Jon Tanners

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Premiere: Matt Champion ft. Jon Waltz – “BURN”

One last transmission in 2014 from one of hip-hop’s most intriguing new crews, BROCKHAMPTON (born of the ashes of AliveSinceForever). Previous 5 On It entrant Matt Champion teams up with talented Memphis rapper Jon Waltz (who... Read more »

Premiere: MISOGI – “Lantana”

The press release for 15-year-old Dubai producer MISOGI’s new single “Lantana” notes that “If you dig through MISOGI’s stream, it’s a cohesive dark blend of distorted, hypnotising vocals samples layered over a towering sub-bass. ‘Lantana’ takes... Read more »

Marvel Alexander – “Dirty Thoughts”

We could all stand to take things a little less seriously. This might be an anecdotal observation, but it feels like much of mainstream rap (save for a few runaway hits that exploded out of nowhere... Read more »

I Wrote About Rap Because It’s Saturday: The Best of 5 On It 2014

5 On It is a feature that looks at five of the best under-the-radar rap findings each week, highlighting new or recently discovered artists, or interesting obscurities. (In tune with the spirit of the column, the... Read more »

Premiere: Mulherin ft. Pell – “Hypocritical”

On “Hypocritical,” New Orleans-based twin brothers Mulherin pull an unusual card in the modern R&B landscape, crafting a low-burning ballad about relationship drama, smartly bringing P&P favorite Pell along for perfectly fitting guest verse. “Hypocritical” bears... Read more »

Raylond Hamm – “Rain”

In ten years (maybe even five, if the half-decade wake of 808s and Heartbreak is any indicator), it will be interesting to look back on the legacy of Yeezus and the work of an unexpected but related producer,... Read more »

5 On It: Do It Yourself

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. YOMI – “Tryouts” More often than not... Read more »

Premiere: Saba ft. Lucki Eck$ – “Next Door”

One of Chicago rapper Saba’s greatest strengths in a still developing arsenal is a graceful capacity for capturing the weight of growing up in the scarred city with an insight and mournfulness typically reserved for older... Read more »

5 On It: The Cool and The Killers

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. Caleb Brown – “BatonStan” When words like,... Read more »

Premiere: Lewis Allen – “La Maquina”

In June, New Jersey rapper Lewis Allen struck an uncommon balance with his single “Drugs In Her Eyes,” using extremely minimalist production and vocal affects to paint a violently sexual portrait of an affair steeped in... Read more »

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Video Premiere: Jazz Cartier – “Count On Me”

Last week, Toronto up-and-comer Jazz Cartier delivered his fifth single of 2014, “Count On Me,” a reflective take on teenage love and lust through the eyes of an outsider. This week, we get the stylish video—a... Read more »

5 On It: In The Rough

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. WebsterX – “Doomsday” We’re all doomed, we’re... Read more »

Premiere: Jazz Cartier – “Count On Me”

Though he’s only put out a handful of songs, Toronto’s Jazz Cartier feels like one of the more compelling, varied artists to come out of one of hip-hop’s quieter capitals. New single “Count On Me” shows yet... Read more »

Fine Print – “Can’t Lie”

Fine Print’s outline is the sort that might turn tired listeners away: Mysterious group marries falsetto R&B croon with sparse, sexy beat. The Internet hype cycle plays ad nauseum. In the case of Fine Print, the... Read more »

Premiere: fredwave – “Home”

20-year-old Londoner fredwave doesn’t have the sort of voice that wows with technical bravado. It is earthy, clear in limitations and empowered by the grit and feeling that comes when the singer bumps against the reaches... Read more »