If you’re not familiar, let us introduce you to West Coast rapper, 100s. The Berkeley, CA native made noise following the release of his debut project, Ice Cold Perm, released in 2012. Fast forward and 100s has just delivered his new EP, IVRY. Possessing characteristics reminiscent of artists such as Too Short, 100’s has also been compared to the sounds of James Brown and Nipsey Hussle; yet he still manages to stand alone, captivating listeners each step of the way. Hard-hitting production paired with a wide-variety of different vibes makes for great replay value. Upon listening, early favourites include “Inglish Outro”, “Thru My Veins,” and “Ten Freaky Hoes.” Stream/download 100s’ “IVRY” below.
Download: 100s – “IVRY”
Slap Nevada, formerly known as Tree Ave, is a 21-year-old Detroit recording artist who has brought us his new and highly anticipated EP, Ricky James, which I am loving like crazy. In these six tracks, Slap Nevada combines Rap and Hip-Hop with trillstep, trap, 808, and club beats that make this a masterpiece. Slap Nevada is relentless; his tone is eccentric, aggressive, and colourful. His wordplay is absolutely whack and genius, and each track brings you to someplace new, and always just as good as the last place Slap Nevada left your mind. While I absolutely love each track, my top three at the moment are “Holy Ghost”, “Killer” and “Player’s Ball”.
Slap Nevada has created his own personality through his music, and his kind of presence, music and energy are exactly what the industry needs right now. I really can’t say enough, so I’ll stop and let you take a listen and let you say something instead.
After getting put on to this one a little bit late after having a brief conversation with Toronto recording artist Slur, the only thought that comes to mind is “how did I miss this one?”. I’m glad it was brought to my attention though, because I relate to this EP way too much!
Last year, Slur (whom you may have heard on T.Y.’s 500 Autumn Nights: Side B) released a new EP called Writing Home About Nothing, an amazing compilation of seven songs which Slur put together perfectly. Speaking on things he wants to change, his opinion on certain topics while on others you find him just having fun. It’s hard to pin point a favorite song on Writing Home About Nothing because as you listen through from start to finish, each track is as unique as the last one. With a ton of Canadian artist’s on their independent grind, it’s almost impossible to not support good music such as this EP. I can’t wait to see what Slur brings to the table this year, and after hearing Writing Home About Nothing, you’ll feel the same way. Stream the whole project below and be sure to purchase the project if you’re feeling it. Let me know what you think below!
Purchase: Slur – Writing Home About Nothing
14 year-old rapper Young Flama has released his new EP “Hopes & Dreams” after releasing his single “Lyrical Message”, and again, I am thoroughly impressed. I know what you’re thinking- 14 years-old?! Yes, and it sounds as though he has been making music longer than his time on earth. From Australia, Young Flama has beautifully crafted a 12 track EP with some real gems. With many songs about human corruption, inequality, and even some well-backed up boasting about his age, each track addresses interconnecting issues. “Over the Breaks” is about how Flama’s confidence and determination brought him success; “Stand Tall” is beautiful track about imperfection, the consequences of bad decisions, crime, and poverty; “All I Need” is about working hard to fulfill dreams over a life of crime.
I have to mention that Young Flama really kills it on “War (towards Hip-Hop)” over Drake’s “5 A.M. In Toronto” as well as “Satan’s Enemy” over Drake’s “Paris Morton Music”. Not only does he address real issues on this EP, he does it with a distinct sound and extraordinary passion.
I dub Young Flama the youngest humanitarian rapper on The Come Up Show, and with good reason. Take a listen below and witness a miracle.
Few producers are consistently making better music than Elaquent right now. The Guelph, Ontario HW&W beatsmith just dropped his Green Apples and Oranges EP, an eight-track instrumental journey through jazz, soul, and of course, hip-hop. Some of the EP’s tracks are already familiar: standouts “The Official,” “Aurora” (link above), and “Treehome 94 1/2″ all make appearances. The others (“Alone At Last,” “Oreos,” “The Little Things You Do,” “Almost There,” and “Sayonara”) showcase a new side of Elaquent, as he experiments with different synths and sounds. For more on Elaquent, make sure to read our interview with him. Stream and purchase Green Apples and Oranges below (and read what Elaquent had to say about the project after the jump).
One of my favourite producers is back at it again, dropping the four-track Begonia EP. On Begonia, California-based Freddie Joachim crafts a smooth blend of soulful keys, synthy grooves and dusty drums for an overall solid and cohesive project. My only gripe? I wish there were more songs. But hey, it’s free, so who am I to complain? For those unfamiliar, Joachim is a West Coast deejay, producer and label director for San Francisco-based Mellow Orange (along with friends Yusai and Question). If you like what you hear, be sure to go back and check out his Dusting EP as well. Stream and download Begonia below.
I’ll admit, I’m a little late to the party on this one. Such things tend to happen when your December consists of exams and holidays. Forgive me. Towards the end of December, D-Sisive and Tone Mason dropped the nine-track Raging Bull EP, an especially aptly-titled project as each track resembles D-Sisive lyrically going to war in the ring. For someone who revered Jonestown 2 as one of the best releases of 2011 (haven’t heard it? Go back and listen to it; it’s that good) hearing D-Sisive once again at his best is a wholly welcome return. Since D-Sisive also frequently writes the most compelling press releases of any artist, I’ll save the rest of the column for him (read after the jump).
Stream and pay what you want for Raging Bull below.