Song of the Day: A F W M – MRG (ft. Lil Guccy )

On the heels of the release of MRG‘s full-length debut album, ‘Live From The Hurst 2’, the Dominican-American rapper shares the ‘new school’ trap number entitled ‘A F W M’.

Produced by Max Marlow, (producer of A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Cryssy Bandz’s “HALO”) and featuring fellow Queens emcee Lil Guccy, ‘AFWM’ form part of MRG’s debut album Live From The Hurst 2, which serves as the full-length follow-up to MRG’s debut EP Live From The Hurst. The album is now available on all digital streaming platforms via Westvilla Music.

Watch the A1Vision-directed video for A F W M below…

EP Review: Store Run – A1

A1 is that guy to put a crazy-dope spin on today’s hip-hop hits and classics, but for his latest EP, ‘Store Run’, he steps away from all the tunes and bangers that we know, to show us what he’s REALLY made of!

Running through this mini set, is a constant smooth and that old soul sound where this New York emcee slams down heartfelt/magical spark to the laid-back arrangements.

I was waiting for this moment for this guy to step into his own limelight and show me who he really is…and the ‘Store Run’ EP has completely satisfy my curiosity. Will it satisfy yours? Have a listen below…

 Must Listens: Arizona Tea, Egg & Cheese

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…

Isaac B Drops Latest Visuals For ‘SNE HNE’

known for his freestyle prowess, London born, Florida brewed ISAAC B, returns with the visuals for his second single: ‘See No Evil, Hear No Evil’(SNE HNE).

From its hypnotic production, to lyrical rhapsody, we are journeyed through the themes of ill-judgement, deceit, snitching and murder.

With subtle nods to the death of one of his hometown infuences, XXXtentacion, a reflection upon the very streets that saw Isaac’s talent develop, ‘SNE HNE’ is loaded with sombre imagery, mirrored in the spine-chilling video.

Laced with lowkey haunting samples, echoing news reports, and police tapes, listeners are transcended to the centre of a crime scene. With a shadowy all-consuming ambience, it reveals the senseless loss of talent, potential and life.

So here’s your chance to check out video for the downtempo banger below…

Otish Mensah Unveil Video For Track, ‘Grand Finale Funeral Show’ & Releases Debut EP

Exploring the idea of rap as a form of intellectual art, radical hip-hop artist and storyteller OTISH MENSAH  releases his debut EP ‘Rap Poetics’ – a six track project challenging and breaking down the white-washed elitism of the art world.

Otis’ work reads like a stream of consciousness, documenting journeys of thought as he manoeuvres expertly throughout the project. Valuing art as a fundamental form of activism, Otis is opening up an important dialogue between himself and the ruling establishment, positioning emotional vulnerability at its core.

Lead single, ‘Grand Finale Funeral Show’ tackles the pressures of the art world – to continue to create, design and compose. Otis documents these journeys of thought with artful introspection, his experimental hip-hop rippling with themes of displacement and artistic vulnerability.

Recently making his debut book premiere with SAFE METAMORPHOSIS!!, a collection of poems and philosophical ideas exploring the voice of unspoken trauma, ‘Rap Poetics’ is a continuation of this earnest human expression, taking rap as an art-form in its own right – one that is raw and impassioned.

Describing the artist as “dynamic, skillful and radical”, former Lord Mayor and current MEP Magid Magid appointed Otis as the first hip-hop Poet Laureate of Sheffield in 2018. Having performed with the likes of Mahalia, Arrested Development, Killah Priest, Oddisee and Open Mike Eagle, as well as garnering support from The Guardian and EARMILK, Otis articulates societal injustices with innate precision and candidness.

Enjoy the video for ‘Grand Finale Funeral Show’ below: