CHICAGO’S NICO $UPREMO DOES HIS CITY AND HIS STYLE JUSTICE ON “AIR FORCE ALL STAR”

It’s hard to rep Chicago harder than Nico $upremo does on his new track Air Force All Star, with its extensive references to the titular shoe merely being the start of it. Over the creeping beat provide by Lone Buddha Beats, Nico spends much of the track documenting what the shoe means to him and … More CHICAGO’S NICO $UPREMO DOES HIS CITY AND HIS STYLE JUSTICE ON “AIR FORCE ALL STAR”

BOSTON’S OWN DANNY DIAMONDS DELIVERS TRUTH TUNEFULLY ON NEW SINGLE “STUCK”

Boston has another one! In recent years, there has been a thriving rap scene in Boston seen in rising stars Michael Christmas and Cousin Stizz (amongst many others), and Danny Diamonds has stepped to the plate with his sunny and promiscuous, but self-aware new single Stuck, produced by Polyte. The concept of the track is … More BOSTON’S OWN DANNY DIAMONDS DELIVERS TRUTH TUNEFULLY ON NEW SINGLE “STUCK”

NY’s Asoh Black! Releases a Fiery Remix of Travis Scott’s “Backyard” to Kick Off the Year

To kick off the new year, New York’s own Asoh Black! begins his #AsohAttacks series, in which he releases 11 songs over the course of 11 weeks culminating with the release of a full project, with a remix of Travis Scott’s “Backyard” carrying the name of HITS (accompanied with a video by Train Productions). The … More NY’s Asoh Black! Releases a Fiery Remix of Travis Scott’s “Backyard” to Kick Off the Year

BOSTON’S ED BALLOON PUTS THE “ALTERNATIVE” IN ALTERNATIVE R&B ON HIS INNOVATIVE AND INSIGHTFUL EP “FLOURISH”

The sounds of Alternative R&B continuing to break new ground (truly putting the “Alternative” in Alternative R&B), have allowed artists like Boston’s own Ed Balloon to flourish and innovate, as he does on the fantastically forward-thinking EP Flourish released on Deathbomb Arc. Ed carries the raw vocal talent of a vintage gospel singer, and applies … More BOSTON’S ED BALLOON PUTS THE “ALTERNATIVE” IN ALTERNATIVE R&B ON HIS INNOVATIVE AND INSIGHTFUL EP “FLOURISH”

LA’S TEECEE4800 SHOWS WHY THE WEST IS BEHIND HIM ON NEW MIXTAPE “REALNESS OVER MILLIONS 2”

Coming off of landmark features with YG, Ty Dolla $ign (who also happens to be his cousin), and DJ Mustard, TeeCee4800 has returned with his new mixtape, Realness Over Millions 2, showing that he has the whole West Coast behind him and for good reason. The project shows TeeCee4800 balancing two-sides of his lifestyle, containing … More LA’S TEECEE4800 SHOWS WHY THE WEST IS BEHIND HIM ON NEW MIXTAPE “REALNESS OVER MILLIONS 2”

NY UNDERGROUND TRAILBLAZER MIKE RELEASES STARKLY POIGNANT VIDEO FOR “WAIT FOR ME” (Review)

NY rapper MIKE has quietly been having a landmark year in the underground hip-hop scene, with his stunningly introspective project May God Bless Your Hustle, and he has returned with a resonant-in-its-simplicity music video for Wait for Me, off of his new EP By the Water. The song is backed with a beat that takes … More NY UNDERGROUND TRAILBLAZER MIKE RELEASES STARKLY POIGNANT VIDEO FOR “WAIT FOR ME” (Review)

AUSTRALIA’S SAMPA THE GREAT BRINGS FORTH A LANDMARK MIX OF RAP AND JAZZ ON NEW SINGLE “BYE RIVER”

Jazz music is an artform that has always had a close relationship with rap music, whether through the samples driving classic material from acts like A Tribe Called Quest or groups like The Roots being comprised of live instrumentalists who internalized the spirit of jazz. The connection between these two sounds continues to manifest itself … More AUSTRALIA’S SAMPA THE GREAT BRINGS FORTH A LANDMARK MIX OF RAP AND JAZZ ON NEW SINGLE “BYE RIVER”

RAP CONTRADICTION IDK DROPS YEAR-END CONTENDER WITH ASTOUNDINGLY VARIED PROJECT “IWASVERYBAD”

Every artist is a product of their environment, their output is an expression of the life they have lived to varying degrees of honesty. Maryland rapper IDK has lived a life of duality: experiencing bigotry at school and love in the streets (as is made known on the jaw-droppingly frank No Shoes on the Rug, … More RAP CONTRADICTION IDK DROPS YEAR-END CONTENDER WITH ASTOUNDINGLY VARIED PROJECT “IWASVERYBAD”

INLAND EMPIRE PRODUCER ITAL SANTOS RELEASES AN INSTRUMENTAL ODYSSEY WITH NEW PROJECT “REFLECTIONS.”

The West Coast has consistently been a gold mine for instrumental hip hop over the past couple decades and Inland Empire, California resident Ital Santos has now arrived to claim his own status as an instrumental auteur with his 28 track odyssey Reflections. Santos’ attention to the value of a great loop warrants comparisons to … More INLAND EMPIRE PRODUCER ITAL SANTOS RELEASES AN INSTRUMENTAL ODYSSEY WITH NEW PROJECT “REFLECTIONS.”

ENIGMATIC MC JOSH JENKINS MAKES HIS DEBUT WITH CHARGED SINGLE “CROWN”

The value that platforms like Soundcloud and Bandcamp have given to independent artists cannot be understated, its detachment from industry politics allows music to speak for itself transcending image, marketing, or timing. This is evident in the sudden release of what appears to be Wisconsin MC Josh Jenkins’ debut single Crown. A charged single addressing … More ENIGMATIC MC JOSH JENKINS MAKES HIS DEBUT WITH CHARGED SINGLE “CROWN”