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$olo Kenny – Gettin’ Straight to It: Your New Friday Night Hip Hop Anthem

When a track has as much bounce and energy as $olo Kenny’s latest track ‘Gettin’ Straight to It, it really is just common sense to add it to your party playlist.

The level of hype came both from the Rap bars and experimentally veracious Hip Hop beat. Thanks to BigBoyTraks the production is absolutely on point. The single which was released in August 2018 followed a captivating progression which was as immersive as the gritty, upbeat bars. $olo Kenny’s unapologetic lyrics gained him instant respect from me, and I’m sure they’ll have the same effect on you too. There is no shortage of Rap artists lyrically stamping down their authority, yet the waves of charisma that hit you in the verses is enough to separate $olo Kenny from the rest of the up and coming artists on the scene.

Gettin’ Straight to It may only have been The Greenville, US based artists second single, but he’s already stamped down his style. I have no doubt that this will be the last we hear from him.

You can check out $olo Kenny’s latest drop by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


St1ckz Diamondeyez – Confessions of a Hustler: The Bounce of Aggressive Hip Hop

Emerging Hip Hop St1ckz Diamondeyez has just dropped his latest single Confessions of a Hustler to prove that he’s more than capable of standing against the Rap heavy weights.

The beat to Confessions of a Hustler sets down an anthemically daunting platform for the enigmatic artist to lay his bars upon. His gruff, aggressive lyrics are sure to be appreciated by any fans of Xzibit, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Eminem and Ice Cube. With a track titled Confessions of a Hustler, I probably don’t need to tell you what the concept behind the heavy vibe is. Yet, St1ckz Diamondeyez’s approach to the gritty narrative lyrical style will paint hustler angst in a fresh new way, his Rap style is irrefutably relentless and follows a perfect structure of meter and rhyme.  With his lyrics, beats, and bars, he’s the triple threat. Which I’m sure you’ll find out when you hit play to his single.

You can check out St1ckz Diamondeyez’s single Confessions of a Hustler for yourself by heading over to Spotify where you can also check out the rest of the up and coming artist’s 2018 album ‘The Pharaoh’s Prophecies.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


D-Rock – They Wouldn’t Know: Dub-Soaked High-Energy Hip Hop

When you happen across a Hip Hop track with just as much bounce as ingenuity in the lyrics, it’s hard to write a review without any of expressions of profanity. Because damn, D-Rock’s latest track They Wouldn’t Know is so fresh and alive with aggressive electricity it’s almost insane.

The dub drops that the up and coming recording artist throws onto the beat makes They Wouldn’t Know a compellingly hard hitting anthem which is packed full of sentiment. By the time you reach the last verse it’s almost impossible to stop yourself from joining in with the lyrics which carry the perfect amount of repetition to make the track infectious whilst steering clear of lyrical monotony.

After listening to just one track from D-Rock and listening to his Rap bars I’ve already got mad respect for the artist. The vocal diversity in They Wouldn’t Know prove that he’s not an artist that can be reckoned with.

You can check out D-Rock’s single They Wouldn’t Know for yourself by heading over to Spotify. While you’re there I’d check out the rest of his 2018 EP ‘Under Construction’.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Half Breed – Are You Hiring: A Hip Hop Narrative of American Racial Inequality

As far as I’m concerned, there aren’t enough Hip Hop artists out there in the contemporary Urban arena using their platform for anything other than versing about how great they are or how much Hennessey they can drink. Yet, emerging Rap artist Half Breed cooked up an absolute storm with his 2014 single Are You Hiring. It would seem that in the four years which have passed since the track’s release, nothing much has changed for the inequality faced by Black men in America.

The beat to Are You Hiring is just as hard-hitting as the concept behind the track, Half Breed went for a high-tempo, pounding, thrashing EDM beat for the ultimate grounding effect. The raw, narrative lyricism will feel you leaving wounded after you’ve drank in all of the harrowing sentiment as the US based artist tries to bring an end to the disparity of racial prejudice. Childish Gambino went viral, Are You Hiring deserves the same notoriety.

You can check out Half Breed’s single Are You Hiring for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


BrendonK – Whatever I Want: The Album That Takes Hip Hop out of the Urban Arena

The more Hip Hop and Rock cross over albums I hear, the more convinced I become that this is where the future of the genre lies. BrenkdonK released his concept album ‘Whatever I Want on April 16th, 2018 to treat audiophiles of all persuasions to a soundscape which fuses together EDM, R&B, Rock and Hip Hop.

As you can imagine the tracks on the album are hard-hitting and packed with plenty of digital reverb. Yet, it’s Brendonk’s vocals which really caught my attention.

The Orange County based recording artist kept an Indie Rock tonality to his lyrical verses which followed the fluid momentum of the beats. Each track is as captivating as the last as the earth shattering EDM hooks and snares kept you in sweet anticipation of the drops.

Each of the seven tracks also carries their own individualistic essence, yet it’s tracks such as Seen a Few Things and Only Time I’m Sorry where the acoustic instruments were allowed to take a little more charge in the mix. It was the intro track Kamikaze which let’s you know how much of punch Whatever I Want is going to pack.

You can check out BrendonK’s latest album Whatever I Want for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Rumin8 – Look Up: Putting the Melody Back into Hip Hop

If your playlists in short supply of melodic Hip Hop you may want to turn your attention to Rumin8’s title track from his 2018 album Look Up.

The Rap track has a fluid progression paired with an anthemic Indie vibe and amplified through the essence of Rumin8’s Rap verses. The lyrics are simple yet sweet, they feed into the good-vibe feel that comes alive through Rumin8’s charismatic bars, not every rapper is blessed with the ability to make their tracks feel personal, but it’s safe to say the Denver based up and coming recording artist is up there with the best of them.

The fact that he’s weaved in some classical strings around the quaking rattle of the 808 beats brought this track to a whole level. Each swell and draw of the violin leaves you gripped by the intricacy of Look Up’s composition.

You can check out the title-track to Rumin8’s 2018 album Look Up for yourselves now by heading over to SoundCloud

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Lord Ndoro – Red Light: Magnetically Anthemic R&B Infused Hip Hop

Lord Ndoro aka Michael Ndoro has just dropped his debut track Red Light, if you’re a fan of globally inspired Hip Hop you’re going to be in absolute heaven. The Zimbabwe born, Australian based Rapper and Producer waited until 2017 to share his deft talent of creating emotionally charged beats with the rest of the world.

With Red Light, as soon as you hit play the high-vibe waves come crashing over you as you listen to Lord Ndoro’s vocals switch up between relentless rap verses and sweet rhythmic crooning. If you can keep up with the lyricism you’ll ingenious lyrical hooks and punchlines weaved into the mix. It’s evident that Lord Ndoro is an artist who pours his heart and soul into his mixes to create a palpably euphoric sensation that just about anyone could share in. The only criticism I would have of the track is how Red Light suddenly faded out whilst the beat was still in full swing, or potentially that was a clever trick to leave you in painful anticipation of his next release…

You can check out Lord Ndoro’s latest single Red Light for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Ji_Cue_Smoov3 – Otay: Ride the Flow

Otay is the latest Hip Hop Rap drop from the notoriously acclaimed emerging artist Ji_Cue_Smoov3. Even before the intro has slid into first verse, you’re already in admiration of the bounce that is packed into the fresh beats. It’s safe to say that not many Hip Hop artists have the same ability as Ji_Cue_Smoov3 when it comes to packing a punch with his drops. What’s even more admirable is the Rap artist’s ability to fit a well-rounded track into a 1:60-minute-long mix.

The Brooklyn, US born artist’s high-vibe approach to hard-hitting Hip Hop comes to life through symphonic beats which almost carry a retro feel, the 808’s take a backseat while the synth’s lead the melodies and Ji_Cue_Smoov3 layers the track with his relentless Rap verses. As hard-hitting as Otay may be, the track still sits at the perfect tempo for you to kick back and appreciate the alchemic vibe which has been cooked up by the Hip Hop culinary master.

You can check out Ji_Cue_Smoov3’s latest track Otay for yourselves by heading over to Spotify keep up to date with all the latest Mixtapes by following Ji_Cue_Smoov3 on Facebook

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Nune aka Mr. Propane – Intervention: Enigmatically Iridescent Hip Hop

Most of the time, the Hip Hop Rap genre seems fairly inaccessible, yet every now and again artists like Nune aka Mr. Propane props up with a sound that’s not just for Hip Hop fans.

In the same way Childish Gambino won the hearts of the globe with this single ‘This is America’ Nune has used that same enigmatic vibe to bring his album Intervention to life. The conceptual essence contained within his lyricism is almost unrivalled, yet still bears reminiscence to acts such as Jay Z and Kendrick Lamar. Nune’s Rap verses and beats allow fans of old school Hip Hop and contemporary Trap fans alike to come together in the appreciation of the solid hyped beats. After getting a small taste of the full package I’m stoked to hear what Nune cooks up in his full-length album.

You can check out the snippets from Nune aka Mr. Propane’s latest album ‘Intervention’ by heading over to SoundCloud now. A release date for ‘Intervention’ will be announced soon, so stay tuned! Head over to Nune’s website to keep up to date with all the latest announcements.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Stavy – My Way: Conceptually Fresh Hip Hop

Where on earth has Stavy been hiding his ability to wax lyrical?

With the first bar in his latest track My Way it’s evident that Stavy is a Hip Hop artist with a poetically blessed talent when it comes to lyricism.

His enviable command over meter and rhyme follows through to his versing. Yet, the sentiment behind the lyricism becomes even more resonant alongside his playfully charming ability to spit bars and punchlines with more flavour than the most infamous of Hip Hop artists.

Yet, what I really loved about My Way, was the humble nature that the track had been palpably constructed under, there was no self-aggrandized aggression, it was sweet, harmonious, and in short it was perfection. The melodic, down-tempo beat is a synergetic match for the vocals and progresses through an infusion of R&B and Trap. It’s one hell of a cocktail.

You can check out Stavy’s latest single My Way for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now. Stavy will be dropping one new track from his concept mixtape ‘Isolation’ each week, so stay tuned for more creatively blinding beats from the Philadelphia based artist.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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