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

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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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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Top 5 Submissions For 3rd week April 2018 • Word Is Bond

As we venture into the 3rd week of April with maximum speed, we also made sure to collate some interesting records from our submission lists. It’s been a hard ride but we are not relenting when it comes to this. We cannot do this without y’all so please support all the artists featured here.

 

 

Del The Funky Homosapien and Amp Live have teamed up for “GATE 13”. The full-length collaborative album pairs The Hieroglyphics veteran and Grammy nominee with the Zion I and unified highway co-founder. After working together during amp’s authorized Radiohead Remix Project, these friends from their Oakland days embark on 15 tracks that fuse Hip-Hop, Funk, EDM and more with guests including Goapele and Eligh. The first leak off the project is the record titled “Help” featuring Adult Karate.

 

Chicago wordsmith Verbal Kent (Ugly Heroes) and Spanish-German beat maker Superior release an animated video for “Go Get The Dank” off their collaboration album “Half My Life“. The track features Vic Spencer and Sonnyjim, and the video is animated by Brandon Webb of Foxx Called Moon Films.

Verbal Kent says: “I felt like Superior passed me this ominous, minimal beat the needed more than one vocal perspective. I have a totally different approach to both Vic Spencer & Sonnyjim, and yet couldn’t respect their crafts more. I think we all bodied this in our own way, and that’s what makes it unique.”

 

 

 

We switched things up with this afro-influenced joint from Lagos based rapper, dancer, spoken word poet who goes by the name Cherry Entafield. The mellow track sees the multi-talented act flip between English and pidgin English as she raps and sings her way through the track. The love-laden record is her first studio recording and is a true expression of self as she explains that the song “…simply means be true and you will find someone who loves with your crazy and not trying to change you.

 Cherry Entafield besides being a rapper, dancer and spoken word poet is also a Dentist. She has performed her unique brand of poetry infused with dance on many stages

 

 

 

18 year old rapper/producer Dead Hippie delivers his offbeat brand of hip-hop with his latest release titled “Red Nose Pitbull”. Over a mellow, somber piano loop, the young emcee kicks vivid unorthodox lyrics with reckless abandon. He has opened for such artists as King Lil G, Kirk Knight, and Nyck Caution and opened for Maxo Kream and Cuz Lightyear on April 5th. Get the audio on Spotify

 

 

 

 

After dropping the fiery “Let It Slide” a few months back, Tee Krsipil returns with a new one titled “Badangadang”.  The record is all about women standing up and being strong in their power.  On the record her producer Moxsa (aka Ari James) brings old school flavor with new school sounds to create a unique sonic experience that’s reminiscent of the 90’s but relevant to today’s hip-hop.

Tee’s thoughts on the new video:
This single is about being the boss bitch that you are. You don’t need a man, and you also don’t need me to tell you that. You’re smart enough to know this already. “Badangadang” isn’t about making women strong, women are already strong, it’s about remembering this truth.

Tee’s EP One Way Ticket will be dropping summer 2018, and the project is laced with metaphor, style, and musicality.

 

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

For the top 5 submissions this week, we got some hot produce from cats like Classified, East the unsigned and much more. Sit back ,relax and get familiar with the dopeness.

 

The record “Bad Guy” is off J U S T Y and Ellie‘s collaborative EP titled “ChixMix”. The lovelorn cut is a smooth r&b cut laced with ethereal soundscapes to match.

The project comes off of an earlier collaborative effort from the two, “Do It Again,” a smooth and sexy R&B single which manages to make the cut this time around as well. With Ellie’s adaptive flow and Justy’s smooth vocal delivery, the “ChixMix” proves to be reflective of R&B’s merger with Rap. With standouts such as “About You,” and “Foreign,” this project is a must play to kick off those nightly summer drives.

 

 

 

 

Award Winning hip-hop artist Classified takes some time to lend his voice to the voiceless on his new song/video “Powerless”. The self-produced song aims to educate and inspire viewers to learn more Indigenous culture and the vital issues facing our society today.

The video is an ode to the Indigenous women who go missing or are murdered without receiving justice. Canadian director, Andrew Hines shares: “Powerless is more than a song, and more than a music video because it is speaking to the topic of missing women and girls in the First Nation community and the sexual abuse of women from the Maritimes to British Colum

 

 

 

East the Unsigned continues his string of hard-hitting raps with the release of his new joint titled “blaze”. He kicks hard body bars over a quasi-minimalistic backdrop and brings along Blasé along for the ride.

 

 

Hezekiah, Soulpete and Bodziers bring back that good old soulful hiphop on their new record titled “You Know What”. Over a smooth backdrop they details their various experiences in the rap game and then some.

 

Attorney, emcee, producer, freestyle champ Omar Abu (f/ka bigOmuziq or bigO) delivers this introspective record titled “WayHome”. This is his first release under his new name. He previously dropped 3 projects and was crowned Detroit’s “The Air Up There” freestyle champion twice. However, a series of unfortunate events led to a grueling battle with addiction and depression. After dropping an album in September and going ghost, bigO has now returned as “Omar Abu”, an honor to his real name and a new beginning/rebirth. The song represents the journey to self-discovery, awareness, love, and acceptance and was produced by Omar.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Welcome to April y’all! Without much further ado, let’s get cracking right into some dopeness from the underground. If you like what you hear, do not hesitate to show these artists some love and spread their music as much as you can.

Aliano & Jakk Wonders are back and this time Aliano details how the duo connected on their latest banger titled “Let The Story Begin” The Pomona vet details coming across Wonders’ beat work and how it led to working alongside the likes of Reks, M-Dot, Ruste Juxx and more while gaining props from Hip-Hop legends DJ Eclipse and DJ Premier on their respective SiriusXM radio shows and more.

Let The Story Begin serves as the first single off the duos upcoming EP “The Originz” which is set for release in late April 2018.

 

Forever M.C teams up with west coast legends Kurupt and Snoop Dogg for a laid-back tune titled “Girls Gone Crazy”. Hit the play button and get familiar.

 

 

June Dakid pens a thought-provoking letter to the commander in chief touching on several social issues. The song features production from Kimbo Beatz and Reece lends her vocals for the release.

“Dear Mr. President” is a single off his new Album “Live My 7 Day Theory”.

 

 

 

 

Emcee, producer and lyricist EB Rebel shares the new music video for her single  “Spiritual”. Coming off of her sophomore EP Mama, I’m OK, “Spiritual” is a powerfully uplifting track, paying homage to EB’s Dallas, Texas roots and the city’s freestyle culture.

Eb explains the deeper meaning behind the track: “Spiritual is a spin on the negro spirituals created to persevere through their conditions; a new type of spiritual.”

 

 

 

Tee Noah drops the visuals for his thought-provoking record titled “Sunday Service”. The already controversial track now gets reinforced on the screen with an equally charged video that brings the lyrics to life. The video aims to speak on the contradiction we all face living in the modern day society.

 

 

 

Prince George’s County, MD based producer Dee Da Kid cooks up a solid production titled “Relax (Be Easy)”. A mellow blend of jazz sounds and boombap.   As for the song, it’s the first single off of his debut tape “ Vinyl Days”. It’s basically going through the struggles.

 

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Top 5 Submissions for Final week March 2018 • Word Is Bond

We are closing March with some heavy bangers from the underground. These cats show much promise and we suggest you check them out and show them the much needed love and support.

 

 

After a brief hiatus, Jon Dacom is back with his latest track “Runnin”. On a smooth nostalgic beat produced by DJ Yung vamp, Jon details his struggles during his early adulthood that lead him to where he is now in life.

Jon Dacom is a rapper from Raleigh, NC. Formerly a member of the group Dacom worldwide he is now ready to reach his horizons as a solo act. Using music as an outlet, Jon paints pictures in his lyrics of what he encounters on the daily. He best describes his music as a blend of down south and West Coast influences.

 

Sylvester, GA native Big Meats aka “the College Grad Loser” releases his newest track “23 Days”. Big Meats takes you on a journey, picking up where he left off with his last project “Boy Meats World.” Big Meats tell his story from the perspective of  a person who has run out of options and possibly could be on the streets or back in his hometown.

 

JR Jones is an up & coming Hip-Hop and Reggaeton rap artist, producer, and songwriter currently living in Los Angeles, CA. Born to a Mexican-American mother and an African-American father, JR brings a unique mix of two dynamic cultures. JR Jones’ single “Woke” explains the rappers struggle making music, mentioning people and obstacles he’s had to overcome to follow his dream. In the music video, JR chose to send a political message by putting some controversial figures in the video (Donald Trump, Muslims, and the Libyan Slave Trade).

 “The Jones Show”, JR’s debut album is available now in all music stores and streaming platform.

 

Philly based Radiance is an up and coming emcee and she just recently shared with us her latest record titled “Night Stroll”. The laid-back tune shows her unique display of lyricism, mellow demeanor.  As for the record, she gave us an insight into its creation as follows

” “Night Stroll” was created at 3 am at my kitchen table after my 11-hour shift; I have insomnia some nights so I stayed up when I heard this Joey Badass beat by (B. young) and I just couldn’t leave it alone.

She is currently preparing to drop a new single so keep an eye out for that.

 

NJ’s Epoch Failure have debuted their latest single, the bold and fervent “They Ain’t Talkin’ Now.” Recorded in Nashville with Tommee Profitt(producer/composer for Capitol’s #1 Billboard rapper, NF), the song is an anthem about overcoming adversity and rising up in the face of all the doubters and haters. As such, this track is more than just a song, it’s a personal sonic portrait. ESPN got behind the message and the beats early, as they featured the song all last month on their First Take sports talk series.

 

 

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Top 5 Submissions for March 2018 • Word Is Bond

As the month of March slowly winds down, we got some new records for y’all to vibe to. Hit the play button and get familiar.

 

 

Kamron Bahani is a hip-hop artist from Manhattan; he encompasses the 90’s sound with a contemporary twist. Coming from NY, he’s aware of the competition, but nothing is getting in the way of his path to success.

 “Meditations” is a single off of Kamron Bahani’s sophomore LP entitled, “Magnum Opus Open”. He wanted to capture a 90’s feel, as well as revive the spirit of hip-hop.  Kamron Bahani’s Sophomore LP “Magnum Opus Open; available  SpotifyApple : Tidal

Sig & Gus aka 77Cousins delivers a smooth joint for the road with their newest record titled “Long Time”.  77cousins is a self-made family of Movers & Shakers from Kansas City & Dallas. Most known for deep echoing pitch shifts, and a roller coaster of effortless melodies — 77cousins is trap pop.

 

 

 

Burden comes gunning for the naysayers on his new record titled “Dying Breed”. Check it out right away.

 

“LMPM “is the first single after the release of Lighta Soundboys debut EP, which was released one year earlier. It’s a nice song, with having a good amount recorded on tubes and transistors.

 

 

Chi-town based band Mindswimmer drop their unique brand of lo-fi jazz influenced hip-hop titled “Elevation”. On the record, the band has made clear that they do not sit still in one place for long. on this near 13-minute track, the band explores multiple genres of music, weaving them in and out in a seamless manner. The expansive work reveals the influence of the golden age of hip-hop, while simultaneously paying tribute to the pioneering electronic artists of Düsseldorf (Kraftwerk, Neu!). The band’s ability to improvise so cohesively, while exploring multiple modes of musical expression speaks to the open-mindedness of the players themselves.

Mindswimmers sound is very hard to classify – a source of immense pride for the future jazz tribe from Chicago. On between spaces, the group crafted a mesmerizing ambient tribute to a former collaborator. With the dinner party, the group’s improvised performance at Maggiano’s channeled a trip-hop aesthetic. It also hinted at where their sound was headed.

 

 

 

 

 

Staten Island, New York-based independent singer/songwriter Justy appears on our Bonus Cut section with her video “Feelings”. A soul-drenched record that showcases her unique style that blends rap/spoken word and soul music. The self-directed/ self-edited visual features the Staten Island artists in a span of colorful backdrops at Soho, New York’s The Bombay Bread Bar. Bringing forth a playful visual to match the wit of her single “Feelings.” The visual shows Justy’s uncanny ability to remain original in today’s music and her promising future.

 

 

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Top 5 submissions for 3rd week March • Word Is Bond

As we get deeper into the month of March, we got some varied sounds from what the underground could offer. Check them out below.

Florida natives Regina and Efaylah team up for the statement song titled “Reign”. The minimalistic sonic works well with Regina’s sincere flow and vivid lyrics. Sonically it’s a blend of new age Hip-hop meets soul, fused with rhythm, electrifying energy

 

 

PartNa EnCryme is the latest duo on the block, made up of Navy service members Marcus Allen and Adom Lutalo. Their newest record is the laid-back, groovy jam titled “For The World” and features singer Breana Marin 

 

 

Calvin L. Nelson aka Gran Larson crafts a winners anthem in the form of his new record titled “Winnin”.

After losing a talent show in middle school. He started to rap again with the support from a few friends and classmates. This comeback featured a new style and approach. He wrote everyday, but did not limit himself to only rap. He wrote poetry as well; it helped his thought process prior to writing music. With the influences of The Notorious B.I.G, Scarface, Method Man and Outkast, Larson recorded his first song titled “Listen (Feel Me)” letting everyone know that he’d entered the rap game. He released his debut mixtape “Burn Notice” on his birthday 7/11/12 showcasing his style of rap.

 

 

 

Northern Michigan based duo Blanco Suave is back with their new single titled “Caged Tigers”. Everyone has nights where their desire for their dreams to come to fruition keeps them lying awake. The record is the perfect song for those restless nights and restless spirits. Cosmic and floral imagery floats over this heartbeat-esque beat as emcee Gretch waxes on the “caged tigers” in her spirit. This new single will leave you feeling wistful and wanting more.

Blanco Suave is an independent hip-hop duo based out of Northern Michigan featuring musicians Luke Arquette and Gretch McKenzie. They grew up together, and have made music in various groups since 2010, but Blanco Suave is their first original project.

 

Berlin and Paris based producer Bluestaeb releases new single “Mind”. The record is a laid back, soul-drenched record featuring the alluring vocals of NZ artist Noah Slee and Australia’s multi-disciplinary artist MAÏA, “Mind” is an infinitely soulful duet which showcases all three of the artists in their own right. In “Mind”, Bluestaeb’s influences shine through, while taking on a sound of their own at the same time. The second part of the beat includes a little reference to one of his favourite tracks by The Roots, bringing more live instrumentation, with slick guitar licks and keys taking the original beat into a more mature space.

 

 

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Top 5 submissions for 2nd Week March • Word Is Bond

We are still up and running with brand new music from the underground that may have gone under your radar. Sit back, relax and check out what we have for you below.

 

Mike SB is back with “New Things”. The record is about that forthcoming journey and about the risk and sacrifice required to elevate yourself to a higher more productive platform.

NY act Jamar Carr serves up a very insightful record on “Life Is Hard”. Poignant and very engaging record if we do say so ourselves.

NYC based group ACE NATION just released their new single “Buckle Up”. A song inspired by their love of 90s Hip Hop, and artists such as D’Angelo and Anderson .Paak. “Buckle Up” was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Transmitter Park Studio in Brooklyn, NY. It was produced by Abe Seiferth and Nick Sansone.

 

 

 

Producer Firewood Supply Co gifts us with a winter-themed record titled “Snowday”. The track was written during a Snowday in Denver Colorado. Stay warm with these jazzy Rhodes vibes and fireside beats.

 

SF-based emcee Gark Mavigan is back in the cut with “Picture Day,” a nostalgic, College Dropout-esque record featuring the Detroit Children’s Choir and Joni Fuller, a world-class violinist/cellist. The track is the second single off GOOD CHOICES, Gark’s upcoming album that will donate 100% of proceeds to local non-profits in the Bay Area. “Picture Day,” is produced by Jakarta Records standout Dr. Dundiff.

“Picture Day” is the follow-up single to “Jeff Hornacek,” a funky Freddie Jackson-sampled blapper that Gark dropped in January. “Picture Day” is the final drop before GOOD CHOICES hits digital shelves on March 26th.

 

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