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Consider yourself introduced to Inglewood, CA based rapper thrills who shares the visuals for his powerful debut single ‘ROSHAMBO’. Embodying a satirical commentary on pop culture, politics and our obsession with technology and social media, ‘ROSHAMBO’ is accompanied by an equally gripping and intense self-directed music video. Check it out here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from thrills.
Chicago based rapper Noname shares ‘Song 33’, a powerful and heartfelt Madlib-produced commentary on the Black Lives Matters movement. Over the course of the 70-second track, Noname references the deaths of George Floyd and Toyin Salau as well as a response to J. Cole’s ‘Snow on tha Bluff’. Check out the single here, it hits harder and packs more of a punch than anything you’ll hear in a long time.
Baltimore rapper/producer and COLORS alumni JPEGMAFIA unveils another blistering new single in the form of ‘CUTIE PIE!’. Serving as the follow up to previous cuts like ‘BALD!’, ‘COVERED IN MONEY!’ and ‘BODYGUARD!’, the single boasts a bass-filled frenetic beat that’s topped off by Peggy’s equally ferocious and blazing delivery. Check out the track and it’s lo-fi self-directed visual which was shot by freaky-chan here.
Seattle, Washington based duo Shabazz Palaces return with their magnificent, long-awaited fifth studio album ‘The Don Of Diamond Dreams’. The ten track album includes standout cuts like ‘Fast Learner’ (featuring Purple Tape Nate), ‘Wet’ and ‘Chocolate Souffle’ all of which showcase the pair’s eclectic brand of alternative hip-hop and rap. With each record, Shabazz Palaces bring something new to the table, and that’s exactly the case with ‘The Don Of Diamond Dreams’.
Rochester, NY based rapper ISHMAEL (fka Ishmael Raps) returns with another impressive track in the form of ‘PEACE’ (co-produced by Switch). Serving as his first new song in over a year, ‘PEACE’ is definitely worth the wait. Accompanied by a thought-provoking visual directed by ISHMAEL and Zach Stone, ‘PEACE’ sees the rapper go all in with an infectious energy and fiery flow as he works his magic over the shape-shifting beat. ISHMAEL isn’t playing around on this one – see for yourself to the right.
Consider yourself introduced to Florida based collective seeyousoon who burst onto the scene with their explosive debut single ‘Steamy’. With one of the most memorable debuts you’ll hear this year, the 9-piece (comprised of Ignacio, Kenny, Denny, Maddie, Josh, Dre, Drex, Luke, and Mitch) make quite the impression with a refreshing slice of Hip-Hop with a sprinkling of pop and R&B thrown in for good measure. Check out the magnificent single here and be sure to keep an eye out for their forthcoming debut EP ‘VIDÉ’ which is out later this year.
Consider yourself introduced to Baltimore based artist Neru Thee Fourth Fugee, whose latest album ‘The Almanac’ is an absolute blast from start to finish. The project serves as the follow up to 2014’s ‘Enlightenment Era’ and features previously released single ‘‘C-Spine’ which enlists the talents of rising star Deetranada. Over the course of the project’s nine tracks, Neru takes you on a kaleidoscopic journey of sounds which beautifully meld together hip-hop, rap, funk, neo-soul with psychedelic nuances thrown in for good measure.
Korean-American artist Audrey teams up with Jack Harlow on the bombastic and utterly captivating single ‘Comic Sans’ which dropped last month. Accompanied by an equally playful music video directed by Khufu Najee and Audrey Chu, the track packs quite the punch as both Audrey and Jack manoeuvre their way across the trap-inspired beat with killer flows.
Originally released in 2017, Los Angeles based trio clipping. share ‘The Deep’, alongside two previously unreleased recordings in the form of ‘Aquacode Databreaks’ (ft. Shabazz Palaces) and ‘Drownt’. Encompassing a futuristic sound, the experimental Hip-Hop group, comprised of rapper Daveed Diggs and producers William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, work their magic across the three tracks which encompass shape-shifting sci-fi soundscapes.
BROCKHAMPTON have revitalised and redefined what it is to be a “boy band” over the past year years. With four stellar projects under their belt, the supergroup are in the process of rolling out album number five, which is titled ‘Ginger’ and features previously released single ‘I Been Born Again’. On follow up single ‘IF YOU PRAY RIGHT’, which is accompanied by a futuristic Spencer Ford directed visual, the members work their magic once more with slick production and equally cool verses from the likes of Dom McLennon, Joba, Matt Champion and Merlyn Wood.
Madras born, Austin based artist Abhi The Nomad shares the eclectic ‘House of Clocks’, taken from his forthcoming ‘Modern Trash’ album. Having lived in eight countries by the time he was twenty one, it comes as no surprise that Abhi The Nomad’s music is a globally conscious commentary on our planet’s current state. That’s exactly the case with ‘House of Clocks’, an otherwise spirited track which touches on environmental issues and how we still have a long way to go in saving the planet. Check out ‘House of Clocks’ here and be sure to keep an eye out of ‘Modern Trash’ when it drops later this year.
Boston based rapper Latrell James is a playful poet, and his latest single ‘Tracphone’ (a pay-as-you-go mobile) is the perfect example of this. Likewise, previously heard single ‘Okay’, ‘Today’ and ‘Mona Lisa Bonet’ encompass a similar aesthetic whilst maintaining an element of freshness throughout. On ‘Tracphone’, James’ lackadaisical flow and delivery circumvent the deeper messages that line his wordplay as he raps about the shape shifting landscape in his life.
Seventeen year-old rapper and producer Aaron May proved that he’s one of the most exciting rapper to come out of Houston with ‘Ride’, his powerful debut single from last year. On his latest offering ‘Let Go’, May lays down his clever wordplay over a jazz-inflected, self-produced beat that boasts a killer bass. With just these two singles, Aaron May has proved himself as a refreshing voice in an otherwise saturated landscape.
Rising from the underbelly of Virginia’s dystopian suburbia, Ms Proper experiments with a unique synthesis of sweet talking R&B and filthy mouthed Trap, all at once spouting melodic insults and adlibs of forgiveness in her signature, tender vengeance. Reflected in the blend of fierce low end production and smooth chords from collaborator LA Chase, her song ‘Wicked’ is a slow wind of whispered secrets. This month she drops her latest project ‘The Aquarius Tape’ that addresses everything from old lovers across the spectrum of the zodiac to her moving to Los Angeles with nothing but $5 in her pocket and a ruthless dedication to her pursue her dreams.
Intentionally acclaimed duo The Reminders offer an eclectic blend of beats born from hip-hop’s classic era with soulful vocals and funk filled bass lines, founded upon a lyrical focus toward fiercely positive, empowering poetry. Their high energy shows weave wild dance breaks with anthemic choruses and reggae drops in a unique collage of shamelessly openhearted, self expression and a diverse style that is entirely their own. Married in life as well as partners in music, The Reminders, who’re comprised of Brussels-born Big Samir and Queens-born Aja Black, purposefully share their personal stories to inspire people to transcend any separation that might exist between the artists and their audiences, reminding their listeners that we are one family. This is wonderfully embodied in their brilliant track ‘I Remember’ which is lifted from their ‘Born Champions’ album.
In 2013, Dreamville rapper Bas released Pinball, a song that hinted at his hunger for success; five years on, its sequel is a testament to how far the Queens artist has come. With his last album ‘Too High to Riot’ debuting in Billboard’s Top 50, Bas has steadily climbed up from his humble beginnings – and he isn’t stopping. Pinball II boasts punchy bars delivered with a racing flow and features the heavy vocals of LA artist Correy C.
Chicago artist Saba’s sophomore album CARE FOR ME is dedicated to his cousin John Walt who was fatally stabbed in February 2017. His discography boasts a range of diverse material, exploring a fusion of elements of hip-hop, jazz, and neo-soul; on LIFE, the production morphs from a smooth head-knocking double bass sample to darker, distorted synth sounds as the mood develops, with Saba’s melodic raps brooding over his personal struggles with grief and the hardships of life as a black man in America.