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DJ Billi – Drunk Drivin’: The Hottest Hip Hop Collaboration of 2018

Dj Billi’s latest self-produced track Drunk Drivin’ is a high energy mix with some experimental effects thrown in to create one of the freshest Hip Hop Rap singles I’ve heard produced in 2018. To create Drunk Drivin’ teamed up with the feverously talented Jake Ortiz, Jewelry Boii Nova and Gabe Gizz. Throughout the mix you’re treated to a constant switch up for vocal energies for that ultimate progressive effect through the track. The only thing that let the side down for me, was the effects put over DJ Billi’s vocals, I have no doubt his bars sound sweet enough without so many effects dampening his obvious rhythmic talent. Also, I’m not 100% sure this track was actually about drunk driving?

You can check out DJ Billi’s new collaboration Drunk Drivin’ on Spotify now along with his earlier singles.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jamie Hancock – Hennything: Virally Infectious Club Hip Hop

Whilst I do love a good play on words, it’s hard to repress my distaste for Rap songs about drinking Hennessey. I’m unsure of the sheer number of tracks that have been produced about Hennessey, but at least Hennything is the cream of the crop.

Hip Hop Rap artist and producer Jamie Hancock has the vocal style, he has the rhythm so the lack of originality when it comes to the lyrics let the track down. Yet that didn’t stop Hennything going viral with over 666k streams on SoundCloud alone. Whilst Hennything is undoubtedly has flavour and bounce, I would hope the lyrics would have more bite.

Hennything was just one of the tracks which came off Jamie Hancock’s 2018 demo ‘Sincerely Me’ which for the most part is spectacular. The spoken word intro to the first track on the demo is as heart warming as it comes. Each of the 12 tracks on Sincerely Me is an ode to Jamie Hancock’s diversity, which stands as testament to his organic talent as a Rap artist.

Check out Jamie Hancock’s latest track Hennything on SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Montshodaw – Black Rose: The Rap Artist We Never Knew We Were Waiting For

Any Hip Hop Rap artist who introduces their track with a violin will always get massive respect from me. The same old Trap rattles get pretty monotonous after a while, so I was delighted to hear that Montshodaw mixed it up in the prelude to his latest track Black Rose.

Montshodaw teamed up with sensational vocalist FlyMsCali to create is dope new drop wich was his first ever single put out on the soundwaves. Where Montshodaw has been hiding out with all that talent before now I’m not sure yet keeping a style that slick a secret is nothing other than criminal. His alternative, experimental approach with his debut track Black Rose is certain to draw attention to his resounding style. The relentless rap flows are constantly switched up, never giving you a moment for you to get bored. In short Black Rose is a multi-layered riddle of resounding hookish drops and succinctly sweet breakdowns.

You don’t want to miss out on Montshodaw’s latest drop Black Rose, so head over to SoundCloud where you can check it out for yourselves.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Loc Saint – Emotions: Feverishly Resounding Hip Hop

Finally. We have a resoundingly abrasive honest Hip Hop track that makes no bones about dealing with the real issues. Loc Saint made he genius move of collaborating with the Joker to create his latest single Emotions. With a bouncingly high-vibe beat, the two Rap artist lay down their bars in a relentlessly rhythmic style that will never go out of fashion. The synergy that Loc Saint and the Joker lock down is as tight as it comes. The lyrics hit you as hard as the beat as the flow is constantly switched up to keep you gripped in the sentimentally of the track. Instead of using the tired old gangster approach to their lyricism, I’m pretty sure a major part of Loc Saint’s soul is inscribed in the lyrics to Emotions.

You don’t want to miss these two artists ripping it up, head on over to SoundCloud now to check out Loc Saint and the Joker putting every other underground Rap artist to shame. I have no doubt that Loc Saint will be flooded with record deals after labels get a taste for his feverishly glorious anthemic vibe.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bassanio – Smile: Romantically Rhythmic Hip Hop

Bassanio’s latest Hip Hop Rap track Smile won me over before the first verse had even ended. Whilst I’m infamously not a fan of romantic musical renditions, Smile had a way to make me do just that.

Whether it’s Bassanio’s instantly charming enigmatic sensibility or his ability to capture the sound of summer in a R&B infused Hip Hop track I’m not sure, yet I can guarantee with sounds this sweet he won’t be hanging around on the underground for long. The continuous mix up between vocal styles provides the track with infinite progression which is impossible to get bored with and inevitable you will get lost in. Bassanio mixed up the sound with his second single Smile from his first release ‘Single Ladies’, I can’t help but feel his style is more at home in a more rap verse-driven track rather than assimilating the same old over-produced R&B soul vocal style.

So, if you’re looking for a good vibes track to get you ready for summer Check out Bassanio’s latest single Smile on SoundCloud now.

Keep up to date with Bassanio’s latest drops through Facebook

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ta3 Denzel – Today: A Narrative of Ghetto Grime Painted with Rhythmic Fury

If gangster Hip Hop is your bag, you may want to check out Ta3 Denzel’s latest drop Today. His ferocious lyrical style isn’t something that you hear every day, especially not against such a crystal clear R&B Hip Hop Trap beat that knows just when to pick up the bounce and throw you into a hook. To create his latest single Today Ta3 Denzel teamed up with producer Beatz Era to create a Dope beat that any true Rap fans will appreciate. Whilst I will never endorse rap artists referring to women as bitches, it was hard not to be drawn into the track as he ran with his rhythmic fury to paint a narrative of ghetto grime. The Cincinnati based Rap artist may only be new to the scene, yet, he’s putting out some of the freshest sounds I’ve heard this year.

