Buddy 1231’s ‘Kaioken’ Is Some Janky, Experimental Rap

Buddy1231’s ‘Kaioken’ is oddly-metered, non-sequitur rap music with a technical, dynamic approach. The artist says this “is the first single off of my upcoming album, Stand Still which follows my EP Nobody.” He describes it as, “a lyrical exercise showing that no matter how talented I feel I am, I’m still at a stand-still in my music career.” There’s a lot going on in this … Continue reading Buddy 1231’s ‘Kaioken’ Is Some Janky, Experimental Rap

‘Gnetik Pt. 2’ by Bknott and Kudoz Bridges Classic and Modern Rap Trends

‘Gnetik Pt. 2’ by Bknott and Kudoz is bouncy, fast-paced rap with a surprisingly chilled vibe. The beat on here does a great job of fusing classic approaches with a more modern technique and composition. It pays homage to classic New York hip-hop acts like Wu Tang Clan and Mobb Deep through its crispy keys-oriented sampling. Under that, the composition and broader vibe could be … Continue reading ‘Gnetik Pt. 2’ by Bknott and Kudoz Bridges Classic and Modern Rap Trends

Alex Vince’s ‘Ghosts’ Fuses Rap Tradition with a Modern Approach

Alex Vince’s ‘Ghosts’ is buzzing mid-tempo rap with a consistent, modern take. “In the current state of music, up-and-coming artists seem to consistently lack truth in the content they create,” this artist says. “I wanted to create a song authentic to my life, but give it high energy to connect with my listeners.” The beat on here is really a cut above the rest. It … Continue reading Alex Vince’s ‘Ghosts’ Fuses Rap Tradition with a Modern Approach

C-Dup’s ‘Candy’ Is Fluttering, Dense Rap with an Old-New Dichotomy

C-Dup’s ‘Candy’ is engaging, dense rap music with a very cool production technique. “This beat fireeee,” this artist says of his work. The slow and smooth vocal sample he uses as the base for the track is distorted in a way imbues the whole track with a fuzzy retro sensibility. Continue reading C-Dup’s ‘Candy’ Is Fluttering, Dense Rap with an Old-New Dichotomy

La Goony Chonga’s ‘Be Me’ Straddles the Worlds of Trap and Reggaeton

La Goony Chonga’s ‘Be Me’ is eclectic, hard-hitting bi-lingual rap music out of Miami with a decidedly Latin take. “The upbeat track, produced by Astronomar,” the artist’s management says, “embodies La Goony’s signature trap reggaeton hybrid style which she has coined as ‘treaggaeton.'” Continue reading La Goony Chonga’s ‘Be Me’ Straddles the Worlds of Trap and Reggaeton

‘Racecar’ by Aries Is Chilled-Out Modern Pop-Trap with a Tropical Vibe

‘Racecar’ by Aries is relaxed modern hip-hop with a tropical trap beat and poppy sung vocals. “Hailing from Southern California,” this artist “is part of a new generation of artists that have bypassed the traditionalĀ channels of reaching fans in favor of a more direct approach.” Continue reading ‘Racecar’ by Aries Is Chilled-Out Modern Pop-Trap with a Tropical Vibe

Exmiranda’s ‘Grip’ Fuses a Traditional Rap Approach with a Literary Sensibility

Exmiranda’s ‘Grip’ is fast, technical rap with a laid-back, minimalist trap beat. This artist is “inspired by grime, hip hop, afro beats and feel good music,” she says. “I have been rapping for the past five years after transitioning from performing spoken word and poetry.” Continue reading Exmiranda’s ‘Grip’ Fuses a Traditional Rap Approach with a Literary Sensibility

Keeakev’s ‘That’s My Word’ Is Slick, Laid-Back Rap with a Psychedelic Vibe

Keeakev’s ‘That’s My Word’ is slick, laid-back rap with a more traditional, psychedelic vibe. “This isn’t a snippet,” this artist says, “this is a song with one verse and two hooks. The beat rides out on it’s own intentionally.” The unorthodox structure, which puts a strong focus on the instrumental towards the beginning and end of the track, definitely gives the song a unique vibe. … Continue reading Keeakev’s ‘That’s My Word’ Is Slick, Laid-Back Rap with a Psychedelic Vibe

Drew’s ‘Face Me’ Is Straightforward Chicago Rap with a Well-Crafted Backing Track

Drew’s ‘Face Me’ is straightforward rap music out of Chicago with a well-sampled, well-crafted backing track. This rapperĀ “finds inspiration in Kanye West, J. Cole, Drake, Trey Songz and Frank Ocean to comprise a vaguely familiar, yet completely original sound.” He says he “began writing at just eight years old and recorded his freshman single in early 2017. Since then, Drew has had various performances in … Continue reading Drew’s ‘Face Me’ Is Straightforward Chicago Rap with a Well-Crafted Backing Track