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Liven up your Indie RnB Hip Hop playlists with Yfk Flash’s single “Stay True feat” Troy Ave

If you’re looking to freshen up your Summer Hip Hop playlists, up and coming artist Yfk Flash’s debut single Stay True will make for a sunny melodic addition.

To create the rhythmically arrestive feat of Indie RnB Hip Hop, Yfk Flash teamed up with Troy Ave who lent their magnetic vocal cords and Larrysac who took care of the flawless radio-ready production. Stay True may deliver a simple message, but the short and sweet mid-tempo hit’s good vibes are all too infectious.

Naturally, we hope to hear plenty more from Yfk Flash in 2020. He’s not just an artist with perceptible commercial potential. He’s also extremely efficacious at creating feel-good connectable music.

You can check out Stay True for yourselves via Spotify, iTunes, Deezer and Apple Music through this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Wst. Taylor – Caneodoggmeetsperniel featuring Kaleo Jacobs and Estee Nack

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Wst. Taylor dropped their 5-track Hip Hop EP “Gifted Underachiever” on May 29th. While each track is as powerful and arrestive as the last, you may want to pay special attention to Caneodoggmeetsperniel featuring Kaleo Jacobs and Estee Nack.

The intricately melodic feat of Hip Hop is sure to go down a storm with any fans of Yelawolf’s boundary-pushing fresh sound. In Caneodoggmeetsperniel, Wst. Taylor’s bars hook you in just as well as the vibrant atmospheric beats.

It’s easy to see big things in the pipeline for Wst. Taylor and their distinctive yet immediately accessible sound.

You can check out Caneodoggmeetsperniel for yourselves by heading over to Apple Music now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ace Reign drops 5 star flows with ”Love Me Anyway”

I love it when Emcee’s flow with such conviction but keep it all natural. Ace Reign has just done precisely that with her latest single, the beautifully crafted ”Love Me Anyway”.

Constant enlightenment is a such a necessity right now in the mask-filled world that we find ourselves in. Too often we watch and listen to sub-standard content just to pass time.  No longer. This is a fantastic Hip Hop song with a bit of soul sprinkled in with a touch of R&B love to fill up this tasty sandwich for us to happily consume.

Love Me Anyway” is a story of unconditional love, despite our flaws, loving someone deep down where you can see their heart. Pure & real, being patient with each other and making that extra effort to make it work. That indescribable feeling when you are with someone who makes you feel special always, no matter what.

Washington, DC’s Ace Reign has just released the lovers anthem of the year as she flows with such a calming and confident manner while also showing her vulnerable side with honest storytelling. This is an Emcee in her prime and with ”Love Me Anyway”, she shows us all that love can be quite simple and we just have to really believe in each other for it to truly work and be memorable.

Click here for the SoundCloud music of this soulful R&B Emcee.

Review by Llewelyn Screen

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Sheepishwolf – New Life: Soulfully Immersive Lo-Fi Indie Hip Hop

If you could imagine what it would sound like if Matt Berninger started producing Lo-Fi Indie Hip Hop, you’ll get a good idea of the immersive mellifluous magnetism found in up and coming artist Sheepishwolf’s single “New Life”.

New Life is just one of the singles on the London-based artist’s 2020 EP To Die For. While each track is as transfixing as the last, New Life serves as the perfect introduction to Sheepishwolf’s talent when it comes to infusing the best elements of Indie and Hip Hop. You’ll get the driving electronic basslines paired with the raw and intimate nature of the tenderly evocative vocals. What more could you possibly ask for?

Expect plenty more intoxicatingly cathartic singles from Sheepishwolf in 2020. You’ll want to put them on your radar right about now.

You can check out Sheepishwolf’s single New Life for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bozaay – When I’m Gone: Candidly Resonant Melodic Hip Hop

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If there’s any Hip Hop artist worth putting on your radar in 2020, it’s Bozaay. With their latest soul-steeped downtempo hit When I’m Gone the candidly resonant lyrics effortlessly draw you into the intensely emotive track.

If you find truly honest feats of Hip Hop as refreshing as I do, you’ll be bowled over by the sincerity contained in When I’m Gone.

The melodies in the Lo-Fi Trap hit may have been kept light, but the weight of the emotion certainly hasn’t. The short and bitter-sweet hit runs through Bozaay’s introspective when it comes to post-humorous status giving you a stark reminder of your own mortality. But despite the melancholy which has been thrown into the mix, the vibrancy of the notes offer nuances of optimism and resilience.

