is a track which pulls you in deeper with each hyped high-octane verse. It may incorporate some old school OG Hip Hop elements. But it doesn’t come much fresher than this.
Rappers who put that much energy into their bars aren’t found every day. DomiDELLA is definitely one to watch. With their fiery stylistic beats, ability to wax lyrical, and make each and every word resonate, he’s a triple threat.
You can check out Breadwinner for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.