Presenting 10 fresh gems of the recent hip-hop/ conscious hip-hop, rap, cloud hop, contemporary R&B, trap crop. In other words, today’s “underground” urban culture.
handpicked by: Christos Doukakis
N I K O – ‘Anxiety: A Late Night’
Philly rapper N I K O recently gifted us with his compelling rap single, with competent rapping, engaging vibes, which is dealing with “toxic love, and more particularly a typical late night is when you can trust your romantic partner nor yourself.” Beware for the ace drop!
Young X– ‘Girlfriends’ (Feat. Chelsea Pastel)
Visionary artist & producer collaborated with Chelsea Pastel for his latest trap gem ‘Girlfriends’, that was inspired by an early 2000’s song by the late Shawty Lo… Dirty & melodious at the same time!
Otis Fonde – ‘Oti$’
Prince George, VA rapper Otis Fonde’s ‘Oti$’ is taken from his recently released ‘Clarity’ album, and is a powerful conscious hip-hop number, with bouncy, uplifting vibes, dynamic rapping and soulful flavour!
Bradspectacular– ‘Type Of Way’ (feat. BBY KODIE)
Bradspectacular’s is a dark, moody slow-burner banger full of attitude, and features BBY KODIE! Super addictive stuff…
Saad.– ‘on me ‘Freestlyle”
Love the way Swedish artist mixes melodic hip-hop with engaging electronic soundscapes. A pure gem with heart, poignant lyrics and divine melody!
Wolfman Jeckyll – ‘H@Yw!Re’
Providence, RI born and raised Emcee/producer Wolfman Jeckyll’s ‘H@Yw!Re’ is a dusty hip-hop number filled with trippy soundscapes and boom bap grooves taken from his just released full length ‘Live From The Padded Cell‘. Feel free to enter at your own risk!
Leon Ross– ‘Me’
Taken from Leon Ross’ 6-track EP ‘Ross’, this treasure finds the artist at his very best, and most personal, (written after his big sis passed away)… Emotional, unleashing the pressure and with some stunning rhymes destined for repeated listens!
Fly Anakin– ‘Black Be The Source’ (feat. Pink Siifu & Billz Egypt)
The opening track from Fly Anakin’s forthcoming debut album ‘Frank’ (out on March 11th via Lex Records), features Pink Siifu and Billz Egypt, and it’s among the finest samples of the artist’s twisted, artistic universe, and have to note that he’s described by Madlib as “one of the illest MCs”… Legend can do no mistake on this!
OSP – ‘Breathe’
The debut single by the emerging British collective OSP, is a smashing UK hip-hop banger, self described as “addressing the struggle of navigating life in an ever-changing environment.”. This one hits hard!
Tieran– ‘They Don’t Get It’
The title track from Ohio based rapper, songwriter, and producer Tieran’s just released 3rd album, is an emotional hip-hop gem with stunning, self empowerment lyrics like the following:
“I’m chasing my dreams, my life is a meme,
I’m laughing along yeah I’m with it, but they don’t get it”