TOP 5 SUBMISSIONS For Week 2 July • 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. Now that is what we call dedication, so sit back relax and get familiar with these acts.
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NOTE: This will be the last Top 5 Submissions as the segment has been upgraded to 10 tracks starting from next week. This is to cover more talented acts out there.

 

 

Jai Nitai Lotus launches his latest video “Wu Baby”, off his recently released album “Affirmations” (album available here). The song is a shout-out to a Higher Power–which is rich in love, and greater than any man-made fear, division or fanaticism. The images portray the vastness of nature in contrast to human structure.

 

 

Producer Radicule flips a Killa Cam acapella into something beautiful on his new record titled “Gettin’ $$$”. He fused what he calls glossy lo-fi elements against shimmering chords from keyboardist Miki Howard and the result is pure dopeness.

 

 

Producer/rapper Illgod goes retrospective on his new release “Show You Something”. It is an unofficial remix to Boogey’s “Show You Something”; produced by Black Intelligence.

Feelø teams up with Harman for his newest record titled “Adios”. A Latin-tinged, love-laden groovy cut.

Straight out of Indonesia comes rising rapper Ramengvrl who wraps up the top 5 sub with an upbeat swagged out single titled “Ca$hmere”. She adds some insight into the creation of the song below

I wanted to make a feel-good type song, just brag about yourself but with attitude. I feel like these days people got money but don’t really know how to flex and maintain their flex. Like ok you got cash but don’t be stupid, why you cop those Yeezy’s but don’t spare money for your basic needs? Something like that. ”

She started off not even liking hip-hop until listening to Kanye West, then ventured into Tyler the Creator, Charli XCX and M.I.A. territory where you can see the influences clearly in her music. Kind of pop, kind of rap, totally badass. Ramengvrl is trying to break into new markets, leaving a blazing trail behind her all the way back to Jakarta.

 

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Top 5 Submissions for 1st Week July • Word Is Bond

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Genre fusing band know as Stray Weather, from Leeds kick off the list with their latest single “Human”. Mixing live electric elements with hip-hop the band dwell on the concept of being human and make it literal on the song. It is quite different and definitely something worth checking out.

Get the audio on Apple Music //Spotify // Bandcamp //Amazon // Google Play

 

 

New York emcee K.O.N.G. has started summer with a bang in introducing the second installment of “Wet Wednesdays”. The New York standout plans to release to six brand new singles every single week. K.O.N.G. isn’t boxing himself in with any of these, in turn, K.O.N.G. tackles a number of styles to give the audience a proper taste of what K.O.N.G. brings to the table.

Today we get the first 4 songs of “Wet Wednesdays Volume 2” (with two more songs releasing in the next couple weeks) which includes “Fromé 2 U” an electronic, R&B infused cut, the underground cypher “Black Chevrolet” the debut single from Lando Rico, “Phantogrammar” has K.O.N.G returning to his solo form and his latest release “The Purge” a back and forth posse cut featuring AVN, Lando Rico & Barlos. Between the diversity of content, the different genres K.O.N.G. is setting himself up to be a future pillar in hip-hop. “Wet Wednesdays Volume 2” continues for the next two weeks.

 

 

 

Nigerian rapper/producer Alpha drops a thought provoking record titled “Yahooboy Muzik” . The song humorously tells the story of a day in the life of a fictitious Nigerian cyber scammer. On a larger scale, the song is a conscious joint cleverly disguised with funny lines. Despite the humorous it sure takes a  step forward in the current conversation about curtailing cybercrime, and curbing negative impressions of the “Nigerian Prince” to the outside world

It serves as a lead-up to his forthcoming album, “Half Price“, due for digital release on July 30, 2018. The song is also available on all major streaming outlets and digital stores: HERE

 

Canadian rapper Sean Fiji comes through with the boombap jam titled “Smoke”. he pontificates on his life and all the struggles that come with it. “Smoke” is his third released song showing off a smooth but sharp delivery over soulful music. Check him on IG here

 

 

Madame Gandhi teams up with Ruxell on this uber feminist trap anthem titled “Top Knot Turn Up”. The upbeat party banger is about  tying your hair up and getting that work done. She sums it up with this quotable “My time is not your property when I’m productive like my ovaries!”

 

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Top 5 Submissions Final Week June 2018 • Word Is Bond

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Cyprus based hiphop act Dizzy Andreas kicks off this weeks top 5 with a smooth, summer-tinged record titled “When we ride”.  Hit the play button and get familiar with the kid.

 

 

Recording Artist & Producer Vares delivers a reflective message on his newest song titled “Go With The Flow”. He details his struggles over a mellow, dreamy backdrop that has some sort of nostalgic vibes as well(produced by Dream Life Beats). Vares hopes that when people hear his work people will understand the meanings behind each piece and pass those messages to others, to create a ripple of realness within the community and the world. “Go With The Flow” off his latest EP project “Set Us Free‘. 

 

 

Serious Klein is not new on TWIB and he has been dropping undeniable bangers since he appeared on our radar. His newest output is the visual for his previously released single “Coochie Money”. The visual is pretty slick and engaging as it starts with a montage of different scenes which reflect the core themes taken from the lyrical content. We see Serious woking on his lyrics, praying in church, wondering around in darkness and confusion.

A fellow videographer and mutual friend of myself and Serious Klein introduced me to Klein’s music. I felt the visuals go hand in hand with the music, showcasing the raw, but intimate nature of “Coochie Money” which revolves around family, religions, and the vices of fame. –  Dominik Wieschermann

Picked to perform alongside Alicia Keys as ‘one of the hottest urban newcomers in Germany’ and after joint headline shows alongside PUSHA T’, the young rapper is ready to release his most explosive body of work to date with his much anticipated debut album.

 

 

 

Budding emcee Lana Shea teams up with producer Kill the computer on this self reflective record titled “Thyself”. Over the futuristic backdrop, Lana goes on a mission of self discovery and self appreciation on the song. She explains further “I struggle with the voice in my head talking a lot of shit to me, so I decided to give the inner bitch a chance to shine on this one as well...”

The video was shot in NYC by French cinematographer Felixe de Becker and shows the emcee in her natural state kicking bars in several spots. “Thyself” is the 2nd release off Lana Shea’s upcoming debut solo album, Duality, available July 13th. Get this track and preorder the album here

 

 

Blending elements of reggae, soul and pop music, Grace Abidemi Ayorinde known as Demi Grace delivers a solid record she calls “Why Would You Lie”. Her emotional soaked vocal performance is engaging and topped up with her captivating lyrics, the record is a brilliant sonic output from start to finish.

 Demi Grace) is a Nigerian singer and model born in Manor Park, London and currently based in New York City. After moving to California at age six, most of her childhood was spent in the SF Bay Area where she absorbed everything from gospel to garage rock. The different places Demi Grace has called home ultimately shaped her fusion sound. Demi is heavily influenced by Grace Jones, Janet Jackson and Missy Elliot.

 

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Top 5 submissions for 4th week june • Word Is Bond

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Dave Byrd set things off with this soulful head nodder titled “Feels”. The budding emcee delivers a smooth one with his laid-back flow over the soul-drenched backdrop. The visual was directed by Patrick O’Brien-Smith and puts the emcee in his element performing his lines in various locations. “Feels” is taken from his latest project with NuDavinci called, “GVOTapes“. Listen to the entire tape HERE

 

Poet X laces a smooth joint titled “Peace” over a chilled, jazzy backdrop that would definitely get your head nodding once you hit the play button. “Peace” is taken off  his compilation, “Loosies.” A collection of songs recorded over a two-year span!

 

 

Leeds-born alternative hip-hop artist Doberman introduces us to his unique style of hip-hop that blends lo-fi jazz and personal insights. On “Something Cinematic,” Doberman compliments the space of Broadley’s stripped-down production with tightly-packed rhyme patterns that twist and turn from start to finish, mirroring the very internal conflict he describes. Falling somewhere between Loyle Carner and the Fred Perry days of Alex Turner, Doberman’s layered lyrics are distinctly unkempt in delivery, proving an impassioned ally to Broadley’s melancholic piano samples.

 

iRoc Omega delivers his first single “It’s all on you”, the bouncy backdrop features the legendary Snoop Dogg and vocalist Dre’ Rock who all come through with that classic west coast party vibe. The smooth jam is mainly for the ladies in the house and is produced by Emmy award-winning producer and composer, Jason Hausman.

 

Dom Vaccarelli wraps up this week’s list with a somber, trap-influenced jam titled “Bodak Vac”. The budding rapper comes through with a laid-back flow that cascades the hard-hitting backdrop. “Bodak Vac” is the fifth track off his debut album Dark Matter streaming on all digital platforms

 

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Top 5 submissions for 3rd week june 2018 • Word Is Bond

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Ackrite Nation recording artist Teddy Benson teams up with Kxng Crooked I on the bouncy, cinematic track titled “Legend Talk”. The track is a testament to Teddy’s dedication in the game, he knows his role and is fully determined to get to the apex. He helms the first 2 verses while Crooked I wraps it up with a powerful verse at the end.

 

 

Twenty8 links with Dirty Productions to create a lucid dream type video for his newest single, “Luci”. The video is about the wild things love can make you do. Twenty8 raps over the body in a lucid dream state look video.

 

The LA x JNB duo reminisces about the first time when Aliano heard Nas before he dropped the Nasty. The duo pays homage to the Queensbridge legend over some authentic 90s boom bap produced by producer Jakk Wonders.

The full project is available for free on AudioMack here

 

 

Jamar Carr delivers another poignant commentary on this track titled “Million dollar slaves”. Very insightful and definitely something to grow on.

 

Dee Wallz comes through with something off the hook titled “The Cut Off”.

 

 

Rowlan pontificates on love on his new record titled “Selfish Love”. Using mellow, downtempo soundscapes and melody laced vocals, he gets the message across nicely.

 

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Top 5 Submissions for 2nd week June 2018 • Word Is Bond

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other song jokes/playfulness/imagery/having fun/barz/commentary:
i’m meant to be the thing disproving things you think you’re sposed to be (a rapper? the man? dope?); the hyper pro with nicer prose than Billy boy who Shook spears (William Shakespeare), i’m bout to hit a chic fil a this sunday burn the shit down w all my gay friends (closed sunday and they hate gay people so joke/revenge), i bet your best rebuttal is you’ll murder me (modern hip hop isn’t contributing to the conversation just threatening earth with violence, drugs, and death), wonder if my OCD has gotta be so exact (it’s VERY exact)

 

Hot new single by upcoming artist Taj-Mili. available for release June 8th this hot new sound is making its way through the streets.

 

“Sentences” features Chicago’s Vic Spencer and has Libretto revealing insights about prison life that only come from lived experience. All of this over an absolutely mean flip by BusCrates that Hip-Hop heads the world over will undoubtedly understand and appreciate.

 

 

Deacon is a UK rapper signed to Future Rebel Records and a member go the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company. Hes recently supported Akala on his UK tour and Akua Naru. This track Negritude is from his forthcoming debut EP.

Whats the song about ? Deacon explains :

Negritude is a word I discovered on my travels whilst in Los Angeles – Sunset Blvd to be precise. I stumbled across an establishment called “Psychiatry – An industry of Death Museum” Intriguing title to say the least…

Whilst exploring their numerous accounts on the history of mental health practices, I found their section on Racism within psychiatry’s earliest stages. “Negritude – a term used by Benjamin Rush (Founding Father of American Psychiatry) defines “blackness” as a skin disease akin to leprosy, thus deeming segregation a “medical necessity”.

The song is my way of flipping that idea on its head, and claiming negritude as the “funk” inherent in the soul of the music. If you don’t want to catch the funk, you better turn off that radio…

 

 

Chow Mane cyphers over beats by P-Lo, SOBxRBE, GZA, Jay-Z, Smokepurpp, The Pack, Meek Mill, & Mac Dre.

P-Lo – Put Me On Somethin’ SOB x RBE – Anti GZA – 4th Chamber Smokepurpp – Krispy Kreme The Pack – Vans Jay-Z – On To The Next One Mac Dre – Since ’84 Meek Mill – Heaven Or Hell

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Top 5 submissions for 1st week June 2018 • Word Is Bond

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Kuma Overdose deliver his quirky style of hiphop on this new single titled “WONDA” feat Lord Apex. The downtempo, off-kilter soundscape is definitely worth the listen alone.

 

 Budding Houston, Texas-based rapper/singer Elias M. Powers dwells on his work ethic on his new release “#Workboy”. Kenneth English provides some production that is equal parts trippy and hypnotic to match some of the more braggadocious music you’ll find in his growing catalog.

 

LA based emcee D-Strong brings back that good old head nodding boombap on his newest single “Finger Pop”.  This is pure unfiltered from start to finish.  D-Strong is now gearing up for a national tour with 5 Studio releases under his belt and working on 2 new projects one produced by Ben Hedibi.

 

Dee Wallz goes the mellow route on his newest record titled “From The Start”. Over a bouncy, laid-back backdrop, he kicks some solid bars as he tackles the naysayers.

 


Bucket Hat Jack drops “V.H.S” which is off his recently released EP. It’s a self-produced. A feel good, sing-a-long funky track. Have fun and don’t take yourself too seriously

 

 

 

Nigerian rapper, Fecko, returns from his hiatus after becoming a graduate to remind the hip-hop community that he is still very much a witty lyricist by freestyling on BAM instrumental, originally done by Jay-Z and Damian Marley.
With lines such as; “Like 100 naira notes shxt is looking pretty bad/wanna help the culture? then you gotta spin this jam” Fecko also urged the mainstream media to show more love to Nigerian rappers, so that the culture can continue to thrive just like their South African counterpart.

 

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Top 5 submissions for 3rd week May 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. Now that is what we call dedication, so sit back relax and get familiar with these acts.
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As Artson joins the billed performance on the VANS WARPED TOUR  he shares with us his latest visual for the song “Home”. The record features Wake Self, Def-i and Victor Jimenez is a harrowing look at the pain many deal with due to depression and suicidal thoughts. The emcees also take it a step further by providing a lining of hope and the courage to pick oneself up.  Artson further adds “...We all have a journey and that road leads us back Home. Walk strong and make the best of your time here.”

 

NJ based rapper Ashtin Larold delivers a poignant record that deals with overcoming obstacles and fighting one’s demons within. Hit the play button and get familiar.

 

Back with another release Dee Wallz comes with deep, introspective, and expressive lyrics over a soulful moody backdrop. 

 

Brooklyn, New York-based writer/composer Franke comes back at fake friends on his new record titled “Play Nice”. Over a brooding piano-driven backdrop, Franke brushes off people who claim they will be there for him but act otherwise.

 

The second single from Goldzilla‘s debut album “Immaculate Misconception”, produced by Eddie Logix. The Matt McFerrin directed visual is pretty quirky and very vivid. From found VHS footage from a future generation comes a video that blends your favorite sitcoms, philosophers, and religious texts. “Toyollah” will make you question your own existence and then you will rediscover it through vivid rhymes and ethereal linguistics. Over Eddie Logix’s ambient boom bap Goldzilla stakes his claim as one of Detroit’s elite emcees.

FROM THE ALBUM “IMMACULATE MISCONCEPTION” get it HERE

 

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Top 5 submissions for 2nd week May • Word Is Bond

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Denzil Porter takes the bull by the horns on this record titled “Time Soon Come”. He faces the question many people spend their whole lives trying to find the answer for but is “the answer”something that comes to you? “Time Soon Come” is the second visual from the North Bronx based Denzil Porter’s latest full length release Semantics of Mr. Porter

 

 

“Welcome” is the 2nd official single leading up to J.Nolan‘s forthcoming project, Rise of ATLantis, which is set to be released on May 18th. This song ties directly into the concept of the project by showing the foundation that’s been set musically & personally since J.Nolan and his family settled in the city of Atlanta when he was 8 years old. From that time, he watched the evolution of southern Hip-Hop while honing his craft. Now, at 29 years old, he’s dead set on showcasing the depth and lyrical substance that many Hip-Hop fans claim to be missing. The video is directed by Rex Novi

 

 

 “Indigo Children” by FreshfromDE is the latest from the Delaware artist, which gives an insight into the qualities of that group of individuals as he collaborates with the larger than life, one-of-a-kind, Boston’s Michael Christmas. “Indigo Children” provides some infectious trap/hip-hop melodies and smooth flows from both artists.

The Everglades Sessions weekly campaign has finally came to an end as MeRCY has brought in the heavy cavalry. “So iLLustrious” features the whole camp including KoJazz, Bishop, see.francis and in-house producer, Solidified. This makes it 15 weeks of consistency of an musical journey. Now, lookout for the grand finale, and the official album, SWAMP THING, coming very soon!

 

 

 

 

 

Rapper/producer Jackson Whalan drops the second single leading up to his to his next album, ‘Millennial Sound’. “Sweet Music” features Jules Jenssen : drummer, producer, visionary, and hometown friend of Jackson. The two have been collaborating since their early teens, growing up in Berkshire County, MA in a crew of young music heads. They co-produced and wrote this track together, which effectively adds to their growing saga of collaborations, like “Home Again” , and “Souled Out…” . There is distinct a sample-based vibe that weaves through all of the hip-hop they have made with each other so far, and its presence is recognized once again in “Sweet Music…”, a song about a character longing for love, yet being on the road and whole-heartedly committed to music and touring. “I Always Wanted to Be In The Band” by Step by Step lays the foundation for this subject matter to percolate, with a call-and-response from the mcee to the sample in the chorus. Jackson draws from his own experience of being “torn in two”, and the process of coming to terms with music being the top priority, a reality that is accompanied by sacrifice and being apart from the one he loves. Inspired by the most classic of hip-hop, with live drums that slap, and verses that churn memories, peep “Sweet Music (feat. Jules Jenssen)”.

Jackson releases his new album, Millennial Sound, on May 18th, 2018.

Originality is a group of three artists , Boogiee , Namelis & JMc  . Coming from different parts of NY , these 3 individuals team up to bring that raw uncut NY sound back to the forefront. Their new cut “Bitch” is gritty and smooth at once as they all deliver unique styles , flow , song writing abilities and lyrical content.

 

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TOP 5 SUBMISSIONS FOR 1ST WEEK MAY • Word Is Bond

Welcome to the month of May! For our first week, we gathered some solid joints for your listening pleasure. Check them out below.

 

“222” is ElNaturale’s lead single off his upcoming project entitled, “VantaBlack.” The track is a laid-back, somber type track that showcases the rapper’s booming vocal style and poetic lyrics.

 

Jaeo Draftpick comes through with a boombap banger titled “Gimme my cash”. The record is an ode to the hustle with an infectious hook cloaked by hard hitting verses that see Jaeo laying it all on the line. The Long Island emcee is currently preparing for the release of his new EP, “Live from the Island”, (coming this summer)

In the past Jaeo Draftpick has shared the stage with heavyweights such as Kirko Bangs, Jae Mills, French Montana, Jim Jones, Mims, T Pain, Lloyd Banks, Jadakiss & More.

 

 

 

Nashville hip-hop artist nobigdyl drops his latest record “twenty eighteen.” and its accompanying video. The 1995 (fka Anthony Cruz) produced record shows the young emcee delivering his spirited style of hiphop merged with personal insights to match.  “twenty eighteen.” marks the second single released as part of nobigdyl.’s new deal with Capitol CMG in Nashville. The video features nobigdyl. donning a pair of Beats, which, the song reveals, can be key in tuning out unwanted noise, especially from voices with ulterior motives.

Produced in partnership with Beats Headphones, the music video for “twenty eighteen.” is available today exclusively on  Apple Music .

 

 

 

Up and coming Boston based rapper/producer Will EsCargo drops his second single titled  “Family Guy”.  The gritty soundscape showcases the emcee’s off-kilter lyrics and humorous style. Will EsCargo also adds a pinch of comedy to the song by providing a skit in the beginning. A video for the song will be out soon.

Green Bay, WI. based Alternative Hip-Hop artist Tyler Baumgart comes through with a new record titled “Shut Down”. This serves as one of his newest single after he took a hiatus from his music career while coming to terms with his personal identity. He has since redirected his auditory creativity in a kind of metamorphosis, so to speak.”From a caterpillar to a butterfly,” says TeawhYB, “it’s like that break I took was my cocoon, it allowed me to grow, mature and evolve to the point where there’s no way my music could be the same…because I wasn’t.”TeawhYB has performed with the likes of Young Jeezy and Do or Die. Now ready to move towards the national stage, TeawhYB has begun releasing a new brand of music cleverly intertwining intimate ideas of relationship culture, mental health and personal identity with a palatable mainstream sound.

 

 

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