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Tsunami Tune – Used Too: R&B Laced Urban Beats from the Hottest Name in Underground Hip Hop

The fact that Tsunami Tune isn’t already a household name is nothing short of criminal. His latest single “Used Too” is one more great example his ability to wax lyrical whilst keeping a pinch of romanticism within his Rap bars. Whilst many up and coming Hip Hop artists are veering off in the New Wave Trap direction, Tsunami Tune keeps his sound fresh with elements of R&B laced in the salacious melody. In the demo to Used Too, he’s kept the progression of the beats fluid, rounded, and most importantly of all, there’s a fire behind his sound. Yet, where Tsunami Tune’s talents really become apparent is in his lyricism. Along with keeping to the perfect meter, there’s a clear direction and amount of emotion behind each line.

So, if you’re looking for a sweet and fresh Hip Hop party anthem you can check out Tsunami Tune’s latest drop for yourselves by heading over to Soundcloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Joss Mike – Scuff My Kyrie: Charismatically Fresh Hip Hop

If you’re looking for Hip Hop which keeps the beat transcendentally sweet and the Rap bars authoritatively fresh, look no further than the hits which make up Joss Mike’s latest EP “Right in Your Backyard”. Whilst each of the 5 tracks on the EP are as smooth as the last, it’s “Scuff My Kyrie which stands as a testament to the up and coming artist’s talent and charisma. In place of self-aggrandized bravado, you’re treated to Joss’s playfully inviting Rap style. Yet, with no clear lyrical direction, it was a little hard to let the track fully resonate. But considering the clear-cut, seamlessly polished beat behind Scuff My Kyrie, the track is all too easy to slip into. Joss’s command of rhythm when it comes to the meter of his lyrics and the orchestration of his rounded beats isn’t to be underestimated.

You can check out Joss Mike’s single Scuff My Kyrie for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bez – Backstreet Boys: A Short & Sweet Offering of Fluidly Fierce Hip Hop

No, the former-Happy Mondays maraca-wielding Indie icon hasn’t reinvented himself with a new Hip Hop edge. Bez is an up and coming Rap producer and rapper who has proven to reign supreme when it comes to delivering short and sweet killer tracks.

Bez’s standout single “Backstreet Boys” is just one of the fiercely rhythmic Trap hits to feature on his 6-track album “Currently Debugging”. To get a true hit of his inventive flavour, you’ll need to devour the fluidly melodic album in whole to appreciate his progressive, curve creating style. Given that each of the tracks are self-produced, there’s no giveaway in the sound quality. Instead, the harmoniously smooth vocals feed into the Trap mix. Yet, unlike with many Trap tracks, there’s none of the harsh, tinny snares, just layers of synth reverb to carry the weight of Bez’s lyrics.

If you’re looking for an easy listening Hip Hop album to vibe out to you can check out Bez’s latest drop Backstreet Boys for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Don Bolo – Paseo San Roque: A Fresh Hit of Funk-Driven Instrumental Hip Hop

Don Bolo’s latest drop “Paseo San Roque” featuring DJ Dacel is a smorgasbord of rhythmic sounds incorporating everything from Hip Hop to Funk to Rock to Punk. Any fans of Mr Bungle or Mike Patton’s other inventive aural delights are going to want to check out the earthy, Jazz-infused, bendy notes of the up and coming artist’s latest instrumental offering.

Rather than creating an archetypal Hip Hop beat, Don Bolo has poured his experimental flavour into each unpredictable progression of his standout single, proving that when it comes to acoustically drenched Hip Hop the Ecuador-based artist is pretty much unrivalled.

You can check out Don Bolo’s latest drop which was released on November 5th as part of his “El Principo Del Fin” album by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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M.Waisome – Outrageous: An Instrumental Hip Hop Portal Back to the 80’s

Even though M.Waisome’s latest single “Outrageous” starts off with an all-out aural assault, once the beat kicks in, it’s all too easy to appreciate the up and coming artist’s expressively playful style of instrumental Hip Hop.

The sense of nostalgia which he drove into Outrageous along with the other tracks which make up his latest album “Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl” takes you right back to the time when everything was a little simple through the use of friendly synth melodies.

In a time where it feels like the fabric of society is tearing apart at the seams, it’s all too tempting to slip into the 80’s allure. The samples used within the tracks on his debut are authentically used from the cartoons M.Waisome grew up watching as a child.

You can check Outrageous and the rest of the tracks from M.Waisome’s album for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Slutashia – Queen B: The Fierce Hip Hop Icon We’ve Been Waiting For

She’s fierce, she’s salacious, and it would be no surprise if Slutashia became one of the most important queer artists of our generation. Whilst most drag artists make do with lip syncing, this Oregon queen has taken her talent to the next level with her latest Hip Hop single “Queen B”.

With enough unapologetic attitude to leave her Rap counterparts audibly quaking, she lays down the playfully veracious lyrics on top of a melodically hypnotic beat. Rap artists have either got the flow, or they haven’t, Slutashia can count herself amongst the rare few with the ability to authoritatively wax lyrical.

Whilst the Ru Paul queens may try their hand at making their own tracks after the Drag Race, Slutashia is an artist whose talent stands apart from her identity. Yet, with her charisma feeding into her commanding prowess, you’re in for an aural and visual treat with Queen B.

You can check out the official music video to Queen B for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Razzie’s Daring Hip Hop Ode to the Power of Femininity

“Pu**y Power” is the latest drop from up and coming Hip Hop artist Razzie. Whilst there are plenty of rap artists set out to objectify women in their lyrics, there are very few male artists out there wanting to celebrate their power. Razzie did all of that and more with the fresh beats he laid down to serve as the perfect platform for his hard-hitting lyrics. His commanding lyrical style laces a Dancehall Reggae tonality into the soundscape which is further accentuated through the acoustic, primal rhythms he lays down in place of the harsh snares.

Pu**sy Power is the second viral-worthy track dropped by Razzie, and with his infectiously fresh approach to Hip Hop demonstrated in both pitch-perfect tracks, I’m pretty sure we haven’t heard the last from the Miami-based artist.

You can check out the daringly empowering single out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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LAV.ISH – Hippy Kids: Commandingly Soulful Hip Hop

“Hippy Kids” is one of the recent singles to be released from the up and coming Hip Hop Rap artist LAV.ISH; who has kept his flow old school, yet, his dynamic approach to Hip Hop is refreshingly contemporary. With a slight R&B vibe to the smooth soundscape you get none of the crass abrasion of your average Hip Hop, instead, the layers of the velvety light melody make it all too easy to slip into the perfectly produced mix. To make the track even sweeter, he teamed up with Zander Merone, together the artists combined to create a lucidly hypnotic beat to rest their rhythmically ingenious bars upon.

So, if you’re looking for a commandingly soulful offering of Hip Hop to add to your playlists, you can check out LAV.ISH’s latest single Hippy Kids for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jay. O’s Latest Single “Lately” Keeps the Roots of Hip Hop Alive

Armed with plenty of lyrical flex, Jay. O stepped to the mix to produce his fieriest single yet “Lately” produced by Stavz.

The Jazz-infused Hip Hop beat plays ode to the roots of the genre, yet with Jay. O’s lyrical flair, it’s easy to hear that his sound is fresh enough to be appreciated in the contemporary charts. Despite the downtempo of the single, there’s still plenty of bite and energy weaved into the mix which progressively switches up to add to the immersivity.

Yet, what really sets Jay. O apart from the other US Hip Hop Rap artists is the absolute ingenuity he puts behind his bars, with minimal repetition and plenty of syllables per line it’s hard to disconnect yourself from the resounding command his lyrical flow possesses.

You can check out Jay. O’s latest single Lately for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jay Mundo Delivers High-Fire Hip Hop with his Latest Mix “FedEx”

“FedEx” is the short and sweet Hip hop drop from up and coming Rap artist Jay Mundo; if he isn’t on your radar by now, his latest drop is the perfect introduction. It’s clear from the energy of the track, that his music is all about the vibe. The pitch-perfect rhythmic layers of reverb-drenched synth resonate to draw you into the seamlessly tight melody in perfect contrast to the authoritative bars.

With the fresh flow of the Trap mix it’s easy to fall into the up-vibe feeling of the light beats which serve as the perfect platform for Jay Mundo to rest his playfully charismatic Rap bars on. Whilst it was a little hard to follow the lyrical sentiment in some points, once you sit back and appreciate FedEx and the contemporary flair behind the production, that becomes a minor detail.

You can check out the official music video for FedEx for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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