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 Submissions. Now that is what we call dedication, so sit back relax and get familiar with these acts. Remember, don’t forget to support them by sharing their works.
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Joey Phantom – “Summertime”
Louisville KY. rapper and recording artist Joey Phantom flexes for the summer on “Summertime.” A laidback bouncy track that adds a nice touch to the emerging rapper’s solid flow and lyricism.
Ya Minko – “Reset”
Washington D.C. based by way of Gabon rapper/musician Ya Minko delivers some insightful vibe on “Reset.” Over a moody backdrop, he gives his own take on police brutality and systemic racism.
Ya Minko was introduced songwriting and record production in 2011. He immediately fell in love with the process and dedicated all his time to it. After he moved to the Washington D.C. area in 2012 for his studies, Ya Minko focused his entire attention on the art of making records, sacrificing his academic career in the process.
Dankery Harv & Big O – “Fuck U & U”
“Fuck U & U” is a track by Detroit’s Dankery Harv (of legendary duo Frank N Dank) and London-Based American producer Big O. The track is taken from the duo’s joint EP A New Day.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer//Bandcamp
Unyc x Memo – “Red Summer”
“Red Summer” is a harrowing piece by Unyc x Memo. Over an anthemic backdrop, the group goes forth to reflect deeply on the current socio-political climate. With the unfortunate deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Aubery, and others, it’s only right to lead the charge in being the voice for the people.
A. Levy – “Go Go Gadget”
“Go Go Gadget” by A. Levy is a classic boom-bap styled track that focuses on pure lyricism and banging beats. From the lush guitar riff sample and head-nodding drums, Levy sure brings that vintage hip-hop to the fore on this one.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer//Soundcloud
TiDUS – “EACH TIME”
New Jersey raised Tidus (stylized TiDUS) is an artist who has taken time to reflect on himself and his art and makes his entry on our list with the heartfelt track “EACH TIME.” The producer/singer brings a contemplative and melodic style to the fore on this tune as he dives into the concept of self-improvement. Get it on Apple Music//Deezer//Spotify
JC The Truth – “We Gon See”
New Jersey-based JC The Truth‘s “We Gon See” is an anthemic bar-fest that is ripe with an upbeat backdrop and solid lyricism from all the emcees involved. This is a solid underground collaboration between three artists from New Jersey, Brooklyn (NYC), and Chicago. Get it on Apple Music//Deezer//Soundcloud
Cnrboy – “Shine”
Up and coming Hawaiin emcee Cnrboy drops the visuals for his song “Shine”. which is produced by Twuan. Over a lush soulful sample, Cnrboy comes through with solid flows that grip the ears.
Flow’etic – “Magic Hour” ft. Bernz.
Flow’etic teams up with Bernz for the summer drenched collaboration “Magic Hour.” Backed by a lush guitar-laden bouncy beat, the duo details their favorite time of day – dusk ’till dawn. Get it on Apple Music//Deezer//Spotify
JÁNA – “Buds”
Stockholm based artist JÁNA thrills us with the visuals for her song “Buds.” A laid back, spacey track that truly showcases her vocal range and uplifting lyrics. The visuals are expressive and somewhat abstract as it makes use of several visual motifs that emphasize the growth theme. Co-written with Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano and co-produced by her Little Dragon drummer Erik Bodin, “Buds” stands as another hugely impressive and exciting release from JÁNA. The new single follows JÁNA’s previously released singles “Wild Roses” and “Lotus.” Get it on Apple Music//Spotify//Soundcloud
Taizu – “STARS”
Ramz – “Scratch Cards”
“Scratch Cards” is Ramz follow up to the uplifting “Underneath.” “Scratch Cards” sees Ramz reminisce on harder times when he “was the only man” in a household and used his “pennies for scratch cards”. Over a bouncy piano-laden backdrop, Ramz delivers his verses with such emotion and passion that every line hits the mark. Directed by Kirx Diaz, the accompanying music video for ‘Scratch Cards’ was shot in South and South East London.
Get it on all DSPs here.
Sly5thAve, Thalma de Freitas – “Expatria”
“Expatria” is the latest single from Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, Sly5thAve who teams up with Brazillian Grammy-nominated vocalist Thalma de Freitas.
In the case of “Expatria”, the essence of Saudade is used by the Afro-Brazilian folk songwriter as a reference for feelings towards one’s home; to miss a place, but to also feel contempt for what it has become. Improvised vocal riffs and haunting lyrics glide over Brazilian Jazz-inspired woodwind additions to create an eerie blend of sounds and cultures that invoke the spirit and message at the heart of the track. “Salve Salve-se” de Freitas repeats, encouraging the people of her home nation of Brazil to save themselves; “The poem is a call for action against abusive patriarchy of the State, for the sake of our beloved motherland, a pledge for Brazilian people” de Freitas explains.