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Florida Hip Hop

Floridian rapper CHDDR kept us in ‘Check’ with his debut

Floridian hip-hop artist, CHDDR, has dropped one of the hottest rap debuts of the year with his single, Check, produced by Hvstle. The mellow, colourful indie instrumentals flirt with cultures of far-flung lands; atop the woody organic flutes and the rhythmic grooves of the 808s, CHDDR takes the opportunity to establish himself as a unique voice in the genre, with the ability to verse beyond tropes and cliches.

Every line serves to testify to his playful persona that amplifies the sticky-sweet appeal of the short yet unforgettable debut, which has already racked up over 20k streams on SoundCloud alone. Undoubtedly, he is one to watch.

Check is now available to stream on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Prepare your summer hip hop playlists for the larger than life flow in WavyK’s single, HEAT SEEKER feat. Case

After spending four years smoothing his wavey rap flow and amplifying the energy in his subtle but galvanising beats, the independent Jacksonville, Florida-based hip hop artist, WavyK, was ready to drop his era-defining album, MENTALITY, featuring the standout single, HEAT SEEKER, feat. Case.

Toeing the delicate line between nerdy and deadpan, HEAT SEEKER is a summer hip hop drop like no other. If you’re looking for some urban escapism, few tracks serve it with quite as much flavour as this playfully upvibe earworm.

WavyK’s album, MENTALITY, will officially release on June 11th. You can check it out for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Sandra “Candy” Morgan brings the gravitas in her latest single, Classy Girl

Floridian singer-songwriter Sandra “Candy” Morgan has brought her matchless attitude back to the airwaves with her infectiously high energy feat EDM RnB, Classy Girl.

As the title alludes, the subversive single flips the narrative on many of the usual urban tropes that are quick to sexualise and objectify women every time there is a celebration of our physiology. The only things that are ‘nasty’ in the soundscape are the dubby beats and the hits of the 808s that create a dance-worthy earworm. We can’t wait to hear what the fiery soulstress serves up next.

You can get galvanised to the bass, beats and emboldening energy for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Anthony Levone speaks for the pacifists in his latest lyrically driven hip hop track, Peacekeepers

Anthony Levone’s latest single, Peacekeepers, featuring Fooly23, is for everyone that has been cognitively wrapped up in the senseless brutality of our contemporary existence a little too much lately. And when I say everyone, that is especially in reference to genre preference. The articulate nature of Levone’s lyricism means that the smooth sonic old school and sun-bleached hip hop instrumentals fall by the wayside as his bars pull parables from religious icons to prove that we’ve scarcely moved on in terms of civility.

The West Palm Beach-hailing artist has been releasing music since 2019, in that time, he’s developed a staunch fan base with his J.Cole, Nas & Common reminiscences. He’s also been in heavy rotation on international radio stations and landed a plethora of coveted playlist placements. Yet, judging by the socially-minded tenacity in Peacekeepers, it is safe to say that none of his philosophical work will ever be over-amplified.

The lyric video for Peacekeepers premiered on April 22nd; it is now available to stream on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Henry Franck defines the laws of attraction in his exotically mellow hip hop track, Insane

Henry Franck

The Florida-residing Haitian American music producer Henry Franck’s latest single, Insane, transcends the contemporary hip hop curve with its indie-meets-country vibes and vocal lines that are nothing short of melt-worthy.

Insane is for anyone that likes their hedonism with a side serve of chill and mindful positivity. As the hooky yet mellow choruses make an earworm out of the track that features Mickey Factz, the lyrics define the laws of attraction in the context of intimate affection.

The artist and US army vet’s sound is the kind that is powerful enough in its sweet catchy sentimentality that it could even appease no great aficionados of the genre. In other words, Henry Franck more than has what it takes to make it in the mainstream.

Henry Franck’s single, Insane, will officially release on April 8th, 2022. It will be available to stream on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

YsL Milli vents on cyclical torment with his dark trap track, Been Here Before.

Up and coming NYC-born, Florida-based hip hop artist YsL Milli has taken his sound in a darker direction with the release of his single, Been Here Before, taken from his upcoming 2022 album, Reach the Stars.

From a chilling and ethereal prelude, a dark trappy track transpires and allows YsL Milli’s vocals to bleed into the experimental downtempo instrumentals that will leave you hooked through the ingenuity in the spatial effect and the depth of the lyrics that do plenty more than just scratch at the surface.

It is tracks like Been Here Before that practically make the concept of genres redundant. His constraint-less expressionist style utilises a myriad of genres to tune into the pensive tone of the release that explores the frustration of always finding yourself back at the starting point or even further back.

Check out Been Here Before on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Burt Bankkz bares all in his hard-hitting trap single, ‘Last Scars’.

Up and coming Floridian hip hop artist Burt Bankkz brought his hardest bars to his standout single, Last Scars. If the 2020 release passed you by, slip into the fervently evocative release and remind yourself of your capacity to feel.

Bankkz brought an almost unparalleled amount of energy to his lyrically raw, instrumentally flawless track; right from the first verse, Bankkz comes in heavy with powerful metaphors, consoling compassion and gritty imagery.

Last Scars is so much more than your archetypal hustler hip hop anthem; rather than being a poster boy for consumerism, Bankkz allowed this deeply introspective track to show just how hard it is to reach the top. But rather than deter you and your vision of greatness; around bass-heavy beats, Burt Bankkz puts you in the right realistic mindset for it.

The official video for Last Scars is available to stream via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Take off with Jamal Wade’s ‘Spaceship’

Hitch a ride off the planet with luminary hip hop artist Jamal Wade’s single ‘Spaceship’, taken from his latest EP, ‘April Very Own’.

With high-fire bars, ominous lyrical whispers, and ingenious diss lines, Jamal Wade efficaciously sets a sinister convictive tone in the atmospheric single. You would be hard-pressed to find an artist bringing the same amount of energy to the mic.The Tampa Bay native has stayed true to his style since making his indie debut with his EP, ‘God Forgive Me’, in 2019; as a result, he’s averaging 3 million monthly listeners on Spotify alone.

His bio is practically the ultimate success story for an up and coming rap artist in 2021. If he’s not already on your radar, we’d suggest making room.

Spaceship is now available to stream with the rest of April Very Own via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast