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J Roy has released the ultimate power-couple hip hop anthem with ‘Forbes List’, featuring Jai Fears.

J Roy

If you’re looking for the freshest feel-good groves to add to your summer hip hop playlists, look no further than J Roy’s self-titled 2021 album, featuring the lead single, Forbes List, featuring Jai Fears.

There are some fairly obvious nods to Jay-Z’s luxurious sound in the mix, but between Jay Roy and Jai Fears, plenty of authenticity was brought to Forbes List; a single that shows that all that glitters isn’t gold, but it is still beautiful. Forbes List drips with extravagance, but at the centre of the mix is a fiercely romantic sense of soul that makes Forbes List the ultimate power couple anthem.

J Roy’s latest album is now available to stream and download on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Edword Evwrit wants to talk to us ‘Right Now’

Hailing from the Bay Area, California, Edword Evwrit is a solo hip hop artist, as well as a member of both Liquor Mouth and Lunaclick; ‘Right Now’ then is a delicious slab of old-school hip hop, funky and grooving, with a deep, deep pounding bass and a pretty little closed hi-hat pattern keeping everything ticking. At times it’s reminiscent of De La Soul, at others that questioning call-and-response rap style that Eminem does so, so well. There’s moments of ‘The Real Slim Shady’ here, mixed with little bits of ‘Three Feet High and Rising’ and Cube’s ‘Today Was A Good Day’.

Evwrit’s got some gorgeous flow, little double-rhymed couplets, some of the syllables cut up and spat bullet-like, others drawn out and rhythmic, with multiple rhyme patterns and a cute little semi-psychedelic drop at around the two-minute mark making ‘Right Now’ a cut above the average modern hip hop release; Evwrit’s rhyme patterns and intelligent wordplay, coupled with cracking backdrop instrumentation and arrangement, make this a stand-out track. You should check it out. Right now.

Hear ‘Right Now’, and the rest of Edword Evwrit’s album ‘My Brothers And Me’, on Spotify. Follow Evwrit on Facebook or here.

Review by Alex Holmes

Linden Tyson brings the ‘ENERGY’ with his latest boom-bap track.

Fiery trap, 90s RnB, boom-bap, and jazz hip hop pull together as the cornerstones in Linden Tyson’s latest single, ‘ENERGY’. The New York-hailing artist brought that definitive NYC sound into the mix and plenty of his honesty through the lyrics that allow you to prize inspiration from Tyson’s hard-fought-for introspection.

The sharp and playful bars groove along with the boom-bap beats that come with a touch of classic RnB in the keys. ENERGY is practically an aural orgy of urban 90s sounds that will bring plenty of nostalgia for 90s kids.

Since 2017, Linden Tyson has been making heads spin with his dizzying canter and soul-filling 808s as an independent artist; it is only a matter of time before he gets scouted by a major label. Watch this space.

Linden Tyson’s latest single, ENERGY, is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Tyteanna has released her fiercely visceral sophomore single ‘Entitled’

Up and coming rap artist Tyteanna has followed on from her 2021 debut single, ‘You Feel Me?’ with the confrontationally infectious track, ‘Entitled’. There’s an intoxicating darkness to Entitled, but at the same, Tyteanna couldn’t have paid a better ode to old school hip hop. With her intellect and deeply meta lyrics feeding into the atmospheric mix, you’re almost over faced with reasons with reasons to immerse yourself deeper in the single which throws inspirational lines such as, ‘If I want it then it’s already mine’, your way.

Tyteanna’s diction and cadence in Entitled establish her as a rap artist with almost unparalleled talent. With so many voices hidden behind reverb or running through rapid-fire bars without letting the words resonate, Tyteanna won’t struggle rising from the underground with her fierce and visceral ability to wax lyrical.

Entitled is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Flipp from the West put a subversive twist on old school hip hop with his single, ‘I’ll Make You Hurt’

Everything about Flipp from the west and his latest single, I’ll Make You Hurt, is subversive and enigmatic. His tendency to use ominous and sometimes macabre imagery with funk-riding reggae-infused beats unequivocally establishes him as a ground-breaking artist.

In I’ll Make You Hurt, you’ll find everything from West Coach sun-bleached vibes to nods to the gritty styles of old school gangster hip hop, but you’ve definitely never heard old school hip hop quite like this before.

After releasing eight EPs, Flipp from the west has left a wealth of ingenuity on the airwaves; his prolific rate of production proves he’s got the hunger, each track, individually, proves he’s got the talent.

