BEWARE’s Block: Whose House Is This?

New music from Dillon Nathanial, ford. x Hanz, dopeSMOOTHIES, K.A.A.N., Kelechi, TOPE 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, @BEWARE4 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.

ford. x Hanz Feat. Sophie Meiers — “Lazy Sad”

An engaging vocal is always wanted and appreciated, but often needs proper production to fully flourish. Proper production, on the other hand, can set a song into another stratosphere, all by itself. As plush as singer Sophie Meiers sounds when “Lazy Sad” begins, once the melodramatic beat from ford. x Hanz drops, the song is immediately so impressive it makes me want to melt. As a producer, the beautiful intricacies makes me want to step my game up. As a fan, the melancholy warmth is the type that can melt any bad mood I happen to find myself in. 11/10, in my book.

Dillon Nathanial — “Say Yes”

Careful. You might not be ready for this. “Say Yes” from Dillon Nathanial is not a hot new rap song that’s going to set the world on fire or an easygoing pop single with potential. This is mood music for those times when you’re dancing past 4am in some exotic place you’ve never been, making as much distance between others as possible, because you’re sweating profusely. If you say no to this one, that’s a life choice, more than a music choice.

dopeSMOOTHIES — “Race All Night 3”

Earlier this spring, dopeSMOOTHIES rode a nice wave off the release off his Waverunner EP. Now, the rising Maryland artist is picking right back up where he left off with “Race All Night 3,” a groovy, futuristic rap jam that will pull your body right out the seat like magnet, so you can properly start doing the The Blade Dance throughout your surroundings. Boss up music.

K.A.A.N. — “If This World Were Mine” (Prod. By Clair)

If you can keep up with K.A.A.N.’s impressive track record, you probably know 75% of his music rides like he’s gassed the fuck up. “If This World Were Mine” feels a bit different. The DMV spitter’s latest offering is reflective and feels much more easygoing than most his material, as K coasts over sped-up, sample-based production from Clair with less fire and more smoke. Don’t get it twisted though, this one still offers the same impressive energy that makes him one of the more must watch rappers out.

Kelechi — “Gone”

Kelechi continually drops a variety of styles, but “Gone” seems to be one of his most sentimental to date. Using a humdrum, but well-produced backdrop as his hanky, the ATL rapper wipes away the ramifications of a broken relationship with an honest, versatile approach that’s easy to relate with — whether you’ve been hit with heartbreak or feel the love regularly.

TOPE Feat Cash Campain — “The Man”

As a producer-slash-rapper, TOPE manages to stay pretty busy. But, when you control your own destiny, feeling like “The Man” comes with the territory. This stand out track from his recently released Some Things Gotta Change project features Cash Campain and finds the Portland-LA artist flexing just because, showing off a variety of impressive flows atop a hype soul beat from Stewart Villain that feels like a hit. Stream STGC in full here.

Apollo Brown & Planet Asia — “The Aura”

“Umm. Ain’t she sweet?” Boy, did Apollo Brown ever lace Planet Asia on “The Aura.” The latest collaboration from this Caltroit producer-MC duo is masterfully produced and perfectly subtle in execution, offering a goosebumps-inducing mood that grabs your attention long enough to hear the Cali Agents spitter remind everyone there are consequences to our actions. Be careful how you proceed.

Jett I Mastyr — L A X EP

Sometimes, we’ve got to get away to feel inspired. Apparently that’s what happened to Jett I Mastyr, as the Houston producer recently dropped his new L A X EP, featuring five instrumental tracks that summon the Left Coast’s sunshine and smooth sailing. Each one offers a rich, sample-based, palm tree breeze and reminder why the Golden State is just that. Stream in full below.

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