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JBadge Ft Nef The Pharaoh x Steez – PAIN MUSIC

JBadge introduces you to his demons and offers olive branches of resilience in his latest single ‘PAIN MUSIC’ featuring Nef the Pharaoh x Steez.

With the world collectively asking themselves the same questions around their waning sanity, tracks like PAIN MUSIC remind us that tormented people aren’t an anomaly, they’re a commonality. It’s more important than ever for artists to relay torrid emotions so we know that we’re not alone; JBadge definitely stepped up to the plate with their unique spin on the old school East Coast sound.

Many hip hop artists layer jazzy tones into their tracks but rarely are the tracks as fresh and modern as this trap mix. With the 80s-pop style sax solos, there’s yet another dynamic to the single which seems to get better with every listen. It’s a goldmine of invaluable introspection.

You can check out PAIN MUSIC for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Datsnell delivers a defiantly inspirational Hip Hop attack with ‘Think U Know’

Breaking Hip Hop artist, Datsnell’s, latest single, Think U Know, takes you over to the East Coast and back in time as you drink in the warm jazzy tones. After an archaically-inspired prelude, Datsnell’s high-energy vocals burst through the accordance which you’ve settled into while the beats start to pull in elements of sonic new wave trap to adrenalizing effect.

There’s potentially nothing more annoying than the people who think they know it all when you can see how they little they know, yet they still maintain some illusion of superior intellect and use that to cast judgement on you. Think U Know is the perfect track to vent that frustration. It’s an emboldening reminder that just because most of the world is too blind to see your worth, that doesn’t reduce your value.

Think U Know is available on all major streaming platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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King J takes us to CALI with their latest single

‘CALI’ was just one of the gritty transfixing tracks dropped by up and coming US Rapper, King J, in 2020, hit play and you’ll see for yourselves that he’s one to watch in 2021.

With the harsh bassline blazoning beneath the light trappy beats which bring a touch of Cali sun to the track, it’s hard not to get immersed within the dominant, complex hit which has become a testament to King J’s trailblazing style and their ability to cook up an infectious vibe within their music.

In 2020, King J started to rise up from the underground, in 2021, he’s set to break plenty of new ground with his game-changing approach to reviving Old School Hip Hop.

You can check out the official video to CALI which dropped on November 10th by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Maryland’s Most Promising Breakthrough Hip Hop Artist MuhTeyOh Delivers on That Promise with Their Latest Single ‘4th Quarter Flows’

Maryland-based Rap artist MuhTeyOh has been on a steady ascension from the underground since the release of their breakthrough track ‘Summers Over’, with the release of their latest single, ‘4th Quarter Flows’, it’s clear that they’re on a mission to dominate the airwaves with their domineeringly indulgent flows.

4th Quarter Flows eclipses the East Coast Hip Hop sound, which will undoubtedly be of appeal to any fans of Jay Z, Kanye and Kendrick Lamar, but with hints of Drill ringing through the trappy hits of the 808s, there’s a dynamism to their accessible-from-the-first-hit-sound.

4th Quarter Flows is available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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BosMadeLD takes us to East Coast Hip Hop Heaven via the ‘GraveYard’

Kicking off with a nicely phased solo guitar part before the bass thumps in and the hi-hats and snare join us, BosMadeLD’s latest track is proper old-school hip hop – explicit, in your face, honest, raw, and truthful.

The Mississipi-hailing artist delivered touches of Nas, 2-Pac maybe, that New York East Coast, Mass Appeal Records, Fashawn, Run The Jewels, Boldy James kind of vibe – all nine millimetres and smooth, relaxed flow sitting atop chilled yet urgent beats and a grooving bassline. BosMadeLD’s vocal is nonchalant yet powerful, poetic lyrics mixed with some serious imagery and delivery, and yeah, it’s got thump. This is proper rap, make no mistake, chest-thrusting, strutting, enjoyable, chilled, and tense all at once. Dope.

Check out BosMadeLD’s track GraveYard on YouTube.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Ric – Airfare: The Jet Setting Hip Hop Fix We All Undoubtedly Need in 2020

https://music.apple.com/us/album/airfare-single/1539887684

San Diego-based Hip Hop artist, Ric’s rhythmic flow is as fluid as a waterfall in their latest single ‘Airfare’ which dropped on November 12th.

Even though Airfare doesn’t hit a heavy tempo, the passion, energy and soul  projected into the mix through the lyrics is perceptible with every syllable. You’ll be hooked in from the first verse in the culturally-eclectic mix where you’ll hear hints of Eastern rhythm in the transcendently polished production.

Airfare will undoubtedly give plenty of Hip Hop fans the jet setting fix they need after global traversing pretty much came to a halt in 2020. This high-vibe hit is a powerful reminder that our wanderlust cravings will be sated again one day.

You can check out Airfare for yourselves by heading over to Apple Music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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London’s ‘Up In The Air’ is the perfect antidote to Covid-Brexit winter blues

https://music.apple.com/us/album/up-in-the-air/1542491053?i=1542491054

‘Up In The Air’ by newcomer London is the perfect antidote to the current wind, rain, Brexit, and Covid-19 doleful torpor gripping the UK, a summery, upbeat, dance-y mix of R&B-inspired hip-hop and mellow, groove-filled soul. There’s a rich, deep and uplifting ascending bassline, a deliciously soulful female backing harmony part, and London’s soft, Smokey Robinson/Marvin Gaye style tuneful vocal, all lilting smoky East Coast DC vibes and summer sunshine.

‘Up in The Air’ is London’s third single, following up ‘Y.D.L.M. (You Don’t Love Me)’ and ‘5 Questions’, and it’s clear that there’s some growth going on here; all that bodes very, very well for London’s future.

Check out ‘Up In The Air’ on Apple Music and Spotify, and follow London on Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Jackboyvick give us ‘Options’

A mixture of melodic trap and versatile flow, Jackboyvick’s new track ‘Options’ is a contemporary, summery East-Coast take on sweet, lyrical hip hop.

Engineered by MixedByPrince and with beats by Cobra Beats, laid back, doubled up vocal sits atop thumping bass and chilled hats’n’snare patterns. Yeah, he’s got flow, the lyrics bouncing and dropping over each other, but there’s a beatsy, techno kind of vibe to the track too that keeps it banging and modern underneath the poetic delivery.

You can hear ‘Options’, and follow the artist on Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Jai T takes introspective-deep Hip Hop to an ethereal new level with ‘Soldier’

With each new release from US Rap artist Jai T, the airwaves get a new demonstration of their versatility. With the release of their 2020 EP ‘Eclipse’, their dynamism and enigmatic prowess has never been more prominent.

‘Soldier’ is the perfect introduction to their introspective-deep wit-laden lyricism, but the true distinction within their sound is undoubtedly found within the style of the production. It isn’t every day that I get the pleasure of describing Hip Hop as ethereal, but you’d struggle to find a better adjective to allude to transfixing shimmering reverb which wraps around the tight synergistic beats.

You can check out Jai T’s latest track via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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East Coast Hip Hop got hotter with the release of Vior’s track “Stevie Wonder”

Feel the oceanic breeze of East Coast Hip Hop with Vior’s standout sun-kissed track, Stevie Wonder, from their 2020 EP, Presidential.

The Coatesville, PA artist has amassed plenty of hype for their ability to bring more than sound to the airwaves since releasing their debut single in 2018.

Hit play on any of their tracks and get lost in the immersive vibes which manifest through their meticulously dynamic lyrical flow and their larger than life personality which will leave you galvanized.

The conviction in Stevie Wonder practically makes the track a kiss with a fist. It’s viscerally hard-hitting. but soulfully sweet all the same.

With their clear Rap style and their mischievously hedonistic bars sitting seamlessly with the high-octane rhythmically arrestive beats, Vior offers the best of East Coast Hip Hop. We have no doubt that it’s only a matter of time before they achieve what they set out to do and put their name on the map.

You can check out the official video to Stevie Wonder which was shot by WizFx by heading over to YouTube.

Or you can listen to the Presidential EP in full via Spotify.

Vior

Review by Amelia Vandergast