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#lafemmebear- DBlaqR 2018: Soul House Hip Hop

Nothing about this track compelled me to expect an archetypal serving of Hip Hop, not the name of the artist, not the track title, and not the fact it is a Soul House Hip Hop mix about the Dance Blaq Revolution. And #lafemmebear’s latest drop “DBlaqR 2018” certainly didn’t disappoint in terms of eccentricity.

With a sermon around a thudding bassline serving as a prelude which seamlessly flows into the Trap bridges only before breaking into a Funk Disco mix the progressive twists of the track didn’t leave enough time to tire of the constantly evolving sound. The versing in DBlaqR 2018, it’s entirely possible that you’ll get out of breath as you listen to the relentlessly fast rhythm. The single may not make for easy listening, but, if you’re looking for fire in your Hip Hop, look no further than the mix from the Oakland, US-based artist.

You can check out #lafemmebear’s latest drop DBlaqR 2018 by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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bENNY wOODS – rOCK sOLID: Primally Rhythmic, Hypnotically Fresh Hip Hop

It wasn’t until I checked out the latest track “rOCK sOLID” by bENNY wOODs until I realised how big the gap in the market for primally rhythmic Hip Hop is. It’s rare that you’ll stumble across a Hip Hop mix which could be described as hypnotic, but the salacious flow of rOCK sOLID deserves accolades which are just as unexpected as the soundscape is. The deep tonality of his vocal delivery feeds into the atmospherically rhythmic single, which doesn’t sound all too dissimilar from works produced by Trent Reznor such as Saul Williams’ earlier records – and I would never make that comparison lightly. But there’s a unique ingenuity behind bENNY wOODS sound which is nothing short of infectious. rOCK sOLID was the perfect two-minute teaser as the first track to be released from the up and coming artist’s EP “eNERGIES2”.

You can check out bENNY wOODS’ latest track rOCK sOLID out for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Real CEO’s High-Fire Hip Hop Drop “Brand New”

You’d hope that a Rap artist going by the name of the Real CEO can drop a hot commandingly fierce Hip Hop drop, and that’s exactly what the breaking artist cooked up with his latest release “Brand New”. The rap verses carry as much hype as they do fluidity, allowing Hip Hop fans to swallow up a pure serving of charismatic energy. Yet, what really sets the Real CEO’s sound apart is the up-vibe Jazz-soaked experimental mix. Rather than just creating an archetypal Jazz-inspired mix, along with the funk of the basslines there are also the crunch of the reverb-heavy guitar licks which gives Brand New a dizzying amount of depth. To make the track that little bit sweeter, The Real CEO teamed up with Lil Tee who infused the track with his rhythmic R&B vocals. It’s going to be all too enjoyable to watch The Real CEO blow up in 2019.

You can check out the official music video to Brand New by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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D Beez – Money Affair: Chill-Wave R&B-Driven Hip Hop

“Money Affair” is the latest down-tempo single from up and coming R&B Hip Hop artist D Beez. Let’s face it, the majority of Hip Hop tracks aren’t exactly easy to listen to. So, to listen to a fluidly rhythmic chill-wave beat which packs in plenty of lush synth reverb around the rattle and snares of the 808’s was infinitely refreshing. The slow pacing of the track allowed the lyricism to be far more resonant than what you’d come to expect from the genre.

D Beez struck the perfect balance when it came to penning the lyrics of the track, instead of the self-aggrandized bravado or even more irritating, whiny self-indulgent Lyrics, the Boston-based artist created the perfect introspection which came alive through humility and optimism. If there were more artists like B Beez out there, SoundCloud would definitely be a better place. With production from King.Corn, ensuring the beat ran with perfect seamless fluidity, Money Affair

You can check out the latest single by D Beez for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lone$tar – DAVY CROCKETT: A Fluidly Fresh Hip Hop Flex

Back in August we heard Lone$tar’s infectious hit “Pretty Penny”, the up and coming Hip Hop artist is back with his latest single “DAVY CROCKETT”, which doesn’t seem like the most obvious track title choice for a Rap artist. Yet, with Lone$tar’s playfully experimental Hip Hop style, it’s better to expect the unexpected. This time, his soundscape has got even darker and the multi-layered beat packs in even more intricacy. Whilst the beat was absolutely flawless to Lone$tar’s latest single, it was easy to feel that the full weight of the track didn’t really hit me. The lyrics were fairly hard to make out, and there was no obvious meaning behind them which allowed the track to resonate. Yet, that’s not to say that DAVY CROCKETT isn’t a single which is perfect to kick back to and feel the vibe of thanks to the rhythmic fluidity which sits behind the Trap style beat.

You can check out Love$tar’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Wyatt Roberts – Save Me: Prodigally Sonorous Acoustic Hip Hop

Wyatt Roberts single “Save Me” is absolutely brutal. Now that may seem like a strange way to depict a pensive down-tempo acoustic Hip Hop track. Yet, the weight behind the lyricism and the melancholia of the expressive vocals are enough to leave you feeling bruised.

Whilst a lot of contemporary artists are going down the avenue of using excessive amounts of reverb, it’s clear that Wyatt has little use for digital enhancement with his soulfully natural approach. The levels of vocal harmony mix with the sonorous melodies in Save Me which won’t fail to leave you hooked in the progression of the track.

Save Me is just one of the stellar tracks from Wyatt Roberts 2018 album “Act 1”. Each one of the tracks from the singer, songwriter, producer and engineer will make you fall a little harder for Wyatt’s prodigally fresh style.

You can check out Wyatt Roberts latest single Save Me by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Fyf Aaron – Feelin’ Down ft. Matt Niemann: Expressively Raw Hip Hop

Fyf Aaron’s latest single Feelin’ Down ft. Matt Niemann is right on the Trap curve, so it wouldn’t be any surprise if New School Hip Hop fans wanted to devour his refreshingly honest mix.

The Bahamas-based artist’s expressive lyrical style stands as testament to his natural lyrical command with minimal vocal effect which is infinitely refreshing to hear from the genre. His lyrics are matched with a seamlessly smooth beat with plenty of lush hooks and reverb pouring from the synth. My only advice would be to reign it in with the non-lexical vocals and hammer more poignant, raw lyricism into future tracks. Yet, it’s evident that the up and coming artist has a lot of commercial potential, I’m calling it, he’s definitely one to watch.

You can check out Feelin’ Down for yourself by heading over to SoundCloud now, keep up to date with his latest mixes by following Fyf Aaron via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Zac Jone$ – Nostaljah: Rhythmically Raw Hip Hop

“Nostaljah (Open Di Garage)” is the second single to be released from the up and coming Hip Hop Rap artist Zac Jone$. Whilst the transition from the prelude to the verse wasn’t the most seamless I’ve ever heard, once the bridge kicked in it was all too easy to slip into the downtempo Rap hit.

The subtle EDM Trap beats carried Jazzy undertones and provided the perfect platform for Zac Jone$ to lay down his smooth rhythmic Rap bars. As far as Hip Hop tracks go, they don’t get much more progressive than Nostaljah which becomes evident when the Dancehall rhythms hit you at midpoint in the track. There were parts in the track where it wasn’t all too easy to make out the lyrics which meant that the track veered dangerously close to Mumble Rap, yet, for a cathartic Hip Hop track, you can’t go far wrong with Nostaljah.

You can check out Zac Jone$ latest single Nostaljah for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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$olo Kenny – Can’t Let Go: Your New Hip Hop Earworm

“Can’t Let Go” is the experimentally authentic latest drop from R&B Hip Hop artist $olo Kenny. A perfect vocal dynamic was created between his vocals and MYLE$ GSO, together, they worked to ensure the bars were just as infectious as the hooks. There may have been a slight excess of repetition in the first verse, yet, once the momentum of the chorus hits you, it’s hard not to feel the hype that has been weaved into the infectious mix. Teaming up with 318Tae for production was yet another solid choice, the perfect polish of the beats is yet another reason why it’s hard to see $olo Kenny not remaining on the underground for long.

It may only be early days for the up and coming Rap artist, but his standout style combined with his charismatic vocal approach provides an instantly accessible sound which any fans of Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Jay Z are sure to want as part of their playlists.

You can check out Can’t Let Go for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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FYAMOJI – Gothstar: The Darkest Hip Hop You’ll Hear This Year

“Gothstar” is the latest single by Alternative Hip Hop artist FYAMOJI produced by TOKYO BLACK. Whilst there may be plenty of Emo Rap artists producing melancholically inclined beats, FYAMOJI stayed ahead of the curve with his even darker almost industrial Trap beats.

There was absolutely no restraint when it came to the lyrics which painted a harrowing portrait of destitution which is sure to resonate, as it already has with FYAMOJI’s international fanbase. With over 20k streams on SoundCloud alone in the first week of Gothstar’s release, I’m fairly certain that the Californian-based artist won’t be up and coming for long. Even with the heavy amounts of reverb on the vocals a dizzying amount of emotion was allowed to hit, although I couldn’t help but wonder how expressive the sound would be without the effects?

You can check out FYAMOJI’s single Gothstar which was released for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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