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Sabrina Sounds – Me Myself and I: Feverishly Fluid Hip Hop

Me Myself and I is the latest single dropped by the Bay Area Hip Hop artist Sabrina Sounds. For her latest hit, she collaborated with one of the most sensually styled Rap artists I’ve heard this year, his rolling style is the perfect introduction to Sabrina Sounds’ compellingly captivating vocal harmonies. The singer songwriter is clearly a triple threat when it comes to sound production, vocal style and lyricism. The punchlines in Me Myself and I are bound to leave you feeling bruised whilst the Trap beat will carry you through the lucid, atmospheric fluidity of the single. In short, Hip Hop R&B doesn’t get much better than this.

Until the release of Sabrina Sounds’ latest soulful single, you can head over to Youtube and check out her earlier singles. You’ll be treated to a smorgasbord of decadently sultry grooves which flirt with Hip Hop, R&B, Jazz and Blues and Pop.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jamil $cott ft. Project Pat – Hustlin’ 2 Ball: Your New Hip Hop Soundtrack to Getting Hyped

Hip Hop beats for hustlers will always be essential.

Why? Because they have the ability to take you right back to the greats of Rap and the unapologetic beats that they put out. And I for one am glad that artists such as Jamil $cott are still creating the timeless beats. He dropped his latest single ‘Hustlin’ 2 Ball’ featuring Project Pat on July 19th, and it really wouldn’t come as any surprise if the track went viral.

The momentum of the Trap beat was amplified by the aggression which was carried in the relentless Rap bars. Despite all the angst, the two artists’ playful, yet domineering charismas shone through the mix. The contrast between the rap flows created a fully immersive doom-impending aura which won’t fail to leave you revelling in the resonance.

You can check out the official music video to Hustlin’ 2 Ball by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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GingerBunnz – Trusting People: Unapologetically Empowered Hip Hop

Newark, NJ based Hip Hop and Soul artist GingerBunnz has just dropped her debut single Trusting People, which is frankly music to my ears. It’s no secret that men rule the Hip Hop scene, yet the up and coming recording artist definitely helped to prove how powerful lyrical waxing can be when it comes from a voice advocating feminine empowerment.

Trusting People is a lyrical narrative of a sombre reality, yet, one which women find themselves living in every day, so it was no surprise that paired with the harmony the track turned into a highly resonant emotional roller coaster. On the one hand you’re bowing down to the authority of GingerBunnz rap verses which sat in perfect meter and rhyme, then you’re wrapped up in the hard-hitting visceral passion that was penned into the lyrics. GingerBunnz drafted in a male R&B vocalist which proved to be the perfect compliment to her style, the strength in her vocals became palpable.

You can check out GingerBunnz single Trusting People out for yourself by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Modern Monks – Party with the Monks: Progressively Infectious New Hip Hop

Usually when Hip Hop artists have a sense of humour it’s a little hard for them to get any amount of respect, yet, Modern Monks found the perfect balance with their latest single Party with the Monks.

The dry delivery of the inventive lyrics proved to be the way to create an infectiously happy, playful track whilst keeping the iconic Hip Hop Rap attitude. The melodic down-tempo Trap beat was set as the perfect platform for the rappers to lay down their rhythmic Rap offerings. There was a tad too much repetition contained within the track for me to really get into the track, because when the Rap bars flowed water gates burst open thanks to the ingenuity contained within the lyricism. Any time spent repeating lyrics sadly took the edge away from the gritty narrative in Party with the Monks

You can check out Modern Monks’ latest single which dropped July 14th over on SoundCloud now, if you’re looking for a chilled Hip Hop Rap track to add to your vibe out playlists, you won’t be disappointed with the jovially inventive mix that Modern Monks have cooked up.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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STT – My KK Remix; Who Says Acoustic Folk & Hip Hop Don’t Mix?

There have been plenty of Hip Hop/Indie mashups to check out this summer, yet what STT created with their remix to My KK is absolutely sensational. With an intro that you’d expect from an Indie Folk Acoustic track My KK unfolds as a soft yet resonant melody. The mix of acoustic and digital instruments creates one of the sweetest Hip Hop beats I’ve ever heard – in short STT makes Dream Wave sound like a polyphonic offering of insincerity.

The lyricism to my KK is absolutely on point, the Rap verses run through playfully for the feel-good vibe of the track to invite you into the prodigally inspired soundscape. STT may be versing about a pretty tired topic, yet light up the 420 vibe once more with their sweet rap verses which is so far from the usual aggressive delivery- listening to My KK almost feels like a cuddle.

If you’re a fan of J.Cole, Rockyoot or Ennio the Little Brother you’re going to love the pioneering acoustic sound created by STT. You can check out the Roll Up Remix of My KK by heading on over to SoundCloud

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Makk – Empty Bottles: Dark Verses Over Even Darker Beats

Empty Bottles is the latest sobering Hip Hop drop from up and coming Rap artist Makk. As soon as the beat kicks in, you start to feel that pensive twang of melancholy and that only intensifies when Makk starts to lay down his almost spoken word poetry Rap bars. By the time the track had ran through, I felt as though I had swallowed a piece of Makk’s soul. His rhythmic bars prove the level of ingenuity that went into his single from his 2018 album; it takes guts for a Rap artist to come out and produce a track as gritty and raw as Empty Bottles. No one likes to admit their mental state has a fragile side, but I’m so glad there’s artists like Makk on the scene pouring real human emotion into the mic.

You can check out Makk’s latest Hip Hop track Empty Bottles on SoundCloud now along with the other tracks from his standout album ‘Confession’. Once you listen to the album unfold, it’s quite evident why Makk chose the title. The catharsis he felt through his channel of expression in this album is audible in each of the ten tracks.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Wise Bloods – Never Given it Away: The Roots of Reggae Infused with the Hype of Hip Hop

If Reggae isn’t one of the main features of your summertime playlists, then you’re pretty much doing it all wrong. The Wise Bloods have just dropped their latest single Never Given it Away just in time for all the lucky Reggae fans that like to soak up a little Soul with their Summer anthems.

Never Given it Away is a blinding cross over between Reggae and Hip Hop, it packs quite the punch with the roots and rhythm which is served up by the bouncing high-vibe beat which is driven by the instrumental licks of the guitar and bass which set up the perfect Reggae Ska style melody. If the aural alchemy on the track doesn’t move you, then the lyrics definitely will.

Despite the Wise Bloods never giving it away, they were kind enough to let you listen to their latest single for free on Soundcloud along with the rest of their 2018 EP ‘Emergence’.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Shemy and Alex Kidd – Let It All Out: Wax Lyrical Hip Hop Pop

I have no doubt in my mind that younger audiences will absolutely devour Shemy and Alex Kidd’s latest 2018 single Let It All Out, although it has to be said, I don’t believe it’s for everyone. There comes a point in your life when it becomes a little unacceptable to listen to tracks about getting wasted and that’s probably after you get out of the death grips of the 27 club.

Before I digress any further, the hype that Shemy and Alex Kidd poured into their latest single is absolutely euphoric deserves the highest praise possible. The lyricism used within Let It All Out paints the portrait of the perfect summer and the beat creates the synergy to help you embrace that summer vibe. The synthy prelude to the track almost set you up to believe that you were about to be treated to some 80’s synth Pop, then you’re hit by the artists contrasting vocal styles; the melodic vocals with the rap bars create one hell of a contemporary Hip Hop mix.

You can check out Shemy and Alex Kidd’s latest track Let It All Out on Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Doebrei – Dreamz: The Ultimate Mr Sandman Remix?

It seems pretty apt that a Hip Hop track called Dreamz is ridiculously dreamy, yet Doebrei’s track is more than just your average Dream Wave track, for a start, he samples Mr Sandman which has to be one of the most captivating tracks ever recorded. It may not seem the obvious choice for a Hip Ho Rap artist to utilise music that was recorded back in 1954, but his ingenuity isn’t something that went unappreciated.

Whilst the progression of the track isn’t totally seamless, his playful approach to mixing demonstrates that he’s not just there to put out the same old Trap mixes as everyone else on the scene. In a way, the drawn out progressions and slides make this track even more captivating as you embrace the unpredictability of the mix. I think it will take me a while before I forget harsh snares and inventive Rap bars that were laid over the haunting archaic mix.

You can check out Dreamz which was released in June 2018 on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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Jovian – Nascar: Charismatically Flawless R&B Hip Hop

He’s got the style, he’s got the charisma, he’s got the beats and now Jovian is the proud owner of one of the most beautifully melodic R&B Hip Hop tracks which has been dropped this year. It was the lyricism in Jovian’s latest tack Nascar which really caught my attention, his elastic wit of the irrefutably talented up and coming artist allowed him to create ridiculously catchy verses. Anyone who verses about Game of Thrones is a winner in my book.
The prelude to the track is reminiscent of what you’d hear contained within an old black and white film soundtrack however around the lifted high-vibe beat it adds a creeping haunting energy which somehow translates as pure hype.  If I had to pick one flaw within the track I’d have to say I didn’t really ‘get’ the whole nascar concept behind Jovian’s latest track, whilst there was a fair offering of metaphorical lyricism pertaining to the theme it was still somewhat lost on me. Then again, so has the Arctic Monkey’s latest album concept.

You can check out the official music video to Jovian’s latest single Nascar on YouTube now or head on over to Jovian’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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