“Infinity” is the castle on a hill of unconventional production. SadoSan and Sentry Sinvil spend the minute-and-a-half runtime rapping over a beat that sounds like a mic dropping down a rabbit hole of lo-fi instrumentation. Their rhymes are tight and their flow manages to snag a tough pocket in the best way.
It’s been one year since Jody Rosen and The New York Times revealed the extent of the damage – and the scope of the cover-up – left in the wake of the 2008 Universal Studios Fire, and whilst hip-hop seemed to escape largely unscathed, the loss runs deeper than just bars.
These are unprecedented times, and they’re sure to bring unprecedented losses. Cameroonian jazz pioneer Manu Dibango changed the world with “Soul Makossa,” an indelible record with a special place in hip-hop.
There’s an art to autotuned balladry, and Rokeaux is clearly well-versed in the form. Looking for a deep song about the prison of clout chasing or a high-speed flashy banger? “To: Rep” is both.
Eyes closed, headphones on blast is how Anna Nita’s “Cloud Nine” deserves to be heard. She makes R&B sound effortless with her smooth vocals but it’s the feel of a genuine band that brings a one-of-a-kind texture to this slow burner.
You, yes you reading this. Stop hitting on women when you got a girlfriend. R&B singer Foire brings her opinions on unfaithful men to “OUTTA ORDER” with well polished vocals full of passion. Her pen is as sharp as her critique and the well-layered production accents her best qualities.
It’s described as “R&B with a hip-hop bounce,” but “Great Escape” could just as easily be “hip-hop with an R&B sheen.” Shadp. and Hookz Murdock spin a too familiar tragedy of love lost but the resulting three-and-a-half minutes feel like they could undo a lifetime of pain.
Success is more than just a destination for Jaywop. On his new single “Big Bad,” Jaywop is putting in the hours. His cadence flips between rapping and singing and thrives in moments where you can’t tell the difference.
Brooklyn MC Riley Writtens covers a vast space of lyrical boom-bap on his new single, “Talking to Myself.” His thoughts are meandering but his delivery is concise and to the point, flowing by like water over the clean chill-hop production.
Coming off working with Goldlink on “Herside Story,” the duo Hare Squead are bringing another bop, “Minor Gangsters (Gully),” to our ears. The track is anchored by the kind of percussive finger snaps that lend themselves to a sidewalk strut.