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Untold Poet, ‘Don’t Understand’


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Untold Poet is back, and he smashes his way forward with his latest release, ‘Don’t Understand’. The rapper, who is also a BBC Introducing ‘SOUND OF 2021’ artist stuns here with a performance which confirms his talent.

The Essex based rapper delves into a topic which means a lot to him. Furthermore, he uses his platform and talent to influence society with his words bursting out with the truth. His story touches the heartstrings, and his melodies seep through leaving an indent. He speaks about confusion within his mind; he is unsure why there is hate and inequality in a world where people need support.

The instrumental adds a sturdy foundation to the entire track. The music adds even more spark to the flame and every sound which appears compliments, Untold Poet’s vocal. Also, the arrangement is innovative, given that it arrives just that little bit different. Furthermore, search around the hip hop space, and it will be doubtful that you will find a track with as much colour as this one coming from the backend. The beat brings a new dimension to modern rap and hip-hop, and it captures a sense of what Untold Poet is all about as a person. He is not afraid to delve into a new corner, and he pushes through with his vision.

Overall, ‘Don’t Understand’ is an epic release full of nail-biting hooks and poignant lyrics. It is also potentially the rappers most compelling expression yet, and with fans already flocking far and wide to grab a listen, it will not be a surprise for this one rise to rise echelon over the next few months.

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BeckMilli, ‘Gotham’


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BeckMilli lays out her goals in her new release, ‘Gotham’. Furthermore, the London aspirant speaks for the generation who wants to push out and break the mould.

‘Gotham’ kicks off with a memorable intro with a piano melody that sounds frightening but exciting. The piano lead plays through for the majority of the piece. For me, I would enjoy for a little more variance because it can become somewhat repetitive, mostly if you are not concentrating on the story in which BeckMilli presents.

Nevertheless, BeckMilli raps with conviction, and she leaves no room for any dissonance with her rap bars matching the instrumental impeccably. Also, her tone is refreshingly unorthodox with her proving unique from the very start. However, I would enjoy more harmonies along the way. Yes, we hear a male vocalist popping up from time to time to lend a helping hand to make a few words even more powerful. But, for me, it is not enough. I prefer a few changes in the back end of the vocal mix, giving it more flavour and allowing the excitement to keep flowing.

Overall, ‘Gotham’ is a poetic gem. I relish how it arrives just that little bit different, and although BeckMili has taken influence fro the greats including Cardi B and Giggs, she still brings something fresh to the table. Her ability to fuse several genres into once is also impressive with her drill influences percolating from the get-go.

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U Lie I Cry Austin Fillmore


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Heading over to my hometown of Chicago we have Austin Fillmore with his newest release ‘U Lie I Cry”, a song about heartbreak. Austin has set out to confront the fear of emotional pain and has even created the movement #ThinkgLessFeelMore which encourages his fans to feel everything they need to feel by submitting to their emotions. In his new song he does just that, he submits to his heartbreak and takes us on a journey to how he got there.

Austin has been making a name for himself on Chicago’s local scene and you may have already seen him on A Taste of, Lyrical Lemonade, Elevator, and Chicago’s Kiss FM. He has also recently graced some of the Midwest’s biggest stages, including the North Coast Music Festival and countless other local staples! His performance on Chicago’s #1 Morning Show “The Jam” has marked Austin as a star on the rise in Chicago. Austin has teamed up with Remy Prosper, a producer/composer and songwriter from my current location Miami, Fl. So let’s get right to it and see what this duo has brought us.

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Ruby Fever Sam Darkoh


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Continuing the strong start to the year, we head over to Vancouver to meet Sam Darkoh and listen to his latest release titled Ruby Fever. We do not typically see Vancouver has a hip hop hub but artist like So Loki, bbno$, and Darkoh are working to change that. Back in 2018 Sam Darkoh made his debut with a 10-track project titled Ire Desire. He has spent the last few years working on his craft and is not bringing us a new sound leading up to his project dropping in the spring. Darkoh is of Ghanaian descent and was raised in Vancouver and Wisconsin as a youth. Not only is he a talented musician he also has an acting resume including a role in Netflix’s Project NC2 (2015) and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (2020).

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