The ever elusive HershThaNubian has broken silence with a new release just before the years end. CRUSIN was released on her UNTITLED PLAYLIST EP in 2016, she now revisits the track to give it life with a music video. Ruler Images behind the camera, as Hersh strolls into a rolling rink with the coldest flow. Sporting old school disco fashion as she spits her bars, genuinely having a good time with her people, and rapping about it too. She slides onto a beat produced by Pete Rock, complimenting her raw lyricism with a boom bap inspired vibe, and you already know it is about to get lyrical. Hersh notes the video is an intro to an upcoming project, so keep your eyes and ears open for more!
Most people expect to receive gifts on their birthday, but Essse is generous, and he decides to gift his fans instead! Following up on THE LEAGUE CHAMPS VOL 1 LP collaboration, and his own DELICATE & DEADLY EP, we receive Essse’s first release of the new year! In his very essence, CAMALI is expressed fully in his native Spanish tongue, further connecting with his hispanic roots and his audience. Another fine example of how the Spanish language can flow with ease into hip hop, you do not need to understand the words to rock your head to the rhythm and the beat. Chiming in with a sustained and chopped key or signal, introducing a finger picking guitar loop along a beat, while Essse enters carrying the rhythm with his vocals. “Camali, Camaleon“, Spanish or not, Essse will having you chanting the chorus with him. Those that can understand the lyrics, can find deeper meaning within the words, from the very first lines!
Hayward is back with a new release following up on his DIVINE INTERVENTION LP. His first release of the year produced in Ever Evolved Studios, USE is accompanied with a music video with an eye catching visual concept. Hayward traverses around Chicagos China town, wielding a baseball bat in an orange face mask beanie, lookin mischievous! The colors of the neon lights in contrast to Haywards Detroit bomber jacket and beanie in the video really pop out, keeping your eyes peeled as the chopped & layered visual edits work their magic. Short and sweet, Hayward keeps it mellow with this track, fit for a moody vibe, or a nice come down after a long night. He repeats “Tell me whats the use of that, I ain’t trying to get used to that,” in his chorus as he gets introspective on his verses. Get lost in your mind and wander with this beat!
Gunnin’ for the title of remix master it seems, Wilhelm Duke stays on it with the catalog of music he has in his head. Finding the time between releasing lengthy projects like BERSERKER and other singles, collabs & remixes, the Duke manages to keep it fresh every time. This time taking aim at the legendary NAS, and his collaboration SPICY with Fivio Foreign & A$AP Ferg, Duke keeps it mild lyrically, ironically. Its no secret that Wilhelm can spit verses as quick as a whip, and he flexes that half way through, but holds back, keeping the track on a chill note. You can find more remixes on his Youtube channel where as his singles, EP’s & LP’s are easily heard on Spotify!
Coming up on many milestones to begin the year, SabaPIVOT is already locked in for 2022! Announcing his 3rd LP release late last fall, FEW GOOD THINGS is scheduled to release this February. Just as well, Saba has just surpassed 100 million plays on Spotify, and with that he releases a new single! Following up on FEAR MONGER and STOP THAT from his forthcoming LP, Saba drops COME MY WAY, which he describes as a dream come true. You can imagine the reason being a feature from one of legendary Bone Thugs N Harmony emcee’s, Krayzie Bone. The melody and lyrical composition truly feels like a contemporary Bone Thungs spiritual anthem, a different step from the first two single releases from FEW GOOD THINGS. From the sounds of all three, this LP is looking to be dynamic in its style and genres for Saba.
There is no other way to describe NateBroskii’s attitude other than one of gratitude. It is no surprise his debut EP would express the same energy, saying THANK YOU in its title, as he holds up a League Champ trophy with a big grin on his face. With that visual in mind, the first track is even more uplifting upon first listen, introducing the EP with future classic electronic bass style with the beat, and lyrics expressing love & gratitude. Bringing it down to earth on WORLD WE LIVV IN, with a lo-fi hip hop beat and some raw lyricism featuring Lazzey. Craftfully place a majority instrumental interlude down the middle of THANK YOU, Natebroskii created a smooth flow within his first body of work. A great start with his catalogue, on top studio engineering at Ever Evolved; get connected with Broskii!
Nova The King is back with another single, and his first release of the new year. Continuing a consistent streak of music releases, unloading a slew of singles and his sophomore EP NOVA & FRIENDS last year. His latest release WAITING carries the chill laid back energy of many of his singles. His voice alone brings you to a state of relaxation, giving you focus on the moment, as the song manifests a vibe. The beat enters accompanied by a cymbal, riding along to introduce the melody and Nova sliding in with his chorus, “I know that you been waiting, just know that I’ll be late.” Though the lyrics regard a significant other, the lyrics point out Nova knows what he is about. No rush, all about patience, will even keep you waiting, but the reward is great! Certainly translates to the quality of his releases!
Moonlight levels up with his latest release, his 3rd EP packed with 4 tracks! Coming from Chicagoland area Moonlight can consider himself a promoter in unison with hip hop artist & producer, having helped with festivals with Ever Evolved. He also had this 3rd EP mixed in Ever Evolved Studios with RhymSter, and produced entirely by TurnitUp Kev, with Orlando Coolridge on the cover art. The 4 song project, ASCENSION is available on Bandcamp to purchase as well as Spotify and Youtube.
Starting with I DON’T KNOW WHY lays out the unfortunate circumstances of fatal drug use, as most mainstream hip hop tends to promote it, it is commendable to promote the opposite, and open minds to opportunity! MAGIC KINGDOM follows with a melodic guitar intro before the beat drops and Moonlight chimes in, rapping about the longing of significant other, at odds with an internal conflict, a deep and sentimental tune. RELEASE sounds and feels like a dream state at the intro, Moonlight enters with, “smoking on trees, you don’t know me, releasing my demons they leave as I breath. Achieving my peace wasn’t easy, Stuck to my guns…” Moon gets introspective in this track, connecting with the listener through his own coping mechanism and perspective! ROLLIN the perfect end to the ASCENSION, on a good note and high energy, literally, “Breakin it down, rollin it up, we Rollin! Smokin’ all night smokin’ on good, We chokin’!” That Would be a fun one to chant live.
T Honey is back with a couple of new singles this year and we are here for it. First hearing of T Honey at an Ever Evolved event at Subterranean, and got stuck on her since! Her voice is quite capturing, and we now we got some more records to play on repeat! Releasing HOW 2 MOVE first, it is a very dreamy, lo-fi beat introduced with a guitar melody, with a heavy reverb; something to get lost into! T Honey follows up with TIME PASSES, so you can fall in love with her voice all over again! TIME PASSES gets more action on the vocals, keeping the lo-fi energy of her previous release, but with more piano and bass this time. Something worthy of a Flume remix, if he ever gets a hold of this track, do your thing Universe! Her voice is wonderfully balanced with the melody in loop and the piano, like Chet Faker & Tove Lo had a baby. TIME PASSES will stand the test of time!
No Montana has been moving with focus, releasing video after video, track after track, riding the tail end of the year making noise. One can say she is moving with Tunnel Vision, and recently she quite literally is! It is not just her eyes on the prize, collaborating with Tunnel Vision, No Montana has created some intriguing music videos, giving her fans some eye candy for the holidays. Most recently on a collaborating track with Juboi Wonder, including singles OCEANS and TREEHOUSE. The audio-visual partnership looks to go back to her singles NIGHT TIME, BETTER THAN ME, 2 SHOTS and JUG & FINESSE, all with concepts to capture the eye.
No Montanas Fall release of OCEANS captures the mind from every angle. From the audio, chorus to the visuals, the single is fit to give you chills. Her latest release WHICH ONE takes a different concept, being a collaborative track with Juboi. The two go back and forth between verses & adlibs, in a green lit, mirrored room, giving somewhat of a chaotic energy, even as the beat is mellow. No Montana and Tunnel Vision pair well, complimenting each others styles when it comes to audio & visuals, can expect nothin short of master pieces when they get together!