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Discover New Artist on Spotify with our curated playlists!

Discover New Artist on Spotify with our curated playlists!

VELA$ – “Nite Cap” 


Sometimes we all need a Nite Cap.

For STL artist (by way of Brazil), VELA$, his nite cap is a girl and how he views both aspirations and relationships as one.

“Been staying up till 3 now. Bad b*tch with me, we got run the scene now.”

The hypnotizing production, crafted by Audio Chef, is defined by a haunting flute loop and gritty drums with a kick that knocks through your headphones. Inspired by artists such as Travis Scott, Trippie Redd, and Eminem, the 21 year old artist continues to experiment with his sound while proving how versatile he is.

Follow Vela$ on Twitter: @VelasOfficial

Mic Myers – “The White House” 

Mic Myers is a very different hip hop artist, in the sense of style, sound, and flow. The concepts behind his records can transcend way past the walls of the rap community.

The image is a big part of the hip hop community and can, in some points make or break an artist career. Mic Myers has taken a different approach with his look, making him appeal to not only the rap culture but to pop and horror culture as well. That by default gives him the opportunity to become a huge star on so many different levels.

The name of his new project is “The White House” and cover a lot within hip hop and horror culture. There is no other artist out today that has taken this lane and mastered it the way Mic Myers has.

Click The Link Below To Listen Right Here Right Now On Spotify! Trust us when we tell you, you will not be disappointed.

Follow Mic Myers on Twitter: @micmyers

McGyver – “Question” Ft. Hind Hakki (Video) 

The bilingual McGyver reppin the Netherlands/Canada, Netherlands’ End of the Weak freestyle champ 2017 & 5th World Finals, just released a classic banger with ‘90s legend K-Def featuring Hind Hakki. Video credits: Ravnikar Visuals. Pre-order the upcoming LP “Madmatic” now on German label Vinyl Digital.

SNOZ – “Scary Hour” 

Rising underground Hip Hop artist SNOZ releases his new single titled “Scary Hour“, off the “LIFEOFSNOZ” MIXTAPE.

Q&A With Rising Hip Hop Artist JOSEPHSPARROWB 

We want to thank you for dropping such a dope project recently “X”,  please tell us who is JOSEPHNSPARROWB? Where are you from? How did your Hip Hop brand come about? What does the name JOSEPHNSPARROWB mean to you?

JOSEPHSPARROWB is a character that represents/self reflects on widely unacknowledged characteristics of human error and the means in which I do that varies from project to project. “JOSEPHSPARROWB” is a typo of
my name, typos are one of the most minor forms of chaos, which human error is a product of. I don’t “brand” in myself in any particular way but that, I make art asking for no financial success in return.

We notice you style is super original and very creative. Give us a little background on you style and how it cam about?

My style depends on the project and what I’m trying to convey. “X” has a storyline that’s symbolic to romanticism of sadness and how that negatively effects somebody. I simultaneously compared it to the current landscape of emo hip-hop and how it turns negative emotions into an unhealthy, glossy fantasy.

Are you planning on releasing any videos to complement “X”. Or are you going to let the record gravitate as an exclusive listening experience?

I might make a music video for “Things Betwixt” but I’m already working on the next album and will likely not have time. There’s already a video for “Lovespell” so I think that’s sufficient.

With this industry being so fast pace, being so busy promoting yourself, what advice do you have to those who are barely releasing their first record, and trying to break into the business?

I don’t do this to make money so I can’t answer that question.

How does social media playing a role in your success? How are fans / supporters helping your movement?

I have very minimal support outside of personal relationships, though I made countless projects from age 13 til’ now that nobody but me listened to. All that matters to me is making an artistic statement that I’m proud of and if I unintentionally develop a fanbase by proxy, that’s fine as well.

With this being an underground hip hop site, we always ask this important question. What is your definition of “underground hip hop”?

Underground hip-hop is generally defined as music that hasn’t reached mainstream success yet.

Where can people find you on the Internet? Drop all the vital links.

Here’s my Soundcloud, literally every piece of music I’ve released is there. Enjoy!

https://soundcloud.com/josephnsparrowb

Watch “Back To The Start” by Monarchy 

I have at last received a press release written in English (thank you Steve!) enlightening me more about the new album “Mid:Night” (released today) and tracks “Hula Hoop 8000,” “Mid:Night” and “Back To The Start” which have been released by synth-pop duo Monarchy. This is a great blessing because my Spanish speaking is ever so, rusty these days. I feel it best that there isn’t any need for me to keep trying my utmost to recall phrases for ordering food items and beverages. Which I learned for my GCSE when trying to translate passages of the press I have picked up upon about the band and their new album which have been written in Spanish.

As much as I was able to make out in my previous reviews about the duo’s new material is affirmed by this quote from the press release:

“We got bored of being moody and serious, and wanted to have some fun” says the duo. “In a way, I feel we’ve gone full circle, and we’ve gone back to the sound of our very first track from 2009. Kind of slightly French, synth wave, cruisy, a night track. This album really gets that sound, and I think fine tunes it. I like that it’s super short as well. It’s like a nice moment, that doesn’t overstay its welcome.”

Mid:Night” the album is available to buy NOW!

The above statement fills in the gaps and has helped me feel just a little bit more connected to the duo’s latest chapter in music. If I needed anything more to get me back fully into the Monarchy mood, it is with “Back To The Start“, the new single. The trademark synth stylings we know and love so well are the glue between the old and the new sounds of the band. Nowhere on Monarchy’s latest run of tracks does this soundscape feature as heavily as it does on “Back To The Start.” It’s not hard to detect a tiny sprinkling of StardustMusic Sounds Better With You” has crossed its way over into the melody, and is a pleasant hit of inspiration in-keeping with the band’s familiar, slickly produced synth sound.

Even the supporting music video has a happy vibe to it. Ra and Andrew play the part of teachers who impart knowledge to a young female-being. Who I am led to assume is from another worldly place. The aesthetic of the clip is quirky and stylish. It’s nice to see the duo cutting lose a bit, even so far as giving us a glimpse at their dance moves for once.

If you haven’t yet heard, Monarchy’s “Mid:Night” UK tour kicks off with a London date, 23rd Jan, followed by Nottingham, 24th, Manchester 25th, Glasgow 26th, Newcastle 27th finishing up on the 28th January in Birmingham. (European dates to be announced soon.)

Connect with Monarchy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/monarchysound/
Twitter: @monarchysound
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/monarchysound/

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Q&A With Rising Hip Hop Artist Jomi 

We want to thank you for dropping such a dope project recently “SAMO”,  please tell us who is Jomi? Where are you from? How did your Hip Hop brand come about? What does the name Jomi mean to you?

First and foremost I just want to thank UndergroundHipHopBlog for this interview and exposure on my project SAMO. My team at Dirty Laundry Records and I are honored and grateful for this opportunity.

joMi is many things. It represents struggle and an innermost battle; not only with oneself, but with our social construct as a whole. “joMi” is an analytical and physical representation of the urban community in relation to minorities and/or poverty. joMi stands for “Journey Of My Imagination”, “Just One More Immigrant”, “Justice On Many Illegals”, the list goes on. Additionally, “J.O.Mi” just happen to be the initials to my full name.

I was born in Oakland California and lived on East 36th St (Near Fruitvale & International St) up until I was 12 years old. Then my family moved out to Tracy California; which is where I completed my High School. Shout out to Tracy High School!

Dirty Laundry Records & “joMi” as an artist came about through simple music passion. Dirty Laundry Records LLC is a company initially started by myself and my little brother G. Cardona. Nick Montalvo came in later to help us legitimize as an LLC. It now has developed into a collective that consists of videography, photography, and pure artistic creativity from multiple artists. The artist under our label consist of myself (joMi), AR The Artist, and G. Cardona.

We notice you style is super original and very creative. Give us a little background on you style and how it cam about?

My “style” and inspiration is just a combination of my influences like Andre 3000, Black Thought, Tupac, Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, Ab-Soul, Eminem, Del The Funky Homosapien, Hieroglyphics, E-40, Lyrics Born, Zion-I, Calle 13, Juan Gabriel, Julion Alvarez, and artists alike. However, I try to make it as unique as possible by simply letting my creativity be as organic as possible and just letting the universe take control of my vocals without really imitating anyone.

Congrats on success of your latest EP, “SAMO”. Feel free to breakdown the creative process of the project. (features, production, etc). Where can people find the project?

The term “SAMO” is a direct reference to Jean-Michel Basquiat; the great NYC painter from 80’s. Jean-Michel Basquiat used to tag “SAMO” during the graffiti era all over NYC when he was homeless. He used to salvage pieces of wood from homes that had burnt down during the NYC fires. He used these pieces of wood as canvases just to create is art and express his genius. Everything he did was out of pure passion. Fast forward a few years; Jean-Michel Basquiat was the first Hispanic American (let alone American) to sell a painting that cost more than a Pablo Picasso piece… I say all that to say that “SAMO” embodies how I feel about my art at this particular time. No one really knows me yet, but best believe that everything I write is real and genuine. I don’t do this for money just like Jean-Michel Basquiat. I do it because I love it. This is me salvaging pieces of wood so that EVERYONE can listen for FREE.

