Song of the Day: Cold Naan – R Choppa

The UK rap scene has never been such a hive of cultural influence as it is right now and R CHOPPA delves into his Asian heritage for the release of his latest joint, ‘Cold Naan’.

Bringing an alternative hip-hop flex to the wider mainstream, R CHOPPA delivers ‘Cold Naan’ with a carefree attitude and freestyle flows that feel almost completely created on the spot. His confidence and personality shine through in abundance as he delivers an eccentric, versatile and abstract rap record that is deep with choral chants, thumping drums and emblazoned with the vibrant sounds of India, whilst also managing to make an anthem from the subject of pizza and ‘Cold Naan’.

The record is taken from the recent release of his ‘Animal Behaviour LP’, which is a 17-track project laden with an array of influences making it a refreshing, alternative and interesting playlist that refuses to adhere to the simplicity of mainstream sounds. Blurring the conventional lines is exactly what R CHOPPA stands for whether it be with genre, lyricism or character – he’s not here to deliver a tried and tested recipe that has been here for generations but instead he finely weaves a multitude of flavour to cater to every taste with new, experimental energy.

Making his visual debut with the self-directed and idiosyncratic video, ‘Cold Naan’ is the perfect introduction to R CHOPPA. Packed with fun, character, quirk and everything that goes against the grain of the polished, mainstream, it retains clarity and is a bold statement for the rising young star….

Check out the the video for the ‘Cold Naan’ below…

Song of the Day: Catfish – Showtime Shegz

Hailing from Nigeria, East London-based conscious rapper SHOWTIME SHEGZ makes his entry onto the blog’s hotspot with a pretty strong message to the ladies who goes to extraordinary lengths for perfection in the beauty department.

With rhythmic drums and the menacing piano keys providing the platform for SHOWTIME SHEGZ‘s spoken word delivery, ‘Catfish’ is from his latest album, ‘Imperfect Ar(tist)’

It’s time to check out the hilarious video for the track below:

New Music Video: Bx2:Lighter – MH the Verb

Before crafting what would eventually become 2017’s stellar Afronaut project, rapper MH THE VERB and producer Buscrates 16 Bit Ensemble first recorded ‘Bx:2 Lighter.’ The song served as the intro track to MH’s ‘The Balloon Guide’ LP, available now on all streaming/download sites.

‘The Balloon Guide LP’ serves as the soundtrack to MH’s subway ride from The Bronx to Brooklyn. ‘Bx:2 Lighter’ documents the beginning of his trip with the goal of retrieving his lighter from a girl he left it with the night before. Shot by J Pinder and directed by MH while touring the West Coast, the song’s music video is a re-introduction to an album that arguably marked some of MH’s most artistically formative years.

Check out the video for  ‘Bx:2 Lighter’ below:

Song of the Day: Afraid of Americans – 184 & Big Toast

Borrowing the chorus from David Bowie’s track of the same name, ‘Afraid of Americans’ is a humorous track which essentially take down of one of the most prominent yet intellectually bankrupt figures in modern history. The song takes aim at the personification of politicised stupidity, Donald Trump.

‘Afraid of Americans’ is the first single from rapper BIG TOAST and producer 184‘s collaborative album, ‘Prolefeed’. It is released with accompanying visuals shot outside the American embassy featuring a rubber-faced Donald Trump / Michael Myers monstrosity.

The track is available for free download via Bandcamp, alongside the instrumental, a remix and a follow up to Toast’s 2015 cult classic ‘Fuck off Tarquin’.

Mixtape Review: Return of the White Beard – Redd Emcee

Producer/rapper REDD EMCEE steals today’s limelight with his first mixtape in two years, ‘Return of the White Beard.

In this eight-track collection, the white-bearded emcee gives a comic insight into his life and also his views on the true meaning of hip-hop. The lineup of UK and US producers on the eight-track collection truly captured the London spitter’s signature sound – a  laid-back and, at times, sporadic hip-hop/boom bap-esque arrangements which is reminiscent of the late eighties/early nineties.

It’s definitely worth the trip to his Reverbnation profile; head right here to check out ‘The Return of the White Beard’.

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