Album Review: L.I.F.E: The Cause – J.A.S.

I was sooo elated when South African rapper/producer J.A.S slipped me his latest album, ‘L.I.F.E: The Cause’ – it seemed ages since he grace his presence on this blog with previous project, ‘#Don’tSleepOnJAS’, which possesses electronic/downtempo soundscapes with infectious Trip-hop beats/bass.

With this latest album, J.A.S retains the same theme from the previous project, but delving further into the downtempo route with long-term collaborators, South African singers Palesa Blossom and Nevita, who both provide a pleasingly trippy experience with their alluringly soulful vocals with tracks such as ‘L.I.FE’, ‘Controlled’ ‘Moth to A Flame’ and ‘Scattered.’

J.A.S also adds another long-collaborator, South African acclaimed rapper, Sy’Defect to the impressive album’s lineup. Among the chilled vibes of the seven-track project, Sy’Defect injects such vibrancy with his semi-rapid flow to the delicate backdrop of tracks, ‘Controlled’ and ‘Scattered.’

Overall, ‘L.I.F.E: The Cause’ is a great escapism album to kick back with some friends and to forget about the great maze called life. Have a listen below…

Must Listen: Controlled, Words, Scattered.

Song of the Day: The Truth – Digg$

The Truth is a story told by 25-year-old rapper/singer Pennsylvania rapper DIGG$ who uses elaborate metaphors and similes to highlight the lifestyle that most speak of but have never lived, over a smooth afterhours beat.

Why not kick back and have a listen below…

Watch Natty Boi Zoe’s Video For Latest Track, ‘Fortune’.

Hailed as The Street Poet in his hometown (New York City), rapper NATTY BOI ZOE urges us to count our blessings and cast aside any societal idea of success in his brand new video for single ‘Fortune’.

There’s some tough verses that resonates with the soul…so pin back your ears and have a listen below…

Song of the Day: Walk With Me – Black Shawd

Multi-talented rapper/singer & songwriter BLACK SHAWD‘s single, ‘Walk With Me’ is a reflection of his cheerful and optimistic attitude towards life.

The lyrics along with the vocals is enough to give a tingle of goose bumps. The contrasts in mood are very well handled. This exciting hip hop song stimulates the generation to sit and think about life and then to take a stand and to contribute in meaningful deeds.

Black Shawd, in this energetic single, beautifully conveys the true significance of practical life, far from the world of fantasy. The appealing sound is really a blessing to the ears. This piece is an excellent composition with a catchy track. For Black Shawd, life has a purpose and in ‘Walk With Me’, he is giving direction to the world to take little steps with him towards morality.

The lyrics are really therapeutic as “Trust it won’t be long, it’s not that far” gives the vibes of comfort. The choice of words is so natural and friendly as “see we are not that far”. The cherry on the top is that the song also has fear reducing elements as “What are you afraid of” and “See we are not that far”. In simple words, ‘Walk With Me’ paints a portrait of life that becomes easy by following some simple rules.

Check out the video for this epic track below…

Mae Krell Releases ‘imposter syndrome’ EP

Fresh off a North American tour, New York-based singe songwriter MAE KRELL releases her new EP, ‘imposter syndrome.’ The 4-track EP is the culmination of Mae’s artistic and personal development over the past two years: “I’ve grown up, begun to gain confidence as an artist, and had the opportunity to have my voice really listened to in every step of the music making process. With all of this positive change still comes doubt; and often really intense imposter syndrome, at least for me. This record is about pushing through it because you know it’ll all be worth it.”

The EP is named after the final single to be released, “imposter syndrome,” but was actually inspired by an experience working on one of the other tracks on the EP.

Explaining how it came to be, Mae says, “while working on ‘phantom limb,’ Jakob Leventhal (producer) brought in an incredible pianist to play on the track. While sitting in the studio I had this overwhelming feeling of not being talented enough and feeling like I shouldn’t be there. Imposter syndrome is such a common feeling, especially for people from minority backgrounds, and it really hit me like a truck that day.”

That was then followed by going home and writing this song. Over the course of the ‘impostor syndrome’ EP, Mae masterfully and heart-wrenchingly dissects the relatable feeling of self-doubt. The songs are melodic, intimate, and packed with cathartic lyricism that will strike a chord.

At just 22 years old, Mae exudes a musicality wise beyond her years. Influenced by revered singer-songwriters like Bob Dylan, Phoebe Bridgers, and Gregory Alan Isakov, her songs are intimate reflections that confront trauma, self-love, and personal truths. With a distinct folk-pop sound and introspective lyrical chops, Mae has earned millions of streams across her repertoire with multiple tracks breaking 500K. With a multitude of career milestones already under her belt, Mae is taking it one day at a time and focusing on writing and recording songs that reach new emotional heights.

Have a listen to Mae Krell’s EP below…