Kash Juliano’s ‘Speeding’ Is a Poppy Brooklyn Take on Trap

Kash Juliano’s ‘Speeding’ is a clean, poppy take on the trap sound out of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. This artist describes himself as, “a product of his neighborhood.” Since starting his career, “Kash Juliano has compiled a body of work certain to shake any doubt of his creative talent,” including three full-length albums available on Soundcloud. In a lot of ways, this hangs pretty closely to the … Continue reading Kash Juliano’s ‘Speeding’ Is a Poppy Brooklyn Take on Trap

Chino Cappin’s ‘Slime’ Is Standard Pop Trap Out of Georgia

Chino Cappin’s ‘Slime’ is clean, anthemic Soundcloud trap out of the Macon, Georgia area. “After dropping out of high school at the young age of 16,” this rapper managed to bring in “listeners with a sound [harkening] back to the Dirty South golden era.” This guy “is known for delivering hardcore lyrics via catchy melodic cadences,” he says, and “his ability to sing to the … Continue reading Chino Cappin’s ‘Slime’ Is Standard Pop Trap Out of Georgia

Chevalien’s ‘Bleu, Blanc, Blood’ Is Jazzy, Percussion-Heavy French Rap

Chevalien’s ‘Bleu, Blanc, Blood’ is some jazzy, organic rap out of France featuring some meaningful social commentary. This artist describes this as, “a solo project of a multi-instrumentalist,” who began his musical endeavors “as a drummer.” He says he “is surrounded by two other musicians on stage.” There’s a lot of really cool stuff happening on here in terms of production and technique. Rhythmically, the … Continue reading Chevalien’s ‘Bleu, Blanc, Blood’ Is Jazzy, Percussion-Heavy French Rap

Hyphen’s ‘Beneath a Smile’ Is Suave British Piano Rap with Lots of Meaning

Hyphen’s ‘Beneath a Smile’ is smooth, clean piano-driven rap music out of the United Kingdom. This artist says this “song talks a lot about my experiences of depression, and so the release will be done in collaboration with some mental health organizations.” It feels like this rapper’s unique academic background “in philosophy and economics at University College London,” and his current occupation “in finance in the … Continue reading Hyphen’s ‘Beneath a Smile’ Is Suave British Piano Rap with Lots of Meaning

Gabe Greenland’s ‘She Walks Strapped Through the Shadows’ Is Somber, Eclectic Pop Rock

Gabe Greenland’s ‘She Walks Strapped Through the Shadows’ is intense, eclectic pop rock with a unique approach. There’s a lot going on here. The track is led by some slow, broad guitar work and punchy trap-style percussion. Over that, Greenland’s narrative, monotonously expressive vocal approach gives the track some structure. A lot of what makes this track unique lies in the details – especially the … Continue reading Gabe Greenland’s ‘She Walks Strapped Through the Shadows’ Is Somber, Eclectic Pop Rock

One of North America’s Most Unique Places: Slab City, Through the Eyes of Rapper Slab Gram (Exclusive Interview)

“People are pretty much free to do what ever they want here as long as they don’t break the 1 golden rule. Don’t be an idiot.” – Slab Gram Slab Gram is a charismatic rapper from Slab City! I met Slab Gram when I was living in San Francisco in 2012 or 2013. He had come up to visit and made his way to an … Continue reading One of North America’s Most Unique Places: Slab City, Through the Eyes of Rapper Slab Gram (Exclusive Interview)

THK’s ‘Chop of a Brick’ Is Energetic, Anthemic Club Trap

THK’s ‘Chop of a Brick’ featuring Vic Rippa is high-energy, club-oriented rap with a glitzy trap approach. These guys say they try to “to bring a fresh approach… by bringing flavors from different genres, something the audience could hear in DJ mash-ups, but perfectly blended to sound like an original.” These guys do a really good job of creating energy within the context of an … Continue reading THK’s ‘Chop of a Brick’ Is Energetic, Anthemic Club Trap

Jayleigh’s Second Video Release Even Better than the First

Last month Illinois native and rapper, Jayleigh, dropped her music video for “Like a Stone.” Sitting at the top of her Spotify artist page, “Like a Stone”, is already a fan favorite. Produced by Justin James, this is the song where she puts her foot down and demands respect for her craft if you are a true supporter. “Claim to be my friend, but you … Continue reading Jayleigh’s Second Video Release Even Better than the First

‘Just Fly’ by All Types of Kinds Is Some Funky, Eclectic Acoustic Rock

  ‘Just Fly’ by All Types of Kinds is a groovy, deeply rap-inflected take on acoustic rock. Over the past year, these guys have “had the good fortune to open up a show for Martin Sexton in California, Houndmouth in South Carolina,” as well as an upcoming “opening spot for a national touring act at The Paramount Theater on Long Island.” These relative newcomers say … Continue reading ‘Just Fly’ by All Types of Kinds Is Some Funky, Eclectic Acoustic Rock

Panda City’s ‘Under the Influence’ Is a More Refined, Conscious Take on Rap Rock

Panda City’s ‘Under the Influence’ featuring Dyce is a rock-oriented, deeply instrumental take on rap music out of the South Bronx. It was “early 2016 as news channels showcased relations of all kinds strained across the globe.” Then, “South Bronx artist Clacc brought together four musicians from different walks of life and musical backgrounds to create Panda City. Proving once again that music builds bridges, … Continue reading Panda City’s ‘Under the Influence’ Is a More Refined, Conscious Take on Rap Rock