Hip-Hop, Rap | The (W)rap Up Vol. 4

Posted by on April 20, 2015

Frank Leone – River Beat

Currently residing in Chicago, Frank Leone is wise beyond his years. He conveys that wisdom along with a newly developed knack for singing in his latest release “River Beat”. The song is meant to tide us over until visuals from Frank’s latest project Enter Wild are ready for the world. At the rate that I’m playing this song on repeat, I’m not sure if it will be enough to keep me from wanting more.

Love at First Sound – Songs Written About Girls

Sometimes it’s best to simply play right in to the cliches that everyone can relate to. Love At First Sound knows this and crafted just another “Song Written About Girls”. What might appear as surface level at first listen, quickly reveals itself as a personal ballad about some of the women in everyday life as well as in Love At First Sound’s past. Monotone and melodic, this one is undoubtedly worth the listen.

Witty Rock – Benzo

Hailing from Baltimore, Witty Rock released a chilling new video for his song “Benzo”. The drugged-out rap hints at something deeper, and begs a second listen. Enjoy the visuals which are self-/edited by Witty himself.

Nicx – Indo

Nicx is a talented young gun from Atlanta who manages to fill every pocket every track with intrinsic and meaningful rhymes. While “Indo” doesn’t dive quite as deeply in to his story-telling as usual, it gives listeners a good sense of balance coming off of his aggressive “Merk” Remix.

Hip-Hop, Rap, RnB | Rawyals Ft. Fetty Wap – “King Me”

Posted by on April 16, 2015

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Since Fetty Wap broke onto the scene with “Trap Queen”, it looks like he found his follow up single! Featured on Rawyal’s debut single “King Me”, 50 Cent believes this girl group will be the next big thing in music. The journey is just beginning for these Ariel, Asia & Bel hailing from New York, LA & Washington State. Having three different regions of sound will definitely set this group apart. Be on the lookout for their Album In The Raw releasing June 30th.

Hip-Hop, Rap | The (W)rap Up Vol. 3

Posted by on April 9, 2015

Masego – Girls That Dance

Does this count as rap? Perhaps. Perhaps not. Am I going to post it anyway? Yes.

Masego hails from Virginia and adds another name to the extensive list of talent in the region. His newest single is a reggae, soulful, futuristic ballad to all of the lovely girls in this world who dance. With the production assist from Medasin, and live saxophone from himself, Masego flaunts a sound unknown to many that could easily catch on.

Job Jetson – Shameless

Job Jetson hails from Milwaukee and continues with his streak of smooth, melodic rap that sounds perfectly suited for late night in a club. With only four songs on his SoundCloud to date, it will be interesting to see what Jetson has in store for us next.

Flash Giordani – Xaniel Webster (Video)

I posted Flash Giordani’s song “Xaniel Webster” a few weeks back and now the self-proclaimed Asian Savior has returned with an equally trippy and intoxicating video to accompany it. Flash is the perfect balance of talented rapper-meets-artist who doesn’t take themselves too seriously. It’s a deadly combination.

Jay IDK – The Plug

Jay IDK has been sending me his music for a while now, and although I thought he was a talented rapper, I told him that it just wasn’t all the way there yet. With his newest release “The Plug” and the unveiling of his alter-ego, King Trappy III, I was thoroughly impressed. I saw his music breaking out of the shell it was previously in and really hitting a sound that I saw as much more exciting and accessible in the current music soundscape.

Ciscero – Who I Am (ft. King Rosé)

Ciscero and King Rosé premiered their song “Who I Am” via DJ Booth the other day and showcased a real talent to be watched. The energy and near-anger showcased in the chorus is reason enough to take a listen to this song, but if you need more convincing Ciscero and Rosé both deliver equally lyrical verses.

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Hip-Hop, Rap | Aziz – Snakes On A Plane

Posted by on March 11, 2015

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Never before in the history of mankind have the words hip hop, single, fire, Nas, New Hampshire and Samuel L. Jackson been used in the same sentence; until now. New Hampshire hip hop MC/Producer Aziz unleashed a new single with some production you’d figure Nas would have hopped on back in the early 2000’s; oh, it’s straight fire and how am I going to neglect mentioning Samuel L. Jackson with a name like ‘Snakes On A Plane’? Aziz first came on my radar way back in 2010 when he and a couple of his college buddies dropped a track called ‘Tic Tac Toe‘. The song was crazy catchy and the music video was shot next to my house at the University of New Hampshire. I have been keeping tabs ever since and while Aziz may not be ‘popping’ quite like others that have been at it for that long but his content is always quality and on point.

Hip-Hop, Rap | The (W)rap Up Vol. 2

Posted by on March 6, 2015

Demo Taped – I Luv U

17 year-old Demo Taped is the newest DIY excitement in the music world. His Heart EP is a collection of three self-produced songs where the Atlanta native sings, raps, and bounces all over the infectious instrumentals. Listen to the stand out “I Luv U” above, and expect to hear plenty more from rising talent.

IshDARR – Old Soul, Young Spirit

After his J-Gramm produced single “Too Bad” exploded on Hype Machine and across the internet, IshDARR has unveiled his first full length project. It’s cohesive, and a true statement to the ability of the 18 year old. He discusses turning down a deal from Atlantic, and with the work displayed across this body of work, Atlantic won’t be the last major label knocking on his door.

Daye Jack – Mona Lisa

Writing about yet another teenager in this week’s Wrap Up feels surprising, but all too familiar in the current landscape of up and coming artists. Daye Jack is back with his crossover rap sound in “Mona Lisa”. He questions himself and his future all while sounding appealing to a wide range of listeners.

Flash Giordani – Xaniel Webster

One of the most important parts in a young artist’s career is his or her ability to not take themselves too seriously. Drake embraces his memes, and Lil B and Riff Raff have created full blown careers off their eccentric personalities. Next up is Baltimore’s own “Asian Savior,” Flash Giordani. Listen to his xanax-ed out music and be ready for plenty more where it came from.

Billy Chambers – Got Me

Billy Chambers is not one for labels. He uses his rapping as a tool to compliment his singing voice while experimenting with the futuristic production that has become so popular in today’s SoundCloud world. While still raw, Chambers show far more potential for a widespread audience that many up and comers.

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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