On the first single from his debut record, “Moving Different,” Noah of CXR makes a compelling case for his versatile and energetic style.
On his chilly new single, New Jersey emcee Off Topic intimidates with ease over an uneasy beat. “Threat” is grimy, lo-fi and heavy with the rhymes.
On “Shackles,” his ambitious R&B track, Max Swan fuses incisive introspection with a dense and soaring arrangement.
On “Head Held High,” Amsterdam’s Noha Saré deepens her signature brand of unsettling-yet-headstrong R&B.
It’s been a tumultuous year for all, but Broward-born producer HUSH FORTE has rolled with the punches, finding a new home, a new vision, and a new voice – his own.
On “About The Money,” Viana mires an earnest want in a consumerist sheen, creating a pop song of depth. She just wants to sing songs and feed her dog. Should that be so hard?
Over a jazzy instrumental, St. Louis’ Mvstermind and Jordan Ward trace their divergent journeys with effortless flair. “MATTER OF TIME” is a reminder that taking your time isn’t taking time off.
A good posse cut is hard to find, but with bars, barbs and no shortage of character, Leon Ross, YS Perignon and IM REAL make it sound effortless. “No Invites” is a song for an exclusive crowd and the emcees let you know.
On “Flake,” his heartfelt hometown dedication to Portsmouth, Lebbs shines a light on an underappreciated scene — and places himself at the vanguard with jazzy rhymes.
On her recent single, “Bedecida’,” the London-based Latinx artist, Desta French, cuts a commanding fusion of heritage and hometown.