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2K19 REVIEWED: HOT DILBY – RAINFOREST

ARTIST: HOT DILBY SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER When you drop an EP called Rainforest, you have to be prepared to bring music as luscious, organic and sleek as your project’s namesake. hot dilby, who dropped a seven track offering of this exact name a few days ago, has more than lived up to this expectation by delivering an atmospheric piece of music […]

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UNDER THE RADAR: PHARAOHVENOM911

ARTIST: PHARAOHVENOM911 SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER INSTAGRAM PharaohVenom911 is an absolutely savage rapper, his flows are nasty as hell and sound particularly depraved when spat over arid, airy beats like last year’s single ‘Kiss Of Death’. Packing a massive and eerily distorted hook, the song carries an unstoppable energy and utilises countless flows, each of which sound terrifyingly lucid thanks to the […]

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UNDER THE RADAR: 99TOYO

ARTIST: 99TOYO SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER INSTAGRAM 99toyo is another artist whose output is less than prolific, but there’s no denying that each of his currently released songs is of extremely high quality. His most recent venture ‘illbefine’ is a hazy journey through a distorted palmpre-produced labyrinth, his raps largely indecipherable aside from fitting references to double cups and generally getting fucked […]

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2K19 REVIEWED: FANG / TEVOBEATZ – VAMPIRE ASHES

ARTIST: FANG SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER PRODUCER: TEVOBEATZ SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER Vampire Ashes, the new EP from rapper Fang and producer Tevo, is one of 2019’s best short releases so far. Opener ‘Kaleidoscope’ establishes an intensity setting that is rarely deviated from, featuring a powerful opening salvo from Tevo that stick rigorously to contemporary ideas of trap music with its glittering marimba undercurrent. […]

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UNDER THE RADAR: REMI

ARTIST: REMI SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER INSTAGRAM I’ve been meaning to properly cover some British hip-hop on my blog, and London rapper Remi’s presents a perfect opportunity for that. His latest project KING OF DA UNDERGROUND 2.0 WINTER SOULJUH, almost half of the production on which is by underground legend Bloodline Genesis, echoes with all the things that make hip-hop from my […]

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NEW SINGLE // VISUAL: TUSK AIRLINE – SLIDE

El Paso collective Tusk Airline have been killing the game for a minute now, and their most recent video for the single ‘Slide’ is continued evidence of this. The song dropped earlier this month, starring three of the group’s roster engaging in slick, infectious hip-hop that might just be their strongest piece of songwriting to date. The all too brief […]

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UNDER THE RADAR: RDIDTHAT

ARTIST: RDIDTHAT SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER Texas rapper/singer RDidthat has a fairly small discography, but his career up until this point still contains some undeniable highlights. ‘anymore’ transforms the guitar riff of Mr Probz’ ‘Waves’ into something even more emotionally bleak, littered sparsely with a fragile drum beat. R’s vocals are incredibly strong on this track, they soar beautifully above the beat […]

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UNDER THE RADAR: STONE

ARTIST: STONE SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER SToNE is a bit of an enigma. His most recent release, simply titled Miscellaneous, is actually anything but. Each track melds into the next, creating a trippy, distorted and slightly disconcerting listening experience. At a mere twenty minutes, the project appears more longer and more fleshed out, as each song features a smorgasbord of weird vocal […]

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2K19 REVIEWED: CROWE REINHOLD – RECLAMATION

ARTIST: CROWE REINHOLD TWITTER INSTAGRAM Pittsburgh rapper/singer/producer Crowe Reinhold is a multi-faceted talent whose songwriting strengths have been incredibly apparent on past works, and on his new project Reclamation, the diversity he displays in all of these areas is nothing short of breathtaking. Opener ‘costigan’ is a more melodic approach than much of his discography to date, revealing an immediate […]

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NEW VISUAL: OSO 200 – TRY2HIDE

A gritty rapper hardened by the struggles of everyday life, Oso 200 spits nothing but grim realities. Such words are even more effective when paired with quality visuals, and in the case of the HAUNTXR-hosted ‘TRY2HIDE’ it’s suddenly hard to imagine the song without them. Donning a black hoodie and rapping morosely amongst flickering shadows, Oso is less imposing and […]

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UNDER THE RADAR: JUIICE

ARTIST: JUIICE SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER One listen to Texas rapper JUiiCE’s most recent project #GlossStarTape will tell you everything you need to know about his true strengths: a diverse array of rapping skills, a penchant for slick songwriting and a truly excellent beat selection. Although the Texas drawl is there, his flow is actually more reminiscent of modern Florida icons like […]

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2K19 REVIEWED: YEOJ – YEOJ WORLD 3

PRODUCER: YEOJ SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER INSTAGRAM Yeoj World 3, the long-awaited third instalment of the eponymous producer’s mixtape series starring friends and collaborators from across the hip-hop spectrum. The usual suspects crop up here (Josen, Dawszn), as well as plenty of new connections (30Rock, Loudpack Kap). The majority of these artists (there’s only really a couple of superfluous tracks here) helps […]

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NEW VISUAL: JAH-MONTE – CALLIS OVAL (AUNTIE ERICA HOUSE)

Back with a new visual drop, Jah-Monte has once again delivered a dope video for one of his past works, in this case ‘Callis Oval (Auntie Erica House)’. Like his previous explorations into visual delivery, his latest effort focuses heavily on the rapper’s self-proclaimed (though undoubtedly deserved) status as the ‘Best Rapper In Charlotte’ by immediately displaying his now trademark […]

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NEW SINGLE: JOHN ALONE – NEVERLAND

There’s a lot of things that I could compare English singer John Alone’s new single ‘Neverland’ to (Frank Ocean is the most obvious influence), but the artistry evident in this brief but euphoric single makes it more than obvious that; not only a singer but also as a songwriter and producer; the Nigerian-born R&B crooner has a whole lot of […]

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2K19 REVIEWED: LO$TBOY$YNDICATE – PERPETUAL

ARTISTS: LO$TBOY$YNDICATE SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER INSTAGRAM Carolina hip-hop collective LO$TBOY$YNDICATE are undeniably a fascinating collective. A four piece whose approach to rapping is heavily inspired by the exuberant, fun-loving sound of late 80’s/90’s groups like De La Soul and The Pharcyde, LO$TBOY$ have crafted a discography undeniably worthy of attention. From the dense, hazy material on Doinks n’ Dumplins to the […]

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2K19 REVIEWED: SEKWENCE – WONDER IF HELL HAS A BUFFET

ARTIST: SEKWENCE SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER INSTAGRAM SeKwence’s fifth project in under twelve months and his debut album proper, WONDER IF HELL HAS A BUFFET is, somehow, also his greatest to date. The array of production feels like a beautiful amalgam of the beatmakers who’ve aided him throughout his career, ranging from Budget Cuts 2 mastermind Killer Kane to the legend Thelonious […]