Carolina Waves curated a cypher of talented rappers of color to bring rhymes to the revolution in the name of Black pride. “Black AF” is a protest song that focuses less on musical inspiration and more on action. Each rapper brings their own texture but their unified message draws strength from the whole.
A new hip-hop collective is making some waves out of Florida. seeyousoon on the surface seems Brockhampton-esque but the nine member group forgoes the boy-band flavor for a more traditionally styled emphasis on rapping. “Shut Up” is a single straight off their new project.
More of what we love. Nora Toutain returns with “Women,” an empowering R&B ballad for the titles’ namesake. The instrumental production whips energy into confident vocals that cascade through the track garnering support as they roll — an avalanche of inspiration.
Like the plant of the same name “Aloe Vera” is a healing treatment. Unlike the plant however, Indigo Monet targets healing of the soul. Systemic racism and police brutality too often leave fresh wounds for Black America before the previous ones have even healed. Monet highlights the need for positive self-care in an environment that continually attacks the soul.
Swirling synths are the background for Jeannel to direct sweet vocals to your ears. On “ICMIB (I Can Make It Better)” she brings you comfort with just a few words — the swaddling promise of a new lover to heal old wounds.
“GOODNIGHT” is an onslaught of bars. Samad Savage is off at that gun, dancing over the beat quickly and confidently. As his raps pick up the pace he never slips, his confidence and clean delivery only grow stronger.
“Fragile” by Benjamin Carter is R&B at the core. The instrumentation carries a hint of funk, the vocals layered with soul. But this song goes a little further. As the production evolves a feature verse briefly diverts the song down the path of dark poetic musings.
“FOR NO ONE” is a musical expression of love between two people, no matter who those two people are. STORRY consistently finds a way into our hearts with passionate sultry vocals and masterful layering.
This soul duet from Dan DeCristofaro and Bianca Sings is as heartfelt as it is harmonious. “Give Me Your Love” is asking for exactly what the title suggests, and nothing is more convincing than song.
Beast Coast producer NugLife returns with the combined lyrical venom of The Underachievers. The duo let fire with political commentary and spiritual awakening over the texture-packed psychedelic production.