Conscious spitter NEAK, drops his brand new visual for track, ‘What Would 2Pac Say’. The emotionally-charged video highlights the possible thoughts of 2Pac of the world nearly 25 years after his passing. The visual imagery takes us on a ride through our current world and questions, “What really has changed?” It would be interesting to have this question answered from one of the greatest artists of all time; Tupac Shakur…
‘What Would 2Pac Say’ is taken from Neak’s latest album, ‘INNENSTADT’. Check out the official video for the single, directed and edited by APJFilms.
Carving his own lane in rap music as the son of a legendary emcee of arguably one of hip-hop’s most recognizable brands is no easy feat. But Staten Island native SUPREME is more than ready to take on the task, with a brand new EP Love Jones, set to release this summer. The project’s lead single, ‘Thug Thizzle’, a super smooth joint which anthems taking life’s ups and downs in your stride.
Speaking on the release, Supreme say: “‘Thug Thizzle’ is basically me saying ‘I’m going to be alright with whatever life throws at me. There was a time in college- around the end of my sophomore year at Morgan State -where I wanted to drop out. I felt regretful, like if I never went to college I would have already been progressing in my music career. The only reason I went to college was to be a role model to my younger sister, and to make my mother proud. I was the only one in my immediate family to go to college. When Nipsey Hussle was murdered, I gained a new perspective. It’s like it took for his passing to put me back in my place. That’s when I started writing ‘Love Jones’. I started merging music with school work, and I started getting A’s.”
Based on the importance of relationships with family and loved ones, the Love Jones EP takes an honest approach, addressing relationships with his mother, brother, and even his complicated relationship with his father (woven throughout the project are recordings of real phone conversations between Supreme and his father, Ghostface).
Check out the first release from the upcoming set below…
Spain’s leading emerging artists in the rap scene LEÏTI SÈNE‘s sleek and poignant single ‘T-Rex’ explores his music journey so far.
Supported by Vogue, i-D, VICE, El Pais and more, Leïti has been bubbling up since 2017 – first garnering attention in his hometown Barcelona with his early music as trap duo SamxSen (with his cousin Sam Davies). Over the last five years, Leïti has truly ascended as an artist in his own right. Garnering global attention, he stands out from the crowd with his heady fusion of rap and hip-hop – performed in Catalan, Spanish and English and informed by his Senegalese roots – a sound that’s seen him shut down stages at esteemed festivals and venues including Primavera Sound, Loom Festival, Chacha Club, Razzmatazz and more. A multifaceted rising talent, Leïti is also an established actor, best known for his role in the hugely popular international Netflix series Elite, and a sought after style tastemaker (Napapjiri x NTS, Nike and more).
Passionate about creative collaborations, Leïti is also a key player in BCN’s burgeoning underground scene. With a discerning eye and ear for detail and his heart in his community, he founded CuteMobb – a leading collective of Spain’s brightest new-gen artists and creatives – and released the collective’s first album CuteTapes last year.
Check out the official music video for ‘T-Rex’, directed by Miguel Morillo.
THBENJ‘s latest project, ‘Breaking All Th Rules’, which follows up from his 2019 debut album ‘T.H.B – the blog’s number one album of 2019– and takes on a more sinister and darker route than its predecessor.
A downtempo bass runs along the airy (almost electronic backdrop), often accompanied by chant-like overtones are the main ingredients in the first half of the 19-track set, which somewhat has an air of melancholy. Further along the line, the downtempo grit is incorporated with smooth guitar plucks (in tracks ‘Y’ and ‘Thank You All’) which gives a fresher feel to the combo. The rich soulful undertones in ‘Just A Little More’ gives the album’s sparse theme a full dimensional urban feel, before leading out on a high with a tingling sensation from a melodic outro (Fkn Chill).
I’ve listened to tracks, ‘Y’, ‘Reasons’ and ‘Champagne’ prior to the release of this album, and nothing prepared me for what was coming. If you couldn’t tell from this review, I’m really digging this album and my hat comes off (once again) for this credible artist on-a-serious-rise. Check him out below
Must Listens: Different Sounds, Thank You All, Y Th F Do You Care, Flip IT, Nobody’s Gonna Give It, Rest Of My Life
After celebrating the release of his new mixtape, ‘Thank You For Believing’, and his latest career milestone – surpassing one billion combined global streams across all of his songs – TOOSII is back with a new video, ‘Red Die’. Filled with friends, cash and cars, the clip’s joyful sense of comradery is balanced by Toosii’s memories of loved ones who have departed and the existential questions that haunt him – “Ask God ‘why me?’/Must be two sides to the story siamese.”
‘Red Die’ is the closing track from ‘Thank You For Believing’, which debuted in the top 25 of the Billboard 200. Other standout tracks include ‘What It Cost” and ‘Back Together,’ which appeared on XXL’s weekly list of “best new songs.”
Toosii has proven to be one of rap’s most relatable rising stars. While his career has been percolating in North Carolina for years, Toosii found staggering success in February 2020 on the strength of Platinum Heart. The album hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart and launched Toosii into the top 10 of Rolling Stone’s Breakthrough 25 chart. He quickly followed those achievements with Poetic Pain in September 2020. Toosii earned his first Gold record in January 2021 – for his top 10 Urban radio hit, ‘Love Cycle’. He is Audiomack’s latest #UpNow artist and Billboard named him as an artist to watch, noting, “Toosii is coming for the crown.”
Check out the video for ‘Red Die’, was directed by NoRatchetss, who helmed the official video for the title song from Toosii’s Poetic Pain.