Album Review: 2 Menace Drinking Juice Rolling Dice in Flatbush – Dice Cannon

So glad to see DICE CANNON (pictured right on the album’s cover art) bounce right back into the game after (what seems) years of lying low.

His comeback comes in the form of a 12-track set, ‘2 Menace Drinking Juice and Rolling Dice in Flatbush’, enlisting fellow spitters including Juice Cannon and Natty Boi Zoe, whose spoken word collection, ‘My Body, My Soul Vol.1’, was featured on the blog back in April and stole the blog’s Album of the Month title last month.

Taking us back to the golden hip-hop era (similar to KRS-One and Public Enemy No.1) through introductory track ‘Drinking Juice Rolling Dice’, the album goes on a journey of different variations of the genre, incorporating a real nice lick of old school R&B/soul, a modern spin on 70s soul/funk and a rather emotive piano-led/boom bap piece (through Bishop Vs Raheem).

When a rapper like DICE CANNON disappears from the scene for a while and returns with a confident swagger, well you know that he cooked up something beyond good.

Check him out below:

Must Listens: Drinking Juice Rolling Dice, Bishop Vs Raheem, Sin Til I Win, Concrete Jungle

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New Track: Rule The World – A1

Yes, the king of freestyle A1 is back, taking on 2Chainz’s and Ariana Grande’s hit, ‘Rule The World’.

Press that play button and take in the beat and his smooth flow…

Song of the Day: How I Stay – SS

One of the most ambitious and active music makers of the UK scene, SwanSounds aka SS is the next star you need to know about and the release of his single ‘How I Stay’ indicates why he is set for very big things.

Perhaps most widely known for working with artists such as Burna Boy, Samini and producing and co writing Dappy’s hit ‘All We Know’, as well as starring in the video too, it’s clear to recognize that SS is not only brimming with talent but sauce too. The young music boss captures everything about what it is right now to stand out and does it with defined clarity and confidence.

With an impressive slew of his own music discoverable online, including ‘03.07.17’, ‘Gasolina’ and ‘Yeah Yeah’ he has been championed by platforms such as HotNewHipHop for his international appeal, while he’s filtered his music through more American sounds, his UK roots are clear from the second he steps on the track, making for an interesting but very fluid fusion of sounds, indicating a cross-Atlantic appeal.

A master of the studio and song writing, ‘How I Stay’ defines Swan’s sound as classy simplistic piano based beats are cut and twisted around a melodic vocal delivery. Intimate moments and feelings occupy the melodic and lilting drum patterns of the record as emotion and truth are audible in the delivery.

‘How I Stay’ is the first record from collaborative mixtape set for release alongside Honey6. The music is deeply rooted in artistry and musicality from the past whilst his music covers the emotions of a young man finding his place in this ever-changing world.

Check out the video for ‘How I Stay’ below:

Album Review: When Divorce Is Mentioned – Mike Body

MIKE BODY captures those dreaded feelings when a marriage reaches breaking point with latest album, ‘When Divorce Is Mentioned’, released late last month.

The Christian rapper enlisted a lineup of upcoming artists to give different perspectives and stages of a marriage heading fast to the D-word, over the arrangements of trance like tones and rampant bass. One of the views included Body giving a heartfelt insight into how children suffer due to lack of stability at home caused by the experience of divorce.

Overall, ‘When Divorce Is Mentioned’ is a full-bodied collection that’s sure to offer some comfort to those who experienced a messy break-up. The theme of the album shows that the hip-hop genre a sincere side.

Check out the album, with song recommendations below:

Must Listens: Battle For First, Kids Gotta Suffer, Back to Work

New Track: Paranoid – ThBenj

THBENJ is one of those contenders who make his presence known in the rap game with braggadocious tracks, ‘Mumble Acid’ and ‘Louder’.

However the rapper adopts a more soothing and laid-back vibe through his latest single, ‘Paranoid’, which forms part of this forthcoming full-length album, dropping 28th June.

Check out ‘Paranoid’ below: