Top submissions EP3 June 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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Morgan Munroe – “End Game”

“End Game” is an atmospheric love ballad from emerging singer/songwriter Morgan Munroe. She delivers a soul-gripping performance over the ethereal soundscape laid before her and draws listeners in with her expressive and evocative songwriting. The production is striking and the beat change at the end is so brilliant.

 

808 Saints – “Say So”

808 Saints is an alternative rap duo who pours their heart out on his new single “Say So”. Over a moody and sparse backdrop, the duo reflects on how people underestimate your efforts but still criticize you. They dig deep into self-doubts and how their inner resilience got them this far.

 

Crissy P – “Sake On A Summer Day”

Crissy P delivers some heartwarming and uplifting vibe in his new single “Sake On A Summer Day”. Over a bright soulful backdrop, he muses on how beautiful the day is and how we should be ready to seize the day and make the best out of it.

 

Chuck Brown – “Chuck’s Corner”

Chuck Brown makes his entry on our list with “Chuck’s Corner”, a gritty track that sees him delivering vivid lyricism over a dark cinematic soundscape. The Orange Country emcee goes for the proverbial jugular with his commanding flow and dark lyrics and is bolstered by the solid production from NigmaBeats.

 

 

Matt Chris – “Put In Work”

 

South Florida-based rapper Matt Chris makes his entry with “Put In Work”, an aptly titled track that showcases his lyrical prowess and style. Over the somber and moody backdrop, he delivers a commanding performance ripe with the go-getter mentality that reminds us that he is not one to play with.

 

 

Jordan Jones – “Flawless”

Singer/songwriter Jordan Jones‘s new release “Flawless” is a smooth jam that shows him pouring adulations on the girl who caught his heart.

Darrell Medellin – “AIN’T NOBODY”

 

Emerging rapper Darrell Medellin shares the new single “AIN’T NOBODY”. The track samples the classic Chaka Khan song and flips it into a west coast style summer bop.

 

Angel J – “What They Really Want (Female Version) (DMX Cover)”

 

Angel J pays homage to the late DMX with her new single – “What They Really Want (Female Version) (DMX Cover)” which uses the same concept as the original song. Angel J slays the track with her commanding flow and unapologetic lyrics as she approaches the subject matter with intent. She explores the ups and downs of relationships and the underhanded moves that men and women do.

 

Reaper Tha Artist – “Losing Hope”

 

“Losing Hope” by Reaper Tha Artist is a poor man’s anthem that explores the daily struggles of having to work multiple jobs and living from cheque to cheque. Over a moody and cinematic backdrop, he pours his frustrations and anger as he reaches his threshold as the pressure mounts.

 

Clou9 – “Lonely”

 

Clou9 gets retrospective in “Lonely”. He pours his heart out on wax as he muses on the concept of being alone and in a partial state of depression. From fledgling relationships to being self-aware of his situation, he gives a nuanced and candid view of the issue.

The Reject – “Normal”

 

The Reject‘s new single “Normal” is a heartfelt tale of getting lost in the craziness of this world. From the ups and downs, self-doubts, depression, and more, he reflects on his journey and the emotional turmoil it brings up.

 

 

Ken the Stampede – “Back to the Topic”

Ken the Stampede makes an entry on our site with “Back to the Topic”, a laidback off kilter track that showcases his varied lyrical style. The song has no particular subject matter but is filled with bravado raps that will keep listeners locked in.

 

 

Chris Meraki – “Fall Off”

 

Emerging Woodbridge, VA based rapper Chris Meraki gets into his element in”Fall Off”. The track is a testament to the resilience found in all upcoming artists who have been discarded and told no but still continue to push on regardless of the negative energy around them. In his own words he says the song is “for real artists, we make music cause we have to and we ain’t never gonna fall off.”

 

 

ABSYTE – “EVERLAST”

 

ABSYTE takes it back with “EVERLAST”, a lyric dense track that showcase her verbal prowess in a male dominated industry. Over a solemn, cinematic soundscape, ABSYTE goes for the jugular with unfiltered and no holds barred lyrics that show she can hang with the best of them.

ITEE – “Let You Down”

 

Emerging singer/songwriter/rapper ITEE makes an entrance on our list with this heartfelt and reflective tune titled “Let You Down”. The neo soul/hiphop infused track showcases her versatility to the fullest as she seamlessly blend soothing melodic runs with impassioned rapping underpinned by profound lyrics about trying to maintain love in a fleeting situation. This is 1 of 3 songs to be released from her

Rich Hippie – “Circles”

Emerging Philly rapper Rich Hippie takes time to reflect on his journey thus far o the upbeat record “Circles”. Over a vocal sample-driven backdrop, he shows us how the cycle never ends but he keeps pushing on.

Matt Nye x mark vasquez – “Blowing in the Wind”

Matt Nye is on a row and he returns with this somber heartfelt record titled – “Blowing in the Wind” featuring vocalist Mark Vasquez . The soulful guitar-driven track sees Matt pouring his heart out on wax as he moves on from toxic love and childhood traumatic experiences.

Suzanne Sheer – “Story” (feat. Khemist)

Vocalist Suzanne Sheer teams up with emcee Khemist for “Story”, a haunting love ballad made up of ethereal textures and evocative songwriting. Suzanna delivers a soul-stirring melodic performance while Khemist pens a vivid tale of everlasting love that goes beyond life and death.

 

Tracy Lamont – “Hibachi”

Virginia’s Tracy Lamont gets into the zone with “Hibachi”. A bravado-laden tune made up of thick 808 drums and Japanese flutes. The result is Tracy displaying his verbal prowess for listeners to get a glimpse of what he has in store.

 

 

M3RCII – “Phantom Of The Opera”

M3RCII returns with his new single “Phantom Of The Opera”, a heartfelt and thoughtful track that dives into a delicate issue of what if. He battles the ideas of being alone and striving for goals or finding love with the potential of not meeting the goals you set. He approached it from his own perspective but his past hurtful experiences really skewed his approach to women.

 

MAG Niffy – “Whatchamacallit”

 

“Whatchamacallit” is a chilled stylish tune from emerging rapper MAG Niffy who makes his entry on our site. Over a laidback, vocal sample-driven backdrop, he flexes his verbal prowess on the opposition and kills it effortlessly.

 

 

James Bailey – “GoldenBoy” w/ DWNLD & Frizzy Vazquez

 

James Bailey delivers a new single “GoldenBoy” featuring DWNLD & Frizzy Vazquez. Over a bright and bouncy backdrop, he blends his own experience with bravado lyrics showcasing his resilience. The track is inspired by his own experienced when he was almost carjacked.

 

 

Christian Adair – “1 of 1”

 

Alabama native Christian Adair makes his entry on our list with the bravado-laden track titled “1 of 1”. Over the self-produced sparse and cinematic backdrop, he delivers hard-hitting boastful bars with an effortless demeanor.
“1 of 1” is the lead single taken from Christian Adair’s sophomore effort Product of Doubt. The entire album is slated to be released on June 19th.

 

Eva B x Gingger Shankar – “Rozi”

Pakistan rapper Eva B and Los Angeles-based producer Gingger Shankar team up to deliver this eclectic cut titled “Rozi”. The track taps into her Pakistani and Indian roots with the traditional musical elements infused with hi[hop. Eva B delivers her lines in her Urdu dialect and dives into the essence of female empowerment. The track is featured as the end title song on Episode One of Ms. Marvel,
Eva B roared onto the Pakistani rap scene as the first-ever female rapper after the release of “Gully Girls,” a tribute to women oppressed by society. The anthem resonated across the region and was played at the end of Aurat March 2019 in Karachi on March 8th, International Women’s Day. Forbidden to rap by her family, Eva B covers her face to remain anonymous and follow her dream.

Mikey G slows it down because “Life Too Fast”

Australian emcee Mikey G is back doing what he loves as he drops a new single “Life Too Fast”, a smoky jam ripe with hazy textures and reflective strings layered over punchy and sparsely arranged drums. Mikey G makes good use of his mellow hushed flow and blends it with a stream of consciousness approach to give listeners a solid ethereal vibe and knocking groove to bop their heads to.

Stream “Life Too Fast” on   Apple Music, Deezer, YouTube, TikTok

 

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Ill Natured presents “Ill Natured Pt.1”

Emerging rap group Ill Natured presents “Ill Natured Pt.1”, a lyric-dense track that showcases their unique styles and love for classic hip-hop and the overall culture. Bolstered by a cinematic and somewhat gloomy backdrop, the duo of South African wordsmith Cosmic Rayne and American MC Blaise delivers a solid performance with their back-and-forth approach. From bravado and thought rhymes, they do bring something refreshing to the forefront.

“Ill Natured Pt.1” is produced by producer Abstract Soundz and Stav who provides the cuts.

Stream “Ill Natured Pt.1” on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer

J Lyles and Cevi (Just Different) share new single “Mi Amor”

J Lyles and Cevi return with a new single “Mi Amor” which is an upbeat love anthem. They flip a classic soul sample and layer it over a bouncy drum which fits their fiery performance with lyrics that are filled with adulations. Each emcee pens a candid verse to the woman who caught their eye. By telling her not to worry about the other guy and promises of a better life, the duo do their best to convince the women to be on their side and it sure worked.

Stream “Mi Amor” on SoundCloud, Apple Music, and Deezer.

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“A Worker Among Workers” is Leedz Edutainment’s Best Comp Yet (Album Review)

Leedz Edutainment is an underground record label based in Boston, Massachusetts that has been around for a little over decade now. They already have a quite a few showcase compilations under their belt already with the Mass Movementz duology as well as the Write Off tetralogy & Eastern Standard, but are kicking off the summer by returning in the form of A Worker Among Workers.

After the “Introview”, the first song “Edutainment” by S.T.R.E.E.T. is a triumphant boom bap opener asking if y’all are entertained or not whereas “Hustlenomics” by XL the Beast works in some pianos to declare that you’re in the presence of a monolith. “Massive” by REKS, Slaine & STL GLD has a more rowdier tone to it with the trio talking about doing that shit & after the “Threat” skit, “Demons At Your Door” by Reef the Lost Cauze & Wildcard takes a turn into trap territory asking what you gonna do when your demons want war.

“Hands of Time” by Blak Madeen & Smif-n-Wessun finds the trio coming together over bass-guitar laced instrumental to discuss the concept of time & after the “It’s All Hip Hop” interlude, “Heavy Decorated” by Ace & Edo, Akrobatik, Bugout & El Da Sensei sees the 5 asking what your life like over a soulful boom bap beat. “The Rent’s Due” by A-F-R-O, Jarv & Spose vibrantly explains the reason why they had to make another jam just before “Lyrical Plunger” digs up an old freestyle from 1999 that still sounds fresh today.

Meanwhile on “You Still Gotta Rap”, we have Checkmark & The Dunnas delivering some battle bars accompanied by a quasi-funky groove to the instrumental leading into the Parker & Leedz interlude. “Once Upon a Time” by Jon Hope & Skyzoo is a fresh piano ballad discussing what hip hop is to them, but then Blak Madeen recruits the late Baba Zumbi & Locksmith for the socially conscious “Rise Up” remix that I like better than the original.

“Stuck in My Way” by Peter Manns embraces a more deadpan tone confessing he hasn’t been himself in days while “Spiritual Awakening” by Pvth, Ren Thomas & Vincent Tesoro marks the return of the boom bap to represent God. After the “Hustling in the Wrong Direction” interlude, “Tools of the Trade” by Lateb is a guitar/boom bap fusion talking about finding their way while “Dark Magic” goes full rap rock so Jazzmyn Red can address ego someone’s ego not allowing one to be set free. After the “Results Business” interlude, the final song “Feed the Fire” by XL the Beast ends the album with a more atmospheric ballad pouring his heart about how it’ll all pay off & “Thanks For Coming In” is just a spoken word outro.

I’ve enjoyed every single compilation that Leedz has put out in the last 15 years or so, but A Worker Among Workers honestly has to be my favorite one of the bunch thus far. The Arcitype did a fine job at producing a vast majority of it & the list of guest MCs that the label brings together to do their thing on the mic is pretty consistent.

Score: 7/10

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Sheep Stu’s Self-Titled Debut is the Best Dres Has Sounded in a While (EP Review)

Sheep Stu is a East Coast duo consisting of New York emcee Dres & Boston producer Stu Bangas. Both of whom have cemented themselves as legends in the game in their own rights, but have never worked with each other prior. However considering how incredibly consistent Stu has always been (especially in recent years) & as a fan of A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, I was very much looking forward to this debut EP of theirs.

“Simple” is an uncanny opener to the EP with Dres coming out to say he ain’t like these other motherfuckers whereas “Hate” fuses boom bap & rock together talking about what doesn’t help the hood rise. The title track advises everyone that nothing in the world will ever hit like the same thing over a trunk-knocking instrumental while the penultimate song “Killin’ It (For a Lil Bit)” returns to dustier territory with Dres talking about being a class act. A.G. then comes into the picture for the grimy closer “Walk About It”, where he & Sheep Stu describe the way they lay motherfuckers down.

Now if you ask me, this is the best that Dres has sounded in a long ass time & I really hope we get more stuff from them down the road. The passion is clearly there in his voice, he never lost a step lyrically & Stu gives him the best batch of beats that he’s received in a while.

Score: 8/10

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“Pacific Standard Time” Ranks Amongst XP the Marxman’s Best Bodies of Work (Album Review)

This is the 5th full-length album from XP the Marxman. Coming up as 1/3 of the trio Rhyme Addicts. As far as his solo career goes, the dude has a handful of projects under his belt already, with my personal favorite being the Roc Marciano-produced Keep Firing. He just dropped The Marxmanat the very beginning of the year & as we finally enter summer, D-Styles & DJ Rhettmatic are being brought in to fully produced Pacific Standard Time

After the “Pst #1” intro, “Get At a God” kicks off the album on a dreary note thanks to D-Styles with XP comparing himself to that of a God whereas “Lil Mijos” takes a jazzy boom bap route talking about growing up in the streets. RhymeStyleTroop tags along for the guitar-driven “Ms. America” embracing their Mexican heritages leading into the spine-tingling “Trunk” getting in his hustler bag.

After the “Pst #2” skit, Sick Jacken comes into the picture for the dusty “Tom Fears” produced by Rhettmatic reminding everyone how they play just before the eerie “Paint Pictures” quenching for blood. “The Kuyas” with Big Twins finds the 2 over a piano-laced boom bap instrumental talking about keeping them open, but then “Ski Mask to Jet Skis” lavishly reflects on his life then & now.

The song “Turn Up the Volume” incorporates some colorless piano melodies so XP can get on his thug shit while the penultimate track “Old to New” talks about being a king & the beat on here is just petrifying to the core. However, “Frost Bitten” is a gully ass way to end the album from the horn-laced production to XP’s malicious lyricism.

I was very excited going into this given that I’ve been a fan of The Beat Junkies for a minute & how much I’ve enjoyed some of XP’s most recent projects. Needless to say: It’s some of the best shit he’s ever done considering how great the chemistry between him, D-Styles & Rhettmatic is. Purely raw penmanship & production from start to finish.

Score: 8/10

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Conway the Machine & Big Ghost Ltd. Go 3-for-3 with “What Has Been Blessed Cannot Be Cursed” (EP Review)

This is the 11th EP from Buffalo emcee & entrepreneur Conway the Machine. Blowing up in late 2015 as part of the 3 OGs of Griselda Records alongside his brother Westside Gunn & their cousin Benny the Butcher. Ever since the trio have rose to prominence, they’ve had hip hop lock by their constant work ethic balancing quality & quality as well as vividly detailing their lives in the streets on top of boom bap production kin to that of RZA & Havoc in their music. Con’s full-length debut From King to a God was my Album of the Year for 2020 & just dropped his Shady Records-backed sophomore effort God Don’t Make Mistakes back in February, which is the most personal he’s ever been. He just dropped Organized Grime 2 a few weeks ago & is reuniting with Big Ghost Ltd. for What Has Been Blessed Cannot Be Cursed.

“Salutations” is a grim opener talking about whacking motherfuckers whereas “It’s a Green Light works in a piano & a harp admitting that he’s more confident than ever. “Bodie Broadus” takes a richer albeit drumless route calling out those who waited until he blew up to reach out to him leading into Jae Skeese tagging along for bloodcurdling “In My Soul” talking about people wanting them gone. “Y.B.C.M. (Your Bitch Chose Me)” goes into more soulful territory saying they know the game just before “Why You Ain’t Move on Me?” eerily gets on his murder shit.

Meanwhile on “Sunday Sermon”, we have Conway reuniting with Jae Skeese to go back & forth with each other over yet another soul sample bragging about their legendary status while the song “Scared II Death” with Method Man is a ghoulish boom bap banger taking a shot at those who be afraid of them. The final song “Big Drum” comes through with yet another Drumwork posse cut except he’s showcasing damn new the full roster at this point & “Dog Food” ends the EP with an outro from the skit gawd himself Lukey Cage.

No One Mourns the Wicked & If It Bleeds It Can Be Killed have quickly become some of the best EPs that Con have put out yet, so I had very high hopes going into into What Has Been Blessed Cannot Be Cursed & I’m very satisfied with it. As raw as Organized Grime 2 was, the production from Big Ghost Ltd. is much spookier & Con’s lyricism remains unmatched in today’s hip hop climate.

Score: 9/10

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“Procuring the Wicced” is Will Gates’ Most Well Conceived Effort Yet (EP Review)

Will Gates is a 20 year old MC from Traverse City, Michigan who’s been catching my attention for the last year or so by dropping singles like “Juggalo Rage” or more recently “Clown Town”. However with the 1-year anniversary of his debut mixtape Trashboy passing a couple months ago, he’s returning by dropping his debut EP under his own label Trashboy Entertainment.

“Dedication” kicks off the EP with a hi-hat heavy tribute to his homie Ashton whereas “Undisputed” is a fresh ass ode to Detroit down the hyphy sound that some of the younger acts out here be bearing in the music. “Reppin’” takes it back to the trap route to talk about being underground just before the title track brings back the Detroit trap flavor of “Undisputed” to remind everyone he’s obtaining the wicked shit.

The track “Fuccin’ wit da Oppz” works in some pianos to so he can spit that gangsta shit while the final song “I Keep That Hachet on Me” is a keyboard, hi-hat infused juggalo anthem. “Gratitude” ends the album with a 2-minute spoken word cut giving shoutouts to all the people he’s grateful for including myself, which I’m very honored by.

If any of y’all still aren’t hip to Will yet, then I recommend you give Procuring the Wicced a listen because it’s my favorite body of work that he’s put out thus far. The sound of this EP is very refreshing considering that I don’t think I’ve ever heard many people or anyone really put a horrorcore spin on the Detroit trap style & he’s at his hungriest lyrically.

Score: 7/10

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GR3G shares new project entitled ‘Wasted talent’

Emerging indie rapper GR3G shares his debut project Wasted talent which is a 7-track body of work that details his life. The Chi-town emcee delivers a heartfelt and introspective body of work ripe with a soulful and cinematic soundscape that fits his profound lyricism that dives into the various struggles within the African American community and his own shortcomings.

The project opens up with the title track and it sets the tone right off the bat. Over a drumless nostalgic soundscape, GR3G gives listeners a glimpse into his life and reminds us that it’s not all gravy. From the ups and downs and in-betweens, he shows how being resilient has really helped him become who he is today. In “If I Pray”, he uses a mellow jazz-infused soundscape made up of solemn horns, warm basslines, and punchy drums to share his thoughts on religion and the never-ending cycle humans face. He questions what life is really worth and if there really is a God willing to help but at the end of it all, he doesn’t lose hope and takes on the challenge to make it. This is followed by the bravado-laden tune “Head In The Clouds” which sees him in his element. Over a piano-driven soundscape, he delivers fiery bars and mixes them with vivid imagery of the hood and how everyone has to follow their individual paths rather than follow what others think. In “Cause & effect”, he looks at two sides of the same coin and how each side affects the other. He is in introspective mode on this tune and pours his frustrations on wax as he sets his eyes on success with his own hard work. The tempo slows down on the moody “Aliyah’s Interlude” and the somber aesthetics of “Life Is A Game Of Chess”. The former is braggadocio in nature while the latter sees the rapper detailing his troubled childhood and working with the cards life dealt him.

The project closes with “The Bottle/Freedom”, a soulful and reflective record that deals with self-doubt, failure, and regret. GR3G runs through the various lessons he learned and how he had to discard some of the conditioning that was instilled in him. Overall, the song deals with him finding his true self while struggling with inner demons that refuse to go away.

Wasted talent is a solid body of work. It’s highly cohesive and the choice of beats ranging from jazz/soul infusion fits the theme of the project. GR3G holds it down on every track all by himself and pens heartfelt and candid songs that everyone can relate to one way or the other.

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