‘Submission Showcase’ is a weekly column where we go through songs submitted to us and showcase the best ones. If you’d like to submit music to us, find out how to here.
Don Thomas – Home Sweet Home (Feat. Mariam) [Prod. By Lunchtime Legends]
To kick off the best submissions for this week, we have a track which was forwarded to us by one of our own writers, Sean Connors, ‘Home Sweet Home’ by Don Thomas has all the makings of a great track, from the soulful beat produced by Lunchtime Legends, to the hook, courtesy of Mariam, as well as the flow and lyrics. A very nice submission-which-actually-isn’t-a-submission.
“Manhattan made me a man and I’m manning up to my word
Don’t hand me no handouts, everything that I get I earned”
Tha Real Ek – Gone (Feat. Desta & Taylor Bennett) [Prod. By RayAyy]
On the heels of Asher Roth and Mac Miller, Virgina weed-rap extraordinaire Tha Real Ek‘s new track ‘Gone’, featuring Desta and Taylor Bennett is pretty much the soundtrack to anyone’s lazy stoner Sunday. I like the whole reggae sample flipped into a trap beat, courtesy of RayAyy, a lot. They all ride it pretty well. Interesting uses of wordplay on this too. Stream and download his mixtape, ‘180’, here.
“I know my rights and left with all my smoking canisters
Have a blunt afterwards because it’s the weekend. trying to meet the week’s end”
Kaydee – The Drill [Prod. By LA Chase]
Our next submission is from Toronto native Kaydee. ‘The Drill’, produced by LA Chase, is a soulful cut which focuses on Kaydee’s career and his progression as an artist. He rides the beat smoothly, and his flow is top notch. A wonderful submission. ‘The Transition’ drops on November 17th.
“It’s cool, I ain’t rushing you, take your time lord
Just make sure when I get it, it’s my time lord”
Amarae’ – King TZA [Prod. By Amare’]
Atlanta native Amarae‘s self-produced ‘King TZA’ is something that I can only describe as Odd-Future like, in a good way. The beat loops over as if the whole song is a freestyle. Amarae’ drops some great bars with an angry flow which could be compared to that of Jarren Benton. All hail King TZA! Amarae’s debut album, ‘Sessions’, is out now.
“The f–k I look like respecting a bi–h ni–a
I’d rather die slow or jump off a bridge, ni–a”
Justin Ruff – I’m With It [Prod. By CMPLX]
Of course it can’t be a Submission Showcase without something unique. Chicago-based R&B artist Justin Ruff shows off his How To Dress Well-esque vocal range on this CMPLX-produced track, ‘I’m With It’. A great song to round up our submission showcase. We hope to hear more from him soon.
“It’s alright, alright, alright
Whatever you like, you like, you like
I don’t mind, don’t mind, don’t mind
Just say the word”
If you would like your music to be featured in our Submission Showcase column, find out how to here.