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D Beez – Japan: Charismatically Fresh Hard-Hitting Trap

With flawless production D Beez’s latest single Japan unfolds as he proves that he’s a serious new contender to the Trap scene who may just have the flavour to dethrone the heavy weights.

The aggressive lyrical versing transforms the already high-vibe track into an energetically alive resounding mix which is so infectious the vibe will be with you long after the track as faded out. The lyrics were fairly archetypal to the genre, yet there was an infinite amount of charisma to D Beez’s rap bars which will leave no room to question why his single Japan has seen so much success since it’s release back in February 2018. The beat doesn’t mix it up far from the traditional Trap style, regardless D Beez is an artist who commands an infinite amount of respect through his style.

You can check out the official video to D Beez’s single Japan now by heading over to YouTube

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Lone$tar ft. OTS – Pretty Penny: Playful Trap Bars around Pure Flow

Any Rap artist that can manage to pull off “pew, pew, pew” in his rap bars in a playfully charismatic way will always get massive respect for me. Instead of going down the self-aggrandized route which many Hip Hop artists seem compelled to take Lone$tar mixed it up with an offering of rhythmically fresh gritty lyrics in his latest track Pretty Penny. In fact, the lyrics are pretty much poetry with the perfect attention to meter and rhyme which allowed them to flow whilst drawing you into the lyrical ingenuity.

For a Trap beat, there’s plenty of bounce and flavour to prove that Lone$tar is ahead of the urban curve. To create Pretty Penny the up and coming artist teamed up with OTS to create a beat packed with plenty of vibe. The production is just the cherry on the cake with Pretty Penny

You can check out Lone$tar’s latest single which dropped in August 2018 by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


JACOBIAN – Blunted Rose: Sentimentally Sobering New Wave Trap

During his tragically short career it would seem that Lil Peep inspired many New Wave Trap artists to pick up the mic and verse their melancholy into it. And I for one am thankful that he did.

Up and coming recording artist JACOBIAN released his chilled out offering of Alt Hip Hop ‘Blunted Rose’ earlier this year, and with a soundscape as poignantly pensive as Blunted Rose, it’s hard not to get pricked by the thorny progression of the track and fall in love with this style.

The digital beat is kept simple, yet, the simple beat along with the Lo Fi production makes Blunted Rose a highly conceptual almost poetic track which you can’t help being grounded by. Despite the Lo Fi effect of the track, the production is on point. Each pitch sits at the perfect level to allow you to drink in the sobering tonality of the track.

You can check out JACOBIAN’s latest single Blunted Rose yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud. Make sure to keep tuned for the drop of the Portland, Maine based artist’s upcoming first EP.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Ashxs – Thinkin Bout You: Mesmerizingly Melancholic Trap

On the 18th July 2018 one of the most magnetically melancholic Trap tracks graced the soundwaves curtesy of the emerging Hip Hop Rap artist Ashxs.

Thinkin Bout You is a track which is so deeply resonant, you might want to grab yourself some armbands before you hit play and the waves of pensive emotion hit you like a tsunami.

Whilst the lyricism is relatively simple, it’s piercingly effective. It’s a sentiment we can all get behind. We’ve all been there. The acoustic guitar intro just adds insult to injury, each note is a progression of plaintive misery. When the beat really kicks in, you become vaguely aware of the Trap and trickle of the 808 beats, yet the acoustic guitar continues to mesmerise you. So, it’s safe to say producer Nicholas Allen did a stellar job pulling the track together to allow every note to hit you as hard as possible.

You can check out Ashxs’s latest single Thinkin Bout You over on SoundCloud for yourselves now. While you’re there, check out the rest of the Texan up and coming artist’s album ‘Phases’. For more info head over to Ashxs’s website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Mitchell Arnott – H2Flow: Freestyle Antagonistic Trap Poetry

There’s always something piercingly raw about freestyle rap. Perhaps it’s the knowledge that you’re being treated by an unfiltered, unadulterated a pure stream of conscious. Which is exactly what you get from Mitchell Arnott’s versing in H2Flow.

As visceral as the dubbed over Trap beat was to H2Flow it’s impossible for your full attention not to be directed to the relentless rap bars which come to life around the pure poetry in the lyrics. Mitchell’s command for lyrical meter and rhyme is almost unparalleled, yet, the lyrics go beyond that. If you can keep up with the versing, you can see the highly conceptual punches that Mitchell pulls in every line.

The end result is one of the most resonant tracks I’ve checked out this year. There isn’t a flaw to be found in the intricately weaved tapestry which is H2Flow.

You can check out Mitchell Arnott’s Freestyle masterpiece H2Flow for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Gosha Kid – Wanna Go Back: Nostalgically Engineered New Wave Trap

Any fans of Post Malone, Lil Peep and 21 Savage will want to check out Gosha Kid’s latest Trap hit Wanna Go Back. The New Wave euphoria is practically dripping over the Trap inspired, Pop polished hyped aural offering.

There are very few Urban artists around today that can match the charismatic vocal prowess of Gosha Kid, there’s definitely something in the way of his playful versing that draws you even further into the track. The production is on point, yet when the chorus hit, it felt like there was a little too much going on with the mix for you to truly immerse yourself in Wanna Go Back. There was a retro feel to the kick and rattle of the 808 beats, which drenched you in a paradoxically fresh nostalgia.

Having said that, the up and coming artist’s single which was released in May, 2018 carries more bounce than most of the Trap tracks on the radio waves.

You can check out the official video to Wanna Go Back for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Notdawon – Da Traplete: Unapologetically Attitude-Driven Trap

Notdawon’s latest single Da Traplete isn’t a track that waits around before hitting you with the hard roll of the 808 beats and antagonistically aggressive Hip Hop Rap bars. Any fans of Eminem, Childish Gambino, Drake & Dr. Dre will be in heaven with Notdawon’s authoritatively fluid Trap beat.

The clever lyricism and the unapologetic attitude from Notdawon creates an infectiously hookish vibe to the track which you’ll want to devour time and time again. I’d like to see any other up and coming Trap artist who could take the title away from Notwadon and his ability to create a solid beat.

The production has taken an audible step up from Notwadon’s earlier releases. At the same time, it’s evident that his ability to construct a fluidly perfect track won’t be put into questions when you get a taste of his rhythmic style. Da Traplete is quite the ear worm. Yet What I’d love to hear in the future is tracks less about introspection and proving himself in the Trap field. It’s safe to say with the release of Da Traplete his talent isn’t likely to be questioned.

You can check out the official video to Notdawon’s latest single Da Traplete on YouTube now and visit his website here

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Irai Ouree – Job: Relentlessly Rhythmic Trap

Judging by the lyricism to Irai Ouree’s single Job he finds a lot of things in life taxing. Even if you don’t find yourself on the same wavelength at the start of the track, after you’ve listed to the Hip Hop Rap hit unravel, you’ll be well on the way to sharing the sentiment.

The down-tempo Trap arrangement sits at the perfect pace for Irai to lay down his rhythmically on point, Rap bars which get switched up with the momentum of the beat to offer you a well-engineered progressive track. Producer Gib$ made sure every pitch was at the perfect level to ensure the beat drew you in as much as the vocals from the up and coming LA based Rap artist. In 2018 there’s no shortage of Trap artists, yet very few have the same fluid, antagonistic lyrical bite as Irai Ouree.

You can check out Irai Quree’s latest single Job along with Irai’s latest hits by heading over to SoundCloud

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Eidrien Sun – Toyota: Tender Trap

Eidrien Sun’s latest single Toyota may be short and sweet, but in just over a minute and a half you’re treated to a solid beat and the concept behind the track won’t fail to resonate.

The lyrics to Toyota allowed the track to run like spoken word poetry… well, crass spoken word poetry, but poetry all the same. I wasn’t immediately expecting a track with a car manufacturer as a title to explicitly be about getting laid in the back of a Toyota, and in a strange way, it was highly resonant. That’s a part of everyone’s youth, right? The beat behind Toyota is just as flawless as the rhythmically metered Rap bars after Eidrien created a melodic Trap beat which is dangerously close to straying into the Dream Wave arena thanks to the sweet reverb which floats above the synth.

You can check out Eidrien Sun’s track Toyota which dropped on July 18th for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud and soaking up the ambient vibes orchestrated by one of New York’s hottest up and coming Trap artists.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Narcissist – Lie to Me: A Debut Drop of Bass-Heavy Trap

They always say it’s dangerous to fall in love with narcissists, but with his first single release emerging Hip Hop artist Narcissist (AKA Julian Bihm) may have just created the exception to that rule. If you’re a fan of gritty realism riddled into Rap bars Narcissist may be about to become your favourite up and coming Hip Hop artist of 2018. The Houston, US based artist has found and edge to his Trap sound where so many contemporary artists before him has failed. The pure antagonistic aggression contained within his bars isn’t something you hear every day. And it’s glorious.

With solid, doom impounding, bass heavy Trap beats the tone is set for the aggressive fury contained within the vocals and lyrics to Lie to Me. The kicks, rattles and snares of the track add plenty of momentum to the beat which flows at the perfect mid-tempo pacing. There was a touch too much repetition within the track for me, yet as debut drops go, you really couldn’t ask for more.

You can check out Lie to Me which was dropped June 2018 for yourself by heading over SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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