Kevin Kazi is a 17-year-old rapper with a deep, booming voice that makes his music sound ahead of its time. He raps with an enormous amount of energy, yet a steely cool visage that seem to put his style and delivery at odds with each other. But then his otherworldy aesthetic comes in and throws all semblance of traditional structure out of the window. On “Countdown” these elements combine for a truly unique record that’s a banger by any means you choose to judge it. The production by Danny Wolf and Soldado is weird, yet powerful. The vocals are top-notch. The overall quality of the song is just fucking tight.
Listen to “Countdown” below.
@omegathepoet ‘s new release “Anywhere You Want to Go” is a relaxing must-listen
Sometimes, you just want to kick back and take it easy. Much of today’s music is about the exact opposite, instead focusing on the turn-up and the ensuing moshpit that comes with it. Omega The Poet’s newest release, “Anywhere You Want to Go” is a smooth trip into neo-soul nostalgia that brings about an element seldom seen in this contemporary age. It’s a strong, solid showing for the South Carolina native.
Listen to “Anywhere You Want to Go” below.
@dashwnee releases new EP ‘The Irony: Channel 2’
DaShawn Shauntá is back with more music to satiate even the most starving of fans. Her new EP The Irony: Channel 2 may be only two tracks, but they’re quality representations of why her work is needed. With dark beats and a milky voice that flows smoothly on tracks, DaShawn’s ability to capture emotion with creative flows is unparalleled. She got included on Apple’s official Christian Rap playlist on Apple Music, so you know it must be some fire.
Listen to The Irony: Channel 2 below.
Music To Check Out: NoName’s ‘Room 25’
The first time I heard of Noname, it was on Chance The Rapper’s 2013 mixtape Acid Rap. Her verse on “Lost” was bereft with subtle imagery and smooth vocals, things that have since then become trademarks of her eclectic style. In the years since, she’s morphed into one of rap’s most interesting personalities. She forgoes falling into any stereotypes, hardly fitting into the categories that we place rappers into. Her rhymes are crisp and intimate, typically refraining from the overt sexuality exhibited by the Cardi Bs and Nicki Minajs of rap’s elite. She’s a little idea, big picture kind of lyricist that’s necessary in the game.
Her latest album, Room 25 is the kind of introspective, small album that acts as the antithesis to the running theme of 2018 rap: grandiose. Room 25 captures the spirit of Chicago’s jazz and blues, throws in neo-soul aspects in the album’s production, and makes use of poetic elements to create one of the year’s strongest projects. On the album, Noname explores the ins and outs of her mind in such startling ways that we’re often more fearful for her sanity than excited to digest her music. It’s a haunting effect that makes the album that much more brilliant.
Since Noname released Telefone in 2016, her life has changed. Prior to this, she was just another rap hopeful, a brilliant poet looking to translate her grand slam experience into music industry success. Telefone showed the world the extent of her brilliance. Room 25 takes the listener on a journey into her mind, finding the mental changes that come with sudden success. There’s a lot of deep, introspective lyrics, just as there are sexually charged lines that drip with venom. Each utterance of “pussy” sends jolts through the spine.
To get the full extent of Room 25, you’ll need to digest the album for yourself. It’s clear fro a few initial listens that Noname’s new body of work is one of the best you’ll find out currently. Listen to Room 25 below.