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Eastern Hip Hop

Sam Karody’s latest hip-hop hit, Purple Maserati, is lavish in energy and excess

With a sonic MO to keep the vibes high, the Bengaluru-born, Boston-based hip-hop artist, Sam Karody, raised the roof with his latest single, Purple Maserati, which puts the pedal to the rhythmic metal.

Not leaving his hometown roots behind him after moving to the motherland of hip-hop, Purple Maserati is a monocultural-mould smasher of an anthem that will compel you to grind until you match the heights of the imaginatively curated protagonist in this urban earworm, which is a crystal clear exhibition of Sam Karody’s talents.

Purple Maserati hit the airwaves on April 21; check it out for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

BEKAH heated up the UK rap scene with her wit-deep single, Shots

British-born artist Bekah was perceptibly also born to be a rapper based on the fluidity of her wit-deep bars in her latest single, Shots. As the daughter of a Montserratian father and Pakistani mother, she ensured the flavour of Eastern rhythms packed a punch in this serpentine-ly melodic mellifluous hit that sticks to the synapses like super glue.

Between the beats, her charisma and the intellectual wordplay that would leave any sane artist fearing a rap battle, she’s evidently a triple threat. The way she pulverises ideas of what women should be is nothing short of electrifying. She’s picking up where Lady Sovereign left off with her unapologetic defiance of normative feminine stereotypes.

The official music video for Shots premiered on September 24th. Check it out on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Stevie B brings it back to ‘Old School’ in his latest elevated rap hit.

Up and coming hip hop artist, Stevie B, put his own spin on the old school style with his latest rhythmically captivating rap single that unfolds as an ode to old school like no other.

Instead of trying to brand old school styles as his own, the New Delhi-based rapper championed the records he was raised on and used enough passion to leave anyone enthused and gratified for the movement that the OGs created. It’s impossible not to be hooked in by his lyrical wit that is just as sharp as the hooks in the Eastern-inspired melodies.

The official video for Old School premiered on November 6th. You can check it out for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Get high with the vibes in Rhisk’s enigmatically energetic track, Mr. Mr.

It’s not every day that hip hop artists with magnetic charismas fall onto our radar, which is just one of the reasons to get hyped about Rhisk’s new high-vibe single, Mr. Mr; it’s a baller hip hop track like no other.

With Eastern world music elements putting an alchemic touch on the instrumentals and Rhisk’s enigmatically energetic rap bars falling into them, you couldn’t ask for a more galvanising hip hop playlist staple. If any hip hop single is going to give you the energy to get back on your grind, it’s Mr. Mr with its earworm melodies and unadulterated good vibes. Whatever the X-factor is, Rhisk has it.

Mr. Mr is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

KJ Legend has dropped his fight song ‘Samurai’

‘Samurai’ is the subversively cultural latest single to be released by KJ Legend, a Hip Hop artist intent on leaving an authentic mark on the airwaves with their uniquely conceptual sound.

Eastern Asian rhythms transfixingly meld with the solid hits of the 808s which obliterate the monocultural Hip Hop mould which many artists constrain themselves with. The playful and cultural twist on the aggressive lyrics discernibly illustrates KJ Legend’s potential as an artist. With every hit of Samurai, the mindfulness starts to hit harder, it’s a track which keeps on giving.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Lil Bro Has Released Their Third Soul-Deep Hip Hop Single “MERCY”

Indonesian Hip Hop artist Lil Bro dropped their third track “MERCY” in January 2020 and the airwaves became an infinitely better place for it.

With Eastern melodies weaved into the mix, MERCY is a refreshing change from the monocultural Hip Hop which dominates the genre. Throughout the track, there’s plenty of evolutions both in terms of the instrumentals and Lil Bro’s vocal delivery which switch from RnB-style vocals to convictive Rap versing. The production on the Lo-Fi demo may be a little rough. But the energy, soul, and passion projected into MERCY remained palpable from the first verse to the last.

We’ve instantly warmed to Lil Bro’s latest mix. And if you appreciate good vibes in your contemporary EDM Hip Hop, we’re fairly sure you’ll share our viscerally warm reaction.

You can check out Lil Bro’s single MERCY for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast