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NYC Artist Tom Blvck’s Latest Drop “Rose Petals” Bleeds Romanticism into Hip Hop

Romanticism may not be all too synonymous with Rap, but NYC-based Hip Hop artist Tom Blvck’s latest single “Rose Petals” may be set to smash every preconception you hold with the genre.

Rose Petals is just one of the contemporarily arrestive singles from the up and coming artist’s latest 2019 EP “Blvckavelli”. Instead of your archetypal Hip Hop beats, you will be treated to a more Indie soundscape with haunting guitar arrangements (similar to what you could expect from bands such as Interpol) around the drum pads. While there may be plenty of visceral emotion poured into the beats, it is within the lyricism that the sentiment will hit hardest. The wistfully poignant lyricism throws away any idea of restraint to become candid poetry which won’t fail to resonate. All things considered, Tom Blvck could never be described as your average Rap artist.

You can check out Tom Blvck’s latest single Rose Petals for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Okay Cozy – Eazy Breezy: Charismatically Expressive Hip Hop

With a visceral high shine and a charismatic serving of undiluted expression up and coming Hip Hop artist Okay Cozy’s latest release “Eazy Breezy” unfolds as a distinctive Rap earworm.

There’s no disputing that it’s hard to get noticed in the overcrowded Rap scene. Yet, Okay Cozy sets himself worlds apart from the rest of the SoundCloud rappers with his Jazz-laced Hip Hop beats which incorporates elements of R&B to make them even more rhythmically resonant.

The multi-layer beats bleed plenty of reverb into the hypnotic mix as Okay Cozy lays down his endearingly authoritative lyrics through his magnetic vocal style. His playful approach to Hip Hop allowed Eazy Breezy to become an instantly accessible hit which you’ll soon come to see as a playlist necessity.

You can check out Okay Cozy’s latest single Eazy Breezy for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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17th Letter – Really Really: The Evolution of EDM Hip Hop

Through an ingenious convergence of EDM & Hip Hop up and coming artist 17th Letter’s debut single “Really Really” was born.

For anyone who appreciates a heavily dubbed multi-layer beat with plenty of progression, the short and sweet two-minute track is the perfect option to mix up your playlists. Despite the constant evolution of the beat throughout the track, the smooth downtempo beat keeps it transcendentally light while 17th Letter lays down his hypnotic rap bars which carry plenty of bounce on their own.

As debut tracks go, Really Really is one of the most promising we’ve heard from EDM Hip Hop in a long time; it’s the perfect teaser for what’s to come from 17th Letter.

You can check out Really Really’s latest single out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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PaNaMa HoLLa – Juice: R&B Rap Which Runs Through with Resonance

Many Hip Hop artists claim to have a smooth flow, but they may want to look to the tracks from PaNaMa HoLLa’s latest album “6” which sets the bar.

While many Rap artists may like to create an aural attack fuelled by plenty of aggression PaNaMa HoLLa chooses to run through his tracks with charismatically distinctive Rap bars around the R&B-style vocals.

The easy rhythm remains perceptible through the mix, even with the multi-layer chaos which is being laid down through an eclectic arrangement of electronic effect. His refined style never allows your attention to stray from the lyricism which has been cleverly articulated to make sure tracks from his album such as “Juice” flow with a generous amount of resonance. Each of the 10 tracks on the 2018 album has crisp and clean production which allows the release to stand as a testament to the Panama City hailing artist’s future potential.

You can check out PaNaMa HoLLa’s latest album by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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MidLskool – Fall in Love: Salaciously Smooth Hip Hop

“Fall in Love” is the latest single by Hip Hop Rap artist MidLskool who has overturned every preconception you may have about love songs with his undiluted salacious expression. Love and sex have always been two sides of the same coin, and it has never been as apparent as listening to the lyricism to Fall in Love.

The Dallas-based artist created a smooth multi-layered soundscape of Hip Hop to serve as the perfect platform for his expressive vocal style to rest upon. Every pitch sat at the perfect level to ensure the transition between the variations were fluid. From old school Hip Hop elements to heavy 80s synth lines Fall in Love has it all wrapped in the rhythmically resonant mix.

You can check out MidLskool’s single Fall in Love for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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J. Varice – Mufucka: Resonantly Raw Hip Hop

Mufucka is the raw and grittily immersive latest Hip Hop track from up and coming Rap artist J. Varice. Released as an ode to fatherhood (or a lack of). The track doesn’t hold back through the candid lyricism which is by far one of the best elements of the track.

Any fans of Drake, Cardi B, Kanye, and Kendrick Lamar are sure to appreciate the smooth multi-layered jazz-infused beat which J. Varice cooked up with a little help from producers Nique Musiq and Don UnionMusic. While in some parts it felt as though the meter in the Rap bars could flow a little easier, J. Varice has still cooked up a solid track which is sure to resonate with anyone with a less than perfect upbringing.

You can check out J. Varice’s latest single Mufucka for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jeuse Kastoan – SGI ft. Will Nova & Lenny Rockets: Synth-Driven Hip Hop

For his latest track “SGI” the up and coming Hip Hop artist Jeuse Kastoan teamed up with Rappers Will Nova & Lenny Rockets to create a mix with a slightly nostalgic vibe.

There were a few parts in the track where the rap bars faded into the mix a little too much as the keys ran a little too heavy for you to truly appreciate the Rap verses. Yet, SGI allowed Jeuse Kastoan apart with distinction for the experimental way he chose to orchestrate the Hip Hop mix. You won’t stumble across many Hip Hop tracks which use 80s-style synths as a backbone to their releases. Even though the production may not be flawless, there’s still plenty of promise for Jeuse Kastoan who is now firmly routed on our radar.

You can check out Jeuse Kastoan’s latest drop SGI out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Feel the Rhythm of CNASTY68’s Reggae-Driven Hip Hop Single “Off”

While I wasn’t expecting a smoothly indulgent Reggae-infused Hip Hop artist from an artist going by the title CNASTY68, hitting play on his latest release “Off” was still a refreshing surprise.

The track which dropped in January 2019 stands as a testament to the up and coming artist’s ability to construct a solid track, each flawless of progression of the soundscape which combines EDM driven Hip Hop with Reggae & R&B. To say that Off is smooth almost seems like an understatement. The intricate breakbeats from the 808s mixing with the light synth and female vocals was nothing short of prodigal especially when the reverberant dubbed effects allow you to sink even deeper into the track. Fans of Drake and Cardi B are sure to appreciate what the Orlando-based artist has cooked up with his most romantically immersive single yet.

You can check out CNASTY68’s latest single Off for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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J.Raine – #MeToo: A Hip Hop Attack on Toxic Masculinity

J.Raine’s latest Hip Hop release “#MeToo” isn’t a track which skirts around superficiality; It delves deep into the psyche and points out the flaws in society which can leave us lost.

Lyrically, the track left me conflicted, at first it almost seemed as though the title was a hijack on the hashtag highlighting sexual assault, and there was evidently a lot of contempt towards women written into the track. But once #MeToo draws to a close, you’re left with a new perspective after J.Raine runs through how hard it is for a man in a world of toxic masculinity where emotions are supposed to be hidden. Consider me sobered by the 2019 release by the up and coming artist who uses melodically ambient and dark beats as a platform for his emotively compelling single.

#MeToo is available to stream via Reverb Nation where you can revel in the deep introspection of the single yourselves.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Charismatically-Blessed Hip Hop Artist Jodie Jermaine Drops His Latest Album “Diffrnt This Time”

Jodie Jermaine has been prolific with his productions in recent years as he has worked his way up from an up and coming artist to one which has truly arrived. His latest album “Diffrnt This Time” stands as a testament to just how far he has come in his career. To get a head start in Hip Hop he started perfecting his ability to wax lyrical at the age of just 12 years old. It’s safe to say it’s paid off if the title track to his latest release is anything to go by.

In the world of SoundCloud rappers with tinny and brash beats, Jodie Jermaine has cooked up an eccentrically sweet and experimental multi-layered mix where chiming synth meets the harsh snares of the 808s. With his Rap bars going up against Psyonik’s you’re in for a fiery beat which will set the bar for every other Hip Hop artist claiming they’re lit.

You can check out the title track to Jodie Jermaine’s latest release for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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