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OAK Takes Alt Hip Hop to the Next Level with Latest Single “HOO HAH”

Many Hip Hop artists claim to be experimental, however unless they can match the prodigal flare which is perceptible in up and coming Alt Hip Hop artist OAK’s latest single, they may want to think twice about their branding.

With “HOO HAA” from the very first verse you know that you’re not going to hear everything the single has to offer until the very last note.

Combining elements of EDM Pop, Rock, Hip Hop and Rap have been done before. Yet OAK managed to match the same pioneering levels of the likes of Mike Patton’s side projects. There’s plenty of charisma found within the playful vocal delivery which proves that OAK really doesn’t have to take his music seriously to create seriously stylistic beats. How refreshing does that sound?

You can check out the cleverly immersive and slightly ominous music video to OAK’s latest single HOO HAH for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hip Hop Sees a Soul Infusion Through Renaissance X’s Latest Single Not Even Her:

“Not Even Her” is the latest single from up and coming Brooklyn, US Hip Hop Rap artist Renaissance X. His latest single may follow a fairly archetypal structure in Hip Hop. Yet, it is through the simplicity of the construction paired with the depth of the lyrical verses which makes this single so instantaneously accessible.

One way in which Renaissance X ensures that his music resonates as organic is by not holding back on the candid and honest expression; while the Lo-Fi production on the single amplifies the visceral amount of soul behind the Chill Hop hit. Renaissance X’s vocal style which switches between R&B Pop crooning and softly versed Rap bars offer plenty of dynamics and texture behind the single. But with Not Even Her, it is highly likely that it will be the atmospherics that you fall in love with.

You can check out Renaissance X’s single Not Even Her for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mowgli – Find You: Hip Hop Meets R&B Chill Pop

If you’re looking for the ultimate Chill Hop hit, look no further than breaking recording artist Mowgli “Find You”.

Even with the complexity in the soft yet sonorous beat, you’re treated to plenty of catharsis which bleeds from the light synth reverb and cloaks the veracity of the 808 beats. And even though there’s plenty of repetition within the lyrics, the way Mowgli pours emotion into every syllable means that his latest track runs through with undiluted arrestive potency with the perfect pinch of romanticism.

There’s a slight Indie feel to Find You which is perceptible through the level of organic distinction, but in terms of production quality, you really couldn’t ask for much more than the haunting atmospherics which are set up through the single.

You can check out the official music video to Mowgli’s latest single Find You for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Zeb – Out of Control: The Ominously Hypnotic Hip Hop Playlist Essential

With a prelude as instantaneously compelling as a score from Game of Thrones by Ramin Djawadi, you don’t have to wait around for long before you’re hooked into the flow of up and coming Hip Hop artist Zeb’s latest single “Out of Control”

While the ominously orchestral layers start to take a back seat when the mix is in full flow, they still feed into the commanding energy which Out of Control contains. The multi-layer mix sets the perfect atmospheric ambience behind Out of Control while Zeb uses the aural alchemy of the beats as a platform to lay down authoritatively fresh Rap bars.

If every breaking Hip Hop artist attacked their soundscapes with the same stylistic prodigal flare as Zeb SoundCloud would be a much different place.

You can check out Zeb’s 2019 single Out of Control for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Joyland Byrd Teams up with 1 Way Street For Latest Single “Tatts, Gas, & Jewellery”

“Tatts, Gas, & Jewellery” is the latest single from up and coming Hip Hop artist Joyland Byrd who hooked up with 1 Way Street to create a dynamically fresh mix containing infectious rhythms and a solid production.

Anyone who appreciates a party Hip Hop Rap hit which offers unapologetic attitude, are sure to find plenty of reasons to hit play on Tatts, Gas, & Jewellery time and time again. Yet, it was also easy to feel that the lyrics lacked a little depth with no narrative to draw you into. But for anyone who is all about the beats the single comes highly recommended.

You can check out the official music video to Joyland Byrd’s latest single Tatts, Gas, & Jewellery ft. 1 Way Street for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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K.Small – Flashing Lights: A Grounding Hip Hop Tribute

Any Rap artist who can command lyrical attention from the very first listen in the very first verse will always have a distinctive testament to their song writing talents.

With K.Small’s latest single “Flashing Lights”, he teases you into the melody before hitting you with the intellectually-steeped, inspiringly-inviting bars proving that it doesn’t take relentless versing to draw you in. It takes charisma, lyrical ingenuity and the drive to create real music; not just the drive to create new jams, but to change the world with soundscapes paired with experiences of pain.

The downtempo mix provides the perfect platform for K.Small’s harmonically poignant bars which sit just above the female vocals which bring plenty of atmospherics to the soundscape.

Flashing Lights was just one of the tracks to feature in his new project “Long Live Kayotic” in memory of his cousin who was shot and killed in New Iberia which happens to carry the title of the most dangerous town in America. All things considered; this may have been one of the most grounding singles we’ve checked out this year.

You can check out the official video to K.Small’s latest single Flashing Lights for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Showtime Shegz Drops their Latest Grounding Album “Imperfect Art(ist)”

Showtime Shegz is a rare type of artist who uses his platform not only for a project of his own vanity but to share poignant, compelling messages which may just help us to claw our way out of the collective disparity. Which you will be able to hear in the opening poem of his latest release.

The up and coming artist has recently released his latest monster of an album with “Imperfect Art(ist)”, there are 19 diversely orchestrated hits which consider the archetypal constraints of Hip Hop and Rap before going against them with a free flow style which makes the experience authentic and irrefutably organic.

While many people may be under the impression that the concept of the album is in danger of becoming extinct, I’d waste no time in recommending Imperfect Art(ist) which gives you an undiluted hit of Showtime Shegz’ expression. While some tracks may run faster and heavier than others, there’s a seamless feel behind the entire production, and one thing which remains as a constant is how much command and authority Showtime Shegz puts into their Rap bars.

You can check out Shegz’ grounding album Imperfect Art(ist) for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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J Whit – Slimer: Experimentally Endearing Hip Hop

When’s the last time you became hooked on a Hip Hop track inspired by the 1984 Ghostbuster’s ghoul Slimer? If it’s been a while J Whit’s latest single “Slimer” comes highly recommended.

The nerdy Hip Hop hit may not be the most accessible Rap tracks you’ve ever heard, but there’s plenty to appreciate in the playful ingenuity of the lyrics paired with the up and coming artist’s charismatic delivery. While Slimer isn’t a track which screams commercial potential, it certainly leaves you in adoration of J Whit’s prodigal take on contemporary Hip Hop. At just over two minutes long, the track may be short, but that’s all the time J Whit needed to leave a lasting impression with his unique take on effects and digitally rendered Hip Hop alchemy.

You can check out J Whit’s single Slimer for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Intellect – Then There Were Two: A Contemporary Take on Anachronistic Hip Hop

Up and coming Hip Hop Rap artist Intellect describes his latest single Then There Were Two as “The essence of hiphop in its truest form”; and that may just be the perfect summarisation of his sound there is.

Through fusing elements of Neo-Soul into his celestially rendered soundscape Intellect set up the haunting atmospherics, while the rattles of the bass brought solidity to the structure. And no one will ever be able to deny that Intellect has the ability to wax lyrical. The intricacies and intellect exhibited within his Rap bars are the mark of exceptional talent which we don’t get to hear every day. It’s easy to see how Michael Dowd came up with the perfect title for his project. With the layers of ambience, the veracity of the beats which is only matched by Intellect’s Rap bars, the Los Angeles-based artist has given us plenty of reasons to get excited about his potential

You can check out Then There Were Two for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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YXani drops yet another Indie Hip Hop Bomb with “And Again”

More and more artists are bringing elements of Indie into the Hip Hop soundscape, but no many do so with the concordance which YXani conjured in one of his latest singles “And Again”.

The sticky-sweet synergistic mix kicks off with a mesmeric mellifluous guitar prelude before seamlessly switching into a downtempo Hip Hop mix which carries a sultry groove which is more heavily associated with the R&B genre.

While the use of vocal distortion may have been excessive in parts, there’s no denying that And Again along with the up and coming Columbia-based artist’s hits have commercial potential written all over them thanks to the solid structures and levels of harmony perceptible throughout. Of course, there was no forgetting YXani from his earlier release “At Night”; his distinctive style will ensure that he never falls into the category of ‘just another SoundCloud rapper’. His ability to make emotivity pour out of his tracks is almost unparalleled from what we’ve heard this year.

You can check out YXani’s latest single And Again for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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