HIP HOP FIND: Negash Ali – African Dream EP

Every once in a while I come across a project that restores my faith in good music and perhaps more importantly, the details. Negash Ali’s African Dream EP is no exception. The 4-track record from Denmark-native Negash emphatically kicks off with title song, ‘African Dream’. Hard-hitting lyrics touch on his disillusion with life, being African in a notably caucasian Denmark, “and I know I don’t…

HIP HOP FIND: Davu Flint – Owed The Night

Davu Flint combines lush harps and shimmering percussion with Owed The Night. I feel honoured to have some really good producers in my Facebook friends list and one such beatmaker is Davu Flint. Based in San Fran, one of his latest creations is called Owed The Night and exhibits Davu’s fondness for the harps and some gorgeous background percussion. But beats aren’t the only thing…

HIP HOP FIND: Deleon – Midnight

Darryl Lopez, better known as Deleon, shows off his skills on Midnight. Hailing from Los Angeles is Deleon, a producer with a difference. His website displays some fine artwork as well as his production prowess. The first song to catch my attention was Midnight, a drowsy stumbling beat heavy on the kick and sleepy on the vocals. The wordplay executed on this caters to this…

HIP HOP FIND: Kiran Kai x Carla – Drift

Kiran Kai and Carla tell us why we can’t be friends with their track, Drift. I stumbled across this spaced out gem, accompanied with a range of superbly mixed vocal effects, trap-ish hat movement and a sax infused RnB blend. In short, this track is a jam! Truth be told, I don’t know much about Kiran Kai or Carla but I do know Kiran’s weapon of choice is…

HIP HOP FIND: Ceezlin – The Way You Love Me

Ceezlin’s The Way You Love Me is our latest Hip Hop Find. Brighton-based rapper Ceezlin’s 2011 track is as low-key as they come, but leaves a lasting impression thanks to emotive, relatable lyrics over a sleazy interpretation of Al Green’s soul classic Simply Beautiful. Ceezlin’s lovelorn ode to a wayward girlfriend are heard through the haze of a sleepy beat courtesy of fellow Brighton MC…

HIP HOP FIND: Sonny Jim – Purple Patch 5

Birmingham’s own Sonny Jim drops some “dope” visuals to new track, “Purple Patch 5”. Today’s Hip Hop Find was partly down to my dude at Instagrime showing me this jam in passing. I had previously heard little bits of Sonny Jim but after this track, I started delving into his back catalogue and discovered he had worked with the likes of Foreign Beggars, The Streets and…

HIP HOP FIND: Mr. J. Medeiros – Constance

American emcee Mr. J. Medeiros provides us with today’s Hip Hop Find. A diatribe against the horrors of sex slavery over an obvious Eva Cassidy sample doesn’t exactly have a natural allure, but Jason Medeiros’ (better known as Mr. J. Medeiros) 2007 track is little short of incredible. Along with ‘New World Water‘ by Mos Def, this is a rare example of a track that…

HIP HOP FIND: Cin Side – Blue Conversation

Florida’s Cin Side has provided us with our latest Hip Hop Find. Describing himself as “just a kid on a mission to make the world’s head nod”, Cin Side has been quiet of late in terms of new tunes. His last Soundcloud upload was six months ago – Yo//Dealer – but the one we’re featuring today was dropped a few months before that. Blue Conversation…

HIP HOP FIND: InI – Fakin Jax (Evil Needle Remix)

Two years late but we just found Evil Needle’s remix of InI’s Fakin Jax. Woah. Woah indeed. Maybe this should have been filed under How Did I Miss That but never mind. German-born French producer Evil Needle made a gorgeous remix for InI’s Fakin Jax a couple of years ago and it’s still available as a free download over at Soundcloud. The beat is a…