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.
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.
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.
Edinburgh might not be known as the heart of the UK rap scene – yet – but Tatzstar (not just Tatzstar but Tatzstar 2 Shiny) aims to change all that with ‘2 Shiny 4 Dem’. From posting freestyles on YouTube and Instagram to recording this, the lead single from his 14 track debut of the same name, his goal is to put Scotland firmly in place on the UK rap scene.
‘2 Shiny 4 Dem’ should certainly do it. Setting out his stall in true ‘claiming my crown’ fashion, this is a four-minute fourteen-second statement of intent, all trappy hi-hats and punching bass behind Tatzstar’s throwaway, improvisational delivery, alternately spat out and lyrical, highlighting his technical prowess and versatility. Apparently, ‘when Tatzstar freestyles, everyone listens’. On the basis of 2 Shiny 4 Dem, they most certainly should.