Gimme5 is an easy way to discover 5 new amazing tracks in one quick and easy post. Here is a nice array of some conscious hip-hop tracks that should swag up your life. In the roaster today, we got tunes from F. Virtue, COLOM81AN, Kemba, Napoleon Da Legend, and Atwood. A playlist to check if you like Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Mos Def, and Nas.
In #Gimme5 today, let’s give some attention to a stream of consciousness patchwork of lyricism signed by F. Virtue, COLOM81AN, Kemba, Napoleon Da Legend, and Atwood!
Will Kowall aka F. Virtue shared a track with a lot of guest artists and not the worst ones, it’s the least one can say! Indeed, it notably features NYC icon and electroclash pioneer Melissa Burns, Infinite Coles (Ghostface Killah‘s son), and Kaner Flex (FKA Twigs‘ dance / video / tour partner). The track, which was mastered by Designer Drugs, is a bit like going around the table to hear what “peace of mind” means for these underground artists. From the message to the production of Kowall, everything is remarkable in this track!
Imagine a mix between chill music and hip-hop beats. Add the amazing voice of Synthia and you have COLOMBI81AN‘s last track “Here I Am”. There is also some visuals to go with the track!
Back in July, NYC-based rising rapper Kemba (formerly known as YC The Cynic) released his new album “Negus.” The first single taken off this LP is “The New Black Theory”: a track that blinks the term “The New Black” made popular by Pharrell. The rapper, who is a great lyricist, never is at a loss for words. Here, the message is clear! Besides this track, Kemba also wrote a concept, treatment, and co-directed his own video for the track!
Press the play button and you won’t need a lot of time to recognize a production that is borrowed from J Dilla’s excellent final opus “Last Donut of the Night” (Donuts). Brooklyn-based but Parisian-born MC Napoleon Da Legend (very humble, isn’t it?) released “Steal This Mixtape” (free download), a 19-track album that is actually based on already existing productions from artists such as Madlib, Oh No, The Alchemist, The xx, etc. On this project, you will find “Sacrifice” and the emotional lyrics of the track perfectly fit the stirring cuts off the late producer’s track. Another Frenchy worked with him to direct a video for the track: Stéphane Davi.
It’s not common to find a hip-hop track that mixes a stream of consciousness patchwork of lyricism and an electronic production. Yet, this is what Atwood proposes with “Rain Dance,” one of the latest singles from his now-released EP “Outside.” The production is signed by Samsin and its originality, between the sweet sounds of flute and the crazy synths, enables the track to stand out!