Song of the Day: Relationsh!T – ShiesDaGod

Hailing from Montreal, Canada SHIESDAGOD makes his entry on the blog, claiming today’s hot spot with single entitled, ‘Relationsh!t’

Over a instantly catchy beat, the fiery emcee goes through the trials and tribulations of being in a relationship – an agony that we all experience at some point in our lifetime!

Go check him out below…and if you like what you’re feeling, why not check out more of his tracks on Spotify….enjoy!

Otis Mensah Drops ‘Ted Talks’ Video

Following the release of video Grand Finale Funeral Show’, Sheffield’s hip-hop Poet Laureate OTIS MENSAH has released another set of visuals for ‘Ted Talks’ – the sophomore track from his EP ‘Rap Poetics’ which breaks down the white-washed elitism of the art world.

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. Last year,  Otis was appointed as the first hip-hop Poet Laureate of Sheffield by former Lord Mayor and current MEP Magid Magid – advocating for rap as an effective vehicle for emotional communication.

Check out Otis’ latest set of visuals below…

Keynes Woods Is All About ‘Spiritual Healing’ In Brand New Single

Toronto-based rapper KEYNES WOODS‘ brand new single ‘Spiritual Healing’, explores how money equals happiness.

Laced with haunting piano melody, dark trap drums and chopped vocals reminiscent of Death Grips, ‘Spiritual Healing’ is a statement of intent. Featuring verses from fellow Canadian MC’s Just John and So Loki, it firmly places all three artists in the spotlight and affirms that these are three of the most exciting artists to hail from Canada.

This single is in the build-up the release of the full ‘Kongo KANE’ EP in early 2020. Check out the music video for the epic banger below…

Song of the Day: Bankroll – 88GLAM (ft. Lil Keed)

XO & YSL’s rising stars 88GLAM & LIL KEED have teamed up together on their latest single, ‘Bankroll’.

88GLAM have been hard at work on new music following opening label mate NAV’s sold out headline show in London earlier this year.

The Canadian duo’s first North American tour recently included their debut Coachella performance, followed by Juno nominations for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Rap Recording of the Year. They’ve also celebrated over 250 million streams across their released projects 88GLAM RELOADED, 88GLAM2 and 88GLAM 2.5.

Atlanta based rapper and Young Thug protégé, Lil Keed exploded on to the scene last year with single ‘Nameless’ going on to receive over 27 million streams globally. 2019 Debut album, ‘Long Live Mexico’ hit the US Album chart top 30 and includes features from NAV, Lil Duke, Gunna, Guap Tarantino and Lil Gotit.

88GLAM’s most recent single “Lil Boat” has reached over 57 million global streams on Spotify alone and has seen support from artists including Megan Thee Stallion, Summer Walker and Bella Hadid amongst others.

Check them out below…

New Rapper Mikano Reflects On Gender And Identity With Single, ‘Silhouette’

French-Cameroonian hip hop newcomer MIKANO, reveals pop-driven, Afrotrap single ‘Silhouette’ released last Wednesday (27th November).

The brand new cut is the first installment from his forthcoming mixtape, ‘Melting Balloons’, planned for release in Spring 2020.

On the meaning behind the song, Mikano explained: “It celebrates the female beauty in all its diversity. The word ‘Silhouette’ entails an outline with a featureless interior, we can see it’s a woman, but we can’t see her skin colour”.

Entirely produced by up and coming Parisian producer Sutus, the single mixes a pop-driven afrobeat melody with trap-tinged beats; “I wanted to create a genre-blending track, unifying different music cultures, the African element with British and American styles,” clarifies the young rapper.

Growing up in cities as diverse as Abu Dhabi, Cairo and Amsterdam, Mikano – who now resides in Paris –  is the perfect example of a Third Culture Kid whose music has been dramatically influenced by his rootless past. Inspired by artists from different genres such as Agnès Obel  and Alabama Shakes, Mikano’s first two EPs ‘No Devices Found’ and ‘Blind Man Dreams’, have seen support from some of the most prestigious French music publications including Tsugi and Rolling Stone.

Most French speaking rappers struggle to find fame outside France – even though the country is the second biggest market for hip-hop. It is time for a French, English speaking rapper to break the rules, and Mikano’s ‘Silhouette’ has the potential to set the young rapper on the right path for international success.

Check out for video for the single below…