Nairobi-born, Adelaide-based singer, rapper and producer Elsy Wameyo has shared her new single ‘Sinner,’ a blistering track that puts Wameyo’s virtuosic MC chops on full display. “Introspection brought light to a darkness I never wanted to unveil, the consequences of a munificent heart that had nothing left to give,” Wameyo shares, “My spirit man asleep exposed me to a world that very quickly incapacitated me physically and spiritually. I became a product of my environment and gave in to my flesh, embracing the wickedness and ignorance of its existence. I chose me. I understood that light shines brightest in the dark, so the more I wandered, the closer I would be to returning. Life will forever be a fight between the good and the bad. I call it the sinner’s condition. In the end, only the strong will survive. Watch the cinematic visual directed by Wameyo & Danny Skilton below, which finds her in various church settings and processions, juxtaposing shots depicting her as a goddess and a churchgoer. [via Northern Transmissions]
TiaCorine, the North Carolina rapper and songwriter, has released the official mixed media music video for ‘Bonnet’. Over the uptempo Oxtoa production, she contends against fellow rappers who are, unfortunately, stale haters and makes mention of her gay hypeman and Asian DJ. Tapping into her Japanese-African American father’s heritage, the ‘Freaky T’ singer gives fans a deeper look into her “anime trap” style. Check out the visual masterpiece below to see who wins and survives. The single is from TiaCorine’s eight-track EP Almost There featuring guest versions from Luh Tyler, Key Glock, and Detroit’s Zeelooperz. [via GrungeCake]
Bktherula has announced a new project titled LVL 5 P2, the direct sequel to her most recent record. The album is due out March 8 via Warner Records and its lead single, ‘Crayon,’ is out now. On the new song, the Atlanta MC darts across a persistent, bass-heavy beat, moving through two hooks and an interceding verse like a running back slicing through a defensive line. “And that bitch talk so much shit but she ain’t gon’ say nun’ / If you wanna race me up to the top, then bitch, put the Tay-K on,” she raps in a nimble, Auto-Tuned flow. The song comes with a music video in which Bk rides through a city, finding creative uses for her seemingly endless supply of crayons along the way. Watch the clip and stream the song below. [via The FADER]
JT is releasing the record and video for her solo song ‘Sideways’ (Quality Control Music/Motown). One half of the renowned hip-hop duo City Girls with Yung Miami, ‘Sideways’ comes off the success of her solo single ‘No Bars’. ‘Sideways’ previews JT’s upcoming solo EP, and ushers in a new chapter for her as she comes into her own. “’Sideways’ is a mood! Sometimes women are forced to be friends with everyone and if we decide to stay to our self they call us mean,” she says. “Most of these btches nosey & phony! I love my btches though, the real ones. Shout out to the real b*tches!” Combining brazen charisma with sneering bars and the raucous energy of Miami nightlife, JT specializes in making girls feel empowered and to have permission to act up. The video is a testament to just that with a wild ‘Girls Night Out’ in Miami.
Brooklyn-born recording artist Lola Brooke unveils her latest music video to ‘God Bless All The Rappers.’ The powerful, BenMarc-directed official music video made its broadcast premiere on BET Jams and on the Paramount Times Square billboards. The base-knocking track, which samples ‘A Child of God (It’s Hard to Believe)’ by Millie Jackson was first revealed during the latter part of 2023 with the release of Lola’s debut project, Dennis Daughter, which is out now. ‘God Bless All The Rappers’ is a masterful blend of sound and vision from the globally acclaimed rap star. In the song, Lola professes her respect and compassion for all rappers across the board as she sheds light on the judgment and dangers that can arise from being a rapper. A story hardly told, she calls into action the need to value the lives of all rappers in a fashion that matches the acclaim received for the music that is shared by her community. The visual vividly brings into focus this notion, evoking emotion that displays Lola’s determination to raise attention to an ordeal that she is susceptible to with being a rapper herself. [via Broadway World]