Memphis music is truly unstoppable. Each month welcomes more and more incredible new projects. Here are just 5 we’re highlighting for October that we’ve had on repeat:
Slimeroni – “Freak Like Me”
You’re probably familiar with Slimeroni for her standout verses on hit songs like “Shabooya” or “Wrong One”, where she raps alongside her crew of fellow formidable female artists. But Slime has all the makings of solo stardom and “Freak Like Me” is another example of why. Set over dance ready production courtesy of Ayoza, Slime once again showcases her lyrical skills and sharp delivery. The single was also mixed by Memphis hip hop go-to Ari Morris, so you know it’s a next level release.
Qemist ft. Marcella Simien – “Daytime Dreams”
It’s always cool to see two artists from different genres team up together on a song to make something new, but it’s even more exciting when the result is something as fucking good as “Daytime Dreams” is. DJ/producer Qemist pairs his hypnotic, pulsating production with Marcella Simien’s signature soulful vocals to create this rich ethereal musical landscape. It’s both gorgeous and totally vibed out – the perfect type of song to get completely lost in.
Glockianna – “Motion”
We’ve been fans of 16 year old rising Memphis rapper Glockianna for a minute now, and no matter what she drops, she never disappoints. On “Motion,” Glockianna energetically flows over bouncy production as she addresses her haters both IRL and URL. The best part? She got her Mom to come in and open the track, a resounding “fuck you” to those that question “but…where are her parents?” in her comments. So, now that that’s settled – any other questions?
Fred again.. ft Jozzy – “ten”
Ok ok, Jozzy isn’t necessarily a “local” artist anymore (I mean, she’s signed to Diddy’s label and regularly hangs with Pharrell!) but she is FROM Memphis, which puts her on our playlist for this month. Here she links up with British DJ/producer/singer/etc Fred again.. on “ten”, a laid back yet contemplative new track. Jozzy’s velvety smooth vocals are a perfect accompaniment to the nostalgic vibe of the song. The production of “ten” is a noticeable departure from some of Jozzy’s prior songs, proving she can masterfully handle any style she’s given.
Supa Glock Bros – “EP 1.5 (The Recoil)”
Supa Glock Bros have dubbed October as “Supa Glocktober ” and rightfully so. This month the trio is sharing a short film they created, have a handful of performances slated, AND released a new project, EP 1.5 (The Recoil). The EP spans 5 songs and features 3 new songs plus 2 remixes. The 3 tracks finds Supa Glock Bros doing what they do best – effortlessly trading verses and catchy AF hooks over grimey, menacing production. Catch them on 10/27 at the Hi-Tone for Memphist Fest and 10/28 for TONE’s Black October.
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