Grime? Yep. From House to Grime. We have it all.

Came across these lads scrolling SC. Not a massive Grime fan but actually loved this album from Kota Dosa

This was my favourite track off the album from Octavian OG, Olly Frostie & Levack – X45

Official Music Video showing big love to the local Chinese takeout.

This is the full album:

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YoAstrum, a rapper from Southern New Jersey has taken the AbJo & JR Jarris Collab track – Golden Vibes and truly made it his own. This was released last year but still a sick track.

We need more patience. No I need It Now!

Love this short track from Philadelphia producer/rapper Cloud Atrium. I came across this guy a few months ago who is continuously impressing me with his tracks. One to watch.

First time coming across MARTIN $KY through this track w/ Sango. The ex-rapper recently turned producer/beat maker has been releasing 3/4 beats a month. Really liked this track from a guy with a big future in the beat game.

MARI – Artist In Depth

Welcome to our first ‘Artist In Depth’

One of the aims for BeatsByWay is to highlight fresh exciting music. ‘Artist In Depth’ will be a series of posts highlighting the artists behind the music.

I am kicking off the series with a Chicago Rapper, Mari.

I came across Mari’s – Living Coloured track on my Soundcloud last week and loved it.

I decided to dive deeper to find more about him:

Demarius “Mari” Edwards began his music career at Williams College.  The Chicago-born rapper/singer/producer, is still relatively new to the music scene but is rapidly growing.

He has developed his own distinct mix of “lyrically rich raps, melodic choruses, and spacey, soulful instrumentals.”

I have read up on Mari and you can just get a real sense of the guy’s passion for what he does. You can hear in everything Mari puts out that there is deep meaning behind the lyrics. He thinks about the bigger picture stuff and tackles a lot of real issues.

When he was talking to Willaims Records, Mari said this about his 2nd EP:

Living Colored is an album about double-consciousness, about me trying to speak to two different things going on inside my head and it stems from my experiences of where I come from and where I went to. Those two things I guess I’m speaking to are, how do you speak to people from your community? From the hood? I’d say the second part of it is figuring out how to bring that into context with the more dominant culture. Living Colored is trying to negotiate those two consciousnesses into one voice.’

Since the album, Mari has consistently been producing and releasing tracks including a series called #MariMondays.

I want to end all of the Artist In Depth with a Playlist of my personal favourites. I went through Mari Soundcloud and these are the tracks I thought were dope. Enjoy

Big fan of both parties involved.

Khalid has been killin it for such a young guy. Think he’s now still 19 y/o from El Paso, TX but based in LA. Was just a normal high school student when he release Location which went big. Kylie Jenner even featured it on her snapchat story which got mass attention for ‘the great Khalid’. He has just released his debut album at the start of the month called ‘American Teen’. Personal favs along with Location are ‘Saved’ and ‘Let Go’

Rascal has been killin it in his own right. Hailing from Germany I first came across the producer on SC with his mix of TLC – No Scrubs. Still one of my favourite tunes:

https://soundcloud.com/rascaltheproducer/scrubs