SHADES LAWRENCE‘s love for basketball strongly inspired her to pen brand new single ‘Infinite’, an upbeat and feel-good track from her upcoming album.
The hip-hop artist from Toronto was a Division I college basketball player in the United States, training outdoors early in the morning, playing as a forward on the court, posting up, and working hard all throughout the entire season.
‘Infinite’ serves as a reminder to do what you love in life. Check out the video here….
FRENCH THE KID smashes into 2022 with his self-reflective new single ‘Remedy’.
Released via Virgin, this haunting record finds French lamenting the toll that drink, drugs and a life of excess can take on your mental health. Laid over a siren-like, intoxicating production by producer SketchMyName, ‘Remedy’ arrives with an arresting video shot by Ourchive Films, featuring footage from French’s sold-out, roadblock, homecoming debut show at the O2 Academy Islington.
‘Remedy’ follows a meteoric 2021 for French. The rising rapper’s fiery singles ‘Thrill’ and ‘Uptown’ quickly racked up millions of streams upon release, hit the B List at 1Xtra and landed in the Top 100. Setting the industry alight with his unique fusion of thoughtful lyricism and addictive hooks, French has been tipped as an Amazon Music ‘One To Watch’ for 2022 alongside the likes of Tems and PinkPantheress.
Just 22 years old, French spent his teens in South West France before returning to the UK at 18 to take the music industry by storm. Since smashing onto the scene with his debut single just 2 years ago, French The Kid has amassed a cult following, millions of streams and delivered iconic viral freestyles that have propelled him to prominence (including a GRM Daily ‘Daily Duppy’ which has become one of the most viewed Daily Duppy debuts of all time).
UK Hip Hop & Rap artist PAPS speaks on his own personal experiences through track ‘Fake Love’ and how he still managed to come out on top despite the odds being stacked against him.
Fusing a melodic hook with his signature punchy bars atop of a trap-infused instrumental produced by Crooza, Paps undeniably delivers an infectious, radio-ready hit. Paps enlists director Alisha Gordon for the track’s swanky, Central London based music video, showcasing his engaging artist presence and style.
Born in India’s capital Delhi, Paps grew up in East London before moving to Dagenham where he currently resides. During his early life, his interests consisted of being outside with his friends as opposed to education as promoted by his parents. After beginning to lose friends to the streets, he became heavily influenced by his father who showed him the importance of investing in himself. It wasn’t until a close friend of his passed away that he decided to pursue his passion – music.
Since then, he has indefinitely made his mark on the UK music scene, with notable releases such as ‘Dripping’ featuring Crooza (GRM Daily) being amongst his most popular to date.
Paps has plans to release more music in 2022 and beyond, collaborating with other artists and injecting his unique style and flair onto the industry in signature “Paps style”.
JUICE CANNON and DICE CANNON have been steadily making their name in the underground hip-hop scene in their hometown, New York City for the last ten years now. Their latest collaborative project, ‘Trepac’, shows their appreciation for being in the rap game for so long, reflecting on their hard grind and achievements made along the way.
I have to say, this EP may be three tracks long, but the pair instantly shows us the very reason why they lasted so long in the game through the infectiously bass-heavy intro, ‘Twin Towers’, which documents the hard drive of building their craft from the very bottom right to the top. Their second offering, ‘No Statements’ carries on that infectiously head-bopping vibe, with loops of soulful vocals, later weighted in by one hell of b-line, which reverberates throughout the track.
Changing the tempo of the mini set is final piece, ‘Demon Time’, a smooth soulful trap joint where each rapper adds a peppery flow to the entire production.
Now I’ve already said this earlier in the review and it’s worth saying again: This mini fiery set shows the reason why these emcees are ranked so high in New York’s underground hip-hop scene and it wouldn’t surprise me if they overspill very quickly into the international scene very soon. Why not check out the EP below…
Following a lengthy drought of releases, ALEX LUDOVICO circles back with another Jason Griff-produced gem, ‘Alpha and Omega.’
This time around, the duo has enlisted a guest verse from St. Paul’s up-and-coming spitter Love, Ulysses. This bouncy single starts off with a tribute to the late Lorde Jones Scorcese, as Ludovico opens up the track by proclaiming ‘Stack Chips. All Day,’ before fiercely spitting over a minimalist, spaced-out, bass heavy soundscape from Griff.
Ludovico is gearing up to release his highly-anticipated album YTBoi, while Love, Ulysses has just completed his 2Pack series of ten 2-song EPs released over the past year.
‘Alpha and Omega’ is available at insubordinaterecords.com and also available to stream on all streaming platforms. Check it out below…