With so much music being released these days from major, indie, and bedroom artists at a rapid rate, it’s become increasingly difficult to keep track of what’s actually hot, and what’s being spoon fed to us. Music distribution sites such as SoundCloud and Audiomack have made it easy for just about anybody to release music whenever and wherever they may choose to do so. As you can imagine, this floods the internet with music that would’ve mostly been unheard of, bringing both amazing and underwhelming music to the forefront like never before. One thing it also does, is make it hard on the casual music consumer to find good innovative music, thus placing a higher importance on curators. A lot of good music is being slept on, and it’s our job to fix it. So without further a due, we present: With All Due RESPECT., which is a list of 5 songs that you’ve been sleeping on whether indie or major. Check out these 5 sleepers and let us know what you think in the comment section.
“External Payment” – Wave Mmlz
Utilizing an underrated Temptations sample reminiscent of a young Kanye West, North Las Vegas producer/rapper Wave Mmlz (which stands for Make Music Live Zen) absolutely rips this in to pieces. Lines like, “It’s crazy how they switched because they never f****d with you/ Now they show me love and want collabs but I got stuff to do” and “Now it’s been a couple months since the lights turned on/ and my neurons/ cooking up some work that I can stir on” highlight Wave showing off not only his mental state but his interesting flow pattern. Check out the Sin City native’s track here and pick up his recently released album, Poly on Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play.
“Bulls**t” – Jay Bel
Over a wavy futuristic synth that repeats throughout the song, Brooklyn native Jay Bel attacks this vicious track off his groovy new EP, Bohmia right from the jump with lyrical darts such as, “Came, came, came with the chillest of the flows/ While I flame lame lames, like I lit another raw/ Ain’t say-saying I’m a ni**a with the war/ But they ain’t really saying what they chilling here for” and “Any ni**a lurking’s a serpent to me/ Get a wave and they surf it for free” showing off his innovative double time flow pattern. Coupling that with a catchy chorus that makes you want to chant to your lungs, “Bulls**t” will most definitely become your new favorite ode to the haters.
“Gettin’ Real” – MaZhe.
“Sharp enough to puncture a lung/ string my vocal chords together/ ya boy is clever the puns” and “Double time like jigga my ni**a” were instantly favorites when I first heard the creative new track by 18-year-old San Diego artist MaZhe. His nasally tone plays in to his favor while he teams that up with intricate flows similar to Pro Era. Though his flow is similar at times, his bars are dense. Putting all of that together on a wavy beat produced by First Letter, MaZhe. shows potential and delivers a track worthy of your time now. Check it out here.
“Jamaican (feat. Haresha & Chief) – Flow Simpson
From the absolute get go, Arizona singer/rapper Haresha completely makes her presence known with bars such as, “Find us stirring in the kitchen/ been cooking up the pot/ everybody with the sh**ts but ain’t nobody got shot” and personal favorite “Wish I had a tissue I could wipe ya tears/ something bout the look on ya face tells me I own ya fears” which sets the tone for the chillingly futuristic track produced 187Beatz. The track, which is off of Flow Simpson‘s Hamsterdam, mixtape is a 4:44 long constant head bobber with lyrical treats from Flow, Chief and Haresha that set the perfect tone to get your rasta on.
“For You” – Ashoka
Easily comparable to a young Drake or Big Sean at first listen, Philadelphia native Ashoka showcases an arsenal of flows and rhymes on this 3:33 long track suited perfectly for riding through the city late at night. Though missing a catchy chorus like other songs, the chilling sample in the background keeps your head ringing while Ashoka feeds you self reflecting bars like, “Did I change?/ Or did life change?/ as the days go/ and the night fades” over hard hitting high hats and roller coaster transitions. Check out this cut off his recently dropped EP, Hard To Gain, Easy To Lose.
Did we get it right? Did we miss some? Let us know in the comment section!
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