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KidSeb serves up hazy summer vibes in their latest release “Re: Growth EP”

If you’re looking to soak up some hazy smooth summer vibes, there’s a potent serving in up and coming South Auckland-based Hip Hop artist KidSeb’s latest release “Re: Growth EP”.

The EP kicks off with a dreamy Jazz and Blues-infused Ambient feat of Hip Hop which may be instrumentally hypnotic, but KidSeb’s commanding bars make sure that your attention never falters from the sunny tones and the catchy melodic hooks.

From there on out, you’ll be immersed in East Coast-influenced mixes which any fans of Jay Z, Kanye, Drake, Dre, and Kendrick Lamar will definitely appreciate. But that’s not to say there isn’t plenty of distinction in KidSeb’s EP.

Each track is as dynamic and immersive as the last and demands repeat attention. The tracks may be on the ambient side, but each one offers infectious high vibes.

You can check out KidSeb’s EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Teeko Sinatra – New York Litty Freestyle: A Modernistic Take on East Coast Hip Hop

Hip Hop artist Teeko Sinatra paid homage to NYC in their latest mix New York Litty Freestyle which was produced during lockdown. We may all be sick of hearing about Covid 19 on the news, but I’ll always be drawn in by artist’s unique perspectives.

New York is one of the hardest-hit places in the world by Covid 19. Yet, the resilience exhibited in Teeko Sinatra’s track affirmed that even in the face of adversity they’re still putting up a fight. From across the pond, all I’ve seen are the most depressing stories possible. New York Litty Freestyle tells a much more accurate story. It’s without agenda or sensationalism. It’s just pure expression.

After a hazy lucid prelude, the track seamlessly shifts into first gear and the East Coast mix starts to drip attitude and ingenuity in equal measure as the atmospherically fiery mix unravels.

You can check out Teeko Sinatra’s latest track New York Litty Freestyle for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mic Strong – In Due Time ft. Dizzy Wright: Inspiringly Convictive Hip Hop

If you haven’t checked out Mic Strong’s stylistically fluid approach to Hip Hop yet, now’s the perfect time after the release of their latest single “In Due Time” featuring Rap artist Dizzy Wright.

The American artist may be strongly influenced by 90s Hip Hop, yet there’s plenty of smooth flowing distinction in the production. With electronic effects which are more commonly heard in EDM, In Due Time is a versatile track full of instrumental hooks, but it is the intellectual inspiring lyrical hooks which have the strongest grip. If anyone’s taking notes on how to create a flawless feat of contemporary Hip Hop, hit play on In Due Time and grab a pen.

You can check out Mic Strong’s latest single In Due Time for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast