N I K Ø T E N E – is primed and ready to carve out his place in the EDM world. After releasing his first two singles, “1982” and “Summer Ain’t the Same” in July of 2018 he has been winning over new listeners on Spotify with over 100k streams to date. He is an independent artist but is garnering attention from industry professionals alike with his new single, “Hunter In Your Heart.”
Several label mates from California’s Courteous Family have been on a North American run promoting the label as well as several new releases from each respective artist. The takeover stopped at Denver’s bass music hub The Black Box for an evening of experimental beats from headliner Huxley Anne, who threw down a banging set that included several tracks from her 2017 release Illium plus much more. Support from Gangus, Hapa, and Tone rounded out an excellent show. In case you missed it, our own Tylar Beechum captured the fun. Check out the photo recap and look out for more underground music at The Black Box coming soon!
Few artists in the game currently have a buzz like the prolific New Orleans duo $uicideboy$. With an entirely unique brand of dark, hardcore hip hop, they’ve worked with everyone from Juicy J, to Denzel Curry, as well as members of the A$AP Mob and more. Still independent at the moment, the two cousins Ruby da Cherry (aka Suicide Leopard) and Slick Sloth (aka Suicide Christ) have managed to sell out shows almost instantaneously in all the major cities including Chicago, LA, New York, and most recently here in Denver.
SEDA is a Puerto Rican singer-songwriter born and raised in the Bronx, New York. His unique wide-ranging musical sound include R&B, Pop, Latin & Hip Hop. SEDA can be found developing his love for performing all over NYC belting out his material on stages which have included SOBS, DROM, Mamajuanas, Iguanas, Dillon’s Lounge, People Lounge, The Delancey, The Bowery Poetry Club, NY public Library just to name a few.
We can’t remember the last time that independent hip hop OG’s Atmosphere didn’t sell out Red Rocks. Of course, this year was no different, especially with help from label mates Grieves, as well as hip hop veteran Evidence of Dilated Peoples fame. The whole night was truly one to remember, with excellent performances from everyone including the young talent dEM Atlas who set off the evening in perfect fashion.
IAMKINGZIION is an new independent recording artist, music producer & publisher from East London, who began as a street dancer, then developed into a Garage MC (aka Grime MC) in the early millennium at the rise of the movement. Moving away from Grime as he wanted to tell more diverse stories in his music, he looked to rap music, becoming profoundly focused on producing great songs to add to the catalogue of phenomenal music that he listened too and enjoyed over the years, this included a range of different genres such as UK garage, bashment, reggae, theme music, dance, pop, salsa, among many other genres, but especially Hip-Hop and R&B.
Coining him as one of the newest emcees up next, Rell Cash is kicking down the industry door with his new mixtape “TRVPCVSH 2” bringing hard hitting bars and lyrics coupled with major production. From dropping jewels of the game to working in the trap, Rell Cash brings a fresh sound to hip hop with “Get Em Off”, recently covered on HHS1987. With a melodic flow and lyrics, he uses metaphors for the streets and new sounds, Rell Cash raps with bounce trap, 808 bass with the influence of early hip hop. Producers Dame D., MeloDroppin30, 84 Music & Kay GW have fused a street hood love story collided with Rell’s love of the game and busting moves. Listen to TRVPCVSH 2 below and look out for more from the promising Chicago spitter soon!
“This is my 5th year entering the dmc online, I made my first dmc online world final at 10yrs old back in 2014. Im always trying to push turntablism to the next level with technicality & new creative ideas.” – DJ K-Swizz
Gp Music is a self proclaimed “a weirdo traversing through the false realities”. His latest release “enjoying da destruction” is a heavy auto tuned vocal over a chill boom bap hip hop beat. Gp Music’s flow is definitely unique and worth a proper listen. Check it out here first and besure to comment below and follow GP Music at @gp_music
After 20 years hiatus since his last track in 1999, Obi Khan has returned to bring back that Boom Bap, hard hitting hip hop! His latest LP “THC-4” is set to be released Aug 24th and is now available on bandcamp for pre-order. Be sure to check out the dope lead single and video “Gods” featuring Arewhy and Thanos out now and look out for the rest of the LP coming soon!
ReachingNOVA is an American rapper, producer, song writer, and businessman from The Bronx, NYC. NOVA is President of the entertainment company Kings Legacy Inc., while also being an artist on the team roster. His songs echo the lush melodies of contemporary rap, with the punch and the lyrical honesty of the “golden age”. With a focus on great lyrics and banging instrumentals, ReachingNOVA makes songs with a smooth and personal lyrical flow, following in the footsteps of some of the greatest rap storytellers of all generations – from KRS ONE to Biggie Smalls or Drake, but he’s also really inspired by people such as LeBron James and Anthony Robbins. Check out his latest track “71813” and visual here first. Follow @reachingnova
Post-hardcore duo Glassjaw has returned with their first new album in over 15 years, Material Control! They stopped by The Ogden Theater in our home town of Denver on their co-headlining tour with NY’s Quicksand! Our friend Tylar Beechum captured the craziness, check it out!
hERON is the long-distance, Seattle to San Antonio collaboration between Progeny of Chisme/Ghost Palace (MPC, guitar, records) and Rob Castro of Grayskul/Chisme/Ghost Palace (bass). Instrumental trip-hop infused with a gloomy dreamlike melancholy, hERON’s cinematic, sad bangers draw as much from psych rock, 70’s pop and Twin Peaks as they do from Seattle’s chief exports of hiphop and grunge. hERON’s self-titled 12-song debut release is available on tape, wax, and digital.
Post-hardcore duo Glassjaw has just released Material Contro,l their first proper album in over a decade! The band hasn’t missed a beat though, picking up where they left off with crunchy guitars and intense vocals at their core. Glassjaw is currently on the road with New York’s Quicksand in support of the new project, and they are making a Denver stop this week (July 11th) at the legendary Ogden Theater. Be ready for energetic performances, and most likely a serious mosh pit. The guys just dropped off a new visual for “Golgotha,” one of the stand out singles off of Material Control. Check out the video below and get ready for one of the do-not-miss performances of the summer for any hardcore fans! (Photo Credit:Julian Gilbert)
Fresh off his new video “LongBoard,” Chicago artist Bardo Af drops a new gem for the summer “Belong” ft. Emily Blue. The track features an uplifting, soulful beat courtesy of Cornel East. Flexing his singing and rapping abilities, Bardo blesses with track with positive engergy that perfectly segways to Ms. Blue’s gorgeous vocals to grace the chorus. Bardo’s youthful energy and originality on “Belong” serve as a reminder that Chicago is still one of the best places to look for dope up and coming music. Look out for more from this promising young artist coming soon.