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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

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Gud Cyrus – Princess Status: Groove-filled Sleekly Stylistic Hip Hop

Up and coming Hip Hop artist Gud Cyrus has recently dropped their eagerly anticipated EP “Version Update”. While each track is a high-fire sleekly stylistic mix, there’s no better introduction to their sound than “Princess Status”.

The amount of cathartic expressive venom found in the lyrics and Rap bars in Princess Status is only matched by how much ingenuity has been poured into the beats. As far as we’re concerned, Gud Cyrus is well ahead of the urban curve with their grooving beats finished with polished Pop-style production. Opting for such trippy tones to bring the lucidity into Princess Status was a bold move. But it definitely paid off.

You can check out Princess Status along with the rest the EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Breaking Alt Hip Hop Artist FINLINCE! Has Dropped Their Latest Darkly Wavy EP “Threeway”

After making their debut in 2018, FINLINCE! has become one of the most exciting artists in Hip Hop thanks to their tendency to go with his own flow rather than assimilate urban artists before them.

Their most recent EP “Threeway” dropped in January 2020 and each of the five tracks is as dynamically visceral as the last. By mixing elements of OS Hip Hop with New Wave Trap, Synth Wave, Alt Rock and EDM, FINLINCE! was able to offer some of the most indulgently abrasive Hip Hop we’ve heard in quite some time.

The tracks may be short and snappy, but this only amplifies the raw, convictive unpolished emotion which they contain. If he’s not already on your radar, get them firmly placed right now.

You can check out FINLINCE!’s latest EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Di$mal has dropped their mellow 420-friendly jam “Feeling High”

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“Feeling High” is the third single to be released by breaking Hip Hop artist Di$mal. The stoner vibes drip from the smooth and melodic release in a way which is sure to enamour any fans of Snoop Dogg.

Yet, rather than assimilating the 420-friendly urban jams which have been around for as long as Hip Hop has, Di$mal stamped down their own signature style with a nuanced infusion of Trap. The contemporary up-vibe beats offer hypnotic fluidity, Di$mal’s mellifluous Rap bars also bring plenty of mesmerism into the mix.

After listening to the soulful serenity in Feeling High, there’s little room to wonder why there’s so much hype around the Nottingham-based artist.

You can check out Feeling High for yourselves by heading across to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lil semp – Fucked Up: Atmospherically Raw Hip Hop

Lil semp threw an arrestive amount of conviction into their latest single “Fucked Up”. The lyrics don’t just offer context to the track. They also serve a heavy amount of emotion which was further amplified by Lil semp’s Rap delivery.

After a teasingly pensive prelude, the track kicks into full gear. Then, you’ll get to drink in plenty of relatable angst alongside the deep grinding rhythms set up by the atmospheric modern and slick beats.

It’s easy to see why so many Hip Hop fans are drawn to Lil semp’s sound. Their perfectly rounded but edgily orchestrated singles remind you what music was made for in the first place – to convey emotion which is inexpressible through any other mode of communication.

You can check out Lil semp’s single Fucked Up for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Miles Casper – Hit the Spot: Entrancingly Fresh RnB Trap Pop

Miles Casper has followed on from the success of their first two singles with the equally as melodically smooth Pop Trap track “Hit the Spot”. You can’t help but feel and move to the rhythmic grind in Hit the Spot. It’s not all too often we can dub Pop Trap entrancing but Hit the Spot does exactly what it says on the tin.

By switching between harmonic Pop vocals and perfectly metered rapid-fire Rap bars, Miles Casper created a dynamic hit which you’re immediately hooked into from the prelude right up to the outro.  There’s also a lot to be said for the seamless fluidity of the lush instrumentals. Not to mention the radio-ready finish which they were able to achieve on the production.

The 19-year-old Melbourne-based artist and producer plans to drop a single each month in 2020. If any Alt Pop is worth having on your radar this year, it is Miles Casper.

You can check out Hit the Spot for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Issa Bibbins – Hands Up (Please Don’t Shoot) featuring Sam Jones, Daniel Callahan, Mekell Cartel, SWADE

Childish Gambino’s track “This Is America” went viral, but there are plenty more eye-opening tracks which address the absurdity in our society which need the same amount of recognition, such as Hip Hop artist Issa Bibbins’ single “Hands Up (Please Don’t Shoot).

The track features the deft evocative talents of Sam Jones, Daniel Callahan, Mekell Cartel, SWADE. And together, they created one of the most grounding tracks on police violence and irrational fear of people possessing melanin I’ve ever heard.

While there’s plenty of lyrical conviction in Hands Up, the calm and open question of “why are you so terrified?” in the chorus is utterly ingenious. It’s a gentle but resounding way of pointing that the hate and fear are unjustifiable. Instead of creating an N.W.A.-style single born from aggression, Issa Bibbins opted for a far more effective approach. We certainly won’t be forgetting it in a hurry.

You can check out the official music video to Hands Up for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Drink in the Deep Grooves of Hip Hop Artist Spitty The Sequel’s Latest Single “Don’t Sleep”

Spitty the Sequel

US Hip Hop artist Spitty The Sequel dropped their latest single “Don’t Sleep” at the end of 2019. Will you excuse the pun if we tell you not to sleep on it?

For any insomniac contemporary Rap fans out there, you can consider Don’t Sleep a playlist essential. With the high-vibe energy poured into the spacy grinding Trap beats, sleep will be the last thing on your mind as you drink in the deep grooves and Spitty The Sequel’s lyrical wit. Instead, it’s a momentously up-vibe offering of resonance for anyone who feels the weight of the world on their shoulders at night.

Their Rap verses go beyond just keeping to meter and rhyme, you’ll find raw gritty meta poetry in the lyrics to Don’t Sleep. Combined with the sharp instrumental hooks, once you’ve hit play, you’re in it for the sticky-sweet duration.

You can check out Spitty The Sequel’s latest single Don’t Sleep for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Prepare for the Emotive Sting of Comp Keyz’ Standout Single “Sauce Man”

You’ll have seen Hip Hop artists blow up for FAR less than what you will find in the standout single “Sauce Man” by up and coming artist Comp Keyz.

While I’ve heard my fair share of emotively driven Trap music, I’ve never felt the weight of a Trap single crawl under my ribs in the same way as Sauce Man did. The soundscape may be light downtempo and ambient, but make no mistake, it’s resoundingly heavy.

Whether it was the pensive yet optimistic melody or the husky, humble, captivatingly poised RnB-soaked Rap bars which hit the hardest, I can’t be sure of. But what is painfully evident that Comp Keyz may be one of the most criminally underrated artists we’ve heard in a while.

You can check out the official music video to Sauce Man for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hip Hop Artist King Omni Has Dropped His Most Dynamic Hit to Date with “ez”

Breaking Hip Hop artist King Omni dropped their fieriest hit to date with “ez”. The dynamic hit puts organic vibrant tones alongside deep reverberant bass to give King Omni the perfect platform to lay down his rap bars which seem to be constructed through pure wit. It may offer slightly more ambience than your average high-vibe Hip Hop track, but if authenticity is what you look for in Hip Hop, prepare to strike gold.

If you’re still under the impression that you still need to listen to the likes of Drake and Kendrick Lamar to hear a contemporary polished urban banger, let King Omni prove you wrong with the consistently evolutionary mix. From high-fire rap deliveries, to smooth harmonic crooning, ez offers it all in an accessibly seamless neat package.

You can check out the official music video to King Omni’s latest single ez for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast