As a music fan, I’m always on the hunt for new music, I can get hooked on something that people have never heard of. I love being introduced to new music by anyone who can show me, and I love showing people new music that they might not of heard. I urge you to listen to listen to the music projects below, you never know, you might love it and find some new stuff to bump on a Spotify playlist that’s become repetitive.
1. Bobby Raps & Corbin- Couch Potato
‘Couch Potato’ is a 7 track EP by Bobby Raps and Corbin AKA Spooky Black. You might have heard of Spooky Black before for his ‘Leaving’ EP but he decided to change to his actual name for his collab with Bobby Raps, boy did they deliver. Less soulful than when Spooky dropped ‘Leaving’ this project is harder hitting, with Bobby Raps aggressive style of rap, it blends amazingly at points with Corbin’s eerie sound. Lyrically this EP can leave you feeling, it’s something I’ve always loved Spooky for and him and Bobby are a great combination lyrically.
2. Rex Orange County- Apricot Princess
This was placed 26th in my top 40 albums of the year above the likes of Bryson Tiller, Young Thug and The XX, and I’ll stand by it. Rex Orange County wasn’t someone I’d heard of up until a couple months ago, but this album is so unique, blending what feels like a million genres. I can understand that this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m a big fan, hoping that this young Englishman gets more and more credit as time goes on.
3. Matt Martians- The Drum Chord Theory
Matt Martians is a long time member of hip hop collective Odd Future, going further into things he’s a member of OF sub group ‘The Internet’. Last year The Internet went there separate ways to make solo projects. With lead singer Syd gaining the most attention and critical acclaim, and Steve Lacy working with the worlds best producing music, Martians went somewhat unnoticed, despite making a brilliant debut album full of funky, psychedelic tunes.
4. Surf- Donnie Trumpet And The Social Experiment
Donnie Trumpet and Chance The Rapper among others in the Social Experiment dropped this free album in 2015, and it goes forgotten. You’d think everyone would give this album a listen, with it being Chance The Rapper heavy, along with features from the likes of J. Cole, Quavo, Noname, Erykah Badu and a handful more huge names. It truly boggles my mind that this isn’t heavily played by the masses, especially when Chance is now a Grammy winning superstar.
5. Chance The Rapper & Jeremih- Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama
We started with Bobby Raps and Corbin with some heavy deep rap, and we can end this with my new favourite Christmas mix. It’s Chance heavy again, this collab mixtape with Jeremih brings joy to the world at Christmas, and similar to ‘Surf’ It hasn’t been heavily played or promoted. Everything Chance has put his hand to has worked, I’m not normally a big fan of when Christmas and rap mix, but this worked. I’ll put the link below, whether you want to listen now or wait a few months is entirely up to you.