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.
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”.
Hip Hop supergroup CZARFACE (7L, Esoteric, Inspectah Deck) released their sixth album, CZARFACE Meets Ghostface. There have been doubts surrounding this new joint since CZARFACE’s last project with MF DOOM, which didn’t go that well. However, many people also anticipated the collaboration of two Wu-Tang Clan members, Inspectah Doom and Ghostface Killah.
Mainly known as a part of K-pop vocal powerhouse group BTOB’s rap line and the only American member of the group, Peniel Shin is back with his single “Valentine”, marking his first official solo release after the fun, EDM-influenced “That Girl”. The full-English, rather mature-sounding single was released on Soundcloud right on Valentine’s day.
The legend of Kanye West officially started 15 years ago, February 10, 2004 when he released “The College Dropout”.
Other than boybands and girlbands and melancholic pop ballads, the Korean music industry is also filled with more-than-proficient rappers and producers specialising in hip hop. This week, we have picked out our favourite K-hiphop jams for you to enjoy from both once-underground Korean rappers and skilled idol rappers.
Originating from the US, Hip Hop gave birth to its own culture and scene in the music industry, with the press dubbing it “the new rock n’ roll”. It is no secret that Hip Hop culture later on embedded deep into the Asian music scene, especially in South Jakarta, Indonesia, with the rise of local rappers and Hip Hop producers and platforms.