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Afro Beat Hip Hop

Corey Morris takes us to introspective church with his latest single, Can I

Hip Hop and old school soul coalesce in Corey Morris’ latest sun-bleached single, Can I, which conceptually allows the lyrical tone to contrast with the mellow, celestial instrumentals. With choruses repetitively asking, “can I live, can I motherfucking live”, Morris expresses his internal conflict as a result of the external chaos that leaves us all aware of how far we can fall.

While the track sonically encompasses the beauty, compassion and soul that we can find in the world, Morris’ pulls you back down from the dreamy plateau that the instrumentals put you on with his gritty introspection that asks the question that is never too far from any of our minds.

Can I is available on apple music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Tom X Wolfe serves a smorgasbord of culture with ‘SUPADUPAFLY’.

Tom X Wolfe

Aural innovator and producer Tom X Wolfe’s 2021 album, ‘RISKY’, is an intoxicating mash of pulsing impassioned culture. It is also an exhibition of the artist’s multi-genre production and arrangement talent that has previously seen Wolfe working alongside Cash Sinatra, Maky Lavender and BGMFK. With over 3 million streams under his belt and plenty of international critical acclaim, Wolfe is set to take the industry by storm in 2021.

With African and Caribbean roots bedding down in the mix along with western notes of glitchy EDM hip hop, the lead track, ‘SUPADUPAFLY’, is the ultimate summer hip hop playlist staple. There is plenty of kick behind the 808s, but the snapping grooves feed into a sun-baked soundscape which throws plenty of jazz-laden haze your way.

Check out Tom X Wolfe on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Chima Nice – Drink MF Drink: The Ultimate Summer Hip Hop Mood-Booster.

Nigeria-born, Georgia, US-residing hip hop artist Chima Nice turned to music as a form of expression inspired by American culture upon his relocation at age 15. In 2021, he’s an artist championing individuality and positivity through standout tracks such as, Drink MF Drink.

With this high-vibe by default charisma and bubblingly dominant cadence, it is all too easy to get hooked in by Chima Nice’s mood-boosting sound that may not be mainstream yet, but it has all the potential to be.

If your summer hip hop playlists need a shakeup, make Drink MF Drink a staple.

You can check out Drink MF Drink for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Mowille – Number 1 featuring Damola Davis and Genesys

If you pride yourself on having the hottest Hip Hop artists on your playlists, you’ll need to make room for Mowille, especially after the release of their latest culturally-explosive EP ‘Odusty (Omo Durodola Son of the Year)’.

The intro track, ‘Number 1’, sets the perfect tone for the Nigerian-born, London, UK-based artist’s most dynamic release – to date – we have no doubt there will be plenty more to come from Mowille and their transxingly distinctive take on Hip Hop. With tender Indie Tones melding with African Rhythm in the RnB-influenced Rap track, you’d be hard-pressed to find another UK artist bringing such vibrant energy to the airwaves.

You can check out Number 1 for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Medy Lema serves up pure serotonin in their latest high-vibe Hip Hop drop “Say to Me”

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Belgian-born, UK-based Hip Hop artist Medy Lema’s latest single “Say to Me” will have you sharing in the same exuberant energy it was produced with before the first verse has run through.

It’s sexy, it’s vibrant, it’s playful, more importantly, it does exactly what good high-vibe Hip Hop is supposed to, it pulls you away from reality and smothers you in good-vibes. Whatever mood you’re in when you hit play on Say to Me, I can guarantee it will be made better by the unparalleled level of ingenuity and soul. The multicultural rhythmically fire drop incorporates Afro beats around elements of Funk, Disco, House and Hip Hop to serve up pure urban aural alchemy.

You can check out Medy Lema’s fresh new drop for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Lo-Ke drops “Henny Nights”

Born in London, raised in France, and schooled in the USA, bi-national musician/rapper/producer Lo-Ke brings the summertime party with this upbeat-but-low-key (pun very much intended) electronic/reggaeton crossover track with producer Shadow Kyd.

Upfront hip-hop vocals meet Latin bachata-style rhythms, sparkling keys, and chilled out, Daddy Yankee-style 125 BPM.

It swings, in a dembow kind of way, under Lo-Ke’s tale of hot summer nights, Hennessy, missed flights, and waking up ‘with a cute girl on my right’, perfectly capturing those living for the moment, fairy-lighted steamy dancehall nights and hot, Latin, grooves.

You can check out Henny Nights via SoundCloud.

Review by Alex Holmes

Mowille – “Sugar Daddy”: tongue-in-cheek summeriness that will stick in your head for days

Mowille is a UK-based Nigerian rapper known for recording in both English and his native Yoruba; for his latest, he’s partnered up with Damola Davis and Uchay to bring us the tongue-in-cheek ‘Sugar Daddy’. The track skirts around the boundaries of Afrobeat, hip-hop, and R&B whilst maintaining something playful and unique, all the while showcasing Mowille’s (occasionally on-the-line) humour.

Yeah, it’s probably not going to win any awards from the PC-brigade, but with a chorus this stormingly catchy, who cares? The lyrics are fun with a great hook, there’s some serious stylistic versatility across Mowille, Davis, and Uchay, and musically the track is bouncy, chilled, and uplifting all at the same time. Watch out for this one, it’s distinctive, frisky, and summery as hell, with a chorus that will stick in your head for days.

Check out Mowille on Spotify.

Review by Alex Holmes

Afro Beats Meets Hip Hop in delz Latest Single “Go and Get Rich”

Houston-based Rapper & producer delz recently dropped his latest fiery New Wave Trap track “Go and Get Rich”. Fans of high-fire Hip Hop will want to pay attention.

Instead of using pure momentum to bring energy to the mix, delz utilised a smorgasbord of different vibrant influences and tones in Go and Get Rich. You’ll be able to pick up on nuances of Pop, Rock, and Afro Beats, the latter brings plenty of warmth to the grinding immersive track.

It’s all too easy to lose yourself in the high-vibe rhythms in Go and Get Rich, it’s infectious from the first hit. Delz is evidently one to watch, especially if you’re a fan of contemporary artists such as J. Cole or Travis Scott.

You can check out Go and Get Rich for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast