Chicago’s Rayvn Lenae incorporates the children’s nursing rhyme into a jazzy track which features Monte Booker‘s ambient, but upbeat production. The track starts out with her beautiful and airy vocals, detailing her feelings for a special someone, ‘Mr. Sun’. Rayven is gearing up to release her debut project Moon Shoes on August 25th. Listen below and let the track brighten your day.
We’ve brought you music from A-Fos & The Rude Youth before — you may be familiar with the group’s funk/hip-hop fusion. Now the band’s frontman is coming out with a solo project, Clean Your Room Already, showcasing not only his skills on the mic, but his production chops as well (something you may also be familiar with from KyleKanevil’s solo project). The album — which A-Fos promises to be “funky, nostalgic and honest” — drops August 1st. The latest glimpse we get comes in the form of two tracks, “Back in the Day” and “Sweet Mother Mary.”
The former enlists Nathan Bain on the hook as A-Fos reminisces about times growing up. The latter sees the London-based emcee pairing with Jordan MacDonald of Texas King in a song about, well, you can probably guess from the title. Listen below.
St. Louis, Missouri has yet to produce any new major rap artists in the past ten years. Interestingly enough, St. Louis has a rich musical history with strong roots in the Blues and Jazz. Two genres that have helped give birth to Hip Hop.
However the recent emergence of St. Louis rapper Smino could change everything. Born into a musical family, Smino Brown was almost destined to be in the business. Having being involved in music his entire life it was a natural progression for him to pursue a career in it.
Yet to release his full length project, Smino has created his name and buzz with a string of one off singles. Now with his debut around the corner, Smino has delivered his first official single “3M”. Produced by his sole collaborator Monte Booker, the track is a solid, well arranged, and high quality rap song that deserves the recognition it’s receiving. With a fusion of Future Beats, mainstream Trap, and constant hooks, “3M” keeps the listener interested for the entire duration.
Smino may be considered a new artist but he’s no amateur. The vocal performance, beat selection, and lyricism all prove he has longevity in the industry. In time where the industry is so over saturated, the artist must constantly keep the listener amused and “3M” provides that, with its array of multiple flows, energy, and incredibly hooky verses and choruses. For an introduction this is a home run and there’s no doubt a change for the St. Louis hip hop scene.
20 year old Chi-town rapper, Adam Joseph is a hidden gem in the rap game. He’s been involved in music since the age of 11 and is apart of the O3 collective, short for Odd One Out. For his new single, he gives us a track titled “Motion”. This track features a nice hook from singer, Toni Romiti. UK producer, Oshi, provides the piano-backed production while he lays contemplative verses about his direction in life. Look forward to hearing more from the rising star.
Currently Brampton’s talent is surfacing at a rapid rate. The quality of production and songwriters are out doing almost every district in Toronto. Coming off the incredible hit track “Antidote” by Travis Scott and “81” by Sean Leon, Eestbound delivers yet another exceptional instrumental that features up and coming Brampton rapper Bane.
Affiliated with the popular youtube channel 4yall Entertainment and rapper Pryde, Bane has been known to create sinister, aggressive, grungy Trap music with an eerie vocals. “Be Okay” takes a different approach. Still staying true to his alternative sound, Bane progresses into a more melodic sound and embraces Eestbound’s 808 heavy production.
Vocally the Brampton rapper performed the flow with finesse and wasn’t afraid to experiment. Also, his high end voice was a perfect contrast to the low end instrumental. Another notable aspect about the track is the arrangement. From the transitions to the chorus, the structure is skillfully executed and elevates the track to the next level.
Overall this is some of the best music the two have created. Eestbound has been on fire as of late and very well could be the next superproducer out of Toronto. Also, look to hear more about Bane when his new project Paranoia comes out later this year.