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D Beez – Money Affair: Chill-Wave R&B-Driven Hip Hop

“Money Affair” is the latest down-tempo single from up and coming R&B Hip Hop artist D Beez. Let’s face it, the majority of Hip Hop tracks aren’t exactly easy to listen to. So, to listen to a fluidly rhythmic chill-wave beat which packs in plenty of lush synth reverb around the rattle and snares of the 808’s was infinitely refreshing. The slow pacing of the track allowed the lyricism to be far more resonant than what you’d come to expect from the genre.

D Beez struck the perfect balance when it came to penning the lyrics of the track, instead of the self-aggrandized bravado or even more irritating, whiny self-indulgent Lyrics, the Boston-based artist created the perfect introspection which came alive through humility and optimism. If there were more artists like B Beez out there, SoundCloud would definitely be a better place. With production from King.Corn, ensuring the beat ran with perfect seamless fluidity, Money Affair

You can check out the latest single by D Beez for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lone$tar – DAVY CROCKETT: A Fluidly Fresh Hip Hop Flex

Back in August we heard Lone$tar’s infectious hit “Pretty Penny”, the up and coming Hip Hop artist is back with his latest single “DAVY CROCKETT”, which doesn’t seem like the most obvious track title choice for a Rap artist. Yet, with Lone$tar’s playfully experimental Hip Hop style, it’s better to expect the unexpected. This time, his soundscape has got even darker and the multi-layered beat packs in even more intricacy. Whilst the beat was absolutely flawless to Lone$tar’s latest single, it was easy to feel that the full weight of the track didn’t really hit me. The lyrics were fairly hard to make out, and there was no obvious meaning behind them which allowed the track to resonate. Yet, that’s not to say that DAVY CROCKETT isn’t a single which is perfect to kick back to and feel the vibe of thanks to the rhythmic fluidity which sits behind the Trap style beat.

You can check out Love$tar’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Wyatt Roberts – Save Me: Prodigally Sonorous Acoustic Hip Hop

Wyatt Roberts single “Save Me” is absolutely brutal. Now that may seem like a strange way to depict a pensive down-tempo acoustic Hip Hop track. Yet, the weight behind the lyricism and the melancholia of the expressive vocals are enough to leave you feeling bruised.

Whilst a lot of contemporary artists are going down the avenue of using excessive amounts of reverb, it’s clear that Wyatt has little use for digital enhancement with his soulfully natural approach. The levels of vocal harmony mix with the sonorous melodies in Save Me which won’t fail to leave you hooked in the progression of the track.

Save Me is just one of the stellar tracks from Wyatt Roberts 2018 album “Act 1”. Each one of the tracks from the singer, songwriter, producer and engineer will make you fall a little harder for Wyatt’s prodigally fresh style.

You can check out Wyatt Roberts latest single Save Me by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Fyf Aaron – Feelin’ Down ft. Matt Niemann: Expressively Raw Hip Hop

Fyf Aaron’s latest single Feelin’ Down ft. Matt Niemann is right on the Trap curve, so it wouldn’t be any surprise if New School Hip Hop fans wanted to devour his refreshingly honest mix.

The Bahamas-based artist’s expressive lyrical style stands as testament to his natural lyrical command with minimal vocal effect which is infinitely refreshing to hear from the genre. His lyrics are matched with a seamlessly smooth beat with plenty of lush hooks and reverb pouring from the synth. My only advice would be to reign it in with the non-lexical vocals and hammer more poignant, raw lyricism into future tracks. Yet, it’s evident that the up and coming artist has a lot of commercial potential, I’m calling it, he’s definitely one to watch.

You can check out Feelin’ Down for yourself by heading over to SoundCloud now, keep up to date with his latest mixes by following Fyf Aaron via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Zac Jone$ – Nostaljah: Rhythmically Raw Hip Hop

“Nostaljah (Open Di Garage)” is the second single to be released from the up and coming Hip Hop Rap artist Zac Jone$. Whilst the transition from the prelude to the verse wasn’t the most seamless I’ve ever heard, once the bridge kicked in it was all too easy to slip into the downtempo Rap hit.

The subtle EDM Trap beats carried Jazzy undertones and provided the perfect platform for Zac Jone$ to lay down his smooth rhythmic Rap bars. As far as Hip Hop tracks go, they don’t get much more progressive than Nostaljah which becomes evident when the Dancehall rhythms hit you at midpoint in the track. There were parts in the track where it wasn’t all too easy to make out the lyrics which meant that the track veered dangerously close to Mumble Rap, yet, for a cathartic Hip Hop track, you can’t go far wrong with Nostaljah.

You can check out Zac Jone$ latest single Nostaljah for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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$olo Kenny – Can’t Let Go: Your New Hip Hop Earworm

“Can’t Let Go” is the experimentally authentic latest drop from R&B Hip Hop artist $olo Kenny. A perfect vocal dynamic was created between his vocals and MYLE$ GSO, together, they worked to ensure the bars were just as infectious as the hooks. There may have been a slight excess of repetition in the first verse, yet, once the momentum of the chorus hits you, it’s hard not to feel the hype that has been weaved into the infectious mix. Teaming up with 318Tae for production was yet another solid choice, the perfect polish of the beats is yet another reason why it’s hard to see $olo Kenny not remaining on the underground for long.

It may only be early days for the up and coming Rap artist, but his standout style combined with his charismatic vocal approach provides an instantly accessible sound which any fans of Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Jay Z are sure to want as part of their playlists.

You can check out Can’t Let Go for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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FYAMOJI – Gothstar: The Darkest Hip Hop You’ll Hear This Year

“Gothstar” is the latest single by Alternative Hip Hop artist FYAMOJI produced by TOKYO BLACK. Whilst there may be plenty of Emo Rap artists producing melancholically inclined beats, FYAMOJI stayed ahead of the curve with his even darker almost industrial Trap beats.

There was absolutely no restraint when it came to the lyrics which painted a harrowing portrait of destitution which is sure to resonate, as it already has with FYAMOJI’s international fanbase. With over 20k streams on SoundCloud alone in the first week of Gothstar’s release, I’m fairly certain that the Californian-based artist won’t be up and coming for long. Even with the heavy amounts of reverb on the vocals a dizzying amount of emotion was allowed to hit, although I couldn’t help but wonder how expressive the sound would be without the effects?

You can check out FYAMOJI’s single Gothstar which was released for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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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