I’ll Make You Hurt is now available to stream via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Pick Patek has got us a problem with ‘GUAP’

Pick Patek

The second of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-native producer and performer Pick Patek’s collaborative singles with ProdOMG, ‘GUAP’ (Got U A Problem) shows off Patek’s more playful side with high-energy beats and a smooth, controlled lyrical flow. Lyrically, ‘GUAP’ is kicking back on haters, and defending Patek’s own lifestyle choices – it’s tongue-in-cheek, fun, and it kicks like a mule when it wants to, Patek’s delivery quickfire and machine-gun like, over subtle bass and beats. There’s elements of Kanye and Chance the Rapper in here, soft and subtle, but the track’s also got some serious bounce and groove and Patek has a sound of his own with those gentle nods to influences. It’s a cracker of a hip hop piece, and a definite for anyone who’s grown tired of having other people’s opinions forced upon them.

You can check out Pick Patek on SoundCloud, and follow on Instagram or here.

Review by Alex Holmes

Rosegang drops new single ‘12 Over 6’

Rosegang

Opening up with a delicate fingerstyle classical Spanish guitar part before the beats and bass kick in, ’12 Over 6’ – the debut single from Tauranga, New Zealand-based artist Rosegang – is a delicate take on modern Hip Hop. That pretty, haunting guitar line repeats throughout, a simple motif that carries the track through drops and rises, Rosegang’s lyrical flow smooth and polished over the simple backing. It’s a clever combination, and all the more powerful for it, with hints of old-school Eminem, Coolio, or Nas to the feel.

Rosegang’s rapping fits neatly into the track, carrying lyrical themes of life’s struggles and the pain of loss and challenge, and the desire to rise above and better oneself. It’s narrative, storytelling vibe gives an authentic, autobiographical feel, passionate without being aggressive and resonant with honesty and rawness. It’s a superbly strong opener, made all the more potent through that simple production and the use of clever, compelling instrumentation.

You can hear ’12 Over 6’ on SoundCloud, and check out Rosegang on Spotify and Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

C15 pays ode to authenticity with ‘Real Ones’ featuring AJ Berning

Indiana-hailing breaking hip hop artist C15’s latest EP, ‘I Don’t Care’, kicks off with the massive track, Real Ones’, featuring AJ Berning; it’s an ode to authenticity and the ultimate diss track to the superficial.

With relentless rap flows in the verses, which could easily parallel the momentum in Eminem’s bars, infectiously memorable choruses and the perfect balance between the new wave and old school with southern vibes in between, the commercial potential pours from Real Ones. He’s got the flow, he’s got the flex, and he undeniably has what it takes to break into the mainstream. C15 definitely isn’t one to underestimate. Get him on your radar.

C15’s EP, I Don’t Care, is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Retrokid dropped the ultimate contemporary hustler hip hop track with ‘Woke Up to a Check’

‘Woke Up to a Check’ is the lead track from Retrokid’s (AKA Christopher Burgy) debut 2020 hip hop album, ‘Levelling Up’, which he used to establish himself as an artist worth watching. His clever rap flows, connectable charisma and almost psychedelic instrumentals around the 808s draw you right into the essence of his high vibe hustler hip hop style.

The Louisiana-hailing independent artist‘s single has been used as a UFC walkout track, which says a lot about how much hype is in the track that takes old school influence from G Herbo, 2PAC, Dom Kennedy, Dave East. Paired with the music video that allows you to appreciate Retrokid’s playful side, Woke Up to a Check is sure to help Retrokid make his mark on the airwaves.

You can check out the official music video to Woke Up to a Check via YouTube.

Check out Retrokid’s album, Levelling Up on Apple Music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

J. Vybe offers hip hop fans some good ‘KARMA’ in their debut single featuring Rebecca Irene

Breaking hip hop artist J. Vybe has kicked off 2021 with a blazing start with the release of their debut single, ‘KARMA’, featuring Rebecca Irene, where sharp rap bars cut through the accordance of the jazzy old school beats.With layers of the collaborative artist’s harmonic neo-soul vocals finding the perfect place in the track around J. Vybe’s bars which reel you in hook, line, and sinker, calling KARMA an immersive track seems like a crass understatement.

While the lyrics allow you to put your perspective into… perspective, the beats will give you a safe, warming and soulful space to do it. It’s a genius track that will be a hit with any fans of Eminem’s forceful bars.

You can get some good KARMA for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast