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DeUce Double has dropped their latest ambient Hip Hop drop “Problems”

Up and coming Rap artist DeUce Double dropped their latest single “Problems” (Naked Juice) on September 10th and shared a smooth urban jam with the airwaves. If your Ambient Hip Hop playlists need shaking up, Problems would be a cathartic way to start.

Problems may be a far cry from DeUce Double’s fierier hits, but the track stands as a testament to their versatility. The downtempo kicks of the drum pads sit against soft reverb-soaked keys creating a solid platform for DeUce Double to lay down their steady R&B-infused Rap verses. And through the perceptibly polished production, the track ties together to offer a fresh new vibe which is all too easy to slip into.

You can check out the official music video to DeUce Double’s latest single Problems via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mazzarati – RIDE: Experimentally Fresh Downtempo Hip Hop

US-based Hip Hop artist Mazzarati has recently released their latest single “RIDE” and it had us hooked from the first verse.

There’s really no understating the up and coming Rap artist’s ability to draw you into a deep and poignant narrative. Not every artist is a natural storyteller, but Mazzarati’s steady and even Rap flow provides an ample amount of escapism by pulling you away from your own introspective into their own.

The downtempo mix offered plenty of ambience while keeping the beats intricate, vibrant and fresh. There’s even the addition of Surf Rock style guitars on the outro which guarantee that no much Hip Hop you’ve ingested over the past few years, you won’t have heard anything quite like this before.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hip Hop artist Tanaka Makoni makes her debut with the single “Blood Money”

Tanaka Makoni has recently made her Hip Hop debut with the soberingly jazzy hit “Blood Money” and has proven that soul trumps self-aggrandization when it comes to lyrical content.

With inspired and intellectual Rap bars, Blood Money is a track which easily hooks you into the steady, rhythmic, mid-tempo mix. Instead of rapping about being able to afford Hennessey and other capitalistic achievements, Tanaka Makoni speaks to those oppressed by corporate greed.

If there were more Rap artists like Tanaka Makoni using their lyrical waxing to shift perspectives, the Rap genre would be a much different place. We’re already stoked to see what she has up her sleeve for her next release.

You can check out Blood Money for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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B Walls Releases Their Latest Contemporary Trap Hit “Where I’m From”

New Wave Trap fans may want to prick up their ears for the latest release from up and coming Rap artist B Walls. Their latest single “Where I’m From” dropped in 2019 and provides a dark and commanding mix to vibe to.

B Walls was bold enough to lay down emotively candid lyrics which give a stark view into their experiences as an up and coming artist. But ultimately, the lyrics are a reminder that life is a journey and no one was born at the finish line.

The tone and style of the track is one which you will have heard countless times before. So, upon first hitting play it’s hard to hook into the rhythm or let the lyrics resonate without the elephant in the room which is the assimilative style. There’s no disputing that B Walls has the contemporary Rap style and talent to boot, but I’d really like to hear some true individualistic expression behind their tracks in the future.

You can check out B Walls’ single Where I’m From for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hip Hop Artist Vaun1k Has Made Their Debut with the Trap Single “Insane”

Any fans of Yelawolf’s more emotional and melodic style Hip Hop are sure to appreciate up and coming Trap artist Vaun1k’s debut single “Insane”.

There’s a rare synergy between the Trap style beats and Vaun1k’s steady harmonized Rap verses. Another rarity within the soundscape is the true sense of undiluted soul being poured into a Hip Hop track. It doesn’t happen all too often, but when it does, it’s a stark reminder that candid lyricism and emotive lyrical delivery are the cornerstones of hard-hitting Hip Hop.

While it felt that the resonance would have been amplified if the vocals ran a little cleaner, Insane is still a track which gives you very little over how immersed you become in the soundscape.

You can check out Vaun1k’s single Insane for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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DS Westwood – Good Vibes Only: Infectiously Fresh High-Vibe Hip Hop

Up and coming Canadian Hip Hop artist DS Westwood made their debut on October 29th with their infectiously high-vibe single “Good Vibes Only” which features vocalist NK. Expect soul, sunny R&B Pop melodies, and plenty of lyrical ingenuity from the soundscape.

‘Good vibes only’ may be a prolifically used phrase and track title in 2019, but DS Westwood still manages to squeeze something fresh from the sentiment with the naturally euphoric track.

Instead of being force-fed aural happiness, the rhythm behind Good Vibes Only gently pulls you into the sticky-sweet tonality of the track right from the prelude to the outro, and you may just find that through the chorus you’ll feel a brand-new perennial earworm crawling in.

DS Westwood possesses that rare lyrical magnetic appeal which makes it impossible to tear away from the verses. Debut’s don’t come much more promising than this. It’s going to be exciting to see how DS Westwood follows on from Good Vibes Only.

You can check out DS Westwood’s single Good Vibes Only by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Milani Valentine Releases Her Second Sun-Kissed Single Good Vibes Only

Up and coming Hip Hop artist Milani Valentine has recently dropped her second Reggae R&B Hip Hop single “Good Vibes Only”.

The grips of winter are almost upon us, but sun-kissed reggae-soaked Hip Hop is never out of season. Good Vibes Only is a high vibe track which contains plenty of vibrant rhythm and does exactly what it says on the tin. But through the slightly rough production quality which created a slightly tinny polyphonic sound and the lack of depth in the lyrics, it was hard to let those vibes resonate effectively.

With that said, feel-good music which serves to bring people together under the tune of euphoria is absolutely essential. With the right production and inspiring lyricism which pours out from the soul, Milani Valentine would be unstoppable.

You can check out Milani Valentine’s single Good Vibes Only for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

For more info, head over to the artist’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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FNB Benny Has dropped their debut Hip Hop track “Cutter”

Alt Hip Hop Rap artist FNB Benny has recently made their debut with the wavy Trap single “Cutter”; and it’s about as quintessential as Trap gets. The downtempo beats are soaked in reverb to give Cutter a hazy vibe while FNB Benny’s Rap bars keep a steady flow throughout. Even though there are traces of Old School Hip Hop, Cutter is a single firmly rooted in the New Wave of Trap.

As much as we appreciated the vibe behind Cutter, it was hard to feel any emotion behind the lyrical delivery or energy to hook you into the track. In parts, Cutter simply felt like it was simply going through the motions. But with that being said, if you’re looking for chilled-out wavy Trap, Cutter is still a solid track to add to your playlists.

You can check out FNB Benny’s single Cutter for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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SO & Bouvvieau Have Dropped Their Experimentally Fresh Hip Hop Track “Astral Zone”

Even on the more alternative side of Hip Hop, it’s extremely rare to find up and coming talent doing something truly experimental with their sound. Thankfully, Rap artist SO has proved to be the refreshing exception with their latest single “Astral Zone” which dropped this summer. SO teamed up with Rap artist Bouvvieau to create a dynamically playful hit which you won’t be able to resist the hype of.

Astral Zone is by no means a single which you can sink into and appreciate the rhythm. But it is a single which keeps you hooked on each and every absurd evolution of sound. With sonic effects trickling trough the Trap beats, and the unpredictable switch-ups in vocals as they move from Grime to hazy almost psychedelic versing Astral Zone is an unforgettable mix.

You can check out the official music video to SO’s latest drop for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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London Hip Hop Artist yung jibz Drops Their Latest Single “Fresh Ways”

“Fresh Ways” is the fourth single to be released by up and coming North West London Hip Hop artist yung jibz. If you like plenty of Grime thrown into your urban grind, yung jibz should already be on your radar.

Amongst the Grime, you’ll also find elements of Trap which have been constructed through intricate layers vibrantly exotic rhythms. Through the Rap bars, there’s equal amounts of attitude and charm, and by finding that delicate balance, yung jibz may have just found the secret to creating an unforgettable earworm.

It’s not all too often I get the pleasure of describing Hip Hop as transfixing, but with the distinctive flow of Fresh Ways, I’m sure I won’t be the only one who finds themselves hooked from the first verse to the outro.

You can check out yung jibz’s latest single Fresh Ways for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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