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GeoMike122 gives you the permission to own your idiosyncrasies with their latest single ‘Whimsical’

GeoMike122 aims to inspire as an educator, community leader and as an artist, with their latest single, ‘Whimsical’, you get a glimpse of their social responsibility and a stark introduction to their commandingly distinct alt-electro hip hop sound.

Over the simple polyphonic bass-heavy trap melodies, GeoMike122 projects their almost deadpan rap bars which compel you to delve deeper into the mix to pull out the nuanced wisdom. By the time you reach the outro, you’ll find that your hands are full with invaluable introspection. In its essence, Whimsical is a track which gives you the permission to own your authenticity instead of hiding it. Discernibly, GeoMike122 practices what he preaches.

Whimsical is now available to stream on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Junior shows us his hand in the high-vibe EDM hip hop track ‘The Cards I Was Dealt’

Rap artist and producer, Junior, has hit the airwaves once again with their galvanizingly dominant single ‘The Cards I Was Dealt’.

With a nod to UK grime in their melodic rap bars, 90s RnB-style charisma and electrifying EDM beats which pay ode to Slim Shady, The Cards I Was Dealt is an infectiously high-vibe hit. Any fans of Pharrell and Dizzee Rascal will definitely want to pay attention.

You can check out The Cards I Was Dealt via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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JBadge Ft Nef The Pharaoh x Steez – PAIN MUSIC

JBadge introduces you to his demons and offers olive branches of resilience in his latest single ‘PAIN MUSIC’ featuring Nef the Pharaoh x Steez.

With the world collectively asking themselves the same questions around their waning sanity, tracks like PAIN MUSIC remind us that tormented people aren’t an anomaly, they’re a commonality. It’s more important than ever for artists to relay torrid emotions so we know that we’re not alone; JBadge definitely stepped up to the plate with their unique spin on the old school East Coast sound.

Many hip hop artists layer jazzy tones into their tracks but rarely are the tracks as fresh and modern as this trap mix. With the 80s-pop style sax solos, there’s yet another dynamic to the single which seems to get better with every listen. It’s a goldmine of invaluable introspection.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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F S Rudy delivers grit and grind in equal measure with their self-apathy-dissolving rap single ‘Straighten Up’

F S Rudy’s recently released rap album ‘Hood Vaccine’ has the potential to become the second most-talked about vaccine in 2021. The dominant lyrically-led old school hip hop album features eight assertively awakening singles, including the lead track, ‘Straighten Up’ featuring HoneyKomb Brazy.

Straighten Up delivers grit and grind in equal measure. If you can find self-apathy within yourself after hearing the track run through, you may as well declare yourself a lost cause. F S Rudy is to hip hop what Jordan Peterson is to podcasts. Any true fans of 80s Hip Hop will want F S Rudy on their radar.

You can check out Straighten Up for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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KDX drops the follow up to ‘Red Moonlight’ with new single ‘Q Ceiline’

In a chilled out, genre-mixed confluence of ambient trip-hop, afrobeat, and out and out trappy hip hop comes ‘Q Ceiline, the latest single from Nigerian-born-but-Galway-based rapper KDX.

The first follow-up single to the EP ‘Red Moonlight’, Q Ceiline is a leader for a forthcoming album, ‘Villan Clan’, yet a classy, laid-back slice of ambient trap in its own right. Pulsing electronic bass, a trippy, catchy little sequenced lead line, and overlapping, pulled back vocals make the track groove. There’s a beautiful, mellow lyrical flow from KDX’s relaxed, rolling delivery, making ‘Q Ceiline’ a gentle, soulful and atmospheric track with nudges toward Tupac, XXTENTACION, and Kendrick amongst the little dropped influences. It’s a nice little twist on straight-out trap.

Check out Q Ceiline on Spotify; follow KDX on Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Kanardo learns that money can buy us anything, but money can’t ‘Loan Me Love’

‘Loan Me Love’ is the opening track and first single from Columbus, Ohio native Kanardo’s new album ‘Pieces Of My Pride’, 11 tracks and 36 minutes of soulful trappy hip hop from that rhythmical, Detroit style, reminiscent of Eminem, Aristotle, or Kendrick. It’s got grind and a smooth, lyrical flow, with some clever wordplay and the odd bent syllable here and there for good measure.

‘Loan Me Love’ opens up the album, and it’s a great little introduction, Kool G Rap style multirhymes and family tripping off the tongue as Kanardo works through the verses, over a steady beat loop and a cute little guitar-based intro and middle-eight.

Check out ‘Loan Me Love’ – and the rest of ‘Pieces Of My Pride’ on Spotify.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Ant White will take you on a first-class trip with their standout single ‘Trappetite’

Philadelphia-hailing trap artist, Ant White, stormed 2020 with their debut mixtape, RAZR, judging by the success of the release, he’ll keep riding high right through 2021 and beyond.

The lead title, Trappetite, is the perfect introduction to Ant White’s versatile introspection and wit-deep lyricism. With AyoD on production, the soundscape boats a stylishly cathartic feel which contrasts the grounding grit in the lyrics. Mirrors are held up to today’s society while Ant White lyrically guides you into resilience, with that in mind, we shouldn’t need to tell you to get him on your radar.

You can check out the official video to Trappetite which dropped on November 6th  via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Young Corrupt’s latest feat of mellow hip hop ‘Lost Faces’ will leave you lusting for the simple life.

With their hard-hitting approach to hazy lyrical Hip Hop, it comes as no surprise that Young Corrupt has been able to amass plenty of hype with their honest, gritty and confrontational tracks since making their relatively recent debut.

If you’re yet to be acquainted with Young Corrupt’s lyrical wit, their mellow vibeout playlist staple ‘Lost Faces’ will prove to be the perfect introduction. The beats follow sensual grooves, while Young Corrupt adds plenty of energy to the  mix through their strident Rap bars which paint the plaintive struggles of 21st century romance and leave you yearning for the simple life.

You can check out Lost Faces (prod. Blev) for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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Menice – Walking Lick featuring Jamie Ray

Hip Hop luminary, Menice, teamed up with fellow-trailblazer, Jamie Ray, to kick 2021 off to a blazing start with their latest high-fire drop ‘Walking Lick’.

With clever meta lyrics, beats which hook you in right from the intro and atmospherically entrancing effects weaving through the 808 snares, Walking Lick is complex hit which doesn’t fail to captivate.

If your high-vibe hip hop playlists are sounding a little lacklustre, Walking Lick and the charismatic energy it delivers will undoubtedly enliven them. But the true value in the track lies within the inspiringly resilient lyricism which disrupts the depressing narratives which we’re sold on a daily basis. Positivity may be hard to find on mainstream media and social media, but you can always count on hip hop to deliver the motivation for positive proactive change.

You can check out Walking Lick for yourselves via Spotify or apple music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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ArkitekArso delivers high vibes and sultry grooves with his latest hip hop track ‘Godiva’

Houston-hailing up and coming hip hop artist, ArkitekArso, has dropped his latest sun-soaked Trap hit, ‘Godiva’, which pairs sensually-hungry lyrics with ensnaring 808s to create a high-vibe sultry mix with deep grooves and passion which runs even deeper.

With clever parables within the lyrics and the efficaciousness of the melodies when it comes to drawing you into ArkitekArso’s uniquely transfixing flow, the track is indulgent from start to finish. You might not be able to figure out if you’re hungry or horny by the time Godiva draws to a close, but you’ll definitely feel something.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast