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Slugger – [Kevin Abstract] ft. [$NOT] & [slowthai]

Kevin Abstract is an artist that I truly don’t think gets the amount of credit he deserves, but that doesn’t slow him down even slightly. The BROCKHAMPTON frontman has been making waves both whit his massively successful group as well as individually, so I couldn’t be more excited to see him succeed, especially with all of the beyond unique and inventive styles of music he has been bringing to life over the last handful of years. While he’s no stranger to working with a variety of artists you wouldn’t necessarily expect to see him in the studio alongside, he continued this streak late last week with the release of his single “Slugger” which features two of my current favorite artists $NOT and slowthai. An unlikely bunch, yet a group that always kills every verse, so the fact that this one was no exception is just another reason why Kevin is undefeated thus far. Opening up with an instrumental created by Kevin, Al Hung, and fellow BROCKHAMPTON star Romil Hemnani, we hear a very unique and uncharacteristic beat full of inventive sounds, a mischievous chorus, and a very tempo-setting drumline that is just chaotic enough to catch your attention without being …

Wait! – [Yung Gwopp]

If there’s one thing that I love about music, it’s the fact that it spans way further than any border or boundary could ever even dream of containing. We’ve got international superstars like The Kid LAROI, Skepta, and Slowthai, to name just a few, yet they’re setting examples for kids all over the world to chase their dreams and do anything they set their mind to as long as they have the work ethic and determination to get the job done. For Yung Gwopp, he moved from rural Australia to the big city of Brisbane at a young age. While growing up, he listened to bands like Green Day and Blink 182 before shifting his admiration in the direction of more hip-hop-forward music. Discovering music production at the early age of 12, he was able to test out a plethora of different sounds that would eventually go on to form the foundation of his music, and after checking out his latest song “Wait!”, all of these influences are fairly clear throughout even with his own unique spin on things. In the instrumental, we’re greeted with light, airy synths that sound almost Pi’erre Bourne-inspired prior to tapping hats and pithy 808s …

Water – [Debe]

The UK’s rap music scene has essentially been transformed from a meme to a now respected style of music in the eyes of American listeners and without a doubt their perspective on the world is obviously divergent from your average American rapper, largely because in their country they are facing a completely different set of issues that are significantly longer-standing and more deeply rooted even than the problems we are facing here on the other side of the Atlantic. London is obviously at the center of this British rap revival of sorts but Northampton, a city between London and Birmingham, has become a new epicenter for British rap culture, much in part due to the raging success and controversy that surrounds the rapper Slowthai, but there is obviously something in the water here that is producing off-kilter but impassioned idealists who have a knack for painting vivid and gut-wrenching pictures of the many wrongs and social ills that face their city and the world. DeBe is another artist from Northampton that has been one of my very favorites in the entire United Kingdom since his 2019 EP The Life of Reilly that showed off his penchant for storytelling and off-the-wall visuals and …

CANCELLED – [slowthai] ft. [Skepta]

The more slowthai builds up hype behind his upcoming album TYRON, the less I sleep because I’m just so unbelievably excited. All of the singles he has dropped so far have been absolute hits and sound like completely separate entities, so although most people like albums that flow fluently from song to song, it’s hard to imagine how this project is going to pull that off. Nonetheless, thai is an absolute mastermind, so I know he’s going to tie everything together perfectly, and we’re going to see all the fun unfold this Friday, February 12th. Just last week, thai and his close friend and frequent collaborator Skepta took the stage on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform a brand-new single entitled “CANCELLED”, a song that they teamed up to shoot a music video for as well. Now that the studio-quality single is in our laps, I couldn’t be more excited. Kelvin Krash, SAMO, and Kwes Darko joined forces to create the incredible instrumental, utilizing eerie, unsettling flutes, crisp percussion, and terse drums that come together to create an amazing result. Throughout all of this, Skepta takes the hook to brag about some of his many well-deserved accomplishments as …

MAZZA – [Slowthai] ft. [A$AP Rocky]

There are very few songs that get write-ups from me twice, but then again, there are very few artists, if any at all, that are like Slowthai. There is just something about him that not only makes his songs captivating, controversial, and compelling, but his music videos seem to push the boundaries far beyond what is normally socially acceptable. Early last week, he teamed up with none other than A$AP Rocky to deliver a brand-new single off of his upcoming album TYRON entitled “MAZZA”. Ever since, I’ve basically had this record on repeat, so when he surprised fans a few days ago with an insane new music video for the track, I couldn’t help but double down and write about the insane and creative visual directed by THE REST. Right off the bat, the way the camera zooms in and becomes hazy and distorted makes you feel as if you’re spiraling deep into an acid trip, which is something I’m sure Thai and Rocky can agree with considering they start acting extremely peculiar out of nowhere after taking a bite out of what must’ve been a rotten apple. Both artists are in their own rooms inside of a hotel, and …

MAZZA – [Slowthai] ft. [A$AP Rocky]

Grime music might not be nearly as widespread in the US as it is in Europe, England specifically, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t contain some of the most gifted and insane emcees in the entire industry. It has rightfully been gaining a bit of momentum as certain icons in American music collaborate with icons in the Grime scene, yet it still doesn’t get the respect I think it deserves. The perfect example of an artist who blows me away when it comes to his music itself, visuals, overall persona, and just about every other aspect is undeniably slowthai. The Northampton is known for his chaotic personality, unapologetic word plays, and sometimes demonic disposition, yet what many people fail to realize is just how brilliant the English talent truly is. He has a way of thinking outside the box on all fronts, whether that’s in his insane music videos, intricate and inventive cadences, or just overall unique styles that only he can bring to life. In order to continue building anticipation for his highly anticipated sophomore album TYRON, he decided to gift fans a brand-new single called “MAZZA” featuring the one and only A$AP Rocky, and although this pairing might …

nhs – [slowthai]

After making a name for himself as an all-too-eccentric, yet politically and sentimentally-driven prodigy of an act with his debut project Nothing Great About Britain, the ever-profound slowthai has convincingly entered the next telling period of his career with a recent single/video for his new offering “nhs” — and with that a brand new album announcement as well. That album is the double-disc flaunting Tyron and is set to be released on February 5th, 2021; not only does this mark that aforementioned new light in this already-acclaimed career as we know it, but one that manifests itself in something of a far more personal narrative at its disposal all the same. The UK-standout has promised an album that tackles his conflicting personal life more than the circumstances that surrounded him as he did on his last project, and there could be no better single to represent this conceptual entrance than “nhs” in itself. The given track takes the promising and entrancing conceptual elements that this album has promised in its announcement and wraps them up ever-so-ideally in this small, but completely resounding package. Leaning more towards the side of self-appreciation rather than any sort of negative aspects that may lie …

hand crushed by a mallet – [100 Gecs]

One of my absolute favorite things about music, especially recently, is there seem to be no boundaries that can go unbroken, and certain talents truly push the limits in order to prove that they can’t be boxed into any sort of genre. As for 100 Gecs, they’re the perfect example of this type of experimental, off the rails style that truly can’t be placed in any specific genre, but if anyone had to pick, it would be closer to Hyperpop or Electronic. Their use of Punk, Dubstep, EDM, and other influences all machined into every song as well as the inclusion of experimentally pitched-up vocals and incredible swift tempos are what drew me in from the moment I first heard their music, and there’s obviously a good reason as to why they’ve amassed quite a notable following over the past few years, working with artists like Charli XCX, Rico Nasty, and even Fall Out Boy, as well as touring with talents such as Slowthai and BROCKHAMPTON. As for their most recent offering, they decided to team up and bring a music video to life using only an iPhone for their hit song “hand crushed by a mallet” off of last …

feel away – [Slowthai] ft. [James Blake] & [Mount Kimbie]

Ever since Rap and Hip-Hop music came into existence, there has always been a wide range of personalities amongst artists. While some might be more introspective and lyrical, others can be straight-up zany and wild. Throughout the decades, though, I’m not sure there’s a single artist who is as wild or out of the box as Slowthai. He takes the definition of being a rapper and flips it on its head unlike anyone else ever has, and it’s because of his unbelievably creative mind that I have no choice but to tune into every single new offering he puts out. Most recently, he is back with a fresh single called “feel away” as well as a unique and uncharacteristic music video, although I’m not surprised because all of his visuals are some of the most inventive videos in the entire industry. Not only am I excited for the song, but I’m even more anticipative because when I saw he tapped the legendary singer James Blake and the London-based electronic duo Mount Kimbie, I knew I was in for a treat. The instrumental is a bit calmer than what I’ve grown to expect out of the English emcee, utilizing a piano-driven …

Limbo – [Amine]

After a couple of impressive singles, Amine’s highly anticipated 2020 album Limbo is here. Amine has come along way since he burst on to the scene with his viral hit “Caroline” back in 2017. With the first couple of listens, it’s really crazy to see how far Amine has come with his artistry within a short period of time. Like just look at the video he dropped with earlier in the week for his record with Young Thug entitled “Compensating.” The production on this album ranges from a plethora of sounds that showcase the Portland, Oregon artist’s range and versatility. As far as content Amine touches on an array of topics which include Kobe’s death, love, fame, and introspective, and self-reflection. The features on this were carefully curated and it feels like everyone plays their role on this album. That list includes Young Thug, Charlie Wilson, JID, Vince Staples, Summer Walker, slowthai and more. Some of the stands out tracks are “RIRI”, “Compensating”, “Woodlawn”, “Burden” and plenty more. Stream Amine’s newest project Limbo and judge for yourself after the break.