New Winter Hip-Hop: January 2020
Fresh hip-hop singles and projects are dropping fast already this year and the NRT Staff takes an in-depth look at the top tracks that released this past month.

AN EXCLUSIVE EDITORIAL, New Winter Hip-Hop: January 2020
Posted: February 20, 2020 | By: JoshuaGalla_NRT
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One thing that rings true in hop-hop are the true, genuine messages. Many hip-hop artists don't beat around the bush. They get straight to the point, sharing their stories and their love for Christ. We have a few new tunes that fit these descriptions. Take a listen and let us know what you think. We promise you'll enjoy the new music in your ears.

TROSSTHEGIANT (feat. Leuca) "Last Breath"

Within the first few months of 2019, Tanner, known as TROSSTHEGIANT, discovered he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. The diagnosis came at the end of a few rough months physically, blood work, and an urgent voicemail from his physician. After that, Tanner went on the road to recovery. But, it wasn't without its challenges: personal trials with mental strain through chemotherapy, a transplant, and all things cancer. And, through it all, Tanner continued to create his new EP, Refresh.

The first track on the EP is "Last Breath," featuring Leuca. It begins with the aforementioned voicemail that changed Tanner's life. Next, Tanner shares the highs and lows he experienced living with cancer, highlighted with his current state of remission. Tanner hopes listeners can build off of his own accounts and personal transparency. And, see God's victories throughout a multitude of valleys regardless of what reality portrays.

"Last Breath" bleeds emotion over a trunk-rattling bassline shadowed by soulful vocal tracks, and erupting into lines listeners do not soon forget. It's the type of track that instantly connects with a crowd, pulling fans directly into a "day in the life of a cancer patient." Powerful on a multitude of levels. –Josh Galla


Zauntee "Center Stage"

Zauntee recently released an awesome new single called "Center Stage." And, it's sure to become a fan favorite. The song speaks of how we can be so fake, from our profile pictures on Instagram to the pain that we try to hide. The song's message is that we can counter all of this with love, once we let love take center stage in our lives. This single definitely reminds me of some of Social Club Misfits' songs, and I love that. This is definitely a hip hop song that you'll want to listen to. "Done with the pressure from the voice of the crowd I'm flipping the script turning it upside down/Take a step back, take a breath, take it all away/And let love take center stage." –Grace Chaves

Theo Blue (feat. Medisin) "The Same"

Nobody enjoys feeling misunderstood, working with broken agendas, fitting stereotypes, or lacking care for human life. "The Same," featuring Medisin, bridges gaps fueled by an origin of love to triumph over everything in-between. Released on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the track encompasses how we tire, as a nation, of the same racism, the same abuse, the same misunderstanding, and the same treatment between decades. Instead of being a call for change, people remain stagnant, tied to the motions of busy lives instead of being a mark of change.

The track is accompanied by a music video, which drives the message behind the music straight to the mind and heart. It evokes emotion, which cannot temporarily be tied to holidays, or the celebration of months and fads. But, shall rise into a call of action for permanent change.

"The Same" has a melodic tone accented with an electric guitar, subtle to the point where the track almost feels acapella. A brilliant mix of a spoken word vibes scattered with hard-knock bars of emotion pushes the power of the track as a whole into a compelling story. The art of storytelling has yet to be lost in hip-hop proven behind the mic skills of Theo Blue. –Josh Galla

Kay Sade "X on Me"

Kay Sade's two-minute beast of a song, "X on Me" needs to be bumping in your playists. The fading intro catches your attention before Sade's bars start flowing like honey. The mix in the song includes a balance of modern and electronic sounds which is sure to please many hip hop fans. A short instrumental at the end slows down the beat before the song ends. The whole song is a fun ride and showcases Sade's incredible talent.
- Ryan Adams


116 "Live Forever"

Starting off the new year strong, Reach Record's 116 has returned with their latest single, "Live Forever." The song features several Reach artists, such as Tedashii, Trip Lee, 1k Phew, Wande, and newly signed Hulvey. Each artist brings a fresh take to the track. Fellow Christian hip-hop (CCH) artists Aaron Cole and Tommy Royale also join in on this amazing team-up track. "Live Forever" pulls strong with a beat that sticks. Not to mention, it has one of the most creative videos of the year yet. Altogether, "Live Forever" is a fun, but yet a declarative track of the life we have through Jesus, a life of truly living forever. - Bradden Ford

Ty Brasel (feat. KB ) "The Power"

From the trumpet and percussion intro, to Ty singing the chorus right from the start, it was clear this would be another track that bridges the gap between pop and CHH. Ty feels like an "everyman's rapper," with a unique voice that doesn't overpower. The song is catchy enough to play well on radio. And, the addition of KB is a solid contribution. The two artists work well together. A worthy single from a rising star in rap. - Kevin Davis

Aaron Cole "my year"

Aaron Cole's latest single, "my year," seamlessly blends hard-hitting trap beats in the first half of the tune, with an old school vibe in the second half. With production from Saint X (also known as Cole Walowac), the record has an unstoppable feeling. Aaron proves that he was more than worthy of his Dove Award win as New Artist of the Year in 2019. For sure, Aaron's award win is only the first of many years where he will be crowned at the top of his game.  -Mark Ryan

Assembled from the four corners of North America and beyond, the NRTeam is comprised of staffers whose energy is equally dispersed towards loving music and writing about the music they love. // Photo by Matthew Brodeur on Unsplash.

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