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Dan B. and Zorenzo teamed up to cook up a powerfully sobering feat of Indie RnB Hip Hop “Please”

https://music.apple.com/us/album/please-feat-zorenzo-single/1516182145

After a string of successful singles, up and coming US Rap artist Dan B. has dropped a firestorm of a hit with his latest release “Please” featuring Zorenzo.

Every time I hear a contemporary track tackling current issues, I feel my perspectives shift. After hearing Please, my perspective took a seismic transposition. The slow and evocatively compelling feat of RnB Hip Hop is sure to hit a nerve if you have a shred of empathy left Their sobering introspection which shows just how deeply systemic racism is ingrained within our society will leave you grounded, but Please is anything but your usual morose RnB single. It’s empowering, it’s comforting, and importantly it’s educational.

I’m not ashamed to say that I couldn’t make it to the end of the mix with dry eyes. The stunning Alt-Rock instrumentals which lay down absorbing riffs behind the solid structure of the drumbeats are the perfect sweetener to this sobering hit.

There’s also plenty to say about the poetic air to Dan B.’s lyrics. I could tell you all about it, but you’ve got ears. You can check out Dan B.’s latest single Please which dropped on June 17th for yourselves via apple music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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AkaMicLarry returns with powerful Hip Hop video for ”George Floyd”

AkaMicLarry is a Colombian born indie artist, freelance music producer, videographer and graphic design artist who has just dropped his visuals for ”George Floyd”.

AkaMicLarry who moved to London with his family when he was young as a refugee, sends out quite the powerful tribute to the sad loss of George Floyd. This song details exactly what happened and the absolute frustration with the local police force. The visuals here are striking with the the protests out in the streets and what is really going on out there.

George Floyd” is a huge statement and the rhymes from AkaMicLarry are of like a freestyler who is making a  raw song with tight flows. This is a Hip Hop charged video and song with a massive message of unity against atrocious acts against the Black community. Black Lives Matter and the huge support has left tremors blowing all the way around the world. Hopefully this song AkaMicLarry helps educate those that think with about anything else they have read or watched on TV.

Stream this new track here on YouTube.

Check out this artist on Facebook.

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In the wake of George Floyd’s Death, RnB Soul artist Brent Williams asks the devastating question of “What If It Was Me” in their latest single

https://music.apple.com/ca/album/what-if-it-was-me/1522186448?i=1522186449

RnB Soul artist Brent Williams’ latest single “What If It Was Me” asks a sobering question which has been on the minds of black people for generations. Not just after George Floyd’s murder.

While I’ve heard innumerable justified aggressive attacks on systematic racial oppression lately, Brent Williams took a more soulful approach to point out the devastating reality for every black person living in fear.

Hopefully, their release can help the narrowminded realise the utter absurdity in racial prejudice. On the flip side, I can only imagine how many people fighting the same battle as Brent Williams will find invaluable resonance in this single. It may be a downtempo ambient RnB hit, but that doesn’t prevent What If It Was Me from hitting excruciatingly hard.

You can check out What If It Was Me which dropped on July 10th by heading over to Apple Music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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SLSTRSS has released her fiercely empowering Neo-Soul single “Better”

Up and coming Neo-Soul artist SLSTRSS dropped the music video for her seminal single Better on July 4th. Prepare to be galvanized.

We’re all feeling a little caged and frustrated at the state of the world right now, SLSTRSS latest single offers you an inspirationally powerful different outlook. Refusing to deal with the world as it is doesn’t have to mean resigning in apathy, as SLSTRSS poignantly alludes, we can simply start to be better.

Despite the smooth soulful production, Better is definitely one of the most hard-hitting tracks I’ve heard this year. If you’re looking for an empowering aural pick me up, look no further.

You can check out the official video to SLSTRSS’ latest single by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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AJ Peoples has dropped their visceral attack on 2020 with their revolution-calling single “Do I…”

Up and coming Hip Hop artist AJ Peoples’ latest single “Do I…” stands as a testament to the fact that the best music is born out of dark times.

The track perfectly captures the anger, confusion and need for revolution that we’ve all felt over the last few months. But AJ Peoples does far more than just relay details from a shared experience. The passion, venom and conviction in Do I… have the power to change your outlook on lockdown and the BLM movement. The energising track gives you a fresh hit of frustration with how the world is currently unravelling before us, it also compels you to throw away any complacency and apathy and use your voice. We might not all have the lyrical prowess as AJ Peoples, but that’s no reason to stay silent.

In short, Do I… is an unforgettable perception-shifting track which I’d need a significant brain injury to forget.

You can check out the official video to AJ Peoples’ single which dropped on June 24th for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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JAY DVRDEN’s latest release No Justice is a chilling Shoegaze-infused Trap attack on racial injustice

Alt Hip Hop artist JAY DVRDEN’s tracks always have an overwhelmingly profound effect. Naturally, their latest release “No Justice” featuring Rap artist Lil Rose TFB which chillingly alludes to the injustice revolving around the unforgivable number of black lives lost hit insanely hard.

JAY DVRDEN kept with their usual sludgy Grunge Trap style with No Justice. The angular cutting notes weave through the rattle of the 808s and vocals bleed into the mix just enough to find perfect synergy with the morose melodies.

The Trap artist’s ability to make nuances of Shoegaze carry the same mesmerising hypnotic draw as they do in Slowdive’s tracks makes JAY DVRDEN one of the most pioneering artist’s I’ve heard this year.

Aural fascination aside, No Justice is exactly the kind of track which we need more of right now. It grounds you in empathy and compassion for the victims of police brutality and charges you with the motivation to take a stand.

You can check out the official music video to No Justice which premiered on June 21st via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dre Bennett has dropped their perception-shifting, gratitude-invoking Hip hop track “Dynamic”

After the success of their debut single “Believe”, up and coming Hip Hop artist Dre Bennett stepped into the recording booth with yet another perception-shifting track with “Dynamic”.

Dynamic captures many different atrocities which we’re facing in 2020, but between the sobering illustrations of injustice are reminders not to take anything for granted. Systematic racial oppression and high unemployment rates are very real issues. But fighting them doesn’t mean you need to resign to hopelessness and despair.

It’s all too easy to fall into an existential hole these days. Fresh and resonant Hip Hop tracks like Dynamic are essential to have on the airwaves to remind you that optimism isn’t impossible, and apathy isn’t the only answer.

With lines like “Your perceptions are not my reality,” you’re forced to consider your personal perception of reality. Dre Bennett’s lyrical wisdom is worth its weight in gold.

You can check out Dynamic along with Dre Bennett’s other releases via Spotify and all other major streaming services via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nature – Correction: Lyrically Charged Progressive Hip Hop

Nature

Orlando-based Hip Hop artist Nature has recently dropped their lyrically-charged experimentally fresh standout single “Correction”.

If you didn’t feel passionate about the BLM movement before hitting play on Correction, you will after the progressive track has faded to a close. Correction kicks off with archaic hazy tones before the rattle of the Trap beats dominate the mix and creates a solid platform for Nature’s bars.

Expect clean and crisp beats with rapid-fire Rap delivery which leaves you hooked on every syllable in Nature’s verses as the track starts. But as Correction progresses, the soundscape drops in tempo making Nature’s lyrics even more resonating.

With lines like “I’m terrified someone wants to end me” after a lyrical attack on the vicious pious prejudiced minds who reinforce systematic racial oppression, Correction hits insanely hard.

You can check out Nature’s single Correction for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Justin Thomas has released their compassion-invoking Americana Country single “Just Let Me Breathe”

Justin Thomas’ latest Americana Country single “Just Let Me Breathe” is a metaphorical masterpiece. After a three-year stint in releases, the American artist found inspiration in injustice. The incident of George Floyd’s death was used to illustrate the suffocating impact of systematic racial oppression.

Naturally, Just Let Me Breathe had a compassion-invoking resounding effect. Yes, the slightly psychedelically infused, angular guitar licks were absorbing and awe-inspiring. Yet, Justin Thomas’ compelling vocal style along with their ability to guide you into a contemplative empathetic state is why you’ll never forget Just Let Me Breathe.

We hope to hear plenty more from Justin Thomas in 2020 and beyond. Tracks such as Just Let Me Breathe are worth their weight in aural gold.

Just Let Me Breathe is available to stream via Soundcloud.

For more info head over to the artist’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tjuan Trouble has gone viral with their fiery perspective on the BLM protests “READY 2 DIE”

US Rap artist Tijuan Trouble’s latest single READY 2 DIE, which captures the unfaltering resilience behind the BLM movement has already amassed 18k streams on SoundCloud alone. There’s little room to wonder why.

The viscerally powerful track contains an empowering mix of anger and passion which draws you in from the first verse. As the fiery Rap verses run through, you’re grounded by the reality by the situation while being simultaneously in absolute awe of the sheer amount of conviction which Tjuan Trouble has thrown into the flawless mix.

If any Hip Hop track deserves to go viral this year, it’s this one. It hits devastatingly hard that to this day people are willing to trade their lives for respect. But it’s tracks like this that we all need to be paying attention to.

You can check out READY 2 DIE for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast