Vish-K – “Lucky Turned Favored” (EP Review)

With so many hot new artists coming out of Atlanta, GA right now, it’s the perfect time for Vish-K to follow suit and receive his seat at the top among the rest.  With his recent debut EP release “Lucky Turned Favored” the five-track project takes fans inside the emerging artist’s underworld adventures. Arising from the bottom, the project is a short but sweet effort that brings the artist on the rise sound to the masses. Starting off with a real heavy hitting single “Part of Me”, he decides if he will be the next big thing or back to the drawing board.

Lyrically, Vish-K is, if anything else, cunning and chameleon, especially on his track “Upper-Unity”. Surprising, aggressive and street smart, he rhymes in code, integrates trending terms and tells a cliche story that fans love with a fresh take. It’s almost effortless how impressive the rapper’s street-driven abilities throughout the bite-size project. With one listen of  Vish-K and you’re be instantly addicted.

The EP’s production is simplistic, with a raw mix of Boom Bap and trap at the same time. Being so short, the EP’s sound easily attracts as it stay consistent track-to-track. This is a similar trait that many legends have been known to follow when it comes to beat selection, especially with his most notable single “Irregular”. Vish-K builds trust and genuine chemistry for all his fans that reflects off his astonishing work that will go unforgotten.

A real student of the game, the new EP showcases an ever-evolving Vish-K. His gritty rhymes perfectly reflect the late 90s Hip Hop that propelled today’s superstars (Jay Z, Eminem) with a solid Atlanta homegrown influence. Understanding what works, how to execute and how to intrigue, Vish-K converts newfound fans easily and will have them eager to check out previous releases. A pivotal moment in his career, Vish-K is only one song away from becoming a trailblazer. Overall, if you enjoy or miss that raw Atlanta street knowledge than Welcome to “Lucky Turned Favored”, which is just for you.  Follow him on Instagram @vishkmusik.

Ratings: 8/10

Highlights: Lyricism

Maestro & Mr. Aeks – “Sapodigo” (EP)

The San Jose underground is alive and breathing with the latest release by Maestro Gamin and Mr. Aeks “Sapodigo” EP. Produced by Mr. Aeks for Alum Rock Records with raps by Maestro Gamin for King Trade Supreme.

Available on most streaming and digital music platforms.

Anuahyahu – “Still I Rise” (Album)

Rising Minneapolis, MN based underground Hip Hop artist Anuahyahu releases his new highly-anticipated album titled “Still I Rise”.  Follow him on Instagram @anuahyahu.

Jai B – “After Party Hours” (Album Review)

Jai B melodic trap rapper from Chicago Illinois releases a new project called “After Party Hours“, right off the rip I was impressed with the sonic vibration and arrangement of the intro song named after the album. The retro futuristic sounds reminds me of a blend of new melodic trap and futuristic elements.  “Sensei” was again around the melodic elements but the conceptual Jedi approach of controlling the mind of his women through mind control.  Very complacent in the flow which could be more dynamic but lives within its own pocket.

“Demonz” was a song were Jai B let his demons out with a symbolic song of him loving his vanity. Let the Ego ride its fitting for an artist to let their expression bleed through and Jai B did just that with this approach. Next on the album is “New Vibe” and its just that I like how Jai B switches up the sound of each song even tho he stays within one pocket after finding a groove.

“Banana” was as dope track very nostalgic of a of childhood and family. I appreciate the vibe and conceptual approach to his words  I kinda wished this song was longer. “Light show/No Goodbyes” was complacent  sounded like the other songs. “Better Days” was a new sound along with rhythmic flow making It worth the listen, I defiantly like the metaphors used its a melodic output throughout the album giving it a future & Weekends sonic vibration. I can Jai B going far as it seems easy for him but I would recommend learning to switch up his flow during songs to give fans dynamics to listening to him sonically.

The production on “Moon Rock” was forsake smooth, the concept was well put together I can see this as a radio single, wavy and melo and a bouncy vibe in todays market. “Sad” was an emo punk vibe with a Hip-Hop approach, I like how Jai B spills into multiple lanes showing he can evolve as an artist exciting me for his next project. Follow Jai B on Instagram and Spotify for visual and music updates.

Rate 6/10

Highlights: Sonic Sound

Dislikes: not versatile.

Benni J x O-Naje – “SoulRap Psychology” (Album Review)

Coming to us from Oakland, California, is Benni J and O-Naje! The two have just released their debut collaboration “Soulrap Psychology“. The duo’s goal when creating this album was to deliver a thought-provoking and life-changing experience. Setting the bar high with an improbable task, will they be able to deliver a conceptual masterpiece?  

O-Naje and Benni J show they can rhyme with the best of them on this record. Naje’s hard-hitting delivery perfectly compliments the laid back philosophical approach of Benni J. “Gratitude”, and “Grooving” show off their intense, gritty side while “Rise N Shine” and “Mind + Body + Spirt x J-Flo” displays the emotional depth behind their lyrics. “Tap In” previews Benni and O-Naje’s hitmaking ability as they trade fun lines and intuitive flows against one another. “Live Infinite” was a definite standout as they pay homage to legendary bay area group Souls Of Mischief and their infamous classic “93 ’til Infinity”. Out of all the cuts on SoulRap, none are more groundbreaking than their cover of 2pac’s “Thug Maison”. Both artists recollect on their scariest moments and fears with heartfelt and vivid songwriting. Overall, the only complaint I could draw about this album is that some of its songs could have been cut off.

Sonically, SoulRap does a formidable job at creating a compelling soundtrack for the duo to rap over. From the tracks that use classic Dj Premier and 9th Wonder beats to the indie produced “Grooving”, there is an array of different styles displayed. “Live Infinite” was a fantastic listen as the instrumental was a remixed and chopped up version of its classic counterpart, “93 ’til Infinity”. Anything from Jazz to Boom Bap seems like a fitting beat for these two as they have an abundance of styles in their arsenal. Overall, none of the instrumentals are truly mind-boggling on this record, but they certainly get the job done.

In conclusion, “SoulRap Psychology” is a solid debut from a prominent young duo. Lyrically, it seems O-Naje and Benni J can already hold their own against anyone in their weight class, while stylistically, they show glimpses of what could turn into a decade defining concept album. Going forward, I hope these two continue to grow and develop together as I feel they could take over the game very shortly. If you want to stay updated on this talented duos journey, be sure to follow @onaje_is_infinite on Instagram!

Rating: 7/10

Highlights: Lyrcisim, Chemistry, Subject Matter

R.A. the Rugged Man – “All Systems Go” (Video)

 

The triumphant return of R.A. the Rugged Man has been one of the most exciting hip-hop developments of 2020. The impact of the legendary emcee’s widely acclaimed new album All My Heroes Are Dead continues to reverberate, as R.A. is now back with another music video off the project. Produced by electronic music star Michal Menert (formerly of Pretty Lights), “All Systems Go” is a futuristic thrill ride anchored by whirlwind flows and awe-inspiring lyricism from the Rugged Man. The wild music video matches the track’s propulsive energy, jumping from time-travel experiments to Victorian-era serial killers, from virtual reality to Neanderthals.