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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Imani Blair – “Shoot ‘Em”
Virginia Bred emcee Imani Blair tackles a very gruesome subject matter on her new release titled “Shoot ‘Em”. Over a cinematic/ominous backdrop, she brings to light what’s happening to black women going missing in America with little to no awareness by the press. In the video, Imani depicts herself as a victim of an attempted kidnapping by unknown men but unfortunately for them, Blair is not the type to back down and she goes out with a bang.
Rome-born and bred producer/songwriter MadD3E teams up with up and coming London emcee Juvenal Maze to deliver summery vibes and a jolly “Good Time”. The track is a smooth down-tempo future funk vibe that places emphasis on having a good time and leaving your sorrows behind.
Mauro “MadD3E” Meddi’s innate creativity and production credentials are evident throughout, as he fuses elements of hip-hop, disco and funk in perfect symbiosis underneath the soulful vocals and textures of Juvenal Maze.
Halfpenny – “Stick Up”
London based live collective Halfpenny delivers the visuals for their smooth single titled “Stick Up” and sees rapper Sparx and vocalist detail their experiences in the music industry. The duo detail how the industry can hold back your dreams and compromise your internal integrity.
The video follows lead vocalist Rosalind and rapper Sparx as they journey from North to Central London by horse and cart and on foot. They meet a bunch of shady characters – the rest of the band – as they arrive at the George Inn, in Southwark. Also one noteworthy character, the ‘Chubby Sky Rocketman’ who represents the music industry executives.
The video by David Ledger was shot in Barnet, Hampstead and London Bridge, which was a route often taken by travelers on horse and carriage as they journeyed into London. The story of the video echoes this.
Jelani Aryeh – “Earl Grey”
Jelani Aryeh delivers a heartwarming vibe on “Earl Grey”. Backed by a laid-back organic backdrop, the smooth-voiced singer delivers a unique blend of catchy melodies and heartfelt lyrics to match. A call and repeat, chaotic swirl of vocals start the track and evolves into a sing-rap style verse and chorus. “Earl Grey” hits its stride when Jelani sings, “Wake up in the morning with no fucking routine, I don’t really care about urgent things.”
“Earl Grey” is taken from his debut EP, Helvetica which features the recently released “Patagonia,” (premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show) and the poignant “Jetfuel” (produced by Jeremiah Raisen & Heavy Mellow).
lrkchronicle – “Sombody stop me”
lrkchronicle returns to the list with an introspective jam he calls “Somebody stop me”. Backed by an ominous backdrop and gritty vibe, he takes time to showcase his wordplay while sharing his thoughts on things on his mind.
Get it on Deezer.
YF LINK – “Good Morning”
Chicago, IL based YF LINK‘s “Good Morning” is a critical look into the life of a young black man living in America. Over a mellow, soulful backdrop, he details his experience growing up amidst racist elements and also dwells on social advantages and disparities within different races in the united states.
Born Laronzae Aldridge (YF LINK) is a solid hip hop act who has been creating a buzz for himself inside the music world and also a growing name as an entrepreneur.
Nia the Rapper – “Hugs”
Young rapper Nia the Rapper’s newest song shows how she diffuses the potential bullies with “Hugs”. Over a vibrant, sparse backdrop she details her daily routine in the park and an incident where she turns a bully into an ally.
Elijah Blond – “Silk”
Vancouver based Elijah Blond’s new single “Silk” sees the budding rapper/singer speak on and conveys feelings regarding his experiences with forbidden love. Like silk, often times the cost of a complicated love can be high.
Born in Vancouver but raised on Vancouver Island, Elijah Blond bounced between homes in small town Comox Valley and Hornby Island during his youth. Influenced by his parents who are both musicians, he often turned to his guitar and songwriting as a method to cope with the hardships of growing up. With Elijah Blond’s return to Vancouver in 2018 he intends to use his newfound connections to tell the world his story through raw emotion, smooth melodies, and clever lyricism.
Get it on Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music.
Pink Terror – “Focus On Me”
Pink Terror makes her debut on the list with a lush cinematic track titled “Focus On Me”. Armed by her commanding and soft vocals, she shows why she is the focus of attention as she is determined to stand out from the rest of the pack.
Being a native from Flint, Michigan, Alysia Rawls, under the pseudonym “Pink Terror”, is no stranger to hip hop, rock, and classic R&B. Her love for music stems from years of exposure to musical legends. Her enthusiasm for music has continued to manifest over the years and has resulted in her building a brand that exudes sensual, catchy, smooth, original, and artistic vibes. Her debut EP bursts with originality that is sure to change the music industry and pull back to that old school vibe with a future melodic funk. Currently residing in Las Vegas, Nevada, Alysia Rawls has continued to work on her music and brand. Pink Terror was sure to come to fruition sooner than later. Having the ability to narrate lyrics that mirror many lives and to cognitively stimulate others to become one with the music is astounding. The debut single “Focus On Me’ displays her musical range and versatility by writing, rapping, singing, & asserts her beat-making skills by assisting in the musical production alongside The Chem Clinic.
Joya Mooi – “Been Here”
Joya Mooi released her album The Ease Of Others last month and now returns with the gripping visuals for the Blazehoven produced track titled “Been Here”. The soothing, soulful cut gets the proper visual treatment as it captures the theme of the song where she finds herself in an eternal cycle. Employing hazy and nostalgic elements the video ideally complements the track’s theme of recurring life events, such as relationships gone wrong and cycles in addiction.
The Sir Duke – “Major”
The Sir Duke returns to our pages with a brand new anthem called “Major”. The upbeat track serves as inspiration for people who feel they have fallen short of their individual goals. The Sir Duke gives hope and encourages the listener to not give up and get back on their feet and put in the necessary work to reach the apex. Get it on Spotify.
Anuka – “Figured”
Singer/songwriter Anuka delivers a sultry and passionate track she calls “Figured”. Backed by a lush, atmospheric backdrop, she vocally embodies the most sensual feeling in the world. The song dwells on how no matter how confident a person is about their assumptions, they can never beat someone else’s own truth. Anuka really delivers with her gripping vocals that rise to a climax on the chorus.
Get it on Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music.