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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 […]

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UNDER THE RADAR: ZACH SLUMP

ARTIST: ZACH ZLUMP SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER However you try to analyse his music, it’s clear that Zach Slump is on some grimy shit. On the cover of his latest project Poor Quality Aesthetics, he amidst a cloud of smoke with a lackadaisical haze on his face. Sonic expectations for a rapper using this imagery are met on the song ‘Out The […]

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2K19 REVIEWED: STEVE THE FISH – TRAVELS THROUGH THE UNKNOWN

PRODUCER: STEVE THE FISH SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER Rapper/producer Steve The Fish is a 19 year old artist from a small town in Massachusetts. Up until this point, his small but strong discography has been a Soundcloud exclusive, displaying in full the reflective and poignant nature of his bars, as well as his excellent ear for beats. But that’s now changed, as […]

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UNDER THE RADAR: HAVIK MOTION

ARTIST: SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER A man of many talents, Havik Motion is a triple threat of the most lethal variety. His rapping is sharp and his lyrics cut deep, his production is nostalgic and operatically-influenced and his songwriting is consistently inventive. The song that its most vital to discuss is ‘SHEESH_’, a song, a brief, snappy piece of music. As crushing […]

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NEW SINGLE: OSO 200 – DOGFOOD

A grimy, funereal offering, ‘DOGFOOD’ is as caustic and raw as Oso 200’s music has ever been. There’s a foggy, sinister atmosphere to this song, the production akin to the mournful smolder of a raging bonfire. Oso’s rapping is aptly hoarse, his chanting the ideal delivery for the slow, swaying plod of mikzy’s instrumental. The track’s title, the isolation of […]

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2K19 REVIEWED: LORD JAH-MONTE OGBON – ALKALINE WATER

ARTIST: LORD JAH-MONTE OGBON BANDCAMP TWITTER INSTAGRAM Jah-Monte’s second project of the year could not be any more sonically different to his last. Where Jewelry Rap was brimming with soul, Alkaline Water is more on the gritty end of the spectrum. ‘You n***** rapping on party beats and singing hooks like this shit r&b’, he raps contemptuously on second track […]

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UNDER THE RADAR: JOHNNY VÚDOE

ARTIST: JOHNNY VÚDOE SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER NY rapper Johnny VúDOE is an excellent rapper, his bars touching the beat with immense eloquence. The song that first put me onto his talent was ‘DOLO’, which contained top notch storytelling over hazy, summery production. His most recent track ‘In The Summer’ continued these themes, with a glimmering beat peppered with melodic licks serving […]

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2K19 REVIEWED: SLYDAHMER & THUGYEEZY – BEFORE THE FUNERAL

ARTIST: SLYDAHMER SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER INSTAGRAM ARTIST: THUGYEEZY SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER INSTAGRAM Before The Funeral was, for a while at least, by personal Detox. Desperate for more collaborations (and music in general) from ludicrously talented producer/rapper Slydahmer and one of the true modern god MC’s ThugYeezy, I had to make do with the singles ‘Eighteen’ and ‘Neighbours’ for the last half a […]

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NEW SINGLE: JORDAN TAYLOR – FAKE LOVE

‘Fake Love’ is a common theme in hip-hop, especially in an age where genuine support is hard to distinguish from the fickleness of the mainstream market. Jordan Taylor has a solid discography that includes autotune-aided exuberance and soul-gazing emo, but his latest offering is something else entirely. Utilising the dark melodicism of Xtravulous’ production, he is able to apply his […]

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2K19 REVIEWED: WHOSE – WHOSE CAMP

PRODUCER: WHOSE TWITTER INSTAGRAM whose camp, a collaborative project between producer whose and a variety of his rapper friends, is a wonderful slice of acrobatic, constantly shifting hip-hop condensed into a pleasant 20 minutes. The first track, a ‘welcome’ to the camp, sports the vocal talents of rapper Zech in all their glory. A serious heavyweight in the rap field, […]

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2K19 REVIEWED: SINISTERSCHUYLER – DEAD OF WINTER

ARTIST: SINISTERSCHUYLER SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER INSTAGRAM PRODUCER: IAMPISSED SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER INSTAGRAM Just as the winter months are fading, SOUTHERNGAWTHMOBB’s SINISTERSCHUYLER and BMB’s IAMPISSED have reminded us why they can be some of the best for appreciating music. In line with the images he paints in the chorus of ‘BLIZZARD’, Schuyler’s sound on this EP has never been more evil. Cold hearted […]

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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: PHARAOH VENOM 911

ARTIST: PHARAOH VENOM 911 SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER INSTAGRAM Pharaoh Venom 911 is an 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 […]

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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 […]