Bringing an eerie baroque, and almost honkytonk, touch to the trap genre is the latest single, rip/vip, from artist and enigma 3NSTY, who has gained a cult following for the resonance in his lyricism that predominantly traverses themes of alienation and depression.
With the horror-esque sound effects atop the artfully dark piano keys beneath his mumbled with relatable malaise rap bars, the track drips visceral melancholy as it ingeniously explores the juxtaposition between the two anacronyms. Anyone with a proclivity towards ennui and dejection will know that the two statuses are equally desirable when you’re psychologically scraping the barrel for serotonin.
rip/vip is now available to stream on SoundCloud along with the LP from which it was taken, Insomnia.
Jackson, Tennessee-hailing hip hop artist Clint Cash has allowed music to take him from rock bottom to a place of passion and creativity. His fourth self-produced album, Cold Heart, captures much of his struggle, especially the standout single, Ballin.
The dark and atmospheric trappy beats in Ballin reflect the extreme lows that he has endured as well as the lyrics which viscerally run through relatable struggles, with a focus on the difficulty of relationships with money when you’re contending with a scarcity of it. It’s a sombre single, but the overarching energy is nothing short of vindicating for anyone that could never relate to hip hop tracks that are braggadocios about lavish excess.
Lil Peep left plenty of inspiration in his wake; a potent shot of it can be found in the latest single, scared of planes, by the up and coming alt hip hop artist, George Bien.
In the ambient and atmospheric track, the confessional lyricism stings as it resonates, but there’s no taking the catharsis out of the dreamy mellifluous grooves. George Bien has exactly what it takes to define the future of hip hop with his emotionally raw, sonically ethereal style that we can’t wait to hear more of. At 21-years old, the Santa Cruz-based newcomer has already proven his pioneer potential. He is a force to be reckoned with from here on out.
Scared of planes is now available to stream on SoundCloud.
After making his 2021 debut, alt independent artist, PARTYNXISE, has continued to douse the airwaves with ethereal experimentalism; his latest single, iREMEMBERu,is a psychedelically dark feat of avant-garde trap pop that uses its extended prelude to set a chillingly sombre tone.
After the phantasmal whispers and droning ambient electronica, iREMEMBERu breaks into a glitchy feat of polyphonic trip-hop filled with modern trap textures and visceral emotion as PARTYNXISE runs through pained memories. Breakups can take us to pretty dark places, but the pitch-black atmosphere in iREMEBERu is matchless.
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.