Hip-hop experimentalist M3staken ends trilogy with ‘Rain’

M3staken, otherwise known as M3, is an ambitious producer from South Carolina who mixes classics hip-hop beats with progressive, electronic instrumentation, and the outcome is like nothing you’ve heard before.

It’s dark, it’s brooding and full of complicated nuances that take a few listens to appreciate properly. This only goes to demonstrate the young musician’s boundary-pushing aesthetic as he aims to break down the confined walls of boxed genres with a style of music that defies them all.

‘Rain’, the final part of M3’s trilogy is by no means ‘easy-listening’, but it’s not intended to be. You can imagine it providing the perfect soundtrack for a video game or sci-fi movie, so perhaps this is where M3 will head next with his talents.

Check out ‘Rain’ here:







‘Turn U On’ by Kadi

Having worked alongside other talented musicians such as Moorish Delta 7, producers like Baby J and supporting Omar, KADI is an artist looking to change the game with her new single, ‘Turn U On’.

Creating a substantial message is of detrimental importance to KADI and the female rapper does this whilst fusing an infectious brand of R’n’B, hip-hop and pop. She is aiming to push a new agenda in the genre, empowering women, rather than portraying the often sexist image that is depicted in hip-hop.

She believes the industry in general shows that “having a big ass or showing your breasts gets you attention” but she wants to succeed by being only herself. ‘Turn U On’ was based on when KADI lived in NYC and most of the producers told her she had to be sexual to get far, but she believes she can “turn people on with my clothes on”.

Consequently, KADI is keeping her music sexy, but classy with a powerful message too. Inspired by the sophisticated style and flow of Lauren Hill, KADI’s ‘Turn U On’ allows her moral principles and undeniable talent to shine through. Well worth a listen.

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‘Devil Ina Blue Dress’: Dex Man ft. J Wanza

South London based musician and rapper Dexter Sampson, who others may know simply as ‘Dex Man’ has returned with his killer new track, ‘Devil Ina Blue Dress’, featuring fellow rapper, J Wanza.

Dex Man has been lucky enough to gain some valuable information from music industry experts like Corey Johnson, who has worked with the likes of Nasty Crew, Lady Fury, Maxsta and has even been linked with the global hit ‘One Dance’ by Drake. Undoubtedly, Dex Man is using this information to give him the upper hand with his music, and this is certainly exhibited in ‘Devil Ina Blue Dress’ with its clever lyrics and groove-heavy beats.

You might describe Dex Man as a genre hopper, dabbling in a number of styles including hip hop, pop, reggae, drill, house and R&B to create his unique fusion of sounds.

Devil Ina Blue Dress has received a brilliant response after being featured on Link Up TV and Hackney’s Finest, the video has received over 40,000 views on the platforms combined in under a week, delivering musical messages metaphorically and with versatility, something which is paramount to Dexman. Taking influences from heavyweights such as Dr Dre, Meek Mill, Skepta and Drake, Dex Man is keen to emulate the success of his inspirations, motivating him to take that next step within the music industry.

Not shy to the stage, Dexman has performed at both the O2 and Water Margin alongside other Leftwing movement members. With great reviews, this has encouraged Dexman to further his career musically.




CR Blacks – Rosie’s Interlude


The North London wordsmith treats us to visuals for the dreamy, trippy slash laid back hip hop record with an hint of alternative RNB.


ROSIE’s INTERLUDE, arguably one CR Blackss best pieces of work to date has been brought to life by well known Berlin based videographer Bruce Thompson. Inspired by the all-too-common temptations of a couple that are no good for each other but ironically can’t stay apart…


Filmed in Mitte, Berlin. The video captures the SLOCAL emcee revealing his smoother side as he spends time reflecting on greater times with the once eminent Rosie. His emerging and alternative sound has garnered him support from the likes of EARMILK, COMPLEX, THE 405, RWD MAG just to name a few.


Off the back of an electrifying show on the main stage of Dubai’s SOLE DXB festival, the bilingual rapper aims to keep the momentum going as he prepares the release of his upcoming project Gate 33, which is due to be released on December 19th. With that being said, the visual accompaniment of “Rosie’s Interlude” comes at a perfect time.




‘Lovelorn’- Alonestar

Alonestar is the moniker under which rapper and producer Jethro Sheeran goes (yes, he is related to Ed Sheeran) and now he is back with ‘Lovelorn’, his ‘strongest and most powerful song… to date’.

The track features the bright, talented vocals of Rosie Ribbons and was also produced with the help of Massive Attack’s Angelo Bruschini and Damon Reece.

The track, which draws on past experiences for both Sheeran and Ribbons, who co-wrote the song, presents ‘something fresh and different to anything else out there at the moment.’ Jethro notes that he ‘dug deep to exercise the darkness in this track, and fell into the depths of my soul when coming up with the concept.’ The song tackles ideas of heartbreak and unrequited love, all with a distinctive hip-hop/rap edge.

Having already shot straight to no.3 on the itunes chart with his debut album, Cornerstone, Alonestar is one to keep an eye on in the near future. Watch this space!






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