This trio flows together like unpredictable rapids. “No Laughin’” by Tré Yung aka Donnie Durag Ft. Sky Johnson & HighGrades curves the flow between smooth and choppy but as each rapper turns their verse they remain highly distinct. Big Flatbush Zombies energy from the production to the delivery.
Electric guitar licks, auto-tuned vocals dripping with angst, a firm hip-hop heart, “I’m Not Ok” is a melting pot of sonic influences mixed just right. Jay-Way opens a door to the world in our heads where we’re doing so much more than making the commute to work or waiting for our clothes at a laundromat.
“Walk Alone” by The Kii and Ft. Kelvyn Colt is a battle lyrically and visual where the only winner is the listener. The song parallels the fights of a toxic relationship with down tempo production and rappers with hypnotic pacing. Both vocalist claim to have seen a message on the other’s phone but the lack of communication devolves the situation into a battle rather than a conversation, and no real conclusion is every reached.
“Do Myself Better” is a pledge to take self-care more seriously. However clear that sentiment is, it’s the only simple thing that can be said of Davy Boi. The production is groovy, bouncing, and at times odd in a way that somehow works. He keeps the listener engaged with a constantly changing soundscape.
From battling cancer to the joy of motherhood, Abi Flynn captures a wide range of experience and emotion on “Courage.” Her voice rings with strength from the moment she sings to the culmination of the track’s inspiring build up.
Has anyone else noticed all the rappers becoming interviewers? Miki Hellerbach sure has: here, he taps into the why, the how, and the nature of their successes.
We often do whatever we can to escape sadness. No one truly wants to sit in it. With her new single “Blue (For Now)” Erez Zobary explores the healing qualities of letting yourself feel blue co-aligned with an understanding that sinking into that emotion will allow for catharsis on the other side.
Pursuing a goal you’ve set your mind on requires some sacrifice. Khamari might be “Jealous” of the time his friends spend going out but, as he sings: “Mama said shut your eyes enjoy the ride, cuz nothing good ever happens overnight.”
R&B singer Kelsey really shows us how she uses her voice as an instrument on new single “Middle School.” Lyrically her song is warm and inviting, but really excels in the evolving sound of her voice. In an interesting combination, her hums and vocal layering completes the instrumental production.
Zaia has been building for years, and whilst he’s recently seen a placement on the ‘Insecure’ soundtrack “bear fruit,” he tells Miki Hellerbach that whilst his sound is ever-changing, his ATL roots run deep.