Everyone has a direction for their life, but not everyone embraces and lives it to the fullest extent. Louisville rapper Bonez is setting out to do just that in the video for “I Remember,” a record from his HoodySzn project. He recalls his path and how he accelerated into the next chapter of his artistic . . .
Indiana, home of vast corn fields and flat terrain for miles, is also home to producer J-Ideas, whose latest release Misty Mountain Chops sounds more atmospheric than his environment. Check the hard soul samples and strange electro-boom bap cuts. Stream Misty Mountain Chops below. Misty Mountain Chops by J-Ideas
Bub Styles returns to Artistic Manifesto with something new and dark on his latest single, “Cash Box.” Newly inked to Shady Records, Buffalo’s own Conway assists the Brooklyn spitter in what can best be described as gutter rhymes. This record feels like a box cutter slash to cheek. I’m just telling you. They get busy, and . . .
Alfred Hitchcock was a master of suspense and murder mystery on film. Louisville, Kentucky native Jack Harlow seems to have channeled that same mastery and adapted it for audio, as he snaps through rhyme after rhyme with a jarring intensity, not unlike an unsettling plot from the old black and white series. Keep your eye out . . .
Scroll through Tessellated’s soundcloud and you’ll see his music tagged as #jazzhall or #reggae-hop. Listen to his latest, a remix of Aaliyah’s ‘Are You That Somebody,’ and you don’t really care how it’s labeled. Once the revved-up tempo, horns, keys and synths take over to recreate the familiar tune, it’s tough to not blurt out a . . .
“Swear to tell the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Don’t shoot.” Nashville native Amerigo Gazaway samples audio from Black Lives Matter protests and spans references from many of America’s more recent, notorious police brutality cases to weave together his latest track “Don’t Shoot.” Stream below. Don't Shoot by Amerigo Gazaway
You can likely count on your fingers the number of times you’ve heard acoustic guitar in hip hop music, and the song turns out musically dope. Shout out Nas/2pac’s “Thugz Mansion.” Pardon the hot take, but it’s science. Anyways, J’Von‘s latest tune, Yellow Beanie, is a welcome addition to that short list. J’Von’s busy wordplay fades in and . . .
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In The Black Opera‘s latest video, Magestik Legend and Jamall Bufford behold the beauty of Detroit through what come as a paradox to out of towners. Here the beauty is in the resilience and creativity inspired by a mother’s re-framing of the gunshots in the street as fireworks, thus roses . . .
Buffalo’s Westside Gunn dropped his latest EP, Riots On Fashion Avenue, late last week. Like Gunn’s preceding projects, this one is a dive into unfiltered street tales, and likely another case of whiplash if this is your forte as a listener. The limited vinyl accompanying the EP on Bandcamp is already sold out, so cop a digital download or . . .
SZA recently dropped “Drew Barrymore” for the first release from her upcoming project, CTRL. Today, fans can go a little deeper behind the behind the scenes of what she has been up to. There is still no official release date for CTRL, but you know we got you when there is. Watch the behind the scenes . . .
It wasn’t long ago that Kendrick Lamar called Kemba on stage for a quick but sharp display, telling fans, “remember this name.” Fandom is fickle now days though. Where we tend to forget, Kemba tends to remember. His latest video for “Already,” off of his Negus project, finds him recounting old lessons with the wit and . . .
Lexington, Kentucky crew Iron Mic Sharp consist of emcees Lee G and Vegas Posada. Today they released their lead single from their upcoming record, Iron Mic Sharp 3: Power and Glory,, which is set for release later this year. The duo are wrestling fanatics, often flipping vintage wrestling references into their gritty rhymes. Their namesake . . .
North Carolina producer/rapper P.A.T. Junior returns to our pages with a dark and brooding track called “S.O.T.B,” with a visual to match. The metaphor here is super hero and villain; the content is perseverance against internal struggle and doubt. The acronym becomes obvious once you listen, but overall, P.A.T.’s use of a well known character isn’t cliche. . . .
You could easily say that 2016 was one of the best years for hip-hop in recent memory, but who had the BEST year? The contributors at Artistic Manifesto submitted their pick of which artist had the biggest 2016, and wrote a speech from that artist’s perspective. Now it’s up to you, the reader, to decide . . .
Skyzoo and Apollo Brown are gearing up for their The Easy Truth Tour, and today they’ve released a video of the LP for Nodding Off. Skyzoo’s effortless flow and Apollo’s moody production mesh well, as evidenced in the video below. Also, check the flyer for their upcoming tour dates after the video. Watch the video . . .