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Street poet Oompa releases new single "Feel Like Cole," plays Bank of NH Stage 07.20

Don't let the sugary pop hooks fool you, the lyrical flow of Boston's Oompa is murderous truth from a street poet, educator, and rising New England star. The rapper's latest single "Feel Like Cole" flashes rumbling beats, slick production, and the same vocal intensity that Oompa is known for, all glazed with a vintage '80s hip-hop vibe. Much like that storied time in hip-hop lore when born-poets could be found on street corners, spitting agile verses for the sake of keeping their neighborhood vibrantly colored, Oompa's latest track feels genuinely born from the Boston-annexed neighborhood of Roxbury she hails from. The cultural spirit of Roxbury lives in the music but also in the lyrics of Oompa which address her and her community's struggles, triumphs, and unresolved questions of a social matter. Oompa will be taking the Bank of NH Stage for a ride on July 20th, bringing important issues to the forefront with rhythm to spare. The brand new single is streaming below. - Rene Cobar





New Track: "See Without Light" - Etheric Felines

“See Without Light” is featured on Persephone, the new EP from the trio of Etheric Felines. After a crunchy, granular beginning, a clear vision emerges. Relentless rhymes describe an ever-evolving personal trajectory. In contrast to that fast-paced intensity, the subtle, softness of sung interludes provides a peaceful acceptance of the nonlinear path and the way the world shapes you.

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N.A.O Quelly flexes success on "Mo Betta," plays Knitting Factory 8.14

N.A.O Quelly knows how to use his youth to his advantage, with new single “Mo Betta” a standout example of how the Bedstuy rapper fashions raucous energy and unconventional production into an experimental label debut. A signee of Joey Bada$$'s newly-minted Badmind imprint, “Mo Betta” features distorted, drill 808s coupled with ghostly discordant synth, all calling cards of track producer (and previous Bada$$ collaborator) Powers Pleasant. It provides the perfect venue for Quelly’s nasal spitfire flow, where the emcee’s speed and lyrical persona play against the negative space of Pleasant’s production. While lyrically “Mo Betta” isn’t the most compelling production (much of it focuses on Quelly’s recent success and his ability to get his bread up), it’s a promising introduction to a (at the time of writing) relatively unknown artist, and nearly guarantees a barn burning performance at his live debut on August 14th at Knitting Factory. Give a listen below. -Connor Beckett McInerney





Dhan Dee "Muddy Waters"

Dhan Dee of Chicago Loud 9 is dropping a new mixtape called “Muddy Waters” on June 30th. The album’s first single is called “Nickels and Dimes” and it cleverly plays with the duel meaning of both words.

You can catch Dee performing with Chicago Loud 9 on July 6th at Emporium Wicker Park.

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Highest Low "Underdogs"

Highest Low, the Hip Hop duo of Just Wise and Cruz Ocho, released their latest album, Underdogs, earlier this month. The album features production from Joe Tyse and contributions from Lil Bruja, Je$$e, Black Logic, and Tomcantsleep.

The duo manages to magnificently walk the like between old school and new school while touching on subject both fun and frivolous and grounded and serious.

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