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Shan – Ghost: Evocatively Dynamic Hip Hop

NYC-based Hip Hop artist T. Shan’s latest single “Ghost” is a track which instantly commands attention. From the first verse, you’re locked into the fluidity of the beats alongside the pure emotion which has been poured into the evocatively fresh mix.

The grind may be soft and smooth, but you’d be hard-pressed to find more arrestive rhythms from an up and coming Hip Hop artist. T. Shan has stamped down their signature reflective style once more with Ghost which infuses elements of RnB to amplify the sonorous edge to their sound which is sure to see them go far.

While Ghost is undeniably a track with plenty of contemporary appeal, they’ve also been incredibly mindful to make the mix accessible to fans of OS Hip Hop who appreciate pure unadulterated lyrical conviction.

You can check out T. Shan’s latest single Ghost for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Iceboypierre – Watch Yo Step: High-Fire Polyphonic Trap

US-based Rap artist Iceboypierre’s latest drop “Watch Yo Step” (Ugly God Remix) is a Polyphonic Trap masterpiece.

With the Old-School analogue-style beats there’s a fair amount of nostalgia weaved into the mix amplifying the accessibility. Yet the retro rhythms are outshined by Iceboypierre’s contemporary approach to Hip Hop which makes Watch Yo Step drip with plenty of distinctive commercial potential.

The intricately experimental robotic beats bring the grind while Iceboypierre brings the attitude, playful wit and charm through their Rap bars. Watch Yo Step is an energetic vibing mix. If you’re always on the lookout for the freshest New Wave Rap, you’re not going to stumble across many other artists who are lucky enough to share the fresh flex of Iceboypierre.

You can check out Watch Yo Step for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Gud Cyrus – Princess Status: Groove-filled Sleekly Stylistic Hip Hop

Up and coming Hip Hop artist Gud Cyrus has recently dropped their eagerly anticipated EP “Version Update”. While each track is a high-fire sleekly stylistic mix, there’s no better introduction to their sound than “Princess Status”.

The amount of cathartic expressive venom found in the lyrics and Rap bars in Princess Status is only matched by how much ingenuity has been poured into the beats. As far as we’re concerned, Gud Cyrus is well ahead of the urban curve with their grooving beats finished with polished Pop-style production. Opting for such trippy tones to bring the lucidity into Princess Status was a bold move. But it definitely paid off.

You can check out Princess Status along with the rest the EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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4amcollective – you said… – Soul-Deep RnB Trap

Sonorous amounts of soul within Trap music may be hard to find. But Oakland-based Hip Hop artist 4amcollective made up for the shortfall with their standout 2019 hit “you said…”.

The lyrics deliver a captivatingly potent serving of humble romantic confusion. As the hauntingly downtempo reverb-laden beats lead the way through the mix, 4amcollective verses thoughts which may be all too familiar. If you’ve had the displeasure of dating in the 21st century, you’ll definitely be able to find the resonance in the simplistic candidacy of the single.

4amcollective’s soul was as much of a part of the soundscape as the lucid wavy trap beats, which may be light in tone and texture, but it’s still a track which hits incredibly hard.

You can check out 4amcollective’s single you said… for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Breaking Alt Hip Hop Artist FINLINCE! Has Dropped Their Latest Darkly Wavy EP “Threeway”

After making their debut in 2018, FINLINCE! has become one of the most exciting artists in Hip Hop thanks to their tendency to go with his own flow rather than assimilate urban artists before them.

Their most recent EP “Threeway” dropped in January 2020 and each of the five tracks is as dynamically visceral as the last. By mixing elements of OS Hip Hop with New Wave Trap, Synth Wave, Alt Rock and EDM, FINLINCE! was able to offer some of the most indulgently abrasive Hip Hop we’ve heard in quite some time.

The tracks may be short and snappy, but this only amplifies the raw, convictive unpolished emotion which they contain. If he’s not already on your radar, get them firmly placed right now.

You can check out FINLINCE!’s latest EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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D’Andre – Dancing Queen ft Java & CassLitAF

Instead of waiting until summer to drop their smooth grooving up-vibe RnB Hip Hop drop, US artist D’Andre treated fans of soulful urban melodies to their latest sun-kissed mix “Dancing Queen” on December 13th.

In collaboration with Java & CassLitAF, Dancing Queen became a mix full of smooth rhythmic danceable hype. With everyone from Jay Z to Bob Marley to Michael Jackson to Usher influencing the up and coming artists sound, they were free to run with their rhythmic expression without all too much consideration to genre constraints. Their expressive freedom definitely resonated in Dancing Queen.

The EDM Hip Hop beats offer a light intricacy while the vocalists constantly switch-up the vibe of the track making it a dynamic feat of romantic urban soul from the prelude to the outro.

You can check out D’Andre’s latest drop for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Di$mal has dropped their mellow 420-friendly jam “Feeling High”

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“Feeling High” is the third single to be released by breaking Hip Hop artist Di$mal. The stoner vibes drip from the smooth and melodic release in a way which is sure to enamour any fans of Snoop Dogg.

Yet, rather than assimilating the 420-friendly urban jams which have been around for as long as Hip Hop has, Di$mal stamped down their own signature style with a nuanced infusion of Trap. The contemporary up-vibe beats offer hypnotic fluidity, Di$mal’s mellifluous Rap bars also bring plenty of mesmerism into the mix.

After listening to the soulful serenity in Feeling High, there’s little room to wonder why there’s so much hype around the Nottingham-based artist.

You can check out Feeling High for yourselves by heading across to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Boris Massot Ft. EMRO – Disconnected Lines: Unadulterated EDM Hip Hop Catharsis

Alt Electronica Hip Hop artist and producer Boris Massot has followed on from their sensational debut “Running Out of Time” with their equally as resounding second single “Disconnected Lines”. This time, they teamed up with EMRO to create meltingly experimental RnB Trap mix which will undoubtedly amplify the hype surrounding them.

The concordant wavy grooves in Disconnected Lines prove just how disarmingly arrestive Hip Hop can be under the right production. While the constant vocal switch-ups keep the mix fresh from the first verse to the last. If you’re always on the lookout for cathartic Hip Hop which still comes with plenty of bite, you’ll strike gold with Disconnected lines.

You can check out Disconnected Lines for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lil semp – Fucked Up: Atmospherically Raw Hip Hop

Lil semp threw an arrestive amount of conviction into their latest single “Fucked Up”. The lyrics don’t just offer context to the track. They also serve a heavy amount of emotion which was further amplified by Lil semp’s Rap delivery.

After a teasingly pensive prelude, the track kicks into full gear. Then, you’ll get to drink in plenty of relatable angst alongside the deep grinding rhythms set up by the atmospheric modern and slick beats.

It’s easy to see why so many Hip Hop fans are drawn to Lil semp’s sound. Their perfectly rounded but edgily orchestrated singles remind you what music was made for in the first place – to convey emotion which is inexpressible through any other mode of communication.

You can check out Lil semp’s single Fucked Up for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Miles Casper – Hit the Spot: Entrancingly Fresh RnB Trap Pop

Miles Casper has followed on from the success of their first two singles with the equally as melodically smooth Pop Trap track “Hit the Spot”. You can’t help but feel and move to the rhythmic grind in Hit the Spot. It’s not all too often we can dub Pop Trap entrancing but Hit the Spot does exactly what it says on the tin.

By switching between harmonic Pop vocals and perfectly metered rapid-fire Rap bars, Miles Casper created a dynamic hit which you’re immediately hooked into from the prelude right up to the outro.  There’s also a lot to be said for the seamless fluidity of the lush instrumentals. Not to mention the radio-ready finish which they were able to achieve on the production.

The 19-year-old Melbourne-based artist and producer plans to drop a single each month in 2020. If any Alt Pop is worth having on your radar this year, it is Miles Casper.

You can check out Hit the Spot for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast