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Experimental Hip Hop


Let Neza take you to school with his authoritatively adrenalizing Hip Hop track ‘Class-N-Session’

‘Genius’ isn’t a word I like to bound around a lot, but there is no adjective more apt when it comes to describing US Rap artist Neza and their explosive, witty and effortlessly charismatic sound.

Their latest album ‘My Imaginary Reality’ is a solid offering of meta urban alchemy which not-so-gently disturbs the complacency of your psyche by reminding you that none of your memories are real and your experience in life is entirely subjective.

The standout track, Class-N-Session, is the perfect introduction to Neza’s mischievously adrenalizing approach to Hip Hop. With a rap flow which could rival Butah Rhymes and their expansive multi-layered instrumentals which make it clear that there are very few constraints on Neza’s expression, it’s hard not to get excited about this artist’s potential. Hitting play on Class-N-Session instantly pays off, you’d be hard-pressed to find another contemporary artist who throws themselves into their mixes as viscerally as Neza.

You can check out Class-N-Session for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Get Adrenalized with S.C.R.D.’s Rap-Driven Alt-Rock Track ‘Mosh Pit’

I never anticipated my favourite mosh pit of 2020 would come in the form of a Rap-driven Alt Rock track, but there’s no paralleling S.C.R.D.’s relentlessly high-octane protest single Mosh Pit. It’s wittily scathing, and it packs an adrenalizing punch.

So, if you were in danger of slipping into apathy or ennui, hit play on Mosh Pit; with sirens blazing under the harshly steady Rock beats, it is electrifying from start to finish. Any fans of Wu Tang Clan and Public Enemy will definitely want to jump on this caustically compelling track which pays ode to 90s Old School while serving up the antidote to our 2020 misery.

I may not be covered in the sweat of strangers and left bruised, but I’m galvanized all the same. More than anything, I’m eager to see what S.C.R.D. brings to the airwaves next.

Mosh Pit is available to stream and download on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


OriginelJay has released their experimentally raw Hip Hop track “This Town”

South Birmingham-based emcee OriginelJay’s latest drop “This Town” is one of those insanely rare singles which makes your usual music preferences redundant. Whatever you’re into, you’re likely to find an element in it in this insanely eclectic mix.

OriginelJay holds nothing back when it comes to his mesmerically metered rap bars which offer plenty of harsh truths and humble introspection which collides with their unique mix of Grime, Rap, Punk and Lo-Fi Hip Hop.

I couldn’t have more respect for OriginelJay after hearing This Town. As the track unfolded, a smorgasbord of emotions washed over me. From empowering vibes to compassionate consolation to, you’ll hear it all in This Town.

You can check out OriginelJay’s track This Town by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Trap Meets Alt Rock in Hazy’s Melodically Entrancing Indie Hip Hop Track “Thousand Suns”

Usually, you need to choose between atmospheric mesmerism and melodic entrancement when it comes to Indie Hip Hop, but with up and coming artist Hazy’s latest release “Thousand Suns”, you’re treated to both in equal measure.

The Alt Hip Hop track sweeps across an emotional smorgasbord in Thousand Suns which starts as a slow meandering entry into the captivating hit which unravels through the perfect blend of Trap, Pop and Alt Rock. If you thought that Linkin Park’s contribution to Hip Hop was evocative, you may need to strap yourselves in for an emotional bruising. The sincerity stings and the lyrics are practically meta poetry.

You can check out Hazy’s latest single Thousand Suns via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Alt Pop Artist Michael Relics Got Experimental with Their Compassion in “Savior”

If you’re in need of a little aural salvation, hit play on the latest Alt Pop track “Savior” from up and coming artist Michael Relics.

With a futuristic, urban and genre-crumbling feel, Savior holds your intrigue right the way through the duration. From deep reverberantly fuzzy sonic notes to light textures which add an air of optimism to the track, it’s all expertly crafted and refined to allow you to feel every ounce of compassion which bled into Savior

The short and sweet production may be fairly lo-fi, but Michael Relics’ ability to construct an evocatively bruising track still shines through. We’re officially stoked to hear what they come up with next.

You can check out Savior for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Crillfingers brings in the future of Hip Hop with “Redemption”

If you’re looking for redemption in the form of a wit-soaked atmospheric feat of Alt Hip Hop, hit play on the latest colossal drop from the trailblazing artist Crillfingers.

If you thought Saul Williams could achieve an enticingly ominous tone, you may just feel chills creeping across you as you follow the fast-paced progressions in Redemption which comes with complete with an entrancingly tribalistic feel.

When most Rap artist claim that their sound is the future, they’re usually wrong. But God damn, it’s hard to argue with Crillfingers after they dropped Redemption in Sept 2020. Get them on your radar.

You can check out Redemption for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

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


Alt Hip Hop artist Mr?E has made their genre-mashing debut with the album “Guardian”

Breaking artist Mr?E has dropped their genre-mashing debut album Guardian. While each track was as lyrically transfixing as the last, the best introduction to Mr?E’s soulfully eclectic sound is “My Guardian

My Guardian kicks off with a slight 80s Synthpop vibe before nuances of RnB and Hip Hop start to weave into the consistently progressive mix. You’ll even find elements of Indie with the rhythmically soul-restoring release.

If Eminem started creating wholesomely inspirational tracks, I have a feeling that it would turn out a little like My Guardian. Mr?E Rap bars share a similar perfectly-metered quickfire style which makes it all too easy for the meaning in the lyrics to resonate. Hip Hop debuts don’t often come as promising as this. Do yourselves a favour and hit play.

You can check out Mr?E’s track My Guardian via Spotify or head over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Visceral Alt Rock and High-Octane Hip Hop Converge in Matt Michael’s Latest Release “Copain”

Breaking Hip Hop artist Matt Michael’s latest release Copain is exactly the kind of track which the word ‘Fire’ should be exclusively reserved for. There’s no preparing you for the visceral intensity which the high-octane track packs in.

There are a number of reminiscences to be found in the chorus to the likes of Linkin Park. Yet, perceptibly, Matt Michael threw in a smorgasbord of pioneering energy into Copain.

Vocally, Matt Michael switches between slow and steady Rap verses over downtempo old school Hip Hop beats with semi-orchestral layers, but when the choruses kick in, the vocals evolve into evocatively fierce Alt-Rock vocals.

It’s raw, it’s volatile and it’s a seamless convergence of Hip Hop and Alt-Rock which any fans of new and fresh experimental Hip Hop will want to check out. As he’ll be releasing new tracks throughout 2020, you’ll definitely want him on your radar.

You can check out Matt Michael’s single Copain for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


D.Carr The Fly Guy has dropped the slickest Hip Hop track of the year with their single “Puddle”

Hip Hop doesn’t come much slicker than breaking Rap artist D.Carr The Fly Guy’s recently released, flawlessly produced single “Puddle”.

Puddle was created with equal parts attitude, grit and instrumental ingenuity. The contrast between the light and delicate notes and D.Carr The Fly Guy’s salaciously convictive Rap bars ensured that you’ve never hit play on a Hip Hop track quite like this before.

D.Carr The Fly Guy is definitely one to watch. It’s not every day you come across a Hip Hop artist offering striking authenticity in their sound, and it’s even rarer to find an artist with such a magnetic vibe. Get him on your radar.

You can check out the official music video to D.Carr The Fly Guy’s standout single for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast