We are still dedicated to showcasing the best tracks/videos from the underground by searching far and wide in order to bring you our weekly list. It’s a tough job as we sift through a ton of high-quality tracks just to settle for just 5 so we switched it up so now we curating the Top 10 Submissions. Now that is what we call dedication, so sit back relax and get familiar with these acts.
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Meta Sarmiento – Norfside
Denver, CO-based poet and rapper Meta Sarmiento deliver a tribute record in the form of his single titled “Norfside”. The Guam native has been putting in work as an emcee/spoken word artist around the globe. Over a bouncy soundscape (produced by IamKBeatz), he displays his smooth flow and expressive vocal style. He talks about his past gang affiliations in his homeland of Guam and seeks to find a much needed balance in this crazy world.
Jae Anthonie – Stressed Out
North Hollywood raised emcee Jae Anthonie delivers a new track titled “Stressed out”. He uses a mellow, nostalgic backdrop to tell a very heartfelt story of 2 single parents who share their unique stories to one another.
ROCHESTER – Lullabye.
We kick off this month’s Top 10 Submissions with a bang from the emcee who goes by the name Rochester. The rapper gears up for the fall season as summer slowly fades away and urges his listeners to do the same or else go to sleep (literally or figuratively). His inspirational message is delivered over a bouncy soundscape provided by Moody B & Hani G (The Nixx) and co-produced by Triple A. The beat was inspired by a music box Hani G received while visiting Turkey and samples the melody of a Turkish folk poem.
“As an artist, my motivation and inspiration are fed differently,” said ROCHESTER. “I feed my inspiration by continuously taking in the culture and by allowing myself to be influenced and triggered by music from all genres and art in all forms. Staying motivated is a whole other lane and I wrote this song using some of the affirmations and mantras that keep me going in this game. In music, especially in Toronto, motivation is key and I hope this song gets someone lit to keep going by listening to it over and over again and hearing my message: don’t sleep on your goals.”
Sommy Lovell – Last Night.
Rising artist Sommy Lovell teams up with his fellow S.I producer Chase Gibran for his newest release “Last Night” (which also is his 3rd single for 2018). Over a gloomy, reflective backdrop, the rapper talks about his fears, burdens and hopes for the future. This is something everyone can relate to on many levels.
Sophiegrophy – Caution (Prod. by Jia Lih).
Melbourne hip-hop Queen Sophiegrophy returns with a new single titled “Caution”. Teaming up with producer Jia Lih who provides a hard-hitting bouncy trap backdrop that fits Sophiegrophy’s confident and fierce flow. She doesn’t waste time in letting the world know her steelo as she gives caution to those that may attempt to cross her. In case you missed it, her last release was the equally anthemic jam titled “Bag”.
D.Lee – Valid. Prod. By EMANI
Emcee D.Lee makes his Top 10 Submissions debut with a solid record titled “Valid”. Over a soul-drenched, head nodding backdrop, he brings back the essence with his confident flow, vivid lyrics and expressive performance. The song was produced by Emani. Not sure what project this is off but it’s something we do feel over here.
After being selected to perform at this years A3C Hip-Hop festival in Atlanta, indie hip-hop act ToBy decides to unleash his new track “Paid” to the world. Over a bouncy trap infused backdrop , he delivers his off-kilter flow and off-the-cuff lyrics that shows why he is definitely someone to watch. “Paid” serves as a precursor to his journey to A3C 2018.
Olivia Nelson – Never Too Late
Young R&B act Olivia Nelson latest single “Never Too Late” is a nice melodic tune that showcases the young singer’s rich, heartfelt vocals and expressive songwriting. She taps into different elements such as Pop and Soul on “Never too late” and the result is a solid effort that really captures the emotions of a love-lorn individual trying to find a balance.
“Never Too Late” is off her recently released EP ‘For You’ which you can stream here
AIDA – Toastin
Rising Canada based singer AIDA is a musician who tickled our fancy with her new release titled “Toastin”. The track is a mix of soul, pop, house and laced with a lot of funk elements. It is quite relaxing and smooth as well so hit the play button and get familiar. “Toastin” is taken from her new EP ‘My Retrospective‘.
Kamron Bahani – I Made A Song For U
Kamron Bahani showcases his humorous side on his new single “I Made A Song For You” and at first listen will give the listener a thought-provoking jab. It’s quite entertaining and groovy and sounds fresh from the usual.
“I Made A Song For You” is off his album, ‘MENACE’.
Zamaera – Z Vs. Z.
Emcee Zamaera takes the listener deep into her personal space on the heartfelt song “Z Vs Z” where she gets really vulnerable and profound. Over a piano-driven backdrop, she pens a letter to her past self-pouring out lessons from her more experienced older self. The track gradually progresses into a hard-hitting groove as she continues to share intimate parts of her life with a raw honesty that is rarely seen in hip-hop. She further states that “I’m not afraid to share my weaknesses with others…People want to know that they aren’t the only ones facing change because change is scary and uncomfortable, but change is necessary. It’s the only constant, and it keeps us balanced.”
The EP will be released internationally later this year. “Z vs. Z” is now available to stream and download on music platforms worldwide.
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