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M-Dot – “The Atonement” (prod. by Pete Rock)
M-Dot opens up the list with a Pete Rock produced banger titled “The Atonement”, a hard-hitting track that is rife with pure punishing bars. M-Dot definitely loves the art and carefully crafts crazy patterns and internal rhymes atop Pete’s fittingly chilling instrumental, leaving us hoping that this is the only the first of many collaborations we hear from them this year.
“The Atonement” is taken from M-Dot’s forthcoming project egO anD The eneMy 2: A Dissolute Paradise—the full-length sequel to his acclaimed 2017 released, egO anD The eneMy LP—. In addition to Pete Rock, egO anD The eneMy 2 boasts production and guest appearances from the likes of Erick Sermon, Apollo Brown, !llmind, M-Phazes, Method Man, Willie The Kid, Vast Aire, and more.
The single is available now on all DSPs HERE.
Focus The Truth – “Pay to Play” feat. Vo & Elle Simone
Focus The Truth delivers another banger titled “Pay To Play” and brings along fellow emcee Vo and singer Elle Simone. Over a smooth soulful backdrop courtesy of Smoking Indoors, Focus goes in with the bars and shows us why he is on top of his game. Vo comes through on the second verse and does his thing while Elle Simone closes the track with some alluring vocals.
Shamim – “Option & Priority”
Shamim teams up with Prince Mensah (Film Boy Entertainment) for the visuals of her new single “Option & Priority.” The South London R&B singer/songwriter does what she knows best on the single that showcases her fierce energy and commanding vocals. the visuals for ‘Option & Priority’ do amazingly to bring the song’s theme of women’s empowerment further to life, with Shamim, as the leading lady, exhibiting the sense of power and control the lyrics of the song allude to. Making use of Shamim’s powerful magnetism and undeniable ability to hold your attention, her edgy fashion, and styling, and the classic London visual backdrop, the ‘Option & Priority’ video is heavy on messaging of freedom of expression, empowerment and the strength of a woman.
Tekh Togo goe sin over J Dilla‘s “Make ’em Nv” instrumental which forms the backdrop for his single “Sharon Stone.” The track is a metaphor for diamonds and Tekh Togo delivers a solid verse centering on the concept. The visuals uses an episode of the anime series Speed Grapher.
Gogowé – “Bodé”
DC-based afro-fusion artist and instrumentalist GOGOWÉ drops her sophomore single for 2020 in the form of this atmospheric piece titled “BODÉ.” The single is the second precursor to her forthcoming debut EP Je M’apelle Gogowé, which is due for release later this year. The track has a nice fusion of Afrocentric elements, lush textures and engulfing soulful energy by the singer.ccording to her, the song is “about fulfilling your purpose, and I hope you can feel that energy and light when listening to the song. We live in a time where it’s easy to lose focus of your individual calling and almost always comparing yourself to others. This song is inspired by just that. I want to lend my little voice towards contributing something positive to the world, and in this case, it is pursuing your purpose unapologetically”.
Get it on Spotify.
Kij – “OK”
Kij shares the visuals for his song “OK” that dwell on self-doubt and the need for having confidence at all times regardless of the situation. The visual captures Kij going through the phases while keeping a positive attitude from start to finish. He hopes the uplifting message reaches the viewers who might be going through rough patches.
Get it on Deezer, Soundcloud, Apple Music.
James Gardin x Terem – “Diamond in the Rough”
James Gardin teams up with longtime collaborator Terem on an anthem for the underdog entitled “Diamond in the Rough.” The duo takes time to share the journey of rising artists who have to go through the myriad of challenges while trying to reach their goals. This is definitely something profound and encouraging to those individuals pushing through.
Get it on Apple Music.
Producer RJ Pasin and vocalist James Knucks for this soulful piece titled “The Way It Goes.” A heartfelt song that sees Knucks pouring appellations on the lady that has held down the fort for him since time. Over the lush, alluring texture, Knucks delivers an effortless soul-gripping performance that is very enthralling from start to finish.
Adam Snow – “9 to 5” feat. Freddie Gibbs & Tedy Andreas
Producer Adam Snow teams up with accomplished lyricist and hip-hop artist Freddie Gibbs and Houston-native rapper/producer Tedy Andreas for this solemn track titled “9 to 5.” Snow crafts a very smooth vocal-driven backdrop that serves as the perfect canvas for the emcees to share their unfiltered thoughts.
“9 to 5” is the first single to be revealed from Adam’s forthcoming debut full-length project As Luck Would Have It.
Poundz – “Smooth Criminal”
Rapper Poundz goes full throttle in the visuals for his vibrant single titled “Smooth Criminal.” The title is a slight nod to Michael Jackson‘s song of the same name. In the video, he makes use of some classic moves and scenes from the King of Pop remixed impeccably with that hard-hitting drill flavor. Get it on Soundcloud and Spotify.
Pedro P – “Champagne”
Emerging emcee Pedro P dives deep into the luxurious lifestyle on this solid joint titled “Champagne.” Far from bragging, Pedro P gives the listener a chance to fantasize and visualize success on a higher level as opposed to settliing for less.The track is taken from his Detox EP. Get it on Deezer and Apple Music.
Hannah Got Raps x Lanell Lee – “BLACK”
Emerging emcee Hannah Got Raps delivers a self-love anthem in the form of her new single titled “BLACK.” The track is a powerful piece that pays homage to being black and also reflects on the challenges black folks face since time immemorial. Through this single, Hannah seeks to honor who she is and the heritage of where she comes from.
Jast teams up with Wulfboiii and Josh Weadick for a broody, solemn piece titled “Dandelions” where they all reflect on the multitude of experiences that life has to offer. Get it on Soundcloud, Apple Music, and Deezer.
Leah Jenea – “Balance”
Singer Leah Jenea shares the visuals for her heartwarming single “Balance,” that showcases her commanding vocals and sultry energy. Over the lush, engulfing backdrop, she takes the reins and delivers an emotion driven performance. The video is quite cinematic and also serves as a visual metaphor for the gentle but irresistible beat, which rocks, sways, and shudders in time with the ebb and flow of the singer’s overwhelming emotions.
Get it on Spotify.