Bairi aka Bairi The Siren emerges with a buttery new ballad about romantic centering. “Free” is wistful and sprawling with an instrumental that settles over a space like a weighted blanket.
An undeniable flute sample and drum kick from Birthday, pocket perfect self-motivating raps by Donnie Durag, and a sauced up-visual from Llama make “Winter in NY” a blustery borough banger. Leave the bubble at the door for Spring, but bring the energy no matter the weather.
Detroit rapper Nolan and his creative team blend satire, homage, a throwback, and the new wave seamlessly on their new visual and single “CC.”
With “Ghost Town” Casper Jones tackles loneliness with a variety of textures. The single is a reflection of staying behind in New York City as an exodus of people left during the initial surge of COVID.
Caleborate and Kota The Friend connect for a smooth single centered around the theme of patience. “Contact” rides on simple snares and a pattern of strings that emphasizes the weight of the emcees’ bars.
L.A. VanGogh raps through the nuances of grief and escape on his new single “Trip.” As the dense, off-kilter production is interspersed with moments of clarity, VanGoh’s clever rhymes always find the focus.
Bluebloods’ latest single exudes vintage beauty in unrest with sharp vocals and intriguing imagery. The song draws a line between the timeless love of the 12th century, the labor movement of the early 20th century, and the current moment that reflects them both.
donSMITH is back with yet another distinct visual. This time he displays conflicted love over a smooth soul sample with lines both clever and complex.
In the wake of her new record Tew Faced, Baltimore’s own Miss Kam talks to Miki about visions, dreams and the importance of community in activism and art.
Mitchel Gerald’s new single “John Wick” is a horn-laden hustle anthem. The emcee is hitting 2021 with redoubled energy in music and entrepreneurship.