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Mick Mersse – Sun Down: Experimentally Eccentric Hip Hop

If you’re tempted to draw the conclusion that all Hip Hop Rap is a little samey, I wouldn’t blame you. But, before all hope in the genre is lost, I’d highly recommend checking out the up and coming Urban artist Mick Mersee’s experimentally eccentric single Sun Down.

Sun Down packs in a dizzying amount of progression into the mix to create an urban beat that is anything but repetitive. Each synergetic shift in momentum allows the New Jersey based artist Mick Mersse to switch up the hype with a little help from his fellow Rap & R&B artists !Llmind, D. Banks & Richie.  The beat is atmospherically lucid as it is resonantly grounding thanks to the hard driven bassline of Sun Down, but it’s evident that Mick Mersee’s talents really lie in his ability to drop Rap bars in one breath and R&B crooning in the next.

You can check out Mick Mersse’s single Sun Down from his 2018 album Leavin’ My Legacy on Spotify now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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John Will – Black in America: Viral Worthy Conceptual Hip Hop

The topic of racial prejudice in America is a hot topic on many Rap artist’s lips at the moment; all I can say is kudos to artists such as John Will tackling the gritty subject matter. God knows how many tracks I’ve listened to about getting high or drinking Hennessey this year. Thank God emerging artists such as John Will who have taken a lyrical stand, but, as sobering as the content is, damn the lyrics are infectiously hot and catchy thanks to John Will’s playful approach to lyricism. His latest single Black in America which dropped in June 2018 is as resounding as it is genius. The mid-tempo beat allows you to drink in each ounce of sentiment on offer in the conceptually perfect track.

If you’re a fan of Childish Gambino, R3LL, J.Cole or Kendrick Lamar head on over to SoundCloud where you can check out the conceptually grounding track Black in America, let’s help the Chicago based Rap artist go viral yeah?

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Taking Hip-Hop Into A Bright New Future

Hip-hop has a tendency to be bombastic and slightly overblown. It’s understandable for music which has grown out of the aspirations of people with nothing and therefore nothing to lose, the hustle of the street put into poetry. But we are a long way on from that and maybe it is time to change, even if the content and message remains similar, the method of musical delivery can evolve.

And that is what you get with Lean Boy, and Wonderland is a new take on an old sound. It’s not ostentatious or showy, it tends towards self-examination, talking about the world as he sees it, the music is complex and knotty, and his skills as a rapper are technical and subtle. And that is what makes it and him stand apart from the pack. Largely he is working with the same basic musical tools and sounds as everyone else but somehow he has managed to build it into something confessional and matter of fact rather than feeling like it is all an act. Honesty is indeed the best policy.

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Lethe – Deathly Gallows: The Darker Side to Organically Raw Hip Hop Rap

If you’ve already hazarded a guess at the fact Lethe’s latest drop won’t be the most romantic track you’ve probably ever heard this then you’d be right.

With his most recent single Deathly Gallows Lethe has created a track that goes a little far beyond explicit and the track meanders into a pretty misogynistic arena, which really isn’t cool. But, lyricism aside it’s hard not to appreciate the beat and the angst that is projected into the mic as Lethe verses his relentless lyrical bars. To create Deathly Gallows Lethe teamed up with Classixs Beats who ensured every level of the beat sat at the perfect level. If Lethe could drop his quite isolating contempt for women in his lyrics then I have no doubt that he will see a short ascension to the top of his game. There are very few artists who can exude that amount of charismatic angst into the mic.

You can check out Lethe’s track Deathly Gallows which was dropped in June 2018 on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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A Hip Hop Remix Offering of Multi-Layer High-Fire Flavour

Oh God Damn. I’m starting to see why VeX chose his name. If any Hip Hop Rap artist has the power to vex you it’s certainly the Dallas based DJ and Producer.

You’ll probably need to sit down before checking out the track considering it was created by an 11 year old. Yes, that’s right, it’s not a typo. ELEVEN YEARS OLD. What did you get up to when you were 11? I can’t imagine that many people were mixing tracks that have gained hundreds of thousands of streams at that age. Each layer of the multi-level beat sits at the perfect pitch to allow you to soak up the feverish passion and momentum which has been riddled into the mix. The remix may only be 1:46 minutes long but I fear if it were any longer my mind would have actually blown.

You can check out VeX’s remix of Ski Mask the Slump God’s track Child Play on SoundCloud now & head on over to Facebook where you can keep up to date with all the prodigal child’s latest remix drops. I have no doubt that any fans of Insane Clown Posse, Lil Peep and other gloriously obscure urban artists will adore this remix.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Meet the Artist That’s Bringing a Brand-New Wave of Hip Hop Hype

High Copes is the latest single to be dropped by the Michigan based Hip Hop Rap artist MiL1; the recording artist, sound engineer and entertainer has made quite the name for himself with his organic approach to sound. There are very few Urban artists that can create that much hype behind their beats.

Whilst I absolutely adored the track it has to be said that High Copes could have been so much hotter if he just held back a little bit from the excessive lyrical repetitiveness which the track was introduced with. Rather than adding momentum to the beat it got pretty grating after a while especially after the repetition from the prelude seeped into the hooks. Having said that High Copes is still a track which demonstrates MiL1’s standout Hip Hop Rap style.

If you’re a fan of artists such as J.Cole & Kendrick Lamar give MiL1’s latest track High Copes which was released in May 2018 a listen on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Javae – Late Night: Move Over RZA

Javae’s latest track Late Night may have got off to a bit of a shaky start but once Javae started versing any concerns of the production quality of the track slips away and you get up in his sensational lyrical offerings. To create Late Night Javae teamed up with producer Tyler Lee to bring his rhythmic prowess’ to life in a way that would even leave RZA audibly quaking.

Late Night is more than just ‘yet another’ Hip Hop Rap track that we’re all pretty sick of having forced upon us. Rather than just using the same old tired Trap beats to lay down his momentous vocals upon he infuses a Neo Soul vibe into the mix. I will always appreciate the sound of brass riddled into Urban beats and no one can argue that it just works, even with Javae’s Lo Fi approach to Hip Hop.

You can check out Javae’s latest Hip Hop Rap offering Late Night from his album ‘WE OUTSIDE’ on SoundCloud now. The rest of Javae’s 11-track album is just as sensational as Late Night. It would be hard to see how the Athens US based artist could stay on the underground after this release.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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PartyBoy Woodz – Thought You Knew: An Insanely Enigmatic Offering of Hip Hop

Is Thought You Knew the hottest Hip Hop R&B Rap track dropped in 2018 so far? Probably. I haven’t heard any other artist with as much hype packed into their bars as PartyBoy Woodz did with his latest drop Thought You Knew. Whilst the insanely enigmatic Urban artist’s lyrical flow may have been quite heavily distorted by effects strangely enough it doesn’t limit the amount of organic texture that is found within his playful lyrical offerings.

Perhaps what I loved most about Thought You Knew was the fact it was so seamless I felt it unnecessary to dissect the sound in persuit for flaws because the overall vibe of the mid-tempo flaming track was so fresh. If anyone can make themselves stand out in the overly swamped Hip Hop Rap scene It’s PartyBoy Woodz with his infectious charisma which will make you fall in love with him before the verse even runs through in his sardonically genius anti-love song.

You can check out the insanely hyped official music video to Thought You Knew on YouTube now or head on over to SoundCloud and whack it on your summer playlists.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Pharaoh Santana – Pop Out: Grittily Sweet Hip Hop

Fed up of hearing the same old Trap beat in pretty much every other Hip Hop Rap track that’s dropped this year? Even my back teeth know of my contempt, which is why it was so refreshing to check out Pharaoh Santana’s latest mix Pop Out which was dropped in May 2018.

The beat was to Pop Out was entwined by Funk & Groove around the heartbeat of the track which was lay down as a polyphonically steady offering from the keys. The momentum of the emerging Hip Hop Rap artist’s latest track constantly switches up as it leads up to the chorus where Pharaoh Santana’s flow proves its relentless fluidity through his rap bars. Finding a Hip Hop artist with this much charisma is like finding a needle in a haystack. His playful approach runs through without any grandiosity whilst projecting his grittily sweet lyrics.

If you’re looking for beats with that perfect Summer hype vibe you can check out Pharaoh Santana’s latest track Pop Out on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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SLEEPXWELL – Kawasaki: Furiously Fluid Hip Hop

SLEEPXWELL teamed up with fellow Hip Hop Rap artist Young Sam & producer Nape to create his latest Trap drop Kawasaki; what a genius move.

SLEEPXWELL has been pretty quiet on the new release front this year but the fluidity in his flow proves that keeping his talent off the soundwaves could almost be regarded as criminal. The stylised rhythm behind the melody to his first 2018 track Kawasaki proved that when it comes to versing gritty Hip Hop there aren’t many that could match the up-vibe energy behind the delivery of his bars. Young Sam was the perfect artist to create a vocal contrast to SLEEPXWELL if I were to offer any suggestion it would be to keep the bars as natural as possible and hold off on the effects on the Hip Hop Rap vocals. For me, the effects dampened the charisma which was on offer through the inventive lyricism, yet, it has to be said; the resounding Trap beat was absolutely flawless.

You can check out SLEEPXWELL’s latest track which dropped in May 2018 on SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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