The only important thing to mention here is that Chance The Rapper won three Grammy’s in February. I remember the days when I was bumping #10Day, which was five years ago, and thinking this guy just gets it. Five years later, he’s won three Grammy’s, has yet to sell any music (never will), and has become a public figure on social issues for Chicago by recently donating 1 million to public schools. You want to talk about a Best of February? New releases aside, that award goes to Chano. Incredible what this guy has done over the course of five years.
We also have a playlist of 30 songs for you, so check that out below.
When you think of Oklahoma, virtuosic rap may be the last thing that comes to mind but Tulsa-based Marshall Sinclaire is primed to put his State on the map. His new subwoofer suited single “Hydraulics” offers up the slow-burning, late night vibes of classic Nas and Tech N9ne, bucking the the current trend of unintelligible, bubblegum trap. While the tracks first few stanzas finds the MC gaining his footing, it isn’t long before he is off to the races and delivering a stellar second verse with ninja-like wordplay and progressive storytelling. The compelling lyrics are complimented by a wicked, notched down hook that bounces along beautifully to the dark piano notes and wicked sub bass line. “Hydraulics” is one of the many excellent cuts from Sinclair’s new album, noth(k)ing, out later this month.
A new year doesn’t always mean “new me.” It’s hard for people to change, however, a new year does mean new music! If you haven’t, check out our favorites from 2016. While you’re at it, listen to some of the tunes that has the SITR impressed in 2017 thus far. SoundCloud playlist below:
Nigerian-born Daye Jack comes baring venomous flows and a keen endorsements from Hip Hop elite like Mike Elizondo – the man responsible for signing Dr. Dre and Eminem. The raw rock-tinged beat is a swell proving ground for the young MC who bounces compound syllables across it’s tape echoed guitar pings. It’s an impressive introduction to Daye’s debut LP, “No Data” which is set for release in Spring 2017.
We have finally hit the final month of 2016. Despite this being a November playlist, the early parts of December have been FIRE. The Weeknd, Childish Gambino, Drake, CuDi, & J. Cole?! What did we do to deserve this? While we’re working hard to provide you a list from our favorites from the year, enjoy what we’ve prepared for November, and the influx of quality albums! Hopefully, this will keep you busy until then. Stay tuned…
We’ve officially reached the halfway point of 2016. We’ve heard from Chance The Rapper, Drake, Kanye West, Rihanna, and plenty more. However, we still have yet to hear from Frank Ocean. This upsets me, but we’re getting close. He teased his release a few days ago. In the meantime, the SunsetFam has put together one hell of a playlist for you to vibe out to with our favorite cuts (so far). Follow the playlist on Spotify, and we can’t wait to let you know our favorites from 2016 in December!
Enigmatic Providence rapper Boy has been quietly building up a solid discography of dark, atmospheric hip-hop, and he’s back with one final single before the year wraps up. With a sing-song flow and a nice melodic ear, he’s similar to versatile MCs like Tunji Ige and Tory Lanez.
“Wait” is moody and brisk, with Boy’s voice filtered to sound even more distant and detached. Chad Desjarlais provides the production, and the synth-centric beat serves as a nice compliment to Boy’s delivery. It particularly kicks into gear on the woozy outro, which sounds like vintage OVO.
As a bonus, Boy also released an extended Desjarlais remix, which features some different quirks and harsher industrial tones to give “Wait” a new dimension.
Little Simz is a game-changing talent with tremendous lyrical skill and a real knack for crafting knockout songs. Her star rose considerably in 2015, so it’s fitting that she ends the year by giving us one last inimitable dose of soulful, introspective hip-hop with her surprise new EP Age 101: Drop X.
Simz’s style and understated delivery mirror heady TDE MCs like Kendrick Lamar and Isaiah Rashad (who appears on “Just a Dose”). She’s not actively trying to impress you with her skills on the mic, but it’s impossible to listen to even a few tracks without realizing she has something special.
The entire project is stellar, but Mick Jenkins collaboration “Sea Level” and the melancholy “Interlude” reach particularly incredible heights.
The Londoner has been one of rap’s best kept secrets over the past few years, and she’s unwilling to delve into real, complicated topics in a way that’s honest, refreshing and real. Rap needs Little Simz.
If you’re reading this, it’s not too late. Halloweekend is winding down, and we set back our clocks an hour today. Plus, on top of that, I got this playlist for you that you’ll love filled with vets, such as, Chance The Rapper, Kygo, Skizzy Mars, and new comers with Kamau, Stephen, & Feki. Check out the playlist below, and let us know what your favorites are!
You’re undoubtedly tired of your 50-year-old parents telling you about the ills of technology and social media, but Milwaukee MC Trapo has a much different – and more interesting – way of getting his point across.
The teenage rap wunderkind’s latest single “Kill the Robots,” is a trap-tinged warning about what constant screen watching is doing to the youth that manages to be both spacey and soulful.
Trapo’s gruff, melodic bars have drawn comparisons to Future, which while not unwarranted, does somewhat undersell his lyrical ability.
“I can read the signs, I seen how my generation suffers from a filter full of lights/And that just isn’t right,” he spits, before imploring you to delete your Instagram.
Trapo manages to straddle the line between conscious and raucous in a way reminiscent of Sunset favorites Hurt Everybody. That is to say, he’s making hip-hop which is enjoyable on both an intellectual and emotional level.
“Kill the Robots” is yet another impressive notch in the young rapper’s belt, and you should be sure to check the track out so you can get in on the ground floor of his rise.
After that, maybe go play outside for a while.
London rapper Chip has been lighting it up since he was 16 years old, and if his new release, “My Bruddaz”, is any indicator, he still finds sport in reminding us grime fans that he’s got every bit as much talent (if not more) that he had on that famous Westwood freestyle eight years ago. Just don’t ask him where Ice kid is at. He’s not his secretary.
Chip comes out the gate strong with some classic Chip bravado and lyricism before handing off the mic to a couple of perfectly-pitched innings from Wiley and Frisco. The track comes together as an undeniable flex of grime muscles from the trio.
Check out “My Bruddaz” right here:
“My Bruddaz” is the perfect song for that weekend night drive with your friends to your favorite spot, or just driving in general, really.