okay(K) takes us back to “Christmas in ’99”

Eclectic singer/songwriter okay(K) delivers a heartfelt and nostalgic tune titled “Christmas in ’99”. The uplifting and somber tune is made up of lush pads, crisp synths and bouncy trap drums that blend with his laidback and offbeat melodic stylings. On the track, he reminisces on the good times with his family during Christmas and comes to the realization that time has passed and change is the constant thing in life.

 

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ZAIA Drops Much-Anticipated ‘American Psycho’ Album

He made a name for himself with standout tracks “BMX” and “Demon On Tuck.” Now emerging sensation ZAIA capitalizes on the popularity with the release of his much-hyped new album, American Psycho. The follow-up to his breakout project, Very Alone, ZAIA’s latest, is the result of pain pushing passion into greatness.

Including the two recent hits (BMX, Demon On Tuck), ZAIA delivers a new 12-song collection that tackles themes of heartbreak, imposter syndrome, and self-awareness. The title, which is inspired by the cult classic film of the same title, displays the album’s concept, sound and dark tone. The project is introspective, intriguing, and, most of all, ZAIA’s best work yet.

American Psycho is the perfect introduction for any newfound fan of the emerging star set to accomplish big things in 2023. A next-up artist-to-watch, continue to follow ZAIA’s journey daily for new music, news, and more on social media.

American Psycho is available on all platforms on Delirium Records/AWAL.

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Miki Rose and El. Train share collaborative single “Wasted”

Singer-songwriter Miki Rose is back with a new single “Wasted” which sees her collaborating with producer El Train. Over a smooth, warm backdrop, she delivers a tale of self-realization in a fledgling relationship and taking the right steps to free herself of unnecessary restraints. Armed with her distinct melodic runs and vivid songwriting prowess, she gives an emotionally powerful performance ripe with confidence and hindsight as she comes to terms with an ex-lover with whom she wasted time and energy.

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Vivid Swings , J.GRIMM and JISH present “234 at 84”

Netherlands-based musicians Vivid Swings, J.GRIMM and JISH caught our ears with their brand new release titled “234 at 84”.The track is a smooth blend of lofi jazz and modern-day elements that range from warm textures to moody pads with alluring riffs and a multi-layered sound design to boot. Vivid Swings is a collective of 3 musicians/producers with one being a drummer/pianist, a guitarist/vocalist, and a bass player.

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Substantial readies for a 2023 return with ‘No Per Diem 2.0’ and ‘Reed Richards’…

Sorry I’ve been out of the loop for a cool minute.

We’re now back with a new release from the legend Substantial, called ‘Reed Richards‘.

The inspiration for the song’s title came from a radio show that Public Enemy’s Chuck D was on – who mentions the Alexandria, VA emcee alongside Jadakiss and Buckshot (of Black Moon), referring to them as ‘scientists’. The song title itself refers to the comic book leader of the Fantastic Four.

The track is the second single from his upcoming album ‘Adultish‘, due for an early 2023 release. This track follows the first single, ‘No Per Diem 2.0‘ which features Mega Ran.

Back in September, Substantial’s debut album, ‘Home is Where the Art Is‘ celebrated 10 years.

Listen to Substantial as he takes formation of Reed Richards over his production. Also, peep his first single… which are both below.

Vic Spencer & Stu Bangas Drop “I.M.P.a.C.T. (I Must Punch a Car Today)” [EP Review]

Vic Spencer is a 41 year old MC from Chicago, Illinois who emerged in the early 2010s as a member of the local SAVEMONEY collective led by Vic Mensa. He’s also made up a lengthy solo discography for himself with highlights including the Big Ghost Ltd.-produced The Ghost of Living to the SonnyJim-produced Spencer for Higher trilogy. Vic’s already dropped a total of 3 albums in 2022 so far with the last one being the final installment of the Psychological Cheat Sheet trilogy a couple months ago & overt the weekend, he happened to enlist Boston underground veteran Stu Bangas to produce his 5th EP that surprise-dropped over the weekend.

“Spitbook” opens the EP with a horn sample with the drums kicking in halfway though calling himself perfect with the pen & pad whereas “Contractor” takes a more eerie boom bap route talking about getting fucked when people sign their lives away to shady record labels. “Confederate Flag Couch” has a more synth-based groove to it admitting that he’s fed up with people doubting him, but then Anklejohn & Fly Anakin come into the picture for the raw “Rusty Silverware” reminding that they ain’t to be fucked with.

However on “Bag Pipes”, we have Crimeapple tagging along with Vic over a jazzy instrumental dropping some gangsta bars just before the smooth “Pure Carnage” advises not to tell him about anything that they haven’t even gone through. “Graveyard Record Book” goes full-blown chipmunk soul explaining his violent while the song “Disappointed Development” with Sulaiman finds the 2 over a drumless loop talking about how it’s just another sad story. The penultimate track “RPG” with D. Brash has a more rugged quality to it so both of them can drop battle bars until the synth-boom bap closer “Strung Out” with Da Villins continuing to bring the hardcore lyrically.

“The Healing Remedy” was a favorite of mine off Beats & Blood, so it was really a matter of time before these guys did something together & it turns out to be my favorite Vic EP to date. The lyricism is some of his most abstract since Still Here back in the spring with Stu’s production having a more boom bap quality to it with some jazzy & drumless undertones.

Score: 8/10

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Bloodlin3 announces “Execution Day” feat. Bizzy Bone & AC Killer

Bloodlin3 is the newly formed independent record label that is home to Paducah, KY rappers 2Severe, Reinman Quiji, and Mallachi from El Paso, TX. Their latest release “Execution Day” is a collaboration with the legendary Bizzy Bone and AC Killer and it’s as chilling and engaging as they get. Over a moody piano-driven soundscape produced by G. L. of Virtuosic Productions, the emcees deliver fiery machine gun flows laced with that distinct Bone Thugs melodic styling that we all loved. 2Severe, Reinman Quiji, Mallachi set the tone with their distinct bravado-laden flows and a Krayzie Bone-inspired hook to boot before Bizzy Bone comes in with his distinct melodic cadence followed by AC Killer’s commanding raps.

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NOLAN fka shares “Cinderella (Freestyle)”

NOLAN fka Nolan the Ninja is back in the lab as he delivers his new single “Cinderella (Freestyle)” which showcases a different side to his artistry. Over a smooth R&B-infused soundscape, he details what we can call blossoming love and pours adulations on that special someone in his life.

 

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Top submissions EP2 Nov 2022

The weekly Top Submissions aims to showcase a selected crop of acts that cross our paths. From the best tracks/videos from far and wide, we gather the upper echelon of artists you can find and give them a platform to be further recognized for their works. So, sit back and tune in, and don’t forget to show them some love by following them on all social media platforms

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Osi – “Long Road”

Emerging rapper Osi takes us on the “Long Road” in his new single. The moody track sees him reflecting on his journey and the ups and downs of his life.

 

 

Trebor – “Golden Age”

Emerging rapper/songwriter Trebor takes us into the “Golden Age”. The NJ-raised rapper makes use of a dark somber soundscape to share his tale of epic proportions and shows us his journey with a blend of bravado and a bit of insight.

 

 

Son of Sun – “Bygones”

Copenhagen-based Danish/Kenyan rapper Son of Sun gives some feel-good vibes in his new release titled “Bygones”. Over a bouncy and bright soundscape, he gives listeners a poignant message of cutting off negative individuals and energy and leaving the past behind in order to grow. He is joined by singer Wendy Wonder who adds a smooth melodic addition to the uplifting record.

 

 

 

Noraa x deathbypeanuts – “Matter of Time”

Berlin-based singer/songwriter Noraa shares her new single “Matter of Time” which serves as the final single from her forthcoming TwentyTwo EP. The track is a collaboration with her longtime friend producer deathbypeanuts who crafts an 80s-inspired R&B ballad made up of dreamy textures, lush guitar riffs, and soft but head-nodding drum grooves. Noraa is surely in her element and delivers a soothing soul-stirring performance that exudes pure nostalgia and a bit of melancholy from reveling in the past.

 

 

PAZ el Pana – “TELEVISION”

PAZ el Pana flips the script with this conceptual track titled “TELEVISION” which talks about the different channels of perceptions that are caused by mind-altering molecules and substances.  The EV9THR33-produced track is moody and somewhat psychedelic in many ways and the rapper delivers his verses with a commanding and intentional energy that keeps listeners locked in from start to finish.

 

 

 

Yesha Moor – “SPACEMAN”

Yesha Moor caught our ears with “SPACEMAN”, an off-kilter, lyric-dense record that showcases his unique style of songwriting. Blending conscious, stream-of-consciousness, and somewhat dark themes that listeners can relate to.

 

 

 

 

Jynx – “Avocado Toast and Coffee”

Singer/songwriter Jynx finds time to enjoy life with some “Avocado Toast and Coffee”. The soulful guitar-laden track exudes summer vibes and it’s as soothing as they come. Jynx implores us to savor each moment as you never know what the future may hold.

 

 

Mark Anthony – “Sunflower Searchin’”

“Sunflower Searchin’” is a laidback soulful ballad by Bay Area, the CA-based multi-talented singer/producer Mark Anthony. Over a smooth blend of lush keys, warm textures, and slick bass-laden grooves and flutes, he delivers an insightful piece that dives into true love and finding inner peace.

 

 

MacIzm – “Old Soul”

MacIzm gives a refreshing take on self-love in his new release “Old Soul”. Over an ethereal and somber soundscape, he delivers a smooth melodic performance ripe with heartfelt and poignant lyrics that embody the maturity of loving oneself and believing in what you stand by

THT Cyrus – “Downhill”

THT Cyrus‘s single “Downhill” is an aspirational tune that aims to spark that inner fire inside of us. Over a bouncy and soulful backdrop, the emcee shows us that the journey is still ongoing but having determination and perseverance surely goes a long way.

 

Miranda Joan – “I Love You, Dwayne”

 

Canadian singer/songwriter  Miranda Joan shares the new single “I Love You, Dwayne” which is a tribute to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Backed by a soulful texture and lush guitar riff, the singer delivers a solemn dedication to the man of her dreams, doling him with adulations and then some. The record shows listeners a different side of Miranda’s personality with this playful and comedic tribute to the life and career of the wrestler-turned-actor.

 

 

 

Fattie B x Rivan- “Groove Gladiators “

 

“Groove Gladiators ” is a brilliant funky tune from Fattie B who links up with Rivan and rapper G-Wiz. Over a bouncy drum groove, and jazzy horns, the artist delivers a blend of fiery raps and a catchy hook to complete the mission.

 

GREAT ADAMZ – “Link Up Remix”

UK/Nigerian artist GREAT ADAMZ shares “Link Up Remix” which sees him teaming up with CREA WOLF and ZITA. The result is a smooth blend of styles that give listeners soothing melodic runs with engaging heartfelt raps. The song was performed during the MOBO award Tour in Manchester and Cardiff and we gained a lot of attention.

 

CloudyxCarter – “Always Up”

CloudyxCarter gives us some inspiration and an aspirational vibe in their new single titled “Always Up”. The production is rousing and somber and the lyrics are quite relatable as they dive into their come-up story and how they survived all the negativity around them.

 

Red November – “A Cold Day in Hell”

Newark, New Jersey-based rapper & producer Red Novèmber (Novè) makes his first entry on our list with his new single “A Cold Day in Hell”. The somber tune is as reflective as they come and sees him digging deep into the ups and downs and the daily struggles he faces.

 

Bobby J From Rockaway x Hush – “People (Remix)” [feat. Daru Jones, Valid, The Truth Staten, Lil Dee, Joey Bags, MC Serch, Dogmatic & Kuniva]

Bobby J From Rockaway and Hush share “People (Remix)” which ramps the energy levels as they team up with Daru Jones, Valid, The Truth Staten, Lil Dee, Joey Bags, MC Serch, Dogmatic & Kuniva. Already you can feel the aura with these heavy hitters on deck. This is strictly for fans of heavy lyricism, versatile production, and heavy-hitting guest verses

 

 

Blocka Beats – “740 Freestyle”

 

Kenya artist Blocka Beats drops “740 Freestyle”, a punchy track made up of basslines and snapping drum grooves. The rappers sure bring an interesting vibe with their stylish lyrical display.

 

John Dez – “Mansa Musa”

 

Emerging emcee John Dez shares a poignant message in his new single “Mansa Musa”. The guitar-laden tune sees him reflecting on the present while pontificating on what the future holds for a young black man wading through the murky waters of the modern world. This song is a stand-alone single that serves as the precursor to John Dez’s second EP Whiskey Thoughts 2 arriving at the end of December.

 

Showrocka x Star & Lyphe – “Supreme Cuban Linx”

 

Showrocka and Star & Lyphe team up for “Supreme Cuban Linx”, a cinematic posse cut that pays homage to Ghostface Killah’s Ironman and Raekwon’s Purple Tape. Alongside longtime contributors Star & Lyphe, the trio channels their inner Wu-Tang with a barrage of verbal darts over a gripping Blaxploitation-infused backdrop. This is high-level lyricism and braggadocio at its finest.

 

Taizu – “a hundred”

Taizu gives us something to reflect on in his new single “a hundred”. Over a chilled and somber backdrop, he delivers with a passionate drawl underpinned by poignant self-reflection and deep lines like “Trying to own life apparently we lease it ” This is perfect poetry on wax.

 

Jordan Baumstark – “Smooth Operator”

Jordan Baumstark follows up his EP Charge It To The Game with a new single for the fall titled Smooth Operator”. The self-produced record samples a classic bassline layered over a chilled head-nodding drum groove. Jordan also provides a very catchy chopped & screwed hook. It plays so well, off the 90’s Memphis samples that are interpolated throughout. The vibe and timing of the record fit perfectly together.

 

MC Ortho – “Music and me”

 

Jamaican emcee MC Ortho gives us an interesting insight into his journey as an artist in his new single titled “Music and me”. Over a soulful piano-laden backdrop, he delivers a candid performance ripe with engaging lyrics and a soothing melodic chorus to wrap things up.

 

Cash Sinatra – “Take Me High (Poly With Me)”

Cash Sinatra brings something refreshing in his new single “Take Me High (Poly With Me)”. Over a bouncy and moody soundscape made up of thick 808 kicks and sublime melodic runs, he details the dynamics of modern-day poly relationships.

 

jevohn – “carry-on”

jevohn makes his entry on our site with “carry-on”, a mellow heartfelt tune ripe with laidback melodic runs and candid songwriting that dives into emotional pain and the need to find a coping mechanism to pull through.

 

 

Eb&Flow – “Rap Grifters”

 

Cincinnati rapper Eb&Flow‘s new single “Rap Grifters” is causing a stir as he sends verbal darts toward “right-wing grifters appropriating Hip-Hop.” The self-produced track is as moody and dark as they come and fits the dark theme and fiery raps that name-drops individuals from Tom MacDonald, KanyeYeWest, Royce Da 5’9” to Canadian rapper MadChild and more. Eb&Flow holds nothing back and tackles the rise of right-wing propaganda spewing celebrities infiltrating hip-hop culture and other sociopolitical issues.

 

 

 

PsychoYP – “Commitment Issues”

 

Nigerian rapper PsychoYP closes out the list with his single “Commitment Issues” taken from his new project YPSZN3. The track is a mid-tempo moody bouncy track that showcases his versatile flow and youthful exuberance as he details how he runs through these chicks.

Jay Worthy is at His Best on DJ Muggs-Produced “What They Hittin’ 4” (Album Review)

This is the sophomore album from Vancouver born albeit Compton raised emcee Jay Worthy. Being introduced to him in 2017 after The Alchemist produced his debut EP Fantasy Island from top to bottom, he would go onto drop 5 more EPs & a fantastic collab album with Larry June back in March called 2 P’z in a Pod even though initial plans of putting it out through Griselda Records fell through for whatever reason. Dude just put out his Harry Fraud-produced full-length debut You Take the Credit, We’ll Take the Check a few months back & is now enlisting DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill behind the boards for What They Hittin’ 4.

“We Don’t Die Here” is a calm jazz rap opener talking about “live & let live” along with how you’re supposed to fly if you’re eternal like him whereas “95” takes a more rugged approach declaring himself to be a westside original which accurate considering that the CPT is a here he grew up. “The Gentleman” works in a bare soul sample so Jay can show a more classy side to himself just before “In New York” has a more cheery tone to it talking about his experiences in the Big Apple.

Meanwhile on “Thuggin’ (Psychedelic Ism)”, we have Jay reflects on what happened when he hit a tab of acid on top of a drumless yet synth-heavy instrumental leading into “Sweet Lies (Kiss the Sky)” returning to the boom bap talking about how it feels good inside to be deceived & needing to take his time. T.F tags along for “The Wine Connoisseur” returning to a more jazz-influenced sound expressing their love for wine & after the “Duccky’s Home” skit, MC Eiht comes into the picture for the dusty “A-Wax & O-Dog” talking about how real shit can get.

The song “This is It” with 211 has a spacier groove to it discussing getting anything they want with only a flick of a wrist while the penguin track “I Don’t Wanna Rap” goes into a more sunnier vibe instrumentally talking about wanting to relax. “Bitch I Miss You” however ends the album with a beat that sounds exactly like “No Blood No Sweat” by Mach-Hommy to reflect on a former lover of his that he genuinely misses.

In the 5 years I’ve been following this dude, What They Hittin’ 4 has to be my favorite thing he’s ever done & would absolutely recommend it to those who weren’t feeling his performances on the previous full-length he put out a few months ago. He comes a lot harder on the mic this time around to me personally & the production that Muggs cooks up here is a lot more varied in sound in contrast to the ruggedness of let’s say Rigz’ latest album Gold for example.

Score: 9/10

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