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Nic Hundrds – No Ball Games: Emotively Iron Wrought Hip Hop

Right from the first verse of Nic Hundrds’ recently released single “No Ball Games” the visceral emotion hits.

Emotive Hip Hop which immediately prises compassion from you isn’t something which you come across every day. But with the candid, raw, honest nature of the lyrics combined with the melancholically resonant vocals and soft beats, you’d have to be soulless not to be sobered by No Ball Games.

We know that poverty is rife right now, even in the most affluent countries in the world, yet, the depth of the narrative in No Ball Games offers you a poignantly harrowing picture that’s hard to forget. After hearing No Ball Games, It’s safe to say that Nic Hundrds is going to go far. They may be relatively fresh from their inception, but No Ball Games is a flawless record.

You can check out Nic Hundrds’ latest single No Ball Games for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jasz Official – Thinking Bout LA: Smoothly Ambient Hip Hop

Jasz Official’s standout single “Thinking Bout LA” offers something rarely found in Hip Hop; a cathartically lucid aural experience where there’s no compromise on lyrical depth, vocal conviction, vibe, or soul.

The US up and coming Hip Hop artist’s approach to downtempo is nothing short of transfixing, and Shai Melo’s deft production skills make Thinking Bout LA one of the smoothest mixes which you could add to your playlists.

The momentum may ebb and flow in the jazzy progressions, but right the way through the four-minute duration you’re left arrested by the transcendentally warm tones.

You can check out Jasz Official’s single Thinking Bout LA along with their most recent tracks for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alex Forte has dropped their latest Jazzy freestyle mix “RoseGold Freestyle”

Breaking Hip Hop artist Alex Forte has recently dropped his latest Jazzy mix “RoseGold Freestyle”. It’s playful, it’s charismatic, and it packs in plenty of ambience around the solid melodic beats.

Instead of waiting for the hooks to reel you in, right from the first verse in RoseGold Freestyle, you’re locked into a mellifluous electronic arrangement combined with equally as fluid downtempo Rap verses. Freestyle Hip Hop may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there is a lot to be said for how Alex Forte has thrown away the usual constraints which come alongside archetypal track structures and cooked up a naturally immersive mix.

Any fans of Kanye West, Jay Z, and Drake won’t want to hang around putting Alex Forte on their radars. Each new release from the artist is a testament to their perpetually evolving talent.

You can check out Alex Forte’s latest single RoseGold Freestyle for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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