Capturing the burden of leadership, Show and Tell is a sonic metaphor for learning to find contentment in the journey. Like dragging your boots up the side of rugged, mountain terrain, the two vocalists scrape and claw through every guitar lick and beat drop to convey the highs and lows of life’s ascent. The track is like a well-crafted short story, calling the listener to re-read its sounds. Show and Tell keeps its promise to captivate and motivate its audience.
Featuring: Kody Free
No one churns out as much alternative/boom bap hip hop quite like Illect Recordings. Atop that list must include Canadian rapper/producer DIE-REK.
Consistently bringing a superior flow, DIE-REK rivals emcees such as Common, Mos Def, and Shad, but keeps it just as real as he keeps it positive and clean giving him ultimate mass appeal. His ’22 foray is Wheel Back, Come Again. It is another hype example of making a promising statement for another year of bars and stars from up north.
On January 26, 2021, Nomis’ father died. It was the first in a series of dominos leading to the worst year of his life.
Loss At Sea is Nomis processing the year his family has had in real-time. “For those of you who have suffered significant loss,” states Nomis “I hope this resonates with you and you feel understood.”
Production: Tactik, Newselph, Chrys Jones
YP spent some time Clearing Out the Hard Drive to wrap up 2021.
On his newest mixtape, Young Paul shares songs from the tail end of 2020 and top of 2021 that was never released. “I believe [they] deserve to see the light of day,” explains YP.
Features: DJ I Rock Jesus, FRANCOIS, MangosandAvocado, Mesa, DJ Sean Blu, Joe Ayinde, C4 Crotona, Pastor Charles A.R., JonJo The Bondservant
Atlanta rapper CZAR Josh releases his mixtape LongLiveUs. Featuring Phil J., Kham, seni., Big Yae, and Zach Paradis.
Atlanta is known for being the hub for modern hip hop that originated with the likes of Outkast, The Dungeon Family, and more. There is a wave of new buzzing artists that are carrying the mantle in their own ways. CZAR Josh is one of those artists. Continuing the legacy while creating his own niche.
With his mixtape LongLiveUs, CZAR is reaching a whole new audience and opening up more eyes to his nostalgic yet original sound. The tracklist includes production from Enzo Gran, Killawatts, and Avila. On the heels of announcing a joint partnership with RMG Amplify, the Culture Villains artist uses LongLiveUs as a deep dive into the black experience. CZAR Josh touches on issues of coping with trauma through addiction, systemic oppression, and racism but also shows the resilience of black people through love and the hope that the community always finds joy at the end of the storm.
CZAR states that the 10-track mixtape is, “An ode to a Bebe’s Kids line that ‘We don’t die, we multiply.’ That’s the black community in a nutshell. No matter what the world throws at us we live. No matter the obstacles, we live. We have joy. That’s the mixtape.”
- Heights (2:50)
- Regal [feat. Kham & seni.] (2:48)
- Bout Time (3:16)
- Whatchu’ Know (3:05)
- Dime N’ a Nickel (2:16)
- Black Taxes(3:15)
- Copacetic [feat. Phil J.] (2:46)
- Do My Thang [feat. Zach Paradis] (3:28)
- East Georgia Minded [feat. Big Yae] (3:37)
- LongLiveUs (3:19)
Hip Hop collective Culture Villains has assembled for the first time since their iTunes charting compilation album, ‘Preseason’.
The collective has collaborated with sync-focused production company MSCMKRS to create a self-titled EP containing 5 hard-hitting sports and cinema-themed tracks produced by Quentin Coblentz, Jessie Chambers, and Ian Moore. Songs can be licensed for sync directly through the record label and publishing company, BMG.
- Winning Again [feat. Kham, CZAR Josh, KJ Carter, & Big Yae]
- Respect [feat. CZAR Josh]
- All Out [feat. Kham, CZAR Josh, KJ Carter, & Big Yae]
- Born For This [feat. Kham & KJ Carter]
- Get It Going [feat. Big Yae, CZAR Josh, & KJ Carter]
CZAR Josh releases an ode to black love with, the Phil J. assisted single, Copacetic.
Ahead of his upcoming mixtape, ‘Long Live Us’, the Enzo Gran produced track is a smooth, soulful trip into Josh’s indulgence into authentic and unapologetic love. CZAR paints a hopeful picture of romance while Phil J.’s silky vocals croon over addictive guitar riffs. By the track’s end, hope is brought to listeners that black love is not filled with trauma, but a blissful union.
J. Crum and Gerry Skrillz teamed up to drop something special!
The contrast in styles from the two emcees creates an incredible sound. It is complemented by harmonies on the chorus and impressive production. Crum has been on the path of a true rising star and is not showing any signs that he is slowing down any time soon. Skrillz continues to carve his own lane after the release of his latest project ‘Sainthxxd’. The combination of the emerging artists proved to be a success with this release.
Los Angeles, CA-based producer Marvs is credited with the production on the track.
KJ Carter is announced as the newest member of Culture Villains and celebrates with the release of his first song, Til The End.
Til The End is the first in a series of demo tracks that KJ is releasing ahead of his debut EP in 2022. It is an acoustic R&B track that dives into the difficulties of missed opportunities in the realm of love and relationships. The self-produced track finds KJ crooning over an electric guitar as he grapples with a love that never came to fruition.
CZAR Josh releases the inspirational track Bout Time ahead of his upcoming mixtape, ‘Long Live Us’.
The Enzo Gran produced track finds Josh grappling with the addictions of alcohol and people-pleasing, in the midst of a dark depression. By the track’s end, CZAR Josh brings hope to listeners that they can overcome adversity life sends their way.