Heat for your wintry holiday.
We’re back with another installment of our best of the week, featuring some newer tracks and some older. One of my personal favorites of this week’s picks is Bruno Mali, who made a lot of noise earlier this year with the release of his still-buzzing single “Ha.” He’s got a thick southern drawl that adds some nice flavor to his gritty raps, and adds up for a banger.
There’s a bunch more dope shit on this week’s list, with guys like Pollari, Eli Sostre, Yung Pinch, MALIK and others providing the vibes.
Ciscero // Pressure ft. Matt McGhee & April George
Ciscero has enjoyed a great year, from massively successful singles to some knockout collabs with GoldLink, and the 30Whop buzzmaker drops off one more gem before the new year in “Pressure.” Featuring Matt McGhee and April George, “Pressure” is a mega-soulful cut from the trio of DMV musicians, whose individual styles blend marvelously for an all-around A1 track that will definitely be getting some burn. Keep it locked for more from all three of these artists, and look out for Ciscero’s impending Kids Wear Crowns project.
Yung Pinch // Say It Ain’t So
Yung Pinch returned this week with the first taste of new music since the release of his knockout project 714Ever, and it’s a doozy. Produced by buzzing board slappers Matics and Gnealz, “Say It Ain’t So” is a killer Weezer-sampled record that features more of Pinch’s unique style of singing and knack for clever, well-written verses. Toss in catchy hook, and this joint is another strong showing from everyone’s favorite beach boy.
Bruno Mali // Ha
Hailing from Miami, Florida, Bruno Mali made waves this year with his hit single “Ha.” With it’s infectious rhymes and slick hook, “Ha” is an anthemic banger that perfectly shows the enjoyable grit that Florida rappers so naturally boast. With others like Denzel and Kodak blowing the doors down, expect a lot more Floridians to make musical headlines, and count on Bruno being one of the premier names out of South Florida soon.
MALIK // Alone
MALIK is one of Texas’ best-kept secrets, and recently reminded us why with his well-done single “Alone.” It’s the latest teaser for his upcoming project, and acts as a nice introduction to the rising artist/producer if you were previously unfamiliar. He not only lays down a knockout instrumental, but skillfully glides across with his smooth crooning and sharply-delivered rhymes. Overall, “Alone” portends another strong project from MALIK, who initially caught our attention with his great album The Principium.
Ski Mask The Slump God // EVERTOOKATAB
Ski Mask The Slump God has had a huge year, and the South Florida rap villain just unleashed another killer jam in the form of “EVERTOOKATAB.” With his signature energy and frantic rhymes leading the way, Ski comes with some insane, off-the-wall flows and gritty verses that all add up for another tremendous record that shows exactly why he’s one of the best artists that Florida has to offer. I firmly believe 2017 is going to be another big leap forward for him, and I look forward to seeing it happen.
Ramriddlz // Super Saugod
Rammy dropped off a pair of heaters this past week, and my favorite of the two is his DBZ-inspired “Super Saugod.” With his tropical-infused brand of R&B, Ramriddlz has more than staked his claim as much more than the young gun Drake stole from—Ram is one of the most promising young artists out of Canada, and his one-of-a-kind style and sound will be what carries him to the top—especially if he keeps giving us tracks like this.
theehof // I’m Not A Rapper Interlude
theehof has put together a string of strong releases in 2016, and the rising South Florida talent recently delivered another jam in the form of “I’m Not A Rapper Interlude.” Produced by Oshea, hof shows off his slick songwriting and razor-sharp delivery, that all pieces together for a great listen. He’s hella underrated, though we think that he’s got some great shit plan for 2017, and we definitely look forward to it.
Pollari // Why Would You Go? ft. Eli Sostre
Pollari is another artist on this list that has had a really great year, and recently let loose another stellar jam in the form of “Why Would You Go?,” featuring fellow wavemaker Eli Sostre. Their contrasting sounds intertwine wonderfully on this joint, combining for an absolutely knockout duo over the production from Sledgren and Soriano. Overall, this is an incredible cut from two guys that should be on that magazine cover soon enough.