Believe it or not, Rap is a form of poetry. In both cases, there’s a particular attention to diction, which rhymes are derived. That said, Zenlee, an Ontario-based rapper doesn’t forget about literary devices during the production process of his debut album. Compromised of 15 tracks, I truly think this Hip-Hop material was given the appropriate title as ‘Just Poetry’. In short, he touches on intimate aspects with a lot of intensity as he portrays his own life events through the verses and emotions. His mission is to encourage listeners to believe in themselves. Below you can read my thoughts about his work, an exclusive track-by-track review.
1 – Street Rep (Intro) From the start of this intro, there’s a catchy hook. So far, the best part must be the delightful rhyming words.
2 – Hostages Of Tha Nation It continues along the same beats as the intro. Analysing the lyrics in greater detail, we find he converts his Rap into a protest song that blames the destruction of a nation due to wars. Clearly, there’s a desperate need for peace and unity in this world, and I agree 100% with his views.
3 – Believe It This one features the beautiful female vocals of Lucy Grace, bringing a soothing balance with the lyrical wordplay. Somehow, it feels like an honest conversation, if you get through hard times, there’s nothing better to believe in yourself in order to move forward.
4 – Tha Life I Choose Within less than a second of experiencing this tune, there’s a pretty nice piano-driven melody that serves as the background of his stylistic rapping. Overall, he reflects about mistakes from the past and talks about the sense of love.
5 – One Million Years You’ll be surprised to know it’s very electronic oriented in comparison with the rest of the tracks of this album. At the same time, you will notice a fast-paced vocalization like never before.
6 – Xcuses Definitely, the chorus is hypnotic and I can’t get it out of my mind… “Your excuses, your excuses, they drive me up the wall”. At the end of the day, excuses are lies wrapped up in reasons.
7 – Goddess Of My Dreamz Literally, here we have a poetry about the sexy woman of our dreams, with which many men fantasize daily.
8 – All Natural Booty Zenlee expresses his preferences for women with natural beauty, but he also incites men to choose the right woman and wife. The best line… “Your natural beauty never gets old”.
9 – Toronto Dreamz Toronto is a city of a million Dreamers. In case you didn’t know, Zenlee was born in a UN refugee camp during the 80s, and since moving to Canada he is proud of this nation. He dedicates this song to the city that keeps his ambitions alive.
10 – Stix N Stonez I would summarize this tune in one single phrase: Explicit rhymes flexing charismatically over a strong electronic beat. Beyond that, the aggressive Rap delivery is compelling. The song derives from the saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”.
11 – The Gate Of Eddystone Again, the explicit lyrics duplicate, but you can also expect more melodic phrasing, showcasing his confidence. If I’m not wrong, I think this song is a self-proclamation of being authentic and real.
12 – No Love (Freestyle) The music background reminds me of old-school video games. Besides that, it’s a collaborative tune with Chindalier. As a result, we have a triumphant new freestyle that is in good shape with gutsy raps.
13 – World War 3 He leaves no room for interpretation, with lines like, “Fuck you bitch, where’s my fuckin’ money bitch”. In other words, the rapper will bring a World War 3 to your life if you owe him money. Be warned!
14 – The Battle Beginz This time, Zenlee join forces with Don Bun King, and despite verses denote a courageous and fearless personality, the dark instrumental is kinda slow. The song talks about a battle against one’s enemy. You can decipher its message for yourself.
15 – Late Nite (Outro) In a pretty short tune he adds the talent of Soca for the grand finale. In my opinion, the outro could have been longer in verses, however, I have no complaints as the whole album proves he’s an artist who is not scared to tell things as they are, while sharing his life without complexes.
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With A Smooth Hip-Hop Style, Lil Syl’s “Get Low” Surpasses 17K Streams!
Up-and-coming urban artist Lil Syl is a talent to keep an eye on. The Maryland-native is quickly gaining the attention of many Hip-Hop fans on SoundCloud with “Get Low”. Some music critics believe a hit song is usually 3 to 5 minutes long. Nevertheless, in the case of “Get Low” is possible to prove the opposite as this production surpasses 17K streams. In short, here we have a short tune with smooth beats that gradually hypnotizes you. Somehow, his rapping verses on repeat work as a mantra that helps you to relax body, mind, and spirit. This is sick, give it a try below!
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Prince Lit Unleashes His Master Wordplay On “T.O.K.Y.O.”
It’s important not to ignore the catchy wordplay Prince Lit delivers on his new single “T.O.K.Y.O.”. Beyond the brilliant production, the rapper from Denver, Colorado shows off introspective verses that reflect his triumph over life obstacles. One way or another, his rapping style is very conversational but his boundless creativity relies on his ability to write rich rhymes. Believe it or not, Prince’s talent for rhyming came at the early age of 6 and took inspiration from his mother’s poetry. In my opinion, his stimulating music is exactly what the scene needs today. Without further ado, stream in full below this Hip-Hop gem.
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🎤 Let’s Sing It Out Loud! Dane’s “Enjoy Yourself”
First of all, I like how Dane‘s vocal ability conveys emotions on this new track entitled “Enjoy Yourself”. Some might think this is a song that it’s hard not to sing it out loud. Just like you do in the shower without the fear of being judged, this effect on music lovers only occurs with catchy compositions like the one below. In addition, lyrics will give you a nostalgic feel. Clearly, verses invite you to relive memories when you used to find different ways to conquer your girlfriend. According to the artist based in LA, his style is contemporary RnB. On a side note, Michael Jackson and Usher are two of his music idols. Watch him performing live on April 25th at The Study in Hollywood, or on May 5th at Stokely’s Social House. Stay tuned!
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New Artist Delivering Fire Straight Out Of Detroit: 5ive White
Hailing from Detroit, 5ive White is a talented rapper that should be on your radar. Recently, he dropped the music video for his latest single “Ya Check Heavy Or You Frontin'”. Personally, I believe it was a wise decision to shoot this clip in Miami, where he flaunts his money and luxury cars. Overall, you will notice the song was built around a pretty nice old school Hip-Hop melody. Furthermore, his rapid-fire directness is worthy of admiration. With a fast-paced style and inventive wordplay that is impossible to imitate, this new artist is having a growing fanbase all over America. Enjoy it!
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For Those Who Love Dancey Hip-Hop Beats, Here’s Verde Rose’s New Single “41”
Surely, no one can deny Verde Rose‘s rapping is truly exceptional over an upbeat piano-driven melody and dancey Hip-Hop beats. Therefore, I want to make sure you listen in full to his single “41” below. This is one of Verde’s tracks in which you can enjoy to the fullest his captivating flow. Furthermore, memorable hooks and the mantra-like “if for once in my life” verses have proven this song smells like a big hit. On “41”, you can hear Verde speak about his longtime infatuation with Queen Pink Rose of East Atlanta, GA, who is responsible for providing him great joys and smiles.
After a having his album removed worldwide from some issues with his distribution company and not releasing any new music since, the Netherlands-based artist starts the year off strong with this new tune produced by Goldrush Beats. Follow him on his socials for more updates.
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