The Kansas City producer is taking over with his happy bop sound.
I first came across Maesu‘s music last year when he dropped “Left You,” a sleek tune produced by Koyö that highlights his crisp skills with the pen. The Los Angeles artist would soon follow up on the single with his deSerVe EP, a seven-track journey featuring standouts “OG” and “Aquimini.”
Maesu makes his debut on our pages today with the official video for “Late Nite News.” The KINGBNJMN-produced song is brought to life by director Trent Barboza, pinning Maesu in a strange loop after falling into the wrong hands leaving the diner. Maesu embarks on an eerie joyride that continues to spiral throughout. With another leap forward in his sound, we’re excited to see what Maesu has in store for the rest of the year.
Check out the video below.
With catchy tracks like “Same Ol Stan” and “Das Boo” under his belt, Sam Stan is an exciting voice from Broward, Florida known for his “happy raps” movement. His versatile flow is often laced with twinkling production from the likes of Namesake. and Kaleb Mitchell, sure to have you hooked on his uplifting energy.
On the heels of his Happy Hour EP, Sam is keeping his hotstreak alive and well with his new video for “Outta My League.” Sam links up with fellow Floridian Lukeem over bouncy production from Malveaux, detailing what it’s like to land the girl of his daydreams. Director Adam Rioux follows Sam around 29 82 In The Swamp, a local smoothie and breakfast spot, as he drifts between slanging drinks and spilling verses. With more happy raps on the way, Sam’s latest video is the perfect way to start your week.
It’s been nearly two years since Innanet James broken into the scene with “Summer,” an upbeat and funky anthem that highlights his punchy flow and refreshing energy. The Silver Spring, Maryland emcee kept the momentum going with his debut project titled Quebec Place, further pushing the limits of his clever pen.
Fresh off hiatus, Innanet James is back with a brand new single titled “Bag.” His first release as part of the Rostrum Records family showcases will also be featured as part of the official NFL MADDEN ’19 soundtrack. Smooth production with a bossa-nova flair from Lawrence Mace serves as the perfect foundation for his explosive flexing throughout the track. With his refined confidence, we’re excited to see what else Innanet James has planned for the near future.
Check out the Riley Robbins-directed video for “Bag” below.
Around this time last year, P-Lo dove into the summer with his debut album More Than Anything, a snapshot of his life boasting features from many Bay Area contemporaries including G-Eazy, E-40, and Rexx Life Raj. In addition to recent collabs with the likes of blackbear and YMTK, the seasoned Pinole, California emcee has maintained his streak with a slew of wavy singles including “same squad” and “woke.”
P-Lo returns to our pages today with his sophomore album aptly titled Prime. Flaunting catchy verses over bouncy production from himself, Cal-A, and Senojnayr, P-Lo truly excels throughout. One of the standout tracks from the project “crystal” finds P-Lo trading verses with Slimmy B and DaBoii of rising rap quartet SOB X RBE, sure to find its way to any poolside party or late night function.
Stream Prime below and catch him in your city on the Endless Summer Tour.
[Words and photos by Reina Chen]
Emerging solo R&B artist Sloan Evans embarked on his very first tour as a special guest on Yeek’s Black Heart Tour this past June. With his first appearance in San Francisco before the ultimate completion of the West Coast leg in San Diego, Sloan runs through songs from his 2017 album mia and various fan favorites including “Apologies,” which is approaching 300,000 streams on Spotify. In addition to older tracks, Sloan gave fans a sneak peek of new music that we can expect in the near future.
Check out photos from the San Diego date and stream his latest single “get u right” below.
From his powerful solo work to his equally mesmerizing efforts as the frontman of Sonder (alongside producers Dpat and Atu), Brent Faiyaz is one of the most exciting voices in the current music scene. His prime songwriting and tender soul is channeled by a delicate falsetto, culminating in a timeless sound. Late last year, Brent unveiled his debut album Sonder Son, bridging both his projects together with a vivid snapshot of his life.
Today, Brent unveiled the first set of visuals from the album for the fan favorite “Gang Over Luv.” As director and close collaborator Noah Lee follows Brent roaming the streets, the track reminds us of the strength of having the right crew that’ll stay by your side on the rollercoaster of life. A soon-to-be crashed plane stands as an ode to the phoenix life cycle of our hopes and dreams—the ending might not be glamorous, but we always find a way to get back on our feet.
Check out the video for “Gang Over Luv” below and his new limited edition merch at his website.
Brent also teamed up with Tidal for “Voice of the Underground,” a documentary by Jack Dalton giving us a glimpse of the Sonder Son Tour.
Hailing from Broward County, Florida, Sam Stan is a blossoming rapper that you should definitely have under your radar. I first came across his music when he teamed up with Namesake. and pinkcaravan! on “Vroom Vroom” and have been a big fan ever since. It’s been a minute since his Happy Raps tape dropped back in 2015, but with tracks like “Same Ol Sam” holding us down in the meantime, it looks like Sam is ready to ramp up the energy even further this year.
While we await his next full-length project, Sam returns to our pages today with his Happy Hour EP. Sam radiates with confidence throughout each of the three songs, crafting a seven-minute rollercoaster that you’ll definitely want to keep on repeat. Guest verses from Patches and Levi Hinson glide over production from Erik Kingsley, Dan Read, and Namesake., covering everything from pay day to dealing with “Internet girls at the party.” Sam’s latest project serves as the perfect introduction to his uplifting music for both new and returning fans alike.
Stream Happy Hour below.
GoldLink is one of the main frontmen of the current wave of hip-hop. Hailing from the DMV, GoldLink got his first break from his 2014 project titled The God Complex, a trip into overdrive. The powerful artist eventually connected with Rick Rubin, who would executive produce the Soulection-released follow-up And After That, We Didn’t Talk, covering the perils of a young heartbreak.
Flash forward to 2017, GoldLink inked a deal with RCA Records. “Fall In Love” and Grammy-nominated “Crew” would serve as the two main singles from his At What Cost debut album.
This past week, GoldLink led a trip down memory lane for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series, performing cuts from each of the three projects. With a full band behind him, including close collaborator Louie Lastic on bass, GoldLink throws an even more soulful spin on many fan favorites.
Check out GoldLink’s performance below.
Singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers returns with her single “Fallingwater,” a crisp, flowing track imbued with themes of struggle, liberation, and release. Written originally in 2016, the song was co-written by Rogers and Rostan Batmanglij, a former member of Vampire Weekend.
Rogers first entered into the public music eye through a video that racked up nearly three million views; in it, she plays her debut single “Alaska” for Pharrell during a masterclass at the NYU Clive Davis Institute. “I grew up in a rural area in the eastern shore of Maryland,” she says in the video, going to explain that while she originally made folk music, an experience in France with dance music caused her to reevaluate her personal style. What results is rich, free-spirited indie pop, punctuated by delicate syncopation and steeped in ideas of discord, harmony, and nature.
From tracks like “Lost” and a handful of EPs, Siaira Shawn envelopes listeners in a warm aura with her silky vocals. The Los Angeles singer-songwriter returns to make her W&V debut this week with “Wrong Speed.” Her latest single enlists a stacked roster of production from Aabo, Krs., and Mars Today to craft an upbeat and funky tune beaming with talent from all angles. With her Tender EP on the way later this year, Siaira is holding us down a truly spell-binding charm.
Stream “Wrong Speed” below via Film Noir Sound.