Hip-Hop | iSHi ft Pusha T – Push It

Posted by on February 27, 2015

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For the past weeks, iSHi’s been popping up on my timeline with a supposed collaboration with Virginia Beach native Pusha T, but other than 15 second teaser clips, and articles on iSHi’s manager, the man behind Avicci, Ash Pournouri venturing into Hip Hop, not more was unveiled, until today, Spotify hits us with an exclusive stream, and if you consider yourself a hip hop head, but like that hard EDM sound, “Push It” is for you, I’ve legit had it on repeat the past 30 minutes, à la Funk Master Flex. Hop on this fast, this is a must listen!

Hip-Hop, Rap | IshDARR – Too Bad

Posted by on February 24, 2015

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It’s always exciting to watch a rapper grow from being a very strong rapper, in to a full-fledged artist. With IshDARR’s latest two releases, it’s clear he is fully in transition mode. Ish’s forthcoming Old Soul, Young Spirit album is set to drop early March, right in time to get people buzzing for his South By Southwest performances.

“Too Bad” was produced by J Gramm and offers an up-tempo track to get your Tuesday morning started off right. Follow Ish on Twitter to stay up to date.

Hip-Hop, Rap | The (W)rap Up Vol. 1

Posted by on February 18, 2015

Jimi Tents – Elmer Fudd

There is an interesting collective emerging in Brookyln, NY. While the rest of New York City wallows in their sorrows of a lost Bobby Shmurda and still-very-present Troy Ave, Jimi Tents and his collective are plotting their takeover. Jay-Bel seized the blog world a few weeks back with “Kate”, and now Jimi follows up with an equally impressive “Elmer Fudd”. I’m a sucker for introspective rap, so when Tents opened up the song with “if a body drops in the and no one around , does it make noise?” I was instantly hooked.

His rapping seems meditative. It carries healing powers. I’m excited for what comes next, this is clearly just the beginning.

Smino – Red Velvet

After forgoing a recent name change, Smino re-emerged with a special Valentines Day track for all his lady-fans and emotional males. His voice is as silky smooth as ever while Monte Booker’s production continues to get stronger and stronger. Smino floats back and forth between falsetto R&B, and melodic rapping making “Red Velvet” an exciting listen from front to back.

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Hip-Hop, Rap, RnB | Chase – All For You (ft Jen Kirby)

Posted by on February 17, 2015

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After over a year of silence FNT newcomer Chase is making a comeback with the first single off of his forthcoming project Blessed. The new project, which has been carefully crafted over the last eighteen months is finally ready to be rolled out and has many excited after today’s initial release. Grabbing elements from R&B and Hip Hop, All For You puts Chase’s versatility on display and Jen Kirby’s soulful voice on the hook really brings the track home.

Hip-Hop | Raz Simone “Macklemore & Chief Keef”

Posted by on February 12, 2015

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It’s been a minute we’ve featured Raz Simone, but the Seattle MC rapper’s been doing his thing releasing video after video of real music with real content, and his latest “Macklemore & Chief Keef” is connecting with me tonight. From a minimalist, orchestral beat, to some hip hop that sounds like spoken word, I strongly believe Raz Simone is about to take off, his work ethic, and overall attitude to the game will surely pay off. This is a must watch and a must listen!

Electro, Hip-Hop, Rap | Mulherin – Royalty (ft. Jon Waltz)

Posted by on February 12, 2015

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Jon Waltz is an interesting character. His music floats back and forth between amazingly self-aware, and uncontrollably catchy. In this particular tune with producer duo Mulherin we find Waltz gliding in an out of pockets in the production. He’s is not overpowered by the entrancing instrumental, rather the intrinsic rhymes are a perfect complement.

While Jon still works to find his exact niche in the overarching and massively expanding genre of “rap”, it is nice to hear a rapper who can add value to the increasingly complex production of this day and age.

Hip-Hop, Pop, Rap | TJ Hickey – Treadmill (ft Alex Jordahl)

Posted by on February 8, 2015

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Fresh off his release of Drinkin ‘Bout You, TJ is back with his best work to date. With an extremely good feature from FNT regular Alex Jordahl,  Treadmill tells the story of TJ’s experience in the music industry thus far and while anyone can relate this track to some aspect of their life, anyone that has been in the industry can really relate to this one.