EP Review: KWESBAAR RMXS – Neak

NEAK‘s latest project, ‘KWESBAAR RMXS’ maybe a mini set of just five tracks, but it burst with influences, with his spin on hip-hop from the golden era (circa late 80’s), which is often met with rhythmic loops of 70s-style soulful vocals. Third effort ‘The Gift (Mashup)’, brings a little something different to the project as it taps into the boombap vibe working in unison with bluesy jazz tones for that tinging sensation.

‘KWESBAAR RMXS’ is a spin off from Neak’s critically acclaimed/self-produced full-length album, ‘KWESBAAR’ as it entails four new interpretations/remixes from that set plus new track, ‘Nothing To Lose, Inner City Blues’. Released year ago, ‘KWESBAAR’ accumulated over 30,000 streams with the first few weeks of its release. Neak’s lucid delivery gives a hard-hitting account of the trials and retributions of being an African-American male in America which, personally, feel (at times) that Kanye West is taking a shot on the collection.

‘KWESBAAR RMXS’ carries on the same theme of his everyday struggles that’s definitely worth a listen…check it out below…

Must Listens: The Gift (Mashup), My Life

Listen To 3Mind Blight’s New Single, ‘Breaking Down’

With raising guitar riffs and soaring vocals giving off a metal/grunge sensation 3MIND BLIGHT‘s latest single, ‘Breaking Down’ is begging to be heard…

The experimental piece also has a touch of urban influences, with the rapid-fire flow giving the boastful arrangements a run for its money.

‘Breaking Down’ is now available on all major download/streaming sites…check it out below if you dare!!!

Song of the Day: Tease – Ronnie Scott

Originally from Texas, RONNIE LOTT moved to New York City where he was surrounded by classic East Coast Hip-Hop. Submerging himself into the city’s music scene, Ronnie draws influence from the likes of Biggie, LL Cool J and Mase. Blending these old-school sounds with smooth R&B melodies, Ronnie has set himself in a league of his own.

Having achieved huge success with his previous releases ‘Chanel’ and ‘Kris Kross’, Ronnie has accumulated over one million streams on Spotify alone and build a hugely loyal online following. Now returning with ‘Tease’, the rapper takes a more melodic approach to hip-hop. Delivered with a smooth flow, the track is another great inclusion to the summer playlist.

‘Tease’ tells a story of infidelity involved in a complicated relationship Ronnie was previously involved in. Speaking more on the track, Ronnie explained: “The meaning behind the lyrics is pretty simple, it’s about me chasing this girl who has a boyfriend, but the girl still shows signs of interest in me, so I tell her all these good things in hopes to make her mine, but she just plays games which leads to me calling her a tease.”

‘Tease’ is now out on various download/streaming sites…check it out below…

Album Review: FlyMix Vol.1 – Fly Von

After his lenghty hiatus, FLY VON made a blazing return with his remake of Migos’ GNF and Roddy Ricch’s Boom Boom Room, both taken from his latest project, ‘FlyMix Vol.1’.

The 13-track set sees this DMV spitter takes on the hits of hip-hop heavyweights such as Drake, Da Baby and Young Thug and guide us through variations of trap-hop tones which, at times, work in perfect unison with chilled, laid-back 90s hip-hop/R&B influences. The rumble of the catchy b-line serves as the main attraction throughout the set which occasionally gives that extra Timbaland-esque spice.

Previously known for producing pure tranquil chill-hop numbers, this guy has reinvented himself into a super fierce wordsmith, armed with a razor-sharp delivery which thunders straight through the braggadocious bars.

All I have left to say is Sir Fly Von, welcome back to the limelight…check him out below…

Must Listens: GNF, Drip Too Hard, Flip The Switch, Whats Poppin, Dior

SPRTYK Reveals Visuals For Critically-Acclaimed Single, ‘Bad Temper’

When SPRTYK (pronounced Sporty K) pitched her latest single ‘Bad Temper’ for Spotify playlist consideration, it was selected for three editorial playlists (Spilled Ink, Mellow Bars, Alternative Hip Hop) and two algorithmic playlists including the coveted Discover Weekly. Those editorial and algorithmic playlists have driven the track to nearly a quarter million streams.

The accompanied visual – shot in her native Bronx – follows the emotional highs and lows of a top female draft pick / artist-in-bloom determined to win against all odds as she fights to escape the all too familiar “angry black female” stereotype, giving the two-finger gesture to the oversimplified characterisations of being hostile and overly aggressive.

Besides establishing herself as a formidable rapper, SPRTYK is also the CEO of STAR CLUB ENTERTAINMENT where she works as the creative director and stylist for other acts in New York’s eclectic scene including A$AP Ferg and Privilege New York.

‘Bad Temper’ forms part of her upcoming ‘Because I Feel Like It’ project, SPRTYK is set to continue being one of 2020’s favourite new music discoveries.

Check out the video for ‘Bad Temper’, directed by J. Chance + SPRTYK