Joy is something we all try to find in every day. At times, its located in painfully apparent places. Sometimes, its qualities are more elusive and need to be dug up from overlooked nooks and crannies. At the end of the day, joy is always found in things that are internal and eternal.
James Gardin continues his undefeated streak as The World’s Most Encouraging Rapper™ and reconvenes with his longtime collaborator TheyCallMeHeat. The result is a fresh new single to help people get through their big, medium and small sads. This song is a funky, danceable number that has the soundscape of a Hip Hop spaghetti western. Think joyful, joyful Lord we adore thee meets ambidextrous diddy bop and infectious nod.
Available now via Illect Recordings.
Directed and shot by Victor Manuel Edited by D’kwon Guerrero Choreography by The iDream Dancers
Surreal is one of our favorite creatives. He’s got “it” with the bars, beats, and visuals. “Do Better” is a single/visual he dropped recently. Here is the scoop…
“Do Better” the new single/video by Surreal is a cosmic call for ascension and elevation. In a world rife with unconscious consumerism he’s radiating the need for awareness through frequency and intention. With media becoming more and more homogenized this song is a reverse hypnosis to break the mold and get the listener into the universal flow of understanding and love.
“Words sometimes fail” says the multidimensional artist. He made the track, wrote the verses and even created the visual that will drop in a few weeks so only having a handful of words over the music was very intentional. “The audience is way smarter than we give them credit for, especially the younger generation. Your vibrations speak louder than your words” Calling us to Do Better, and find a better way doesn’t need specificity because we all know what we need to do.
Here are the visuals to Atmosphere’s ‘Jerome’ latest single, which is directed by Evidence and Stephen Vanasco. The album, Mi Vida Local is out now. Also, he brought some friends with him, so catch him on tour with deM atlaS, The Lioness, & DJ Keezy when they come to your town.
Nomis drops a dope visual for his single “Act of Love”. Watch the full video, many surprises await.
“Act of Love” is a soundtrack for summer nostalgia. Hear Nomis reflect on past summers of his youth while reminding you about some of your own personal favorite memories under the sun. In typical Nomis fashion, the story doesn’t end there. Listen as the music evolves, the tempo builds and “Act of Love” morphs into the heavily lyrical, “A Million and One”. At which point we hear Nomis showcase his ability to manipulate the English language, while sharing his world view as well as his personal insight into today’s social political climate. “Act of Love” belongs on your backyard BBQ playlist.
Video: Act of Love
Rhodes to Rome is available now on iTunes/Apple Music and Spotify.
A.Sims has long been a favorite of ours here at SOHH. This video, and Cerulean EP, is long overdue. It even features “Ink” by DJ Aktual that you’ve probably heard on SOHH Radio. Take this project in.
Video: The Darkness
Directed by James Sims
The color blue is rare in nature. Cerulean is a variation of blue, like the sky. The idea is to make a hip-hop project that is just as uncommon, a sound that is set apart–touched by God perhaps–something that is particular and beautiful, like the mood of jazz. Cerulean is that rare shade of the spectrum. Stream the EP on Spotify.
A.Sims, a poet, emcee, writer, and filmmaker from Los Angeles by way of Indiana, started hitting poetry open mic nights with his hip-hop spoken word crew Commoners and Kings in 2004. Working on film sets by day and doing poetry at night he rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest heavyweights in entertainment. Now solo his goal is to usher smart lyrics, classic hip-hop, jazzy loops, and chill vibes into the mainstream music world.
Shallow gets a visual treatment. This Travis Hayward directed video is really dope!
Sareem Poems & Ess Be collaborate with Detroit emcee Finale on Shallow, the 3rd single from Mind Over Matter. Look for this album at all digital platforms via Illect Recordings.
“This is a song reflecting on the ups and downs of life. And how those ups and downs have pulled away at core values. Values that we as humanity were rooted in. Being faithful, hard working, loving & committed,” shares Sareem Poems.
He continues, “I personally feel little is valued outside of self. This flows through all forms of entertainment. Making everyone’s favorite form of escape or hobby very shallow. I’m thankful for those working to change that direction.”
Connect with Sareem Poems: Instagram // Spotify // Twitter Connect with Ess Be: Instagram // Spotify // Twitter
J.Nolan drops a a visual for his dope single “Welcome”. He’s probably a new name to most Sphere of Hip-Hop regulars, definitely give this one a spin… reminds us of that classic Outkast sound.
“Welcome” is the 2nd official single from J.Nolan’s project, Rise of ATLantis, which 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.
Video: J.Nolan “Welcome”
Stream Rise of ATLantis at Spotify. The project features Sphere of Hip-Hop regulars JGivens and Justhoughtz.