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BlondeStar takes care of the future of Hip Hop with his latest drop “NO HOOK”

Ominous beats set the perfect platform for BlondeStars authoritatively commanding freestyle Rap verses in his latest track “NO HOOK”.

The masterful metering in the Rap delivery in NO HOOK borders on hypnotic as you lose yourself in the unrelenting flow of the bars while the lucid electronic effects trickle away around the stylistic bass-heavy beats.

While plenty of Hip Hop artists are hiding behind excessive effects and production and effectively turning SoundCloud into a swamp of reverb, BlondeStar keeps their production Old School while throwing down contemporary fire.

If the future of Hip Hop is reflective of NO HOOK, all hope is not lost. NO HOOK may be a short and sweet production, but you’ll still get a visceral hit of high-octane energy. If NO HOOK left any more of an impression, we’d probably feel bruised.

You can check out BlondeStar’s latest drop NO HOOK for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Pat Knox allows R&B Hip Hop to evolve with the single “Bet Not”

R&B Hip Hop only works if the artist in question has the necessary amount of charisma to pull you into the vibe of the track, and that’s a talent which up and coming artist Pat Knox definitely isn’t lacking.

Pat Knox has recently released their latest self-titled EP, and while each of the tracks is as fresh as the last, there’s no better introduction to his sound than “Bet Not”.  Bet Not is a perfect example of how Pat Knox is pushing to bring the evolution of Hip Hop forward by striving to play with new textures and tonalities. Whether he’s infusing Pop or Rock into his tracks, each aural offering from Pat Knox will pull you deep into the infectious rhythms and allow you to appreciate the soul and passion which the soundscapes were created from.

You can check out Bet Not along with the rest of Pat Knox’s latest album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Vibe-Out to up and coming artist C-bass’ latest single “Kelly Rowland”

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Since the 90s Kelly Rowland has been an iconic figure in R&B and Pop, so, it was always a matter of time before an aural ode was paid to her by an up and coming R&B Hip Hop artist.  Any fans of Skepta are sure to appreciate what C-bass cooked up for his trippy and immersive mix which uses a soft lyrical versing style to make slipping into the ambience of the single all too easy.

As much as I appreciated the vibe of the single, it was easy to feel that there wasn’t all too much energy put behind the performance, this means that with the repeated choruses it can become slightly repetitive. Yet, there’s no disputing that C-bass’ latest single carries plenty of smooth appeal making it the perfect track to put on your vibe-out playlists.

You can check out the official video to C-bass’s latest single which was released on May 17th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hip Hop Artist Ronny Fluckers Delivers With ‘Whitespace Conflict’ EP

Ronny Fluckers is an intriguing Hip Hop artist who draws major influences from the likes of Jamie Foxx, Childish Gambino and Anderson Paak and these influences are clear to hear through his latest five-track EP ‘Whitespace Conflict’.
Sonically this is a record than never stands still and each and every song on the CD offers listeners a clear message. After struggling with writers block, Ronny decided to complete the writing process of this EP in one sitting. This feat has mean the record delivers a serious kick and is offering fans a wonderful crossover mix of genre styles as he effortlessly flows together the sounds of Hip Hop and RnB from across the globe
‘Daylight’ is a track that starts off with a mellow RnB beat that softly builds with the calming vocal tone of Fluckers coming in to drive the track into new avenues and it’s a song that gives listeners a real insight into an artist who is very much on the cusp of taking the scene by storm this year.
‘Gambridge Dr’ is another mid-tempo track that has melancholy beginning before building to a strong, punchy chorus that has a very evident Hip-Hop vibe. This shows another side to Ronny and he once again showcases he is an artist who can combine strong lyrics with a laid back sonic sound.
‘Fight It’ drives the EP into new roads thanks to it’s wonderful laid back acoustic guitar opening that allows the vocals of Ronny to shine. Sonically and lyrically this is the overall best song featured on the record and it delivers with lyrical undertones and a soft RnB beat.
‘Suppressed’ starts off faster and takes the ‘Whitespace Conflict’ EP into exciting new territory with its Hip Hop/RnB crossover styles. Lyrically it shines a light it shines a light on Flucker’s standout talents. Sonically it’s a major standout on a record that is putting Ronny Flucker on the map.
‘Better You- Interlude’ closes out the EP and it’s a wonderfully exciting piece of piano driven music that shines a light on the softer side of Ronny Flucker.
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Demi Day – Time: Hip Hop with a Sobering Poetic Resonance

