EP Review: Mythologies – Lex Leosis

From a personal standpoint, LEX LEOSIS is a prime model of a female rapper: a very bold contender, who isn’t afraid to say what’s on her mind and doesn’t take any crap from anyone. These qualities are evident in her brand new EP, ‘Mythologies’

The set covers array of topics – from standing up to domestic violence to dealing with ‘situationships’ and busy bodies head on.

Although ‘Mythologies’ predominantly showcase a menacing drive of trip-hop, there are nice touches of retro/80s soul funk (featured in second effort, ‘Ouzo’) and laid-back afterhours (as featured in Gemini), where the Canadian rapper tells her tale of certain aspects of her life.

You may have come across various music blogs and magazines, pushing you to add a punch of newcomers under your radar…and among those talents should be Lex Leosis, as her flow rips through the bars of each track with raw passion and conviction. Check her out below…

Must Listens: Ouzo, Gemini, Atropos.

Nicki Knightz Gives An Insight Into Her Nigerian Heritage With ‘Blacker The Berry’ Video

Following on the release of her debut Hate EP in late 2018, Hackney rapper NICKI KNIGHTZ  – who’s part of seminal duo,The Knighthood Society with producer/rapper Henny Knightz – returns with video for track, ‘Blacker the Berry’, the first release from her forthcoming EP, ‘For the Uninformed’.

The latest release pays an unconvoluted tribute to her Nigerian father and his strong work ethic. The video plays on the typical African Uncle, unrestrained and at ease, but eternally the master of his own affairs. Fiercely independent and possessing deep contempt for the police, Uncle is played by none other than Top Boy’s actor and fellow Hacktonian, Alessandro Babalola.

Expect more music on the way from this boisterous spitter…for now click play on the video below…

Album Review: Almanac – Neru Thee Fourth Fugee

NERU THEE FOURTH FUGEE‘s highly anticipated album, ‘The Almanac’ comes from the back of the Baltimore emcee spending the past four years on the road, opening and performing alongside the likes of The Roots, IDK and Princess Nokia, and projects ‘The Reincarnation’ and ‘Enlightenment Era’ from 2014, both met with critical acclaim.

Produced by the Neru along with her Hippy Trippy Collective, rap rising star Deetranada, Ill Camille and Baltimore newcomer DopeSol –  all who make appearances on the project – ‘The Almanac’ firmly challenges the prospective listener’s musical taste with its transcendental harmonies and trance-like kaleidoscopic melodies, which merges elements of hip hop, neo-soul, funk, ambient and psychedelic music.

‘The Almanac’ is definitely one of those albums you can kick back and relax to after a long day of hard hustle. So when you have the chance sit back, relax and broaden your musical horizons with this set…

Must Listens: 30 Billion (Doesn’t Matter); xRed xWhite xBlue (RWB), C-Spine

Dutch ReBelle Drops The Remix For Her Track, ‘Big Zoe’

With the buzz from last year’s release of ‘BIG ZOE’ still flowing through the streets, DUTCH REBELLE recruited the elite Haitian emcees in Massachusetts to represent their flag with boastful bilingual bars and ferocious energy on the ‘BIG ZOE’ remix.

Released in honor of Haitian Independence Day (Jan 1st), ReBelle linked up with fellow emcees Eddy Fish, Hundred Round Kado, Shellz and Reem Skully for a barrage of warrior wordplay.

With new music and visuals geared up for the new year, Dutch ReBelle is providing her fans with the vibes all 2020 while she plans for an upcoming tour and more surprises…

Check out ‘BIG ZOE’ remix below…

It’s Time To Figure Out Tia Carys In Brand New Track

Listed as one of The Independent’s ‘Ones To Watch’ for 2020, TIA CARYS fly kicks her way into the decade with her first offering of the season, ‘Figure Me Out’.

Making a mean statement of arrival, the record has been added straight onto Spotify playlists ‘New Music Friday’, ‘Rap UK’ and ‘We Move’ and follows on from her heavily supported and bold debut introduction ‘English x Ghana’, which dropped at the end of last year and awoke the UK music scene to her sound.

Evident from the outset on ‘Figure Me Out’, Tia Carys has an exceptionally refreshing aura and talent – at just 19-year-old! The production choice in itself breathes energy, intrigue and distinctiveness as the heady beat, skippy high hats and atenteben flute open this one woman show. Although a newcomer to the game, her confidence soars at level 100 as she delivers alternating flows that are something of a spectacle. Naturally switching between head spinning scattergun delivery and composed, deliberate punchline drops, her time spent dropping Instagram freestyles and building a loyal fanbase has all leant to her current arrival.

Growing her initial fanbase from Instagram by reworking tracks and freestyles from the worlds top artists including Drake, Fredo, Burna Boy, Nafe Smallz and Dave, it didn’t take long for the English/Ghanian rapper to catch the attention of Renowned, whose family she has now joined alongside Wretch 32 & Hamzaa.

Accompanied by sharp and polished visuals from collaborator Ray Fiasco, which see the rising star deliver a magnificently powerful performance, Tia says of the release: “English x Ghana was the introduction to who I am, now it’s time to Figure Me Out.”

Check – her – out below: