Each week, dozens of singles and a handful of projects are released in the Christian Hip-Hop (CHH) and Urban Soul spaces. Below, we listen to a few highlights and list the rest for your own discovery. As always, follow our New Christian Rap & Hip Hop playlist on Spotify to listen to all the latest.
Hulvey - "Otherside" It's a big release Friday for Reach as Reach Records' Hulvey introduced a chill single to the world titled, "Otherside." It reminds me of a trap-infused worship track, also like a bonus single to his February-released EP BRKNHRT. Lately, CHH fans have experienced a welcomed barrage of worship-based hip-hop and it's beautiful to witness. You can hear the growth of Chris Hulvey in the lyrics, change of tempo throughout, and details of the fluent, layered bars. Fans have been treated to two EPs, a few summer singles, and now this. Hulvey hinted at maybe even dropping a third project before 2020 concludes. It's encouraging to hear Hulvey's progress and deeply rooted love for our God and Savior.
Andy Mineo x wordsplayed - "Shibuya Roll Call" Reach Records' Andy Mineo and Miner League's wordsplayed team up for the first time since the 2017 iconic Magic & Bird mixtape. Last year (2019) the Miner League creative team took a trip to Japan and shot some video while enjoying the foreign land. Personally, I'm a fan of any behind the scenes (BTS) footage or material released by artists. So, to see the BTS included in the music video for this new single was a treasured treat. The production of the track is produced by one of the most respected producers in the urban space, Daniel Steele. The beat is super chill. Some playful wordplay included. It's just an overall fun track!
Danielle Apicella - "Higher"
Switching gears to one of the hottest urban soul offerings during 2020 from Reflection Music Group's Danielle Apicella. I've had the unique pleasure of witnessing the growth and maturity of this young lady over the past two years. In life and with her incredible art. Her strong vocals demand a presence and attention which are easily noticed in her latest single. Also, this is Apicella's first music video for any music released to date. As expressed in the visuals, the single has a retro feel from quite a few decades ago. The horns throughout are evidence of such. Pay attention to her vocal range. Her empowerment. Her range of sound seems to improve quite often. It's a piece of art to be proud of from the RMG team outward.