Beyond The Surface

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Hip-Hop duo, Audio Push, shared their visual for "No regrets". "No regrets" is the official single from their unreleased album, Inside the Vibe 2 which drops on the 21st and is available for preorder now.
Grand Hustle artist, Tokyo Jetz, dropped her mixtape, 90's Baby, earlier this week. Each track samples a 90's RnB or Rap hit. The tape is available on YouTube with DatPiff and Spinrilla.
Moses Sumney literally strikes again with his short, but politically provoking album, Black in Deep Red, 2014. The alum has only three tracks but the message is made very clear.
On August 15th, soul singer, Allie Capo, released an interlude-like track entitled "Call" which highlights the waiting game we often play in love.
"Let's Stay" is a smooth RnB track about a failing relationship. The single was released earlier this month by artist, Twelve'len, and it will be featured on his album in the works, Precious.
This visual for Vic Bald's "The General" featuring Hoddy, The Jedi, captures the mob-like behavior the two Baseville, NJ artists rap about.
On the 15th, notoriously fun, Amine, released his album, ONEPOINTFIVE. On the album he showcases a few melodies of his own while discussing romance and encouraging men to be more vulnerable, but not for long. The artist still manages to deliver mostly uptempo rap songs that encourage the ego. There are few features on the project, "Sugar Parents" featuring rising Hip-Rockstar, Rico Nasty, is my favorite overall. The album is available on all platforms.
6lack shared the visual for his song, "Nonchalant", a word he uses to describe his delivery. In the song the versatile artist airs his inner sentiments and in the video he roams what looks like Iceland while doing so.

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With the recent airing of the third season of HBO's "Insecure", which spotlighted Ravyn Lenae's single "Sticky", I figured now would be the best time to re-post the official visual for the record. Ravyn Lenae is and has been one of my favorite soul singers on the underground scene. Not only is she a talented vocalist, but a superb writer.  

Beyond The Surface

This weeks underground features are as followed: 

Jay Pluss (+) released another single from his album in the works, #3blacc. The single is entitled "Unbreakable" and it supports my suspicion of an introspective album with its underlying theme of  mental strength.
Salma Slims is also focused-- on getting money. On the 10th, the songstress released the official visual for her single "Money Bags", months after the song's March release. The song is a form of self-empowerment by way of productivity which is often needed after a bad romance.
On the 9th, Tha Materials, AKA Tha Mats, debuted the visual for their first official single, "Malcolm X Plicit", of their album, Cartoons and Car Tunes, which dropped in June. The song carries a heavy message of racial equality for "Black" people.
Rap artist, Tahji released his debut EP, Genesis, earlier this week on the 10th. The project as a whole is upbeat and serves as introduction into the artist's inner world, heavily centered around prospering.
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A much different sounding, Satin Jackets, released a smooth disco track about a highly desirable timeless romance, a couple weeks ago.
Vinnie Dangerous dropped a risky visual for "You Belong To Me" (sexually speaking). The Hip-Hop artist is known for his sensual mellifluous style which differs from most other rappers today and keeps my ears enticed
Elton released his 2nd EP on the 10th, and it is truly a work of art. The EP is entitled, Elevated,is diverse in sound and dense in lyrical content. The artist's focus for this project is his change in perspective, which is now more forward-thinking, this is implied time after time, track after track. The subject matter is funneled out and applied to more specific ideas such as love and revolution. The EP is available on all streaming platforms.
One of my favorite bands, Capital Cities, released their third studio project, Solarize, on the August 10th. The album has 16 tracks and is greatly focused around concept of cosmic consciousness. The album has a few features, surprisingly one of the features being Rick Ross.
Mick Jenkins released his single "Bruce Banner". On the track, Jenkins is reiterating his superiority over other rappers lyrically stating "can't nobody come for me except Kendrick, and I hope you offended" and repeatedly questioning "f*** wrong with them?" as to say anyone that thinks otherwise is delusional. What do you guys think?.
An honorable mention this week is J.I.D.'s freestyle over the "Oochie Wally" beat from March 2017. The footage resurfaced after J. Cole's recent performance over the beat. The super-talented artist is signed to J.Cole's label, Dreamville.

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"So Glad I Found You" is the first visual manifestation of, Hip-Hop artist, JayPluss' upcoming project, #3blacc. The visual is the perfect representation of the single's idea of realism or unplanned life. When life does not go as planned, it often feels like there is a shadow over us, hence the director's genius use of shadows.