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NEW SINGLE: STONE – SOUTHBOUND

A deranged, Nephew-produced stagger through unadulterated hedonism, ‘SOUTHBOUND’ is undoubtedly one of SToNE’s finest hours to date. The song is murky and demented, but the rapper’s vocals are clearer than they have been in the past. There’s a greater focus on building songs not only with more distinct hooks and verses but also semi-narrative lyricism. If any of his tracks […]

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2K19 REVIEWED: $ECOND NATURE – DRIP OR BE DROPPED

Three piece rap group $econd Nature have a wonderfully natural chemistry, MC’s Cam Kron and Chew trading bars over the latter’s thunderous beat on the self titled opener to their debut EP Drip Or Be Dropped in order to kick things off with a sinister underworld anthem. ‘9,000’ takes anime tropes to the next level, Cam’s lyrics manic and hilariously […]

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2K19 REVIEWED: LITTLE KNIFE – SONGS OF SILENCE

ARTIST: LITTLE KNIFE SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER PRODUCER: FORTY NINE MISTAKES SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER Broward rapper Little Knife makes music as subtle and deadly as his namesake, and with his latest project SONGS OF SILENCE he’s tapped into a previously unseen well of emotional creativity. Taking cues from genre staples like XXXTentacion, the intro sounds like two battle-hardened warriors emerging victorious from all-consuming […]

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UNDER THE RADAR: PEDIA

ARTIST: PEDIA SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER Pedia has a knack for writing quality sing-alongs, that much is obvious. ‘Fall 4 U’ builds off minimal acoustic guitar plucking and soon evolves into a sorrowful piece of pop-rap, the artist utilising both his excellent skills as a vocalist and restless, driving beatmanship. The rapper is just as skilled at tackling other people’s production however, […]

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UNDER THE RADAR: SXBER BLU

ARTIST: SXBER BLU SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER A weird cyber-indie dirge, ‘Wake My Body Up’ summarises Sxber Blu as an artist pretty well. Tasteful vocal effects are layered on thick, the jangly beat careening gently in the background. Sxber Blu’s primary vocal approach seems to mainly comprise dramatic emo delivery, but the many ways in which this is applied to his songwriting […]

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NEW VISUAL: LORD JAH-MONTE OGBON: DON’T HIT ME IF YOU DON’T HAVE THAT BAG

Writing about Jah-Monte’s visuals has become second nature to me, such is their consistency. The latest, ‘DON’T HIT ME IF YOU DON’T HAVE THAT BAG’, begins with an animated video, but it soon returns to the rapper’s familiar figure, posted up in his neighbourhood. Dressed casually, the rapper mimes his lyrical eloquence with enormous passion. As Jah-Monte raps ‘Your shit […]

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UNDER THE RADAR: SCHIZOPHRENIC GOD

ARTIST: SCHIZOPHRENIC GOD SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER Mysterious Illinois rapper Schizophrenic God is bringing the dark, phonk sound that we credit to some of the most revolutionary hip hop of the last decade for reintroducing to the masses. The rapper’s most recent single ‘Devil Shit’ is as harrowing as you’d expect: ‘Lay down in a ditch, devour these clips, half an hour […]

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Interview Season 2: Flacko444

ATL rapper Flacko is one of the brightest hopes for the current wave of underground hip-hop, his music steadily becoming sharper and more infectious as the years go by. 1. How long have you been rapping for, and who were your influences when you first started out? I think it’ll hit two years in a few weeks or so actually […]

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Interview Season 2: MarreroMp5k

R1 producer and one of Philadelphia’s strongest beatmakers, Marrero is constantly helping to shape the darker sounds of the underground. It was a pleasure to finally do an interview with him. 1. Firstly, I want to ask where and how your involvement with R1 began? Which of the members were you working with first? I got started with R1 At […]

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NEW SINGLE: KOMATO$E – REGISTERED FLEX OFFENDER

The third single of Komato$e’s upcoming project, ‘Registered Flex Offender’ is another important piece of the Arizona rapper’s discography. A steely trap banger, the song features three quality verses from the main act alongside two collaborators (TrippBoi, Yung Davon). The song reminds me of the Denzel Curry classic ‘Threatz’ in that its hook is stupidly infectious, its verses punchy and […]

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UNDER THE RADAR: LIL GOHAN

ARTIST: LIL GOHAN SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER lil gohan, a rapper who puts his own spin on the anime-themed plug wave, dropped one of the year’s most enjoyable EP’s within the last week. Asteroids on my Belt! proves that not only is gohan extremely good at singing catchy melodies that blend well with the cluttered, warped beats offered by producer $aiko, but […]

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UNDER THE RADAR: HOT DILBY

ARTIST: HOT DILBY SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER The latest drop from hot dilby, who earlier this year dropped a tightly arranged, excellently-produced project in Rainforest, is ‘Thunder’. This track rocks and sways with the emotion in the singer’s voice, his soft tones making for a brilliantly smooth hook. The use of autotune on the song is obvious, but it is by no […]

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Interview Season 2: sh0p7ift

One of this generation of hip-hop’s most astounding artists, sh0p7ift represents extreme, discomfort-inducing music that strays far from the traditional genre spectrum. Across dozens of projects, the rapper/producer has proven his worth in almost every songwriting facet. If this is your first time hearing of him, then prepare for a diverse musical journey that covers all aspects of a uniquely […]

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UNDER THE RADAR: COLTON SKAGGS

ARTIST: COLTON SKAGGS SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER Having waited on Colton to drop an album for a good few months, my anticipation first began to climax when I heard ‘falling ashes’, a melancholy, downtempo number cluttered with spidery drum patterns, a slow EDM kick drum and vocals absorbed by the tidal wave of synth. Appearing as the penultimate song on his project […]

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Interview Season 2: 2shanez

Another member of MGR sporting an impressively zany style, 2shanez brings quality, occasionally self-produced rap that explores darkness, lucidity and weirdness in equal measure. 1. You dropped your NO LOVE project fairly recently, I was impressed with the versatility in sound. How did that tape come together? It kind of jus developed slowly over a kouple of months. Didn’t kno […]

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Interview Season 2: ISLURWHENITALK

MGR member Slur is a rapper, mixer and a lover of weird, distorted music. He drops singles and projects at an outstanding rate, and I’m very glad we’ve tapped in for an interview. 1. How did you tap in with 4jay, 2shanez and everyone else in order to become part of MGR? i was talkin 2 4jay wen he made […]