Whether it’s the easy flow, Demi Day’s passionate vocal delivery, or the beat which will ensure that you’re well and truly sobered by the end of the up and coming artist’s latest single “Time”, there’s no denying that it is as flawless as Hip Hop gets.

You get a true sense with Time, that it was a project born out of passion, with each vocal note that lays out Demi Day’s deep introspection the sentiment behind time hits hard enough to leave you feeling bruised and with an infinite amount of respect for Demi. With such powerful ingenuity in the lyrics as “I’m the only person strong enough to get in my way”, if the song fades to a close without you feeling any discernible emotion, it’s safe to say that you’re a little bit dead inside.

You can check out Demi Day’s second single Time out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Louis Metric Makes an Unforgettable Debut with His First Drop “Familiar”

When it comes to lyrical waxing, there aren’t many with the relentless Rap ability and ingenious lyricism which is exhibited in Louis Metric’s first single “Familiar”. Even though Familiar is a short and sweet track, the up and coming Rap artist packed plenty of progression in there with the inclusion of melodic female vocals around his hard and fast Rap bars.

As harsh as the smacks and snares from the 808’s are, they don’t quite manage to match up to Louis Metric’s hard-hitting Rap bars which set him so far apart from other up and coming Hip Hop artists around today. Instead, the beat which was produced by Aspen Dawn carry an almost transcendental vibe which makes the track resonance. But, as with any pioneering artist, you’re going to want to discover them for yourselves! You can check out Louis Metric’s single Familiar for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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David Daudin – BACK AROUND: The Next Step in the Evolution of Hip Hop

When Hip Hop is so fresh that you’re left a little bit speechless, you know you’ve just stumbled across an urban gem. Which is exactly how David Daudin’s latest track “BACK AROUND” resonates.

BACK AROUND dropped on January 4th to the delight of thousands of fans of experimental Hip Hop which incorporates plenty of global flavour all brought together in a multi-level mixing pot of smooth EDM beats. Along with the unique instrumental arrangement David Daudin has one of the most distinctive vocal styles around right now, to compare his style to another artist would be an insult to his uniquely charismatic vocal approach. If there are any up and coming Rap artists to get excited about right now, it’s David Daudin.

You can check out the official video to David Daudin’s latest single BACK AROUND for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kaieme’s Hit Hip Hop Collab “IDK” ft. JAYO & YUNGMONK

Hip Hop artist Kaieme won’t be described as up and coming for much longer if he continues to attract the same much-deserved attention as he received with his latest single “IDK”. To create the track which dropped at the end of 2018 he hooked up with Rap artists JAYO & YUNG MONK and producer DONED. The final result can only be described as a raw work of Hip Hop which more than certainly has a place on 21st century airwaves. Even though the beats follow a downtempo and ambient pace, the convergence of the Rap artist’s bars in IDK builds plenty of momentum at the same time as treating you to culturally-relevant lyrics.

You can check out Kaieme’s latest single IDK for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Childish Gambino’s Prodigal Son the Genius Child Rises with His Latest Single “Justify”

Up and coming Hip Hop artist The Genius Child has recently released his own version of This is America with his latest single “Justify”; and if you liked Childish Gambino’s viral hit, you’re going to fall in love with the Genius Child for the very same reasons.

While there’s no disputing that the Genius Child’s single carries plenty of reminiscence to Childish Gambino’s through magnetic vocals and lyrical depth, there’s still plenty that sets them apart. It’s always refreshing to discover a Hip-Hop artist who doesn’t make tracks as a vanity project, instead they look to the real dark and gritty issues and create works of resonance from them.

You can check out The Genius Child’s latest single Justify for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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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