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King J turned up the heat with their latest single I’m In the Kitchen

If you like your Hip Hop gritty, you’re going to love the steely new drop from Rap trailblazer King J, ‘I’m in the Kitchen’, recorded at Goodfellastudios and mixed by Jamo Beatz.

Kicking off with a trepidation-laden atmosphere, the mix seamlessly amps up the momentum before hitting you with ensnaring hooks which will lock you into King J’s relentlessly fierce Rap bars which allow you to appreciate the playful ominous charisma behind I’m in the Kitchen.

The intensity of the track is one thing. The authenticity behind it is quite another. Make room on your radar.

You can check out what King J cooked up in the kitchen by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tatzstar 2 Shiny – We don’t want the cheese, we want the cake.

Edinburgh might not be known as the heart of the UK rap scene – yet – but Tatzstar (not just Tatzstar but Tatzstar 2 Shiny) aims to change all that with ‘2 Shiny 4 Dem’. From posting freestyles on YouTube and Instagram to recording this, the lead single from his 14 track debut of the same name, his goal is to put Scotland firmly in place on the UK rap scene.

‘2 Shiny 4 Dem’ should certainly do it. Setting out his stall in true ‘claiming my crown’ fashion, this is a four-minute fourteen-second statement of intent, all trappy hi-hats and punching bass behind Tatzstar’s throwaway, improvisational delivery, alternately spat out and lyrical, highlighting his technical prowess and versatility. Apparently, ‘when Tatzstar freestyles, everyone listens’. On the basis of 2 Shiny 4 Dem, they most certainly should.

Check out 2 Shiny 4 Dem on Spotify.

Review by Alex Holmes

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UK Hip Hop Producer GieoSound energises the airwaves with their latest drop “Na Na Na Na!”

It is an incredibly rare occurrence for true personality to shine through in Hip Hop, but after hearing GieoSound’s latest release Na Na Na Na! I feel like I know the artist and producer well enough to invite them over for a cup of tea.

With the track which dropped on October 27th, the UK-based artist and producer put a brand new spin on the frustrative and aggressive tracks which have been created during lockdown. It’s a work of feisty defiance, but with the lush warm soft tones and GieoSound’s playfully enigmatic approach to production, you can’t help but feel a little endeared and reassured that no matter how bleak things seem, it’s all going to be okay. Even if it isn’t, at least we’ll have blazing new drops such as Na Na Na Na! to jam to as the apocalypse looms.

You can check out Na Na Na Na! for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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UK rapper Coll shreds the mic that unlocks ‘The Keys’

UK rapper Coll shreds the mic that unlocks ‘The Keys‘ on this powerful Hip Hop track.

The Norwich based emcee takes this new single from the forthcoming EP, ‘Blue Magic 2‘. This is a slick song all about doing what you gotta to keep you smiling. Self-love is the key.

The Keys’ is all about self-resilience, believing in yourself and making the right decisions in life to ensure happiness for yourself and your family”.

With a punchy fresh UK style, this is top notch Hip Hop that oozes mad skills. Always the underdog, this is a poet who sounds inspired on this new single. He knows that nothing comes for the free and he wants the whole loot. This is an emcee who has the keys now to how life can be, inside his soul, he knows what needs to happen long-term. Long-lasting success and living a good life are the goals. These are going to happen as you can hear it in Coll’s voice in his quality track ‘The Keys‘.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Chiron Loxton – Hotshot: Grimily Melodic Hip Hop

If you like your Hip Hop grimy, atmospheric and ingenious, delve into the latest track to drop from Somerset-based artist Chiron Loxton.

With Hotshot, Chiron Loxton found the perfect balance between authenticity and accessibility. Any fans of Post Malone and Yelawolf will appreciate the easy melodic grooves, while urban fans of the grimier inclinations will appreciate the witty vocal hooks which sharpen the bars just enough to pull you in and keep your consciousness consumed by the convictive lyricism. There’s little chance of your attention faltering once you hit play. It’s artists like Chiron Loxton who put the UK on the map when it comes to Hip Hop.

You can check out Hotshot for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lucas Ramsell: “Instagram Models” – Life through a Lens.

Lucas Ramsell is a London-based Hip-Hop/RnB artist, mixing his confessional indie inspired lyrics with sharp urban production.

Prior to lockdown, Ramsell had just come off a run of gigs including The Alternative Escape, Cargo and O2 Academy2 Islington with his group DBA; now he’s dropped ‘Lockdown: The Playlist’, a collection of ‘ten tracks, ten different vibes’, all put together with Ramsell’s vocals atop instrumental tracks composed by his friend and collaborator the multi-platinum producer Jackson Romain (Gunna, Chris Brown, Offset). ‘Instagram Models’ is laid back urban RnB, an edgy urban vocal in the style of Skepta or AJ Tracey over chilled vibes from Romain, telling the story of a world of influencers, photo-ops, and falsehood; Ramsell’s London, in four-minute microcosm.

You can check out Instagram Models via Spotify.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Gus – Colors: Tear-Jerkingly Uplifting UK Hip Hop

It’s not every day we get the pleasure of describing Hip Hop as mesmeric, but we couldn’t help being transfixed by UK-based Hip Hop artist Gus’ latest hazy single Colors.

Colors kicks off with a stunning low-tempo Jazz piano arrangement before the atmospheric beats create the perfect platform for Gus’ bars. It’s within the Rap bars that Gus’ sets himself apart with an insane amount of distinction.

Gus didn’t just scratch at the surface for the lyricism, he dug deep to offer his own experience of oppression. Yet, there was no apathy or anger within his tone, simply a request for understanding and an olive branch of connection to everyone else who feels defeated by injustice and prejudice.

I could say Colors is emotional and compelling, or I can admit that I was a teary mess before the track was even halfway through.

Colors is available to stream and download through all major platforms via this link

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jase Emeka has dropped their trippy and playful high-vibe Hip Hop single “The Dream”

UK-based experimental Hip Hop artist Jase Emeka has dropped their most playfully inventive single yet with “The Dream”. It can be hard to find authenticity amongst up and coming artists, but you’d be hard-pressed to find an artist offering as much soulful charisma as Jase.

The Dream kicks off with an extended trippy and hazy instrumental prelude before Jase comes in with his humility-soaked spoken word vocals. Of all the Hip Hop intros I’ve heard as of late, none allowed me to feel as endeared as The Dream did.

When the slow tempo smooth Rap bars kick in, you’re hooked by the lyrical melodies which find perfect synergy with the light, warm and grooving beats. For my sanity’s sake, I’ll definitely be placing The Dream on my playlists and Jase on my radar. If dreamy melodic Hip Hop which oozes soul is your bag, I’d highly recommend that you do the same.

You can check out Jase Emeka’s single The Dream via Spotify.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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London’s Lynx Cane lyrical ability stands out on ”Snow White”

London’s Lynx Cane is a firm fixture of respect in the UK music scene. He is back with new track ”Snow White”. This is all about being with that special soul and travelling around Europe together, loving each moment.

Life should be this simple and the track is accompanied with a slick beat full of piano and distorted energy. This is a quality underground Hip Hop song. There is no ego here and we are treated to a lesson in proper lyrical skills.

Produced by WilfMerson, I love everything about this London based emcee’s track. ”Snow White” is 1 minute 46 seconds full of raw lyrics that impress mightily. It’s high time that Lynx Cane is acknowledged as one of the foremost UK Hip Hip artists and this song further cements that feeling. He remains in the shadows for now but I’m confident that 2021 will change all of that.

To hear this song click here to his Spotify.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Dozy Boi – Reality: Absorbingly Exotic Jazz-Soaked Chill Hop

UK-based Up and coming Hip Hop artist and producer Dozy Boi has recently dropped their sublimely cathartic Chill Hop album “Here”, you might want to prepare your Lo-Fi Chill Hop playlists right about now.

While each single carries an arsenal of ambience, the best introduction to Dozy Boi’s tension-stripping approach to production is the standout single “Reality”.

The only interruption to the soft mellifluous Jazz-soaked beats is a vocal sample which implores you to question your perception of reality. Ordinarily, that would drive me into an existential crisis, but thanks to the absorbingly exotic textures found in Reality, it’s all too easy to succumb to the smooth and comforting vibes.

You can check out Reality along with the rest of Dozy Boi’s debut album which dropped in May 2020 for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast