BEWARE’s Block: Clear The Floor
New music from K.A.A.N., Twondon, Dutchboy, Skeme, Nick Weaver, Illa J, Bee Honey and more
With music easily made and readily shared by new artists every day, there are hundreds of high quality songs that fly under the radar. Every week, BEWARE scours the web to weed out the dimes from the duds and share the wealth via BEWARE’s Block, a collection of eight buzzing tracks from artists currently breaking ground in their respective genres.
K.A.A.N. — “VOID” (Prod. By Cashflow)
Don’t tell me you’re still sleeping on K.A.A.N. Please, lawd! Despite recently dropping a top notch project with rising producer SGULL, this fire breathing Maryland MC is back with “VOID,” a loosie that will leave listeners’ heads spinning, thanks to his accelerating, high-octane delivery that only continues to go harder as Cashflow’s goosebumps-giving beat progresses. Moreso, K’s so much more than a fast flow, adding substance to his impeccable style with personal insights and deeper passion than most rapper can muster on an entire album. K.A.A.N. is killing shit right now.
TwonDon — “Paradise Ave”
Our favorite piff pusher from New Jersey is back, as TwonDon finally released his new Paradise Ain’t Free project. After offering stand-out cuts like “Black Mar Mitzvah” and “Supreme,” Twon’s let loose the whole bag and the product is potent, off rip. Of the seven tracks, my favorite is “Paradise Ave,” an anthem of epic proportions that immediately grabs your attention and proceeds to see Don ride the booming beat like a stallion out into battle. He’s clearly confident as ever and that energy only enhances the tunes.
Stream Twon’s Paradise Ain’t Free here. Make sure to go all the way through, because there are all sorts of different vibes and each has it’s own flare.
Dutchboy — “Annual Check Up”
“I got freedom in my flows, but they love the singing/ I make music for the hoes, but my conscious ringin” — Anyone who heard Dutchboy’s When I’m Not Around album can attest to the fact this buzzing Miami rapper has multiple melodic songs that got stuck in their head for at least a week. However, the album also showed his more in-depth side, which is in full effect on his new single “Annual Check Up.”
The stirring cut finds Dutch explaining how his pops’ at all costs pedigree has propelled him to be extremely versatile as a rapper-slash-producer with various styles, but also to challenge the norm with more than radio ready rap tracks. Dutchboy is definitely the total package and it’s nice to hear he’s not going to take his game for granted.
Skeme Feat. London Jae — “Red Coupe”
Is Skeme still under the radar enough to qualify for this column? Who cares. After “Red Coupe” leaves streaks all over the charts, everyone should be hip to the longtime Inglewood rising star. Filled with a familiar horn sample, rolling bass and a hook that’ll ring your ears for hours, Skeme definitely has one on his hands right here. Salute the hustle.
Nick Weaver — “Soundbyte”
Hope you’ve got a sub, otherwise you might blow your speakers to “Soundbyte” from Nick Weaver. This new single from the refined Seattle rapper is loud from all angles, offering social backlash via an immediately knocking record that’s packed with feisty, meaningful lyrics and his own self-made production that might just be worth shattering your stock stereo.
Illa J — “Sam Cook”
Illa J has really come into his own over the last couple of years. Ever since his super slept-on self-titled Illa J album dropped in 2015, the thoroughbred Detroit rapper/producer has been rolling out arguably the best work of his career and his new single “Sam Cook” looks to keep the bar high. Lit with crispy sample-based production from Calvin Valentine, the head-nodding groove lets Illa flex his singing chops, offering impressive albeit determined feels, which offer warmth in any weather. Look for J’s hot streak to continue when his new album Home drops in late June via Jakarta Records.
Brian Ellis — “To Heck With It”
Looking for something edited to bump in front of the youngbloods? Turn up “To Heck With It,” a wide body new school funk jam from Brian Ellis that will have the whole family sitting sideways. The shimmering track is dripping wet with soothing synths, light drums and casually cool vocals that come together to warrant a windows down jam session fit for everyone in traffic. Ellis’ Mirror/Mirror album drops on May 19 via Chat Chat Records.
Bee Honey — “Dreamy”
Since the obvious adjective has already been swooped up, lets call Bee Honey’s “Dreamy” a mix of optimism and pure audible intoxication. Despite being a year old, this hidden gem from SoCal singer should be welcomed by all, as the tune blocks out the bullshit that seems to be constantly swirling around our stratosphere with a euphoric mix of uplifting vocals and breezy backgrounds that will water your soul. Bee, we need this on Spotify, stat.
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