Chicago just keeps on blessing us with more and more artists to watch; this time around it’s MFnMelo‘s turn. As we wait for MFnMelo’s “MeloDramatics” to drop, we’ve got to get the unfamiliar up to speed with a few tracks that have us (not so patiently) wondering what else this tape has in store for our ears. Take a listen to “Pass the El” and “Pearl Vision” after the jump.
Rapper Luke Christopher’s got another banger on the Cali scene as well as taking over speakers elsewhere with his new tape “TMRW, TMRW PT. II” giving a refreshing flow that had me head nodding along to his dope lyrics, as well as features from Asher Roth and Baily, not to mention he had quite a hand in the production, it’s hard not to be impressed with such a great piece of work. If you haven’t caught wind yet, that’s why we’re here. Lend us your ears.
Lately Pivot Gang member Saba has been making quite a bit of noise on his own with his recent mixtape “Comfortzone” and has blessed us today with a video to keep the crowd rockin’, loaded with cool visuals and not to mention Eryn Allen Kane’s appearance making it a fun, trippy video. Check out Saba’s new video for his hit “Burnout”.
We would like to introduce our friends from another planet, Red Giant, hailing from the eclectic yet rising art scene in New Brunswick. This area of New Jersey has rediscovered itself in the music scene in which the scope is quite large and open for various types of genres. Red Giant expresses the movement here as they craft tripped out and atmospheric soundscapes from Derrick “Drop” Braxton fronted by the luscious vocals of Foxanne. Check out their two piece release!
I got the opportunity to interview rising Brooklyn rapper HD, back in August, and this was by far my favorite interview of all time. I not only got a chance to ask the HD about his music, but I also got to learn a little bit more about the person behind the mic. We talked about everything from Worldstar, his favorite things from the 90s, to the pressure on making new music. HD has been compared to a few rappers such as Logic and Joey Bada$$, but he is looking to build a lane of his own with sharp wordplay and crisp delivery. Did I mention he’s only 19, so the ceiling for growth is limitless. His newest project TGA should be dropping soon and I know it will be making some noise on the internet, so stay tuned for the drop. In the meantime in between time get acquainted with HD in our interview above and download his last mixtape Stepping Into Tomorrow here.
We already got to vibe out with JIMI X on his last EP “Gallery,” and now he’s back with this visual sneak peek for his upcoming EP titled 2AM. From the taste of this track alone, you can tell that Jimi’s next project is going to be nothing short of LIT! That being said, turn your speakers up, take a couple of shots, roll one up, and turn up to “Untitled!” And if you find yourself getting too antsy in anticipation for the rest of the tape to drop, check out Gallery (EP) here to keep your ears busy.
It is easy to get lost this world and just follow the norm, but Dazz Lightburn is motivating you to break off and follow your own path. That is easy said than done, but Dazz Lightburn and The Black Sheep are living proof of that. Hailing from Englewood, NJ their sound can be best described as a blend of funk, soul, R&B and Jazz in one package. If that doesn’t stand out in a music world ran by Pop stars and one hit wonders, then I don’t know good music. Take a listen below and see for yourself. Don’t forget it’s your life, take control of it and stop living like the next man. Be you.
The grain in Hadassah‘s voice has wisdom and emotion far beyond her age. Previously I compared Hadassah to the likes of Lauryn Hill, Janelle Monae, and Erykah Badu and I still stand by my comparisons firmly. Her new EP Lead Balloon, is more personal and introspective, as she sings about her insecurities, love, and criticism from the world for being herself. Through it all, Hadassah still shines and she continues to grow into a beautiful artist inside and out. Stream Lead Balloon below.
I wanted to share with you guys my weekly find, Mad Satta, an eight piece psychedelic neo-soul funk band from Boston/NYC. To tease you to the band, check out their cover of Curtis Mayfield‘s classic “Makings of You” music video above. There is something very enthralling about live instrumentation such as the bass, saxophone, and trumpet just to name a few. My first time watching this video I got chills two separate times. The first time when the bass guitar starts off the track and when lead vocalists Joanna Teters begins singing. I can only describe her voice as buttery and sultry, but those words can’t even come to describe how versatile it really is. Even better, Mad Satta recently released their debut album Comfort on October 14 which you can check out on Bandcamp here.
Omar Charles is a rising Toronto based producer, who has returned to the sounds of producing after a year hiatus. His first offering is appropriately titled “The Fall”, as a nice nod to his birth season and to the ambient feeling of “falling”. Omar blends together sultry, electronic sounds, and celestial synths to send its listener on a musical voyage. This is what buoyant ecstasy would sound like. Let go of your senses and let the the music take you on a trip.
I haven’t listened to any new music in about two weeks, but Yoh the Shaolin “Mason Jars” reminded me as to why I love it so much in the first place. Yoh’s wordplay and delivery are more like a poet performing a piece with a simple piano riff as the backtrack. His verse begins with a question, “If I could drop all my memories on to a memorex would you burn it?”. If his memories were describe in the same manner as his flow, then I would burn that CD in a flash. The track also features frequent collab ENXVE and PLC crafts the jazz inspired instrumental. Take a listen to “Mason Jars” below and see how many metaphors each rapper drops.
I’ve been waiting for E.Nigma to drop a track off of his Longest Day of the Year EP, after hearing a few exclusive tracks back in August. Finally, he hits us with “First Things First”, a soundtrack for the no-days off grinders. The production is handled by NJ producer Mello Marc; the two have joined forces to put out the NJ to NY collaboration effort. Although, the winter time is slowing rolling in, their EP will rekindle those exuberant feelings of the summer. Take a listen below to get a feel for what I mean.
This is the world premier of Newton’s law by Jersey artist D.Whale featuring Mick Jenkins. The track is packed with stunning flows from both artist and a real catchy hook. This track beats any exceptions for a new artist debut. You can stream this wavy track here. Cover art design by Zahir Ramos.
If you’re in the New Jersey/NYC area this Saturday evening (10/11), you should check out Khari Ricks’ solo art gallery. The gallery will be held at the ever so versatile Coffee Cave in Newark, NJ. Khari will be displaying multiple paintings that will tackle the epidemic of Selfies. It will be interesting to see how Khari’s painting style and ideologies tackle society’s most narcissistic habit. Head over to our recent interview/photo gallery with Khari to see some of his most recent work, favorite artists, and how FKA Twigs and Shabazz Palaces influences his paintings. Also be sure to check out the Facebook’s event page for more information and confirm your attendance.
Is it PATHOS or LOGOS that seduces us? Cali producer and DJ, esta. ,seems to case and point with Ohio soulstress, Alina Baraz , that it’s pathos as he takes her, “Art of Persuasion”/“Make You Feel” indie-R&B jams and adds a hip hop clash to it’s root argument ,” I can make you feel alright”. Definitely dance-able and provides some EDM chops towards the end. Funny enough, the beat of Baraz’s, “Art of Persuasion” version which was produced by XXYXX , is also fed pathos in another version by TDE and Chi-town urbanites , SZA & Chance the Rapper, on their song titled, “Childs Play”.
As I 2step to esta.’s and play back all of the other versions, I can’t help but truly start to feel alright. What is it about feeling emotion that presses play; is it the love for emotion itself or rather the emotion for love?
Feel alright below: