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NY rapper and producer, Jon Harris is rich in lyrical gold after his latest hip hop release, Great

NY rapper, songwriter and producer Jon Harris tore up the rulebook in his latest old-school-meets-nu-skool single, Great. After a cinematic intro that will speak to the senses of any Tarantino fan, the single moves into more familiar hip hop territory through Harris’ down-to-earth versing style, inspired by the visionaries, Eminem, Kanye and Jay Z, while the instrumentals work melodic magic in the background.

With bells chiming in place of the usual 808s and plenty more ingenuity written into the rhythmic works, Great is an arresting feat of urban innovation. And that’s before we get to the cutting wit that puts all of the wannabe rappers in their place with solid lines that get stronger with every repeat hit of Great. Which is everything it says on the tin.

Every lyric is quote-worthy, but “I’m the bad guy for trying to speak up, constantly telling me to shut up and stick to music, well, guess what bitch, now you gotta listen to it”, may just cut slightly above the rest.

The lyric video for Great premiered on October 22nd. Catch it on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

 

It is all in the hooks in XRick SaenzX’s latest pop-rap earworm, Trust No Thotty

Hip hop got infinitely slicker with the drop of XRick SaenzX’s audaciously infectious new single, Trust No Thotty, which comes with a beast of a chorus and enough charisma to rival his influences, Dre, 50 Cent and Eminem.

Hardened by the streets of LA, XRick SaenzX started his rap career aged 13 when he started writing rap bars. In 2019, he dropped out of college to peruse his passion; on the basis of his latest single, he’s more than got what it takes between his commercial appeal and unique magnetism. Few new urban sonic signatures are bolder than this.

Trust No Thotty is now available to stream on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Milky – a deeply personal and honest debut with ‘I Miss You Mum’

Rising Brighton-based rap artist Milky has taken a bold step with releasing such a poignant, personal, and utterly confessional track as his debut single, but what a track it is; from the beautiful opening vocal courtesy of hometown friend Amy Owens, to the opening stanzas of Milky’s storytelling lyrical poetry (‘…those doctors can go fuck themselves/Yeah, I cut myself/It fuckin’ helps…’) ‘I Miss You Mum’ is just raw, open, and honest, and beautifully put together.

Released on We Are Not Saints records, a not-for-profit label and promotions company which works with musicians in recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction; Milky is, himself, a recovering addict, a theme addressed within the lyrics alongside the narrative of the loss of his mother when he was aged just seven years old.

It’s a stunningly powerful track, truthful and honest without being maudlin or melancholic, hopeful rather than downbeat. On the basis of this, there’s a lot more to come from Milky.

Listen to ‘I Miss You Mum’ on Spotify – follow Milky on Facebook and Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

Kouta attacks injustice in the Middle East with his latest hip hop single, ‘Fall’.

For his latest single, ‘Fall’, up and coming Colorado born and raised hip hop artist Kouta used his platform to speak out about the injustices in the middle east. Given that so few people are willing to speak out about the conflict, Fall leaves you utterly floored as familiar thought starts to resonate.

Kouta proves that you don’t need to pick a political side to demand an end to destruction and devastation. Standing alone one song won’t change the world, but it can cause a positive ripple effect of positive and progressive change by opening up minds and making sure the conversation stays fixed on subjects that we need to address.

Fall may leave you with a lump in your throat, but it’s an emotional rollercoaster worth riding. It hits just as hard as Eminem’s Toy Soldiers. Kouta uses music as an outlet, but by the time it hits the airwaves, it has the potential to work as everyone’s means of catharsis. It’s a much-appreciated olive branch of connection when it is so easy to feel isolated by your anger and anxiety.

Fall is now available to stream via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Social activist and hip hop artist FONZO will show you the Power of Your Mind with his second single.

Last year, Tracy California-hailing artist and social activist FONZO dropped their debut single, ‘For the Kids’ and introduced the world to his socially aware approach to hip hop. Their sophomore single, The Power of Your Mind’, created in collaboration with Yung Ricc, is the second hit of FONZO’s infectiously upraising style, and the timing couldn’t be better.

As the mainstream media sells us depression and hate breeds on social media, Power of Your Mind switches the narrative and acts as a powerful mindful reminder that dreams only come true if you follow them. The simple message is made all the more convincing by the energising beats which blast beneath FONZO’s forcefully friendly bars.

Many artists attempt high vibe music only to end up selling themselves as wolves in sheep’s clothing but there is an empowering sincerity in Power of Your Mind, assuring you that FONZO followed the advice he offers in the anthemic mix.

Power of Your Mind is the second single released from FONZO’s upcoming debut album, ‘High Gravity’; any fans of 2Pac, Eminem and Ice Cube will want FONZO on their radar before it drops.

