Sometimes it’s hard to tell where the line is between imitation and style. It might be because there is so much music that comes out regularly, it might be because the successful aspects of music making are so well disseminated, and it very well may be that I am out of touch with the popular world. Not that any of these are mutually exclusive. All that being said, it’s nice to hear an artist that has something new to offer in the way of hip-hop, especially in the vocal and lyrical realm. For the above sentiment, I’m speaking about Daun Facts, a Chicago artist who ventures into both music and other creative works. I listened to his newest track “Msanii,” a hypnotic tune that had me bouncing in the car while driving home from work this evening.
The fingerpicking guitar gives a motion to an otherwise downtempo track – little bleeps and sparse drums create the perfect atmosphere for the vocals to shine. Daun Facts knows rapid lyrics fluently – he effortlessly spits lines that would leave most of us tongue tied. The song even features minor religious elements which was a nice surprise – kind of like a literary grounding to the whole experience.
Over on his Instagram, we get the see the entrepreneurial side of Daun Facts – with tons of merch for sale and attractive people modelling it. Additionally, we get to see photos of him with friends, dressed to the nines, and even a good looking pup standing guard; needless to say, it seems as though Mr. Facts leads something of a charmed life – and good for him.
BoogieLo has just dropped a brand new studio work named HAHA. This release has a loud and energetic twist to it, and it has a presence in the mix that immediately makes it stand out! BoogieLo is very articulate, and his vocals are well-matched to the instrumental. The lyrics are also incredibly deep and easy to relate to, highlighting BoogieLo’s ability to express his feelings and commit them to music in a very special way.
BoogieLo makes music that fans of artists such as Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, Tyler The Creator and Lloyd Banks will definitely connect with. Yet, he cannot easily be lumped in with other artists, given the personal twist that makes releases such as HAHA so special and appealing.
Find out more about BoogieLo, and check out HAHA, which is currently available to stream here.
London-based hip-hop rising star C.Williams has released his new track ‘Lowkey’: an impressive new release from the young artist who has begun to pop up quite strongly on the UK’s rising trapwave scene.
As hip-hop has exploded into consistent chart topping success across both sides of the atlantic, many aspiring rappers have come to snatch the title of the UK’s next big thing: enter C.Williams. ‘Lowkey’ is a bouncy, charismatic introduction to a rapper who can deliver melodies while at the same time floating on top of a beat with a breezy ease. And where ‘Lowkey’ shines most is a clear sense of charisma dripping throughout the intermittent 808 slugs.
If you’re a fan of the likes of Octavian, Young Adz and the numerous other trapwave artists coming out of London – don’t miss out on C.Williams accomplished brand of autotuned haze rap. We’re looking forward to seeing what this Australian-born artist has in store for us yet.
‘77 Nxrth’ aka ‘LZ Lenny Hall’ has just shared his latest video and it’s a biggie. His new crew are in attendance and this is an exciting chapter for Cleveland Hip Hop.
‘’Italy’’ is the debut single for the new collective from Cleveland, Ohio in the USA. Home of the long-suffering NFL team, the Cleveland Browns, the crew throw a touchdown for this effort. This is a fun song to listen to and full of Mama’s pasta.
With a few of the guys of Italian- American descent, ‘’Italy’’ is a shout out to their natural home. My favorite verse on this track is definitely ‘TXCKA’. He rips it with a doomy raw style that shreds through the beat. Out of the whole crew, he shows the most potential. There are no weak links in the crew however, you can tell that the guys picked up their game for this one.
A new crew in the making, there is bound to be more released real soon and the progression will be exciting to see.
Tune in here and see the visuals for this bouncing track on YouTube.
Atlanta Rapper ‘Curm’ has just smashed out his new song all over YouTube with the visuals and it sees the Emcee in top form. He is clearly quite a character and enjoys his time out in the sun with this new video.
‘’Curm’’ is Curm Johnson, who is clearly influenced by Beastie Boys and he loves being outside. He is the ultimate nature Rapper who is a big fan of being out there amongst the animals and enjoying the peace and quiet. When he isn’t rapping of course, as this song is very loud & in your face.
You can hear the South’s influence here with the speaker-blowing production on ‘’Nature Boy’’. With the beat by Atlanta local, ‘Christian Munro’, the instrumental definitely does the job on this one and is perfect for a turn up session in the car.
Taken off ‘Chicken Chase Vol 1’ from the Mi Hustle Entertainment label with fellow indie artist ‘Abksa’, ‘’No Breaks’’ is a bouncy track to inspire us to reach for our dreams and not let go, despite the obstacles that ghetto life brings at times.
The beat is swag-full of flavour, ‘Slredd’ slays with her flow and lyrics that say that she means business now. She is tired of the haters and just wants to do her thing- making money is her only aim now. Extra motivated, you can hear that she is ready to explode music-wise.
‘Abksa’ complements the song perfectly. Keeping everything in rhythm during the chorus, he sings about similar things to his partner and visualises being in Thailand and also speaks about the pain of ducking and dodging the grave. Growing up in the projects is no cake walk and one must be tough.
Let’s see how the rest of 2020 goes and whether these two can keep on pushing and get that breakout track. ‘’No Breaks’’ is a good song and pushes them up the ranks.
Feeling invincible right now, ‘P Muna’ is a confident man. He is free and flying high in the music game. Dropping gospel verses filled with bad decisions. None of us are perfect, but sometimes we feel like nothing can stop us and that feeling with a slice of humility, must be a good thing. This is exactly what “New Religion” is about. This New York based artist is simply telling us that he is feeling good right now, real good.
Also an athlete and future motivational speaker, ‘P. Muna’ has opened up for some of the biggest artists around, including 2 Chainz, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, the late, great Mac Miller (RIP) and Juicy J. This is an Emcee who has found his lane and is driving through it in style, right now he is feeling at his best.
With offerings like “New Religion”, ‘P. Muna’ is on a mission to reach the top so let’s see how he goes about it. Hip Hop is always on the lookout for the next big thing, maybe late 2020 and early 2021, is this Prosper’s time to smash through the front door and take over? With his incredible attitude and inspirational focus, I’m betting on him.
Stream more on his SoundCloud today and find out more about the confident Emcee.
Toronto-based rapper and hip-hop artist Sam-r has released new track ‘Mine’.
Originally hailing from Syria, this Toronto based rapper doesn’t provide the typical kinds of sounds you’d associate with the Toronto scene – instead his style is much closer to the likes of Kota the Friend over the likes of Tory Lanez. And with the release of ‘Mine’, Sam-r comes strong with his delivery and is able to swerve effortlessly between multi-syllabic inter rhymes to staccato hits on the beat to provide an impeccably strong piece of conscious work with a bounce that helps it feel modern, fresh and enjoyable.
If you’re a fan or independent, streetwise hip-hop with intelligent overtures and production that doesn’t overpower the content – Sam-r’s ‘Mine’ should definitely be on your new release hip-hop playlist.
‘’I’m not your boyfriend, bae or anything in between.’’ Sending a message to the ladies in his life, ‘Yahchi B’ is quite fine with being single right now as he is on a quest for global respect and recognition.
Heavily influenced by Nas, Outkast, Tupac, Rakim, Eminem, and Kanye West, you can feel the old school style in his lyrical delivery. He mixes in his own new school style while on the mic and the results are quite impressive.
Formerly from the Bronx in New York, ‘Yahchi B’ made the move from his roots a few years ago and this change seems to have paid off. New York is a great city but it is easy to get lost in the suffocating environment of NYC Hip Hop. His style fits the more relaxed but music-crazy South USA.
In the Hip Hop game since 2012, this veteran rapper & self-produced artist has amassed quite a good following since his debut. A very confident Emcee, his flow is impressive, the beat real fly and with a summer time/chill by the pool with your bikini or swim shorts on energy to it.
Stream this Atlanta rapper’s YouTube visuals right here.
‘’We ready to get it on. I’m the self acclaimed prophecy.’’ Is there a new force in New York Hip Hop?
Sunnyside in Queens, NYC Emcee ‘Del’ is on a mission. He believes he is the best. Wayne Brady good. This guy can rap and shows the world his mad skills on a dope beat. This is proper Hip Hop, Queens style.
‘’I need three girls at all times/Like the motherfucking power puffs’’. “Del’’ has clever wordplay up his sleeve and this is a prime example. So many Emcee’s ramble about the same thing but not this artist. He has a vivid imagination and vision, something you can’t teach.
With more tracks like ’’Sunnyside Freestyle’’, ‘Del’ is unlikely to be lonely at night. A fairly new addition to the legendary New York music scene, he smashes through to demand respect on this single and will surely break out soon. He is too good not to.
Being a new artist, I am intrigued to see what comes next, who he collabs with and how this fantastic talent evolves. Hip Hop is in a good place with ‘Del’ and long may this journey continue.