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amrap BEST NEW RELEASES East Coast Pop R&B

KG – Superwoman

An emerging voice encouraging positivity, South African born, Canberra hip-hop artist KG looks directly at a diversifying Australian music scene. KG’s connection with his African heritage and culture has always remained a strong one when it comes to threading these influences through his music. His father, a freedom fighter alongside Nelson Mandela, passed down this sense of justice and drive in pushing for social equality and awareness of the issues that face young people in particular.

When it comes to KG as an artist, his reputation as one of the east coast’s most formidable hip hop talents has long been set. With hundreds of live shows under his belt and the support from the likes of MTV, Triple J and Spotify, KG’s grind has not gone unnoticed.

Generating discussion surrounding his 2018 singles ‘Black Boy’ and ‘Mabo Martin Mandela’, KG finished 2019 releasing a new collection of music that presents a defined image of a hip-hop artist doing things his own way – in the ‘Doin’ Me’ EP.

Having established himself as an emerging name to watch stages, including Groovin’ The Moo and the Spilt Milk festival, it has become inevitable that KG’s scope for exposure and success has broadened.

About this track…

‘Superwoman’ is a breezy, heartfelt ode to the strength and resilience of women. Timed to coincide with International Women’s Day, KG wants this song, and his voice, to be part of a vital conversation about making the world a place where all women can shine and feel empowered.
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amrap BEST NEW RELEASES East Coast Pop Soul

Joel Rafidi – 11:11

Following the release of 3 singles in 2019, I became aware that there were a lot of people who want to hear what I put on a record. I wanted to give them a project, more than a taste. More than drip-feeding staggered flares of creativity. This is where Paradigm Shift the EP was conceived.

Hip-Hop for me is an opportunity to share what is true for me internally and externally, and packaging those words and flows seamlessly to a beat and instrumentation to enhance the message and the essence of what is being said in order to share an experience with the listener. This is what is being done on this record. Simply an exchange of truth.

What I share comes from within and comes from my direct experience and understanding of the nature of myself and reality captured in a moment of space and time.

Paradigm Shift crosses a number of topics and branches of hip-hop including chill-hop, lo-fi and soul. I speak on consciousness, awareness, societal toxicity and passiveness. I also share my most personal song yet on ’11:11’

About this track…

11:11 features Joel’s trademark, deliberate cadence, altered with a little flare and melody. 11:11 is a delicate and vulnerable ballad dedicate to Joel’s then-partner and now wife, featuring downtempo production from Deaf Wolf Studios and impeccable mastering by …. 11:11 is immersive, gentle, warm and catchy.
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Alternative amrap BEST NEW RELEASES Dance East Coast Pop

Earnest Jackson – Sweaty

A pseudonym for the Melbourne-based, 20-year-old Jackson Hurwood – Earnest Jackson is bubbling just under the surface of new Australian Hip Hop. Drawing influence from heavy hitters and high achievers like Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino, Earnest Jackson combines styles, sounds and ideas to bring his unique energy into the scene. With a focus on lyrical content, Earnest is at times thoughtful and hard-hitting, and at other times playful and cheeky. Hooks you can’t get out of your head and grooves that make you want to move form the essence of Earnest’s songs, sometimes with sprinklings of synthesisers and lush harmonies – other times with smatterings of strings and horns.

Earnest will soon be releasing the unofficial anthem of 2020’s summer with ‘Sweaty’, a cheeky dance track that will compel you to smile, shake yo thang, and most importantly – sweat. Advocating for judgement-free self love, confidence, feeling sexy no matter what, applying appropriate amounts of sunscreen when outside, and of course – dancing until you drip (with sweat), ‘Sweaty’ begs to be played over and over again, and of course, shared with everybody you know.

About this track…

The unofficial anthem of the summer of 2020 from Earnest Jackson, ‘Sweaty’ will infect you with an urge to smile, shake yo thang, and most importantly – sweat. With a playful energy rivalling that of OutKast and Duckwrth, Earnest’s cheeky lyrics makes it clear he wants every, any and many bodies to shake, slap, and move their booties without inhibitions.