This acoustic track from Adam Dollar$ and Jeremy Clay gently brings rap and R&B back to Earth for a soulful new take off. Clay’s vocals demarcate Dollar$ verses, never overstaying their welcome, and Dollar$ verses complement Clay’s soft-spoken delivery, punctuating his feelings with astute observations and sharp illustrations of contemporary love.
1999’s Internal Affairs thrust underground veteran Pharoahe Monch into the spotlight, imbued with the might of Godzilla and a vocabulary like none other. Twenty years on, we’re looking back at the Organized Konfusion emcee’s classic solo debut, exploring the feud that all but erased it, and celebrating the anniversary that brought it back from the brink!
In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are today’s musicians who champion an artform that’s more widely distributed than any other throughout human history. And we, more often than not, overlook the music created by unfamiliar faces because it’s challenging. We’d rather have an easy listen, a known […]
It’s 2019, and nostalgia is a market in and of itself. That’s not to say that each and every throwback is a cynical cash grab, but there’s certainly a big difference between the good and the bad. “Rock On” falls firmly in the former category, substantiating the aesthetic within with no small amount of technical talent, gracing the beat with turntable scratches and Nas samples reminiscent of DJ Premier’s famed ‘sample collage’ hooks…
The art of the abrasive is a delicate one: push too hard, and you venture into the unpalatable, but push too little, and you end up coating convention in a transparent sheen. On “p.c,” GDFNTHN toes that very line with a delicate touch, tinkering percussion giving way to enthused bars, inspired production and familiar embellishments…
It was a bittersweet surprise to receive a Cadet track in our inbox at SubmitHub. The noted British emcee, a onetime Gipset member, was going from strength to strength when he was killed in a fatal car collision in February this year… “Gang Gang,” his first posthumous single, is an impassioned addition to his catalogue.
Canadian singer-songwriter Yasmin Ray wreaked havoc in our inbox at SubmitHub with her easygoing vision of old school R&B… “Dreams,” her new single, is both a triumphant return and a testament to her continued evolution!
It’s these understated moments – and I mean moments, interstitial as could be – that add up to a deceptively astute vision of modern love. Though framed with the oft-invoked language of alienated youth, “Ur Mine” subverts expectations, unfolding as a treatise on trust, confidence, honesty and affection.
Rashad’s command of tenor and flow pairs perfectly with his ear for composition, perhaps best illustrated by the simple-yet-effective structure that flaunts hooks, spotlights verses and subtly showcases an intricate and ever-evolving instrumental. The label “singer-songwriter” has proven largely synonymous with white, guitar-toting acoustic acts, but there’s so much more to songwriting than straw fedoras and coffee shop gigs. In a just world, RASHAD RELOADED’s command of form and delivery would be enough to dash that lingering misappropriation.
An ideal fusion of hip-hop tenets and pop sensibilities, “Let Me Tell You” is an anthemic cut that matches catchy refrains with a formidable command of language. Rich showcases bars, sung vocals and songwriting chops across the three-and-a-half minutes, his multifaceted talents buoyed by a universal tale of head-over-heels love…