Words: Dylan Murphy
With the fresh avalanche of new music landing every month and new artists popping up, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to cut through the noise. That’s why we curate the best new rap tracks to keep you abreast with the most exciting new artists and biggest anthems from acts pushing the needle.
March was a huge month for new rap music. Florida’s Denzel Curry returned with first new album in two years, Latto pitched herself as next up with 777 and Lord Apex proved he has one of the busiest pens in the game right now.
Next up on Atlanta’s conveyor belt of rap talent, Latto is cutting no corners on ‘Wheelie’ with fellow ATL native, 21 Savage.
One of the biggest crew cuts of the year so far. ‘Ain’t No Way’ lives up to the expectations that comes with a star-studded billing.
Pretty Flako and T are yet to miss when they team up. ‘Lost and Found Freestyle 2019‘ is the pair getting loose for three minutes of uninhibited rap goodness.
You can feel the rising temperature of the Irish scene with each track SELLÓ releases. Ahead of his debut mixtape, the Dublin rapper enlists a trademark traditional Irish sample to soundtrack his new come up anthem ‘Process’.
London’s Jeshi is paving the way for a special release. Having shared a steady stream of introspective and gritty singles he’s letting out his pent-up energy on ‘Electric’, which features production from Kelvin Krash. Speaking on the release, Jeshi says, “’Electric‘ is just the ultimate fuck it. Letting that frustration out in that moment of being complete hard headed and not wanting to listen. The production captured that feeling in the ultimate way and brought it out of me, makes me want to headbutt something.”
Underground heat right from the belly of the beast. ‘Ain’t No Taking Back’ comes as part of Reed’s eponymous new album.
A featherlight collaboration from alté trailblazer Boj and ENNY, ‘Culture’ is a polished celebration of their shared Nigerian Heritage.
Lord Apex has one of the busiest pens in the game. ‘Euphoria’ is a standout on his collaborative project with stateside producer Cookin Soul, but if you are a fan of DOOM, quintessential dusty loops and stream of consciousness hip hop, then the whole project is worth deeping.
One of the UK’s premiere storytellers, Knucks is sharing life lessons through no thrills stories that cut to the core. Sharing DNA with the startling realism of ‘Home’, ‘Leon The Professional’ is Knucks in top form.
Ahead of his Irish show in Whelan’s, Open Mike Eagle has shared his first single of 2022. Speaking on ‘Multi-Game Arcade Cabinet‘ he says, “My apartment was a dream dungeon. Myself and my two brothers Dave and Rift started making product in my dining room every week. One day R.A.P. Ferreira and a mystery brother came through. We put on an Illingsworth beat and we all made product together. The mystery brother’s product made us all cry so we took his part off and slid the rest back together. We did something different with the mystery brother’s part. You’ll understand later when we show you the tape.”
Earlier this month, Narolane Records co-founder MuRli shared The Sky Has Windows, his solo project since 2020’s Till The Wheels Fall Off. ‘All Day’ is the producer and rapper in his element, finding pockets between his trademark percussion in what lands as a sparring exercise for the veteran artist.
On ‘Class Clown’ Fly Anakin isn’t mincing his words. Ruffling feathers has never sounded so smooth. Extra points on the board for the kaleidoscopic visuals.
On his return, Chance is rapping like the weight of the world has been lifted from his shoulders. ‘Child of God’ moves at his own pace and sounds like what Kanye should’ve been making for his gospel album Jesus Is King.
When the only time you see flowers is at a funeral, you’re unlikely to want to keep them in the house. On ‘ROSE STREET’, Vince Staples is spelling out how the street life skews parts of life that others take for granted. It lands ahead of Ramona Park Broke My Heart and sees him wrestle with unfamiliar concepts of love and trust.
Ahead of his forthcoming album, London spitter COOPS is speaking his dreams into reality on the head-nodding ‘SHOOT MY SHOT’.
Broadcasting muddied thoughts from the deepest crevasses of his inner psyche, Jiovani.Jemndi is making coded rap to smoke to on ‘LALALALA’.
Landing as part of French multi-instrumentalist and producer Crayon’s two-track mixtape, ‘Misplaced‘ features an all killer no filler verse from Gracy Hopkins.
Elevation / Meditation artist Finn Foxell is in the midst of an evolution. The aptly named ‘Be Me’ showcases he is more than a hip hop artist as he slaloms like an olympic skier between rapping and singing.
Aside from his trademark flow and crushing lyricism, Brum rapper M1llionz is also blessed with the consistency of a Japanese car. If getting from A to B is your goal and ‘B’ is feeling riled up by claustrophobic beats and menacing wordplay then look no further than ‘NGL’. It’s another in a long line of songs that sounds like a panic attack became sentient.
Catch all the inclusions in our ‘Best New Rap Music’ playlist on Spotify: