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Get your soul-fix with Drew Drake’s single ‘Grandmas Hands’.

Breaking artist, actor, poet and educator, Drew Drake’s standout single, ‘Grandmas Hands’ from his debut EP, ‘Golden’, is up there with the most heartfelt hip hop tracks to have ever hit the airwaves.

The open letter to his role model, his Grandma, may be deeply personal, but hearing Drew Drake’s adoration will inspire you to find plenty for the people who have guided you through life and left a positive impact. With a few references to covid struggles in the lyrics, the single is a powerful reminder that our adversity is temporary but cherished memories have the power to inspire us forever.

The soul in the lyrics is paralleled by the RnB hip hop instrumentals that will be a hit for any fans of Lauryn Hill. With choral hooks and lyrical verses that will leave you compelled to squeeze every drop of wisdom out of them, Grandmas Hands is a transfixing track that will happily take you back to better times to remind you that brighter days lie ahead.

Drew Drake’s debut EP, Golden, is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Breaking hip hop artist Moon continues her ascension to the top with ‘Ooh Ahh’

Moon may be a new name in the male-dominated rap game, but with her witty connectable lyrics, there’s very little standing in the way of her taking the scene by storm. The Ashbury Park, NJ-residing artist’s latest single, ‘Ooh Ahh’, exhibits her unfiltered and unapologetic approach when it comes to lyrical expression.

The simple trap beats don’t reach too far into the future or delve into the past too much, allowing Moon’s sound to sit right on the contemporary curve. The short and sweet track lets you know exactly who Moon is an artist and leaves you feeling assured that you need to hear more. She’s definitely one for the radar.

You can check out the official video to Ooh Ahh that dropped on January 10th via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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2Deep the Southern President wraps up 2020 in his latest life-affirming track.

Memphis-hailing hip hop artist 2Deep the Southern President paved the way to mental resilience with his latest single, ‘2020’, that dropped on March 20th.

By utilising his talent for storytelling and lyrical wordplay, he was able to summarise the atrocities of 2020 and create a time capsule that we’ll be able to throwback to in years to come and hopefully see how pivotal it was to spark social change.

With lyrics such as “it took a pandemic for white folks to notice their knee on our neck, it has been there for a hundred years, can we finally get some respect”, it’s a sobering track that unapologetically asks the listener to see past the media spins, look into the root of societal sickness and do something about it.

It’s a stellar feat of old school hip hop, born from 2Deep the Southern President’s affinity for artists just as Jay Z, UGK, Outkast, 88 Ball and MJG. His sound already packs the same punch. For your sanity’s sake, get him on your radar.

The official video to 2020 is now available to stream via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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T.N.L.C takes us to church with their jazzy high vibe hip hop track, ‘Divine’

There have always been conscious hip hop artists on the airwaves, but in 2020, the spotlight fell away from artists trying to keep the problematic stereotypes alive and onto inspiringly insightful artists such as rap artist Divine.

By fusing their faith with their love of Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar and Logic, hitting play on any of his tracks is worth it for the lyrical connection alone. Then when you factor in the soulfully jazzy vibes that match T.N.L.C’s magnetic personality, it’s an all-consuming experience.

The best introduction to his sound is ‘Divine, a sunny soundscape that practically radiates with assured, optimistic energy. If any young hip hop fans are searching for a role model, they won’t go far wrong following in the humble footsteps of T.N.L.C.

You can check out the official video to Divine on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Trevino Andre invites hip hop fans to follow his lead with ‘Chasing My Dreams’

Fairfield, CA-hailing hip hop artist Trevino Andre has an arsenal of hard-hitting tracks in his mixtape, ‘You Know That I’. The perfect introduction to his soul-laced sound is his old school jazz-laced track ‘Chasing My Dreams’ that keeps the tones rich and the lyricism raw.

Within that smooth and compelling contrast, you’ll find the magnetism which draws you into the essence of the track that paints a gritty image of the struggles we’re subjected to as part of our optimism-stealing mortal coil, then follows up by letting you know how to find the resilience to overcome them.

You can check out Trevino Andre’s mixtape, You Know That I for yourselves by heading over to ReverbNation.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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MOW AWOL has dropped his grinding trap track, ‘No Question’.

Breaking US Trap artist MOW AWOL extended his legacy with his latest track, ‘No Question’, which asserts his domineering presence in 21st-century hip hop.

Playful, almost neo-classic notes weave around the solid 808s, creating an absorbing platform for MOW AWOL’s bars that seamlessly switch from deadpan versing to high vibe bars to create a multifaceted track that won’t fail to pull you in. He may be relatively fresh from his debut, but with his magnetic charisma, witty dominant lyrics and beats that compel you to look from the intricacies in the hook-filled multi-layered mix, he’s worth room on any Trap fans radar.

You can check out No Question for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Urban Row3 – For the Fame: Humble Hustler Hip Hop

Up and coming hip hop artist Urban Row3’s latest soul-infused hip hop track, ‘For the Fame’, comes with a refreshing subversive twist. Rather than falling into the trap of becoming yet another capitalist poster boy, Urban Row3 welcomed created a slick mix that plenty will vibe with

If any track is worth coining the genre ‘humble hustler hip hop’ for, it’s For the Fame. It instantly shares its infectiously grounded yet high vibe energy. It comes as no surprise that Urban Row3 has been able to rack up so many streams since the recent release of this urban earworm.

The official music video for Urban Row3’s single, For the Fame, dropped on March 21st. You can check it out via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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[VIDEO REVIEW] FONZO sets an aspirational example with ‘POWER OF YOUR MIND’.

There has been plenty of anticipation for activist and hip hop artist FONZO’s sophomore single after his debut single, ‘For the Kids’, dropped in 2020 as part of his ‘No More Kids in Cages’ campaign.

He hasn’t forgotten his social responsibility in his latest single, POWER OF YOUR MIND – quite the opposite. This time, he’s offering the listener the power to free themselves through a mix of lyricism grounded in reality and galvanising hip hop beats, produced by Yung Ricc, that throwback to the roots of old school hip hop while injecting a fair amount of adrenaline into them. The artist’s love of old school funk found its way into the affably fiery release, yet, POWER OF YOUR MIND lacks none of the conviction of hard-hitting hustler hip hop.

From sending warnings about fake friends to finding clever ways to reminding the listener that progress is made one step at a time, you’ll quickly recognise that FONZO is an artist worth listening to.

The official video encapsulates everything that FONZO is about, it hammers home the importance of community and mentorship; there’s little in use of self-improvement if you’re not prepared to share your wisdom and positive energy; once you start sharing it, you’ll see how infectious it is.

POWER OF YOUR MIND is the second single released from FONZO’s debut album High Gravity; keep him on your radar for when it drops via Facebook.

The official video for POWER OF YOUR MIND released on March 26th. You can check it out for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Connect with FONZO via Facebook and Instagram

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nugonblow has claimed 2021 with their drill rap track ‘My Year’

If you needed a (not so) gentle reminder that recent events are no excuse to throw away all ambition, hit play on breaking hip hop artist, Nugonblow’s latest single, ‘My Year’.

With drill beats burning beneath their scathingly resilient rap bars, it’s impossible not to get caught up in the domineering mix which allows you to wonder, if Nugonblow can bring this much conviction to a track, how long until he ensures that his fiercely arrestive tracks are at the top of the hip hop charts?

Usually, people brand artists as ones to watch. Nugonblow is one to listen to. Get him on your radar.

You can check out the official video to My Year which dropped on February 1st via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Coy Bowyer proves to be ‘One in a Million’ with their latest single

Northern Virginia-hailing alt-hip hop artist Coy Bowyer has made a stunning debut with the release of their poetically powerful EP, ‘Not Always, Tomorrow’.

The lead single ‘One in a Million’ is the perfect introduction to their immersive style which becomes cinematic through the way it spills imagery by matching the tone with the narrative lyrics.

One in a Million may run through with a slightly sombre feel as Coy Bowyer exposes their romantic regret, but the ardent passion which runs through the alt take on trap allows the lofty and minimalist production to drip-feed you serotonin as you listen to the sparse, hazy instrumentals.

One in a Million is available via apple music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast