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Ryker – Razor: A Razor-Sharp Rendition of Gritty Hip Hop

Ryker’s debut track Razor dropped in January 2018. His music translates into more than just a sound, he bypasses the superficiality through his poignantly penned lyrics and he creates pure emotion. Ryker is more of a story teller than a Hip Hop Rap artist, sharing the same resounding talent as Rappers such as Scroobius Pip and Kate Tempest.  Each line that this track is comprised of stings you with it’s harsh admission of raw emotion.

The music adds to the evocative momentum of the track, adding an almost orchestral tentativeness to the sound through the sonorous Trap beat to create an overall perfect track which is pretty impossible to dissect when you’re too busy being devoured by the ethereal sound that Ryker puts out time after time with his music.

Check out Ryker’s latest track Razor on YouTube using the link below where you can grab a free download:

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Review by Amelia Vandergast




Playa Fly – Live: Fast & Furious Hip Hop

Playa Fly doesn’t fall short of positive reviews, his music is celebrated by tens of thousands of fans that are bowed down to the respect his rap verses command. I’m pretty sure in the duration of his latest track ‘Live’ which came straight off his latest album ‘Go Live’ he didn’t stop to take a breath for two minutes. Picking up the context behind the track other than it’s about ‘going live’ is fairly difficult with the high tempo track and relentless flow of lyrics that your mind stumbles over as you try to decipher them, regardless this track is as fresh as Rap comes. The beat is barely audible over his domineering pace, but with a flow that veracious, who really cares?

If harsh Hip Hop is your bag, you can check out Playa Fly’s latest mix using the link below:

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Review by Amelia Vandergast


Hunter Beard & Keddy Mac – In My Zone: Hustlers Gonna Hustle

Hunter Beard & Keddy Mac’s latest Hip Hop Electronica hit In My Zone was dropped on February 7th, 2018. In short, it’s a stampede of perfectly orchestrated fury that is an absolute pleasure soak up. The rhythmic angst flows with its own pioneering style. The Rap artists lyrics are bordering on pure genius, but to be quite honest, any one that raps about Game of Thrones is an absolute winner in my book. Once the track reaches the final verse you just can’t help being caught up in the flow and running with the lyrics yourself. It has all the elements of an anthemically infectious track; a relentless beat that doesn’t just assimilate the sounds that are already on the radio waves. It’s orchestral and profound sound is both trap and sweet whilst offering a cacophony of passion that the mix exudes.

Both Hunter Beard & Keddy Mac are strong enough Rappers to stand alone within a track but combining both of their hustler vibes makes for one monster of a track. The Los Angeles based artists talent, style and flavour combined is definitely not something to be missed.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast


Yung Trip – Counting blessings whilst travelling some tough musical streets

R&B, rap, trap beats, ambient hip-hop and even some unexpectedly soulful pop tones find their way into the Blessings, the latest track from Young Trip. There are some wonderfully smooth, trippy and laid back musical patterns under the vocals, and if it wasn’t for the directness of the lyrics  it would be easy to see  this track finding mass commercial appeal. But this isn’t the world of compromise and Yung Trip is nothing if not unambiguous and knowingly so.  In the scenes and scenarios he conjures he manages to balance some of the smoothest sounds overlaid with the harsh realities of life and the pulse of the street that makes this such a mercurial musical ride.

Although it is easy to pick music apart to see what it is made of, in the case of Blessings, it becomes more than the sum of their parts when the work is finished and the joins neatly concealed and is easier to defined by what it is the alternative to rather than what it conforms to. It is an old school OG brain on a young pair of shoulders, alt-trap and anti-rap and even in the dark streets of the underground, this seems even deeper, darker and more defiant. In a town of tough musical hombre’s, Yung Trip is one of the toughest.


Young Orpheus In The Underground

Revelling in the past is all very well and good but the best music, or at least the most original,  seems to be made as people move things forward. It’s evolution, it’s forward-thinking, it is the way the world turns. Young Orpheus is the sound of the world turning and music moving into pastures new. Yes, you can break the song apart and find very recognisable musical building blocks being used, but it is what they are used to build which is the real charm.

If hip-hop grew out of vibrant street raps and punchy edges, Young Orpheus takes that vibe and pushes it into a more ambient, sultry place one built on darker deliveries and slower grooves but somehow offering even more menace and world weariness than anything that has come before. The lyrics are filled with street philosophy and social commentary and land perfectly on the listener with style and confidence and the whole affair is spacious, allowing every word and every beat room to breathe and so work more effectively. A game raising musical slice if ever there was one.


