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Smash Gang’s Debut Hip Hop Hit Drops with “Drippin Like Sauce”

“Drippin Like Sauce” is the debut single to be released from Smash Gang who have taken Hip Hop back to Old School with their authoritatively fresh mix. Anyone who favours Eminem’s relentless versing style over modern wavy Trap vocals is sure to appreciate the bars which run so hard you’ll be wondering if Smash Gang actually require oxygen.

The mix is left fairly raw to Drippin Like Sauce, yet, if you came for the lyrics and Smash Gang’s ability to wax lyrical you certainly won’t be disappointed as you listen to the polyphonically sweet Hip Hop mix run through. The beat has been kept relatively simple, yet it still serves as the perfect platform to lay down their bars on and get us infinitely excited to hear what comes next from Smash Gang.

You can check out Smash Gang’s latest single Drippin Like Sauce for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Beam – Adrenaline: The Smoothest Jazz-Infused Trap You’ll Hear this Year

“Adrenaline” was just one of the tracks to feature on up and coming Hip Hop artist Beam’s 2019 EP “the Crucible”. When you read through the lyrics, it never occurs to you that Beam would have gone with a Jazz-inspired Hip Hop arrangement, due to the veracity and pure unrestrained passion in he lyricism. But the way Beam brought it all together with his Trap-style vocals and tantalisingly sweet beats, was nothing short of prodigal. The production on the track may be a little raw, but so is the weighted sentiment of the track through which Beam proved that he has the lyrical flow and the command to cook up a mesmerising beat.

You can check out Beam’s latest single which dropped on January 17th for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now. He’ll be dropping new tracks weekly, so make sure to give him a follow!

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Broughton’s Hard-Hitting Hip Hop Single “R.I.P Joyce” Takes Candid Lyricism to the Next Level

For anyone who has ever had to deal with the pain of losing an inspirational figure in our lives and wondering if we are doing them proud wishing that they could see us Broughton’s latest single “R.I.P Joyce” is potentially one of the most heart-breaking Hip Hop signals you could ever care to listen to.

But aside from the heavy sentiment which runs through with absolutely no lyrical restraint, the single is absolutely flawless. The downtempo Hip Hop beats keep the kicks of the 808s light in an arrangement which is soaked with synth-reverb. Yet what the beats lack in momentum, Broughton more than makes up for with his emotively arresting Rap style which lays out the poetically poignant lyrics.

You can check out Broughton’s latest single R.I.P Joyce for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bleu Levees – Michael: For Fans of High-Fire Hip Hop

“Michael” is the latest drop from up and coming Hip Hop artist Bleu Levees, judging by the track he’s well on his way to establishing himself as one of the most expressively inventive Rap artists around right now.

While I can appreciate that Bleu Levees went in a different direction with the beats behind the track, it’s easy to feel the harsh layers synth didn’t make Michael the easiest track to listen to. Rather than being able to get comfortable with the beat you’re constantly aware of the siren-like effect. But that’s not to say that Blue Levees doesn’t have an infinite amount of potential when it comes to creating prodigally-inspired Hip Hop hits. We’ll definitely be keeping our eye on Bleu Levees in 2019 to see his talent evolve.

You can check out the official music video to Bleu Levees latest single Michael which dropped on November 22nd for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jon Harris – BIG: Rap Bars Which Set the Bar for Hip Hop Artists

Jon Harris was bang on with his latest single “BIG”, the Hip Hop scene is on its death bed. Yet, as long as there are artists with the ability to wax lyrical with inspiring verses, there’s still a ray of hope for the genre.

As slick as his instantaneously charismatic Rap style is, it is the beat which really set the anthemics and put the hype into the soundscape. The beat behind BIG is a massive step up from what you can usually expect from the Trap genre and other breaking artists. For a start, there’s actually rhythm in the tight arrangement which blends acoustic instrumentals for a real organic and textured soundscape. If there’s any Rap artist who deserves to blow up in 2019, it’s Jon Harris.

You can check out Jon Harris’ latest single BIG which was released on December 26th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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SHOWW – The Beginning: No Holds Barred Lyrically-Heavy Hip Hop

“The Beginning” was the aptly named first single dropped by the up and coming Hip Hop Rap artist SHOWW. With his debut he didn’t fail to stamp down his signature authoritative style of Hip Hop and prove that it isn’t beyond breaking artists to really draw emotion from the listener. As you listen to the relentless rhythm in the bars paired with the heavy sentiment in the lyrics, it isn’t hard to feel a connection and resonance to what SHOWW has created.

