RDGLDGRN’s progression to international acclaim will be no surprise to frequent OTU readers, and the praise and co-signs keep on rolling in. With both Dave Grohl and Angel Haze featuring on this track’s audio, that’s only going to grow.
It’s another anthemic track from the trio, but one with a much moodier, more intense undercurrent that moves away from their more jovial, upbeat style. The instrumentation has an engulfing harshness, with the driving guitars taking the production somewhere between indie and heavy punk, whilst the comparatively slowed-down percussion adds a head-nodding hip-hop quality to prevents the track getting lost in the blistering guitars. Green’s raps are well-delivered again, taming a ferocious production with consumate ease, whilst the infectious hook anchors the track with its defiant, singalong nature. It’s a move into the motivational and rebellious side of the rock-rap style, a hybrid sound they can now claim to have delivered in several guises with skill and consistency.
Their long-term fans know they’ve got a great love for football, and they’ve incorporated that quite organically here. Featuring two opposing teams, the aggressive instrumentation and brash raps would suggest a violent confrontation brewing, and its fitting to instead see the clip conclude with a game of football between the two factions. Another potential radio favourite. Available now.
A very interesting collaboration for a number of reasons. Angel Haze is definitely one of the brighter newcomers on the hip-hop scene, and given her relatively new status, this is a fantastic opportunity to showcase her abilities to a more mainstream audience. She’s known for her more lyrically detailed style, and hence her adjustment to rapping and singing in a manner that has a wider appeal is a great sign of her flexibility.
Given Rudimental’s usual intense, somewhat glitchy electro approach, this is surprisingly serene, with soft percussion layered with tethered synth pulses to give the track enough liveliness without overwhelming it in energy. As an entirety, it’s far closer to chillout electro than anything you’d expect to hear on the dancefloor. Angel’s flows in the verses are excellent, moving with the production work skilfully, and this is a good all-round effort that demonstrates the versatility of both acts.
She’s been bubbling under for quite some time, and whilst her good performance at the BET Cyphers certainly endeared her to many, this will surely be the project that sees her really break out into wider hip-hop consciousness.
This 6-track EP borrows some of her favourite beats from around the rap world, with her version of Eminem’s Cleanin’ Out My Closet already garnering a ton of attention due to its incredibly honest lyricism about a harrowing series of sexual abuse experiences, and whilst that in itself is hugely remarkable, her ability to storytell and construct strong raps is what really brings those memories out. There’s definitely a ton of potential here, and the selection of beats suggests we’ll get to see a few different elements of her skillset, all of which will hopefully combine well to give us another great upcoming act. Grab and stream the EP for free below.
As per every year, the only thing we check the BET Awards for is these excellent ciphers, and this year is no different.
The 2012 edition brings you some utterly superb lineups, with the clip up here being a personal highlight as it features several of my favourite upcomers-A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, Childish Gambino and Angel Haze, alongside newcomer Driicky Graham. The rest of the ciphers feature the likes of T.I., B.o.B., Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, DMX, Eve, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Kurupt, DJ Quik, Xzibit, Mac Miller, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, Hopsin and more.
Plenty of promise, click on below to check out all of the ciphers. Who do you reckon had the standout performance? Big fan of Joey Bada$$ with the cipher up here, and my winners for the rest are below.