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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‘I Can’t Sleep And Idk Why’, Wolf Mason’s Brand New EP — LISTEN
Hailing from Florida, Wolf Mason took advantage of those nights when he couldn’t sleep to get inspired and write four relatable songs. You can expect to hear an urban/pop sound that is 100% pleasant. The brand new EP, ‘I Can’t Sleep And Idk Why’ is acceptable for radio plays and most tracks have the potential of topping charts. This project was born while the artist finished his college career, a stage in life where many questions arise in the mind. Perhaps, a transition that leads us to mature in many aspects. Of course, his amazing wordplay and lyrics reflect these emotions that can serve as deep messages for listeners. Without a doubt, his music might help you deal with insomnia. Don’t be afraid to play this material especially during the midnight hours. So make sure to go and stream it on Spotify.
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LISTEN NOW: Tclakehouse’s Meaningful Song, “You Are Not Alone”
Hailing from St.Paul Minnesota, Tclakehouse is an indie artist you have to discover this year. You can tell he drops off smooth vocoder vibes on his meaningful new single, “You Are Not Alone”. If you feel lonely during Coronavirus isolation, then this song will probably cheer you up. Indeed, one of his main aspirations is to uplift the world through his music.
While it is true his sound is versatile (Hip-Hop, Rap, Pop background), this time he embraces a fresh RnB concept. At the age of 14, he took the first steps in his music career while singing in a church choir. Later, he became interested in music production, and Lakehouse Wave Entertainment became home to his productions. Watch “You Are Not Alone” below, and stay tuned for his next clip, “Super Saiyan” in collaboration with Lil’Hyste.
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Self-isolating? Enjoy YONAS’ Pop/Hip-Hop Single “OMG”
YONAS wants you to beat self-isolation boredom with music. The renowned artist who just completed his European tour shares with us a contemporary Pop/Hip-Hop single entitled “OMG”. Sincerely, I have a feeling you might enjoy this song’s fresh upbeat energy. There’s no doubt his amazing flow got him into incredible collaborations with big names in the industry like Kendrick Lamar, Logic, Schoolboy Q, etc.
Bursting onto the scene with the proper charisma, his creative rhymes and great lyricism are aligned with an edgy new sound. While it is true the world is in the middle of a pandemic, “OMG” carries a message to celebrate the moment, including individual victories and accomplishments. Make sure to stay positive during these hard times, and hear similar tracks on his Spotify page. So, what are you waiting for? Just press play below.
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Hip-Hop Will Never Die With Creative Rappers Like Take1
Besides being a prominent football player, Justin Tuggle aka Take1 is a creative rapper in the making. Hip-Hop will never die because its main definition not only encompasses music. In fact, it also forms part of a culture across the world that keeps growing each year. Therefore, many followers of this genre will feel identified with his melodies and the most recent single, “On Ya Mark”. What’s more, his impressive lyrics talk about self-confidence, which reflects true emotions.
Inspired by a certain stage of his life, where he learned to trust in his own self, Take1’s purpose is to share a positive message through “On Ya Mark”. With an upbeat attitude, catchy hooks, plus a melodic flow, you won’t want to miss one of his best jams to date, which is featured on his new 12-track album, ‘Calculated Chances’.
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Luke ATME, An Italian Indie Artist Killing It In 2020
Are you in the mood for some great Hip-Hop? Well, Italian artist Luke ATME‘s playful rap and flow will leave you speechless. The awarded indie talent who resides in London comes up with his best lines and puns on “Cash Checks ATM“. It cannot be denied this tune is full of raw energy. Actually, the headbanging frequencies get in the way dissolving stress and worries. Of course, lyrics might be connected to the materialistic values of the genre. All of this indicates he’s gonna kill it in 2020 as big things are coming out soon for those who enjoy his contemporary pop/urban style. Stream in full below right away.
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