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Cultures collide in Gullypabs and Trizzac’s Drill track ‘Zone 2 in Spain’

‘Zone 2 in Spain’ is the chill-inducingly dominant Drill track by South East London artist, Gullypabs, and Spanish Drill trailblazer, Trizzac. Despite its very recent release, it’s well on its way to going viral.

There’s ferocity behind each venom-laced syllable as collaborative chemistry effervesces between the dual Rap bars. To create the perfect platform as cultures collide in this gritty yet sun-soaked hit which runs through with blissfully escapism-aiding exoticism, the melodic beats are minimalistic but serve to create a grippingly intense atmosphere which will hook you in from the first scathingly charismatic verse.

If the grind in this heated hit doesn’t you adrenalized, you can assume that you’re a little dead inside.

You can check out the official video which dropped on November 18th via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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Illmatiq has dropped their entrancing Electro House Viral-Worthy hit ‘Roses’ featuring Fin Music Universal

Dance artist and producer Illmatiq may be new to the industry, but his debut EP, ‘Boy Meets World’, featuring Fin Music Universal, is ablaze with high-octane nuance and maturity.

The EP features the standout single ‘Roses’, there’s a beautiful sense of irony in the fact that the track is an absolute gift to the airwaves. It definitely wouldn’t have been out of place on Chase & Status’ iconic No More Idols collaborative album.

Without a hint of hyperbole, the Trancey Electro House beats deserves to go viral. Whatever mood it catches you in, Roses is going to boost it. With the irresistible blasts of bass finding perfect synergy with the trailblazing artist’s grimy vocals, you’ll want to give Roses plenty of repeat attention every time you want to feel rhythmically instilled euphoria.

You can check out Roses for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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B.A. Talks – Ysl: A Grimey Take on the High-Life

‘Ysl’ is the second release to drop from trailblazing Rap artist B.A. Talks, with elements of Grime in the EDM Hip Hop production, the beats are just as domineering as B.A. Talks’ feverishly multilingual vocals.

Not only is the monocultural mould shattered with Ysl, but the artist also melds a myriad of stylic elements from across the urban aural spectrum to ensure that nothing about it feels assimilative. From Drill to Grime to Trap, it’s all there in a stylistic rhythmic storm. Additionally, you’d be hard-pressed to find an artist projecting just as much passion into their music. He’s definitely one to watch.

Ysl is available to stream via all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Leading the way during troubled times: ‘Ill’ by RABArtist is the relevantly self-aware anthem from one of the UK’s best

The breath-taking start lifts you up high into the gloomy sky, and you feel like this is going to be a pumping track with plenty of bluster. This notion is proved correct as the thudding beat with much promise and galaxy-sounding vocals, soon brings us into this powerfully real story. The UK Emcee and Actor, RABArtist is healthy and hungry on his newly dropped single called ‘Ill‘.

With a skillful production that pushes through the door from the patient musician, this is a fast-paced melody of mad skills that morphs on the mic with fluid energy. He raps about relevant topics that have taken over our lives and distracted the world from more important issues, now swept under the carpet and mostly forgotten. Issues such as 5G and Corona is all the papers and news talk about, only magnifying the growing frustration with lack of proper leadership at the top of the food chain.

Life was good and now the doom and gloom masks what is really going on, this is song that needs to be on all Hip Hop playlists to spread the message. With most Rappers carrying on per usual with lame raps about flashy cars on ego-boosting nursery rhymes, this is that adult type of music for the real music fans. With R&B, Grime and Drill influences, the beat is busty and fresh, with real care and compassion so evident.

The bars here are so refreshingly ‘Ill‘ and RABArtist leads the way with the call for level-heads to prevail and stop the current disillusionment, and frustration in the UK right now. Staying positive and bringing up important topics to help instigate change, is the sign of a true leader after all.

Hear this ferocious track with meaning here on Spotify and follow him on Insta for more inspiration.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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King J turned up the heat with their latest single I’m In the Kitchen

If you like your Hip Hop gritty, you’re going to love the steely new drop from Rap trailblazer King J, ‘I’m in the Kitchen’, recorded at Goodfellastudios and mixed by Jamo Beatz.

