Once again, we’ve compiled a ‘who’s who’ of what we think are the biggest artists and releases of recent times. Enjoy your dose of the freshest Hip Hop + Grime. This is Tun’ Up Tuesdays.
Novelist x Mumdance – “1 Sec”
Happy Birthday Novelist! Today was his 18th birthday, and to make it a day to remember, the Lewisham don has dropped both his full ‘1 Sec’ EP, which is a collaboration with Mumdance, and visuals for the title track. ‘1 Sec’ is in a similar vein with his other Mumdance tracks (which we have previously featured) Shook + Take Time, with its unconventional instrumentals and cutting bars from Nov. The visuals on this one are particularly interesting and well produced, and provide a paranoid nocturnal estate setting which very much compliments the track. Cop the EP here if you’re feeling it: 1 Sec EP
Joey Bada$$ – “Born Day (AquariUS)”
Another birthday boy here (Happy 20th Joey). Joey used this opportunity to drop this exclusive track ‘Born Day’ alongside his very highly anticipated album ‘B4DA$$’. ‘Born Day’ is produced by Statik Selektah and samples Nas’ ‘Life A Bitch’. The track isn’t on the album, but is pure fire (reminds me of the ‘1999’ days) and is available for free download. Also, listen out for the Bobby Shmurda lyrics…
Crave Moore – “Strawberry Mirinda”
Alright, before you’ve even heard the track, you have to admit Crave is a don for shouting out the king of chicken shop beverages in the title of this song. Crave seemed to be off the map for a while, but we excitedly welcome him back with ‘Strawberry Mirinda’. The track has a dreamy feel to it, and Crave’s lyrics are as on point as ever, delivered in his distinctive London drawl. We love this one and can’t wait for more.
Rome Streetz – “Hard”
Just came across this guy this week for the first time. While we don’t know much about him (yet), Queens Rapper Rome Streetz has delivered a certy banger here, which is reminiscent of that vintage gritty 90s New York kinda sound which, helped along by artists such as Villain Park, seems to be coming back in. Check it out below.
Freddie Gibbs x Hanni El Khatib – “Satin Black”
As part of Converse Music’s ‘CONS’ program, which loves to pair unlikely musicians (like Flatbush Zombies + Trash Talk, for example), Gangsta Gibbs and L.A producer Hanni El Khatib have been brought together to produce the strange but very sick thing which is ‘Satin Black’. It mixes heavy drums and trippy tempo changes to produce something which reminds us a bit of a James Bond flick opening track. We look forward to a world with a Idris Elba as James Bond and this playing over the opening credits!
Jay Prince – “BeFor Our Time” (EP)
Got something kinda spiritual for you here from East London’s Jay Prince. The 9 track EP is both soulful and rappy, nurturing a sound, that produces, in Prince’s own words the ‘same feeling when music and hip hop was just appreciated and respected at such a high’. Expect laidblack wordplay with slow instrumentals that get you feeling blessed.
MondreM.A.N – “Ancient Times”
This one from MondreM.A.N, half of Oakland’s Main Attrakionz, comes through with this spaced-out track “Ancient Times”. We love this one coz it’s down to earth and human, and the visuals are quite incredible. Directed by Tim Jieh, it is literally a lean-up walk through the Natural History Museum, and is creepy at points and quite unique. Check it below:
Chester Watson – “Tin Wooki” + Chester Watson, Bobby Raps & Art Vandelay – “Spliffs”
Okay, so lemme just say before you think it, this guy sounds REALLY like Earl Sweatshirt. Only 17 years old, Chester spits bars complex beyond his years over alluring instrumentals. He’s released two bangers this week, one solo, one with Bobby Raps + produced by Art Vandelay. Both are bangers we want to share with you.
See you man next week!
Composed by @CareerEnderSam