If you’re a hip-hop head a lot of you are familiar with the phrase “like we bringin’ ’88 back”. To the previous generation this was an ode to a time when the game was at a peak and a way to pay homage to the era that was.
Step into the current wave of artists who remember a different time when the rhymes were grimy, extravagant and ignorant. We refer to this as simply ’96.
New York native Major captures the feel perfectly on his brand new single of the same name, embodying what it was to be a part of arguably the biggest year hip-hop has ever given us.
Backed by a Scarface-esque beat produced by LostDreamer, the now Florida transplant puts in bar work reminiscent of his idols that will leave you questioning just exactly what year it is. This will live on his upcoming project “The Century” which is slated for release in 2015. Look for the visuals, coming soon.
“The Long Way” is the second single from Maryann’s upcoming Ep “This Is What The Moon Sounds Like”. The track has a very different feel from the Futuristic dreamy tone of “Landing”.
The song sounds like an up to date version of what her and producer Sbvce were doing on her first project “Timing Is Everything”. The duo wanted to remind people that although they are know for their Futuristic R&B, they still come from a Hip Hop background.
Detroit, MI- Indie Hip Hop Artist Nametag wants you to get familiar with him. After releasing The Tag Alexander EP earlier this year, Nametag is back to the basics as he reintroduces himself to his fans with Who In The Hell is Nametag (W.I.T.H.I.N.).
W.I.T.H.I.N. Wednesdays is a weekly series that showcases the inner-workings of Nametag’s mind as he spits bars over some familiar production old and new.
The first installment debuts today. The series starts off strong with Nametag reimagining Kendrick Lamar’s latest single “I” as “iTag”. “iTag” showcases Nametag in rare form as he definitively answers the question W.I.T.H.I.N. with the off-kilt urgency of a battle-tested emcee.
Durham, North Carolina artist Alex Aff releases his new self-produced record titled “Find Our Way”.
The ballad journeys into the emotional state of a man on a mission looking for virtue but finding evils along his path. Once again, Alex showcases his talented delivery and lyricism.