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Showing your love for her: Troy drops fire Hip Hop rider ‘Bonnie and Clyde’

Young rapper Troy slides in the door with a tremendous track made for his girl crush, on the just-released Hip Hop flavored song named ‘Bonnie and Clyde‘.

Fall River, Massachusetts emcee Troy brings his fiery rap style and with production by Ross Gossage, this is a new school rap track that is all about being with someone that heats up your room each time you see her. You have an up and down relationship, but when then the lights go off, the sparks fly hot like a welder’s construction site. A new air conditioner is needed when you press play here.

His flow is vibrant and his busty bars knock down the competition with a freestyle type of rapping technique that reminds you of the old school days. This was when actual lyricism mattered and hopefully this spells a return to these days. Mumbling does nothing to add value to the genre and if fact, waters the whole culture down.

Troy is raw and uncompromising on ‘Bonnie and Clyde‘ and is totally forthright with his intentions. When you like someone, the best way to is to hold them close but also give them time to breath otherwise things can get claustrophobic, which leads to disagreements over small things.

With a fire rap style, this is a new Hip Hop artist that shows loads of potential and ushers in a new era to those tired of bad music. When you are looking for your ride or die, having a passionate moment or two together certainly helps when you want to make it big in the music game.

Heat up those speakers with a hot Hip Hop track on Soundcloud and check out his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Jay – Luv Tape: The ultimate lo-fi hip hop breakup album

https://music.apple.com/us/album/luv-tape/1523101816

New Jersey-hailing rapper & producer Jay, (AKA Jasun Ramirez) made their debut in 2018, in 2020, they dropped their Lo-Fi Hip Hop album ‘Luv Tape’ and brought sticky-sweet romanticism to the New Wave Trap genre.

The breakup album covers pretty much every conceivable emotion which you feel following a breakup, anger, insignificance, grief, lovelorn nostalgia, you name it, the 8-tracker delivers it all with a side-serving of dreamy beats pulled together in intimately sweet productions.

You can check out Hey, Stranger along with the rest of the album ‘Luv Tape’ for yourselves via Apple Music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Māori Alt Hip-Hop artist FABLE serves evocative urban alchemy in their latest single ‘298’

After the release of their 2019 debut single, ‘Beware’, Alt Māori Hip-Hop artist, FABLE, has amassed acclaim amongst critics and fans alike, with their uniquely intimate approach to producing contemporary Hip Hop, all pretence is lost, and nothing but delicate affable soul is delivered.

Their latest release ‘298’ perfectly demonstrates that experimentation and authenticity don’t need to detract from commercial potential, with enough talent and vision, obscurity can be avoided, and new avenues for passion-driven expression can be found.

The New Zealand-hailing artist has topped charts and made plenty of waves in their local circuit but it’s only a matter of time before he starts to be internationally recognised as the pioneer of urban evocative alchemy that he discernibly is.

You can check out 298 along with FABLE’s earlier releases by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Razor-sharp wit cuts through OvaDos’ high-vibe Hip Hop hit ‘Don’t Miss’

The multi-talented rapper, writer, producer, YouTuber and engineer OvaDos has graced the airwaves once more with her fiery new drop ‘Don’t Miss’, her mission to change the perception of Millennial Rap artists and bring good vibes to the realm of contemporary Hip Hop is evidently triumphant.

Sure, there may be plenty of piteous and egotistical Millennial Hip Hop floating around on SoundCloud, but OvaDos’ monumental mix is the ultimate game-changer. If you’re looking for a Hip Hop anthem to get hyped by, just hit play on Don’t Miss and experience the playful determination exhibited alongside her razor-sharp wit. OvaDos is discernibly the Missy Elliot of her generation.

If she’s not yet on your radar, you might want to think about making some room. Life is too short not to have luminary artists on your playlists.

You can check out Don’t Miss for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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TJA is set to drop their EDM Hip Hop Juggernaut of a single ‘Woah’ featuring Jay Willy

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Flint, US-residing artist TJA took the influence of LMFAO, Lil John and Skrillex and ran with it with their Hip Hop juggernaut of a track ‘Woah’ featuring Jay Willy.

It’s hard to tell which is dirtier, the dubbed drops or the Rap verses which stand as a testament to TJA’s ability to wax lyrical. Not only is TJA’s versing relentless, but every syllable is also delivered dripping with their endearingly confrontational charisma.

TJA’s former releases amassed plenty of acclaim but Woah is fresh enough to see the luminary artist deservingly go viral. It’s so much more than a technically impressive release, as soon as you hit play, the infectious energy is instilled. TJA may just be the finest purveyor of high vibe hostile Hip Hop the airwaves have seen in recent years.

Woah is due to drop officially on January 19th, 2021. Until then, you can check out TJA’s former releases via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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BosMadeLD takes us to East Coast Hip Hop Heaven via the ‘GraveYard’

Kicking off with a nicely phased solo guitar part before the bass thumps in and the hi-hats and snare join us, BosMadeLD’s latest track is proper old-school hip hop – explicit, in your face, honest, raw, and truthful.

The Mississipi-hailing artist delivered touches of Nas, 2-Pac maybe, that New York East Coast, Mass Appeal Records, Fashawn, Run The Jewels, Boldy James kind of vibe – all nine millimetres and smooth, relaxed flow sitting atop chilled yet urgent beats and a grooving bassline. BosMadeLD’s vocal is nonchalant yet powerful, poetic lyrics mixed with some serious imagery and delivery, and yeah, it’s got thump. This is proper rap, make no mistake, chest-thrusting, strutting, enjoyable, chilled, and tense all at once. Dope.

Check out BosMadeLD’s track GraveYard on YouTube.

Review by Alex Holmes

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

https://music.apple.com/us/album/airfare-single/1539887684

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

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Dan Nicholson demonstrates their inspiring resilience with ‘Lord Knows’

‘Lord Knows’ is the standout track from Arizona born and raised Rap artist, Dan Nicholson’s, second album ‘What Came Next’. Hip Hop doesn’t get much more visceral than the commanding hit which pays ode to the artist’s influences Nas, Slick Rick and the Notorious B.I.G., yet, there’s no room to question whether Lord Knows came directly from Dan Nicholson’s frustrated yet determined soul.

If you need some motivation to stay on track, you’ll find it in Lord Knows as Dan Nicholson demonstrates their inspiring resilience.

From the first verse, you’re assured that Dan Nicholson is an artist with invaluable introspection. The standout single becomes so much more than an aural experience as you become transfixed by the succinct rhythms in the Old School Hip Hop hit and left hanging off every perfectly metered word in this fiery yet meditatively intellectual single.

You can check out Dan Nicholson’s emotive album What Came Next by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Good.To.Go + Phelonius Munk raise the roof with their Euphoric Hip Hop track ‘Heard Em Say’

Euphoric party Hip Hop vibes and Punk Rock attitude will be blazing through your speakers if you hit play on the latest release ‘Heard Em Say’ from Good.To.Go + Phelonius Munk.

The energy in the witty and playfully cutting freestyle Rap bars match the anthemic momentum delivered by the high-octane EDM Hip Hop beats cooked up by the LA-based emcee who always stays true to his raw DIY ethos.

You couldn’t ask for a better festival Hip Hop artist, festivals may be a no-go in many places across the globe, but Good.To.Go’s galvanizing energy is still as efficacious when delivered through your headphones.

He’s already found himself on the bill for ‘House of Vans Showcase’ at Vans Headquarters in Costa Mesa, Boogaloo ArtCar Music Festival, the Honeypot Unlimited Music Series, and the Punky Brewster Series. The commercial potential in their sound tells us that he definitely hasn’t finished dominating stages and the hearts of feisty Hip Hop fans.

You can check out Heard Em Say for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

 

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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London’s ‘Up In The Air’ is the perfect antidote to Covid-Brexit winter blues

https://music.apple.com/us/album/up-in-the-air/1542491053?i=1542491054

‘Up In The Air’ by newcomer London is the perfect antidote to the current wind, rain, Brexit, and Covid-19 doleful torpor gripping the UK, a summery, upbeat, dance-y mix of R&B-inspired hip-hop and mellow, groove-filled soul. There’s a rich, deep and uplifting ascending bassline, a deliciously soulful female backing harmony part, and London’s soft, Smokey Robinson/Marvin Gaye style tuneful vocal, all lilting smoky East Coast DC vibes and summer sunshine.

‘Up in The Air’ is London’s third single, following up ‘Y.D.L.M. (You Don’t Love Me)’ and ‘5 Questions’, and it’s clear that there’s some growth going on here; all that bodes very, very well for London’s future.

Check out ‘Up In The Air’ on Apple Music and Spotify, and follow London on Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes