London, UK based emcee Fekky recently dropped the visual to his track NO APOLOGIES, featuring Luton based Nafe Smallz, via GRM Daily
Having amassed millions of streams, joined Kanye West on stage at the BRIT’s and completed killer performances at the MOBO’s (where he was nominated for Best Hip Hop Act), Fekky is an influential force in the UK scene. But now Fekky is reborn as he embarks upon a new chapter in his highly successful career.
Last month Fekky dropped a brand new track ‘All The Smoke‘, the first track to preview the new mixtape ‘4Life’. ‘All The Smoke’ picked up support from BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and Capital Xtra. Now, new track ‘No Apologies’ brings together two huge forces in the UK Rap Scene with Fekky joined by Nafe Smallz. Both releases are issued on his own independent F Music label via Caroline International.
After taking some time out, Fekky’s focus has been on setting himself up as one of the first UK rap entrepreneurs, a leader in the vein of Birdman or Diddy. Between making music, launching F Records and building a recording studio (F Studios), Fekky’s vision is to expand rap into a lifestyle.
‘All The Smoke’ and ‘No Apologies’ build anticipation for the release of ‘4Life’, which represents his first full-length project since 2017’s ‘El Classico’.
Fekky has previously collaborated with a who’s who of UK rap, including J Hus, Giggs, Krept & Konan, Professor Green, Smoke Boys, and MoStack. His iconic hit ‘Still Sittin’ Here’ featured Dizzee Rascal, which in turn led to an All-Star Remix featuring Meridian Dan, Tempa T, Skepta, Jammer, D Double E, JME, Chip, Frisco, Tinchy Stryder, and Kano. He even toured with the American superstars The Game and Rick Ross.
Fekky Ft. Nafe Smallz - No Apologies [Music Video] | GRM Daily - YouTube
Cambridge, UK based Imperial & London based K.I.N.E.T.I.K. are back with their latest track THOSE WERE THE DAYS, featuring fellow Londoner emcee BREIS, via Illect Recordings
For their latest single, the unlikely duo, Imperial and K.I.N.E.T.I.K., link up with wishlist collaborator, BREIS and time travel back to the days when it was safe to play outside. Can it be that it was all so simple then? The answer is yes and all three scroll through their memories of old like Teletext.
More than just another back in the day record, ‘Those Were The Days’, is a loving ode to the curiosity and innocence of yesteryear. Imperial digs deep into his ‘they reminisce over you’ bag and connects soothing, uplifting and spirited vibrations together like Lego pieces. K.I.N.E.T.I.K. catches sepia-tinged flashbacks in the first verse and paints a detailed picture with his coin-operated flow by name dropping everything from pin rolls to Blockbuster Video late fees. Even Richie Cunningham gets a big up. Oh, happy days, indeed. On the second verse, BREIS tells a witty wordplay laden story of how a technical mishap with a camera caused chaos after his wide-eyed first encounter with a pre-Miseducation Lauryn Hill.
Even though these collaborators are showing their age, their youthful enthusiasm and anachronistic experience shine through. This is the missing link between analog adolescence and a digital adulthood.
Imperial & K.I.N.E.T.I.K. - Those Were The Days (feat. BREIS) - SoundCloud (191 secs long, 53 plays)Play in SoundCloud
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North London based producer & artist Flyo has dropped his debut SUPAFLY EP, featuring Skrapz, Youngs Teflon, Jesse James Solomon, Kadiata & more…
Following his incendiary debut releases ‘Rap Ni**as’ featuring Suspect OTB, Skrapz & Tiny Boost and ‘Things’ featuring Youngs Teflon, Flyo drops his raw new body of work, the ‘Supafly’ EP.
With previously unreleased heaters ‘07962’ featuring Kadiata, & ‘Bangers N Mash’ featuring Nigz, YS Tekdinner & Master Peace and ‘Pull Up’ featuring Suspect, Jesse James Solomon, and Dimzy, Flyo consolidates his position as one of the hottest producers in the scene right now.
The London beatmaker and artist’s portfolio continues to expand in rugged, innovative forms, keeping a steely street edge with quality control on features that gives an indication of his heavyweight reputation in the scene already.
Keeping the production a balance of timeless rawness and futuristic touches, it’s a testament to Flyo’s beat-making that the project isn’t overshadowed by the heavyweight collaborators he’s managed to assemble.
‘Supafly’ cements Flyo as one of the UK’s foremost rising talents.
Zurich, Switzerland based emcee Rawdec recently dropped the visual to his latest track THE PRODUCT, taken off his recent album ASCENSION, via Undisputed Entertainment
Rawdec has been building his brand Undisputed Entertainment since 2017 after performing alongside numerous Artists like Sean Strange, Snowgoons, Snak The Ripper, Afu-Ra, PMD just to name a few.
On his latest album entitled ‘Ascension’ classic Boom Bap Beats meet new-school flavors to end up in a reliable taste & features Sean Strange (NY), The Jokerr (LA), Marka (LA) & 3.W.M (CH).
‘The Product’ is the third video single off the album and one of the strongest songs on there. With heavy production by the Dope Boyz Music from Germany, it perfectly undermines the lyrics of Rawdec and gets a nice vibe with the visualized music video.
Directed & filmed by Enkrypt Los Angeles & with sponsored clothing by The Pentagon LA & Satori Mob.
Rawdec - The Product (Offical HD Video) - Enkrypt Los Angeles - YouTube
Urban Vault caught up with New York-based emcee River Nelson to ask him some questions about his latest album POWER, RESILIENCE & JOY, and more…
Native New Yorker, River Nelson has carved out a respectable following for himself in the U.S., Europe and other parts of the globe, with widespread press acclaim and radio support from the likes of BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne and Giles Peterson.
He began his recording career when he was signed to Arista Records by label executive Joy Bailey while Clive Davis was still at the helm. He also hooked up with the New York rappers the Boogiemonsters and was featured on the group’s classic debut ‘Riders of The Storm: The Underwater’ Album. In 2010 River worked with legendary UK producer Lewis Parker and the two created the critically praised ‘The Rise & Fall of River Nelson’, described by The Independent as,
“Full of thoughtful sentiments and a positive attitude set to infectious symphonic-soul beats”.
This was followed in 2013 with ‘The Shape of The Sky’, and his third album ‘How to Dream’ in 2016, followed by the EP ‘Navigation’ in 2017.
What is your name?
Where are you from?
I was born in New York City and lived there as a youngster. I then spent most of childhood in Connecticut and then moved back to New York City later, where I’ve spent most of my adulthood. I’ve lived in all of the boroughs except Staten Island.
How old are you?
How long have you been making music?
North of 20 years.
How many songs/albums have you released to date?
To date, four albums and three EPs. I’ve been on other people’s albums and EPs as well. I’ve also released a lot of one-off songs over the years. It’s hard to count how many offhand, though.
Can you tell us about your new album, the background, and inspirations behind it?
Sure. My new album is called ‘Power, Resilience & Joy’ and songs are loosely based on those three words. I’ve always thought having power, resilience, and joy in my life would be a good goal to shoot for. Then I thought it would be a dope concept for an album. In terms of sound, the songs are lyrical with catchy hooks and head-nodding beats with a lot of melodies.
How have you ended up in the music industry?
I was in a crew back in the days with a group called The Boogiemonsters. We performed and hung out together before they became famous. So once they got their deal with Pendulum Records, they introduced me and my rhyme partner to other industry people who liked our music. And that’s how I got in.
What do you think of the music industry in 2019?
The music industry is virtual now. It’s made up of streaming sites, online video channels, online magazines, independent artists who work and record from home. It’s completely different. The music industry is no longer just a bunch of gatekeepers in skyscrapers anymore.
What have you got planned for the rest of 2019?
I’m going to continue to promote my new album, work on new music and really try to hit the road.
What inspires you when you make your music?
Different things at different times. It could be someone else’s song or album. Sometimes an idea pops into my head and I can’t get it out until I explore it. Other times someone who listens to my music will tell me how much a song touched them, and that’ll inspire me to write. My inspiration can also come from nature and just being outside and seeing different things.
Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
The list is incredibly long. But I’d say in my wildest dreams, Sade.
What’s your favorite track at the moment?
Probably a track called ‘The Night the City Died’. It’s off the new album. But it changes almost daily with this LP.
What do you do when your not making music?
I like to write other things besides songs, like articles, stories, and poems. I like to cook, jog, read novels, listen to music, go on nature walks, shop for throwback sneakers. Stuff like that.
Which do you prefer, Facebook or Twitter or Instagram?
Hmmm, I’d have to say Instagram. It’s probably the coolest of the three.
In a few words sum up your thoughts about Urban Vault and what we’re trying to do?
I think you guys are trying to bring the globe under one Hip Hop umbrella, and let everyone know who’s dope and where they’re from. You also don’t base your postings on celebrity, you base it on dope music, culture, fashion, etc. But at the same time, you don’t shun those who’ve reached celebrity if their music is still good.
Thank you for your time and may you carry on making dope, fresh music…
Thank YOU. And I really appreciate the support over the years.
Wane Enterprises CEO, New York-based emcee Bruse Wane presents the G-Town Films-directed music video for KILLA SOUNDBOY, featuring Papoose
Produced by Victorious Sounds, ‘Killa Soundboy’ is the lead single off ‘The Dark Knight Album 2: The Fight For Gotham’, Bruse’s new album which also features ‘Keepers Of The Flame‘, his collaboration track with fellow South Bronx emcee Chris Rivers, their first collaboration since 2015’s ‘Venom‘ which also featured the final verse ever from the late Sean Price.
Bruse and Chris’ previous collaboration ‘Venom’ was featured on Bruse’s sophomore album ‘Earl Manigault Of Rap‘, while Keith Murray appeared on Bruse’s debut project ‘The Dark Knight Album: The Day The Earth Stood Still’ (‘Return Of The Spitters‘ (RMX)). Bruse released his mixtape ‘The Batman Should Have Been On It‘ in 2017, and two Bruse tracks will appear on the Universal Hip Hop Museum’s upcoming ’16 Bars 4 Hip Hop’ project.
“I grew up on this beat, which is one of reggae’s most famous and dopest beats, the Stalag Riddim”, Bruse says about the new track. “I’ve jumped on it before, but this time I really wanted to kill it. Once I got the song formatted I reached out to Papoose and we made it happen”.
North London based emcee Namesbliss recently dropped the visual to his to latest track FINDING MY WAY, produced by Crafty 893, via GRM Daily
As a relative newcomer to the game, Namesbliss has built an impressive profile for himself, not only receiving support from notable publications, brands and platforms including Trench Magazine and the BBC, but also with his peers who have jumped on remix work of his records including previous track ‘Style & Grace’ which saw Jafro, Melvillous and Prez T touch mic. The original ‘Style & Grace’ was snapped up by Foot Asylum and co-signed by UK music treasure JME and Namesbliss has successfully navigated genres to generate a healthy catalog of joints to date.
Contributing heavily to his wins is the fact he has been consistently hitting out new music and this time it comes in the form of a certy piece of work, including the video which dropped on GRM Daily, called ‘Finding My Way’.
Produced by Crafty 893, the record is energetic and a sure-fire spirit lifter, dropping a choppy, off-center beat with Namesbliss’ animated, quick-fire delivery over the top. Aside from just being a vibe though, ‘Finding My Way’ has a depth to it and is an introspective joint that lyrically explores the journey of Namesbliss, particularly the support, or sometimes lack of it that he’s encountered along the way.
Talking about the single the North Londoner says,
“I want my music to sound undeniable, and give the listener ‘that feeling’ you know. I’m happy with this one because it’s a banger for the summer – but at the same time it delivers a real message”.
In the words of Namesbliss,
“Slap the tune on and tell me if you don’t start bopping your head”.
Namesbliss - Finding My Way [Music Video] | GRM Daily - YouTube
Rising Texas-based, Puerto-Rican born rapper iann dior recently released his highly-anticipated new single GONE GIRL, featuring fellow 10K Projects labelmate, Canton, Ohio rapper, and singer Trippie Redd
The intoxicating, soaringly melodic track finds iann and Trippie harmonizing over a Pharoahvice and Nick Mira (Juice WRLD) produced beat, crafting a perfect balance that sees the innovative rappers keep the track moody, earnest and vibe-laden.
