lil a-lik revives “GETAWAY” in the new year – a track that’s produced by Chri$tian. For lack of a better term, his melodic rock-rap style can be compared to that of someone in the Gothboiclique. The message in the track is quite clear from this Broward County artist – he’s just trying to getaway towards better days. As midnight approaches, he’s in his head trying not to think about the loss he’s deeply feeling – “I wanna see the light, I promise I won’t run.”
Broward County artist Shiloh Speights introspective style shines brightly on his latest single “SARS (SHIT AIN’T REALLY STRAIGHT)” – he raps over a Flying Lotus beat; the flow and message are exquisite. A clouded moment where he’s expressing shame – he’s tired of that feeling. Asking for the strength to gain clarity – “not tryna put my vision further into this haze.” Short and sweet with an impactful message. The cover art was shot by @CHIGUSAJ, track was engineered by @ABNERDENNIS.
The more I listen to his music and hone in on his visuals, I become more excited. I see where he’s headed and he will take part in the new wave of music that is not only more tasteful, introspective and evolutionary, but innovative. As every 5-7 years music evolves in all genres, rap is no stranger to these changes.
Toronto based artist BLACKKINGKOFI released 2 singles to begin the new year on the right note! “Aye Gyal” is a dance floor hit, “I just wanna be your king” – steering away from the usual themes of love songs (heartbreak, fuck love, etc.) the song is about wanting to be that man that helps uplift his love interests spirit. “Tropics” [Prod. by BraveStar] has a similar theme – “I’mma take your girl back to the tropics” – if you can’t take care of business with your girl, KOFI will! Pretty much.
Los Angeles based artist, Blake Banks just released “Can’t Catch Me Slippin'” ft. Big Baby Gucci. An up-beat party favorite produced by Banks’ in house production team, The Ambulance Factory. What a great way to kick-off the new year! Click the SoundCloud link above to listen to “Can’t Catch Me Slippin'”!
Mike Escanor, formerly known as Mike, The Emcee, is the silver tongue of Tampa. The name change is credit to his shift in focus from being a “Rapper’s rapper” to becoming an all around artist. His latest single, “Kari Faux,” is a perfect display of witty lyricism, smooth cadences, and his make-it-look-easy tone. Click the Spotify link above & STREAM “Kari Faux” NOW!
Los Angeles based artist Jamez London started off the new year strong with the release of his latest single “Young Sweet Jamez” (produced by Birdie Bandz) and it’s a certified hit! “Young Sweet Jamez that’s my name, if pimpin’ is religion then come and get saved..” he exclaims in the chorus. An introspective banger where he shares a true life situation, but the song is anything but melancholy – catchy and melodic. The Charlotte native will be releasing a new project towards the end of January, so stay tuned for it!
Follow Jamez London on Instagram & click the Spotify link above to STREAM “Young Sweet Jamez.”
Los Angeles based artist Mixedbyjesus (born in Indiana, raised in High Point, North Carolina) just released 2 new singles – what a way to begin the new year! “Demons” is an introspective single about self exploration – he’s going back and forth about his life choices admitting he’s been living wrong. On the track “Try Love” he asks “can we try love for a little bit ?” – both tracks were produced and engineered by Mixedbyjesus himself. Both tracks, although opposite meanings, are up-beat and are sure to make you want to listen on repeat!