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.
Luminary rap artist Nerdy G treated us a taste of what is to come from their debut EP with the release of their single, ‘On My Grind’.
After swathes of hip hop hit the airwaves and glamorising the supposed high-life, Nerdy G switched the narrative and celebrated the working classes who work their hands to the bone to get by. Their conscious approach to lyricism isn’t the only refreshing aspect to Nerdy G’s signature sound either. With echoes of old school boom bap in their modern production, it’s impossible not to get adrenalized by this blazing Hip hop hit.
It isn’t just the kind of track that could sweeten the mood on frustrating of morning commutes. It’s the kind of track that could shift perceptions on capitalism. For good.
On My Grind was officially released on April 8th, you can check it out via SoundCloud.
There have always been conscious hip hop artists on the airwaves, but in 2020, the spotlight fell away from artists trying to keep the problematic stereotypes alive and onto inspiringly insightful artists such as rap artist Divine.
By fusing their faith with their love of Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar and Logic, hitting play on any of his tracks is worth it for the lyrical connection alone. Then when you factor in the soulfully jazzy vibes that match T.N.L.C’s magnetic personality, it’s an all-consuming experience.
The best introduction to his sound is ‘Divine, a sunny soundscape that practically radiates with assured, optimistic energy. If any young hip hop fans are searching for a role model, they won’t go far wrong following in the humble footsteps of T.N.L.C.
You can check out the official video to Divine on YouTube.
Fairfield, CA-hailing hip hop artist Trevino Andre has an arsenal of hard-hitting tracks in his mixtape, ‘You Know That I’. The perfect introduction to his soul-laced sound is his old school jazz-laced track ‘Chasing My Dreams’ that keeps the tones rich and the lyricism raw.
Within that smooth and compelling contrast, you’ll find the magnetism which draws you into the essence of the track that paints a gritty image of the struggles we’re subjected to as part of our optimism-stealing mortal coil, then follows up by letting you know how to find the resilience to overcome them.
You can check out Trevino Andre’s mixtape, You Know That I for yourselves by heading over to ReverbNation.
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.
Maryland-based Rap artist MuhTeyOh has been on a steady ascension from the underground since the release of their breakthrough track ‘Summers Over’, with the release of their latest single, ‘4th Quarter Flows’, it’s clear that they’re on a mission to dominate the airwaves with their domineeringly indulgent flows.
4th Quarter Flows eclipses the East Coast Hip Hop sound, which will undoubtedly be of appeal to any fans of Jay Z, Kanye and Kendrick Lamar, but with hints of Drill ringing through the trappy hits of the 808s, there’s a dynamism to their accessible-from-the-first-hit-sound.
4th Quarter Flows is available to stream via Spotify.
While some Hip Hop artists are out there writing ‘love’ songs for their side pieces, Californian artist DYYNVMIC is adding perspective-shifting nuance to the soundwaves with his single, ‘Three Wives”, which shines a mindful light on the dark side of addiction.
Three Wives is just one of the singles which you’ll find on DYYNVMIC’s distinctively alluring 2020 EP, ‘Road Work’, which is heavily influenced by the 00’s era of Hip Hop. It serves as the perfect introduction to their unique perspective and tonally-indulgent approach to production. That’s all before mentioning the authenticity in DYYNVMIC’s smooth, steady and sobering Rap bars.
Three Wives is raw, tender and transfixing right from the intro through the addition of Girls Like Girls’ vocals which ooze sincerity and vulnerability. A simple harmonic whisper of “How did we get this far” before running through a series of conflicted emotions is all it takes for your mood to fall perfectly in line.
Each ‘wife’ serves to explain a different facet of addiction, something which the artist has witnessed plenty of. With the meta-narrative style, he offers powerful emotion while never letting the stigma of addiction lace the soundscape.
Three Wives transcends typical lyrical narratives while achieving an atmospherically cinematic vibe. Any fans of Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q’s sound and Eminem’s lyrical approach are definitely going to want to delve in.
You can check out Three Wives by heading over to Spotify where you can also check out their Road Work EP in full.
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.
If you’re looking to soak up some hazy smooth summer vibes, there’s a potent serving in up and coming South Auckland-based Hip Hop artist KidSeb’s latest release “Re: Growth EP”.
The EP kicks off with a dreamy Jazz and Blues-infused Ambient feat of Hip Hop which may be instrumentally hypnotic, but KidSeb’s commanding bars make sure that your attention never falters from the sunny tones and the catchy melodic hooks.
From there on out, you’ll be immersed in East Coast-influenced mixes which any fans of Jay Z, Kanye, Drake, Dre, and Kendrick Lamar will definitely appreciate. But that’s not to say there isn’t plenty of distinction in KidSeb’s EP.
Each track is as dynamic and immersive as the last and demands repeat attention. The tracks may be on the ambient side, but each one offers infectious high vibes.
You can check out KidSeb’s EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.
Inspirational Hip Hop never gets old. As long as apathy still lingers in our society, we’ll need artists such as Rooftop J to grace the airwaves with high-vibe tracks such as “We Going Up”.
With the steady downtempo beats, a sprinkling of Jazz tones and the atmospheric depth of We Going Up, you’ll easily find the groove in the mix and be pulled along as you hang off Rooftop J’s every word. Their Rap bars parallel the mellifluous feel of the beats in the track which is bound to be of interest to fans of Mac Miller, Kanye, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar.
Ever since Rooftop J made their debut in 2018, they haven’t been short of acclaim, and it’s more than easy to see why. Their magnetically connectable vibe is inimitable.
You can check out Rooftop J’s single We Going Up for yourselves via Spotify.