Being real is hard, because everybody wants you to be like something else." Hip hop teaches. It affects change and gives hope, and the technical ability of the emcee can dazzle and entertain on a purely objective level. C-Scripture … Dive In about Malawi Hip Hop is in Good Hands with C-Scripture
We wanted something that symbolised that we were worldwide, because [SAROS] means when the poles shift, it’s always daytime or nighttime no matter what time zone a member is in” – Ian in the Water for CentralSauce (2021). In a word created … Dive In about SAROS: Behind the Interview
On their blockbuster link-up, Oakland emcees Tia Nomore and Stoni tear through The Bay, brandishing sharp bars as they literally bust blocks in the tongue-in-cheek music video for “Skirmish.”
He mightn’t be a local quite yet, but on “South Side Livin’,” CimplyDan salutes Florida and feels very much at home. Lo-fi production tints the artist’s laid-back bars with accents of beaches and sunsets in the sunshine state.
Sparsely populated with gentle acoustics that wraps even the saddest sentiments in a comforting glow, ‘everything’s going to be alright’ by Hoosh is a melancholy retrospective on the nomadic vocalist and songwriter’s changing conceptualization of home. It’s a tale of aspirations and opportunity costs that ends in a seismic shifting of person.
Carly and The Universe capture the light and loss of summertime. “Sunset” is a refreshingly catchy trip with a delicious bassline.
“Love Levitates” moves with maturity, a striking fusion of pop sensibilities and jazz-inspired instrumentation that throws Louis Baker in the spotlight.
Blending hip hop with ancient Mediterranean instruments and brimstone bars, The Urban Renewal Project and Vic Mensa face “urban survival syndrome” with a warrior spirit. “Will to Survive” is a triumphant piece of music that energizes action.
Equal parts furious and fun, Nate Husser’s “Sleep Like A Baby” courts chaos with palpable glee, undeniable skill, and a mean Jean Deaux verse.
Love brings life in the flutter of the heart and rush of awareness, but as easily as it gives, it takes. “Killing Me Slowly” by Paris Price bridges romance from life to death with features from Chris Patrick and Dende.
Ahmad Anonimis doesn’t flood the market with music, yet he’s become one of the most prolific new independent rappers… How? Connection.
In a blustery duet, Eimaral Sol and Dende harmonize while drifting apart. “Season” is a mutual breakup song that sees two vocalists with unique edge agreeing to give each other room to grow independently.
Bristol, PA’s Kid Travis croons about why love is not his priority and why the move is to take everything in stride. “Link Up,” is a love song about hanging onto the simplicity of lust.
Through poetry and humanity, Rouge carves a path away from his pain. “Closest Thing to God in the Flesh” is experimental in the conventional sense, with a dynamic instrumental and stream of consciousness, but also in the sense that it challenges modes of expression.