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Raw Soul – Long Time: Lyrically Ingenious Hip Hop

Up and coming Hip Hop artist Raw Soul’s lyrically-driven new track “Long Time” is an essential hit if you’re always looking for artists with ingenious lyrical flair.

The track kicks off as a resonant mellow jazz-soaked offering of Hip Hop before the momentum builds into a high-tempo high-energy contemporary feat of Rap with plenty of killer lyrical hooks to ensure you stay well and truly immersed.

We definitely don’t come across Rap artist with such a super-charged ability to leave you adrenalized with their tracks all too often. With Raw Soul’s playfully sniping lyrical wit and Yung Nab’s production skills combined, you’ll greet one hell of a hit if you press play.

You can check out Long Time for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lucid Beats Meet Animated Rap Bars in Jefe Bates’ Standout Track “Mac N Yams”

If an up and coming Hip Hop artist can create a high-fire drop about comfort food, that’s a fairly good indicator that they deserve a spot on your radar. Jefe Bates became a brand-new contender for the king of animated expressive Hip Hop after the release of their debut album Apt 206.

While each track is urban gold, Mac N Yams is a contemporary Hip Hop playlist essential. The nostalgia-soaked beats add immersive lucid layers to the mix while Jefe Bates brings plenty of energy through their charismatic playful lyrical delivery. Mac N Yams pulled together to offer one of the most refreshingly distinctive Hip Hop tracks we’ve heard in a while. Jefe Bates is undoubtedly one to watch.

You can check out Mac N Yams along with the rest of the album Apt 206 for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Flamma – Licked Off My Face: Wit-Soaked Relentlessly Energetic Grime

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Flamma’s recently dropped track “Liked Off My Face” makes Dizzee Rascal sound as edgy as Mary Berry.

Their relentlessly energetic drop is just one of the tracks which you’ll find on their 2020 6-track album “Rise”. Each track stands as a testament to their pioneering approach to Grime, but there’s no better introduction to Flamma’s explosively expressive style than Licked Off My Face. If any Grime track can get you in the mood for hedonism, it’s Licked Off My Face.

While you’ll find plenty of grit in the wit-soaked Rap bars, the flawlessly intricate multi-layered beats are as polished as you’ll find in Grime.

You can check out Liked Off My Face along with the rest of Rise for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Incredible T – FTC 190 Song: Old School Immersive Hip Hop  

The Incredible T’s track “FTC 190 Song” isn’t just a Hip Hop mix which is easy to slip into. It’s one that you melt into thanks to the US-based artist’s tendency to go right back to the old school with their sound.

Any fans of Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, and J. Cole are sure to appreciate the warmth of the nostalgically Jazz-infused tonally warm track. With The Incredible T’s effortlessly smooth lyrical delivery, it’s all too easy to get hooked into the lyrical narrative which finds perfect synergy with the fluid polished beats.

Not all urban artists put their soul on show in their tracks. But you’ll find plenty of soul in all of The Incredible T’s releases. We hope to hear plenty more from them in 2020.

You can check out the standout single from The Incredible T for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Saint M – Omeros: Welcome to the New Wave of Trap

Harlow-based New Wave Trap artist Saint M dropped their highly anticipated album “Omeros” in January 2020. If you like to stay ahead of the curve with Trap trends, you definitely won’t want to miss out on this release.

It’s animated, it’s progressive, and you can hear it practically drip ingenuity as the multi-layered energetic mixes weave through their unpredictable yet seamless evolutions.

Even though there’s plenty of diversity in tone and emotion within the fourteen tracks. One thing which remains as a constant is Saint M’s tendency to throw themselves fully into the tracks to offer a completely dynamic and distinctive sound.

Expect crystal clear production, a smorgasbord of urban playful inventiveness, and plenty of affirmations that Saint M is a Trap artist who deserves to be on your radar within the Omeros album.

You can check out Saint M’s latest album for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rockstar Marcus – Battlefield: Romantically Smooth RnB-Soaked Hip Hop

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While not many Hip Hop artists are prepared to wear their hearts on their sleeve in their tracks, Rockstar Marcus’ latest album “Apocalypse” makes for an indulgently refreshing change.

The standout track “Battlefield” is the perfect introduction to the up and coming artist’s RnB soaked approach to evocative Hip Hop. It’s romantic, it’s smooth, and it’s a testament to their talent when it comes to creating hook-filled beats and synergetic arrestive lyrics.

With the lyrics undoubtedly containing a piece of Rockstar Marcus’ soul combined with a gentle melodic Indie Hip Hop beats, your own soul might be broken if the emotive weight behind this single fails to resonate.

You can check out Battlefield along with Rockstar Marcus’ latest album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tomiah – What I Said: Lyrically Fierce Hip Hop

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Up and coming New Orleans Hip Hop artist Tomiah’s latest drop “What I Said” is about as fresh as contemporary Hip Hop gets. The inventively orchestrated multi-layered beats offer plenty of atmosphere amongst the lashings of bass and a plethora of other experimental effects.

With Rap verses which offer just as much grind as the Trap beats, What I Said is immersive right from the first verse. From there on out, you’ll be locked into a lyrical-narrative which is soaked in Tomiah’s devilishly authoritative wit.

What I Said stands as a testament to the artist’s tendency to run with their own creative expressive style rather than assimilating the work of other urban artists before him. He’s definitely one to watch.

You can check out Tomiah’s latest track What I Said for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Shezi Rosewood – No Sleep: Expressively Versatile Urban EDM

US-based artist Shezi Rosewood’s latest single “No Sleep” is one of the most resonant insomnia-inspired singles we’ve heard in quite some time.

The expressively fluid polished mix doesn’t neatly fall into any genre. Instead, you’ll get the sense that Shezi Rosewood ran with their distinctively versatile production style to create a track which is impossibly easy to vibe and connect with.

No Sleep is a hypnotic lucid lullaby which unravels through smooth Trap beats sitting in a bed of downtempo gentle electronica which comes complete with witty evocative vocals which perfectly captures the frustration which surrounds insomnia. Shezi Rosewood aims to deliver music beyond what is currently available on the airwaves. After checking out No Sleep, it’s safe to say that he’s succeeded.

You can check out Shezi Rosewood’s latest single No Sleep for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Frenchy – Survivor Story: The Most Honest Hip Hop You’ll Hear All Year

With a title like “Survivor Story” I knew Hip Hop artist Frenchy’s track was going to hit hard. Yet, I didn’t quite anticipate just how much candid honesty the Grime track would offer through the perfectly metered Rap bars.

The beats almost fall away as you hook into the narrative of the downtempo mix which will stay with you for long after it has faded out.

Survivor Story takes you on a lyrical journey through Frenchy’s experience with depression. From how it started, to the thoughts it left him with, to how he pulled himself through it. I will never be able to reiterate enough just how essential tracks like this which expose the human condition are. They prove that despite how alienating depression feels, we’re all in the struggle together.

Survivor Story is available to stream via all major streaming services via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Oda Kauffman – Chun Li Type Beat: Ambiently Immersive Instrumental Hip Hop

The ingenuity in Hip Hop artist and producer Oda Kauffman’s mix “Chun Li Type Beat” doesn’t wait around before revealing itself.

The Canadian artist drops a new beat every day. Even if you don’t appreciate their immersive production style (you will), you should definitely find adoration in their unrelenting motivation to put out beats which are made to sink into and appreciate the rhythmically dynamic catharsis.

Even though there’s plenty of conviction behind the Trap style beats in Chun Li Type Beat, there’s also a trippy amount of ambient wavy reverb which makes the mix impossibly easy to slip into.

It’s only a matter of time before Oda Kauffman gets the recognition they deserve.

You can check out Chun Li Type Beat for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast