Zulu Mecca is out to claim her seat in the game as she educates about culture in her new visuals for her single, ‘Culture’. The black and white visuals speak very well with the theme of the song as it takes you into a ‘mesmerising’ state of mind. This is guided by the classic instrumental consisting of hard boom-bap and subtle trumpet. The bars are out of this world as she fights for her narrative and believes strongly in her influence of culture in her own way and there is nothing anyone can do as her strongest weapon is her pen and she will continue writing until the world/universe says that you have played your role in your purpose. [via Slickouronlife]
London wordsmith ENNY returns with new single ‘Champagne Problems’. The rapper’s excellent single ‘Peng Black Girls’ blew up at the end of 2020, with a further remix – featuring Jorja Smith – seeming to underline her arrival. Amid a flurry of hype ENNY shared her debut project in 2021, the excellent Under Twenty Five. Taking a moment to catch her breath, ENNY breaks her silence on a new single. Out now, ‘Champagne Problems’ is as personal as ever, except the framework has shifted a little – tackling her viral fame, she re-asserts that she doesn’t have all the answers. With witty word play – we learn she likes her gin on the rocks – the caramel-smooth production comes from Beat Butcha and Tala, with some additional work from Will Yanez. ENNY comments… “The problems I’ve had this year aren’t last year’s problems but they’re problems nevertheless. I call them ‘Champagne Problems’, because they are definitely the problems I would’ve rather had two years ago. With this track, it’s nice to just get back to freestyling and rapping as an art.” The video for ‘Champagne Problems’ is a stark, stylish black and white affair, shot in and around ENNY’s local community in Thamesmead, South London. Directed by Jean-Sébastien Degni, you can tap in below. [via Clash]
Manchester-based star IAMDDB is back with a bang with her brand new track ‘F*cked Uppp’. The song is full of heat as IAMDDB rages, hyping herself up, condemning the toxicity of the industry and firing shots at men who disrespect women. She also takes the opportunity to remind any haters that she is THAT girl, preaching “I love my enemies, I know they be preeing secretly, they love my energy”. [via GRM Daily]
Atlanta rapper Mercury already stirred up buzz this year with her Tabula Rasa mixtape, and now she has announced a new EP, FearMercury, due December 7. The first single is ‘Freddie,’ and it’s a brief, catchy, melodic rap song that’s fueled by a sample of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ Mercury said, “‘Freddie’ is just a fun song I made because I wanted to dance. It makes me feel like when I first heard the original. When I was making this project, I really just wanted to try something new,” she continued.” I’ve been really into drill recently, and my homie Nak [Na-Kel Smith] introduced me to [‘Freddie’ producer FearDorian], and I sent him a bunch of songs that I really loved listening to.” [via Brooklyn Vegan]
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