‘Gone Girl’ serves as the follow-up to iann’s recently released project ‘nothings ever good enough’ – which included his viral track “emotions” (produced by Juice WRLD collaborator Nick Mira), ‘Romance361’ featuring PnB Rock and ‘Molly’. Within a month of dropping his debut single ‘Cutthroat’, dior had raced to more than 13M streams on SoundCloud, gaining major heat with his moody, frank brand of lo-fi Hip Hop.
The 19-year-old artist has broken through by sheer force of talent – an undeniable instinct for blending frank, emotionally charged lyrics over dark but innately melodic instrumentals. The rapper’s rise brought him to the attention of Elliott Grange’s 10K Projects, who would immediately sign him and release his debut mixtape ‘Nothings Ever Good Enough’ this April.
With this hypnotic new release and the heat, Trippie is already making in the UK, get ready to hear a lot more from iann as he continues to drop the kind of heat that resonates both sides of the Atlantic.
One of the fastest-growing independent labels in the world, 10K Projects’ artists – including 6ix9ine, Trippie Redd, Lil Gnar and Austin Brown – have driven more than 5 billion streams, racking up 12 Gold and 7 Platinum and Multi-Platinum singles in the U.S.
Lansing, Michigan based emcee Sareem Poems & Beaumont, Alberta based producer Newselph are back with their latest track THIS LIFE, featuring James Gardin & Macklyn, via Illect Recordings
For the second single from their upcoming collaborative album, Sareem Poems and Newselph take the fatal four-way approach and link up with James Gardin and Macklyn to reflect and celebrate all the joys this life has to offer.
Newselph’s guitar-laced production is uplifting and smooth. Think prayer meeting meets praise break. The bar inspection begins with Sareem Poems morphing into Joel Flow Clean and turning his gaze away from algorithms and synthetic buzz with a sincere appreciation for the love that surrounds him.
James Gardin, also known as Bishop T.D. Breaks, takes us on an Uber journey to the seventh heaven with slick wordplay and references to Marvin Gaye and De La Soul. The song is threaded together by the feel-good refrain of Macklyn. That boy can sing!
This life has it’s up and downs as well as its peaks and valleys. In spite of it all, this life is meant to be lived and loved.
Sareem Poems & Newselph - This Life (ft. James Gardin & Macklyn) - SoundCloud (201 secs long, 185 plays)Play in SoundCloud
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Oakland, California based emcees Champagne Duane & Brookfield Duece recently dropped the visual to their Cee Goods produced track FLY FREE
West Coast Artist Champagne Duane teams up with Front Page Music’s Brookfield Duece to deliver ‘Fly Free’, a powerful political statement produced by Portland’s own Cee Goods.
‘Fly Free’ highlights the injustices of oppression while offering enlightenment and encouragement to dismantle the chains and seek a higher plateau. Duane sets the tone with brooding messages for racists and bigots while taking a jab at political leadership for their insensitive rhetoric and forceful treatment of humanity. In the lines,
“How do broken taillights turn into broken hearts/that’s when you realize that it was broke from the start/we put to bed by 12, hands up high like midnight”,
he begins to outline the tragedies of senseless police brutality. Duane finishes the verse with clever wordplay on lines like “they just want to pop and lock and we just want to pop and lock/ we just want to wear our locks and they just want us wearing locks.”
The beautifully sampled hook smoothens out to the sound of Duane offering a different perspective: Fly free, spread your wings. Fly free, better things. The baton is passed to Brookfield Duece who comes in swinging with metaphors,
“Hard to fly free in this oil spill, they let us spread our wings with a Popeye’s deal, listen to the stress coming from my bill, all this for the birds if I’m being real”.
He goes on to echo the sentiments of Champagne by examining the way citizens are harmfully treated and also makes a call to action to draw the line.
On the final at-bat, Duane picks up where Duece left off, letting it be known that
“Time’s up” & “We’re done apologizing”,
for the wrongdoings of others. He gives praise to those who also fought to lift that same burden. His line,
“Went Bald for the Win, now they calling me James”,
speaks to the wisdom he’s gaining while simultaneously shining a light on James Baldwin’s contributions to activism. Among the others to receive a mention are Huey Newton, MLK, Malcolm X, and Angela Davis.
‘Fly Free’ embodies the roots of Hip Hop in its creative depiction (and at times displeasure) of the cards that have been dealt to our communities and the mindset it takes to overcome and arrive at liberation.