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.
I’ve written about artists based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan before, predominantly in the Future Beats genre. However, recently I have stumbled upon a new Grand Rapids Boom Bap rapper by the name of Sincere. Featured on Statik Selektah’s project What Goes Around, Sincere has a classic 90’s nostalgia rap vibe similar to the scene in New York and is heavily displayed on his single “Live and Raw”.
Not much is known about the Michigan rapper, but what we do know is he is a talented emcee. With the help of one of the greatest of all time J Dilla, “Live and Raw” is a well crafted track reminiscent of Illmatic Nas and recent 90’s revivalist Joey Bada$$. A minimal approach with a chorus verse chorus arrangement, Sincere is careful not to overproduce and the result is a success.
Now out with his debut EP Zen, look to see more of Sincere in the future but for now check out his single below.
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.
One of the most renowned music organizations in Toronto The Beat Academy, has announced its next event. Known for showcasing some of Toronto’s most talented producers, The Battle Of Americas is back with a new match up Team TO vs. Team ATL. Responsible for launching the careers of Prezident Jeff, Chef Byer, Sven Thomas, and Skye Hutch this event is not one to miss.
To give a better understanding to the newcomers, The Beat Academy gives an in depth explanation “Ready to take your music to the next level? If you are from Toronto or Atlanta and want to battle with a team of some of the hottest producers in your city, enter the battle today!! Battle Of America’s is a battle like no other. Rising stars like Skyehutch (Kendrick Lamar), Wondagurl (Drake, Jay Z), Prezident Jeff (Lil Simz) have made their mark, representing their in front of production heavyweights from Jahlil Beats, to Young Guru to Boi-1da. Designed to showcase the best of each city, the battle pushes producers into the music spotlight to be seen by A&R’s, artists and the media. Producers, build your brand. Make your mark”.
You can enter the competition on The Beat Academy’s website.
A couple months ago we premiered Kaydee‘s new single “Mission Statement“, and now the Mississauga favorite hits us back with the visual for the track, directed by Steffi Tupe. Featuring production by Sammir, the duo successfully merge some meaningful lyrics, serene production, and a catchy hook to create something really next level.
Relating to his infatuation with the movie “Menace II Society”, Kaydee’s mother would often call him “The Golden Child”, which is when it struck him that it would become his mission to live up to that moniker. Kwesi Williams’ musical influences stem from a wide variety of Hip-Hop that his older brother would play around him at a young age, though the influence would not become apparent until his later years.
As far as the visuals go, with direction from Steffi Tupe, cinematography from Mark Baluk, and production assistance from Michael Sookrah, Kaydee brought together a wealth of talented individuals to make this visual happen. The video begins with Kaydee riding through the city with some of his homies, with some simple transitions in regards to his outfits, and modes of transportation.
“Mission Statement” exhibits Kaydee taking a step away from his traditional sound over boom bap beats, and ventures toward flowing naturally over an eerie production. Courtesy of Sammir, the track begins with some impressive production, with a prominent beat overlaying the digital sounds that work cohesively to create a hip-hop production that practically begs to be slayed by some lyrics. Enter Kaydee and his confident bars that complete the track by bringing the flow and content that grabs the listener, compliments the production, and wraps up the whole package.
If you need a little more Kaydee in your life, check out his full length late-2014 release “The Transition“. What do you think about the man Kwesi Williams? Let us know in the comments section.