Song of the Day: iLike – A!MS (ft. ft AV Allure & Akelle (WSTRN)

A !MS joins forces with Akelle from platinum selling, chart-topping super group WSTRN, and frequent collaborator AV Allure for single ‘iLIKE’.

Taking to social media, the rap star confirmed the single is taken from his debut project, which will be with us this Autumn. Having had huge success releasing singles throughout his career, that have awarded him over 20 million streams, 50 million YouTube views, platinum selling records and numerous awards, the album is set to be the culmination of his life’s work and experience, something that has substance, graft and endless topical content to explore.

The announcement comes just a month after his first release of 2021, the sensational international link up, ‘Honor’ featuring Projexx, Julian Marley, AV Allure and super-producers Cool & Dre. The track, which will also be part of the ‘OFFSHORE’ tracklist, has already notched up over 1.2 million streams on Spotify, 2.4 million YouTube views and sparked rave reviews from the likes of HELLO!, Notion, CLASH and Wonderland, as well as support across BBC Radio 1Xtra, Capital Xtra, Kiss FM and Apple Music 1.

‘iLIKE’ offers up a variance in vibe for A!MS with classic Mediterranean vibes and sweet R&B sitting at its core. Describing the record on his own terms, A!MS explains “It’s a feel good R&B rhythm that takes us back to the days of P Diddy and Dr. Dre, those R&B Rap collaborations with a twist of Drill bass on it”.

Whilst A!MS is a seasoned rapper who has consistently produced visionary sounds and styles with impeccable, hard-hitting lyricism, ‘iLIKE’ offers up a deeper insight to his personal nature and the morals that define him as a person. “The song is about celebrating ladies and unshaming things like the ‘OnlyFans’ hustle. Ladies can be beautiful and use that to make a living if they wish, it doesn’t deserve judgement and discrimination. I’d love for women to know they’re beautiful and can achieve anything they want. I also want men to understand that at all costs, we need to respect and protect our ladies, because without them, we wouldn’t exist, FACTS!”

Giving us an insight in to his debut album, A!MS is already exploring his long-standing industry connects as he leans in to the worlds most celebrated producers, artists and musically talented for the culmination of his lifes work to date. With fresh confidence and an unapologetic attitude, the transition from A.M. SNiPER to A!MS marks more than a name change but a significant moment in his career as he delivers his best work to date.

Check out the audio for ‘iLike’ below…

Song of the Day: Can’t F With – J-Onyx

Emerging with an air of mystery J-ONYX has a presence that can’t be ignored. Commanding attention with her deep tone and dynamic flows, her first release ‘Can’t F With’ captures her innate and undeniable talent as an artist. Her latest release has already landed support by DJ Target on BBC 1Xtra, DJ Shortee Blitz on his KISS FM and KISS Fresh show and Charlie Sloth will be adding the track as his Hood Heat of the week and he will also support on his Apple Music playlist. Choosing to keep her identity concealed for the time being, J-Onyx wants to let her music do the talking, as often young female artists can be over sexualized in the music industry. Catapulting through the ranks she joins the ‘Champions League’ as she ‘eliminates all of the tournaments’ and earns a rightful place as a one to watch in the UK rap scene.

The serendipitous calling to become a rapper can be pinpointed back to November 2019 where she was teasingly dared by her friends to rap an off-the-top-of-the-head freestyle and upload it onto her Instagram. Gaining an overwhelming reaction, the freestyle uncovered her natural gift with rhymes and flows and allowed her to nurture the talent into a dream career. To date she has released 3 freestyles on Instagram and her second freestyle for ‘Murda Murda’ received some strong support and was picked up by DJ Shortee Blitz and DJ MK on the KISS FM Hop Hop show.

Her exposure to music was planted long before the freestyle and the London based British rapper, singer and songwriter grew up immersed in a musical household. Building the fabric of her musical DNA her mother and elder siblings introduced her to an assorted collection of music, which ranged from Reggae, Dancehall and Hip Hop to UK Garage, Afrobeats, Rock and Indie. Her musical roots grew beyond her immediate family as her uncle was also a member of reggae band UB40.

Going against the conventional route, J-Onyx followed her own path, although she had the encouragement of her family she dropped out of school at a young age and found herself in challenging situations. What became evident was that the music was a constant and the turning point was getting into Brit School and attending drama school. Since her studies her path has led her to explore performing arts as well as pursuing a career in the property business. She has now found herself gravitating towards music as solo artist and ‘Can’t F With’ is a great introduction to her sound.

Check her out below…

Rising Star SVMI Drops Single, ‘P.O.P (Hold It Down)

Following the breakaway success of his viral hit song ‘Bait Lies’ that has amassed over three million plays and tracks under his belt like ‘Old Friends’ and ‘Timeout’ nearing a million plays, which have seen him garner strong support from BBC 1Xtra, Capital Xtra, GRM Daily, Link Up TV, Mixtape Madness and BBC Introducing, fast-rising Manchester artist SVMI circles back to unveil his latest single, ‘P.O.P (Hold It Down)’, having also just signed to Northern music and entertainment powerhouse NQ Records (Aitch, WhyJay).

Produced by LiTek (Rag’n’Bone Man, Bugzy Malone, Central Cee), ‘P.O.P (Hold It Down)’ is an infectious melodic rap track with smooth R&B leanings underpinned by a bouncy bassline and lush synths, over which SVMI showcases his catchy flow, rap skills, smmoth vocals that have made him one of the most exciting young prospects coming out of Manchester this year.

Sampling the viral Donna Goudeau ‘I’m legally blind’ meme, which also informed the title of the track, SVMI confesses that the inspiration for ‘P.O.P (Hold Me Down)’ comes from wanting to go on a spontaneous ‘baecation’ with someone new. The accompanying music video, directed by SVMI himself and Archie Erskine, brings the track further to life and captures a day in the life of a young creative enjoying the process and taking it all in his stride.

So here it is…check out the video for ‘P.O.P (Hold Me Down)’ below…

Sneakbo Drops Track, ‘Dripping’ Featuring Still Greedy

Following this year’s releases of exceptional singles, ‘I Don’t Wanna Die’ and ‘Chasing The Bag, Brixton legend SNEAKO follows up with new banger, ‘Dripping’, premiered on DJ Target’s 1Xtra show.

Produced by his long-term collaborator Lekaa Beats, ‘Dripping’ is a straight up UK rap track that sees Sneakbo hitting the beat over a core piano led instrumental. Still Greedy brings a different element to the track with his melodic waviness making it into a certified banger as the two artists bounce off each other’s vibes.

The King and pioneer of Afro-tinged rap – a fusion of rap, afrobeats and dancehall – is recognised as the first artist to create this sound by his peers, thus paving the way for a new generation of artists today. Sneakbo counts rapper Drake as one his super fan who is in awe and inspired by his movement.

There is a lot more music on the way, so stay tuned as this year there will be a flurry of new material from Sneakbo. Check out the official video for Sneakbo’s ‘Dripping’ below…

Song of the Day: Address That – OFFCOURSE

As he approaches the milestone of garnering his first million streams led by tracks ‘My Gang’, ‘Beg Friend’ and ‘Still Here’ with Lady Leshurr, and coming on the back of strong support from tastemakers such as BBC Radio 1, KISS FM, BBC 1Xtra, KISS Fresh, Spotify and GRM Daily, exciting fast-rising South London rap artist and entrepreneur OFFCOURSE returns in the final quarter of what has already been his biggest year so far, with his brand new single. ‘Address That’.

Produced by GRM Daily Rated Awards nominee Adotskitz, who has previously worked with the likes of Stormzy, Krept & Konan, Skepta, Mr Eazi and French Montana, ‘Address That’ is a hard-hitting rap track driven by a heavy bassline, which sees OFFCOURSE in braggadocios mode and oozing confidence, as he waxes lyrical about the finer things in his life, while railing against some of the fake elements of the music industry.

‘Address That’ is taken from his forthcoming debut EP, which is lined up for release early next year…but for now, check out the video for the track, directed by 1Time…