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Jean~Baptiste – Better Off (Spotify)

“Jean-Baptiste on his new single - Better Off - , please us with a warm soulful groove and a bright atmosphere with his signature vocal style and a layering of sweet funky elements. ”

“Better Off” depicts the mental & emotional hardship that a toxic relationship can cause someone. Many are often unsure of what they want regarding companionship. At one point you may think you’re better off with someone, until you realize that you’re better off without them. Jean~Baptiste takes a personal approach and depicts a time in which he fell for someone who he thought was the one, when reality she’s far from it. He’s aware that the relationship isn’t going well, but blindly denies its deterioration due to denial and familiarity. Throughout the track you can hear his inner conscious continuously warning him to leave, but to no avail. Jean proceeds to ignore his intuition and is rather misled by his irrational fear of being without this person. All signs point to ending it, but he’s become so attached & mentally detached that he is unable to let go despite all the damage that has been done.

In short this is an experience that many inexperienced lovers go through. You fall hard for someone, invest so much of yourself, ignore the warning signs, and then ultimately face the repercussions. But no matter what you are always better off.

Born Allah & Zpu-Zilla (feat. DJ Nu-Mark) – Dedication – YouTube (Video)

“DJ Nu-Mark joins Born Allah & Zpu-Zilla to their new release -Dedication- , a top notch production of beats and vocal performances that invite you to listen loud as is insanely dope, groove and rhymes which stick together with the listener from start to end. ”

L.A. rap veteran Born Allah shares the visuals for, “Dedication” taken from his new EP, Analog Baby which is produced entirely by German beatsmith, Zpu-Zilla. The engaging video directed by GuapCityProductions captures the bravado of the track and the rapper himself, who cruises through DTLA as he spits his bars at the camera and celebrates with his crew. This six-track EP which features Rakaa (of Dilated Peoples), DJ Nu-Mark and DJ Mark Luv is available now through all digital retailers and streaming platforms via The Church of Hip Hop & Financial Prosperity.

KAS RIGHT BACK ft Kaye Fox (Video)

“KAS teams up with Kaye Fox into their new release RIGHT BACK. Starting with the soulful vocals of Kaye Fox and coming next quick into the chorus theme from KAS which turn quickly to a memorable, addictive one. The production is solid and the vocal performances hypnotize you/ From the tracks that hit your “on repeat” list. ”

With the release of his 2020 breakout EP, KAS wasted no time gaining more momentum and soon earning the title of ‘Artist to watch.’

Now, we’re excited to share Kas’ new visuals for the leading record ‘Right Back’ from his EP “Long Story Short.”

With his recent track ‘Right back,’ Kas paints the scene of the gritty, raw struggles one may face while striving towards greatness. Kas’s artistry is unmatched, the music video’s symbolic yet simplistic feel is eye-catching.

When speaking about the record, Kas comments “Right Back is the slogan for hustlers, dreamers, and grinders. We have to leave home to strive for something greater, but the main objective is to come back home safely and better than how you were when you left.”

The talented rapper delivers his message on a warm baseline and a dabbing guitar beat. The production and visuals for the track are desirable.

Be sure to listen to his EP ‘Long Story Short’ and the first track of the project ‘Right back’ !

Sal Dulu – B (Spotify)

“Sal Dalu teams up with Koncept Jack$on into their new single B. And while the are grounded for what they do with their art, clearly this takes A. beautiful groove and well chopped samples placed into creating a melancholic atmosphere while the vocal performance tells the story in an abundant way. ”

Tipped Dublin-based producer/musician, Sal Dulu is today sharing his new single “B” (feat Koncept Jack$on), self-released via his own Duluoz Records – listen here. The new music comes in-tandem with news of his debut album, Xompulse which is set for release on February 19, 2021. “B” comes off the back of last month's Line of Best Fit and NTS Radio-tipped release, "Alien Boy 96".

Stylistically, this new track finds Sal Dulu delving into downtempo hip-hop, sculpting a bed of rich aesthetics and dusty electronic tones with the tipped Richmond, VA-based artist, Koncept Jack$on layering his vocals over the top.

The new run of music from Sal Dulu, marks his first releases of the year following previous support from The Observer, Resident Advisor, Okay Player and more. Sonically, they leave off from where his earlier music took us, once again finding Sal Dulu demonstrate his versatility as a producer, fusing together different styles to present something which is at once cinematic and also intimate. . Thematically, the forthcoming collection deals with dreamscapes and liminal places, as well as tackling fragmented memories. "B" marks one of a number of collaborations on the new record with additional features coming from the Pitchfork/Stereogum-tipped Fly Anakin (Mutant Academy) and Atlanta, Georgia-based staHHr.

Speaking about the album, Sal Dulu says: "The album comprises fragments of aural and visual memories and assimilates these in a series of memory-based songs or dreams. The album can essentially be described as moving through a dreamscape."

Recorded between London and his home studio in Dublin, this new music adds to Sal Dulu's previous collection of songs that demonstrate his creative process from several angles. Exorcising an array of genres, everything from jazz, to classical, ambient and hip-hop, and ideas that he’s worked with over the last twelve months – largely throughout the nocturnal hours – since summer 2019, Xompulse is a distinctly soothing trip through memory with each track evocative of a different playback.

Darrin Willz – A Kid From Oakland (feat. Mistah F.A.B.) (Spotify)

“Kid from Oakland is a beautiful and relaxing Jazz-hop tune. A very fresh release, ideal for all who need a short break and escape from the tension of everyday's routine.”

Darrin Willz is a rap and hip-hop artist with a twist of soul from Oakland, California.

In early 2021, the rapper released his single ‘A Kid From Oakland’ featuring Oakland’s legendary Freestyle King, Mistah F.A.B. Both rappers reflect on life growing up in Oakland, how they fought through adversity and have experienced success. His debut album, ‘The Beautiful Storm’, is set for release in March 2021.

Darrin began making music at 9 years old, inspired by the thought of bringing his “Oakland” worldview to the rest of the globe through song. After multiple late nights rapping and blasting music in his teens, Darrin’s father took him to his uncle’s studio for his first recording session. The rest is history.

Inspired by his real-life experiences, independent rapper says: “I want to make music for everyone in the struggle. If you’re working everyday, sun up to sun down, my music is for you. If you're feeling hopeless, lost and not sure where this life will take you, my music is for you. And if you just want to feel good, my music is for you.”

Twitter: @dwillzmusic
Instagram: @dwillzmusic

Clockwork – Evergreen Weather (Spotify)

“Enjoy Clockwork's 3rd single for the Hip-Hop scene outhere. A song full of lyrics from the artist's story, which will travel you through his life in a pleasant and relaxing way.”

The third single release of 2020. The track is a storytelling piece which takes the listener on a journey indicative of the artists days growing up in his hometown.

Lyrically, Clockwork pairs mellow flow and seamless rhyme schemes to accompany the rich content that together make for easy listening that embodies a summertime vibe.

Clockwork is an emerging U.K. lyricist from the south coast town of Bognor Regis, not far from the city of Brighton and its thriving Hip Hop scene.

Heavily influenced by 90’s 00’s American Hip Hop as well as the U.K. grime scene. His music is a mixture of melodic conscious lyricism and up tempo technical rap.

Clockwork has been producing songs since June 2019, leasing instrumentals from established producers and recording in his spare time out of a home studio.

Sense Offence – Stay Moving (Spotify)

“We had pick the - Stay Moving - , the opener of - Sense Offence - new ep - Nomad-. 3:30 of groove rap bliss. A solid vocal performance with very good story line and solid beats, mixed top notch. The flow here is brilliant, keeping on the listening pleasure from the 1st second to the end. Music which invite you volume up, move your head and learn the lyrics. ”

"Stay Moving" is a song about fighting mental health issues / addiction and coming out on top over an old school boom-bap style beat. The bars are deep, insightful and full of wordplay and intricate multi-syllabic rhyme schemes, while the hook is catchy and uplifting. "Stay Moving" is the first track on "Nomad", the debut EP from New Zealand hip hop artist Sense Offence.

Sense Offence is a New Zealand hip-hop artist and genre fluid rapper.

His music covers topics such as mental health, drug addiction, relationship difficulties and suicide, tackling these heavy topics with a brutal realism about their realities balanced with a strong belief that recovery is possible and offering encouragement to anyone battling these demons to keep fighting.

He is an extremely versatile artist often incorporating elements from different genres and a highly technical rapper with a mastery of complex flow patterns, strong delivery, powerful story telling and intricate multi-syllabic rhyme schemes.

Cam Be x Neak x Sam Trump – Right Now (Video)

“Another Hip-Hop diamond, that catches the listener’s attention right away. Time to make a short brake, sit back and relax “Right now” with Cam Be of course!”

Channelling the historic soul of Chicago greats Curtis Mayfield and Donny Hathaway with lyrics that could easily be found among the best of Common and Kanye West catalog. Chicago emcees Cam Be and Neak, with the help of Sam Trump, provide a convincing plea to people in these times “Right Now.”

Produced by Cam Be & INTLMC
Lyrics by Cam Be, Neak, Sam Trump
Lead Vocals by Cam Be, Neak, Sam Trump
Backup Vocals by Sam Trump
Drum Programming by INTLMC
Rhodes by Charlie Coffin
Trumpet by Sam Trump
Bass by Joshua Griffin
Conga & Percussion by Chris Paquette
Snaps by Cam Be
Mixed by Sean Owens

Amaru Cloud – Meant For feat. G Herbo (Spotify)

“Amaru Gold teams up with G Herbo for their new single - Meant For - under Slang Music imprint and quickly understand the great bond have together. Through a minimal beat and melodic line which are mixed with clarity and quality, perform with passion their vocal qualities knowing exactly how to step into the rhymes and beats. The mastering quality here lets you enjoy it also in louder volumes without fear of hurt your system or your ears. ”

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