Over the past ten years, we have given a promotional platform to independent hip-hop artists from the United Kingdom, the United States, and Nigeria. In creating our expansive and ready-to-use DIY music sites, UMIX and REMIX, we’re blending unique sounds together to create something bold and innovative. Now, we want to pass the torch to you: you can become the artist, producer, and engineer of the next electronic wave.
To get you inspired, here are some tracks from artists who’ve already starting bridging the gap between genres. The following songs explore rich and fresh perspectives on dance and hip-hop music, and are guaranteed to get people on the dance floor as summer sets in:
1. L.N.C. – Make I Yan You
This up-and-coming Nigerian artist is incredible. If you love hip-hop/urban music, this song will make you move with its fusion of dance music with “afrobeat” hip-hop elements. This is a personal favorite. After listening to it, you’ll understand why.
2. Shotty Horroh & Squala Orphan featuring M.O.P., Joell Ortiz & Clarisa Rose – Lift Up http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AimoF6Lb9Tk
This song is a great showcase for some serious rapping talent that combines UK and USA styles. This song features established rappers Joell Ortiz and M.O.P. with a chorus accompanied by Clarisa Rose’s beautiful, soaring voice.
3. Fash – Toyon Toyon
Fash is a great up-and-coming artist from Nigeria. This song has an infectious beat that never fails to get me moving every time. This is a fantastic song with a catchy hook.
4. Shotty Horroh featuring Crooked I – I Love Hip-Hop
This is our flagship UK artist from our independent record label, Brute Force. He is an absolutely amazing rapper, showcasing his talent with Dr. Dre’s protégé, Crooked I. This piece is a great collaboration of global talents that you shouldn’t overlook.
5. Splash featuring Pele Pele – File Fun
As you might expect, this is another catchy Nigerian song with an amazing beat. (Is there another kind?) Splash packs a lot of attitude, and her passion comes through in her raps. Pele Pele raps in his native language, which adds a new twist to the genre. The combination of vocals really drives this song.
6. Shotty Horroh – Bad Girls
This one’s a great uptempo rap song from the UK. The urgent beats and catchy anthemic chorus showcase the rapid-fire wordplay of Shotty.
7. La Tuneday – O Lobe Lo Loko
This absolutely amazing independent Nigerian artist’s soulful voice is showcased in this song. The catchy chorus is sung in a Yorba language, lending it an authentic African sound, while maintaining crossover appeal for a western audience. It’s a breathtaking song you need to hear.
8. Squala Orphan featuring Clarisa Rose – Rain Drop
This is another beautiful song that features soulful vocals by Clarisa Rose on the chorus. (Like Rihanna, she’s a great guest in many pieces.) The slow tempo really heightens the emotion in this song. With the help of his in-house producer, “Big Frank,” Squala Orphan showcases his diversity as a songwriter in a song that directly connects to the hearts and souls of all the fans who have supported him.
9. Maheeda – Pan Pan Golo
An up-and-coming Nigerian diva, Maheeda, delivers a club banger with a memorable beat and infectious hook. Get ready to move!
10. Shotty Horroh – Winner’s Anthem
If you haven’t figured it out yet, Shotty is an artist on the verge of something big. This is another inspired rap song from Shotty, centered on holding on to your dreams despite struggle and strife. It depicts a story of triumph over adversity. Shotty’s passionate delivery truly motivates over a haunting instrumental track. The hunger to achieve clearly resonates through his voice in this standout track.
With this eclectic mix of genres and cultures, you are sure to move the party to the dance floor and begin the summer right. These rising independent artists are exploring the boundaries of hip-hop and bringing the power of melody and consciousness with them. We encourage you to explore your own blending of culture, genre, and musical elements to create your own sonic palette.