“Soto Ayam Bu Karti” has been in our staff members’ conversations for the past few weeks. This absurd short parody by Mamang Kesbor references the style of trap hip hop artists (most obviously Playboi Carti) to tell a story about a chicken soto street food stall. Speed of Sound Mag’s editors and staff writers collaborated on an editorial reviewing the song and the extent of which “Soto Ayam Bu Karti” impacts Indonesian culture, however niche it could be.
Semarang-based rapper/singer/producer Tiad Hilm of HILLS. Collective is back with his latest single Downpour. Unlike his previous releases, Downpour is something completely new to his listeners.
ENVY* is a distinct voice in the Indonesian music scene. In a scene dominated by solo rappers, this collective is a significant player inside the scarcity of Indonesian hip hop collectives. With their innovation, catchy music, and idiosyncratic message, ENVY* is on their way to becoming a major voice in the Indonesian hip hop scene. The Speedofsoundmag team talked to ENVY* about NO WONDER WE HAVE NO FRIENDS, self-expression, and the t-slur.
Rich Brian’s new single, “Yellow” doesn’t feel like a Rich Brian song—we’re missing the usual trap beats and his signature low deadpan delivery. But what we get is something much, much more than the ordinary.
On May 31st, local rapper Jibs released his single “Empty Room”. Produced and mixed by none other than himself under the mononym sleepyboi, Jibs serves us with a lo-fi hip hop track decorated with trap beats and self-written lyrics about lingering heartbreak and his perspective on life.
Semarang-based rapper/singer/songwriter Tiad Hilm released his new experimental hip hop single “Fear/Loathing” on May 10, 2019 under local music collective HILLS.
Mercury Prize nominated, up and coming British rapper Loyle Carner released a mature follow-up to his first album on April 19th, mostly talking about his post-coming of age journey.
Our first-ever gig and launching party was held last Saturday at D'Lab Building Menteng, Jakarta. Didn't make it the other day? Don't worry, we've prepared a playlist filled with our performers' original music and songs played by the DJs at our gig just for you - and those who want to jump into our first-gig-nostalgia. Enjoy.
Korean Alternative Hip Hop juggernaut Epik High released their newest project, sleepless in ______ on Monday, featuring a collective of big names such as Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna, BTS rapper-producer Suga, and K-R&B ballad singer Crush.
Veteran rapper 2 Chainz released his fifth studio album on March 1, 2019. The charismatic rapper is often considered as a great feature yet decent at filling a track on his own. However, boasting features of Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Young Thug, Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, Chance The Rapper, Ariana Grande, and Ty Dolla $ign, as well as having one of the best basketball players of all time, LeBron James, as its executive producer, the album became one of the most anticipated albums of the month, and Chainz has a lot to prove with “Rap or Go to the League”.