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New Wave Hip Hop


Ric – Airfare: The Jet Setting Hip Hop Fix We All Undoubtedly Need in 2020

San Diego-based Hip Hop artist, Ric’s rhythmic flow is as fluid as a waterfall in their latest single ‘Airfare’ which dropped on November 12th.

Even though Airfare doesn’t hit a heavy tempo, the passion, energy and soul  projected into the mix through the lyrics is perceptible with every syllable. You’ll be hooked in from the first verse in the culturally-eclectic mix where you’ll hear hints of Eastern rhythm in the transcendently polished production.

Airfare will undoubtedly give plenty of Hip Hop fans the jet setting fix they need after global traversing pretty much came to a halt in 2020. This high-vibe hit is a powerful reminder that our wanderlust cravings will be sated again one day.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Mic Hamm sends an invitation to feel with their forthcoming evocatively deep release ‘Pain’

Mic Hamm

Written in response to deep personal tragedy, Mic Hamm’s ‘Pain’ is an intimate, emotionally deep Hip Hop track, all fast flow vocal, rolling piano part, and thumping programmed 808 drum beats. It’s a classy single, dealing with loss, heartbreak, the breakup of a relationship, death, and disappointment, all the while musically well-constructed, overlapping rapped vocals sitting atop soft mellow piano and trappy beats.

Hamm’s sing-song lyrical style and confessional poetic vocal carry the track, the underlying beats and keyboards adding depth and grace and sophistication. ‘Pain’ might have come from a dark, low place, but there’s clearly much, much better things on the horizon for Mic Hamm.

You’ll have to wait a little bit longer before you can check out Pain for yourselves. In the meantime, head over to SoundCloud and check out the artist’s former releases.

Review by Alex Holmes


RnB Hip Hop artist Jay Towers has transcribed his soul with ‘Love Note’

Jay Towers dropped their most soulful single to date with the release of their fusion Indie, Hip Hop, RnB and Pop, ‘Love Note’. The vocal melody may just be the second most infectious thing to have come into fruition in 2020.

Romanticism without crass perversion in a Hip Hop track may be harder to find than a needle in a haystack, but Jay Towers was able to deliver the dominance of Hip Hop along with affable hints of affable soul in Love Note. Any fans of Post Malone will definitely want to pay attention the sun-kissed, melodically captivating hit which was officially released on November 27th.

You can check out Love Note for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Lexically blessed left-field Long Island Rapper AllOne has released their latest single ‘Anodyne as Oblivion’

Lexically blessed left-field Long Island-based Rapper and slam poet, AllOne, dropped their latest feat of conscious Hip Hop, Anodyne as Oblivion on November 6th.

The fast-paced feverishly ardent release puts emotion at the heart of the production using the lyrics to conjure meta imagery while the atmospherically complex and quiescent instrumentals amp up the evocative intensity even further.

With jazzy old school Hip Hop elements melding with hints of New Wave Trap, AllOne discernibly succeeded in creating a fresh but indulgently accessible-from-the-first-hit sound. The mix of sniping visceral lyricism and mellifluous vignette melodies allowed pure Hip Hop alchemy to ooze from Anodyne as Oblivion.

You can check out Anodyne as Oblivion via Bandcamp or YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast



KJ Legend has dropped his fight song ‘Samurai’

‘Samurai’ is the subversively cultural latest single to be released by KJ Legend, a Hip Hop artist intent on leaving an authentic mark on the airwaves with their uniquely conceptual sound.

Eastern Asian rhythms transfixingly meld with the solid hits of the 808s which obliterate the monocultural Hip Hop mould which many artists constrain themselves with. The playful and cultural twist on the aggressive lyrics discernibly illustrates KJ Legend’s potential as an artist. With every hit of Samurai, the mindfulness starts to hit harder, it’s a track which keeps on giving.

You can check out Samurai for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Catfish has dropped their mindfully melodic feat of New Wave Hip Hop ‘No Magic’

Toronto-based artist and producer, Catfish, may only be 19-years-old, but they’re already exuding maturity and nuance within their uniquely beguilingly soulful signature Hip Hop sound. It is artists such as Catfish that leave me assured that the future of music is in safe hands.

While I appreciate aggression is a form of catharsis and protest in Hip Hop, the abrasive attitude can quickly scour away at the sentiment and message in the music, but there’s no danger of that with No Magic. It’s pure soul, a vibration you’re going to want to indulge in time and time again.

It comes as no surprise that Catfish is quickly rising up from the underground with their magnetically mindful lyrics, melodically relentless flows and accordantly transfixing beats. Get him on your radar.

You can check out No Magic via all major platforms through this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Crazy1oftheday – Faded: Flawlessly High Fire New Wave Trap

Breaking Hip Hop artist Crazy1oftheday has dropped some seriously adrenalizing tracks since making their debut in 2016. The best introduction to his energetic Trap style is undoubtedly “Faded”.

Crazy1oftheday has amassed plenty of hype in their hometown of Chicago. But a universally connectable sound deserves international acclaim. With their wholesome approach to songwriting, there’s little room to wonder why plenty of New Wave Trap fans give their beats repeat attention. Behind every track produced by Crazy1oftheday is the intent to create a connectable soundscape. Whether he’s sharing his electric energy or cooking up beats for your vibe out playlists, you know he’s thrown his soul into it.

In Faded, the flawless multi-layered beats hit the perfect tempo to allow you to drink in the artists concisely metered bars and soak up the good vibes which Faded organically offers.

After hearing Faded, we can only hope that Crazy1oftheday has plenty more in the pipeline for 2020.

You can check out the official video to Crazy1oftheday’s standout single Faded for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Bennett – Stimulation: Melodically Smooth New Wave Trap

Las Vegas Hip Hop artist Bennett dropped their latest self-produced album Stimulation in March 2020, anyone who appreciates ahead of the curve ambient Pop Hip Hop are undoubtedly going to want to make time for this smooth melodic release.

The title-track is the perfect introduction to Bennett’s sentimental songwriting approach and talent when it comes to pulling together a light yet immersive soundscapes which will hook you in from the first verse.

Their New Wave Trap style borrows a few vocally harmonic elements from RnB Pop, but the futuristically fresh track firmly remains in the realms of contemporary Hip Hop.

You can check out Bennett’s latest album for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud or Apple Music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Iceboypierre – Watch Yo Step: High-Fire Polyphonic Trap

US-based Rap artist Iceboypierre’s latest drop “Watch Yo Step” (Ugly God Remix) is a Polyphonic Trap masterpiece.

With the Old-School analogue-style beats there’s a fair amount of nostalgia weaved into the mix amplifying the accessibility. Yet the retro rhythms are outshined by Iceboypierre’s contemporary approach to Hip Hop which makes Watch Yo Step drip with plenty of distinctive commercial potential.

The intricately experimental robotic beats bring the grind while Iceboypierre brings the attitude, playful wit and charm through their Rap bars. Watch Yo Step is an energetic vibing mix. If you’re always on the lookout for the freshest New Wave Rap, you’re not going to stumble across many other artists who are lucky enough to share the fresh flex of Iceboypierre.

You can check out Watch Yo Step for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


zeh_brah_ – STARDUST: Glitchy Experimental Hip Hop

With glitchy Chiptune effects over contemporary Hip Hop beats, zeh_brah_’s latest single STARBURST feels like an urban offering from the future.

Producer PurpleSixBeats ensured that the bright shimmering tones in STARBURST dazzle you as much as possible while the bass creates a solid but bouncy platform for zeh_brah_’s hyped and playful Rap bars. The Atlanta-based artist has become renowned for his distinctive Rap flows in the years they’ve spent finely crafting their artform. STARBURST acts as a testament to how far they’ve come since their inception.

Tracks such as STARBURST are never going to be everyone’s cup of tea. But for anyone who appreciates their Hip Hop more on the eccentric side is sure to appreciate the expressive absurdity which lingers within the experimental mix.

You can check out STARDUST for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.