On the release of his new project, B-List Celebrities, San Fran emcee Frak talks bars, battles, the bay and the b-list with Miki.
The five piece band, LYRAS, crafts a dreamlike backdrop of jazzy contemporary R&B on “Don’t Keep Me Awake.” Lead vocalist Ada Francis describe a casual hook-up motivated more by boredom than by lust. The freedom of expression is as refreshing as the instrumental flare.
On RUDEBWOY CJ Fly fused his reggae roots with classic boom bap drums and soul samples under signature Pro Era/ Beast Coast flows, with “Bamboo Tree” Fly brings back the vibrance of hot summer days and nights with a full dive into the Jamaican riddim your hear outside in Flatbush.
“Dreamers” is an intense experience. Lou Berry crafted a dreamy landscape for vocalists Gracy Hopkins and LYNN to escape into. The blend of soul and rap gives the landscape a textured feel, the details are constantly evolving.
Sometimes strictly off a few notes of an intro you know you have to listen more intently to a new song. Pink Matter’s latest single “You’ll Never Know” is unquestionably one of those jams. The sharp melodic high pitched piano chords strike such a specific nerve right out of the gate.
Mixing elements of afrobeats, R&B and pop music, Ghanian artist Twitch 4EVA creates a unique sound which he describes as “coastal music.” He sings about the unconditional love he’s learned from role models like his parents.
Nyah Grace bridges two worlds with her R&B prowess, her talent taking her from Oregon’s open expanse to London’s bustling city streets. Miki Hellenbach talks art, life and everything in between with Nyah as she steps onto the scene with her debut record, Honey-Coloured.
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.