In the project SAMO; I attempted to capture the most significant struggles that anyone living in ghettos throughout the world could relate to. I.e, drug addiction, purposeful drug placement in minority communities, alcoholism, targeted commercialism, break-ups, depression, love, spirituality, etc. All this stemmed from my own personal life as I lived my childhood in a drug infested block in East Side Oakland in the 90’s during the crack epidemic. With the help of my brother (G. Cardona) and Dopeboyzmuzik; the sounds and production came together to capture that eerie and gloomy, yet lively vibe to help the listener connect to a very specific moment in time.

You can find SAMO at any streaming platform imaginable! Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, Amazon, Pandora, Deezer, Tidal, Soundcloud, etc. And if you don’t have any of those, DM me @officialjomi and I’ll send you a hard copy! I got you homie!

Are you planning on releasing any videos to complement “SAMO”. Or are you going to let the record gravitate as an exclusive listening experience?

I have already released the very first visual to SAMO. It is for Track # 3 (If Tupac & Selena Had A Baby), shout out to Eric Bui for making my vision come to life through his visual art. It is available to watch on YouTube. Go watch it if you haven’t already! Its dope. I promise. Additionally, we plan on releasing a few more visuals for SAMO. They will be released under my YouTube page @ Official joMi.

With this industry being so fast pace, being so busy promoting yourself, what advice do you have to those who are barely releasing their first record, and trying to break into the business?

Im not sure if I’m the right person to ask for advice; for I am still trying to figure out the industry myself! I guess I’d say to be persistent through trial and error and highlight on great connections through networking. Most importantly, I’d say to focus on your craft and let it speak for itself.

How does social media playing a role in Jomi’s success? How are fans / supporters helping your movement?

Social media DEFINITELY plays a role in ANY artists success, unless you’re THE WEEKND or someone at that caliber who don’t have to post things on their page if they don’t want to, but will still sell out arenas. Social media allows you to connect with people all over the world; all one click/tap at a time. And if people really really like your music, then THEY will share your post/song with their friends. This process then repeats itself 100fold until you got a solid fan base. All because of social media… Social Media is needed (although I hate that it is)

My supporters are definitely die-hard. The people that do enjoy my music go out of their way to wish me success and are eager for the NEXT joMi move. I’ve had a hand full of heart-felt genuine conversations all because of the release of SAMO and its content. Its a conversation starter. My supporters help the joMi movement simply by sharing this project to THEIR friends. I can’t thank them enough.

With this being an underground hip hop site, we always ask this important question. What is your definition of “underground hip hop”?

My definition of Underground Hip Hop is simply; LIFE. To me, underground hip hop has ALWAYS been part of my life. I relate EVERY moment in my life to a song (99% of which are from underground artists). I got introduced to underground hip hop at a very young age, and have not stopped listening since. All because I heard “Silly Puddy” by Zion-I when I was 10 years old.

Where can people find you on the Internet? Drop all the vital links.

You can find me at:

IG: @officialjomi
Spotify: Jomi
iTunes: Jomi
Tidal: Jomi
Soundcloud: j.o.m.i.
FB: @journey-of My-imagination
Twitter: @jomidlr

Lastly, and shout out?

Special shoutout to my brother G. Cardona (@prodgerardo) who helped piece this project together through production and engineering and not letting go of the vision. To Ozzy Torres (@yzzo_ozzy) who did all the photography/artwork content on the project. To Eric Bui (@ericbui) for the amazing visuals on the music videos. To Shane Crislip (@scfoto__) for contributing to visuals as well. To Nick Montalvo (@dlrmanagement) for pushing my music to venues. To Deuce Eclipse (@deuceeclipse) for coming through and giving me an amazing verse for my debut EP although he was busy touring. To Youngin Floe (@younginfloe) for being the homie and contributing to SAMO and giving us insight to the industry. To RAZ (@raz_mgmt) for pointing me in the right direction and putting me in front of heavy hitters. To Jaehavana (@jaehavana) for ALSO pushing my music to industry heavy hitters. To Juan (@jdmez91) for helping me build the DLR studio while I was working on SAMO. To Sinner (@od_sinner) for being a frequent joMi collaborator and contributing to SAMO AND Dirty Laundry Records LLC. To all my friends and FAMILY (ya’ll know who you are). And last but DEFINITELY not least, to Ezren for being the love of my life and for being my main source of inspiration.

Gorilla Voltage – Gods & Claws (Album Review) 

Gorilla Voltage is a hip hop duo from San Jose, California consisting of Mr. Grey & ClocworC. They originally came up as The Damn Dirty Apes in 2015 & released their self-titled debut that same year, but changed their name after signing to Majik Ninja Entertainment on Christmas Day that following year. Their sophomore album Ape-X was released a couple months later & now to kick off 2019, they’re delivering their 3rd full-length album.

The album kicks off with “Handful of Matches”, which talks about arson over a bass heavy beat. The next track “Ape Shit, Pt. 2” serves as a menacing sequel to a highlight off their 2015 debut while the song “Let Go” with Dot Bundini reflects on their past over a boom bap beat with some sinister horns. The track “Good Die Young” talks about how ruthless they are over a boom bap beat with some strings while the song “War Zone Dome” talks about internal conflict over a chaotic beat. The track “Generation Fool” is an adrenaline pumping take on rap metal while the song “Westilence” is filled with vicious battle bars over a Seven instrumental with a prominent tuba.

The track “Feeding Time” brags about them taking over the game over a sinister beat while the song “Rocks in My Socks” talks about drug dealing over a hyphy beat. The track “Spaz Out” is a flawless mosh pit anthem while the song “Doomsday” vividly describes an apocalypse over a booming instrumental with some 8-bit synths. The track “Mad Scientist” with Kung Fu Vampire is a lyrical onslaught over a thumping beat while the song “Pub Crawl” is a flawless display of the duo’s chemistry over a chaotic beat. The penultimate track “No Rivalry” tells the story of a robbery over a monstrous beat & then the closer “Hatefuck” is a beautifully slow, smooth & melodic love anthem.

At the end of the day, Gorilla Voltage really rings in the new year for MNE by delivering their best work yet. There are some weak spots here & there, but the production & lyricism have both stepped up for the most part & I also love how they take on many different styles of hip hop on here.

Score: 8/10

Malibu Ken – Self-titled (Album Review) 

Malibu Ken is a new duo consisting of indietronica producer Tobacco out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania & legendary New York wordsmith Aesop Rock. They announced their formation late last year & after a few singles, they’re delivering their full-length debut with the help of Rhymesayers Entertainment.

The album kicks off with “Corn Maze”, where Rock talks about privacy over an 8-bit sounding instrumental. The song “Tuesday” describes an average titular day over a druggy beat while the track “Save Our Ship” gets cryptic over some synths & guitars. The song “Sword Box” spits battle bars over some haunting synths while the track “Dog Years” looks back at his youth over another 8-bit sounding beat.

The song “Acid King” vividly recalls the story of his friend Gary being murdered over a minimal synth instrumental while the track “Suicide Big Gulp” seems to be discussing depression over a synth-funk beat. The song “1+1=13” talks about luck over a spacious beat while the track “Churro” vividly talks about an eagle killing a cat over over a trippy beat. The album then finishes off with “Purple Moss”, where Aes goes back to a more introspective approach over a somber beat.

Overall, this is a pretty solid album. It’s too short only running at 34 minutes, but Aesop Rock’s lyricism is more intelligent than ever & Tobacco’s synthesizer heavy production suits his stories very well.

Score: 8/10

Q&A With Talented Buffalo, NY Based Hip Hop Artist Lo Profile 

We want to thank you for dropping such a dope project recently “A Lawnmower And A Gas Can”, please tell us who is Lo Profile? Where are you from? How did your Hip Hop brand come about? What does the name Lo Profile mean to you?

Lo profile is just some humble guy from buffalo that Can finally see a way from up outta the storm cloud that’s over his city.  I’m from Buffalo, New York.  The brand came about talking with my cousin one day brainstorming about how we can change our lives and others for the better.  It means exactly how I am, low key away from crowds as much as possible and focused.

We notice you style is super original and very creative. Give us a little background on you style and how it cam about?

I used to listen to a lot of Tupac , 50, styles p and fab.

Congrats on success of your latest album, “A Lawnmower And A Gas Can”. Feel free to breakdown the creative process of the project. (features, production, etc). Where can people find the project?

Well I wrote it to prep my audience for my upcoming album entitled Low Cut Grass. It’s basically a lot of the things that I constantly think about. I don’t have many features besides my guy Mickey Factz and my lil cousin open czean.  It’s available on all digital outlets.

Are you planning on releasing any videos to complement “A Lawnmower And A Gas Can”. Or are you going to let the record gravitate as an exclusive listening experience?

Hell yea I just shot the first video for the song “Sometimes “ and I’m probably gonna shoot a video for each song on the ep.

With this industry being so fast pace, being so busy promoting yourself, what advice do you have to those who are barely releasing their first record, and trying to break into the business?

Keep going even when you get tired.

How does social media playing a role in your success? How are fans / supporters helping your movement?

I mean it’s helping me be noticed by people who never heard of me. I’m still getting used to having fans this is all new for me.

With this being an underground hip hop site, we always ask this important question. What is your definition of “underground hip hop”?

Underground hip hop to me is the music they afraid to let hit the mainstream.

Where can people find you on the Internet? Drop all the vital links.

I’m on ig @aim1st_boss and on Twitter profilecity.

Any shout outs?

Shout out to y’all for having me and shout out to buffalo and Aim1stent.