Kicking off with a trepidation-laden atmosphere, the mix seamlessly amps up the momentum before hitting you with ensnaring hooks which will lock you into King J’s relentlessly fierce Rap bars which allow you to appreciate the playful ominous charisma behind I’m in the Kitchen.

The intensity of the track is one thing. The authenticity behind it is quite another. Make room on your radar.

You can check out what King J cooked up in the kitchen by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Drill beats meet 420 vibes in Garvin Boateng’s standout track Haze

Amsterdam-born, Leeds, UK-based Ghanaian Rap legend Garvin Boateng teamed up with KFF to drop their dynamic Drill track “Haze”. 420 Hip Hop has never been grittier.

Raw nihilistic energy runs through Haze, but Garvin Boateng’s convictive ensnaring Rap bars which wrap their way around the beauty of weed-aided escapism dominate the track. Haze won’t fail to leave you adrenalized and enamoured in equal measure.

With most Hip Hop tracks, there’s a sense that the artists are forcing a persona, but with lyrics like “I’m not superman I cannot save ya…”, it’s obvious that you get an undiluted hit of Garvin Boateng’s natural charisma with Haze.

You can check out Garvin Boateng’s single Haze via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tatzstar 2 Shiny – We don’t want the cheese, we want the cake.

Edinburgh might not be known as the heart of the UK rap scene – yet – but Tatzstar (not just Tatzstar but Tatzstar 2 Shiny) aims to change all that with ‘2 Shiny 4 Dem’. From posting freestyles on YouTube and Instagram to recording this, the lead single from his 14 track debut of the same name, his goal is to put Scotland firmly in place on the UK rap scene.

‘2 Shiny 4 Dem’ should certainly do it. Setting out his stall in true ‘claiming my crown’ fashion, this is a four-minute fourteen-second statement of intent, all trappy hi-hats and punching bass behind Tatzstar’s throwaway, improvisational delivery, alternately spat out and lyrical, highlighting his technical prowess and versatility. Apparently, ‘when Tatzstar freestyles, everyone listens’. On the basis of 2 Shiny 4 Dem, they most certainly should.

Check out 2 Shiny 4 Dem on Spotify.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Zeggé and Reemo cook up convictive chemistry in their latest Drill Rap track “Connect”

Very few artists manage to capture our attention, excitement and adoration as unrelentingly as the Drill Hop Hop duo Zeggé & Reemo.

Their latest release “Connect”, which is due for release on Friday 23rd October affirms that the faith they instilled in us with their previous release Bang was appropriately positioned.

With Zeggé hailing from the North (of London) and Reemo from the East, they’re set to take over the length and breadth of London and go far beyond with their atmospherically ensnaring approach to dark Hip Hop.

After hearing the trepidation-infusing beats laid out by the 808-god Ghosty, Reemo penned a lyrical attack which perfectly complements the nihilistically-textured instrumentals which will be a hit with any fans of Dave, AJ Tracey, Headie One, Skepta, J Hus, Novelist, Ghetts, Wretch 32, Stormzy, Chip, Drake and Travis Scott.

Everything about Connect feels contemporary. It’s so fresh, it’s raw. The dynamically metered bars ensnare you from the first verse, from there on out, you’re utterly transfixed by the convictive chemistry which breaths between Zeggé and Reemo.

Before lockdown, Zeggé and Reemo were able to premiere Connect live at GBNGA. We have no doubt that they’d be tearing their way up from the underground and gracing major stages if live music was still happening. Considering that they achieved over 20k plays with their debut single Bang, Connect will undoubtedly make the scene erupt.

Connect is out now! You can listen for yourselves on all major platforms via this link.  

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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

https://open.spotify.com/track/6brQHJ73RGB66iDG4Yzsby

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

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YT HellaKingin – Friday Night (feat. Heartbreaka & Dale Keano)

A rhythmic pop track embedded throughout this hip-hop number defies everything we’ve heard before as YT HellaKingin brings it with “Friday Night”. Adding R&B and grime to the mix as well as recruiting Heartbreaka and Dale Keano, who are already on top of the game right now, this track is going to get you vibing to the beat.

With an addicting hook and a chorus that gets stuck in your head, this is one awesome track that you can’t help but love. This is perfect for the bars and the clubs with the artists singing about how much they love their partners, “It’s Friday night baby, All I wanna do is be with you.”

Click here to listen on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOC4e0i-Bcg&feature=youtu.be