Today was released on March 20th, 2018, you can Check out the Hip Hop masterpiece on YouTube now, to download the single head on over to iTunes.

To connect with Ta3 Denzel, hit him up on Facebook and show some love.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kaptain Jay – Night Out: Raise Your Glasses Miami

Whilst Kaptain Jay’s 2018 release ‘Night Out’ is backed by an electrically immersive audible cocktail of Electronica, Trap, and Urban beats, I found it hard to focus on any other element to the track other than the bars being projected into the mic. Sure, pretty much everyone can relate to a track about getting hammered in a club at the weekend, but I’m 100% certain not even the greatest of lyrical masterminds could conjure up a track about getting drunk that would sound fresh in this day and age. To say it’s been done to death is the understatement of the century.

Whilst I may not approve of the lyrical content to Kaptain Jay’s new track Night Out there’s definitely no disputing that he’s got the rhythm, he’s got the flow and the Miami based artist has got plenty of time to perfect his lyrical approach considering he’s only 21 years old. I didn’t realise there was more to life than getting smashed until much later in life to be fair. Let’s hope Kaptain Jay follows suit and creates some mixes where the lyrics are as hard hitting as the beat.

Check out Kaptain Jay’s track Night Out on SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Beach Gang – Na Listenin: A Hip Hop Anthem Fuelled by Hard Hitting Synergetic Momentum

So, what has compelled over 40k Hip Hop fans to check out Beach Gang’s new track Na Listenin on YouTube since the tracks release on April 4th, 2018?

It may have something to do with the chill Trap beat, Beach Gang’s gritty realist style, or his grounding lyrics that carry so much bounce it’s almost impossible to listen to Na Listenin and stay still. Beach Gang’s grinding Rap style draws you into the narrative of the track alongside the bordering on genius lyricism. There isn’t one flaw to be found in the multi-layer mix of sound which has been composed to create a hauntingly synergic momentum which quite literally gave me chills. Whilst the track may be relatively testosterone driven I couldn’t help but find the resonance within the angst Beach Gang was projecting into the mic. With his other tracks such as ‘Love My’, another one of Beach Gang’s 2018 releases the orchestration of the Trap beat wouldn’t be out of place in a black and white film score. The eerily romantic sound carries through to Na Listenin, however the stark contrast between vocals and beat was infinitely more tangible through ‘Love My’. With this pioneering approach Beach Gang is well and truly on my to-watch list for 2018.

You can check out Beach Gang’s latest release Na Listenin on YouTube

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Positive Hip-Hop Meets Genre-Hopping Music

What is so clever about Yons approach on Inspiration at finding new ways forward, new directions for hip-hop, rap and the various urban music threads which lie at the core of this music is that instead of pushing outwards into more tenuous and fractured realms, as some artists are trying to do, he instead looks back. He explores past musical genres and blends pop, jazz piano, chilled dance floor beats as well as old school hip-hop to create his sound. Whereas so many of his fellow artists are trying to create music by blending disparate genres which have no business hanging out with each other into chimeric and unsatisfying new styles, Yons reunites hip-hop with its roots in soul, funk and jazz.

And that is what Inspiration does so well, it tips its hat to the past whilst shaping the future and it does really feel like a first, a bold step forward, a post-genre style that pushes beyond the rules and regulations, ignores the fickle finger of fashion and has no time for musical guardians and narrow-minded pedants telling it what hip-hop, pop, rap, dance music or any other genre should be about.  More importantly, as the title suggests, it is all about providing a positive role model for those around him who may be otherwise inclined to follow more dangerous paths. It is about breaking stereotypes, changing perceptions and shining a more productive and positive light on a genre which very often doesn’t help itself.

Actually, maybe we should stop using genres, labels, pigeon-holes altogether, after all it really is only lazy journalists who employ them to make their lives easier, and Yons clearly isn’t worried about genres and their narrow demarcations and maybe that is a lesson to all of us.

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Lan Amore Is Raising The Bar

It is nice to know that in this world were a lot of rap and hip-hop has been dumbed down to mumbling bedroom wannabes talking in street tough cliches over the same off the shelf meandering beats that occasionally you can still stumble across something which reminds you of the golden age. Lan Amore revels in the art of the lyrical delivery and Forty Seven sparks and swaggers like an old school hip-hop classic. It is sharp, punchy up front, driven by a more chilled vibe and for a change revels in its own lyricism, something which seems to have ironically been lost from the genres which arose from a cappella street poetry.

East Coast lyrical dexterity meets underlying West Coast swagger, golden age 90’s vibes but laced with the fresh and exploratory sound of the contemporary scene, Lan Amore is the perfect blend of familiarity and forward thinking, of knowing your place in musical history and being brave enough to write your own chapter. The lyrics are filled with street philosophy and social commentary and land perfectly on the listener with style and confidence and the whole affair is spacious, allowing every word and every beat room to breathe and so work more effectively. A game raising musical slice if ever there was one.

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