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Galvanising Rhythmic Beats Meet Urban Poetry in Ice Øut’s New Drop “Frostbite”

Ice Øut has unleashed their chilling new drop “Frostbite” onto the airwaves. With his perfectly metered urban poetry over 2YUNG’s fresh galvanising beats, it’s impossible not to get hooked in by this stylistic track from the first verse.

The easy rhythmic grooves find the perfect amount of momentum to amplify the conviction in Ice Øut’s wit-soaked bars. It goes far beyond superficially scratching beneath the surface, it unravels as a snarling satirical attack on the ludicrous state of our society in 2020. If any track is put in a time capsule to capture the culture in 2020, it should be Frostbite.

You can check out Ice Øut’s latest track Frostbite for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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QL waxes lyrical in their latest Hip Hop call to arms “Chasing Stars”

‘Chasing Stars’ is the newest release from Hip Hop artist QL, a new name coming out of the Vancouver music scene, featuring vocals from Marietta Prod and produced by Anno Domini. From their debut album ‘HearAfter’, ‘Chasing Stars’ is both a call to arms and statement of intent, the rolling piano part and Prod’s vocal carrying the melody behind QL’s self-deprecating rap and beats.

Sure, there’s an obvious Eminem comparison to QL’s lyrics and delivery, and overall there’s a subtle Black Eyed Peas vibe to the track, but neither of those observations is intended as a criticism, more an indication of the strength of the track; this is great, lyrical hip hop that really does deserve a listen. And then several more.

Check out QL on Facebook and YouTube.

Review by Alex Holmes

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OvaDos raps about that true love on ‘All I Need’

OvaDos raps about that real and true love that we all need on on ‘All I Need‘.

Imani Banks aka OvaDos, is a rapper, writer, producer, YouTuber and engineer who makes music that means something. It saved her life and she wants to help others out there that are going through tough times. Music healed her, deep inside and she loves to see others happy.

OvaDos is from Inglewood in California and music has always been deep rooted in her soul for years and years. She raps with such passion and deepness on her creations. You can tell that this is what she loves doing, the lyrics are real and the vocals are so inspiring. The flow is tight and the beat matches what she is all about. This is no swaggy, boastful and fake raps, this is that real Hip Hop that the true fans know. There is no flash in the pan here, only realness.

All I Need‘ from OvaDos is about that special person in your life, you want to be with them so much and they are all you think about. This is the person you want to spend your life with and you are going to do whatever it takes to make it work. Do they feel the same? Time will tell. One thing we do know that this is a quality Hip Hop track, made with true love.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Alt Hip Hop artist Mr?E has made their genre-mashing debut with the album “Guardian”

Breaking artist Mr?E has dropped their genre-mashing debut album Guardian. While each track was as lyrically transfixing as the last, the best introduction to Mr?E’s soulfully eclectic sound is “My Guardian

My Guardian kicks off with a slight 80s Synthpop vibe before nuances of RnB and Hip Hop start to weave into the consistently progressive mix. You’ll even find elements of Indie with the rhythmically soul-restoring release.

If Eminem started creating wholesomely inspirational tracks, I have a feeling that it would turn out a little like My Guardian. Mr?E Rap bars share a similar perfectly-metered quickfire style which makes it all too easy for the meaning in the lyrics to resonate. Hip Hop debuts don’t often come as promising as this. Do yourselves a favour and hit play.

You can check out Mr?E’s track My Guardian via Spotify or head over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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A1OURWORLD passes the vibe check with their latest single “7.weekly”

A1OURWORLD dropped their latest single 7.weekly on August 14th, the fresh vibing Hip Hop drop will be right at home on your Summer Hip Hop playlists.

The grooving beats are a minefield of sharp melodic hooks which ensure that your attention never falters from the melodic instrumentals which create the perfect platform for A1OURWORLD’s high-vibe playful Rap bars.

Under the smooth production, you’ll find elements of Old School Hip Hop and RnB, but A1OURWORLD discernibly didn’t fail to create a mix which drips with commercial potential. Oh, and good luck getting the melody out of your head after hearing it. As far as Hip Hop earworms go, they don’t come much more stubborn than the one contained in 7.weekly.

You can check it out via SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jay Wst – taking it to the “Street”

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Jay Wst is an eighteen-year-old rapper from Brooklyn, NYC, and ‘Street’ – his second single – is exactly what you might expect; a raw, honest, coming-of-age story of life, and the fear of sudden death, in a city that looks the other way. The lyrics, set to a well-produced background of hip hop beats, are snappy, brutal, telling Wst’s truth with a voice of vulnerability and defiance.

Music from the streets, for the streets.

You can check it out for yourselves by heading over to Apple Music. Keep up to date with their latest releases via Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Mehki Raine – Riot: Adrenalizing Bass-Driven Hip Hop Infused with Punk Attitude

Breaking Alt Hip Hop artist Mehki Raine infused plenty of Punk attitude into their latest release “Riot”. The experimental release was written way before the riots and protests and it may leave you with the suspicion that Mehki Raine uses a crystal ball for his lyrical inspiration. The US artist perfectly captures the angst, the frustration, and the impatience for radical change to happen.

Riot which was produced by Fish kicks off with a nostalgic Jazz-laden intro before seamlessly sliding into a bass-driven feat of adrenalizing EDM Hip Hop. Any fans of Saul Williams definitely won’t want to hang around hitting play on Riot. If you weren’t already in the mood to crush the oppressive structures which hold together our fragile society, you will be once Riot hits its monumental peak.

You can check out Mehki Raine’s single Riot for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Vibe out with Dirk Diggler’s transfixing Ambient Trap single “VONTAZE BURFICT”

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Every now and again, you’ll hit play on a Hip Hop track which utterly consumes you from the first verse. If it’s been a while since you’ve struck aural Rap gold, hit play on Dirk Diggler’s standout single VONTAZE BURFICT.

It’s playful, it’s convictive and it offers a fresh new approach to Party Hip Hop. While the beats will leave you hypnotised, Dirk Diggler’s bars which rest atop of them get you in the mood for hedonism.

VONTAZE BURFICT is just one of the tracks which you’ll find on their 2020 release CODIRK-19, while each track is as indulgent as the last, VONTAZE BURFICT is a mould-breaking feat of Trap which is all too easy to connect with.

You can check out Dirk Diggler’s track VONTAZE BURFICT for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Fiery Lyrical Conviction Meets Ambient Beats in GV’s Standout Hip Hop Single “Lil Min”

Breaking Hip Hop artist & activist GV made their debut in 2018 with the firestorm of a Rap album “Calm Before the Storm”. If you let the release pass you by, there’s no better time to hit play on the collection of adrenalizing convictive tracks which tackle issues which are (unsurprisingly) just as prevalent today.

The perfect introduction to GV’s fiery approach to ambient Hip Hop is Lil Man, a mould-breaking feat of Hip Hop where ambient dreamy beats create the platform for GV’s justifiably aggressive vocals which verse the hard-hitting, raw and real lyrics.

The lyrics may invoke a smorgasbord of emotion, but the smooth and hazy production makes sure that any anger thrown your way in Lil Man hits you accordantly.

You can check out GV’s single Lil Min along with their album by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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AJ Peoples has dropped their visceral attack on 2020 with their revolution-calling single “Do I…”

Up and coming Hip Hop artist AJ Peoples’ latest single “Do I…” stands as a testament to the fact that the best music is born out of dark times.

The track perfectly captures the anger, confusion and need for revolution that we’ve all felt over the last few months. But AJ Peoples does far more than just relay details from a shared experience. The passion, venom and conviction in Do I… have the power to change your outlook on lockdown and the BLM movement. The energising track gives you a fresh hit of frustration with how the world is currently unravelling before us, it also compels you to throw away any complacency and apathy and use your voice. We might not all have the lyrical prowess as AJ Peoples, but that’s no reason to stay silent.

In short, Do I… is an unforgettable perception-shifting track which I’d need a significant brain injury to forget.

You can check out the official video to AJ Peoples’ single which dropped on June 24th for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast