Otis Mensah Releases Dreamy Soulful Rap Anthem, ‘Like A Dog’ + Video

UK’s first Hip-Hop poet laureate OTISH MENSAH releases his new single ‘Like A Dog’, a mellow, abstract-rap anthem that wrestles with depression and nostalgia. Nurturing the international collaboration between the Sheffield lyricist and Berlin beat-maker the intern, ‘Like A Dog’ builds on their signature Jazz-Rap sound with a playful bounce and catchy melodic hook.

This single continues the #OtisMensahExists, a creative series blending together surrealist animation and introspective music. So far the series has been supported by major tastemakers including BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio 1, Earmilk, GUAP Magazine, The Times, I Am Hip Hop Magazine and CALM.

Check out the animated video for ‘Like A Dog’ below…

Watch The Scribes x J-Boom Video For Stir Crazy Remix

Following the video release for track, ‘Haunted House Party’ last month, multi award winning hip-hop trio THE SCRIBES and long-time collaborator Finland based producer J-Boom, circle back and slam down another video release for the makeover of ‘Stir Crazy’, remixed by German boom bap specialist Krisengebeat exclusively for international hip-hop label The Get Down Records as part of their Yo! GDR Beats, Raps Spotify series.

The tracks and video, all produced throughout lockdown, combine Krisengebeats much heralded jazzy boom bap style with The Scribes’ razor sharp raps, creating a laid back, explorative statement on the mental effects of the global pandemic and ensuing lockdowns.

Check it out here…

Watch Neak’s New Video For ‘What’s Really Here’

Rapper NEAK circles back on the blog and drops his brand new music video, ‘What’s Really Here,’ Directed by Irv Vaz.

‘What’s Really Here’ takes us on a trip and captures the entire essence of Chicago (inner-city) and the ills that come along with living in underserved black communities. Featured on Neak’s latest project, INNENSTADT, this is the second visual released after 4eva Eva music video, directed by Irv Vaz and produced by Rashid Hadee. Hit play on the video below…

Kid Hastings Was Caught ‘Off Guard’ In Brand New Single + Video

After the soon to be USC graduate woke up in the hospital with a broken heart from a break-up and hit-by-car-related-injuries, Jake McEvoy (AKA KID HASTINGS) immediately knew he had to write a song. The following day, he wrote Off Guard’ to make sense of whatever metaphor was being thrown at him, and the result is a melodic, indie, upbeat tune encouraging you to sing along and take life less seriously.

The accompanying video speaks to these surreal moments of life, and what better way to come to terms with absurdity than to embody it. Filled with over-saturated scenes of cow costumes and LA-river-fishing escapades, the video allows viewers to take any impact they want as they become intoxicated with the incomprehensible. Check it out below….

Toronto Musician Alex Beraldo Releases New Single, ‘Southern Heat + Video

A year ago, Toronto musician and guitar builder ALEX BERALDO released his new album, ‘Freaktone Sessions’ to exactly zero fanfare, since it was right at the beginning of the COVID pandemic. This isn’t a story that is unique to Alex, in fact, it’s a story that many musicians releasing music last year have. But what is unique, is that he decided to shine some light on his overlooked album by re-releasing the single ‘Southern Heat’, along with a new live video filmed in his luthier workshop, on the anniversary of the album’s release.

‘Southern Heat’ is one of those songs that takes you by surprise. It seems like a sweet, romantic love song at first, but then it straight up hits you with an emotional punch that sits with you long after the song has ended.

Alex has been making music since 2006 and describes his sound as “a uniquely weird take on folk, blues, rock n roll and country music. Think John Prine trying to be Bob Dylan, but he hung out with Bradley Nowell.

Alex has fronted several bands and been a solo act, touring Canada multiple times from coast to coast. He’s independently recorded and released ten albums as the frontman of bands The Breaks and The People, including five solo efforts.

‘Southern Heat’ is available now on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services…why not check out the bitter-sweet single below…