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.
If there’s one thing that sets Ohio-residing artist BQpid’s sound apart from the rest, it is the depth of his lyrics that throw away any sense of disingenuous pretence. In his latest self-produced single, Ceilings, the atmospherically sallow indie trap melodies carry reminiscence to the likes of Post Malone and Mac Miller but with the dark undertone to Ceilings, he well and truly put himself in a league of his own.
For maximum evocative impact, the 18-year-old artist and producer worked elements of pop and RnB into the vocals in the emo-rap track that brings a brand new level of meaning to the word ‘candid’.
‘Holographic’ is the sophomore release from breaking alt trap artist Delmarvae Naupranae; his trippy evocative productions have garnered plenty of hype since his debut with ‘Blue Roses’ earlier this year.
At just 1:33-minutes long, it’s a short and sweet kaleidoscopic ride through snappy 808s and reverb-drenched beats that Delmarvae Naupranae’s despondently true to voice vocals fuse into. Holographic isn’t a track that you vibe out to; it is one that you vibe into.
With his urbanely avant-garde style, Delmarvae Naupranae is notably one to watch.
Holographic is now available to stream on Spotify.
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.
Up and coming hip hop artist P.F’s latest 3-track release, ULTRA OMEGA RUBY ZERO POINT FIVE, is as avant-garde as hip hop gets. The lead track, Opium, kicks off with bruising lashings of bass reverberating around scuzzy and harsh instrumentals, which merge trap, shoegaze and chiptune.
The use of sonic walls of noise to achieve the same level of disquietedness that is in the tormented lyrics was nothing short of genius on P.F’s side. He has all the potential to go viral with his electrifying releases that are visceral enough to act as a sign of the times. If this is the future of hip hop, we are here for it.
Check out Opium and the rest of P.F’s tracks via SoundCloud.
Up and coming NYC-born, Florida-based hip hop artist YsL Milli has taken his sound in a darker direction with the release of his single, Been Here Before, taken from his upcoming 2022 album, Reach the Stars.
From a chilling and ethereal prelude, a dark trappy track transpires and allows YsL Milli’s vocals to bleed into the experimental downtempo instrumentals that will leave you hooked through the ingenuity in the spatial effect and the depth of the lyrics that do plenty more than just scratch at the surface.
It is tracks like Been Here Before that practically make the concept of genres redundant. His constraint-less expressionist style utilises a myriad of genres to tune into the pensive tone of the release that explores the frustration of always finding yourself back at the starting point or even further back.
There are plenty more than two chords in The Neverending Mixtape’s dark jungle hip hop hit JAWS! that features 724x, Wolfman Longarm, Stakes, ¡kylkenny! And Trip C.
The bass-drenched hit was created by strangers who met on the internet and formed a consistently expanding collective that now includes over 40 members. All of their rapid-fire aggressive trap bars were recorded in their home and personal studios before the beats were engineered and produced across the globe within the collective.
After building a loyal fan base, the collective ensured they had plenty more releases locked, loaded and ready to drop. If you pride yourself on having the freshest hip hop talent on your playlists, make room for The Neverending Mixtape.
You can check out JAWS! for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.
LA-born, San Antonio-based experimental artist SORAthaMOON has released his latest dark trap single, Damn, featuring Ivytheterrible, produced by sil; the genre-melding lo-fi track runs free from stylistic constraint. Discernibly, the artist doesn’t follow trends; he creates vibes and eases you into them with the rhythmic pull of his viscerally eerie instrumentals.
Despite the chilling tone, SORAthaMOON’s playful attitude ensured that the ensnaring release isn’t without a potent shot of charisma. The roots of old school hip hop pull through in Damn, but SORAthaMOON contorts them into his signature sound that we are sure will see him go far.
Check out Damn for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.
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.
If you could imagine what it would sound like if Juice Wrld and Covenant collaborated, you’ll get a good idea of what’s in store when you hit play on the standout track, ‘Infectious’ in Infinity Dragon’s latest album, ‘GodKing’.
In place of the usual trappy 808s, Infinity Dragon opted for entrancing EBM-style beats that blaze beneath layers of reverb in the euphoric mix that certainly isn’t without its conviction – which mainly comes down to the snarling and inventively-distorted rap bars. The ingenuity that lies in Infectious easily parallels what you’ll find in Saul Williams’ most authentic tracks – the only difference is that Infinity Dragon didn’t need to pull in Trent Reznor for the production.
Infectious is now available to stream along with the rest of Infinity Dragon’s obscurely danceable alt-rock album via Spotify.