Shaheed and DJ Supreme make music that’s as kinetic and intoxicating as anybody’s, and they always bring the verses, quite rightfully taking their place among the legends. On their new single, ‘Appreciate Life’, they’re joined by another legend, Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli founding member Chali 2na, whose relaxed baritone is the perfect counterpoint to the frenetic delivery of Shaheed and DJ Supreme.
Right from the start, ‘Sunrise’ is a banger. It starts out at a frenetic pace, and keeps it up right through to the end. It’s rock and roll in the truest sense of the word, soul and swing and Brandon Phillips and The Condition do their thing. All that could make it better is the movie-like music video to accompany the track.
Newark New Jersey is a cultural hub for the battle rap scene, and Arsonal Da Rebel knows that scene well, and is regarded by many as one of the genre’s most highly-ranked, with 67 battles to his name, and more than 87 million views. He’s made appearances on top shows such as Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, and is a testament to how much success is made up of hard work, natural skill, and a philosophy that’s grounded in DIY. He’s the perfect example of a self-made rapper, with his large fan base supporting him and showing that having the goods is what gets you to the top.
Proper Einstein, from Swainsboro, Georgia, has learned from the greats, taking his musical inspiration from the sound of the past 40 years or so of popular music. The singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, director, and actor embraces it all as he glides effortlessly between hip-hop, country, and every place in between. Four albums, a quiver of singles, some heavy radio rotation, and some incredible collaborations with the underground’s greatest, his latest creation, the single, ‘Like This’, is a truly fine piece of work.
David Drake is an artist in every sense of the word, although he concentrates his talents on music. He approaches his songs as if they were paintings, with poetic imagery and lyrics taking the listener on a journey that transcends sound. ‘Touch The Burning Sky’, his latest single, paints a picture of wonder, amazement, and awe about the natural world, and with his words and music Drake commands as much soul and spirit as any colours committed to canvas.
Quite a number of KOTH’s singles have garnered praise from esteemed publications, such as The Hype Magazine, and Elevator, and the Seattle artist has supported the likes of Slick Rick, Mobb Deep, and Mos Def, not to mention selling out The Crocodile in his home town, with TylerxCordy. Latest single, ‘My Time’, which is the first track from his upcoming set, ‘First Team’, is a banger of an anthem, with a relatable theme for anyone who’s chasing those dreams and catching them, making their moment – in their own time.
Still only 12 years old, Tamas Bulla is in no rush to grow up, and understands that these are the best days – the worry-free years – and yet this New Jersey pre-teen is already making a name for himself in music. In the video for his debut single, ‘Out Of Time’, Tamas addresses the new challenges he faces in life as he gets older.
It’s crazy to think we’re talking about albums set for release in October, but suddenly it’s August already, so here we are. Darren Jessee is probably best known for being the co-founder and drummer of Ben Folds Five, but he’s a solo performer as well, and his latest album, ‘Remover’, the follow up to 2018’s ‘The Jane, Room 217’, is set for release on October 16, through Bar/None Records. ‘Cape Elizabeth’, from the forthcoming album, came out on 31 July.
Rick Dorn sees himself as the bearer of good news, and with his music he lifts spirits with a message that’s been doing the same for over two thousand years. His latest single, ‘Great Things’, draws from RnB, classic pop, and of course, fiery gospel, and his verses of devotion and praise are sung with a voice which carries in itself the courage of his convictions.
The music video for Niramsin’s latest single, ‘How You Like’, featuring Dell-P, is a gorgeous feast of the beauty of Australia, both natural and manmade. As he sings, “Meet me where the sea meets the sky”, we see a dancer moving from a lighthouse, to the shore, with each move carefully on the beat, perfectly matched to Niramsin’s voice. As he sings, “it into deeper water”, the next dancer does exactly that, moving underwater fully dressed.
daFinchi draws his name from the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci, and calls himself The Renaissance Rapper. It’s not just a play on words, even though it’s some mighty fine alliteration; but it also draws attention to the dry, dark sense of humour da Vinci had – taking his art and inventions seriously – but himself…not so much. daFinchi, from Bridgeport, Connecticut, shares that easy wit and tongue-in-cheek self-deprecation in his debut single, ‘The Burbs’.
Naranja, Florida, is home to rapper Rondo Smiff, who with his menacing, whip-smart, but never showy style, brings the South Florida attitude to life with his latest single, ‘No Feelings’. Joined by respected Miami rapper and storyteller Mike Smiff (yes, they’re related), the track is the focal point of their joint project, ‘Family Business’.
Chanique is not your average triple threat. She’s got singing and songwriting under her belt, as well as stage acting. But she’s also a professional model, and a more than competent chef. Basically, Chanique can put her hand to anything and come up a winner, but it’s been from her very earliest days, growing up on the Caribbean island of St Vincent and The Grenadines, that she’s known she was meant to make her name in the world of music, and her latest single, ‘I Can’, is possibly the perfect example, a Chanique primer if you will, of what she can do.