Jon Tanners

A wayfaring stranger trying to make cool things before I die.

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5 On It: How We Get By

5 On It is a feature that looks at five of the best under-the-radar rap findings from the past week, highlighting new or recently discovered artists, or interesting obscurities. Mic Kellogg – “Breakfast” While it seems... Read more »

Premiere: Naala – “Central Thought”

East Londoner Naala’s debut single “Central Thought” feels precarious, a wispy, intimate transmission built around sparse drums, pitch-shifted vocals, and the singer’s own airy performance. Reminiscent of the music of fellow Londoner Tev’n, “Central Thought” is... Read more »

Video: I.O.D. – “ARMME”

If you’re a regular reader of 5 On It, you might remember I.O.D. as the mad mind behind the song that should have been the biggest surprise hit of 2014, “Ebola.” On “ARMME,” a song that... Read more »

Video Premiere: Wati Heru – “NEW BLUE HUNNIDS”

Even with the death of the big-budget video as a vehicle for selling albums, visual identity is as important as ever for up-and-coming artists and the songs they hope will break them. Brooklyn rapper Wati Heru’s... Read more »

Damian Simmons ft. Lucki Eck$ – “Clover”

Not all 4/20 soundtracks need to explicitly state pledge their allegiance to the plant—some can honor it best in feel. Rochester, NY duo Damian Simmons (consisting or rapper Simone and producer/DJ Damian Bree) teams up with... Read more »

Premiere: Lais – “When The Mirror Cracks”

Toronto rapper/singer Lais’ “When The Mirror Cracks” fits comfortably on the spectrum of autumnal, introspective hip-hop that has become one of his city’s trademarks over the past few years. It takes on added weight as more... Read more »

5 On It: Get Lifted Up

5 On It is a feature that looks at five of the best under-the-radar rap findings from the past week, highlighting new or recently discovered artists, or interesting obscurities. Premiere: Medhane – “Apartment 2A” Brooklyn rapper... Read more »

Premiere: Morgan Karr – “Beg”

Covering a classic is a tricky, often losing proposition—one that singer Morgan Karr recognizes and ably navigates on new release “Beg,” a complete reworking of The Temptations’ “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg.” “This is just an... Read more »

Video Premiere: Witty Rock – “Benzo”

When I asked Baltimore rapper Witty Rock what his song and accompanying video for “Benzo” were about, he responded: “It’s the transitioning and questioning stage in their career where they question the direction of their art... Read more »

Premiere: MisterWives – “Our Own House (demo taped Remix)”

It’s always welcome when artists we like get together to play nice and make good music in the process. Recent P&P favorite demo taped takes on MisterWives‘s soaring “Our Own House,” the title song from their... Read more »