Colorado-based rising rappers Teoifolis & Malachi J have been putting in major work the past year since their inceptions into the market as current members of well-known rap collective, AP. Known for their innovative flows and versatile vocal deliveries, both artists have been a driving force in the Colorado Hip Hop scene and directly demonstrate their impact with their newest collab album Malachi On Mars.
This 10-track juggernaut is the perfect exercise in getting to know both artists as not only a collective, but individually as well. Teoifolis has been in the game as a writer/producer and artist for the last decade while Malachi J emerged onto the market around three years ago. But regardless of how long each rapper has been grinding, their collaborative efforts on this record are next-level, multifaceted and really set the bar even higher for the independent Rap spectrum. One notable track on this album is opener “Unstoppable”, a song that easily lives up to its name. Malachi J immediately explodes onto the track with an aggressive flow that is persistent, consistent and cleverly executed; putting together a verse of solid bars that deliver a story telling method that easily resonates with any fan of the genre. Teoifolis jumps in on the next verse and diligently compliments the heat that Malachi J just served up, but still brings his own spin and innovative flavors to the table. Both rappers present a fast-paced delivery on this song and their cohesive connection as collaborators are very present from start to finish on this banger.
Another honorable mention on this record is “42 Days”. A track with a little more subtlety from its predecessor but still delivers equal heat. This time both rappers tag team the same verse and you can really hear their individual versatility as the track plays out. The hypnotic beat on this song brings a hauntingly ominous aura to the forefront, giving each rapper proper direction for their overall vocal delivery and the coherent word-flow that both distinctively serve up. It’s a follow up track that explores new angles for both rappers but still keeps a consistent path for them as well, building on the solid foundation that has already been put forward since the opening track.
One more notable track on this record (and personal favorite) is the piano-based hypnotic flavors of “Wine For Me”. Once again utilizing a visceral storytelling technique that casts an effective spotlight on both rappers both individually and collectively. This one has a chorus that will stick with you for days. The beat on this one implements an almost R&B feel, but conjures up more of an old school sensibility that truly gives the song charm and character that goes far beyond the average Hip Hop approach. Several new crucial angles are explored through both verses, and the catchiness of the chorus wraps the song up with a shiny ribbon in a way that makes it a standout of its calibre altogether. If you’re cruising with your girl, this banger serves up the perfect atmosphere for an unforgettable night. It’s definitely one of the next-level highlights of this album and will easily win over any fan of the Hip Hop world no matter what era they come from.
Overall, Teoifolis & Malachi J serve up several tasty flavors on this record and never leave you hearing the same thing twice. It’s not a one-trick-pony record by any means and both rappers utilize different crucial word flow styles in each song, demonstrating several angles of their talent, versatility and multifaceted approach altogether. Malachi On Mars has that insatiable staying power – the power to stay with you even long after it’s over. It’s also a record that will easily entice you to do a deeper dive into both rapper’s’ discographies and careers altogether. This is an absolute must-hear in 2023 for any avid Hip Hop fan; it’s truly a record that raised the bar for the independent artist circuit.
Trenton, New Jersey’s Horizon has been in the rap game for the last ten years, but is still very relevant today, even moreso. Known for his charismatic flow and sincere lyrical outbursts, the rising rapper comes to full fruition on his latest banger and remix single “Shine Beyond (feat. Funkghost)”, a song that is just as powerful as its name, and really sets the bar even higher for today’s independent Hip Hop market; and for good reason.
This hypnotically visceral remix is comprised of an atmospheric beat that encapsulates the perfect balance of old school flavors and today’s modern sensibility. From the drop of the first measure of bars, you can immediately resonate with Horizon’s next-level flow and delivery. He has a distinctive and vital voice for the genre and you can easily imagine his intellectual lyrical approach to be part of the mainstream market at some point. Ontop of the versatile verses, he wraps the track together with a shiny bow with the dangerously catchy and simple-yet-effective chorus. It’s one that will stick in your head immediately and you’ll definitely have a hard time getting it out. But the best part is, you wouldn’t. The chorus has the perfect melody choices for the aura of this song and that is made apparent from the very first listen.
Feature artist Funkghost shares a verse on this banger and diligently parallels what Horizon has already put on the table. Both rappers resonate effectively on this track and they offer up their own angles of the genre in a way that makes them a standout of their calibre both together or separately. It’s a brilliant collaboration from start to finish and it truly shines a light on the remix aspect, offering up something better than the original, like a remix is supposed to. “Shine Beyond” is also a track with that unwavering staying power – the power to stay with you even long after it’s over. It’s an anthem that will easily entice you to delve deeper into Horizon’s discography, as well as anticipate what he has in store for the near future. This track is direct proof that Horizon is far above your average indie rapper; and to keep your eyes (and ears) peeled for his future releases, no matter which era of Hip Hop you favor.
“Shine Beyond” is currently available on Spotify, Apple Music and several other digital music streaming platforms. You won’t regret giving this one a listen. You’ll be glad you did.
New Jersey-based Country Singer/Songwriter Starlet The Red Betty started her musical journey around 2010 as a singer and guitarist, but it wouldn’t be until 2018 that her passion for songwriting in the Country music market would start to come to fruition; setting her sails on a journey that would eventually lead up to her distinctive and notable debut album in 2023, Couch Fables, which releases next month in February.
With her album finally released, The Red Betty would quickly start to gain traction and critical acclaim within the Country music world, winning the hearts and admirations of countless fans of all ages across the region. While the Couch Fables record as an entirety completely holds up to a gold standard in its own right, it’s her anchor single “Manma, Let Me Tell You” that truly makes the debut effort shine. This distinctively catchy Country number implements several crucial angles of the Classic Country aura, but still offers up that modern sensibility to appease just about any fan of the genre, both old and young.
The Red Betty’s mid-to-high vocal range diligently parallels the twangy single-coil Fender Strat guitar progressions, dueling fiddle harmonies and effectively subtle rhythm section. The production and performance value is very apparent, and The Red Betty’s storytelling lyrical approach truly makes her versatile vocals a standout if their calibre. Her emotionally driven hooks and measures are breathy, sincere and will easily draw you in with an ambient and atmospheric presence. The song as a whole integrates an overall buildup and climax that not only entices the listener from start to finish, but also keeps you invested into every moment throughout the song’s duration. It has that unwavering staying power – to stay with you even long after it’s over.
“Mamma, Let Me Tell You” is undoubtedly one of The Red Betty’s gems on this debut album, and will easily win you over with its charm, versatility and sincere emotion. She is an artist on the rise that has a promising career ahead of her, and this single is direct proof. It is currently available on Spotify, ReverbNation, and several other digital music streaming platforms. You won’t regret adding it to your playlist whatsoever. Couch Fables officially drops next month in February.