Experimental Rapper OG Spliff Drops Tracks, ‘son of toga’ & ‘building’.

North Carolina’s old-school hip-hop revivalist OG SPLIFF has recently released a two-pack single offering, consisting of self-reflective tirade ‘son of toga’ and its restorative, complement, ‘building.’

The poet-turned-rapper’s introspective delivery has a nonchalant swing to it, as his syrupy bars effortlessly marry the soulful, sample driven instrumentals produced by Argov. Largely inspired by the black experience and the dialogue between himself and the man in the mirror, ‘son of toga’ sees the rising artist acknowledge his toxic traits, wanting to change but not ready to commit, while ‘building’ sees him come to terms with the reality that he will have to live with his scars, searching for a way to move forward.

OG Spliff’s life has always been steeped in a variety of musical influences. He explains, “My pops was a DJ growing up, which fostered my love for music, especially house music. He opened my world to all sorts of sounds. Some of my earliest music memories with him are from our trips to the local hood gas station, where we’d go buy rap CDs from the bootleg man, ranging from East Coast rappers Fat Joe and Wu-Tang Clan, to West Coast staples, like N.W.A. and Snoop Dogg.”

“son of toga” and “building” are a testament to OG Spliff’s ability to curate a sound uniquely his own, one that is sure to have listeners captivated from the first listen. The rising artist has built his artistry from the ground up; he has opened for MAVI, Lil Durk and Yella Beezy in the past, was featured on Spotify’s Fresh Finds Hip-Hop, and has accumulated an impressive 2M+ streams on the platform along the way. There is no denying that OG Spliff has solidified himself as one to watch as he continues his run of self-reflective, experimental hip-hop. Have a listen to both singles below…

Watch J Queezy’s Video For When It Rain, Dedicated To His Late Mother

New York native rapper J-QUEEZY releases a video for emotional new single ‘When It Rain’ after the passing of his mother.

Now residing in Atlanta, J-Queezy (real name Jaequan Herrod) is on the rise to becoming a prominent figure in the music industry. With musical influences ranging from rap greats Tupac, A Tribe Called Quest, and recent musical figures such as Jay-Z and Lil Wayne, J-Queezy is determined to become one of the best in the industry and work his way to the top and become a house hold name. Throughout his career, he plans to bring a unique and organic sound to the listeners through his music. He prides himself in being versatile and able to stand out from other musical peers by keeping his sounds organic and describes his musical journey as “something to remember.”

With his latest release ‘When It Rain,’ J-Queezy gives you a taste of what to expect from him lyrically; constantly creating and working on new music for his listeners, his work ethic seems to go unmatched and his hunger for success in the music industry will keep him at the top for as long as possible. Check out the video for heartfelt track below…

OUT TODAY: Nino SLG Drops Track, ‘What’s Left’ + Video, Ahead Of EP, ‘Mirror Story.’

South-London’s rap wunderkind NINO SLG kicks off 2023 with the announcement of his forthcoming EP ‘Mirror Story’ – slated for release on 10th March. The announcement arrives today with ‘What’s Left’, Nino’s introspective, deeply-felt new single and video.

‘What’s Left’ sees Nino collaborate with famed producer Kyle Evans (Dave’s We’re All Alone In This Together) for this emotive track that sees Nino delve into his battles with mental health, and discuss how he sought solace in the local youth clubs that helped him channel his energies into honing his craft. Split into two sections, the second half of the single is woven with tension as Nino grapples with thoughts on materialism and lust before coming to a sombre conclusion that ‘I don’t know what’s left no more’. The single is accompanied with a stripped-back video directed by Spike Silverton that reflects the duality of the single, finding Nino in his bedroom performing the single to his mirror image.

Speaking on the Mirror Story announcement, Nino said –

“My new EP is a story about the person I can see in the mirror. It’s my most vulnerable project to date, and I want people to see this side of me. Lyrically I’ve touched on materialism and everyday possessions, concepts and distractions to try and show how these steer people away from conquering the real problem which is usually themselves. Musically, I’ve reflected the contrasting emotions in the lyrics by switching up the production as you move through the project. Mirror Story is about exploring myself and my emotions, in the hope that there might be other people out there who are feeling the same – I hope that my EP makes them feel understood“

The five-track EP sees Nino reflect on the person he is and the man he is becoming. The project sees Nino climb to new heights with lyrics touching on mental health, anxiety, insecurities, materialism and life growing up in inner-city London, set to Nino’s trademark keys and a paired-back production which intertwine elements of drill, rich instrumentation including cello and 90s hip hop beats.

Watch the heartfelt video for ‘What’s Left below…

Watch Dax’s Video For Retrospective Track , ‘PTSD’

Canadian rapper and TikTok star DAX has unleashed his new video for his song ‘PTSD,’ a song and video the 28-year-old called “20+ years in the making.”

The visual has already struck a chord with audiences, hitting over 480K views on YouTube in three days since going live.

The song sees the St. John’s native, who grew up in Ottawa, recounting a traumatizing moment in his life while also showing compassion for others who may have faced similar situations. Dax is introspective on the track, opting to sing his verses instead of bluntly rapping like he’s done on his past songs and albums.

‘PTSD’ follows Dax’s trend of touching on difficult subject matters, attempting to make it easier for his listeners to find solace in the fact that so many other people face the same problems they are going through.

“This one is inspired by real life events,” Dax says. “I’m praying it reaches those who need it.”

Over the pandemic, Dax’s popularity skyrocketed with his Youtube channel quickly approaching 5 million subscribers and his Instagram followers hitting 1.4 million followers. He also passed the 6 million follower mark on Tik Tok.

Dax’s video for his track ‘Depression’ totalled 6.4 million views in just over two months. His other tracks like the ‘Dear Alcohol’ remix and ‘Searching For A Reason’ have both accumulated over 4 million views.

Now it’s time to check out the gripping video for ‘PTSD’ below…

Song of the Day: Special Moves – Dubby Blanco (ft. SofaKing)

New York hip-hop artist DUBBY BLANCO‘s latest single, ‘Special Moves’ is one smooth boom bap joint accompanied with dream-like lo-fi vibes that can easily put you in a trance. Featuring fellow New York rapper SofaKing, ‘Special Moves’, is a reminder to be thankful for small blessings, that comes out way, and also encourages us to live life to the fullest.

With Colombian roots, Blanco begin his career in entertainment, working as a music promoter for DJ Star’s Chub Ent, and eventually started his own promotions team called FlyBoii Ent back in 2001. Alongside running his company, Blanco also performed as a rapper, creating significant buzz in his hometown and internationally.

In 2011, he dropped his debut mixtape, ‘Blancolombia’, followed up with his 2014 EP ‘Family Trees’. 2022 saw Blanco working alongside with DJ Chase, founder of New York City-based production company Worldwide Soundz Records and the founder of DJ Chase Publishing, LLC.

According to New York City’s own DJ Chase, “Dubby Blanco is a super dope Latino Hip Hop artist with dope bars and dope beat selection; you want to get on the wave early.” Hear for yourself…why not check him out below..