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Ryse has taken the UK Hip Hop scene by storm with their second single “When I Was Young”

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UK Hip Hop artist Ryse broke the mould with their recently released evocatively resonant second single When I Was Young.

Whether it’s the mesmerizingly sombre instrumentals or the magnetic pull of Ryse’s atmospheric spoken word Rap bars on the prelude, you’ll be transfixed from the moment you hit play.

The candid verses retrospectively pull out resounding pearls from wisdom from the journey we all take from childhood to adulthood, while the choruses offer a combination of Pop and RnB Hip Hop giving When I Was Young plenty of earworm potential.

It’s really no surprise that after the release of their second single Ryse has been able to garner plenty of hype. When I Was Young is real talk. The track holds up a mirror up to your own perceptions, they might not be pretty, but ultimately you’ll be grateful that your eyes have been prized open with this authentically unforgettable hit.

You can check out Ryse’s track When I Was Young for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Robbie RAPS draws a full house with his new banger Energies

Get ready for some Brit rap here, because Robbie RAPS is going to draw a full house with his new banger Energies.

Coming in at only 2:41, Energies is a 24-carat track where rap bars thunderstorm in so quickly and in such a tight structure to make you wonder “when does he breathe?!” – and it’s undoubtedly what you would dig if you’re an old-school hip-hop lover.

He hasn’t been around for even a year and he’s already established himself as a “One To Watch” artists of 2020 for his minimal and unique style. Differently from what we’re used to hearing with mainstream rappers, the beats don’t take over his vocals allowing his ferocious lyrics to take center stage.

Well done you, Robbie RAPS! We should all hit play on Energies on Youtube.

Review by Jim Esposito.

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Raw South London ‘Rapper Kwazi Cort’ makes a statement with “Please Don’t Boast” ft. ‘LD (67)

‘Kwazi Cort’ and ‘LD (67)’ are two well-known MC’s in the London Hip Hop scene and they join forces expertly on this powerfully delivered party track. 

These two MCs are on a mission in 2020 and aren’t letting anything and anyone get in the way. Tired of fake artists showing off with their toys, they are quite clear with their intentions on this track. Humble enough to still ride the bus & tube, it’s about the music & respect from real fans that really matters.

2020 has been a quiet year for ‘Kwazi Cort’ and you get the feeling that he has been working hard on this song, perfecting his craft and getting his mindset right. With quality like this, it won’t be long before Kwazi is at the top of the UK scene, with ‘LD (67)’ right there next to him.

‘’Please Don’t Boast’’ is the follow up to 2019’s underrated ‘’British Device’’, a track that showed his growing lyrical maturity. Let’s hope that 2020 is full with more top music with passion from this talented London MC.

Stream this new banging track here on SoundCloud

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Mr Jones howls at the sky with new UK rap release ‘Moon In My Sky’

Manchester-based rapper Mr Jones has released new UK boom-bap infused rap track ‘Moon In My Sky’.

It’s a track steeped in decades of UK hip-hop and grime influence – a scene which has exploded in an honestly baffling number of dimensions, so much so that it has made it incredibly useless and difficult to use a ‘UK Rap’ tag, (trust me) – and ‘Moon In My Sky’ is unreservedly one of those rap-on-a-beat releases that stays in the boomy, bappy slipstream. 

Jones delivers with some nice charisma at points and there’s hints of decently formed wordplay dotted throughout the track, so there’s some elements that do shine through with this release.  

If you like independent, vintage-styled hip-hop from the UK, it’s a track I’m able to shout out to check out – but if it’s not your lane this isn’t the kind of release I’d suggest to hop into it. Still though, listen to it to gain an appreciation of the sheer numbers of UK hip-hop artists breathlessly bubbling below the surface. 

You can listen to Mr Jones’ ‘Moon In My Sky’ on his Soundcloud page.

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Untold Poet is due to drop his most pensively poignant single yet with “Pieces” featuring Megan Rose

Essex-based wordsmith and Rap artist Untold Poet’s latest single “Pieces” featuring Megan Rose adds a significant amount of sincerity onto the airwaves. And that kind of honest, unfiltered connection is more essential now than ever.

Pieces puts our obsession and habits with social media under the aural lens, alluding to the suffocating nature of people’s behaviour online. Everyone’s an expert, everyone is holier than thou, everyone’s quick to judge, everyone is filtered… You may just end up wondering why you spend so much time scrolling through your news feed.

As the poetic Rap bars run through, you sink deeper into the narrative of the arrestive single. The pensively melodic Indie Hip Hop instrumentals also play a heavy hand in submerging you deeper into the soundscape. Adding Megan Rose’s smooth yet piercing RnB Pop vocals into the mix added even more weight to the track. Her vocals may be light and accordant but they share the same haunting air as the atmospheric stripped-back downtempo beats.

We’re ridiculously happy that Untold Poet has dropped onto our radar. After the transfixing track has faded to a close, you’ll undoubtedly feel the same.

Pieces was released on April 17th, you can check it out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Wavier – Millions featuring evo-lvd: EDM Hip Hop which is all about the grind.

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Breaking Hip Hop artist Wavier’s latest single “Millions” will appeal to EDM and Hip Hop fans alike. To create the high-fire drop they teamed up with evo-lvd who contributed to the dynamic eccentric energy poured into the Grime track which could only have ever come from London.

But you can expect much more than your usual gritty Grime tones in Millions. With the up-vibe grooves Wavier weaved into the fluid and polished mix, you’ll lock into an energetic hit when you hit play.

The smooth rhythmic grind transcends what the beats in Hip Hop usually offer, leaving us with no confusion as to why there’s so much hype around Wavier’s sound.

With the inventive electronic intricacies and effects, Millions possesses the level of gleaming ingenuity which you’d hope to hear from a new artist. He’s definitely one to watch.

You can check out Wavier’s track which dropped on February 15th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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UK Rap Artist Luke Lorenz is Due to Drop their Prodigally High-Fire Single “Worship” ft. LUNA

UK-based Rap artist Luke Lorenz is due to drop their latest mix “Worship” which was created in collaboration with the strikingly talented vocalist LUNA.

With Worship, Luke Lorenz set themselves apart from other up and coming UK Rap artists with discernible distinction. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the high-fire nature of Worship left international rappers audibly quaking too. With the melodic catchy choruses, relentless lyrical waxing which borders on poetry in the verses, and the inclusion of LUNA’s unpredictably evolving vocals, Worship is a track which you’d probably need a concussion to get out of your head.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Worship for yourselves, but in the meantime, you can head on over to SoundCloud and check out their earlier releases.

Stay up to date with news of the release via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Paris Love-Child – Addicts We On: Discover the North London Artist Pouring Soul & Style into Rap

“Addicts We On” is the latest single from Paris Love-Child; a North-London based artist who borrows elements from a myriad of genres before mashing them together in a smoothly sublime organic mix.

The production on the track may not have been the most polished, yet, this serves to give the single plenty of depth and atmospherics. Besides, it would have been an aural crime to strip away Paris Love-Child’s distinctive approach to soul-soaked R&B Hip Hop. While Addicts We On isn’t an experimental track, it still flows with undiluted authenticity which is all too irresistible to slip into.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Addicts We On for yourselves, in the meantime, you can head over to SoundCloud and check out their earlier releases.

Keep up to date with all Paris Love-Child’s latest tracks via Facebook

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Fonzie – Play Fair; Reignites Mainstream Rap Relevance

Lately, we’ve been seeing hip-hop acts who have continously vowed to not to go back to the drawing board to lay a well thought out comeback plan on how to revamp the way they make music. Sadly, this development has mostly wrecked a lot of uneventful artiste  who aren’t just ready to relearn and be more creative in their craft.

Whether it’s popping up in a bland Trap hit or breaking into the league of mainstream hip-hop with a medieval strategy— it all come off as a waterlog experience.

Up and coming West London based rapper Fonzie has recently released his newest single Play Fair, a hard hitting, melodic British hip-hop track with a subtle nod to afro bashment, paying homage to Fonzie’s Caribbean roots.

After a few years in the industry, Fonzie is beginning to gain attention from the likes of Complex, Mobo, MTV and Huw Stephens Radio 1 through his experimental sound that resonates with the younger generation as well as older folks.

Fonzie’s ‘Play Fair’ is quite a remarkable and unique song that stands out on his own. He, in this song, within the a space of less than 4 minutes — was able to send a strong message that’s very crystal.

Fonzie’s has clearly evolved as wordsmiths over the years, but He very concretely work not to overwhelm the track with pointless observations. Everything is clear and succinct, yet he still manage to impress with their meticulous delivery and wavy style of rap.

The song opens with slow-building beat which masterfully surrounds the hypnotic chorus with lyrical vigor and gusto. On a normal ground where most artists express themselves through their vocal tone and vibe, Fonzie’s narrative-driven approach provides a nice contrast.

The newest track ‘Play Fair’ represents the thoughts in the backs of everyones minds that they’re holding back from saying. Already gaining radio support from the likes of Radar Radio, Reprezent and Rinse FM the single smashes through the density of the current UK urban scene with a fresh sound.

Creativity is the prime pointer that further explains the nature of artist Fonzie is, He’s indeed poised to bringing a whole new dimension to the UK music industry. Hopefully, Fonzie creativity will not be influenced by what’s currently obtainable in the industry right now as I expect him to continue to provide a safe haven for his fans through his unalloyed style of music and shrewd lyricism.

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Nick Notes Releases UK Grime Track ‘See Me Comin’

Nick Notes is a driven, charismatic and passionate hip-hop artist, often compared to major rappers the likes of J Cole, Jay Z or Nas, just to mention a few.

His recent studio single, See Me Comin, is a perfect example of Nick’s lyrical prowess and wide-ranging vocal tone. This track showcase a really kaleidoscopic take on hip-hop, with trap accents and massive beats. The song is also influenced by Grime, with a distinctive UK rap flavor.

One of the things that I enjoy the most about this track is certainly that sensation of the arrangement and the production acting like a very solid “glue”: The beat and the melody are perfectly intertwined, acting as an amazing outlet for Nick’s unique vocals. This song has everything you might want from a great hip-hop track: a tight groove, lush and open melodies, analog-sounding samples; a steady lyrical flow and hooks to die for.