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Feel the Flow of Joey Ivy’s Transfixing Feat of Hip Hop “Golden Ticket”

Breaking Hip Hop artist Joey Ivy’s latest single “Golden Ticket” kicks off with a hauntingly phantasmic prelude which won’t fail to leave you transfixed by the archaic samples which set the perfect tone for the experimentally arrestive mix.

There may be plenty of Old School elements in Golden Ticket stylistically. But lyrically, Golden Ticket is well and truly grounded in the 21st century. If any Rap artist can put Pasadena on the map, it’s Joey Ivy. The flow and grind to their playful and witty bars are practically unparalleled. It practically begs for repeat attention by allowing you to draw more out of the powerful lyrics with each hit.

You can check out Golden Ticket for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Yung Casper – Toxic: A Sucker Punch of Alt Hip Hop Ingenuity

Yung Casper brought an elemental amount of energy to their standout Alt EDM Hip Hop track Toxic. The sonically-paced single is the perfect introduction to the up and coming artist’s sound which takes influence from the likes of Eminem. Yet, before the first verse in the short and sweet track has run through you’ll be sucker-punched by Yung Casper’s authenticity.

‘Toxic’ seems to be a word which gets bound around a lot with little thought recently, Yung Casper’s wittily relentlessly rapid Rap bars will invite you to explore the context of one of 2020’s most prolific buzzwords.

The bass-driven beats provide the perfect platform for Yung Casper’s almost hypnotic lyrical fire which comes complete with a tongue-in-cheek attitude. We’ll definitely never forget it.

You can check out Toxic for yourselves via Spotify or Soundcloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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D.Carr The Fly Guy has dropped the slickest Hip Hop track of the year with their single “Puddle”

Hip Hop doesn’t come much slicker than breaking Rap artist D.Carr The Fly Guy’s recently released, flawlessly produced single “Puddle”.

Puddle was created with equal parts attitude, grit and instrumental ingenuity. The contrast between the light and delicate notes and D.Carr The Fly Guy’s salaciously convictive Rap bars ensured that you’ve never hit play on a Hip Hop track quite like this before.

D.Carr The Fly Guy is definitely one to watch. It’s not every day you come across a Hip Hop artist offering striking authenticity in their sound, and it’s even rarer to find an artist with such a magnetic vibe. Get him on your radar.

You can check out the official music video to D.Carr The Fly Guy’s standout single for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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”Cooped Up” is conscious Theodis Soul single with meaning

When you stop trusting what you hear or read on TV- you can feel let down and robbed. You begin to doubt everything you have been taught and that sinking feeling in your stomach make its appearance. Theodis Soul expresses his disgust in a stylish manner with one of the most important Hip Hop tracks of 2020.

Usually quite chilled in his approached, this is a new and much-needed direction change for this artist with a bright future.

Theodis Soul takes on a political journey with a few ups and many downs. A relevant look into the mind of a conscious Hip Hop artist that truly gets it. After being cooped up for so long with little leadership in his country- things have exploded and he can’t hide his face anymore. Reality has hit. Soul’s skills are of a high level and he flows through the track like a old pro. ”Cooped Up” is a self-aware song and he is looking after his soul and is tired of being behind the same four walls. This is a great Hip Hop track full of funky beats and clever lyrics. Blending the new school and old school in one song is a tough feat that he has managed.

Stream more from this brilliant emcee with a real story to tell on his Spotify channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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GrayeScale returns to music game with trapped ”Shower Thoughts”

With an ability to both sing and rap to a very high standard, GrayeScale makes his comeback to the music game with his new single called ”Shower Thoughts”. After almost a year away from music releases, he drops this hauntingly passionate track to remind us of his incredible talent for storytelling.

I can’t work out if GrayeScale ended up getting married as per his 2nd to last Instagram post before the announcement for this new song. What I do know is that this single has so much pain inside and this is a sad song full of regret and negative thoughts. I also know what’s it’s like to be trapped inside your own head and this has all the signs of a man who needs those closest to him to step up.

Shower Thoughts” is a reflective song, full of sorrow and includes some quality singing and slick rapping from the young emcee. GrayeScale paints us a portrait of himself which graphically shows his current predicament of being stuck inside and not knowing how to fully breakout and claim his past exuberance again. This is a song of the highest quality, made with so much hurt, begging for us to unlock the door to his heart, so he may fly free again.

Stream more of this wildly talented artist right here on his SoundCloud.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Ace Reign drops 5 star flows with ”Love Me Anyway”

I love it when Emcee’s flow with such conviction but keep it all natural. Ace Reign has just done precisely that with her latest single, the beautifully crafted ”Love Me Anyway”.

Constant enlightenment is a such a necessity right now in the mask-filled world that we find ourselves in. Too often we watch and listen to sub-standard content just to pass time.  No longer. This is a fantastic Hip Hop song with a bit of soul sprinkled in with a touch of R&B love to fill up this tasty sandwich for us to happily consume.

Love Me Anyway” is a story of unconditional love, despite our flaws, loving someone deep down where you can see their heart. Pure & real, being patient with each other and making that extra effort to make it work. That indescribable feeling when you are with someone who makes you feel special always, no matter what.

Washington, DC’s Ace Reign has just released the lovers anthem of the year as she flows with such a calming and confident manner while also showing her vulnerable side with honest storytelling. This is an Emcee in her prime and with ”Love Me Anyway”, she shows us all that love can be quite simple and we just have to really believe in each other for it to truly work and be memorable.

Click here for the SoundCloud music of this soulful R&B Emcee.

Review by Llewelyn Screen

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MC KREWD proves that comedy does have a place in Hip Hop with her single “Single Mother Malady”

I’ve always been a firm believer that comedy has as much of a place in music as it does in Film. That belief is rock solid after listening to up and coming Aussie Hip Hop artist MC KREWD’s wittily satirical track Single Mother Malady.

If Kath & Kim did a Rap track, I have a feeling that it would sound a little like this. I mean, let’s be honest, we’ve heard enough Rap artist attempting to glamorise themselves and put us under the illusion that they’re baller deities. It was about time an artist shattered the illusion. MC KREWD absolutely obliterated it with her sense of humour.

MC KREWD’s approach to Hip Hop may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but artists so unapologetically bold and expressive will always have a place on the airwaves.

To fully appreciate Single Mother Malady, watching the official music video which premiered on April 30th, 2020 is a must. You can check it out for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Untold Poet is due to drop his most pensively poignant single yet with “Pieces” featuring Megan Rose

Essex-based wordsmith and Rap artist Untold Poet’s latest single “Pieces” featuring Megan Rose adds a significant amount of sincerity onto the airwaves. And that kind of honest, unfiltered connection is more essential now than ever.

Pieces puts our obsession and habits with social media under the aural lens, alluding to the suffocating nature of people’s behaviour online. Everyone’s an expert, everyone is holier than thou, everyone’s quick to judge, everyone is filtered… You may just end up wondering why you spend so much time scrolling through your news feed.

As the poetic Rap bars run through, you sink deeper into the narrative of the arrestive single. The pensively melodic Indie Hip Hop instrumentals also play a heavy hand in submerging you deeper into the soundscape. Adding Megan Rose’s smooth yet piercing RnB Pop vocals into the mix added even more weight to the track. Her vocals may be light and accordant but they share the same haunting air as the atmospheric stripped-back downtempo beats.

We’re ridiculously happy that Untold Poet has dropped onto our radar. After the transfixing track has faded to a close, you’ll undoubtedly feel the same.

Pieces was released on April 17th, you can check it out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bobby Royale – Bare Knuckle Dance Move: Fiery-Fresh Exotically Danceable Hip Hop

Bobby Royale has dropped their most grooving, energetically blazing Hip Hop track to date with “Bare Knuckle Dance Move”.  You’ll be hooked from the first entrancing notes in the Funk-soaked feat of exotically rhythmic Alt Hip Hop.

Bobby Royale’s bars effortlessly match the visceral super-charged energy which you’ll find in the instrumentals courtesy of the sun-soaked blasts of Sax around the inventively ingenious Hip Hop beats.

The up and coming artist certainly didn’t hold back on the experimentalism in Bare Knuckle Dance Move, but there’s absolutely no compromise to the accessibility. I’ve not been as excited by the beats in a Hip Hop track since I discovered That Handsome Devil. It has every potential to become a viral track.

You can check out Bobby Royale’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now, or you can

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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edub910 – I Will Not Lose: An Alt Rap Playlist Essential

https://open.spotify.com/track/6gtVlvId5FjdWuQ6UMKfVw

edub910 may have taken a five-year hiatus before their album “Scape G.O.A.T” dropped on January 17th but considering that it could easily be a contender for the best Rap album of the year, we can let them off.

edub910 may not share the same notoriety as the likes of Eminem but hit play on the standout track “I Will Not Lose” and tell me he doesn’t share the same innovation and talent. The level of energy in the polished mix locks you in tight while the lyrics which make you feel a little bit better about living in our warped society.

With lyrics which run through like vitriolic spoken word poetry and endearingly playful semi-orchestral instrumentals, it’s all too easy to fall into the relentless grind of the up-tempo aural firestorm. He’s come back with an aural vengeance. Now would be the perfect time to get him on your radar.

You can check out edub910’s album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast