Looking inward can have a healing effect, but it can also cause pain. On her new single, “Rinse, Repeat, Regress,” Justy raps a testament to bearing the pain of introspection.
Dipping into the past for Deca’s hypnotic instrumental and for the root of his past trauma, Homeboy Sandman looks to learn from his mistakes in the name of growth.
“Bebop Rocksteady” is as much a display of sheer talent as it is a testament to the friendship between Imp and Kaffo, the Sensei. The emcees rhyme about comic book villains with a back and forth banter that plays off their friendship.
Through the hypnotic and funk-inspired “Breathe Easy,” Quintin Copper and Nas Mellow free us of the stress of daily life and inspire us to surrender control.
Through their shared experience yet disparate backgrounds, Noutéka have created the ultimate ode to the city of London. The collective pulls together to show the beauty of diversity through music and the “LINES” that connect us in unexpected ways.
Cameron and the Slumberknights make artful instrumental hip hop with unbridled sincerity. Their second official single, “Midnight,” fuses the always-unpredictable city of London with Bruce Wayne’s Gotham as the track evolves and leaps from scene to scene.
On “Dynamite 2.0,” Voice Monet struggles to find the words that will bring serenity to her relationship, lamenting her inability to communicate. Her sing-song flow makes use of neo-soul sensibilities with hip hop bounce.
In standout cut “Snails” off their new album, Yobe, Delta the Butterfly and a great architect battle the Cosmos for an understanding of the human condition. Finding their pocket in the chaotic instrumentation reveals beautify in the universe’s natural anarchy.
The hypnotic stream of consciousness rapping make Antoine Sand stand out, but the changing flows and myriad of accompanying sounds of “Count on Me” leave an especially memorable impression. The ease of his flowing pen is the monologue of a poet with immeasurable hours of practice.
Emcee, performer and poet laureate Otis Mensah is existing for his art, and in a world that commodifies self-expression, that’s an act of resistance.