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Ghettosocks Throwback + New Mixset (DOPEfm – Word is Bond) 


Before I started Word is Bond Rap Radio, I was on another program called DOPEfm on 93.3 CFMU. Shout out to Daddy J who still holds down that show every Saturday night.

As part of that program, I did an interview with Ghettosocks that you probably have never heard. So I dusted off the show and added a brand new opening mixset of tunes featuring the stellar Canadian emcee.

I hope you enjoy this new show and throwback interview that was recorded on a pub patio in Hess Village in Hamilton, ON, Canada.

Chase March & Wizekrak – Word is Bond
Ghettosocks ft Apt – Out To You
Ghettosocks & DJ – Reflections
Backburner – The Mackay Bridge Is Over
bRavenous ft Ghettosocks & Tachichi – The Deal
D-sisive ft Wolves – The Weird One
DJ Cosm ft Halfcut & Ghettosocks – Leave the Bells
Chokeules ft Ghettosocks, Savilion, Timbuktu – Booze
Dragon Fli Empire ft Ghettosocks – Gimme the Mic
Muneshine ft Ghettosocks – Dark Days
Chan Hays ft Homeboy Sandman, Ghettosocks, John Robinson – The Shoes
Ghettosocks – Don’t Turn Around
Ghettosocks – Ricochet

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Moneá – My Eyes Are Open” 


Storming her way onto the scene in Richmond, VA and beyond, R&B artist Moneá is back with a smooth, ethereal hit “My Eyes Are Open”. The dream-like track blurs the lines between what is real and what is simply fantasy, as the young artist explores themes of love and the urgency she possesses to chase her goals. After dropping her highly anticipated debut EP “777”, Moneá has introduced herself as the kind of artist equipped to lead fans on a spiritual journey while inspiring self-love, unity and self-worth. Musically and lyrically fit for the mainstream, she fearlessly dives into the metaphysical while introducing a charm to existentialism, leaving many listeners on their toes from beginning to end. Her ability to trust in the universe is infectious – leaving no doubt as to why she chose to release “My Eyes Are Open” on August’s full moon.

“I’m wide awake but I need some time to reflect, Gotta pinch myself cause it’s really hard to accept / This fantasy, I can’t believe this, Is this a dream I need to chase it.” ~My Eyes Are Open

Our dreams can give us a lot of insight into our reality, especially if we keep track of what we’re dreaming about. In “My Eyes Are Open”, Moneá channels a dream she once had about someone that she didn’t want to end. This is what’s at the very core of her captivating new hit. Once she heard the beat, she instantly thought of a dream she had about her first love before they started dating; it was a positive dream – one so good that it turned into a song. Focusing her narrative around spirituality, Moneá’s presence on social media has seen extreme growth this year with over 38k loyal TikTok followers to date. Online, the young artist offers an engaging combination of enchanting R&B music and spiritual advice, appealing to lovers of personal growth, great melodies and a keen interest in the complexities of our universe and beyond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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S.I.N. (Survival In Negativity) & B.Positiv share visuals for “Rewteen” [Video] 


Baltimore mc S.I.N. (Survival In Negativity) and Portland producer B.Positiv are back at it again with this new release titled “Rewteen”. The track is a mellow, brooding tune made up of dusty keys, and moody basslines with soft drums that match the delicate issue of the anxiety that comes with a routine stop by the police. It’s quite relatable and offers an insight into the mind of a Blackman caught up between a rock and a hard place where he is not sure of what to do in case an overzealous cop decides to go above and beyond his duty.

S.I.N. (Survival In Negativity) and producer B.Positiv first made each other’s acquaintance as far back as 2017 through the good old magic of Soundcloud & connected over shared influences including the likes of Blu & Exile, Atmosphere and Madlib to name a few. Their unique spin on jazzy lofi soundscapes and observant subject matter makes its debut on their 6 track joint release, “Ximena: The Listener’s EP” and continues on their 2nd effort “Nightlife 4 (Thinking) Introverts”

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Rico James and Rhinoceros Funk share visuals for “When I Spit” [Video] 


Rico James and Rhinoceros Funk team up for this laidback but punchy collaboration titled “When I Spit”. Bolstered by the haunting and cinematic soundscapes made up of moody choral vocals and dark tones laced over punchy drum breaks, Rhinoceros Funk weaves rhyme patterns and shines with his commanding vocal presence and powerful delivery.  The chorus is lit as well with its Redman vocal sample and subtle switch-up.

 

“When I Spit” is taken from Rico’s album Language of Spirits Out Now on Man Bites Dog Records.

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Chuck Brown and High Sunday are back on track with “Put It On Redux” [Video] 


“Put It On Redux” by Huntington Beach, CA  emceeChuck Brown and High Sunday is an anthemic horn-driven track that showcases pure lyricism over the thick pounding backdrop provided by Tommy Vamoz, while west coast turntablist DJ Hectik1 cuts up the chorus with classic lines from the late great Big L. The song comes with a crisp and vividly colourful visuals, shot by PlanetMarsEra and edited by High Sunday. They use a plethora of performance shots with varied angled shots and location scenes to boot and deliver a solid visual representation of the gritty song.

“Put It On Redux” is the next single in the Chuck’s Corner series.

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Dax and Elle King team up for “Dear Alcohol Remix” [Video] 


Dax returns with “Dear Alcohol “Remix” which sees him teaming with vocalist Elle King. The song dwells on the effects of alcoholism and the steps he is taking to come out of the bottom of the proverbial bottle. Over a sombre and reflective soundscape, Dax really opens up about this delicate issue. From how he uses alcohol to drown out his troubles to being dependent on it to function, he pours his all on wax and doesn’t shy away from being candid. Elle King adds her own unique take on the topic from a female perspective giving a nuanced and heartfelt performance.

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Marvillous Beats shares video for “If I Ever Fall In Love” [Video] 


Maryland/DC-based Bronx, NY-born violinist, composer, and audio engineer Marvillous Beats steps into the forefront with his instrumental version of the classic Shai song “If I Ever Fall In Love”. He gives the acapella track a whole new life with his engaging violin arrangement which forms the main melody and uses mellow strings with snapping trap drums to beef things up.

Marvillous Beats grew up in a Jamaican family with siblings in New Rochelle, NY where he began playing violin at 8 years old and making beats at 16. Despite finishing college with an architecture degree, Marvillous Beats is no stranger to the music business. He has produced records for Interscope recording artists Tory Lanez and has performed live with Every Blue Moon’s Wale and RCA artist Goldlink on NPR Tiny Desk.

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THE WEEKLY TOP 5 VIDEOS [EPISODE 39 ] 


Welcome to TWIB’s Weekly Top 5 Videos. This is a segment where we will be looking at some exceptional visuals from various acts from around the globe. The music video format has been around for decades and through the 90s and 2000s, it has really taken flight from multi-million budget music videos, to mid to low-budget videos with exceptional features. In this section, we will not discriminate but rather highlight some of the creative visuals that pop up on our radar.

 

 

 

WestWrldSyd – “Havoc”

 

WestWrldSyd opens up the list with “Havoc”, a mid-tempo jam made up of spacey atmospheric textures and moody vibes. The track showcases his smooth and stream-of-consciousness flow laced with a lot of bravado. The visual has a dark and psychedelic aesthetic as well.

 

 

 

 

Borelson – “411” (featuring Omaremii & Moncliche)”

 

Gabonese-Congolese afrofusion artist and rapper BORELSON links up with Nigerian artist-producer Omaremii and Congolese afrobeats musician Moncliche to deliver the infectious new afro-fusion track titled “411”.  Co-produced by Borelson and Timbaland collaborator Glenwoodonly, the summer-ready jam delivers a captivating melting pot of pan-African music sounds, which sees the artists blending afro-infused raps, R&B, and pop in their own unique manner. The visual is bright and engaging with it’s captivating set pieces, dance routines and crisp costumes to boot.

 

 

Alice D – “Nervous”

London,UK artist Alice D shares the visuals for her single “Nervous” which showcases her unique and expressive performance style. The track is a flavor-filled tune that blends lush guitar plucks with pulsating basslines with light Afrocentric percussions to boot. Alice D is more than comfortable over the soothing backdrop as she cascades it with her mellow and sultry melodic runs and evocative songwriting.

 

 

Pawz One x Evolve – “Vaultures”

Pawz One & Evolve drop the music video for “Vaultures”, a track from their latest album titled Random Act of Violence. “Vaultures” is produced by Preed One, video is shot and edited by Mighty Muds.

 

 

 

KSI x Tom Grennan – “Not Over Yet”

KSI and Tom Grennan drop “Not Over Yet” as he prepares for his next bout. Like the title says, it sees him embracing the hurdles and daily struggles he has to face to find true love. Backed by a fiery somber and upbeat backdrop provided by Digital Farm Animals (Dua Lipa, Ellie Goulding Mimi Webb) and Billen Ted (Mae Muller, JC Stewart, Armin van Buuren) and written alongside Sara Boe (Anne-Marie, Birdy, Zara Larsson) and Rick Boardman. KSI delivers a heartfelt performance as the track starts off with  an acoustic symphony before exploding into a fiery drum and bass beat with a soaring singalong chorus which perfectly sums up the ups and downs of a relationship.

The official video – directed by Troy Roscoe (Ed Sheeran, Burna Boy, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Polo G) – begins by reminding fans of KSI’s record-breaking foray into boxing when he fought Logan Paul at a sold-out Staples Centre in 2019 which became the biggest white-collar fight in history. Fused with powerful solo performances from Grennan whose soulful rasp has elevated a succession of high-octane hits over the last two years, including his own Little Bit of Love and Calvin Harris smash By Your Side, the video follows KSI on his Rocky-style montage culminating in a boxing fight against the old version of himself – his own worst enemy. KSI is his own competition, and the final scene marks this departure from his former self: things will be taken care of as he is in the best shape of his life.

 

JMac and Kai King team up for “P Is for Pain” 


UK emcee JMac drops “P Is for Pain” which sees him teaming up with Kai King. The track has a moody soundscape and sees the emcee sharing their respective experiences as young men trying to make ends meet in a crazy city. The track is quite reflective and delivers a universal message of the dynamics of making ends meet in the face of severe adversity.

 

Stream “P Is for Pain” on all DSPs here.

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Dom Deshawn shares new single “Venice Reflection” 


Dom Deshawn delivers a soulful and reflective tune titled “Venice Reflection” which taps into the summer aesthetic with an introspective element. Over the mellow and somewhat soothing backdrop, he runs through a wide range of emotions from having to deal with recalcitrant family members/friends, self-doubts, depression and juggling a 9 to 5 that he hates. The lyrics are candid and somewhat reflective and relatable as well.

“Venice Reflection” is taken from his new mixtape entitled 𝑳𝒂𝒔𝒕 $𝒖𝒎𝒎𝒆𝒓 𝑩𝒓𝒐𝒌𝒆   which is available exclusively on Bandcamp.

Stream “Venice Reflection” on all DSPs here.

 

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