Oxford American: Can We Get To That by Dave Tompkins

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Billyracxx – “Iconic” | UndergroundHipHopBlog.com

Houston’s most creative independent Hip-Hop artist, Billyracxx, is here with the official visual to his new single, “Iconic”. Serving as the creative director, Billy shares with his audience the importance of staying true to one’s self when making the effort to be iconic.

“When it comes to my new single, “Iconic” I just want to express to all of my listeners and viewers about staying true to the effort of trying to be iconic. I want to and I will see to it that I have mass influence through my art. This is only the beginning”. – Billyracxx

Be sure to check out Billyracxx’s new single and be on the lookout for his upcoming project slated to release at the top of 2019. Stream “Iconic” on Soundcloud.

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Just Rese is learning to understand love on "Holding On" • Word Is Bond

Rising Oakland based rapper/ songwriter-Just Rese hit us up with his new single titled “Holding On” which shows a sensitive side of his persona. He delivers a melodic laced performance over a west coast funk groove which exudes a summertime feel. The overall theme of the song, however, sees the artist trying to find the true meaning of love.

“Holding On” is from his debut EP-‘HIPS’ this upcoming mid-December. The story behind HIPS delves into a couple’s relationship from it’s start to end, providing a scheme of phone call recordings from the rappers love interest. The project begins with the initial lovers and friends stage, on the first single “Groov,” transitioning to the couple undergoing relationship complications on “Lyin,” to ultimately unable to receive and understand love in such high capacity on “Holding on.” Reses’ charismatic wit and melodic rhymes, shines over a host of diverse sound schemes, including chopped and screwed and low-temp hip-hop productions, rock-and-roll elements and live band influences.


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Top 10 submissions Episode 2 December, 2018 • Word Is Bond

We are still dedicated to showcasing the best tracks/videos from the underground by searching far and wide in order to bring you our weekly list. It’s a tough job as we sift through a ton of high-quality tracks just to settle for just 5 so we switched it up so now we curating the Top 10 Submissions. Now that is what we call dedication, so sit back relax and get familiar with these acts.
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Wu-Tang affiliate and Sunz of Man member, Prodigal Sunn, delivers the title track of  his new album- “Redeemed.” The record feels like a rebirth of some sorts for the veteran emcee who shows his lyrical sword over the soulful backdrop courtesy of DJ B. Original. The visual follows the daily activities of Prodigal Sunn and shares a glimpse into his life even for a minute or two.  The 14 track LP can be purchased here.  Bennie “DJ B.Original” Williams of Sound Unity Entertainment produced and mixed the album. Guest features include Killah Priest on “Kings County,” G.O.D. Father Pt.3 on “One Way Out,” and XP the Marxman & Timbo King on “No Tears.”

“Redeemed,” is also the title of the first single.




Sometimes a little bit of ruggedness will get the job done and UK based artist Joey Base delivers just that on his new song/video “Trapped Out The Trap House”. The title may be deceiving but the rapper takes some time to talk about leaving behind a certain lifestyle to focus on his blossoming music career. The video which was shot in a music studio helps show the new path he is currently treading. The track is produced by Amafist who produced Joey’s singles ‘Life Over Circumstances’ & ‘Streets Or A Lady’ the track was recorded at Metropolis Studios one of the best studios in London.





Brooklyn based singer Rum•gold takes us on a soul-searching adventure on his new record “Get Through”. A surreal, soulful gem that really showcases the singer’s expressive vocal style and unique song writing. The song was actually produced by singer/producer James Chatburn who blends dreamy RnB textures, trumpets, and snappy drums to create a solid backdrop. This is definitely something worth checking out.




Kyle Donald AKA Sugi Dakks shares with us his own unique take on funk, jazz, and experimental music styles. He embodies the wild, improvised feel of jazz and mixes it with some funky grooves and hip-hop swag.  The inspiration behind the song comes from his experience working in the food industry. It is an expressive release of what he would actually say to privileged customers if he were allowed to speak freely on the job. It was produced by ARIA nominated, Producer of the Year awarded Tony Buchen. Tony Buchen has worked with artist like Troye Sivan, Falls, Kid Confucius, Spookyland, and those alike. The multi-instrumentalist (bass, guitar, piano, flute, percussion) made the experience making the track incredible, especially during the tracking of the flute part





Emerging indie artist Dua Saleh’s “Warm pants” is a tune that displays fluidity in the artist’s musical style. It’s very off-kilter, somewhat minimalistic and engulfing as well. The track deals with self-representation and being confident regardless of what the world thinks. Their vocal style is warm, emotion-driven and fiery and sets them apart.

The single is taken from her newest EP titled “Nūr” – (pronounced “noor” – meaning “the light” in Arabic). Dua, who identifies as gender non-binary and goes by they/them pronouns, has arrived fully-formed on their first ever EP project titled “Nūr” – (pronounced “noor” – meaning “the light” in Arabic). They may have just decided to try songwriting, but they’ve spent their life working across divisions: borders, mediums, identities, and protest lines.




Wyatt James shares a personal story on his new track ‘Money Burned, Lesson Learned”. The mellow voice emcee gets really reflective and gives us a poignant piece to ponder on. The visual has a warm, solemn vibe as well which adds life to the song.




The second single off Obeah’s “Life is but a Dream” album, Against the Grain, is inspired by rooted anger and disillusionment within society today. This track features Public Enemy’s Chuck D and is produced by electronic artist Mux Mool. His graphic lyrics will get your mind ticking as he doesn’t hold back the punches. Chuck D comes through on the chorus delivering a commanding hook. A refreshing voice in hip hop, Obeah is an MC whose stylings are a unique showcase of language and delivery. Hailing from Atlanta, his lyrical style is steeped in Southern culture with healthy doses of social commentary and soul delving introspection. Listen to Against the Grain on Spotify: Listen to Against the Grain on iTunes







New Orleans, Louisiana based rapper 7¢ HERM delivers a lyric dense jam for the list titled “Horizon”. He takes the listener deep into his off-kilter train of thought with wild descriptions of situations, emotions and then some over  a mellow, vintage beat.

His rapping career began in 2014 under the moniker “Hermi7 Khalfani”. As Hermi7 Khalfani, 7¢ HERM released his debut LP, “Deaf + Blind” with his local rap collective, 7ARC ( 7¢ HERM, CashMoneyChip & in-house producer SUMO), to some regional success. Soon after it’s release, 7¢ HERM took a 3-year hiatus from music to focus on personal growth; however, he began to release promotional singles via SoundCloud & BandCamp again in late-2016.

In Early 2017 (after a stage name change) the hermit dropped singles “7 Feet Below” & “Zimmer’s” leading up to June of 2017, when 7¢ HERM released his latest EP, “Granny’s 7th Boy” available on all streaming platforms (Apple Music, Tidal, Spotify…etc). The EP was met with positive reviews and much regional success, even garnering attention from national publications such as The Source & Dead End Hip-Hop. Following the success of the EP, 7¢ HERM released videos for “7 Feet Below” featuring New Orleans-based rap group, MadeGROCERIES & “Zimmer’s” featuring 7ARC rapper, CashMoneyChip.




Los Angeles based R&B songstress Ámani makes a grand entrance on our top 10 with her new song “medication”. The vibrant love-laden track shows the singer’s expressive vocals and engaging vocal performance over the vibrant backdrop. On the song, she completely surrenders to her feelings without holding back.

“medication” is taken from her new EP TBH. The project aims to showcase a combination of alluring vocals, unapologetic lyrics and well-balanced production, the project serves as a deeper dive into an artist well-worth watching in 2019. Speaking on the release, Ámani states: “A lot can change, transform, evolve, and grow within a year; I have. My surroundings have. My relationships have. My perspective on life.


CHEVALIEN  is the newest music project fronted by drummer/multi-instrumentalist who is going against the grain with his thought-provoking music. The visual for his new track “Bleu, Blanc, Blood” speaks of the recent unrest happening in France. Over a dark, laid-back soundscape, he gives a chilling tale of his struggles and challenges. The visual brings the song to life with its graphic images of the current French insurrectional climate using both exclusive and original footage.



UK emcee Drillminister shares his scathing opinion regarding the Brexit fiasco on his new song “Brexit”. Over a vibrant drill soundscape, he breaks down the basics for the streets with his latest attack on the shambolic UK government. ‘Brexit’ not only touches on the troubled state the UK Economy but also aims to encourage young Britain to become educated through doing the #BrexitChallenge in association with Linkup TV on Instagram and socials.

As the UK Government bans and removes Drill music videos online, the Drillminister incorporates violent language used by current and former MPs in his music to highlight the hypocrisy shown against the genre’s artists – demonstrating that they (politicians) use violence, threats and bullying as much as Drill rappers and young talents but with the aim to ban and blame Drill for the actions of the nation’s youth.


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Laolu aims to go against the grain on "Buffering" • Word Is Bond

Singer/songwriter Laolu delivers the first track  “Buffering ” off her new EP All In Me to our attention. The track has a slow cinematic build up which rises to a crescendo on the chorus as the singer dwells about being stuck in one place in life. Her airy vocals provide the perfect aesthetic as it gives the listener a certain feeling of uncertainty and spine-tingling chills.

Led by three singles, the 9-track All In Me EP excellently and honestly represents everything that LAOLU has been through and dealt with on her journey to release this project. The record takes the listener on a journey of her life in the past few years, from tackling depression and the frustrations around quitting music, to her love life and past relationships, to her new experiences, new way of life and the pressures of being a 20 something artist in London.

From the EP’s moody opening track ‘Buffering’, about feeling stuck in life, and the slow-building minimalist MDMA inducing ‘Like That’, to the hazy Jazz-influenced R&B/Soul offering ‘Disconnect’ and the brutally honest and relatable ‘20’s’ about the unrealistic expectations we put on ourselves in our 20’s, the All In Me EP makes for an intriguing listening experience, from start to finish, held together beautifully by LAOLU’s captivating songwriting and enchanting voice.

Speaking about the inspiration behind her All In Me EP, LAOLU says, “This E.P represent a new beginning, I started this E.P almost by force to get out of depression and though it was hard, I continued no matter what. There have been so many bumps and delays along the way but I achieved what I set out to do. New music, released from depression and I am doing what I love and what I am destined to do which is to sing and write music”.


1. Buffering

2. All In Me

3. Like That

4. How To Feel

5. Disconnect

6. So Right

7. 20’s Interlude (featuring Benjamin AD)

8. 20’s

9. Love. Lost. Found


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Mamy Dope shares some poignant tales on "Misunderstood 2" • Word Is Bond

Rising UK rapper Mamy Dope brings us up to speed with his current endeavors on his new track titled “Misunderstood 2”. The single is an honest look into the life of an artist reaching for the peak in his career. Over a mellow, reflective backdrop, he shares some of the things he had to go through to stay focus on his music grind but it’s not all rosy as he gives us the rough side of things as well.

Born and raised in South East London, carrying with him a West African (Sierra Leone) heritage, Mamy Dope (Alhaji Wurie) is a fast-rising Rapper/writer who specializes in UK/Trap music. He is well known for his unique sound-creating distinctive hooks, and drawing inspiration from the likes of QuavoJuicy JSnoop DoggWretch 32 and more. After self-releasing three viral videos in 2015, he then featured in the Red Bull UK Afrobeats Cypher 2016.


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Santi turns up the heat on "Rapid Fire" • Word Is Bond

Lagos based indie act Santi teams up with award-winning South African emcee Shane Eagle and Ghanaian alté newcomer Amaarae on the RnB/reggae-tinged “Rapid Fire“.  Produced by longtime collaborator and one-quarter of Santi’s tight-knit Monster Boys crew, Genio, ‘Rapid Fire’ sees Santi, Shane Eagle and Amaarae deliver a fusion of dancehall melodies, captivating brag-raps, and nostalgic R&B licks.  Shane Eagle sets the track off, with his absurdist charm, delicately delivered bars, and a swift rap flow, over a canoodling loop and delayed snares that expand into something beyond magical once the drums kick in. The chief conductor Santi then takes the lead, serving top shotta lyrics and toasting up the mic in a fashion that salutes the old skool era that birthed his style, and Amaarae elevates the vibe even further, as her voice purrs, while she narrates youthful takes with an old soul’s flair.

The accompanying music video, which was shot in South Africa and Nigeria, brings the record further to life. Directed by Santi himself, the visuals explore themes of freedom and rage, and make for gripping viewing from start to finish.

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Mr. Magic Rap Attack on 107.5 WBLS (December 1982)

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Awesome Two on 105.9 WNWK (December 1990)

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