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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

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Feel the Flow of Joey Ivy’s Transfixing Feat of Hip Hop “Golden Ticket”

Breaking Hip Hop artist Joey Ivy’s latest single “Golden Ticket” kicks off with a hauntingly phantasmic prelude which won’t fail to leave you transfixed by the archaic samples which set the perfect tone for the experimentally arrestive mix.

There may be plenty of Old School elements in Golden Ticket stylistically. But lyrically, Golden Ticket is well and truly grounded in the 21st century. If any Rap artist can put Pasadena on the map, it’s Joey Ivy. The flow and grind to their playful and witty bars are practically unparalleled. It practically begs for repeat attention by allowing you to draw more out of the powerful lyrics with each hit.

You can check out Golden Ticket for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rico B – No Hooks: An Atmospherically Bass-Driven Hip Hop Debut

http://www.deezer.com/track/1054653542

Rico B has joined a plethora of Hip Hop artists who have made their debut in 2020, still, he definitely didn’t fail to make an impression. Their first single “No Hook” is a certifiable indication of plenty more fresh new drops to come from the US artist.

They’re rolling with their own unfuckwithably convictive attitude in No Hook, which is a fairly misleading title, you’ll be hooked in this atmospheric bass-driven mix from the moment you hit play. The vibe may be fairly ominous, yet, the Boom Bap mix has plenty of accessibly personable distinction to throw your way.

You can check out Rico B’s debut for yourselves by heading over to Deezer.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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A1OURWORLD passes the vibe check with their latest single “7.weekly”

A1OURWORLD dropped their latest single 7.weekly on August 14th, the fresh vibing Hip Hop drop will be right at home on your Summer Hip Hop playlists.

The grooving beats are a minefield of sharp melodic hooks which ensure that your attention never falters from the melodic instrumentals which create the perfect platform for A1OURWORLD’s high-vibe playful Rap bars.

Under the smooth production, you’ll find elements of Old School Hip Hop and RnB, but A1OURWORLD discernibly didn’t fail to create a mix which drips with commercial potential. Oh, and good luck getting the melody out of your head after hearing it. As far as Hip Hop earworms go, they don’t come much more stubborn than the one contained in 7.weekly.

You can check it out via SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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JFK – Dropping some ‘Shroomz’

Pop one, pop two wi’d’a mushroom/girl you know that I can’t live without you” seems, at first glance, to be an unusual declaration of love but hey; it ain’t stupid if it works, right? And hell, it seems to be working for Florida’s JFK, judging by this chilled out slab of old-school trap.

Slightly trippy sounding, like its title, ‘Shroomz’ blooms and swells, a chiming background synth track over bass and stuttering snare beats, a psychedelic lullaby, insidious, worming its way into your head behind JFK’s rhymes. It’s catchy, poppy, and it properly hooks like the some laid-back T-Pain or Flo Rida; “Down a rabbit hole” indeed.

You can here JFK’s ‘M.Y.F.B.’ EP on Spotify.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Jay Rick$ brought poignantly sobering introspection into the realms of Gangster Rap with “Thug Ways”

Breaking Hip Hop artist Jay Rick$ has recently dropped their striking new single Thug Ways. Whatever your perceptions of Gangster Rap are, throw them out of the window before you hit play.

The compelling track holds up a mirror to our 21st-century reality where it’s all too clear that nothing has changed since N.W.A. used their aggression to create hit records. But that doesn’t mean that Jay Rick$’ track isn’t fresh. It drips with commercial potential. His transfixing ability to pull you right into the candidly revealing first-person perspective made Thug Ways one of the most grounding tracks I’ve heard this year.

The cutting minor notes around the rattle of the drumbeats are more than effective at setting the sobering tone. The sobering tone which will stick around long after the atmospheric track has faded to a close. We’re already stoked to hear what comes next.

You can check out the official music video to Thug Ways which dropped on July 2nd for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Platune has dropped their fiery flawless Rap hit “The Assassin”

Philadelphia-based Rap artist Platune has just dropped their debut EP “Enter the Cave” featuring the colossal track “The Assassin”. Any fans of Wu-Tang Clan are going to want to hear the flawlessly fiery release.

Everything is on point in the Assassin. The way Platune’s snappy Rap bars collide against the smooth grind of the Old School instrumentals, the atmospheric layers which pull you deeper into the beguiling mix and the laceratingly sharp lyrics which offer a straight-up attack on the ludicrous state of our society.

By starting off with a sample affirming that all is vanity and illusion, the unfaltering tone for the track is set and it sticks until the dark, eerie, convictive track fades to a close. I honestly can’t remember the last time I heard so much visceral conviction in any track. Platune is exactly the kind of Rap artist we need on the airwaves right now.

You can check out Platune’s hit The Assassin for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Marlee has dropped their ambiently trippy soul-soothing exotic feat of Alt Hip Hop “Dope”

Chances are, you won’t hit play on anything trippier than Alt Hip Hop artist Marlee’s recently released single “Dope” this year.

The wavy ambient experimental mix draws you in with the hazy multi-layered beats which Marlee uses to lay down his mellifluously soulful RnB-style Rap bars.

The exotic deftly polished mix allows you to immerse yourself in 3:32-minutes of pure unadulterated escapism. If you’ve paid attention to the outside world recently, you’ll know just how essential aural escapism is. You can either look at the news for your impression of society and humanity, or you can delve into dreamy soul-soothing hits such as Dope.

If any up and coming Hip Hop artist and songwriter deserves to top the charts in 2020, it’s Marlee. Their high vibe is infectious.

You can check out Dope along with the rest of Malee’s tracks by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dre Bennett has dropped their perception-shifting, gratitude-invoking Hip hop track “Dynamic”

After the success of their debut single “Believe”, up and coming Hip Hop artist Dre Bennett stepped into the recording booth with yet another perception-shifting track with “Dynamic”.

Dynamic captures many different atrocities which we’re facing in 2020, but between the sobering illustrations of injustice are reminders not to take anything for granted. Systematic racial oppression and high unemployment rates are very real issues. But fighting them doesn’t mean you need to resign to hopelessness and despair.

It’s all too easy to fall into an existential hole these days. Fresh and resonant Hip Hop tracks like Dynamic are essential to have on the airwaves to remind you that optimism isn’t impossible, and apathy isn’t the only answer.

With lines like “Your perceptions are not my reality,” you’re forced to consider your personal perception of reality. Dre Bennett’s lyrical wisdom is worth its weight in gold.

You can check out Dynamic along with Dre Bennett’s other releases via Spotify and all other major streaming services via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Paco Ca$h is due to drop their lyrically slick EDM Rap hit “Show Out”

Paco Ca$h

Breaking Hip Hop artist Paco Ca$h is due to drop his latest lyrically slick, high-vibe EDM Rap hit “Show Out”. With the arrestive beats, flawless production and the ingenuity which can be found in the verses, you can consider Paco Ca$h a triple threat.

In collaboration with SEVENTYSEVEN ENTERTAINMENT, Paco Ca$h cooked up an entrancingly danceable urban storm which won’t fail to leave you adrenalized. Even if you don’t have the pleasure of hearing the euphoria-dripping mix on a dancefloor, Show Out will still make for a fiery addition to your playlists.

With elements of Old School Hip Hop weaved into a modern polished mix with nuances of House, Hip Hop doesn’t come fresher than this. And who couldn’t appreciate lyrics which take wordplay to the next level with lines like “Like’s a bitch but she lets me fuck for free”?

You’ll be able to check out Show Out when It drops. in the meantime, you can check out Paco Ca$h’s debut track HOLD U DOWN via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast