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Saint M – Omeros: Welcome to the New Wave of Trap

Harlow-based New Wave Trap artist Saint M dropped their highly anticipated album “Omeros” in January 2020. If you like to stay ahead of the curve with Trap trends, you definitely won’t want to miss out on this release.

It’s animated, it’s progressive, and you can hear it practically drip ingenuity as the multi-layered energetic mixes weave through their unpredictable yet seamless evolutions.

Even though there’s plenty of diversity in tone and emotion within the fourteen tracks. One thing which remains as a constant is Saint M’s tendency to throw themselves fully into the tracks to offer a completely dynamic and distinctive sound.

Expect crystal clear production, a smorgasbord of urban playful inventiveness, and plenty of affirmations that Saint M is a Trap artist who deserves to be on your radar within the Omeros album.

You can check out Saint M’s latest album for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rockstar Marcus – Battlefield: Romantically Smooth RnB-Soaked Hip Hop

https://open.spotify.com/track/4rTB2obA9vARalMLE1gSnx

While not many Hip Hop artists are prepared to wear their hearts on their sleeve in their tracks, Rockstar Marcus’ latest album “Apocalypse” makes for an indulgently refreshing change.

The standout track “Battlefield” is the perfect introduction to the up and coming artist’s RnB soaked approach to evocative Hip Hop. It’s romantic, it’s smooth, and it’s a testament to their talent when it comes to creating hook-filled beats and synergetic arrestive lyrics.

With the lyrics undoubtedly containing a piece of Rockstar Marcus’ soul combined with a gentle melodic Indie Hip Hop beats, your own soul might be broken if the emotive weight behind this single fails to resonate.

You can check out Battlefield along with Rockstar Marcus’ latest album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tomiah – What I Said: Lyrically Fierce Hip Hop

https://open.spotify.com/track/7uKBPQdrcUyH6k22I6P4Ue

Up and coming New Orleans Hip Hop artist Tomiah’s latest drop “What I Said” is about as fresh as contemporary Hip Hop gets. The inventively orchestrated multi-layered beats offer plenty of atmosphere amongst the lashings of bass and a plethora of other experimental effects.

With Rap verses which offer just as much grind as the Trap beats, What I Said is immersive right from the first verse. From there on out, you’ll be locked into a lyrical-narrative which is soaked in Tomiah’s devilishly authoritative wit.

What I Said stands as a testament to the artist’s tendency to run with their own creative expressive style rather than assimilating the work of other urban artists before him. He’s definitely one to watch.

You can check out Tomiah’s latest track What I Said for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Frenchy – Survivor Story: The Most Honest Hip Hop You’ll Hear All Year

With a title like “Survivor Story” I knew Hip Hop artist Frenchy’s track was going to hit hard. Yet, I didn’t quite anticipate just how much candid honesty the Grime track would offer through the perfectly metered Rap bars.

The beats almost fall away as you hook into the narrative of the downtempo mix which will stay with you for long after it has faded out.

Survivor Story takes you on a lyrical journey through Frenchy’s experience with depression. From how it started, to the thoughts it left him with, to how he pulled himself through it. I will never be able to reiterate enough just how essential tracks like this which expose the human condition are. They prove that despite how alienating depression feels, we’re all in the struggle together.

Survivor Story is available to stream via all major streaming services via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Oda Kauffman – Chun Li Type Beat: Ambiently Immersive Instrumental Hip Hop

The ingenuity in Hip Hop artist and producer Oda Kauffman’s mix “Chun Li Type Beat” doesn’t wait around before revealing itself.

The Canadian artist drops a new beat every day. Even if you don’t appreciate their immersive production style (you will), you should definitely find adoration in their unrelenting motivation to put out beats which are made to sink into and appreciate the rhythmically dynamic catharsis.

Even though there’s plenty of conviction behind the Trap style beats in Chun Li Type Beat, there’s also a trippy amount of ambient wavy reverb which makes the mix impossibly easy to slip into.

It’s only a matter of time before Oda Kauffman gets the recognition they deserve.

You can check out Chun Li Type Beat for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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K.G. Has Dropped Their Latest Fierce Hip Hop Party Anthem “Act Wit It”

“Act Wit It” is the fierce new Hip Hop drop from Breaking Rap artist and producer K.G which offers 5 minutes of pure grinding urban euphoria.

It’s easy to see why the Louisville-based artist has amassed over 25k streams on SoundCloud alone just two weeks after the release. It drips with viral potential and it would liven up any Party Hip Hop playlist.

With the depth of the bass and the animated energetic charisma which spills from K.G.’s energy-invoking salaciously playful Rap bars, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more dynamic contemporary Hip Hop hit.

You can share in the hype of K.G.’s latest single Act Wit It by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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edub910 – I Will Not Lose: An Alt Rap Playlist Essential

https://open.spotify.com/track/6gtVlvId5FjdWuQ6UMKfVw

edub910 may have taken a five-year hiatus before their album “Scape G.O.A.T” dropped on January 17th but considering that it could easily be a contender for the best Rap album of the year, we can let them off.

edub910 may not share the same notoriety as the likes of Eminem but hit play on the standout track “I Will Not Lose” and tell me he doesn’t share the same innovation and talent. The level of energy in the polished mix locks you in tight while the lyrics which make you feel a little bit better about living in our warped society.

With lyrics which run through like vitriolic spoken word poetry and endearingly playful semi-orchestral instrumentals, it’s all too easy to fall into the relentless grind of the up-tempo aural firestorm. He’s come back with an aural vengeance. Now would be the perfect time to get him on your radar.

You can check out edub910’s album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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LOVEbest – 120FREESTYLE X Messiah: Infectiously Fluid Freestyle Rap

If you love the flow of rhythmic freestyle Hip Hop, look no further than the mellifluous new mix “120FREESTYLE” from up and coming Rap artist LOVEbest.

While LOVEbest has proven that they’re more than capable of lyrically dominating a beat independently, there’s an infectious vibe and chemistry between him and Messiah. It’s easy to see why they were brought in to perfectly round-off the track.

The Family Guy samples in the prelude set the tone for the playful, experimental, and in parts comically endearing single. With the mix concluding on some fairly ominous yet light-hearted laughter, there’s little chance that you’ll forget this truly personal and expressive mix which leaves all the pretence out of Hip Hop.

You can check out LOVEbest’s track 120FREESTYLE featuring Messiah for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Up and Coming Hip Hop Artist Anisa Pashaj Has Made Their Debut with the Single “Ipray”

Anisa Pashaj

Up and coming Hip Hop artist Anisa Pashaj made her 2020 debut with the RnB-infused hit “Ipray”. Anyone who likes ample amounts of soul and attitude in their Hip Hop are definitely going to want to give it a spin.

There’s a slight 90s retro-vibe to Ipray. But the track still displays plenty of her own authenticity in the sun-soaked danceable hit which will liven up any Hip Hop playlist.

After hearing it, we’re all too excited that Anisa Pashaj appeared on our radar. But, in part, it felt like there was a little too much happening in the mix vocally – especially in the verses. Yet, it’s still more than palpable that Anisa Pashaj has plenty of commercial potential with her radio-ready production. Watch this space.

You can check out Ipray for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Asua – Tonight: Rhythmically Flawless RnB Rap Hip Hop

If breaking Hip Hop artist Asua’s standout 2019 track “Tonight” slipped you by, it’s our pleasure to introduce you to the nuanced high-fire drop.

Even though Asua has the ability to spit bars just as relentlessly as Busta Rhymes for the choruses, the momentum of their vocal delivery wound right down to offer smooth and sensuous RnB-style melodies.

There were also plenty of evolutions in the Hip Hop instrumentals which mixed slow and steady beats on top of an evocative piano melody along with Trap-style feverish beats. Given the quality of the production and how much ingenuity was thrown into this mix, Asua may be one of the underrated Hip Hop artists who have appeared on our radars in a while. Make sure to get him on yours,

You can check out the official music video to Asua’s single Tonight which dropped on November 13th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast