On his chilly new single, New Jersey emcee Off Topic intimidates with ease over an uneasy beat. “Threat” is grimy, lo-fi and heavy with the rhymes.
On “Shackles,” his ambitious R&B track, Max Swan fuses incisive introspection with a dense and soaring arrangement.
Renee Stormz basks in confidence, exorcising her pain with “Rise Above.” Her flow is unbreakable over a beat that trickles through speakers.
Through a calm authority, Adeline expresses her freedom. “Stages” is an easy-going R&B song with a groovy bassline and a rapped verse from KAMAUU.
Lxnny sends us on a trip through another life by stepping into the shoes of a kingpin. “Lamborghini Racers” is a wavy listen that drifts on chimes and a smooth flow.
On a concept project about writing and producing demos for Drake, Cape Verdean crooner Nami nails a sound that’s all his own. “Who Lied To You” wouldn’t be out of place for a worldclass popstar, but it’s an unforgettably synthy demo.
On “About The Money,” Viana mires an earnest want in a consumerist sheen, creating a pop song of depth. She just wants to sing songs and feed her dog. Should that be so hard?
In the title track off their new EP, “Visions of DOOM,” Imp meshes the Marvel universe with visions of the dystopian reality they see around them.
ROMderful roots a cosmic background in R&B familiarity to tell a galactic love story. “ALIENS!” is a story of human connection in the stars.
A good posse cut is hard to find, but with bars, barbs and no shortage of character, Leon Ross, YS Perignon and IM REAL make it sound effortless. “No Invites” is a song for an exclusive crowd and the emcees let you know.