Lou Raw ft. Adrian Javon – Reminisce: Snoop Dogg’s Got New Competition.

If you haven’t stumbled across Lou Raw’s sound yet, let me be the one to tell you just how stunning his sound is. That isn’t normally a word I use when it comes to R&B Hip Hop, but this Urban artist has a delectable new flavour that any fans of soulful Hip Hop are guaranteed to love.

Lou Raw teamed up with Adrian Javon to orchestrate his latest track ‘Reminisce’ which was dropped February 2018. The contrast between vocals on this track make for an ethereal sound and a palpable vibe. In short, it’s Dope AF. His rap verses are equally as sweet as his lyrical licks of soulful serenading.

The track was released just in time for you to soak up the sonorously romantic sound just before Valentines Day, whether you’re flying solo or hooked on someone. Reminisce is one of the most beautiful R&B tracks you will hear this year. It’s mid-tempo trappings offer their unique sound of audio bliss. You can check out the official music video to Reminisce on YouTube using the link below:

Review by Amelia Vandergast.


Rey De – I Got Dat: A Dreamscape of Lucid Hip Hop

If you’re sick of all the Hip Hop Rap tracks that are just assimilations of what’s already floating around the genre; you’re going to want to check out Rey De’s latest track I Got Dat. His iconic sound sets him apart from every other artist on the underground today. His dreamy orchestration of sound was composed with almost lucid beats that sound like windchimes in a tsunami. (there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write). The track flows with transient twists and turns chiming away to the snares of the Trap beats, whilst Rey De offers his own dulcet Rap vocals that will make you fall a little bit in love with his sound.

I Got Dat was released January 28, 2018 and is now available to download & stream across all major platforms. So really, you’ve not got any excuse to discover Rey De’s enigmatic sound.

Check out the official music video to I Got Dat on YouTube:

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Review by Amelia Vandergast


Young Gandhi – Forest Gump: A Fresh New Hit from One of the Best Minds in Hip Hop

Young Gandhi AKA Shawn Gandy has just dropped his latest creative mix of Hip Hop that translates into pure lyrical poetry. His debut track Forest Gump is a narrative of contemporary disparity, fuelled by the ridiculously talented Rap artists angst. With his relentless lyrical flow and ability to orchestrate a compelling Trap beat, there’s no wonder that the emerging urban artist’s fans are jumping on the sound behind his ingenious debut track which was produced by Cxdy.

Young Gandhi is currently dominating the Hip Hop scene in Holly Springs, US, but with beats and lyrics as dope as these, I’d be willing to put money on Young Gandhi achieving deserved notoriety if he keeps on putting out beats as heavy as these. Young Gandhi is talented beyond his years and gives artists like George The Poet a run for his money.

You can check out Forest Gump on SoundCloud using the link below:

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Kidd Gio – Everything: Crystal Clear Hip Hop Beats

Kidd Gio AKA Giovannie Lopez has just dropped his debut Hip Hop Rap track ‘Everything’, It’s clean cut vibes cut you like a knife as you soak up the fevered passion that fuels his lyrical ability.

Everything is just one of the hits off The Waukegan, US based rapper’s latest album ‘Know Life’, in which the enigmatic artist really doesn’t hold back. You can almost taste the angst that runs through this track in his furious rap delivery. His pace almost seems unhuman, you can pin point every emotion that’s ingrained in every well placed syllable. A lot of Rap artists proclaim that their sound is as real as it gets, but Kid Gio lets his music speak for him through this track. I can’t recommend Kidd Gio’s music to fans of harsh Hip Hop enough.

Everything is now available to stream via SoundCloud, so go check it out!

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Review by Amelia Vandergast


GxD– It’s Ok: 808’s Have Never Sounded Sweeter

Manin Gauba AKA GxD, dropped his latest track ‘It’s Ok’ earlier this year on January 29 2018 with a little help from JAB47, before the track was perfectly polished by Izak x DeCicco. Together they have created a fresh new sound packed with iconic 808 rhythm which to be honest, you’re either going to love or hate. But rather than trying to please the crowds, GxD has created the ultimate grunge addled sound that furiously flows as one of the freshest sounds to come out of Jersey.

The independent rapper may be new to the scene, but his debut track shows that there’s not much more left for this rapper to learn. His lyrical flow is tight and resounding over the almost orchestral trap style beat. It’s Ok is just one of the vibrant, energetic sounds that GxD has composed as part of his sophomore mixtape. I’m already stoked to hear the next angsty installation from one of the most enigmatic artists around today.

You can check out It’s Ok along with Gxd’s other sounds via Soundcloud using the link below:

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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