Over the last decade, the los angeles producer and young art label boss, tokimonsta has helped define the sound of modern dance and beat music. In the process, she has received the co-signs of the biggest names in electronic and repped for the west coast underground at the grammys — all without sacrificing the purity of her vision or relying on exploding glowstick bombast. The secret is that there is no secret, other than the compositional genius and futuristic melodies embedded into the gleaming, technicolor mandalas of hip-hop instrumentalism, pop, r&b-soul, house, and idm that encompass the tokimonsta sound.
Robert Grasper has been an unsung pillar of Hip-Hop. He’s been quietly collaborating and remixing jazz-influenced Hip-Hop for years. And even though classic Hip-Hop is supported less by Black people and more by the Hipster community these days, it feels good when artists from other genres show their love to the foundation. #salute
In the vein of The Internet, Moonchild and Kaiyote Hiatus, The Do Yo Thangs have their own distinctive style of soul music. I found their 2016 debut One Plus One a little late, but it still felt new and fresh. Their new album, Mind Full will be dropping May 25th and I can’t wait.
I’ve always been a big fan of Royce Tha 5’9″. But I always thought his beat selection was a little sparactic.. solo and with Slaughterhouse. But when he teamed up with DJ Premier to from PRhyme, that talk was over. Their first major release was epically dope, and judging from this video, their sophomore release is going to be even doper.
In 1998, the neo soul movement was near its peak when a collective of like-minded artists came together to push the wave even higher. They called themselves the Soulquarians, and before the decade ended they’d help birth some of the modern era’s greatest recordings.