Jon Tanners

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Video Premiere: Mikey Mike – “Cut My Hair”

When we first met Maryland-born artist/producer Mikey Mike, he was sneaking his way onto Rihanna’s Unapologetic by pretending to be a retired female porn star managing a friend of “her” brother who happened to be a... Read more »

Video Premiere: Salomon Faye – “W.T.F.”

Paris-born, Harlem-raised, and now Brooklyn-based Salomon Faye has something a lot of up-and-coming rappers lack: presence. Rapping like a not-so-distant cousin of Rawkus-era Mos Def, Faye leans on each word with deliberate weight and conviction. The video... Read more »

Premiere: Sam Dew – “Desperately”

It’s rare and exciting to see a songwriter emerge from behind the curtain. With features on Wale’s “Love Hate Thing” and Skrillex’s “Stranger” writing credits for Rihanna, Estelle, Wale, Mary J. Blige and Jessie Ware, Chicago... Read more »

5 On It: The Best Is Yet To Come

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: Caleb Brown ft. Alexander – “Breathe” It’s... Read more »

Stream the Premiere of crush_DLX’s Bizarre “MICRO SEX TAPES Collection 1″ Project

Some projects demand that we hold back the normal standards of judgment—particularly when they bear names like MICRO SEX TAPES and comprise the sonic experiments of a Grammy-nominated producer (Pop Levi, who earned his nod for... Read more »

Premiere: Hira King – “Hummingbird”

London singer/songwriter Hira King’s second single “Hummingbird” echoes 90s R&B without falling prey to the pitfalls of cheap revivalism. Skeletal and synth-driven, it roots its melodies in familiar, soulful territory—nostalgic without feeling cliché. It’s a fine... Read more »

Stream the Premiere of BK Bambino’s “The Trailer” EP

Previous 5 On It entrant and Chicago native BK Bambino raps with infectious energy and ample technique—as solid bedrock as any for an aspiring rapper. New EP The Trailer doesn’t necessarily feel like a window into... Read more »

Premiere: WARHOLA – “Unravel”

“Unravel,” the debut from Belgian 5-piece WARHOLA, feels pretty concretely of its moment—skittering, electronic beats backing effected, wispy vocals. It’s a skeleton akin to the music of British standout Jack Garratt, for example, a contortion of genres... Read more »

Premiere: Joey Green – “The Outside”

On new single “The Outside,” Washington, D.C. rapper Joey Green continues to impress with his technical ability, lines delivered with a hypnotic ease—a fluidity compounded by his monotone voice (one of the rare examples, like late... Read more »

Premiere: IKON ft. Saba, Noname Gypsy, Anthony Pavel and Malcolm London – “Food For Thought”

Lest we forget, though King Kendrick has returned and should rightfully occupy much of your listening this week, there are many other hip-hop artists making music right now, clawing for and deserving your attention. Chicago producer... Read more »