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Shilla has dropped their soulfully intellectual freestyle mix “834” prod Manny Manhattan

Breaking Rap artist Shilla has dropped their latest track 843 Freestyle, and it may be one of the most compelling freestyle tracks I’ve ever heard.

Shilla’s intellectual, insightful and evocative lyrics almost allow the beats to disappear entirely as you lock into the emotion which is projected in the bars. Shilla served up a serious amount of soul in 834 Freestyle, and it’s not every day that you can say Freestyle Rap hits hard in that capacity.

There may have been a nostalgic element or two within the production, but there’s no disputing that Shilla is bringing fresh new tracks to the airwaves. He’s an incredibly unique artist who more than deserves a spot on your radar.

You can check out Shilla’s latest release 834 Freestyle produced by Manny Manhattan via SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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J Money drops one of the best reflective Hip Hop tracks of 2020 with ”Change”

You always gotta be looking forward and not back. The world is a complete enigma and we are still trying to figure it all out. You feel trapped inside and lust for the good times. Many regrets and worrying stuff about that already happening that you can’t change. This can clog the thoughts and cause unnecessary stress. How do you escape?

Change’‘ is the new track from new artist J Money and it’s nosed in like a hungry mouse that has just smelt some of that good cheese. This 3 minute 12 second gem has just swirled in my ears like a slide at the water park. My mood is rejuvenated and there are only smiles. The beat is laid-back with plenty of soul. I reminisce about those good times with friends, cruising around doing nothing but together. People change or is it us escaping from the norm?

J Money is an artist with massive potential here after sending this mellow masterpiece to us with guitar vibes to think about. The world is crazy right now and this peaceful Hip Hop track is well-welcome due to it’s honest lyrics and soul-changing energy.

Stream this song via Soundcloud now and turn it up.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Kaedo – Survival of the Fittest: Candid, Hook-Filled Old School Hip Hop

Fans of smooth Old School Hip Hop will undoubtedly want to pay attention to the latest release “Survival of the Fittest” from up and coming artist Kaedo.

With a new studio album due to drop, there has never been a better time to jump on the hype around this trailblazer of an artist who perceptibly excelled in reviving old school sounds with brand-new contemporary appeal.

The atmospheric groove alone is enough to make you want to want to give Survival of the Fittest repeat attention. There are also the incredibly immersive melodic progressions which give the track an Indie vibe and the candid lyrics don’t just sting, they burn with sincerity.

You can check out Kaedo’s single for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Noiz Kelley – N. Y. L.: Soulfully Elevating Hip Hop

Up and coming Washington-based Hip Hop artist and producer Noiz Kelley’s latest single “N. Y. L.” drips pure vibrant soul. Each progression is as dynamic as the last and will leave you even more enamoured by the artist’s effervescently energetic approach to songwriting.

It’s got all transcendent soul which you’d expect from Gospel music. Yet, the lyrics have been kept light, uplifting, and universally resonant so that even the staunchest of atheists will be inspired by Noiz Kelley.

Noiz Kelley is to Hip Hop what Hozier is to Rock n Roll. Their eccentrically playful approach to their sound which keeps the instrumentals organic and the vocal passion striking will undoubtedly see them make plenty of waves in 2020 and beyond.

You can check out N. Y. L. for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia

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Issa Bibbins – Hands Up (Please Don’t Shoot) featuring Sam Jones, Daniel Callahan, Mekell Cartel, SWADE

Childish Gambino’s track “This Is America” went viral, but there are plenty more eye-opening tracks which address the absurdity in our society which need the same amount of recognition, such as Hip Hop artist Issa Bibbins’ single “Hands Up (Please Don’t Shoot).

The track features the deft evocative talents of Sam Jones, Daniel Callahan, Mekell Cartel, SWADE. And together, they created one of the most grounding tracks on police violence and irrational fear of people possessing melanin I’ve ever heard.

While there’s plenty of lyrical conviction in Hands Up, the calm and open question of “why are you so terrified?” in the chorus is utterly ingenious. It’s a gentle but resounding way of pointing that the hate and fear are unjustifiable. Instead of creating an N.W.A.-style single born from aggression, Issa Bibbins opted for a far more effective approach. We certainly won’t be forgetting it in a hurry.

You can check out the official music video to Hands Up for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast