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Experience 2024’s most electrifying hip-hop ensemble via ROK10’s seminal collaborative release, CYPHER V2

The release of “CYPHER V2” created a seismic shift in the hip-hop landscape. ROK10, a Lancaster native whose roots in metal and underground raves have seasoned his foray into rap, orchestrated an 8:40-minute juggernaut with a finesse that belies his eclectic background.

The track burst onto the scene with a vitality that could give the Wu-Tang Clan a run for their money. Each artist – OVLRD Shogun, DIENASTY PIFF, Rah the Broker, 2EZ, Reyya, S.A.V., and Velkro LaStrange – brings their unique flair, creating a tapestry of voices that’s as diverse as it is cohesive. Their bars skate over the old-school, gritty beats with an agility that’s both nostalgic and fresh, echoing the golden age of hip-hop while carving out a new niche.

ROK10’s ingenuity shines in the way he layers contrasting instrumental tones and textures beneath swathes of saturated delay. It’s a soundscape that allows each artist’s individuality to blaze, yet harmoniously meld into a singular, powerhouse anthem. The emotional charge of the lyrics is palpable, offering a raw, unfiltered glimpse into the psyche of each contributor. The gender balance in the vocals is another triumph, ensuring the track resonates with a broad spectrum of listeners.

“CYPHER V2” marks ROK10’s unforgettable debut in the rap scene. It’s a testament to his versatility and vision as an artist unafraid to blend and bend musical norms. For fans of rap looking for something that’s both rooted in tradition and boldly innovative, this track is a must-listen.

Stream CYPHER V2 on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast