There’s something exceptionally beautiful about the way music can transcend time. We can playback old jams and resummon the original emotional connections to the music and even feel inspired to make new creations in the vein of our old inspirations. This is the pocket we found Christina Lyon’s “Soul’s On Fire,” a new track with an old soul.
“Trappin” is a scathing attack directed at the suggested and imposed censorship of minority artists in rap music. The track plays off its own structure as Lady Sanity struggles between the ideas of commercial success through socially digestible topics like braggadocious rap and black on black violence, or bringing attention to the host of injustice she’s seen swept under the rug.
Swedish R&B singer, Shadi G takes us away with “Mind.” The beautifully softspoken vocalist dances lightly across the track, each moment subtly kissing the song with a gentle touch that makes the hair on the back of the listener’s neck stand up in anticipation.
The dust has settled and the controversy has all but passed, so what can the samples on Jesus Is King tell us about Kanye’s religious reinvention?
“Right There” takes all the gorgeous sounds and accents of R&B and runs them through the catchiness of a contemporary pop filter to produce a track that’s inspirations have been brought together in just the right amounts.
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…