Life ebbs and flows with various degrees of difficulty and hardship. Through much of his extreme lows in life, SUPREME attributes much of his resilience to the love from his friends and family. This uplifting theme of love is explored throughout his introspective debut EP Love Jones, released on all digital streaming platforms on last Monday (21st June).
Now the Hip-Hop newcomer revels with loved ones in his self-directed music video for the project’s lead single ‘Thug Thizzle’. Featuring a brief cameo appearance from his father Ghostface Killah (who’s also heard throughout the Love Jones EP), much of the video is shot in the streets of Supreme’s native Staten Island’s Wu-Tang Clan District. The video serves as the first of seven parts to Supreme’s short film, ‘Love Jones’.
East London-hailing rapper, KAREEM‘s single ‘Power’, shows him flow effortlessly over an atmospheric and wavy instrumental.
‘Power’ finds Kareems’s pen flowing with his desire for power and his ability to give love to his partner. Remaining cooly unapologetic, the rapper serves up some of his slickest flows, which could borderline R&B while retaining the poetic nature of hip-hop; in a way that’s slightly reminiscent of US artist, Sahbabii.
Drawing from a pool of influences that range from Trap to Hip Hop, more specifically the likes of Young Thug, Future, Nipsey Hussle and J Cole, Kareem has managed to take these inspirations to cultivate his own unique sonic, much like those aforementioned.
Before closing the door to his The Room EP, Edmonton hip-hop artist K-RIZ unveiled a new video for the potently blended jazz-rap track, ‘A Place Where Love Is.’ Elevated by the swinging coos of Calgary soul singer Yolanda Sargeant (of Sargeant X Comrade), the song is a declaration for choosing to love in a time of fear.
The video stars K-Riz, Yolanda Sargeant and fellow Alberta rapper Lyrique, and serves as a hopeful antidote to the bleakness of the past year. Filmed from Calgary’s Sunnyside neighbourhood and the city’s iconic Peace Bridge, the black and white video is punctuated by meaningful symbols. “Imagine life where colour doesn’t matter/Imagine peace where murder doesn’t happen…Under God’s blue sky, we all bleed the same you and I,” K-Riz spits, illuminating the possibility of a better world.
“This is the message that I wanted to close The Room out on,” said K-Riz. “I think this is a message that people need to hear right now—and over and over again. It’s time for people to open their hearts to peace and love.”
The Room EP was written by K-Riz while recovering from injuries sustained in a June 2020 car accident. The title signifies the room in which the album was conceived and the mental space and time he was given to reflect and create. The five-track collection is laced with smooth R&B grooves, jazz flourishes, lyrical atonements, and a near-death clarity, tracing the wrongs of past relationships (‘What a Shame’), faith (‘God First’), and a profound sense of gratitude for life (“A Place Where Love Is” feat. Yolanda Sargeant).
In the time since the EP’s release, K-Riz has been hailed by Complex for “quietly establishing himself as one of Alberta’s deftest lyricists; was named as a Black Canadian artist you need to know by Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe of CBC’s The Block; and was listed among the Canadian artists you need to hear by Exclaim in January of 2021. The EP follows his debut full-length album, Fresh Air (2016), which garnered the rapper a spot on Hip Hop Canada’s list of the Top 40 Canadian Hip Hop MCs.
The Room EP is now available on all streaming platforms. You can also look for K-Riz’s sophomore full-length, Peace & Love, set for release this summer. For now, check out the video for ‘Where Love Is’…
Following directly on from his previous releases, ‘Darkness Before Light’ and Morals,’ SC. UNDERCOVER‘s single, ‘Deeper Love’ is built within a soothing acoustic guitar setting where the UK crooner tells the story of an intimate and close connection, through his impressive falsetto vocals.
Born in Walsal, SC.Undercover started creating music as a way of escapism from the darker periods of his early life. The mysterious and sometimes flamboyant crossover artist blends characters and influences of indie, dark pop and R&B, offering something distinctly unique in today’s industry.
Hoping to help others overcome their own struggles with mental health, SCU wants to share his experiences, shining light on a subject very close to his heart using his music as a platform to reach wider audiences. Having performed to sold out audiences across Atlanta and at home in the UK, as well as garnering acclaim from publications, SC.Undercover is labelled as an artist to watch. Check him out below…
When you hear JESSIE LEE‘s single, ‘Body Sings,’ you’ll immediately get the butterfly feeling in your tummy, the exactly same exacting feeling when you clap your eyes on the one for the very first time.
Produced Daniel Espina, ‘Body Sings’ boasts an infectious groovy bass line that’s so colourful and light, designed to emit love and encourage the vibrations we give off in that pure state of love embracing a real connection – whether that be with someone else or just yourself.
In this current climate, I think we all could use a little bit of high vibes right now…press play and get lost in this uplifting tune…