Papijay Fresh brought drill to the streets of New York in his blazing track, KILLY, featuring the blazing UK rapper YTN Tee. The 19-year-old rap artist arrived in the US from the Dominican Republic at the age of ten. But the roots of his heritage haven’t been left behind in his atmospheric sound. He raps in his native language, throwing a little Spanish and English lexicon into his hooky high-fire rap bars that are the epitome of dynamic fluidity.
In the span of his career, he’s had his pick of distro deals, working with the likes of Urban Grind and many more along the way. If that wasn’t enough to assert his credibility, he was offered the opportunity to open for Ghostface and when he appeared on Atlantic Records’ radar with his juggernautic hard hitters, it wasn’t long before he had their seal of approval.
His universally electric vibe ensures that even if his staunch fanbase can’t translate every lyric, they still fall under his viscerally versatile spell. Watch this space before Papijay Fresh dominates it.
The official music video for KILLY is available to stream on YouTube.
Southside Chicago rap artist, Lolo GB, dropped his atmospheric drill track, On Flex, on October 23rd; prepare your vibe-out playlists for an immersively arresting addition.
The short and trippy track grooves through an ambiently wavy production through the bass-heavy 808 hits and reverb-drenched notes under Lolo GB’s deadpan yet dynamic rap bars. The production may not be the cleanest or the most robust, but that works in Lolo GB’s favour with the catharsis that this firecracker of an alt-hip hop can deliver as it works through its spacey lo-fi grooves.
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.
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.
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.
London-born, Essex-based Rap artist Jay Joe dropped an instant grime classic with his latest single, Shaky. His energy, ensnaring. His lyrics, cutting, His beats, atmospheric; in usual drill hip hop fashion.
Fans of Tempa T, Tinie Tempah and Dizzee Rascal will want to make Shaky a playlist staple for its garagey beats, the adrenalizing aggression in the rap bars and Jay Joe’s ability to leave you floored with his lyrical flex. He’s already a firm fixture on the GRM Daily YouTube channel, but we highly doubt that will be the highest of accolades applied to Jay Joe’s gritty, scathing signature sound.
Shaky was released on August 15th; you can check out the official music video on YouTube.
Up and coming Toronto-residing hip hop artist, Triple Crown Don is set to release his high vibe hip hop anthem, 24. The tropic touch to the drill-style 808s allows 24 to run through as the ultimate summer hip hop playlist staple.
Triple Crown Don’s artistic hunger and infectious energy resonate through his deadpan bars that deliver introspection that is sure to get you as amped-up as the momentum in this grounded, motivational hit. If he’s not already on your radar, he deserves to be.
Young Nino is becoming an unignorable name in Atlanta’s Hip Hop scene and far beyond. His latest drill Hip Hop track, Goin’ Crazy, unfolds as a definitively old school, undeniably fresh track that deserves a spot on your high-vibe playlist.
With hedonistic imagery weaved into the grime-style rap bars, Goin’ Crazy is to hip hop what American Psycho is to literature. There’s a playfulness to the macabre elements in the single that has already amassed over 150,000 streams on YouTube since the music video premiered on March 17th.
You can check out the official video to Goin’ Crazy for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.
If there’s nothing more important than the vibe when you hit play on a track from a new artist, your first time listening to Ri definitely won’t be last.
The Tennessee-born 22-year-old producer’s unique sound comes with strong ties to Southern trap and pulls in influence from the likes of Scrim, Three 6 Mafia and Take a Daytrip. But in the lead track ‘Keep Up’ from his latest album created in collaboration with TeeHxncho, he kept the expression authentic; it’s practically an explosion of creative energy and fiery wordplay.
If you needed a (not so) gentle reminder that recent events are no excuse to throw away all ambition, hit play on breaking hip hop artist, Nugonblow’s latest single, ‘My Year’.
With drill beats burning beneath their scathingly resilient rap bars, it’s impossible not to get caught up in the domineering mix which allows you to wonder, if Nugonblow can bring this much conviction to a track, how long until he ensures that his fiercely arrestive tracks are at the top of the hip hop charts?
Usually, people brand artists as ones to watch. Nugonblow is one to listen to. Get him on your radar.
You can check out the official video to My Year which dropped on February 1st via YouTube.