Breaking hip hop artist MoneyWay K reached the pinnacle of new wave indie hip hop with his latest release, ‘IDKY’. The trap beats run through intricate melodies while MoneyWay K’s reverb-swathed vocals flow with the grooves as they verse the lyrics that play with the themes of misanthropy and romantic apathy. IDKY may just be the most relatable rap track that has dropped in 2021 so far.
Any fans of Mac Miller, Lil Peep, Juice WRLD and XXXtentacion will want to make room on their playlists for IDKY. The track couldn’t be more candid, honest or raw, but MoneyWay K still maintained a gritty convictive presence in the single that will leave you hooked with every progression.
You can check out the official video that dropped on May 9th by heading over to YouTube.
Blank666’s standout single, ‘Wasted’, poignantly exposes the darker side of the hedonist lifestyle that many rap artists are quick to glamourise. But not many lyrics hit as hard as the deeply introspective ones you will find here that wistfully regret choosing escapism over affection.
To give you an idea of just how heartfelt a track Wasted is, if Simple Plan switched from alt-rock to rap, their sound would carry plenty of reminiscences. The lo-fi indie feel to the simple yet poignant offering of alt hip hop amplifies the intimacy but Wasted is so much more than your average emo melancholy-fest thanks to the grooves and four to the floor beats that allows energy to echo through the mix.
You can check out the official video to Wasted by heading over to YouTube now.
Alternative artist Timmy the Boy has contributed to the airwaves for the past three years with this unique take on alt hip hop; he has garnered plenty of well-earned hype in the process. The prolific artist has collaborated with numerous major-league producers and worked with sensational featuring artists, but evidently, plenty of the alchemy in his evocative tracks is entirely his own.
The US-based artist possesses the enviable ability to explore raw emotion in his music while never drawing the listener into melancholy. Instead, he lays down all too relatable emotion while allowing his beats to tease optimism and connection.
His most recent single, Run to You, featuring Jocc and produced by Mikeisotb, can easily be considered a cloud rap playlist staple. With genres merged and plenty of atmosphere under the dual vocals, it’s as indulgently unique as it is distinctively immersive.
You can check out Timmy the Boy’s tracks for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.
Trevor Quest has released his sophomore single, ‘Project Girl’, in collaboration with Eddie Geno and J Will; the modernistic trap mix sits right on the contemporary curve while allowing the breaking artist to stamp down their signature sensual RnB-infused sound.
The spacey atmospheric single utilises plenty of reverb, vocally and instrumentally, but with the solid 808s in the mix, the track boasts the kind of structure that makes it impossible for your mind to wander from the dreamy urban ambience and the magnetism in Trevor Quest’s smooth vocal timbre.
Project Girl officially released on April 1st; it is available to stream and download on Apple Music. You can also check out Project Girl via YouTube.
Opening with some delicious violin and piano, Unique M.D.s ‘Last Words’ is a slow, chilled, but powerful slice of old-school Hip Hop telling the story of the end of a relationship, M.D.’s flow tripping over the 808 hi-hats and laid-back bassline, all early-Eminem and Dre.
Following up his earlier singles ‘Let’s Take a Trip’ and ‘First Date’, ‘Last Words’ bookends the relationship with this breakup story, the American rapper’s prolific back-catalogue showcases his style; with ‘Last Words’, M.D.’s made an easy, relaxed-feel track that still has a potent lyrical message.
Berlin-based artist Hranrad’s standout track, Misdemeanour, taken from his EP, Persona, is ambient aural experimentation at its finest. The self-described ‘genre-curious bedchamber producer’ was just as eccentrically playful with Misdemeanour as he was with his bio.
The delicate tapestry of contrasting and complementary tones is unapologetically authentic, not just in terms of sonic originality, you’ll truly get a sense that the notion of pretences was a million miles away from this tender and expressively honest track. We hope to hear plenty more of his haunting yet comforting melodies in 2021 and beyond.
Misdemeanour is available to stream with the rest of Hranrad’s debut EP, Persona, via Spotify.
No artist can pull the art out of melancholy quite like Florida-residing indie-pop artist MASSIVESAD. His latest release, ‘Make This Real’, is just as evocatively astute as his previous releases, but this time, he brought his cinematic dream-pop sound to an ethereal new level.
Make This Real is another addition to MASSIVESAD’s forthcoming concept album that experiments with spoken word confessions between psychedelically ambient soundscapes. His sound may constantly be in-flux, but MASSIVESAD always succeeds in leading you to a state of mind where you’re open to suggestibility. Through his art, he asks difficult yet essential questions about the human experience; with Make This Real, he explores how we deal with our mental health and the mental health of those around us.
We all know that reaching out is the best thing to do when you’re feeling low and the right thing to do is support others who are struggling, but what about the grey areas? The grey areas which tell us to take individual responsibility and to remain the pillar of strength and leave us inclined to avoid the infectious ennui of others to maintain our own sanity.
Make This Real is now available to stream via SoundCloud.
‘Heartfealt’ isn’t an adjective easily affixed to cloud rap, but East Stroudsberg-based artist, SIxPortalz left us with few other ways to allude to the evocative and all-baring nature of his latest single, ‘YOUNG LUV’.
With melodic piano keys introducing the track and still running between the 808s through the verses, YOUNG LUV possesses all of the rhythmic pull of a sad pop ballad, but there’s no compromise to the raw and honest nature of the lyrics and the delivery. He’s set the bar for emo rap artists with his soulfully bruising approach.
You can check out the official video to YOUNG LUV for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.
At 18-years-old, Swedish producer and singer-songwriter 9URIE already has seven years of experience in creating music; his latest single, ‘Barely Alive’, shows just how much he has honed-in on his skills.
Barely Alive perfectly alludes to the mentality of feeling nothing but ennui as dark thoughts spill through your consciousness, but there’s still that spark of life residing within that assures you that there’s something worth fighting for.
It almost feels ironic that I stumbled across 9URIE’s latest release on Chester Bennington’s birthday. A lot may have happened musically since Hybrid Theory, but 9URIE’s grippingly dark hip hop release carries a candle for it and parallels the level of emotion. It’s honest and raw tracks such as this that open up the conversation around mental health and depression. 9URIE is definitely one to watch.
You can check out Barely Alive for yourselves by heading over to Spotify or SoundCloud.
New York-born hip hop artist Nicky L’s music journey may have started with the influence of Eminem, The Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac and Nas, but for their latest release, Curtains Closed, they drew in the stylings of XXXTENTACION and Juice WRLD to offer a unique combination of old school and new wave.
The track perfectly captures the bitterness of those young love catastrophes where you can tell that it will be a disaster from the start, but something forces you down that path all the same. It follows on from their debut release, ‘Little City Freestyle’, which served as the perfect introduction to Nicky L’s style where lyrically, he lays it all down on the line and through his delivery, you can hear their determination to join the ranks of NYC hip hop greats. Based on Curtains Closed, it seems likely.
Curtains Closed is available to stream via Spotify.