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Badpos – Smooth: Irresistibly Mellifluous R&B Hip Hop

Up and coming artist Badpos has already pretty much covered what his track “Smooth” is all about in the title, you can throw all of the flowery adjectives at the single as you’d like but the unfaltering soundscape simply oozes a smooth vibe.

The single contains a mix of R&B, Pop and Hip Hop in an ambient downtempo mix which offers immediate catharsis. The beats have been left simplistic and soft, yet they still provide the perfect platform for Badpos’ vocals to rest neatly above as they switch between R&B Pop crooning and Hip Hop versing. The lyricism may be fairly archetypal, but considering the mesmeric pull of the single overall, that’s hardly an issue in his vibe-out playlist essential.

You can check out Badpos’s irresistibly mellifluous track Smooth along with the rest of their latest EP “the Badpos Crescendo” for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Meez x Iff – Phone Me: Off the Hook R&B Hip Hop

Since Meez x Iff’s latest track “Phone Me” dropped on May 2nd, the R&B Hip Hop single hasn’t failed to amass plenty of attention. Given the resonance behind the lyricism in the track, it is definitely no wonder why; Phone Me is one of those rare R&B tracks which doesn’t over romanticise modern relationships. There are plenty of tracks about getting high, and plenty of lovelorn tracks about failed relationships on the airwaves, but it is so rare for the two to come together in such a striking way.

The downtempo beats in the minimalist Hip Hop track set the perfect platform for Meez x Iff’s poised and reflective vocal style which makes it impossible not to get hooked into the narrative of Phone Me – it’s quite literally off the hook.

You can check out the official video to the latest track from Meez x Iff for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hip Hop artist Jay September reaches deep into the psyche of the Instagram famous with latest single “Famous”

“Famous” is just one of the singles found in up and coming Rap artist Jay September’s latest album “Elevators” and I’m sure it won’t be the only one which will hit like an absolute tonne of bricks.

Plenty of Hip Hop & Rap artists allude to contemporary issues with their tracks, but Jay September’s approach will quite literally drown you in empathy. The striking narrative forces you to consider the darker side of ‘Instagram fame’. Perhaps the most powerful aspect of the track is Jay September’s ability to place himself in the mindset of a young woman searching for stability and validity in the 21st century without a hint of prejudice.

Extended tracks aren’t usually a common feature in Rap – especially ones which don’t rely on lyrical repetition, but Jay September proves just how powerful Hip Hop can be when you truly invest in the narrative and throw poignantly bruising poetry into the mix.

You can check out Jay September’s single Famous for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Supabossanova – New Trend: Hip Hop with Layers of Humility

Southern Rap artist Supabossanova’s latest single “New Trend” goes deeper than any Hip Hop track which tries to give the listener Gucci and Hennessey envy.

Hip Hop artists have been fooling us for decades that they’re somehow exempt from the fact many artists need to go through the starving artist phase before they make it – if it wasn’t old in the 80s, it definitely is now. Yet, refreshingly, “New Trend” is a humbling track in which Supabossanova pours in plenty of gratitude around the simple yet effectively rhythmic beats. The track may only be short and sweet, but a two-minute duration was long enough for Supabossanova to spill out their soul and allow New Trend to serve as a view into their evolution as an artist.

You can check out Supabossanova’s latest single New Trend for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hip Hop artist Itz Boi Boi exudes the confidence we all wish we had with latest single “I’m a God”

Itz Boi Boi dropped their latest track “I’m a God” on April 24th and has created a piously pleasing, masterfully produced offering of Rap & Hip Hop. With a commanding and authoritative lyrical delivery sitting well in the artfully structured single, plenty of Old School and Contemporary Hip Hop alike will hit play and discover a new favourite playlist essential.

Evidently Itz Boi Boi’s sound is in incredibly high demand as plenty of Hip Hop fans have jumped on the release with pure adoration. Yet, I can’t help but feel that Itz Boi Boi isn’t the first Rap artist to claim to be some form of deity, and music should never serve to create a barrier between the listener and the artist. Kanye may have created a track under the very same title, but we definitely don’t need another Kanye on the airwaves.

You can check out the video to Itz Boi Boi’s latest single I’m a God for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Loosh – The Devil and Guns: When’s the Last Time Hip Hop Gave You the Fear?

Any Hip Hop track dark enough to instil actual ominous fear as it progresses is always going to be welcome on our radar. The title to up and coming recording artist Loosh’s latest single “the Devil and Guns” may seem dark, but it still did very little to prepare me for what his experimental take on EDM Hip Hop offers.

The delivery of the lyricism (which can only be described as spoken word poetry) is impossibly mesmeric, the versing remains calm which may not work with most Hip Hop tracks, but Loosh definitely isn’t your average Hip Hop artist. Instead of using anger to convey the existentialism in the lyrics, the Brighton-based artist uses something far more effective; the versing resonates like pre-emptive contempt to make the Devil and Guns even more chill-inducing. The track fading out on a sadistic laugh was nothing short than genius. Loosh’s latest single may just be the aural equivalent of American Psycho, and I don’t think that there is any praise higher than that.

You can check out Loosh’s latest track the Devil and Guns for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lunie Royale brings in the future of Trap with latest single Cult Classic

If the future of Trap lies in the Rap bars of Lunie Royale, I’d say it’s pretty safe. Even though there are plenty of elements of New Wave trap in their latest single “Cult Classic” there’s also the irresistible grind which you became accustomed to through old school Hip Hop.

The beat is produced to absolute perfection and reflects Lunie Royale’s playful approach to versing, but it’s the lyricism itself which allows the up and coming artist to truly set themselves apart with distinction.  There’s plenty of mic drop lines which serve to affirm Lunie Royale’s ability to wax lyrical, which is just one of the reasons why once you hit play on Cult Classic you’re hooked into the narrative until the fade out.

You can checkout Lunie Royale’s latest track Cult Classic produced by Guala Beats for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Newschool Vintage – See Your Eyes: Authentically Fresh Alt Hip Hop

Harmonic, sweet, and endearing aren’t usually words which you’d find associated with Hip Hop, yet Newschool Vintage’s alternative approach to the genre allows you to appreciate a new wave of smooth and inventive Hip Hop.

There’s plenty of progressions found within the lyrically fierce, tonally mellifluous single which is all too easy to slip into. There are just as many switch ups with the beat as there are in the lyrical flow, there really is no opportunity to get bored with See Your Eyes. Each seamless evolution of the sound is unpredictable, yet it will serve to draw you even further into the soundscape.

See Your Eyes is just one of the tracks which you will find on Newschool Vintage’s 2019 EP “Swim”, each of the tracks is as refreshingly authentic as the last, yet, See Your Eyes still remains the best introduction to their organic style of Hip Hop.

You can check out Newschool Vintage’s single See Your Eyes for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Joshua J – Werk: Salacious Urban Poetry

It’s fairly rare for a salacious Hip Hop Rap track to be executed so well, but Joshua J more than pulled it off with his latest single “Werk”; which for the most part, is due to the lyrical ingenuity. Instead of misogyny, you find the poetic flair in lines such as “the only thing she pays is attention” in the short and sweet hit which leaves the sentiment of the track undiluted.

With an almost spoken word delivery of the lyrics, you’ll be hooked from the first verse, and the melodic flow of the Trap beat makes it all too easy to immerse yourself in the playfully crass track which is sure to bring the up and coming Rap artist plenty of notoriety for his distinctive approach.

You can check out Joshua J’s track Werk for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mr. Bring Tha Hook In – Scared Money: The Hip Hop Equivalent to a Forest Fire

Straight from the prelude of the latest track “Scared Money” from Mr. Bring Tha Hook In you’re pulled in by the instant hook of the track. And with that sentence, I can definitely appreciate why the up and coming artist chose that for an artist title. High-vibe Hip Hop really doesn’t get much more infectious than what you will find in this track which is sure to give a fair few Hip Hop artists grind envy.

Scared Money has been executed to absolute perfection, the level of synergy between the vibrant beats and lyrics isn’t something you hear every day. The Rap bars keep to the perfect meter and rhyme while the rhythmically smooth beats lay down a solid structure behind the track which leads you to the euphoric sweet spots found in the choruses.

You can check out Mr. Bring Tha Hook In’s latest single Scared Money for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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