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East Meets West in Koza’s Impassioned Inferno of a Drill Track, SHADOWS

Koza’s second single, SHADOWS is a fierily impassioned inferno of frenetic rap cadences that reach the pinnacle of rhythmic fervour; by embracing his cultural roots in the exotically produced hit, punctuated by hard-hitting drill beats, Koza couldn’t have been more authentic to himself in the soul-baring release, which delivers an unforgettable introduction to one of the hottest drill rappers on the UK scene right now. It’s only a matter of time before he teams up with GRM and goes viral.

There are few artists who can match his heat and do so with maximum conviction that spills straight through the soul instead of the ego; all the lyrics serve to viscerally make a statement of intent as they cut through the atmosphere laid out by the diaphanously ethereal Hollywood-esque backing vocals and delicate instrumental layers which contrast sharply with the bass-swathed beats.

SHADOWS is a significant shift from Koza’s debut track, KOHLI; by underpinning the release in his personal philosophy, modernising the East-meets-West production with ahead-of-the-curve beats and anchoring it in vulnerability by narrating themes of self-discovery, the breakthrough artist broke plenty of ground with this stormer.

SHADOWS dropped on June 28; jump on the track on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Mr Asap made lyrical bombs out of his mic drops in ‘Heathrow’

Taking influence from Dave, Lotto Boyzz, MoStack, and Wu-Tang Clan and turning that inspiration into a brand-new urban fusion, the London-based up-and-coming artist, Mr Asap, is ensnaringly fresh on his new track and music video, Heathrow.

By bringing cinematic elements into his instrumentals, including evocatively weighted minor key piano progressions and classical strings, Mr Asap went beyond the drill beats to deliver a track that will consume your consciousness whole while he flexes his skills with wordplay in a way that makes lyrical bombs out of mic drops.

It may be early days in the industry for Mr Asap, but his determination to step out of the ordinary with every bar has established him as a luminary the spotlight deserves to shine on. Expect even bigger things from Mr Asap in 2024; with his swathes of charisma and his gritty true-to-form intellectualism, he won’t disappoint.

The official music video for Heathrow premiered on November 24th; stream it on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Nugonblow has claimed 2021 with their drill rap track ‘My Year’

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.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Apollo4K brings an air of gravitas to the trap genre with their latest release ‘Land of the Realist’

West African, Australia-residing trap artist, Apollo4K’s, latest track ‘Land of the Realist’ hooks you in from the first bass-drenched beat. With the ability to contort electronic effects to alchemic effect, Apollo4K brings a brand-new hype to new wave trap.

The rolling rhythms create the perfect platform for Apollo4K’s bars to find synergy with, and as you can probably guess from the title, his lyricism goes deeper than most. Land of the Realist is an absorbing exhibition of the artist’s gritty gravitas and commercial potential.

Land of the Realist is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

F S Rudy delivers grit and grind in equal measure with their self-apathy-dissolving rap single ‘Straighten Up’

F S Rudy’s recently released rap album ‘Hood Vaccine’ has the potential to become the second most-talked about vaccine in 2021. The dominant lyrically-led old school hip hop album features eight assertively awakening singles, including the lead track, ‘Straighten Up’ featuring HoneyKomb Brazy.

Straighten Up delivers grit and grind in equal measure. If you can find self-apathy within yourself after hearing the track run through, you may as well declare yourself a lost cause. F S Rudy is to hip hop what Jordan Peterson is to podcasts. Any true fans of 80s Hip Hop will want F S Rudy on their radar.

You can check out Straighten Up for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast