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Jott has released an aural sign of our anxious times with “Terrified”

It isn’t uncommon for Rap artists to make no bones about how utterly tragic the world is. But some artists have that special ability to touch a nerve and let the empathy spill. Up and coming Hip Hop artist Jott possesses that very same evocative superpower.

In their latest album “Rough Draft” you’ll hear raw candid introspective versed with absolute conviction within a soundscape which blends Old School vibes with layers contemporary Trap. The best introduction to Jott’s distinctive approach to Hip Hop is the standout single “Terrified”. The single resonantly alludes to the fear and uncertainty which so many of us have to deal with, day in, day out. But there are very few artists who can paint that picture of well-rationalised anxiety as well as Jott.

You can check out Terrified along with the rest of the soberingly raw album from Jott for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mr. Leary – Lost in Translation: Experimental Indie Hip Hop

Up and coming Hip Hop artist Mr. Leary has recently dropped their debut EP “Lost in Translation”. Each of the tracks on the album is a transfixing blend of high-fire indie contemporary Rap, yet, the best introduction to their distinctive urban approach is the title track.

While Lost in Translation didn’t have the strongest start, once you were able to get aligned with the light and fluid guitar melody which was put behind the mix the immersive magnetism started to resonate.

Lost in Translation may not be the most accessible Hip Hop track which we’ve checked out recently, but it’s undeniable that Mr. Leary has plenty of potential. Under slightly more concordant and radio-ready beats which sit in tighter synergy with the bars, they’d be unstoppable.

You can check out Lost in Translation for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Pyrex Plat teams up with Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard to create the high-fire R&B Rap drop “Silver Lining”

“Silver Lining” is the infectious new drop from up and coming Hip Hop artist Pyrex Plat. If you’ve lost any faith in Contemporary Rap, this release will definitely restore it.

The track may kick-off as a feat of Old School Hip Hop, but through the vocal contributions of Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard, the two artists created a dynamic hit with an unforgettably sweet R&B chorus.

With the vocal switch-ups found in Silver Lining, it feels as though each new progression brings something fresh to the mix. In fact, Silver Lining is one of those tracks which you’re actually gutted when it fades out. And those kinds of tracks are as easy to find as a needle in a SoundCloud haystack.

You can check out Pyrex Plat’s latest single Silver Lining for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Hip Hop Artist Osiris Marshall Dropped Their Most Experimental Mix Yet with “120 Minutes”

I may have heard my fair share of experimental Hip Hop this year, but nothing comes close to the artful ingenuity which is contained in the latest single from Osiris Marshall  “120 Minutes”.

120 Minutes was released on August 30th and stands as an undeniable testament to Osiris Marshall’s production skills. Especially when it comes the introduction to the track which was decadent, raw, and profoundly indulgent.

Even though 120 Minutes gets slightly more archetypal as the track progresses, you’ll still get to hear the dramatic pulls on the classical strings around the dark Hip Hop beats. Osiris Marshall also has a fair amount of skill residing in his larynx. There may be reverb thrown over their vocals, but they still resonate as expressive, and they won’t fail to draw you further into the mix.

You can check out Osiris Marshall’s quite literally jaw-dropping single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Uriel J. Winfree III is set to drop their most charismatic Indie Trap track yet with “Killer for My Love”

Those of a nervous disposition may want to practice some caution as they hit play on Uriel J. Winfree III’s latest Trap single “Killer for My Love”.

The Indie Rap artist saw no need for a prelude instead, with Killer for My Love, you’re thrown into an abrasive soundscape which Uriel J. Winfree III instils with their soulfully charismatic vibe. The experimental and slightly disconcerting track resonates as captivating from the first verse to the last.

There’s no denying that Uriel J. Winfree III has magnetic energy, I didn’t think it was possible for EDM Hip Hop beats to sound a little cheeky, after hearing the standout track on their upcoming EP “Castle Face” I definitely do.

You’ll have to wait a little bit longer before you can check out Killer for My Love along with the rest of the EP. In the meantime, you can head over to Uriel J. Winfree III’s Spotify page and check out their earlier official releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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NOVO dropped their latest R&B Hip Hop track “Little Bit” ft. Merezz & TimmyTheNomad

If your playlists are crying out for some freshly exotic downtempo Hip Hop, you’ll be able to wipe the tears away with NOVO’s latest single “Little Bit”.

To create the rhythmically soul-soaked single Novo teamed up with Merezz & TimmyTheNomad, which resulted in Little Bit becoming a sticky-sweet symphonic summer hit. With elements of Trap and Soul sitting side by side you’re treated to authenticity and grind as the track runs through.

Little Bit is an instantaneously accessible hit which undoubtedly has plenty of commercial potential. However, it wasn’t the most distinctive track which we’ve heard in 2019. But the track still remains a testament to NOVO’s talent to cook up a rhythmic sun-soaked immersive radio-ready mix.

You can check out NOVO’s single Little Bit for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Barbaric Barry Releases Their Latest High-Fire Hip Hop Drop “Rap with the Gods” ft. Soup Koola

For his latest drop, “Rap with the Gods” Barbaric Barry teamed up with up and coming Rap artist Soup koola. Together they created a high tempo contemporary Hip Hop track which may just leave you questioning whether the Rap artists need oxygen at all.

The relentless Rap versing transcends even what Eminem can spit into a mic, yet, Rap with the Gods is more than just high rapid-fire Rap bars, there’s also plenty of lyrical ingenuity weaved into the track which plays a heavy hand in ensuring that you’re hooked straight from the first verse. The polished production on Rap with the Gods is just the cherry on the cake. The EDM Hip Hop beats may take a backseat, but they still create the perfect platform for the bars.

You can check out Rap with the Gods for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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YS Kayn releases brand new EP ‘Da Past Issa Present 4 Da Future’

Making his first appearance on Instagram where he gained popularity and reached over 10K followers, YS Kayn is the modern version of a classic Hip Hop touch he commands with charismatic flair.

His 2019 debut EP ‘Da Past Issa Present 4 Da Future’ is a 5-track project where slow beats and wide synth melodies empower each song allowing his flamboyant rap to approach the lyrics with a strong grit – a graspable drive that flows smoothly from the very first playthrough. 

A promising talent outburst carries the name of YS Kayn and we’ll be anxiously waiting for his next effort.

Review By Jim Esposito

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Gucci Boy Drops Their Latest Evocative Trap Single “Company”

Gucci Boy’s latest Trap track “Company” is much like their former releases. The up and coming artist seems to be in the habit of creating rhythmically evocative contemporary Hip Hop by incorporating elements of Trap but still keeping the conviction and soul which is found in Old School Hip Hop.

The vocal effects allow the R&B-infused vocals to sit in perfect synergy with the downtempo hits on the 808s allowing Company to offer an immersive amount of melodious grind. If your vibe-out playlists are looking for fresh additions, it doesn’t come much fresher than this.

You can check out the official music video to Gucci Boy’s latest single Company which was released on August 23rd by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Josh! – What’s the Reason: Rapid Fire Hip Hop

“What’s the Reason” is the second single from breaking Bay Area Pop Trap artist Josh!, any fans of relentless lyrical versing sitting in synergy with big EDM beats are sure to find a new playlist essential with this drop.

The fast tempo track is as far from ambient as you can get, instead, the up and coming artist threw in plenty of rapid-fire. While we could definitely appreciate the energy which was poured into What’s the Reason, when the chorus hit, it was easy to feel that there was too much involved in the mix and it was slightly lacking in melodicism. But What’s the Reason still stands as a testament to Josh!’s talent when it comes to cooking up high-fire Hip Hop Rap hits.

You can check out Josh!’s single What’s the Reason for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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