Song of the Day: Who Am I (Black Lives Matter) – Rak-Su

In the light of recent events, and in support of the BLM movement – Watford group RAK-SU have delivered a thought-provoking charity single, ‘Who Am I’.

Written and produced by Rak-Su, ‘Who Am I’ samples John Boyega’s speech at Hyde Park. All proceeds from the release will go directly to their charity of choice, mental health organisation ‘Black Minds Matter’. Read more about the charity, take time out and visit their website: https://www.blackmindsmatteruk.com/.

Speaking on the release, Rak-Su explains: “Who am I is a raw release of emotion from us. We’re fortunate to be living a good life here and have a lot of white friends and fans, yet we felt like it was important to say to them ‘even though you love us, there are people getting severely mistreated or even killed just because they look like we do.’ And whilst it’s not something we’ve ever spoken up about before, it’s not because we never experienced racism; instead growing up we normalised it and just learnt to deal with it. George Floyd’s murder triggered a lot of people including ourselves and this was our way of dealing with it. Ashley’s mother over-heard us working on the song at home and walked into the room crying; this told us that we were definitely saying something important!”

Check out Rak-Su’s hard-hitting video for ‘Who Am I’ below…

EP Review: Random House of Evil – Henny Knightz

HENNY KNIGHTZ‘s self produced/written EP, ‘Random House of Evil’ takes on avant-garde approach to alternative hip hop, alternating between the warped instrumentation with deep 808 thuds, that goes to the core of your soul, and the semi-tranquil melodic bass lines.

Lyrically, Henny – who makes one half of The Knighthood Society with fellow rapper Nicki Knightz– apologetically  narrates the darkest moments in his life – his battle with poverty and depression – in the rawest form.

Although this his personal journey, the six-track EP could somewhat offer some comfort for anyone who has been struggling with the aforementioned issues and has came out the other end much stronger and harder.

For anyone who is currently going through depression and/or is stuck in the poverty rut, well think of ‘Random House of Evil’ as your much needed therapy. Have a listen below…

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ANE Shares ‘Sex Machine’ Music Video

First generation Korean-American R&B/Pop-Soul artist ANE unveils the official music video for her single ‘Sex Machine’.

Featuring New York rapper Qu’ality and produced by Malcolm Fong, the song comes from ANE’s new EP ‘1-800-FANTASY’, released last Friday, (July 24) via Calabasas Records. Although the title of the song is fairly explicit, the Luca Silveira-directed video is a colorful and campy representation of its suggestive theme with fun, inclusive skits and scenarios.

Check it out below…

Song of the Day: Down For Me – Kass

Making a very summery entry on NEW LEASE MUSIC is artist KASS with single, ‘Down For Me’.

Fused with noughties -style R&B and a heavy modern bassline, that gives the bouncing track an extra lick, ‘Down For Me’ could be described as an anthem for all the ride-or-die chicks out there, boasting infectious hooks for the significant other.

The Ontario-bred singer and songwriter came under the radar in 2017, with single ‘Drunk Textin’ that took on a new and rejuvenated sound that would later on shape his career as an artist today. The single received over 100k plays on Spotify, solidifying Kass’ music career. He followed his debut with dreamy EP, ‘We Hours’, in 2018, riddled with Kass’ airy melody and distorted futuristic notes, created by an unorthodox stutter step cadence, spelled the story of an ardent love.

​Expect more music from this guy, whether it’s pop, R&B with trap or dancehall / afrobeats influenced material.

Check out ‘Down For Me’ below…

Lyrique Shares New Video For Single ‘Smoke Break’

Philippines-born, Calgary-based hip hop act LYRIQUE‘s video for single, ‘Smoke Break’ is a narcotic-infused reflection on love and cannabis that swirls to a chill rap beat.

“When creating lyrics, I sometimes like to use objects as metaphors to dig into other topics,” says Lyrique. “In this case, I’m comparing the sensation of a drug-induced daze to the feelings of being in love.”

Shot in the Forest Lawn and Bridgeland neighbourhoods of Calgary, the hypnotic video features various area landmarks that serve as a shout out to the rapper’s adopted city. The video follows the release of a series of singles and mixtapes from the artist since 2016, which have drawn attention from COMPLEX, CBC’s Q, MTV Philippines, and more.

Arriving in Canada in 2014 to work as a live-in nanny, Lyrique’s rhymes often draw from his personal struggles as a temporary migrant worker. Now a permanent resident striving to fulfill his dreams, Lyrique’s story is one of many within Canada’s Filipino diaspora.

Lyrique’s debut full-length album will be announced later this summer…but for now, check out the video for ‘Smoke Break’ below…