The ingeniously penned lyrics to the Beginning may be the focus to the single, yet every now and again you are able to tear yourself away from the perfection in the meter and rhyme of the verses to appreciate the slick production of the beat which runs through in a melodic tempo taking none of the focus way from SHOWW’s exceptional ability to wax lyrical.

You can check out The Beginning along with SHOWW’s second single “Hope” for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rap Duo Sixteen and JSupreme Share Impressive Debut ‘Stack All Day’

Impressive Birmingham Rap duo Sixteen and JSupreme consisting of two brothers have shared their debut single ‘Stack All Day’. The single is the latest from the pair who have been heavily influenced by the growing UK rap scene is bursting with passion and power in every line. The lads were brought up in the Church and through their music they aim to make a fresher, cleaner take on the genre.
And with ‘Stack All Day’ they have succeeded in that mission. It has a strong melodic beat which has been created by A* student Sixteen who is currently studying music and hopes to put his obvious talents into major productions in the coming years. It’s hard to believe that this hugely impressive, quality production was created in the bedroom of Sixteen and JSupreme, such is its professional sound.
‘Stack All Day’ has thought provoking lyrics, clean lines, quality bars and a clever melodic hook and a bouncy bassline which acts as support to their standout rap lyrics. If you are on the lookout for some awesome new British rap talent, then Sixteen and JSupreme are the act for you. The scene is always on the lookout for fresh and exciting and talent and these brothers have created something that fans of rap will sit up and listen to.
With ‘Stack All Day’ they have created a quality track that has the potential to pique the interest of Indie and Mainstream fans such is its diversity.  Overall it’s a single that is authentic and rich in colour and has clean lines and a standout bassline, it’s a winner.
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Criss Jrumz – Therapy: Intricately Immersive Viscerally Compelling Hip Hop

“Therapy” will be the next drop from the Hip Hop artist who blew us away in 2018 with his soundscapes are enough to draw any self-respecting audiophile to his instantly accessible sound. Instead of just creating music to appeal to staunch fans of the Hip Hop genre, he opens up his sound and incorporates a smorgasbord of elements which I can guarantee you won’t have heard infused in Hip Hop before.

So, if you’re looking for an archetypal beat behind Jrumz’ arrestive Rap flow with Therapy, you won’t find one. Instead, you’ll find atmospheric guitar licks around the almost orchestrally intricate electronic effects which become even more immersive with each verse. There aren’t many Rap artists who can pour so much soul and emotion into their tracks either, but Jrumz has already proven that he’s not your average breaking artist in more ways than one.

Check out the video here.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ozzymoto – COLDH4RTD: Lucidly Smooth R&B-Laced Trap

Up and coming Trap artist Ozzymoto has managed to see himself at the forefront of the Trap revolution with standout track COLDH4RTD which dropped in 2018. Rather than creating an average Trap single, Ozzymoto has made sure that there’s plenty of magnetic reverb on the R&B-infused beats to make it the perfect track to add to your vibe out playlists.

Ozzymoto used his seminal single as a testament to his command of electronic melody by starting off from a slow prelude. The track gradually cranks up the momentum and from the very first switch up, you get a taste for how unpredictably immersive the single will be. The build ups may be subtle, yet the hooks are still incredibly sharp for such an ambient Trap single which was produced by cosmo.

You can check out Ozzymoto’s single COLDH4RTD for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Yung Curt – Freestyle: Meet One of 2019’s Best Up and Coming Lyrical Waxers

Looking for a lyrically heavy, instrumentally light Hip Hop track to add to your playlists? Look no further than the up and coming Hip Hop artist Yung Curt’s latest single “Freestyle”.

In Freestyle, there’s a huge focus on the poignantly penned lyrics which conjure plenty of imagery when put against the dreamily melodic arrangement. If you could imagine an 808 kicking over the soundtrack to an old black and white film, you’ll get an idea of just how distinctive the soundscape which Yung Curt cooked up truly is. Even though the beats are prodigally curve-creating, the level of expression contained within Freestyle pays ode to the roots of Hip Hop. If that sounds sweet, I wouldn’t wait around before putting Yung Curt on your radar.

You can check out Yung Curt’s latest single Coasting Freestyle for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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