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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

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One Sixxx – Meditate: Transfixingly Perspective-Shifting Hip Hop

Perspective-shifting Hip Hop may be rarely found. But artists as soulfully inspiring as One Sixxx are an even rarer find.

Their latest single “Meditate” which dropped on December 16th is an uplifting mix which almost flirts with Dreamwave Hip Hop. Yet the smooth contemporary downtempo beat offers plenty of structure. EDM Hip Hop instrumental hooks have never been this soft yet effective.

Usually, you’ll hear Rap artists advocating excess, capitalism, and Gucci. One Sixxx has used their latest mix as an invitation to the listener to gain some self-awareness and shake off the hate.  It’s safe to say that Meditate is exactly the type of music we need to hear more of in 2020.

You can check out the official music video to One Sixxx’s latest single via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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KUDO – Middle Fingers: Unapologetically Attitude-Driven Hip Hop

Middle Fingers is the debut single from the emerging EDM Pop Hip Hop artist KUDO. As the track unfolds, you’re treated to a mix which is as ingenious as it is explicit, the empowerment which is scribed into the lyrics of Middle Fingers is bordering on overwhelming. Even though the EDM Trap mix may not be prodigal by today’s standards KUDO’s vocal talents and ability to wax lyrical prove why this up and coming artist deserves attention for her resounding style. With a command of meter and rhyme as flawless as KUDO’s it’s hard to see how she couldn’t go far with her talent.

You can check out KUDO’s single Middle Fingers for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now. You probably won’t get the chorus out of your head for a fair few hours but if the ability to create an infectiously fresh chorus doesn’t make a good artist then I’m not sure what does.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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BP – DISTANT LOVERS: Sensually Prodigal Hip Hop

It’s not all too often you’re faced with a Trap track that almost floors you through the sobering narrative of the lyrics. So, it’s my absolute pleasure to introduce BP.

DISTANT LOVERS is the latest single released by up and coming Hip Hop Rap artist BP. Anyone who has ever been in a long distance relationship is sure to feel the bite of the pensive vibe. The lyricism to the single is so heavy, it’s almost bruising, you can tell BP poured his soul into the mix to make the sentiment as resounding as the melodic beat. The kicks of the 808’s thrash against the ethereally light reverb which pours from the synth which leads you through the rhythm in the perfectly produced track.

If you’re looking for some sensuously prodigal Hip Hop to put on your playlists you can check out BP’s latest drop DISTANT LOVERS by heading over to YouTube now. Or to check out BP’s latest mixtape in full, head on over to SoundCloud

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Scoot Feat Balmane – My Whoadie; An unbesmirched colossal hit

No matter the way you might wanna slice this one, you can deny the fact that Scoot put up a pack of uptight technical doggedness to further reveal the level at which he so much relishes in the clarity of his impeccable rap prowess.

Scoot, with the collective effort of Balmane, practically served us a fine wine in perfect nature of a song right on this track; you might as well drink to get drunk if you can smell already the “whoadie” that’s been cooked up by this two artist, yeah that’s my “Word-ie”.

The song’s instrumental is a gorgeous array of warm sound and thump that’s carefully synthesized and repeatedly leathered in a reverb. The dexterity of the well-penned lyrics of this song alone is glorious.

On a lighter note, when you’re clogged with zero burden and nothing to worry about, you’ll literally throw dab severally throughout the whole four minutes playtime of this song.

The flow of the song: check. The lyrics of the song: check. The vocals: check. The catchy rap line: check. That trumping beat: OMG double check!

Have you still got any iota of doubt on how true this can be? Do yourself a favour and cop this legit smash hit and get your dabbing skills levelled up.

-Lilian-Debrah

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Absonetti releases modern rap track “All Of The Time”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpEs6Yn5yh0&feature=youtu.be

Absonetti is the sound of modern day rap meeting slow grove R&B and a taste of West Coast glamour washing up on Southend’s sea front. This is like Tumblr as a record, the piecing together of divergent fragments to make a cohesive whole, the collecting of musical fragments to fit together in a new sonic jigsaw. The groove and is sultry and soulful but the vocal treatments cool and threaded through with studio gloss, the beats are lazy and staccato but the rap deliveries spark with energy.

It is England’s answer to the American rap dream, when faced with the sun-drenched West Coast bling or the edgy East Coast grit, the answer is simple. If you can’t join them, beat them.

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A&R Factory Present: James The Mormon

His name is James The Mormon, but don’t let the name confuse you. His album “I’m not a rapper” (available on Spotify and iTunes) has nothing to do with religion. James just believes in being 100% true to who he is. Although James grew up in Russia, China, Taiwan, and Uzbekistan because his mother is a US diplomat, Utah is his home now.

This video highlights some Utah famous people along with Kalani Sitake (head coach of BYU football) Al fox (the tattooed mormon) and others showing what motivates them.

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A&R Factory Present: Wade Hampton

Check out 19 year old R&B Singer-Songwrtier Wade Hampton. He is currently living in Nashville TN currently and his Influences include D’Angelo & PARTYNEXTDOOR.

He is planning on releasing a song a month. The first one was titled “GAMES” and was released early march and the second is titled “Make ya Say” which he also shot a video for, and was  directed by Matt Zervos.

Keep an eye out for him this year!

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A&R Factory Present: Danny Matos

Failed relationships have long provided ample inspiration for artists of all types who have often used heartbreak as a muse for some of their finest work. At least, that much is evident on “You Ain’t Better,” a biting new single from the rising NYC talent, Danny Matos.

Whereas previous single “Cope” had a more introspective vibe to it, “You Ain’t Better” finds the artist at his most frustrated and annoyed. Those feelings simmer brightly beneath the surface of the track, which avoids being trapped in “angst-rap” territory thanks to the bright, dubby vocals and production. The latter is handled by frequent collaborator Rusty Mack, of Surf School, and instrumentalist the Red Walrus.

Together, they’ve crafted a catchy kiss-off anthem for anyone who realizes their love addiction is “bad for me, like nicotine.” If nothing else, hopefully Matos can help others going through similar romantic struggles and that, sometimes, you’re better off being alone.

“You Ain’t Better” is now available for stream and download through all major streaming outlets and digital retailers.