Reading R.A.P. Ferreira’s Transmissions Under the Purple Moonlight

Rory Ferreira is a shark. His bars are vicious and majestic, and as an artist he is never stagnant. I could spend 1,000 words describing all the past and current projects that Ferreira has undertaken. Instead, let’s just agree that the breadth of his work expands like the universe—all-encompassing, yet still uncovering new territory on every release.  His 2020 release came in mid-March, or just … Continue reading Reading R.A.P. Ferreira’s Transmissions Under the Purple Moonlight

Best Songs of 2020: 1. def.sound & Zhao

sawdustandgin: Bouncy bars travel along smooth terrain before reaching a mystical destination. Get electrocuted by love, courtesy of Def Sound and Zhao.  Best Songs of 20201. def.sound – “STRUCK!” produced by Zhao The friendships I forged with both def.sound and Zhao stoke the fire of my love for this track—”STRUCK!“ is energized by life, love, and art. My relationship with these artists may have been eroded by … Continue reading Best Songs of 2020: 1. def.sound & Zhao

Sampa the Great – “Times Up” feat. Junglepussy

All Black Queens to the Front: Rap Alongside Sampa the Great and Junglepussy by Entering “Time’s Up” Remix Competition Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  The world is finally ready for Sampa the Great. The Zambian rapper, raised in Botswana and currently based in Australia, represents the electric underground rap scene, always sure to incorporate elements of herself—from her lyrics to Afro-centric instrumentation in a track’s … Continue reading Sampa the Great – “Times Up” feat. Junglepussy

Holding Out for a Hero

Holding out for a Hero? Tunde Olaniran Comes to Save the Day Photo Credit: Bre’Ann White Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Hailing from Flint, Michigan, Tunde Olaniran is an adept singer whose range seems boundless. They have been known to quickly change from heavenly falsetto to gruff hip hop bars on a dime. Their thematically-rich 2018 record Stranger supplied plenty of varying rhythms to exercise … Continue reading Holding Out for a Hero

I Care About You – “Wannabe”

Gabe Greenland and Spy Riley have come together to create I Care About You, a proto-rap rock duo with plenty of emo influence to go around. A simple piano melody buoys a drum machine in “Wannabe,” and more experimental touches await listeners on their debut EP, due out 4/28. Follow the band on Soundcloud to hear it as soon as it becomes available. Continue reading I Care About You – “Wannabe”

The Tree Act is an Environmental Triumph (and so much more)

sngalbums: Photo by: Texas Isaiah  This time last year, Nappy Nina was fumbling out the gate. On the opening line of her album, The Tree Act, released in late January, she raps about this “feeling that I might not make it”; then she masks her mortality with unprompted bravado: “test me again and I might not fake it.” It is a snapshot of her attitude … Continue reading The Tree Act is an Environmental Triumph (and so much more)

The Tree Act is an Environmental Triumph (and so much more)

Photo by: Texas Isaiah  This time last year, Nappy Nina was fumbling out the gate. On the opening line of her album, The Tree Act, released in late January, she raps about this “feeling that I might not make it”; then she masks her mortality with unprompted bravado: “test me again and I might not fake it.” It is a snapshot of her attitude throughout … Continue reading The Tree Act is an Environmental Triumph (and so much more)

Galcher Lustwerk Goes Quiet on Information LP

sngalbums: To be perfectly honest, I thought I would notice symptoms of hearing loss while I was still working at my college radio station. In actuality, last fall marked the first time when my tinnitus became too loud to ignore. When I learned that Cleveland-born, Brooklyn-based Galcher Lustwerk had been living with tinnitus for years, it started to become clear why his 2019 album Information … Continue reading Galcher Lustwerk Goes Quiet on Information LP