BEWARE’s Block: Reputation To Uphold

New music from Zac Flewids, K.A.A.N., Clairmont The Second, Nick Weaver, SonReal, J-Sun 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.

Zac Flewids- “CATFISH” (Prod. By Sebastian Busse)

On “CATFISH,” Zac Flewids shakes off greedy labels like loose ladies and you know what? Rightfully so. After settling into this Vancouver MC’s music over the past few months and change, I can see how much skill this kid has and to settle for anything less than the perfect deal would be like leaving money on the table. His energy is always on point, he can spark off any beat and he’s consistent to bat. Zac will be just fine on his own.

K.A.A.N. — “Untitled” (Prod. By Goodboy)

“I ain’t worried about a thing, not a negative thought/ I got a list of things to do, but I don’t know where to start” One of the my favorite underground killers continues his streak of slaying tracks, as K.A.A.N. delivers an “Untitled” new heater. Atop bouncy jazz production from Goodboy, the Maryland MC gets a load off his chest, talking about how he’s trying to be strategic as possible in life, despite so many opportunities to jump the gun. The K.A.A.N. man is on point as ever right now and I’m doing my damnedest to keep up.

Clairmont The Second — “44 Me” Video

At only 19 years old, Clairmont The Second seems completely aware of his surroundings — for better or worse. Watch the video for his new single “44 Me” and you’ll see this rising Toronto talent channel his ghost flow to explain how he’s lucky to be alive, sounding dead serious when spitting about dodging bullets and praying for tomorrow. The systematic disdain is channeled perfectly in this supremely-edited visual, taking Clairmont’s haunting vision to new heights.

Nick Weaver — “Decline” (Prod. By Sendai Mike)

Another artist who continues to drop under the radar gems is Nick Weaver, who just released his new single “Decline” and doesn’t show any sign of stopping. This heavy-hitting record finds the well-packaged Seattle MC explaining how balancing on life’s teeter-totter is harder than ever when society seems to be crumbling in front of our eyes. Block out the negativity and gain some sonic perspective below.

SonReal — “Potential” Video

Press play on this visually-appetizing video for “Potential” from SonReal and there’s a good chance you’ll be hooked. Although the reflective song concept seems a bit sappy, this Vancouver singer/songwriter nails the delivery and offers a really choice jam that warms the soul on first listen. Extra points for the eye-popping, authentic Chinese aesthetics. Son’s upcoming One Long Dream project drops later this summer, featuring production from Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Rahki, DJ Khalil and more. Should turn some heads.

J-Sun — “Oceans”

Somehow, J-Sun doesn’t manage to get much buzz around Detroit, despite offering completely unique, eclectic jams like “Oceans.” Part of that has to do with the fact he’s currently going to school in Honolulu, but still, Street Lord Sun is so off the beaten path with his hazy sonic waves, you’d think the 313 to Hawaii transplant would earn high praise for each one of his randomly dope releases. Let’s see if this sparse but effective single can help turn the tides and build some buzz for J’s upcoming project The Pow Bang Theory 2.

Alex Bent + the Emptiness — “Vanilla Blue” Video

I typically listen to songs to match my mood, choosing tunes to emphasize my temporary moments of euphoria, adult ADD or downtrodden passiveness. “Vanilla Blue” would probably get burn in those moments from the latter category. Laced with lush, scenic production that’s open enough for singer Alex Bent to offer fragile vocals with a timely delivery, this alternative R&B sliver from the Saskatoon, SK act offers warmth in times of need. There’s no reason this shouldn’t get love on trendy, streaming viral playlists, because Lord knows we all need some comfort.

Ejji Smith — “Get It On” Video

I’d like to formally apologize for not sharing Ejji Smith’s “Get It On” prior to yesterday’s Memorial Day BBQs. Turn up this heady groove from the Toronto producer/songwriter extraordinaire and you’ll hear how sizzling grills, loved ones and outdoor ambiance all go hand in hand with this warming, encouraging slow jam. Come Friday, this will be turning up the back yard.

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