You can check out Bozaay’s single When I’m Gone which was released on March 24th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Orie Adams – Runaway Again: A Rhythmically Rendered Hip Hop Earworm

No Hip Hop instrumentals in 2020 have caught our attention in quite the same way as the enticing rhythms in Orie Adams’ latest single Runaway Again.

Winding Blues Rock guitar licks weave around the steady percussion and emotively weighted pensive notes to create the perfect platform for Orie Adams’ smooth, witty and charisma-soaked bars. There’s an effortless synergy between the beats and the steady soulful bars.

It’s all too easy to warm to Orie Adams as an artist, and it’s definitely not every day that we can say that. Quite honestly, he offers a sound which you could easily get obsessed with. At the very least, you’ll want to make Runaway Again a firm fixture of your Alt Melodic Hip Hop playlists. It’s an urban earworm which just won’t quit.

You can check out the official video to Orie Adams’ single Runaway Again which premiered on March 20th via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lyrical LeXX – Through Some Things: Soul-Driven Indie Hip Hop

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If you haven’t already caught the hype surrounding the Seattle-based Hip Hop artist Lyrical LeXX, their 2020 single “Through Some Things” serves as the perfect introduction to their pioneeringly crafted sound.

The Indie Hip Hop track follows a smooth flow while Lyrical LeXX projects pure unadulterated soul, conviction and passion into the mix through their unfaltering Rap delivery. The lyrics may be grounding but the gentle instrumental harmonies offer transcendent catharsis. Drinking in both simultaneously will allow you to see just how Lyrical LeXX has gained so much attention in recent years.

With lyrics which border on poetry and beats which also serve up a fair amount of soul, this artist is definitely one to watch.

You can check out the latest single from Lyrical LeXX for yourselves via Apple Music or SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rockstar Marcus – Battlefield: Romantically Smooth RnB-Soaked Hip Hop

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While not many Hip Hop artists are prepared to wear their hearts on their sleeve in their tracks, Rockstar Marcus’ latest album “Apocalypse” makes for an indulgently refreshing change.

The standout track “Battlefield” is the perfect introduction to the up and coming artist’s RnB soaked approach to evocative Hip Hop. It’s romantic, it’s smooth, and it’s a testament to their talent when it comes to creating hook-filled beats and synergetic arrestive lyrics.

With the lyrics undoubtedly containing a piece of Rockstar Marcus’ soul combined with a gentle melodic Indie Hip Hop beats, your own soul might be broken if the emotive weight behind this single fails to resonate.

You can check out Battlefield along with Rockstar Marcus’ latest album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Prepare for the Emotive Sting of Comp Keyz’ Standout Single “Sauce Man”

You’ll have seen Hip Hop artists blow up for FAR less than what you will find in the standout single “Sauce Man” by up and coming artist Comp Keyz.

While I’ve heard my fair share of emotively driven Trap music, I’ve never felt the weight of a Trap single crawl under my ribs in the same way as Sauce Man did. The soundscape may be light downtempo and ambient, but make no mistake, it’s resoundingly heavy.

Whether it was the pensive yet optimistic melody or the husky, humble, captivatingly poised RnB-soaked Rap bars which hit the hardest, I can’t be sure of. But what is painfully evident that Comp Keyz may be one of the most criminally underrated artists we’ve heard in a while.

You can check out the official music video to Sauce Man for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Rap Artist Mordux Has Made Their Debut with their Single “Skin”

If you’re tired of hitting play on ‘Alt Hip Hop’ tracks which don’t possess a hint of authenticity, you’re definitely going to want to check out Mordux’s debut single “Skin”.

Fans of artists such as Yelawolf who incorporate elements of melodic Rock into Hip Hop are sure to appreciate the intricately rhythmic flawless feat of urban genre-mashing found in Skin.

Through the Rock infusion, Skin unfolds with the familiarity of a 90s Rock single, but through the solid Hip Hop structure, Mordux has proven that their prodigal flair deserves a spot on contemporary airwaves. Not all artists have the ability to drop a complete earworm as their first single, but perceptibly, Mordux isn’t your average up and coming artist.

You can check out Mordux’ debut single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast