The latest rap/hip-hop roundup includes ten songs that exemplify the diversity in the genre.
Hariq – “Ballin”
Memphis-born artist Hariq is bringing ‘heat’ with his new single, “Ballin”. The hard-hitting song comes with an aggressive flow that sets the rapper apart in the crowded hip-hop scene. Alongside the track is an equally energetic video filmed on location at Rock Island’s Lonnie Ray’s Elite Basketball Club. The clip was filmed by The Video Plug.
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OCTOPIZZO – “Karata$i”
Kenyan rap mainstay Octopizzo has revealed a stunning music video for the song “Karata$i”. Always one to go pleasantly over-the-top with his visuals, this one is no different. “Karata$i” is part of his recent album Jungle Fever. The song discusses money as a necessity — and source of obsession — in life.
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Gwill – “Ready”
D1 is the just released new album from Dominican-American artist Gwill. The 8-track project exhibits his masterful infusion of Latin-pop elements into hip-hop. “Ready”, the energetic and melodic first single, is the song that has resonated most with the fans, so far. It was written as a dedication to those who secretly doubted him. Gwill’s message is that we should empower ourselves first.
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Jay-Way x Flori Del Pino – “Like Quintana (Remix)”
Netherlands-based artist Jay-Way looked outside his country for the remix of his song “Like Quintana”. The new version features Barcelona-based Latinx artist Flori del Pino and, together, the two deliver an exciting jam. “Like Quintana” is a melodic track whose sound is consistent with Jay-Way’s style: a mix of hip-hop, R&B and pop. Flori adds her bilingual and multi-cultural touch to the song. Equally stunning is the accompanying music video.
Sean Focus – “Mulholland Drive”
Success is a process and it doesn’t matter what point you currently are at. Zimbabwean-born, Edinburgh-based artist and producer Sean Focus embodies this spirit in his new song & video, “Mulholland Drive”. The motivational piece is paired with an equally heartwarming music video. “Mulholland Drive” is melodic and sweetly Afro-flavoured.
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Flo Milli – “Roaring 20s”
Flo Milli is one of the fastest rising rappers right now. The 21-year-old American (and Alabama native) has reveled the visual for her “Roaring 20s” single. It’s a video inspired by 1920s aesthetic and complements the fun, easygoing song.
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Benji Wild – “OnJob”
Benji Wild, a UK rapper who hails from Cardiff, Wales, steps out with a provocative new single, “OnJob”. The song is accompanied by a video which features footage from the recent protests in Cardiff which followed a police brutality related death. Lyrically, it finds Benji at his best as he delivers hard-hitting bars over a punchy beat. The track carries his signature blend of grime, hip-hop and punk-rock.
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Dax – “KILLSHOT 3”
Dax is back with another fiery and passionate, “KILLSHOT 3”. Once again grabbing his detractors and opponents’ throats (metaphorically, that is), the independent Toronto-based rapper delivers his unapologetic bars. Sonically, this is a slight deviation from the more melodic couple of singles that the rapper shared recently. “KILLSHOT 3” arrives side-by-side a post-apocalyptic music visual.
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60 East – “Mind On My Money”
Californian emcee 60 East recently committed to drop a new song every 6th day of every month of 2021. The first release is “Mind On My Money”, a piece that underscores his dedication towards financial success. For the production, 60 partnered with ProtejOnTheBeat, who crafted a classic-sounding instrumental. Altogether, the song demonstrates his lyrical prowess.
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Al-Doms – “Slang!”
Working with producer bennygotbass, emerging rapper Al-Doms created a bouncy new single named “Slang!”. This release is lifted from his forthcoming debut album, New Dream. In terms of style, the song melds early 2000s rap with modern hip-hop production. “Slang!” sounds unique and showcases the artist’s impressive lyricism.
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