Browsing Tag

Dark Hip Hop

Orval Hill and Lita Lee became the ultimate dark hip hop power couple in ‘Dark Vibez’.

While everyone else is going high with their vibes, Orval Hill went dark with his rhythmic masterpiece, Dark Vibez, featuring the iconic rapper in her own right, Lita Lee. Together, the duo is as electric as Die Antwoord, but thankfully infinitely less problematic, despite the ‘schizo rap’ style which has come to define Orval Hill’s moody sonic style and playfully twisted lyrics.

With ethereal reverb snaking around the steady rattle of the 808s, there’s a phantasmal avant-garde essence to Dark Vibez, which you may be able to hear if you can tear yourself away with the hypnotic bounce of the rap bars. Honestly, if you can hit still through it, you may as well be in a coma.

The official music video for Dark Vibez premiered on July 30th. Check it out on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

New age spirituality meets alt-hip hop in Kyron Rizzo’s latest single, High Priestess Pu$$y

Any fans of Lords of Acid will undoubtedly want to delve into the salaciously spiritual latest single from Kyron Rizzo. With the jazzy horn stabs around the rattle of the 808s and the beguile in Rizzo’s smooth yet fierce RnB rap vocals, High Priestess Pu$$y is as seductive as it is darkly alluring.

In their own words, the single is “for the Hot Girlz & Tarot Reading Hoez not afraid to WIND, TWIST, & POP their shit: in the club, car, kitchen, or shower.” The Avant-Garde work may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for anyone that likes their aural poison a little stronger and steeped in edgy magnetism, it will have all the makings of a playlist staple.

High Priestess Pu$$y will officially release on April 15th. You can check it out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

NBH Rucci searches for gravity in his latest single, Hold Me Down

In his latest single, “Hold Me Down”, the up and coming alt hip hop artist NBH Rucci explores the disparities between fears of being held down and lonely realities where connections feel transitional and leave us feeling short-changed.

The atmospheric dark indie hip hop single is an extension of the Michigan-hailing hip hop artist’s mission to share his triggering life events as a means of connecting with his fans and shining a light on the commonality of our pain. With trap and RnB nuances weaved into the short and sweet track that runs through in under 2-minutes, there is no denying that it hits the evocative spot and does it in a spectacularly succinct fashion.

Hold Me Down dropped on January 14th; you can check it out for yourselves via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Bronx Boom Bap: Dana X Rico Nasty – AgainxAgain

Dana

Dana brought boom bap hip hop into the millennial age with their latest dark track, AgainxAgain, featuring Rico Nasty. While old school hip hop fans can grasp at the nostalgia in the domineering mix, the new generation can get exhilarated by the clever hooks and versatile talent.

The featuring vocalist brought an incredible dynamic to the track; once the rapid-fire bars start to unravel, you can appreciate just how magnetic the drawl and deadpan preceding bars were. Throughout his career, the Bronx, NY-based artist has proven that his vocals can complement any beat, and he knows just how to create a laceratingly sharp vocal hook. He’s definitely one to watch.

AgainxAgain will be available to stream from November 26th, 2021, via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Get high with Adubs’ debut alt-hip hop album, The Come Up.

After his successful Halloween debut, the alt hip-hop luminary Adubs has dropped his dynamic debut album, The Come Up. In the opening track, Any Means, his relentlessly enigmatic rap bars groove to dark drill beats. The release takes a melancholic turn with track two, Baddie, which delivers pure spoken-word indie hip hop poetry over mellow RnB melodies.

Track three, featuring Gutta, brings the tempo back up and infuses hard-hitting electronica elements – showing yet another facet to Adubs’ endless stream of ingenuity that flows right through the album. The Come Up reaches visceral heights in the confrontationally direct track, I Promise, which exhibits the best of Adubs’ dynamic flow and ability to squeeze new meanings from words in a time when they can feel so meaningless.

The Come Up is now available to stream on all major platforms, including Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Bandklann Deed delivers gritty high-vibe hip hop in his seminal hit, Pop My Shit.

Judging by his seminal single, breaking US indie hip hop artist Bandklann Deed is on the rise with his grimy drill beats and even grittier lyrics. ‘Pop My Shit’ is a dark trappy hit that epitomises hustler hip hop to its core while still unravelling as fresh.

The enigmatic dominance drips with every clever lyrical blow as the old school instrumental style makes its best attempt to leave you adrenalised by the high-fire hit. Hint, it definitely succeeds. He may have an indie status, but that definitely doesn’t resound in the production quality of Pop My Shit. Hear it, and it will be in your head for days.

You can check out Bandklann Deed’s standout single, Pop My Shit, on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Novakane introduces you to his demons in his drill hip hop track, NITETIME

NITETIME is an insomnia track like no other; Novakane depicted the demons that always seem to creep in to greet us in the early hours while creating an adrenalizing drill track with party hip hop vibes.

Even though some of the glamour is stripped away from the hedonist lifestyle by the cutting witty lyrics, Novakane brought a sobering sense of realism to the release that allows you to see why so many people revel in excess and intoxicated escapism.

NITETIME is easily one of the hardest-hitting hip hop tracks that we’ve heard this year. We can’t wait to hear more.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Jay Staxx goes interstellar with his latest hit, Cosmic

Jay Staxx’ domineeringly dark trap sound has been garnering plenty of hype since he made his debut with his new moniker in 2021. His recently released seminal single, Cosmic, is a trippy ethereal hit that serves as the perfect introduction to his playful and gritty lyrics, his deadpan candour, and his atmospheric beats.

Alongside working on his music, Staxx is also a co-founder at Loyalty over Royalty Records in San Diego. After the passing of his mother, Tameka Russell, in 2019, he returned to the music scene with even more determination to make an impression on the airwaves. Considering that he is now averaging over 67k monthly listeners on Spotify alone, it is safe to say his hunger for greatness is being sated. We couldn’t think of anyone more deserving.

Cosmic is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

TRAP FREEDOM – Menace 2 Society: dark tones & introspective gold

The trailblazing US rapper, singer, producer and artist TRAP FREEDOM has unleashed his darkest trap track to date, Menace 2 Society. The scathing track finds a conceptual way to broach societal anger and challenge perceptions. Despite the menacing tone, it is a goldmine of introspection that all of society would benefit from heading.

If there is any silver lining to late-stage capitalism, it is singles such as this that unify us despite the corrupt socio-political system pitting us against each other. N.W.A. would be proud.

Menace 2 Society is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

BabyEros hit us right ‘In My Feels’.

Opening up with some eerily creepy guitar work and a heavily vocoder-sounding autotuned vocal, ‘In My Feels’ finds itself a genre-defying niche somewhere between alternative edgy trap and alt-rock; sounding like the unholy lovechild of Linkin Park, Alice In Chains, and Skrillex, ‘In My Feels’ is taken from BabyEros’ self-titled debut EP, and flips effortlessly between straight-out rock delivery and rapid-fire hip hop flow, it’s dark, brooding, and unsettling in equal measure, and that’s a very good thing. It’s a quality cross-over piece that deserves a proper listen.

You can check out BabyEros on YouTube and Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes