Cardiff’s very own Juice Menace has provided us with visuals for her single, ‘24s’. Watch below.
Toronto rap prodigy Tara Lord unveils the brand new music video for her latest hit, ‘Praying’. She says, “’Praying’ is a very emotional song for me, I expressed what I was feeling in the moment and kinda just let it all out in the booth. I wrote the song while I was having a mental breakdown and put all my frustration into words. A lot of people’s mental health, including mine, has been suffering due to the pandemic and I feel like this song expresses that well.” [via Purple Melon]
Boston-based rapper Oompa makes music as empowering as it is energizing and sonically unique, and her latest single ‘Lebron’ is no exception. In the beat-driven track, her powerful voice raps about independence, confidence, and trusting yourself. “I’m the judge/And the jury/And I call it how I see it,” she declares in the first verse, going on to interweave biblical and basketball references alike into an upbeat self-esteem anthem. Oompa came up with the idea to sing about pro basketball player Lebron James when she was contemplating who embodied “that feeling of feeling like a bad bitch,” she explains. “I was like, who must feel like a bad bitch all the time? It’s between Drake and Lebron — it’s got to be Lebron. It doesn’t matter what conversation Lebron is in — he just seems so unaffected by people’s opinions, and he outperforms himself. It seems like he’s always in competition with himself.” The video for ‘Lebron,’ features Oompa shooting hoops and dancing on the basketball court with friends. “It’s really about seeing the city come together and having a great time on the court,” she says. However, it also alludes to the story of how the rapper got her stage name. “I used to play basketball at Washington Park, and all the older kids would call me ‘Oompa Loompa baby’ because I was short and chubby,” she recalls. This, for her, was a Lebron moment — not just because she was playing basketball, but also because she put herself out there and didn’t worry about what other people thought. [via Audiofemme]
Stefflon Don and Ms Banks have unveiled their new collaboration ‘Dip’. Watch the video below.
Haviah Mighty’s recent singles are continuing to solidify her status as one of the most exciting voices in today’s underground hip-hop scene. As another preview of her forthcoming mixtape, Stock Exchange, the Toronto rapper has shared the new single ‘Flamenco,’ which boasts guest vocals from Latin Grammy Award-winning artist Mala Rodríguez. Co-produced by Haviah and her repeat collaborator Taabu, ‘Flamenco’ expectedly draws from Spanish and Latin influences. Its reggaeton beat calls to mind sardine-packed dance floors, or — perhaps more appropriate for the times — sweltering block parties in city streets. “With this one, I wanted to try something different,” Haviah said in a statement. “Inspired by the cultural influences behind flamenco, this song allowed me to be a guest in a new genre. Mala Rodríguez really brought this record home — her verse added authenticity, sensuality, and pizzazz. She has a great voice and message, and with her Spanish roots, I felt that she spoke to the energy of the song more directly than I ever could.” [via Consequence]
Like the Lego-sponsored ‘Link,’ Tierra Whack’s new song ‘8′ is another example of Whack doing some for-hire work. ‘8′ is Whack’s contribution to the soundtrack of Madden 22, the latest game in the long-running NFL franchise. Whack shares space on that soundtrack with people like Moneybagg Yo, 42 Dugg, and Swae Lee with Jack Harlow. [via Stereogum]
Talented Ghanaian rapper and performer, Eno Barony, unveils the visual for her new single ‘The Next Chapter’. The song follows ‘Mommy’, a track she dedicated to her mother. The ‘The Next Chapter’ video was shot and directed by King Culture. Watch below.
Rapper/singer Kari Faux has announced a deluxe edition of last year's very good Lowkey Superstar, with four new songs, three remixes, and features from J.I.D, Smino, Yung Baby Tate, Deante' Hitchcock, and Jazz Cartier. It comes out September 24 via Don Giovanni Records and Kari's own Lowkey Superstar Records, and the first single is the melodic, future-soul of ‘Too Much, Too Fast’ (ft. Deante' Hitchcock), which Kari says "is about a new relationship that could have potential, but each person’s wants is different: one wants to get close quickly, but the other really just wants sex." [via Brooklyn Vegan]
Raising the bar yet again for her breakout year, Platinum superstar Coi Leray unveils a new single entitled ‘Okay Yeah’. Once again, her claws come out with highly quotable and hyper catchy bars before she ignites another chantable chorus. ‘Okay Yeah’ pops off as her latest anthem. The song also notably features on the blockbuster Madden 22 in-game and on the Official Soundtrack Album.
Rising south Londoner Cristale has unleashed a new song titled ‘Morgan’ alongside visuals. Connecting with producer ZEL who creates a hard-hitting drill beat, Cristale delivers a direct offering with this new joint as she lets off nothing but straight-talking lyrics and rapid-fire flows. Shot in and around her Loughborough Junction hometown, the visuals come courtesy of Romael who captures Cristale performing the track in the company of her close ones before ending things with an a capella freestyle. [via GRM Daily]
Baby Elz is back with fresh visuals for her new track titled ‘Leverage’. Offering assertive, confidence and direct bars from the onset, Elz addresses several topics including fake friends, trap life and more. Performing with maturity, eloquence and clarity, Baby Elz offers a superb offering here that showcases why she is one to watch thanks to her talents that set her in leagues well above her age. Directed by KK Management, the visuals show Elz’ youth, maturity and her streetwise persona. [via GRM Daily]
JUICE MENACE - Can’t Complain
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Hey there, bois and grrrls, it’s Bandcamp Monday. We’ve got some excellent hip hop out of Wales for you today...
