Fresh local hip-hop from Man Mantis, Fly 4 Ward, ILL Silla, DGirl the Bombshell and more

Categories: That's a Rap

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ILL Silla's "This Me" off of TME's mixtape, Through My Eyes, is one of the week's fresh local hip-hop tracks.

A new year is here, and from the looks of this week's new batch of music, it's going to be a good one for local hip-hop. We're off to a good start, anyway. We've got new beats from Man Mantis off his label's new comp, a fresh joint from production duo Fly 4 Ward, a new cut from ILL Silla, a new freestyle from SP Double, a new radio-ready single from DGirl the Bombshell's upcoming mixtape, Mascara Music 2, and a swan song from old-school Denver spitters the HighTops. Continue on for some fresh hip-hop.

See also:
- Fresh hip-hop from Pries, SP Double, Myke Charles, Molina Speaks, AG Flux and more
- Fresh hip-hop: A Broncos anthem, plus new cuts from Billy Lipz, Young Doe and more
- That's a Rap archives

Man Mantis - "Raised to Do the Zapping"
Man Mantis makes an appearance on his label's latest free compilation, We Are World Around. Vol. 3, with "Raised to Do the Zapping," a beat exactly as quirky as the title suggests. With emotive sounds that are almost vocal but decidedly alien interjected over rickety percussion and driving bass, Mantis creates a feeling that is uniquely different and evocatively familiar all at once.

Fly 4 Ward (Babah Fly and Fast 4 Ward)
Denver hip-hop production duo Fly 4 Ward (Babah Fly and Fast 4 Ward) steps into the otherworld of cloud rap with this beat. The sound seems to drift on almost formlessly, the light wailing of the guitar sauntering by as if you were walking past a jazz club after midnight. The track doesn't seem to end, or ends before it really begins; it's almost as if this is the introduction to something more, and, in fact, the duo has hinted at releasing some material with Mike Wird in the future.

ILL Silla - "This Me"
On "This Me," the first single from ILL Silla of TME's mixtape Through My Eyes, the rapper strings together tightly constructed multisyllabic rhyming patterns against an impeccable complementary drum composition and over a mesmerizing synthesizer loop. With his lyrics, Silla challenges traditional conceptions of realness in hip-hop, encouraging his listeners to "do you," regardless of what it entails, "because if you ain't real to yourself, how can you expect to be real with anyone else?"


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