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J-Geezy – Burn That: West Coast Hip Hop

It’s been a while since up and coming Hip Hop artist J-Geezy dropped his latest single “Burn That”, after checking it out, I can only hope that he will return to the studio to create yet another bomb drop.

The mid-tempo beats played plenty of odes to the roots of Hip Hop whilst adding contemporary kicks and effects to bring Hip Hop into a new era. The artist’s playfully experimental style won’t fail to leave you hooked once the momentum to the track truly builds. Burn That may have had a shaky start with the prelude, yet, once it kicks into full verse you’re treated to an immersive EDM Trap mix with J-Geezy’s flawless rhythmic rap verses.

You can check out the official music video to J-Geezy’s latest track Burn That for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Emo G – Like Dat Like Dat: Authoritatively Relentless Hip Hop

Earlier this year when Eminem dropped his latest album I sat there a little stumped, wondering if any up and coming artist could ever match the style and pacing of his rap bars. Well, I found my answer when I listened to Emo G’s latest drop “Like Dat Like Dat”, whilst I don’t usually resort to referring to music as lit, Emo G really left me with no choice with his single. As perfect as the beat was, the verses absolutely stole the show, the relentless rhythm was enough to leave you dizzied.

You can check out Emo G’s latest drop Like Dat Like Dat for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now. I feel like a disclaimer is required to let you all know that he’s definitely not an Emo Rap artist. Fans of Lil Peep may be disappointed, yet fans of authoritatively fresh Hip Hop are going to be in heaven.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Star – Sound the Same: Waxing Lyrical on the Stereotypical

Star has definitely got a point with his latest track “Sound the Same”. As an A&R journalist, I find myself in a fair amount of despair as I’m forced to contend with the complete lack of diversity in the contemporary Hip Hop arena.

Yet, the up and coming artist proved with his single which was released October 9th that he’s a new contender more than worthy of acclaim for his charismatic flair when it comes to laying down his Rap bars. There’s no brash aggression, just lyrics which flow to perfect meter and rhyme versed through his steady audible delivery. Let’s just hope the mumble Rap artists listen to this track too.

If a solid concept and a relentlessly fluid delivery wasn’t enough, Star was also kind enough to treat us to a perfectly produced, progressive beat which comes alive through the convergence of Trap beats and a subtle lucid Jazz vibe.

You can check out Star’s latest single Sound the Same for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Court Jester – The Getaway: The King of Alt Hip Hop

It may be a little too early to name my favourite up and coming Hip Hop artist of the year, but the Court Jester has definitely fixed himself a top spot with his latest single “The Getaway”.

It was a risky move to stage a robbery in the prelude to the track. Yet it’s safe to say it paid off after it perfectly set up the lyrical narrative of the track which unravelled under almost primal drum beats and a thudding bassline which any self-respecting audiophile will appreciate. On top of the Swing Jazz infused beats were the Court Jesters slick, relentless Rap bars which I’m pretty sure could rival Eminem’s. The word prodigal gets thrown around a lot these days, yet, I dare say no one is worthier of the praise than The Court Jester.

You can check out The Getaway for yourself by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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JoeJas – Awk-Word: Eclectically Infectious Alt Hip Hop

The prodigally-blessed Hip Hop Rap enigma JoeJas is back with his latest album “Gappy”. Whilst each of the nine tracks won us over, the stand out single “Awk-Word” had us sharing in the hype of JoeJas’ antagonistically playful style. Whilst the lyricism was pure genius alone, the groove and the high-vibe alchemy of the beat proved that JoeJas isn’t an artist who belongs in the underground. The arrangements were kept eclectic, unpredictable and progressive to provide a unique yet instantly accessible sound with melodies so infectious I can guarantee you’ll want JoeJas on your playlists. When it comes to his charismatic rap bars and ability to compose a pioneering beat, there really aren’t too many contemporary artists who can match his irrefutable talent.

You can check out JoeJas’s single Awk-Word for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Coolhandtrew – 1000xs: The Hip Hop Artist Harvey Weinstein Will Hate

Within the first ten seconds of Coolhandtrew’s latest single “1000xs” I was already sold. With a beat produced to a standard you’d expect off a Jay Z track, and lyrics which instantly hook you into the narrative his single is simply perfection. It’s evident that up and coming artist Coolhandtrew is certainly a Hip Hop artist who knows how to compose a solid track, you’ve got the melody, the resonance, and the lyrical genius, what more could you possibly want?

Whether it was the ingenuity behind his bars which instantaneously had me hooked or the fact that he’s speaking out about protecting women in a world ran by Harvey Weinstein’s I’m not sure. Either way, his ability to wax lyrical with raw passion had me floored.

You can check out Coolhandtrew’s latest single 1000xs by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Makk – SLOPPY FREESTYLE: Expressively Raw Hip Hop

With some tracks, you get exactly what It says on the tin. Yet up and coming Hip Hop Rap artist Makk’s latest single ‘SLOPPY FREESTYLE’ is anything but. The single follows the success of the release of his 2018 album confession in which he stamped down his melancholically driven bars upon a platform of dark, resounding beats which will bring back the nostalgia of listening to Eminem’s “Stan” for the first time.

Whilst there could have been a little more melody behind SLOPPY FREESTYLE, it’s hard not to appreciate the mix for the expression alone. The bars allow the verses to sound more like spoken word compared to Hip Hop, but since when was that ever a criticism? The verses had a solid structure and a clear flow atop of the down-tempo, ambient, subtle beat. For a two-minute mix, there’s plenty of emotional weight packed into the lyricism, something which you don’t get treated to all too often from Rap artists, so it’s hard not to anticipate where Makk is heading next with his reticently reflective soundscapes.

You can check out SLOPPY FREESTYLE for yourself by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Da Family – Mansa Musa: EDM-Driven Hip Hop

“Mansa Musa” is the latest drop from up and coming Hip Hop artist Da Family, if you’re in the market for some heavy electronically-driven Hip Hop you can’t go far wrong with the electrifying tempo of this track which was matched by authoritatively relentless rap bars.

Whilst I absolutely love the energy behind the beat of Mansa Musa the constant wall of noise does get slightly distracting throughout the progression of the track. I will always appreciate a solid hard-hitting EDM Hip Hop beat, yet what Mansa Musa lacked was the mix up in the flow, without the hooks and the drops it’s a straight up aural attack. Having said that, Mansa Musa would sound infinitely better blaring from club monitors than it does from my Beats.

You can check out Da Family’s latest single Mansa Musa for yourself by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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MYLE$ G.S.O – Ride: Soulfully Ambient Hip Hop

Up and coming Hip Hop artist MYLE$ G.S.O teamed up with ZayLeaux and producer b.young to produce a chilled Indie hit which is as easy to listen to as breathing. The ambience of “Ride” hits you before the first verse even runs through, the old school Hip Hop style is matched with the soulfully soft vocal style from MYLE$ G.S.O with faster tempo verses from ZayLeaux. There’s a tad too much effects on the vocals to allow MYLE$ G.S.O’s charismatic style to really shine through the mix yet the vocals rests on top of the beat with a fluid synergy which you don’t often hear from Hip Hop artists. The single is worlds apart from the artist’s last single “What I Like” which runs through with a faster tempo, yet Ride has proven that the recording artist has deft command over ambience as well as hard hitting Hip Hop.

You can check out MYLE$ G.S.O’s track feat ZayLeaux for yourself by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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PaNaMa HoLLa – Panama X Fraudin: Old School Authoritative Hip Hop

Up and coming recording artist PaNaMa HoLLa has taken Rap right back to old school with his latest track ‘Panama X Fraudin’. In the sea of mumble Rap artists with predicable Trap beats, his latest hit is a welcome introduction to the underground Hip Hop scene. With every word audible it’s impossible to zone out from the bars after the first verse has ran through, with such perfect meter and rhyme it could almost be translated as poetry. The beat was kept down-tempo for the most part, but in the tentative procession, you’re treated to deep notes that almost allow the track to veer into the EDM Rap category. Any fans of Ice Cube, N.W.A, Dre and Nas are going to want to give the mix four minutes of their time to hear the weighted, intellectual track unfold.

You can check out PaNaMa HoLLa’s latest hit by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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