A project that perfectly contrasts an artists dialect about internal conflict with crazy lit beats paired with insane animation and intricate storytelling to bring the subject matter to life is always appreciated. Throw some top notch production in the mix by producers such as DEIPSET and Yung Kifo in the mix and you’ve got Rashad Starks newest project “Playing With Fire”
The project does a wonderful job of tackling the artists feelings regarding suicide, depression, anxiety, being a college drop out and feelings of low self worth while at the same time displaying the artists motivation to overcome these feelings and be a “greater man”. The project opens up with “With Fire”, On which the artists gives pretty much a run down on what the whole tape is going to be about. The artist also showcases his singing abilities on the opening track as well. On “No Ls” he features Dell Fargo and speaks on his desire to persevere and keep grinding. On DRIP, another “turn up” song the rapper adds a feature from menacing rapper Hooks Ventura, adding to the eerie, dark effect of the track. In contrast to the “most lit” theme he goes for in the previous tracks, Stark flips the script and discusses very dark thoughts on “Fahrenheit 451” where he speaks on his feelings of depression, alcoholism and suicidal thoughts. On “Amen”, a more upbeat song, the rapper speaks on his feelings on religion and closes out the tape with a prayer asking God to help him to be a more appreciative, focused man.
Check out Rashad Starks “Playing With Fire” here!
Quality, artistic visuals are always an appreciated bonus when it comes to songs we love. A dope visual takes songs that are already our favorites and not only adds a “face” to the sound but also gives a deeper look into the personality and aesthetic of the artist. Nicholis’ release of his “Had To” visual does just that.
The video for the bouncy track is shot by OGVISUALS ( @000.og ) and provides viewers with a wavy, unique display to accompany the track. The song itself features producer Chet’ Atlas and combines animated delivery with relatable content and a catchy beat for an overall well put together track perfect for bumping on your spring playlist.
Check out the exclusive release of the “Had To” visual here!
Rapper Fontain has released a new single entitled “Commencement $peech”. The rapper, who is also member of the Flight Ent. collective, is putting a new spin on the classic boom bap sound with this track, a style that many emcees aren’t necessarily able to pull off. The track also displays the artists unique word play as well as his ability to include comedic elements in music as a method of keeping listeners engaged in his story telling.
Check out Fontain “Commencement $peech” here!
Closing out summer 2017 in the waviest way ever, kwallah, the god has released his visual for “Razor Phone Boomin”. The unique, fresh visual is directed by Vacant Imaginations and adds a wavy accompaniment to the already dope track. In addition to dropping the video, the artist is also celebrating the recent release of his project “Rick James” which is mixed, mastered and produced by the artist himself. Check out the “Razor Phone Boomin” visual here!
It hasn’t even been a month since DAVFVE blessed fans with his sensual single “No Stress” and he’s back again, this time, with the surprise release of his new single “4 My Dog$”. Contrasting with the seductive nature of “No Stress”, “For My Dog$” is more of a turn up song that definitely should be added to your summer playlist. From the songs extremely catchy hook, to the especially bouncy sound that the song radiates, (even the album art for the track is completely adorable.) everything about this track is likely to win over anyone who listens.
Check out “4 My Dog$” here!