Named after the comedian of the same name, “Bill Bellamy” is just as fun as the actor’s classic films. Jaywop isn’t just a talented rapper. He builds a song overflowing with character from the dynamic production to his clever bars.
In the new video for “Rick Moranis,” Frak is haunted by the ghost of a would-be-lover. He raps over continuously evolving funk production, assisted by the alluring vocals of OFLO.
Darkly honest, the ominous poetics of Otis Mensah and Hemlock Ernst creep up on the listener, slithering through the headphones until their hooks are in. The soft instrumental of “Breath of Life” is almost an afterthought, as if drums and brass were summoned by the rappers’ eviscerating flow.
Sit down, sip up. On his single “Codeine,” CeddroDaGod rap-sings about the toxic allure of addiction, but then pulls the rug out from under the listeners expectations by changing the perspective of his vice. The pull of a bad relationship can be just as toxic.
Coming off a #1 hit in Hot97’s WHOSNEXT, Manny Maserati made himself known to the Sauce with “Black Rose.” Inspired by the likes of Nas and Rakim, Manny raps with soul and grit. He doesn’t write to make music, he writes to get the world off his chest.
The best examples of self-producing artists really know how to mesh their vocals and beat in just the right amounts. This smoker’s anthem, “Smoke” by Power features a seamless blending of ad-libs and synthesizer flares to settle the verses in for a smooth ride that keeps the listener ahead of the track.
Deep and personal is how Leo Miyagee raps over the fleeting piano keys of “Paro.” The emotional pull of the instrumental builds on Miyagee’s impassioned vocal delivery with a syllable for every key.
Another returning artist and growing Sauce favorite, Vallé is back with more of his upbeat rhymes and fun cadence. This time with “Trip Advisor” he brings us back to his Papua New Guinea island roots. No matter where his journeys take him, his family retains a piece of his heart.
There’s an innocent quality to “Phun” by trdml that’s told in the angst of high school nights fighting to fit in and the bonds of those friends who never made you feel like you needed to. The track bends genres and avoids conventional recording methods for a uniquely home-brewed flavor.
“Pass Out” is a fleeting but fantastically smooth new single from Forever Slept On, a new project from QU/NTEN. On the track the artist confronts tough questions about himself and running from the ghosts of his past.