So I got bored and made some alignment charts, do with them what you will
also I’m pretty sure these are all my ideas but it’s definitely possible that I saw someone else do something like one of these then forgot that I saw it but still remember the idea, if you think thats the case please tell me
Id under cut.
[image id: some black-on-white blank alignment charts.
the first is a three by three grid. the rows are labeled on the left from top to bottom “menace to society“ “just some guy” and “can do no wrong.“ The columns are labeled across the top from left to right “distinguished“ “neutral“ and “disaster.”
the second is also a three by three grid. The rows are labeled on the left from top to bottom “got murdered“ “commits murder” and “random bystander.” The columns are labeled from left to right “with a knife“ “with a crowbar“ and “with a blowtorch“
the third is also a three by three grid. The rows are labeled on the left from top to bottom “is a mall Santa“ “works in retail” and “is an author.” The columns are labeled from left to right “to make money“ “to make people happy“ and “to disappoint their family“
the fourth is the outline of a triangle. The top is labeled “crocs“ the lower right is labeled “light up sketchers” and the lower left is labeled “doc martens.”
the fifth is also the outline of a triangle. The top is labeled “:)“ the lower right is labeled “(^w^)” and the lower left is labeled “😃.”
the sixth is also the outline of a triangle. The top is labeled “art & theater kid“ the lower right is labeled “science & math kid” and the lower left is labeled “english & social studies kid.” Off to the upper left is a label saying “doesn’t attend school”
the seventh is a four by four grid. The columns are labeled across the top from left to right “drinks tea“ “drinks coffee“ “drinks juice” and “drinks beer” the rows are labeled on the left from top to bottom “while reading fanfic“ “while watching anime” “while playing video games” and “while working.“
Following a nearly six-year hiatus, Angel Haze is making 2021 her comeback year. The Los Angeles rapper’s upcoming EP, Girl With the Gun, is out November 19, and she’s offering another preview with the new single ‘The Altar.’ Backed by a loungey rhythm section, ‘The Altar’ finds Haze at the apex of a revelation in terms of her spirituality and her place in the universe. “‘Cause your love and your love and your trust/ Is so much it saved my day,” goes one of the track’s lines, with Haze’s voice switching between a mellow flow and gentile singing. “‘The Altar’ is a song about my reformed relationship with the divine in the world, and in myself,” Haze said in a statment. “What it feels like to reach with your life. To sing, and let things go. When I was recording this track, it felt like I was trying to lift my voice from the floor of my body. A perfect irony.” [via Consequence]
Tay Money is one of the most prominent female rappers in the game right now, and with each new release, she shows off her talent for creating catchy bangers that are filled with braggadocios sentiments. Just last month, she unleashed her new track ‘The Assignment’ which immediately became huge on platforms like TikTok. The whole song plays off of the "they understood the assignment" trend which first popped off on Twitter. Tay Money was able to capitalize on this, and now, she has a bonafide hit on her hands. With the music video for this song, Tay Money naturally goes back to a school setting, where one would typically do assignments. In this video, Tay Money dons colorful clothing all while taking on the role of head cheerleader. There are plenty of high school motifs to be found throughout the video, and overall, it is one of her most striking visuals so far. [via HNHH]
Cardiff’s Juice Menace and Camden Town’s Sym Worldd have joined forces to drop ‘Run It Up’. Handling the production on this bop is JB Made It who puts together a high-energy beat and both artists make sure they come through with bars and flows to match. Sym Worldd sets the tone on ‘Run It Up’ by coming through with a catchy hook, before going back to back with Juice with quick flows and fun bars. Like the track, the visuals are playful and show the two artists letting their hair down at a car wash. [via GRM Daily]
Paigey Cakey is back with another banger, this time the Splurgeboys produced bop titled ‘Cheeky’. The upbeat and party-ready anthem is a vibe setting one from Paige that showcases her fierce rhymes and her versatile musicality. Set in a party, the fun visuals show the artist having fun and enjoying life, something that the track calls for thanks to its tempo. [via GRM Daily]
Bryn is back, this time with the visuals for her fresh new release titled ‘Faces’. As usual, Bryn showcases her unique personality, her charismatic bares and her animation on this one as she performs for just under three minutes. [via GRM Daily]
Kash Doll reveals the music video for her red hot new single ‘Single & Happy’ feat. Wale & Eric Bellinger. It arrives ahead of the fourth episode of the highly anticipated STARZ series Black Mafia Family, which features the rap femme fatale in a recurring role. In the visual, Kash Doll occupies an ornate and classy mansion. As she raps right from bed, the rising superstar simultaneously auditions a series of potential suitors in between performing the track alongside Wale and Eric Bellinger. All at once, it reflects her attitude, swagger, and style on-screen, affirming her star power.
Music | Other Voices returns to Cardigan this year
Music | Other Voices returns to Cardigan this year
Other Voices has announced its return to Wales for Other Voices Cardigan this year.
Taking place from 6-7 March 2021, Other Voices makes its way from Dingle on the west coast of Ireland to Cardiff for a weekend of music, encompassing the diversity of Irish and Welsh culture.
The lineup for the showcase includes electronic pop artist Ani Glass, Irish violinist Aoife Ní Bhriain, Welsh harpist…
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