Hip-Hop/Rap

ST3PH – “Alexa”

By Will Oliver, June 6th 2019

South East London producer ST3PH caught my attention earlier this year with his grime-influenced single “Get Rid.”

He’s back with a hilariously smart and clever new single “Alexa” that combines his delivery with some lovely production work and beats to create something that is a lot of fun to listen to and very much in its own new category of music (one that he is called TRIME).

Enjoy a listen to “Alexa” below.
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Kate Tempest – “Firesmoke”

By Will Oliver, May 7th 2019

British spoken word artist, rapper, poet, novelist and playwright Kate Tempest will release her third studio album, The Book of Traps and Lessons, on June 14th via American Recordings/Republic Records.

She’s let go of first single “Firesmoke,” a typically captivating and thoughtful listen from Tempest who so elegantly tells a well laid out story throughout the 3 1/2-minutes of the song that absolutely floors and sticks with you.

Enjoy a listen to “Firesmoke” below.
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ST3PH – “Get Rid”

By Will Oliver, March 18th 2019 — with 1 comment

South East London producer ST3PH combines elements of music ranging from grime, trap, hip hop, garage, and reggae, together they form a sound he pioneered called “Trime”. It is also the name of his debut EP, TRIME Vo1.1 which was released on Friday.

You get a sense of the atmospheric and thoughtful sound he has crafted on single “Get Rid” a track that has some chill production and late-night feel that feels like a mix between some of the mood of Burial and the delivery and flow of Dizzee Rascal.

Enjoy a listen to “Get Rid” below.
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Kamron Bahani – “Meditations”

By Will Oliver, May 27th 2018

The always hard-working Rockland County-based rapper Kamron Bahani keeps on proving he’s a fresh talent in the scene that more should be aware of. He returned in March with his latest album Magnum Opus Open and released a proper music video for its track “Meditations.”

Featuring some of his finest produced beats yet and ever-lightning fast speed flow, his rhymes are quite unparalleled these days in the world of trap and mumble rap.

Find the music video for “Meditations” below (directed by DX Films & Kamron Bahani) and if you dig the track, you can find the whole album available to buy over on iTunes.
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Yaysh – “Daep”

By Will Oliver, March 2nd 2018

Yaysh is a rapper out of Boulder, Colorado who recently released her new single “Daep.”

The word “Daep” means beautiful in Vietnamese. And that’s exactly how one could describe the atmospheric production from producer Troy R8dio Johnson. He gives Yaysh some interesting beats and sonic landscapes to provide her pop-laden rhymes over and it provides some interesting results.

Find a stream of “Daep” below
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El Capitán – “Low”

By Will Oliver, October 21st 2017

El Capitán combines the talent of two Los Angeles, California locals who go by “Abhi the Nomad” and “Foster.”

Based on their track “Low” these guys are some underground rappers who have a fresh and exciting outlook that deserves paying attention to. It helps that the track has some great 90s-esque production from DJ Nacatz who gives the duo some crisp beats to do their thing over. It’s got a certain energy and charm that is so damn refreshing and honestly beats the hell out of all the trap and popular hip-hop plauging the radio these days.

These gentlemen deserve your attention. Give the official video for “Low” a view below.
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TruthCity – “While You Were Sleeping”

By Will Oliver, October 16th 2017

TruthCity is a rapper and songwriter from New York City who recently caught my attention with his track “While you Were Sleeping.

It’s a song that he set out to prove that he didn’t forget his hip hop roots and hoped to lure people in with “flows they were familiar with” and then “body the next verse.” Some slick production and beats pave the foundation for him to shine, although there are elements of trap that may seem familiar, there’s a different shine to his work that you just don’t hear on the radio.

Take a listen to “While You Were Sleeping” below and for more on TruthCity head to his soundcloud page.
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We’ve been following Rockland’s very own Kamron Bahani for some time now, as he’s releases various mixtapes and singles. But now he’s finally released his debut album By The River and it makes good on the promise and maturation that he’s put on display throughout the years.

At ten tracks, the album takes the sound that he’s been exploring with each and every new release, slowly honing in on his sound as an artist, growing with confidence along the way. These days rap music is so overstuffed with bland and uniform trap or stuff from artists like Drake which is more soft r&b than rap.

But with By The River, Bahani blends a variety of different rap styles with some memorable and stand-out beats and rhymes that are a breath of fresh air, actually bringing something new to the table, a refreshing palette cleanser that is actually a joy to listen to. It’s great to have an up-and-coming underground rapper right here in my neck of the woods, especially one that’s budding with talent such as Bahani.

By The River is out now, available to stream via Spotify, Apple Music and soundcloud, which you can find the full stream for posted below.
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Kamron Bahani Releases ‘DSM VI’ EP

By Will Oliver, June 6th 2017

Last month we had the privilege of premiering “Depersonalization,” the new single from Rockland County rapper Kamron Bahani.

The song was the lead single of his new EP DSM VI, a release that is self-described as:

melodically incorporates what Bahani perceives as mental disorders; through the use of each track’s tonality, he engenders an abstract melody, each of which encompasses what he believes is comparable to each mental disorder in the track listing.

These days too much of hip-hop doesn’t even sound like hip-hop, but more of r&b and pop with some rap thrown in. Bahani taps into that old school style of New York rap, with slick production, smooth and smart rhymes, with some insanely quick rhymes that you’ll need to listen to closely just to follow. The entire EP is smart and tightly constructed, a must for any fans of hip-hop that are looking for something real.

The entire EP is available to listen on his soundcloud, and is embedded for your enjoyment directly below.
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Premiere: Kamron Bahani – “Depersonalization”

By Will Oliver, May 1st 2017 — with 1 comment

We last caught up with Rockland County rapper (a hometown guy for us) Kamron Bahani last year when he returned with new single “La Leggenda.” If you don’t know Kamron, we’re here to help you correct that. His style is reminiscent of the golden era with a contemporary twist. He can do it all: have fun, be lyrical, make you smile, make you hate, all with the fundamental reasoning that human emotion correlates to expressionism.

He’s back this year with a new concept album DSM Vl that revolved around mental disabilities. The first offering from this exciting project is “Depersonalization,” a track that tackles multiple personality disorder. It’s a dense topic, not one to be taken lightly, but Bahani takes the sad subject and tries to deliver a fun track anyway.

The song is produced by Blu Majic, and features the natural evolution of an artist who continues to grow with every new release. If you track all the posts we’ve done over the years on this blog, back when he was rocking the Kuhlamity moniker, it’s amazing just how far he’s come.

We are proud to have the exclusive first premiere of “Depersonalization,” which you can stream right now below.
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