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Solo Star delivers deity-level hip hop in his single, ‘American God’

Solo Star

Ahead of the release of his highly anticipated 4-track EP, ‘The Ballad of Solo Star’, the up and coming artist has given us a taste of what’s to come by giving us a sneak peek of the lead track, American God.

Under the influence of Nas, Andre 3000, J.Cole, 2Pac and Jay-Z, Solo Star carries the same charismatic vocal magnetism. Instrumentally, he’s ascended to his own level and plateaued above most breaking artists. You can’t help getting hooked into the arrestingly rhythmic grooves in American God.

If you pride yourself on having the hottest names in hip hop on your playlists, you will want to make room for Solo Star.

Check out him out on SoundCloud and his website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

DK Robin pays ode to his ‘Work Wife’ in his latest smooth RnB hip hop single.

There’s officially no better way to pass the time during a 9 – 5 than catching feelings for a colleague, which is exactly what hip hop artist DK Robin waxes lyrical on in his latest single, Work Wife. It’s potentially the most honest love song to have ever hit the airwaves.

The grooving RnB hip hop beats set an affectionate tone that DK Robin amplifies with his smoothly soulful vocals that will be a hit with any fans of J Cole, Kendrick Lamar and Drake. We can’t wait to hear what off the cuff concept DK Robin chooses to explore next; whatever it is, we’re sure he’ll make a perennial urban earworm out of it.

You can check out the official music video to Work Wife that premiered on June 14th by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Christopher the Grey drops the follow-up to ‘Butterflies’ with new single ‘If I Didn’t Have You’

Elements of J Cole and B.o.B mix with old school hip hop on Christopher The Grey’s new single ‘If I didn’t Have You’, upbeat trap beats sitting tidily behind programmed synth parts and Christopher’s staccato, punchy lyrical flow.

The follow-up to last single ‘Butterflies’, and the 2020 album of the same name, ‘If I Didn’t Have You’ is bouncy, driving and upbeat, plaintive and searching, a cry to a lost love and a relationship gone south. There’s touches of T.I., Flo Rida, and Lil Wayne to it, plus some nicely modern-retro production in terms of the rising sequenced parts and the nicely gated hi hat beats.

You can hear ‘If I Didn’t Have You’ on Spotify; check out Christopher The Grey on Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

Mdg 4Eva has delivered a soulful hard-hitter with ‘Shiny Man’, featuring J. Harvey

Dallas-hailing hip hop artist Mdg 4Eva made their debut in 2019, in 2021; he is well and truly coming into his own. His timely, infectiously positive tracks are a welcome change from the lockdown-born self-apathy-soaked singles that made up a significant percentage of new releases in the past 12 months.

His recently released single, ‘Shiny Man’, featuring J. Harvey, is Mdg 4Eva at his finest. The playful soul and boundless charisma in the nuanced track prove that positive vibes and hard-hitting conviction don’t need to be exclusive of each other. In Shiny Man, you will pick out the positive affirmations littered amongst the snapshots of intimate introspection. With the versatility of Mdg 4Eva’s vocals, you’ll get to hear him at his most affable and eccentric as well at his most dominant. Any fans of Outkast, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino will want to experience Mdg 4Eva for themselves.

As Mdg 4Eva has plenty more singles to drop in 2021, he’s well worth adding to your radar. You can follow him via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Shiny Man is available to stream via Spotify. 

Watch the video via YouTube 

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Juufro has made their 2020 debut with the ensnaring retro-futuristic Rap track “In Da Bag”

Floridian Rap artist Juufro has the flow, he’s got the fire, and now he’s got the ultimate testament to their blazing talent with the retro-futuristic Hip Hop drop “In Da Bag”.

The relentless pacing of the mix almost makes listening to it unravel a hypnotic experience. From the first verse, you’ll be locked into their ensnaring Rap bars which find perfect synergy with the rounded tonally explorative beats.

Even though some of the lyrical hooks are scathing, there’s still an ominous playfulness to the track which makes it all too easy to warm to Juufro from the first hit.

Any fans of J. Cole, Snoop Dogg, The Notorious B.I.G. and Jack Harlow will definitely want to give this release some attention.

You can check out In Da Bag for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

East Coast Hip Hop got hotter with the release of Vior’s track “Stevie Wonder”

Feel the oceanic breeze of East Coast Hip Hop with Vior’s standout sun-kissed track, Stevie Wonder, from their 2020 EP, Presidential.

The Coatesville, PA artist has amassed plenty of hype for their ability to bring more than sound to the airwaves since releasing their debut single in 2018.

Hit play on any of their tracks and get lost in the immersive vibes which manifest through their meticulously dynamic lyrical flow and their larger than life personality which will leave you galvanized.

The conviction in Stevie Wonder practically makes the track a kiss with a fist. It’s viscerally hard-hitting. but soulfully sweet all the same.

With their clear Rap style and their mischievously hedonistic bars sitting seamlessly with the high-octane rhythmically arrestive beats, Vior offers the best of East Coast Hip Hop. We have no doubt that it’s only a matter of time before they achieve what they set out to do and put their name on the map.

You can check out the official video to Stevie Wonder which was shot by WizFx by heading over to YouTube.

Or you can listen to the Presidential EP in full via Spotify.

Vior

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Ecsentric has left another mark on Brooklyn’s map of Hip Hop artists with “Alibis”

 

As an up and coming Hip Hop artist in Brooklyn, NYC, Ecsentric has some serious competition, but his latest release “Alibis” makes it all too evident that he’s on the way to the top with his fresh new sound which vibes with plenty of old school elements.

Under the influence of J. Cole, Nas, Logic and Kendrick Lamar, Ecsentric’s sound boasts that shimmeringly alluring Jazzy tone, although the dreamy reverb in Alibis takes the production to new hypnotic heights. As for the lyrics, they’re candidly exposing enough to draw a tear from you as you lose yourself in the evocative narrative of loss and betrayal.

The instrumentals may be light and melodic in Alibis, but don’t be surprised if it leaves you with a few emotional bruises.

You can check out Ecsentric’s latest drop by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Get high with US Hip Hop artist Viizion’s latest drop “Elevate”

US Hip Hop artist Viizion has dropped their first 2020 single Elevate, if you’re looking for an urban aural pick up prepare to get elevated.

Viizion’s approach to West Coast Hip Hop may be immediately accessible, but tangibly, they’ve poured plenty of authenticity into the mix. The hazy stoner vibes instantly let you know that Elevate is a track which is safe to sink into. Viizion’s Rap bars may remain energetic, but the smooth inventive beats ooze a sublime catharsis which you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.

Fans of Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and Drake are definitely going to want to make the up and coming artist a firm fixture on their playlists.

You can check out Viizion’s track Elevate for yourselves via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Sons Of Babylon – Shadows; The Perfect Poetic Vibe.

Starting off with a rather mid-tempo beat and a well-orchestrated intro like that of a cinematic prologue in a blissful serene space that’s invaded with the wind of a happy chime.

This song proves that there’s always something new to learn each day from a good music, all thanks to the artist for giving us this masterpiece.

I’m not gonna forget to mention the glorious nice beat that was flawlessly rendered to pave way for the emergence of the awesomeness of the whole song to be felt in its full glory.

This song is definitely poetry. The artist must have been a renowned poet or a writer because obviously, it’s just a few musicians that can deliver and offer it exactly the way he did.

It’s glaring to behold a view that is so clear and amazing – just like what you’re still yet to experience when you fall back to gently listen with apt attention to understand the message the rapper was trying to point at in the song. All thanks to the artiste for breaking the 1st rule of numb in music with his eccentric style of writing.

Sons of Babylon can be placed among the likes of K-dot Lamar and J.Cole because his creative style of storytelling and rapping is enchanting and invigorating.

 –Lilian-Debrah.

WilStar – OH LA LA: Drip Drop Dope

The inability of most rap artist to breathe creativity in every line of their work is something all good music enthusiast and loyalist can’t help but complain about. So many things have really changed in the rap game these days, it quite seems to be all about jumping right in the boot to record a song the moment the music producer finally hit some nice chords combo to put out a cool beat.

Whatever happened to music with a good intent of addressing a problem?

It ain’t always about cooking up a well-penned cuss/ diss track or spitting those heavy bars while trying to sound like a lyrical prodigy at rap cyphers. Trust me, this Hip Hop song ain’t nothing like what you’ve heard in a long while; it couldn’t have been sang any better.

Apart from that simple but yet captivating “She be Like Oh La La” chorus that softly adds more happy vibe the song, another thing that’s very hard to miss is that brilliant sound that hurls off every iota of uncertainty as regards the validity of the song’s quality, miles away each minute the song plays.

The Flow of the music and the lyrics are also well punctured and organized. It’s really nice to know that Wilstar is still fresh in the industry and I presume he would be able to pull out more dope songs in his subsequent work with ease.

-Lilian-Debrah