Toronto group STAYOUTLATE pull up to our discovery section with a masterful posse cut. On “WUSSUP,” each emcee brings a unique flex rap flow to a horn blasting beat.
On their blockbuster link-up, Oakland emcees Tia Nomore and Stoni tear through The Bay, brandishing sharp bars as they literally bust blocks in the tongue-in-cheek music video for “Skirmish.”
He mightn’t be a local quite yet, but on “South Side Livin’,” CimplyDan salutes Florida and feels very much at home. Lo-fi production tints the artist’s laid-back bars with accents of beaches and sunsets in the sunshine state.
Sparsely populated with gentle acoustics that wraps even the saddest sentiments in a comforting glow, ‘everything’s going to be alright’ by Hoosh is a melancholy retrospective on the nomadic vocalist and songwriter’s changing conceptualization of home. It’s a tale of aspirations and opportunity costs that ends in a seismic shifting of person.
Equal parts furious and fun, Nate Husser’s “Sleep Like A Baby” courts chaos with palpable glee, undeniable skill, and a mean Jean Deaux verse.
Love brings life in the flutter of the heart and rush of awareness, but as easily as it gives, it takes. “Killing Me Slowly” by Paris Price bridges romance from life to death with features from Chris Patrick and Dende.
Straight out the box, nothing is worth more attention than an unblemished pair of all-white sneakers. In this age-old tale of jealousy, “White Sneakers (Better Than Me),” Cece Valor’s uptempo hook puts priorities in perspective as D Prince raps on his toes to keep both the kicks and the relationship unscuffed.
Mickey Woods Jr is a rolling stone on “rockin’ rollin’.” he takes the highs and lows of life head-on but at a pace that’s comfortable to him. It’s a dynamic rap track with some harmonic bones.
With her heart in her hand, Haiku embraces “Peace of Mind” as she trust falls back into music and reminds us it’s okay to take a step away when we need to find clarity. Her raps are gentle and comforting with a sing-songy musicality in the revelry.
These laid-back rhymes find as much ease slipping from coast to coast and beyond as Your Old Droog does circumnavigating the globe himself. An effortlessly chill loop, cooked up by Tha God Fahim, underpins the bars with production that rolls out the extravagance of a red carpet entrance with the subtley of slipping through a side door.