Mellow and drifting, Bolbito let’s the bars flow one after another, flowing through a river of memories — some good, some bad, sometimes peaceful waters, sometimes turbulent rapids. “Epiphany” is a poetic realization reflecting on the pain of the past but not letting it define the future.
“Role Model” excels at creating an environment for the listener to stew in. Broughton raps with intention over lightly pressed keys and gently plucked strings. There’s no sense of urgency in his flow, only the inevitability of his words hanging on wax
We often think of poetry as written works with elegance and grace, but every so often a song comes around that reminds us how closely poetry and hip-hop are intwined. Otis Mensah returns with “Internet Cafe,” a jazzy lo-fi record with the elegance of poetry and the gritty soul of hip-hop.
“Infinity” is the castle on a hill of unconventional production. SadoSan and Sentry Sinvil spend the minute-and-a-half runtime rapping over a beat that sounds like a mic dropping down a rabbit hole of lo-fi instrumentation. Their rhymes are tight and their flow manages to snag a tough pocket in the best way.
“Running Outta Time” may seem like a song with two identities. Hope and optimism on one hand and the uncertain futures imposed by state violence on the other. For TxTHEWAY, Brian Fender and Black America, it’s two faces of the same coin.
A muse and a storyteller, as Hydie Humble sings her words are whisked into the ether as gently as they were delivered. “Barcelona” is less of a love tale and more of genuflection on love itself and the decisions we make when nothing else is on our mind.
Bars to study and relax to, NJUNE brings his unique texture of lo-fi hip-hop production and hard verses to his new single, “Don’t Cry.” The easy listening of lo-fi and the writing of a lyrical rapper combine in this hit.
Cam Archer attacks on “Foreword” with his sharp lyricism, firing away at critics amid introspection of his own strengths and weaknesses. Every syllable is delivered with precision over bass-heavy production meticulously whittled down to just the right supporting backdrop for Archer’s two-and-a-half-minute verse.
“Shores” is a lo-fi exploration of the stormy seas we face in life. Relz Glover’s smooth bars are complemented by the harmonious vocals of LayFullStop as the two bring a ship nearly lost at sea to the peace of the ever-welcoming shores.