“Who are you when nobody’s looking? Are you pretending to be who you’re not. This thing called life, is not black and white. I am just a human, trying to do what’s right”, sings a mellow Maka on her new single “Sinner”. Developing a following out of Lagos, Nigera, Maka’s new single sounds like something you remember from the past, but something from the future as well. Teck-Zilla gives a somber back drop with a fretless guitar and smooth rimshots that is just as cool as the song itself. Boogey finishes up the song with a stellar verse saying “Forever goes unnoticed, really when I made a deal with the devil, no one knows it. He’s telling me that I may get to Heaven, though, I’m hopeless. Try to hide it from God, but I know he watch. He just turns a blind eye like Fetty Wap”. This is a great song, and for Maka, this may open even more doors for her.
Vinny Virgo a very talented man from the west coast, sadly couldn’t find out anything about him but check out his dope track that he sent us awhile back
Boom Bap Hip Hop has stood the test of time. It’s the one constant staple in the genre. A few different sounds have made it’s mark, but no matter how bleak it looks at times, it’s always made it through. The wonderful thing about the sound is that, it’s Hip Hop stripped down to the bare minimum: Rhymes, A sample, and a drum loop. If it doesn’t do anything else, it can show how good an artist truly is, or expose their flaws because you don’t have much to rely on. “The Red Crow”, the new single off of Billy Hoyle412 and Moemaw Naedon’s new project “Travel Through” is a song that the emcee and production duo easily show how talented they are. Over a eerie string and guitar loop from Hoyle, Naedon spits “Bring your skills out it’s ’bout to be a tragedy. Like some fucked up construction on a balcony. Aye, yo, my rhyme spit venomous. The style mastered, crafted with the penmanship.” Pittsburgh definitely has a group to be proud of with this group.
About Billy Hoyle 412 and Moemaw Naedon
The entire album is produced by Billy Hoyle and is his first full on collaborative project. This is Naedon’s fourth project, but it will be the first where he is the main lyrical focus and features no other rappers.
Both hailing from Pittsburgh, Billy Hoyle was named one of the up and coming producers you should know by Jenesis magazine in 2014 and has released recent tracks with artists like Hubbs, Tayyib Ali, and Goldsmith. Moemaw Naedon is best known for his performances with his group Fortified PhonetX and his former projects, Circular Signals with The Latebloomer from New Jersey and the Galactic Brethren project with Brother Seamus from New Orleans, all a part of the Surface Level Records collective.
On Travel Through, Naedon and Billy’s styles combine forces to form a 9 track project that delivers a cohesive sonic journey through Naedons mindstate ranging from metaphysical visuals, substance use, tales of reincarnation and honest real life issues meshed with abstract lyricism over Billy’s spacey yet soulful production.
Mazzi is from Jersey city, New Jersey and is part of a group called S.O.U.L. (Sense Of Understanding Life’s) Purpose. His track “Chai Party” is a banger with some home truths, anyone who enjoys Immortal Technique will probably appreciate this track, reminds me of his kind of style. The instrumental is dope a lot heavier than the other instrumentals i’ve heard on his other tracks, but goes just as well with his word flow. He uses a good range of instrumentals actually which I really appreciate as a lover of lots of different music genres.
His video release from last year shows his genre range with his song “Heart Of A Lion” featuring Eva Lazarus a up coming underground artist from Bristol, England with a beautiful voice. Their collaboration tune has a great reggae and dancehall feel to it.
Since sending me these tracks he has come out with his latest album which is also on his soundcloud so if you enjoy these tunes it’s worth checking out, hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did!
The track, crafted by RKL – a young up-and-coming producer and musician from Miami, lays the ground work for the song and carries the call-to-action that is needed today. Pinqy uses her platform to prepare the paleteros, the Chicago bucket boys, our ancestors and so many more… She is chanting and rapping for women, people of color, the undocumented, the disabled, the LGBTQ community, the religiously persecuted and all allies to mobilize and create the future WE want and need.
It’s time for equality, it’s time for equity, it’s time for social justice…
It’s time for Revolución.
It’s an all-Detroit-everything affair on Magnif’s single, “The Last”, which features a previously unreleased J.Dilla beat and is the B-side to Magnif’s “The Shining Pt. 2.”. Keeping it 100% in the Motor City ; it features original artwork from Detroit artist Michelle Tanguay and Young RJ (of Slum Village) recorded and mixed the two songs.
Magnif, whom some of you may remember as one half of the underground duo Lawless Element, worked with Dilla on several notable tracks back in 2003.
It’s rough in Chicago right now. With violence at damn near an all time high in the Windy City, a lot of people don’t realize that Chicago has created another sub-genre in hip hop called Drill music. Think of it as trap music’s violent ass cousin. The scene is thriving in the underground and has no signs of disappearing in to oblivion. A dope artist to check for from the Chi is Von Coleman. E Haynes gives Von Coleman an animated canvas of production for “In My Own World” with reverse pianos and lead synths that gives the listener a spaced out sound to zone out to. Von gets into party mode on the second verse that shows you a glimpse in to his wild life. “I’m never looking back when I move forward. Man, I love a woman on all fours. Let me stop tweaking right now. Let me just focus on the task at hand. Fuck is you saying? I done been in and out so many jams. I should have been canned. That must really man that God got a plan in store for me. You know what they say, “no nuts, no glory.” This track bangs, and will even make the most critical listener vibe out to it.
Hardest Word is the next single and video off River Nelson’s third album How To Dream. The song is about a couple whose been together from a young age until much older older, and it covers some of the trials they’ve endured.
The video is directed by Eric Hudson for Hudson Productions, the story was written by J. Shawn Durham and the lead female character is played by Barbie Malgache.
Check out the video and album below.