Power of Your Mind is available to stream via Spotify. You can check out FONZO’s debut single and connect with the artist via Facebook and Instagram

Watch the official trailer to the video:

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Throw away your saviour complex under the direction of 3HRE’s resounding RnB Hip Hop single ‘Save Me’

Up and coming US Rap artist 3HRE premiered the music video to their latest single ‘Save Me’ on December 15th, ‘mindful and conscious’ Hip Hop may be in trend right now, but 3HRE raised the bar with his conceptually perception shifting hit which has the capacity to seismically shift your attitude around salvation.

It allows you to see most of the people who claim to be drowning as people who waded into the water themselves. With the female vocals crying out for sanctity from themselves along with 3HRE’s Rap bars offering lyrical gold such as ‘Don’t put your trust in another human being because they will never save you’, describing Save Me as a powerful single seems like a criminal understatement.

The artist’s proclivity to lend inspiration from gritty and convictive artists such as Nas and Rakim along with optimism-inspiring Christian Hip Hop artists allows you to experience the best of both worlds. Additionally, save me is as stunning in sentiment as it is in sound.

You can check out the official video to Save Me by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

RYN SCOTT delivers white-knuckle rapid flows in their latest Hip Hop track ‘WHAT’S POPPIN’

Detroit-based trailblazer RYN SCOTT may not share the same acclaim as the likes of Eminem, Tech N9ne, Busta Rhymes, or Twista (yet), but one thing he does have in common with the aforementioned artists is their ability to wax lyrical.

Lock into RYN SCOTT’s rap bars in the remix of their fervent track, ‘WHAT’S POPPIN’, and you’re in for a white-knuckle ride as the relentlessly rapid bars roll through their witty ingenuity. With lines as heavy and poignant as ‘so many people wearing a mask over the ones they already have’ and the sheer volition projected into the production, hitting confirms that RYN SCOTT is one to watch.

You can check out the official music video to RYN SCOTT’s latest release by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

DYYNVMIC delivers meta mindfulness with their standout single ‘Three Wives’ featuring Girls Like Girls

While some Hip Hop artists are out there writing ‘love’ songs for their side pieces, Californian artist DYYNVMIC is adding perspective-shifting nuance to the soundwaves with his single, ‘Three Wives”, which shines a mindful light on the dark side of addiction.

Three Wives is just one of the singles which you’ll find on DYYNVMIC’s distinctively alluring 2020 EP, ‘Road Work’, which is heavily influenced by the 00’s era of Hip Hop. It serves as the perfect introduction to their unique perspective and tonally-indulgent approach to production. That’s all before mentioning the authenticity in DYYNVMIC’s smooth, steady and sobering Rap bars.

Three Wives is raw, tender and transfixing right from the intro through the addition of Girls Like Girls’ vocals which ooze sincerity and vulnerability. A simple harmonic whisper of “How did we get this far” before running through a series of conflicted emotions is all it takes for your mood to fall perfectly in line.

Each ‘wife’ serves to explain a different facet of addiction, something which the artist has witnessed plenty of. With the meta-narrative style, he offers powerful emotion while never letting the stigma of addiction lace the soundscape.

Three Wives transcends typical lyrical narratives while achieving an atmospherically cinematic vibe. Any fans of Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q’s sound and Eminem’s lyrical approach are definitely going to want to delve in.

You can check out Three Wives by heading over to Spotify where you can also check out their Road Work EP in full.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Yung Casper – Toxic: A Sucker Punch of Alt Hip Hop Ingenuity

Yung Casper brought an elemental amount of energy to their standout Alt EDM Hip Hop track Toxic. The sonically-paced single is the perfect introduction to the up and coming artist’s sound which takes influence from the likes of Eminem. Yet, before the first verse in the short and sweet track has run through you’ll be sucker-punched by Yung Casper’s authenticity.

‘Toxic’ seems to be a word which gets bound around a lot with little thought recently, Yung Casper’s wittily relentlessly rapid Rap bars will invite you to explore the context of one of 2020’s most prolific buzzwords.

The bass-driven beats provide the perfect platform for Yung Casper’s almost hypnotic lyrical fire which comes complete with a tongue-in-cheek attitude. We’ll definitely never forget it.

You can check out Toxic for yourselves via Spotify or Soundcloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Jefe Gold brings the ‘summertime rap’ with “Kamikaze”

Yeah, ok – there’s an obvious Marshall Mathers-shaped elephant in the room when Jefe Gold’s vocal first starts up, a fine, soft-rolling lyrical rap reminiscent of the best of Eminem or maybe, at times, Machine Gun Kelly, but when the “You can tell everybody mama, I’m a kamikaze” hook drops that just doesn’t matter; it’s got more than enough weight to carry itself, all BY itself.

The track’s soft, a vaguely Japanese melodic line playing round behind Gold’s rapping until that big, big chorus – this is quality summertime radio-friendly rap that wouldn’t sound out of place nestled between any number of Gold’s more well-established peers.

You can check out the track on Spotify, and Jefe Gold’s Facebook page is here.

Review by Alex Holmes