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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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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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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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NEW SINGLE: LOWCA$E – MOTHER’S DAY

Rhode Island rapper lowca$e has a solid discography under his belt, primarily working on moody, textured and highly personal songs, yet also working alongside industry legends (Mick Jenkins, RetcH). His latest song is ‘mother’s day’ (dropped on the day itself), a track that immediately takes a place in the vast pantheon of quality songwriting that he’s delivered in the past. […]

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UNDER THE RADAR: CAM KRON

ARTIST: CAM KRON SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER Having been turned on to Cam Kron by way of his staggering VCidHiGH collaboration ‘Maui’, I decided to dive into the rapper’s discography. The first track I bumped was the metallic grind of ‘Loose Ends’, an IAMPISSED-produced track finding Cam deeply in his rapping bag. Each bar in this song serves as an extension of […]

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2K19 REVIEWED: ELIJAH AIDEN – FORWARD MOTION!

ARTIST: ELIJAH AIDEN SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER My anticipation for FORWARD MOTION! began around a month ago, upon the release of the uber-melodic, piano-led piece ‘TRAPPED’ alongside similarly minded lyrical voice sameflannel. Sporting a feature on the project’s sole single was a bold move for Aiden, who handles the other eight tracks solo, but one that paid off enormously and represented two […]

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UNDER THE RADAR: WEIRD LOVE

GROUP: WEIRD LOVE SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER Calling your collective (and by extension your first, self-titled project) Weird Love sets significant expectations for the sounds that your group implement. In-house beatmaker You Can’t Kill Ideas matches the zany titles and aesthetic that this mixtape sport proudly, his vast vacuum synths and crunchy kick drums make for an explosive opener on ‘Love Kit’. […]

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NEW VISUAL: LORD JAH-MONTE OGBON: MIAMI VICE GRIPS

Of all the music videos that Jah-Monte has commissioned for his songs, his latest effort for Alkaline Water highlight ‘Miami Vice Grips’ might be the best yet. As the visual cuts in, the rapper stares into the distance, El Toro’s bass licks cascading in the background. Jah-Monte’s body language is both effortlessly cool and deliberately space-conscious. The setting for the […]