The Beauty of Independence is an ongoing series in which Ben Carter (of HipHopNumbers) chats with independent artists about the challenges and the triumphs of existing outside of the major label system. These are the stories rarely told … Dive In about Ahmad Anonimis & The Beauty of Connection
The Beauty of Independence is an ongoing series in which Ben Carter (of HipHopNumbers) chats with independent artists about the challenges and the triumphs of existing outside of the major label system. These are the stories rarely told … Dive In about LaLion: The King of Consistency
Conor Musarra contemplates whether or not to call back a toxic ex over sharp piano and driving drums. “Missed Calls” is one for lovers and the leavers.
Taken from the prefix meaning “of all things,” Kevin Holliday’s ‘OMNI’ is an all-encompassing multi-genre EP that escapes from the serious. Funk grooves and indie-rock strings underpin a croon that positions Holliday as a romantic with a punk facade.
Brooklyn singer-songwriter Hailes is back with a viral new single making the rounds on TikTok. “Not Perfect” has her dancing in the in-between, asking for a second chance at love.
James the Prophet and Chester Watson rap about traveling a steadily shrinking world on “Tobago.” Lo-fi textures accompany creeping anxieties spurred by the climate crisis, but the beat’s gentle bob and the emcees’ listing flows lead the track to relaxing waters.
The Jersey crew is back again! VIBE WORLD ORDER’s off-kilter raps and earth-shaking beats collide in another face blasting single. “LIFT” sees JTT, GROOVY, Reg Mason and GINI’ with an injection of energy.
Mystery man mynameisleonidas is back with another heater with surprising dips and weaves. “Periergo” is a stunningly complex composition with unexpected direction and lasting impact.
Mamii taps into so much nostalgia that she actually finds her sound in the future. “Creepiin” pulls wavy synths and smooth modulation from a distant timeline where beats are heavy and bars are heavier.
Toronto group STAYOUTLATE pull up to our discovery section with a masterful posse cut. On “WUSSUP,” each emcee brings a unique flex rap flow to a horn blasting beat.
A fantasy of separation over slow synthy production constitutes a relatable rumination on reality itself. “Rocket” by Slouch Online is all the incentive you need to, “get lost, find cool shit, be an alien.”
A contemporary symphony of synths and autotune enhance the fiery love that Darci details on “Burn” with an invigorating feature from BEAM.
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.