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West London Rapper Alfie Wraps releases latest single ‘NRG’

Alfie Wraps’ new single N.R.G begins with a slightly eerie and mystical hollow whistle. It sounds like the tuning of an empty beer bottle. “Hullo? Where is this going?” The listener is bound to ask.
Almost immediately, you’re whisked back into Mr Wraps’ urban dimension where the steady drumbeat induces involuntary and cathartic head bopping. The rhythm and beat of this single is standard. Nothing new or inventive here. It’s the writing and lyrics of this piece that provides the kicker. Wraps declares himself and his material aspirations early on within the first few lines of this banger of a rap. He is quick to dismiss online pursuits as time wasting in favour of productivity for there are things to do and stuff to buy – like ice for all of his wives. “I don’t want a Ranger or a fat chain…” Alfie just wants to make it in this rap  industry. It is this confession that endears one to this beat bopping rap.
He’s being straight up with you. It is this humility that slides through the gritty bravado that makes this rap bold and real. Beware imitators and imitations he laments for it’s not worth getting dipped for cosmetic jewellery. “Save your energy for when you see me…” is the catchy refrain of this song. Watch out for Alfie Wraps. He’s definitely got the mettle to make it in this industry. N.R.G is an urban plea for hard work and originality and is destined to be a constant on any banger compilation.

Listen here.

Review by Annesh Ramklown.
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Raw South London ‘Rapper Kwazi Cort’ makes a statement with “Please Don’t Boast” ft. ‘LD (67)

‘Kwazi Cort’ and ‘LD (67)’ are two well-known MC’s in the London Hip Hop scene and they join forces expertly on this powerfully delivered party track. 

These two MCs are on a mission in 2020 and aren’t letting anything and anyone get in the way. Tired of fake artists showing off with their toys, they are quite clear with their intentions on this track. Humble enough to still ride the bus & tube, it’s about the music & respect from real fans that really matters.

2020 has been a quiet year for ‘Kwazi Cort’ and you get the feeling that he has been working hard on this song, perfecting his craft and getting his mindset right. With quality like this, it won’t be long before Kwazi is at the top of the UK scene, with ‘LD (67)’ right there next to him.

‘’Please Don’t Boast’’ is the follow up to 2019’s underrated ‘’British Device’’, a track that showed his growing lyrical maturity. Let’s hope that 2020 is full with more top music with passion from this talented London MC.

Stream this new banging track here on SoundCloud

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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True Young Boss – True In It: Atmospherically Arrestive Hip Hop

Breaking Hip Hop artist True Young Boss dropped the video to their latest single True in It on April 19th. The release has already amassed plenty of hype, given the sheer level of magnetic attitude and convictive flair, it’s easy to see why.

True in It kicks off with a gritty doom-laden sampling of news reports before the mix shifts into gear and the atmospheric ambient Trap grind takes hold. The mix may be on the downtempo side, but your attention is unlikely to falter from the gripping track.

True Young Boss’ combination of Old School Rap bars and modernistic production ensures that there’s plenty of commercial appeal around their raw and resonant tracks. They’re definitely one to watch.

You can check out the official music video to True Young Boss’ latest single for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Grime styled with minimal rhythm: Readey releases his new single My Head

Up and coming artist Readey has dropped his new single My Head, an innovative Hip-Hop tune.

Ready’s style loosely reminded me of Eminem’s latest releases, with his original raw and crude rap evolving into a grime style with minimal rhythm. It seems to me that’s where Readey is heading to with My Head, building his style on low-pitched basslines and prominent beats.

It’s almost like going back to that Garage, Trap mood that MC’s geared their Rap on – as a matter of fact I thought about Dizzee Rascal for a second when I was halfway through listening to My Head.

Gloomy and introspective in his lyrics, Readey analyses the overflowing thoughts in his head falling into a loop made of trust issues and living the same day again and again.

It’s so easy to relate to if you’re questioning your everyday routine and finding yourself dwelling on the dichotomy “am I working to live or am I living to work?”

Listen to My Head by heading over Spotify.

Review by Jim Esposito.

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Mr Jones howls at the sky with new UK rap release ‘Moon In My Sky’

Manchester-based rapper Mr Jones has released new UK boom-bap infused rap track ‘Moon In My Sky’.

It’s a track steeped in decades of UK hip-hop and grime influence – a scene which has exploded in an honestly baffling number of dimensions, so much so that it has made it incredibly useless and difficult to use a ‘UK Rap’ tag, (trust me) – and ‘Moon In My Sky’ is unreservedly one of those rap-on-a-beat releases that stays in the boomy, bappy slipstream. 

Jones delivers with some nice charisma at points and there’s hints of decently formed wordplay dotted throughout the track, so there’s some elements that do shine through with this release.  

If you like independent, vintage-styled hip-hop from the UK, it’s a track I’m able to shout out to check out – but if it’s not your lane this isn’t the kind of release I’d suggest to hop into it. Still though, listen to it to gain an appreciation of the sheer numbers of UK hip-hop artists breathlessly bubbling below the surface. 

You can listen to Mr Jones’ ‘Moon In My Sky’ on his Soundcloud page.

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Alt Hip Hop Collective Dirtbag By Association Have Released Their Fourth Single “Vintage Shirts”

“Vintage Shirts” is the fourth lyrically ingenious single to drop from UK Alt Hip Hop collective Dirtbag By Association. Anyone looking for distinctive genre-defying melodic urban earworms will definitely want to give the release some much-deserved attention.

The melodic indie track borrows elements of Hip Hop, RnB, Grime and Neo-Soul while the vocals find the perfect balance between conviction and charisma.

Needless to say, Vintage Shirts is a versatile track which offers plenty of authenticity. The tempo may be low, but the energy remains high with each evolution in the progressive soundscape.

You can check out Dirtbag By Association’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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TITAN – Smoke: Smooth Grinding Grime-Laced Hip Hop

There ain’t no smoke without fire and you’ll be able to find both in the up and coming Hip Hop artist TITAN’s latest single Smoke.

The official video to Smoke dropped on January 13th, allowing TITAN to kick off 2020 the right way after the release of the smooth grinding Grime-laced mix.

With bars and beats which you can easily sink into, pressing play on Smoke pays off before the first verse has run through. The melodic approach TITAN took with the instrumentals in Smoke gave the track a nice hazy vibe, while he poured plenty of energy into the mix through their bars and introspective-deep lyrics. But where TITAN truly set themselves apart with smoke was in the endearing fact that he was able to put so much soul into convictive Rap verses. That’s definitely not something we hear every day

You can check out the official video to Smoke for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast  

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East London Hip Hop Artist and Producer Haz has Made Their Debut with the Single “Midas”

Given the state of our society, I find myself consistently surprised at the lack of socially-inspired Hip Hop on the airwaves. East London Rap artist Haz has more than made up for the shortfall with his debut single Midas.

There’s a slight nuanced touch of Grime in Midas, yet, it is a track which is bound to appeal to any fans of the Hip Hop greats such as Biggie and Tupac. As well as holding a stark mirror to contemporary injustice, Midas lays down a smooth Old School jazz-soaked beat which amplifies the reflective feel of the multi-layered soundscape.

It may be a debut single, but Haz has perceptibly learned a thing or two working as a producer and an engineer in their studio for the past 6 years. Debut Hip Hop tracks don’t often come as polished and as radio-ready as Midas.

You can check out Haz’s single Midas for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Wavier – Millions featuring evo-lvd: EDM Hip Hop which is all about the grind.

Breaking Hip Hop artist Wavier’s latest single “Millions” will appeal to EDM and Hip Hop fans alike. To create the high-fire drop they teamed up with evo-lvd who contributed to the dynamic eccentric energy poured into the Grime track which could only have ever come from London.

But you can expect much more than your usual gritty Grime tones in Millions. With the up-vibe grooves Wavier weaved into the fluid and polished mix, you’ll lock into an energetic hit when you hit play.

The smooth rhythmic grind transcends what the beats in Hip Hop usually offer, leaving us with no confusion as to why there’s so much hype around Wavier’s sound.

With the inventive electronic intricacies and effects, Millions possesses the level of gleaming ingenuity which you’d hope to hear from a new artist. He’s definitely one to watch.

You can check out Wavier’s track which dropped on February 15th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Flamma – Licked Off My Face: Wit-Soaked Relentlessly Energetic Grime

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Flamma’s recently dropped track “Liked Off My Face” makes Dizzee Rascal sound as edgy as Mary Berry.

Their relentlessly energetic drop is just one of the tracks which you’ll find on their 2020 6-track album “Rise”. Each track stands as a testament to their pioneering approach to Grime, but there’s no better introduction to Flamma’s explosively expressive style than Licked Off My Face. If any Grime track can get you in the mood for hedonism, it’s Licked Off My Face.

While you’ll find plenty of grit in the wit-soaked Rap bars, the flawlessly intricate multi-layered beats are as polished as you’ll find in Grime.

You can check out Liked Off My Face along with the rest of Rise for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast