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Contemporary Hip Hop

Vibe in style with 12WELVE ambient lo-fi trap track, Wake Up

With his lucid bilingual rap bars falling into the ambient lo-fi trap beats, Latino rapper and producer 12WELVE’s latest single, Wake Up, is as invigorating as it is indulgently mellow.

The Houston, Texas-based artist takes inspiration from the likes of The Weeknd, 88GLAM and Kanye West and wears his influences on his aural sleeve in the short and sweet hit which keeps the production simple to leave plenty of room for the resounding emotion in this vibing pensive hit.

Wake Up is the second single released from 12WELVE’s upcoming album, Forever My Love, where betrayal, love, anger and glamour will be uniquely explored. If you like to keep your chill wave playlists fresh, we’d recommend saving a spot on your radar.

Wake Up is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Deadrick Rydell lights up the high vibe hip hop genre with his latest single, Show Me Luv.

After making his 2018 debut, US hip hop artist Deadrick Rydell continues to pick up hype with his high vibes, sense of untamed soul and tendency to wear his heart on his sleeve to create honest connections with his fans.

His latest single, Show Me Luv, is the perfect introduction to the Texas-based artist’s instantly affable nature that makes the shimmering tones in the easy grooving single hit that little bit sweeter. With elements of Afrobeat in the evocatively light instrumentals, this tropic, sun-kissed hit hits the spot every time. We are already stoked to hear what follows.

Show Me Luv is now available to stream on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

Take off with Jamal Wade’s ‘Spaceship’

Hitch a ride off the planet with luminary hip hop artist Jamal Wade’s single ‘Spaceship’, taken from his latest EP, ‘April Very Own’.

With high-fire bars, ominous lyrical whispers, and ingenious diss lines, Jamal Wade efficaciously sets a sinister convictive tone in the atmospheric single. You would be hard-pressed to find an artist bringing the same amount of energy to the mic.The Tampa Bay native has stayed true to his style since making his indie debut with his EP, ‘God Forgive Me’, in 2019; as a result, he’s averaging 3 million monthly listeners on Spotify alone.

His bio is practically the ultimate success story for an up and coming rap artist in 2021. If he’s not already on your radar, we’d suggest making room.

Spaceship is now available to stream with the rest of April Very Own via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

LV Fresh catches us hard with ‘No Hook’

LV Fresh (a.k.a. Reginald Ferrari Jr), originally from NYC’s Bronx district and now based in Atlanta, Georgia, drops us a banging, upbeat slice of melodic Hip Hop straight from the streets. Punctuated by NSFW references, and with a video filled with gangs, guns, and green, this isn’t for the faint-hearted; but in amongst the Tec-9s and dope there’s some serious, well-crafted lyrical bounce and flow here. LV Fresh can certainly spit the rhymes out at the same RPM as the AR in the video; that’s ‘Rhymes Per Minute’, yo, and ‘No Hook’ could do some proper ballistic damage, but it’s also got some serious bop and hustle. You’ll want to check this out while it’s still (LV) fresh.

Watch the video for ‘No Hook’ on YouTube. Follow on Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

 

Sharpshooter (S.S) proves to be a lyrical force to be reckoned with in their single, ‘Legendary’

Pennsylvania hip hop artist Sharpshooter (S.S) has been creating hip hop for 15 years, always staying on-trend and in tune with current issues around injustice, as his 2020 album, ‘This Ain’t Nothin’ 4’ proves.

The standout single, ‘Legendary’, allows Sharpshooter (S.S) to exercise their lyrical wit and shine an all-baring light on the conflicting duality in our lived experiences.

With a nod to the struggles of introverts who want to succeed, the increasing toxicity of our digital world and music fans tendencies to not heed the wisdom in lyricism, Sharpshooter (S.S) has plenty to say and all of the talent and precision to ensure that his lyricism hits hard. With his convictive poetic precision, he is definitely worthy of his moniker. But under all that talent, there’s a magnetic charisma and soul which makes it all too easy for their razor-sharp analogies to blow your mind.

Check out Sharpshooter (S.S)’s album This Ain’t Nothin’ 4 via Spotify. Ironically, it is everything a die-hard hip hop fan could ask for.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

US Rap artist Threeseven delivers inspiring resilience with ‘Due Time’

With dark and bouncy light textures all interweaving in the colossal new drop ‘Due Time’ from Rap legend Threeseven, you’ll be immersed from the first verse.

From there on out, you’ll be locked into the masterful grind which follows a mesmeric pace, making it impossible not to get locked into the introspective-deep lyrics. If you want to hear what raw convictive resilience sounds like, hit play and find out.

Without any hint of self-aggrandized ego, Threeseven serves pure determination through the lyrics in Due Time. It really is only a matter of time before big things start to happen for them and their evocatively compelling sound.

You can check out Due Time for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Jai T takes introspective-deep Hip Hop to an ethereal new level with ‘Soldier’

With each new release from US Rap artist Jai T, the airwaves get a new demonstration of their versatility. With the release of their 2020 EP ‘Eclipse’, their dynamism and enigmatic prowess has never been more prominent.

‘Soldier’ is the perfect introduction to their introspective-deep wit-laden lyricism, but the true distinction within their sound is undoubtedly found within the style of the production. It isn’t every day that I get the pleasure of describing Hip Hop as ethereal, but you’d struggle to find a better adjective to allude to transfixing shimmering reverb which wraps around the tight synergistic beats.

You can check out Jai T’s latest track via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Canadian trailblazer SVLM offers a high-vibe Hip Hop playlist staple with ‘Six Speed’

SVLM has already taken the Canadian Hip Hop scene by storm, after the release of their latest track, Six Speed, he’s about to tempestuously dominate international airwaves.

The high-vibe grooves paired with their charismatically-energetic personality made an earworm out of Six Speed, which is anything but mechanical despite the romantically meta automotive focus of the track.

Their ability to infuse their endearing personality in the music video made it impossible not to warm to SVLM. Their commercial potential is undeniable. Don’t just watch this space, get behind one of the most eccentrically magnetic artists dropping tracks in 2020.

You can check out the cinematic official music video which dropped on October 30th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Get lost in the fierce flow of 2ODIAC’s Hip Hop drop ‘TUT’

Up and coming Hip Hop artist 2ODIAC dropped one of the hottest tracks of 2020 with TUT, if you missed it, it is our pleasure to introduce you to the fierce instrumental flow and Rap verses which may as well have been spat by a viper.

TUT runs through as a visceral offering of Old School Hip Hop and New Wave Trap, with plenty of theatrical touches to the mix, 2ODIAC brings the vitality which the airwaves have been crying out for.

If the future of Hip Hop was placed in his hands, it would be more than safe. His tracks evoke emotion and arrest rhythmic pulses simultaneously. What more could you possibly ask for?

You can check out the official video to TUT for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Hip Hop artist Sealy Troh lays down mischievously savage lines in their latest release “Mallrat”

Up and coming Hip Hop artist Sealy Troh dropped their latest single Mallrat on September 18th. Any fans of Kevin Smith’s cult 1995 hit will definitely want to hit play. It may not be as grungy, but the grunge has been replaced with a flawless urban grind which allows the track to utterly dominate your consciousness. Expect the energy of the track to stay with you long after it has faded out too.

All artists give away their level of intelligence in their music, you’ll find plenty of ingenuity in this mischievously savage track as Sealy Troh lays down their witty observations. “Freak hoes, no clothes, only lord knows” … if I could go people-watching with anyone in the world, it would be Sealy Troh.

Mallrat is available to stream on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast