TSM Artist #HotList: December 1st, 2020

Alexia Johnson for #TopShelfMusic here, with another TSM Artist #HotList! This week, we visit two artists from New York City, a pop reggae group from the Solomon Islands and indulge in some perspective with a Canadian rap artist. Let’s dive right in!

“Higher” — Ronimus

Ronimus is an artist hailing from New York City. Originally born in Kingston, Jamaica, Ronimus flawlessly blends together the sounds of his upbringing. His debut album, Ronimus I, combines the sounds of Jamaican dancehall and patois, resulting in an almost jazzy hip hop house vibe. Ronimus has found his home in NYC and is excited to showcase his unique musicianship. We chose this song for his unique ethereal and jazzy take on dancehall.

Genre: Jazz, Reggae, Dancehall

Take a listen: Spotify

“The Part U R Missing” — Louie Fleck and the NYC Reggae Collective

Louie Fleck is a singer-songwriter from New York City, who has made quite the name for himself within the underground jam scene. For his newest project, he has paired with the NYC Reggae Collective to bring us a new album titled, Magical Realism. The album comes out this month and features 10 vocal tracks and 11 dub tracks!! We chose “The Part U R Missing” because, in times like these, it’s important to take a look inside.

Genre: Reggae, Fusion

Take a listen: Spotify

“Girl Please Believe” — Door Mans Project (DMP)

The song we are featuring today is “Girl Please Believe” by Door Mans Project, otherwise known as DMP. The band has been making waves for the last decade and are based out of the Solomon Islands. Known for their breezy dance music, DMP is sure to impress! This is a sweet love song and is sure to get you dancing, especially for fans of J Boog, Common Kings, Collie Buddz and Jesse Royal.

Genre: Island Reggae, Pop Reggae

Take a listen: Spotify

“At Risk” — Jair Dynast

The song we are featuring today by Jair Dynast is “At Risk” due to its conscious elements. If anyone is familiar with the underground Canadian hip hop scene, it is focused on the perspective of the person experiencing the song’s narrative. To understand that every person is different and to open yourself up to others is extremely important — especially in times like these! This song is about “At Risk” youth and their experiences that lead them to their destinations. Let’s take a moment to indulge in some perspective.

Genre: Underground Hip Hop, Rap

Take a listen: Spotify

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*ALL BANDS/ARTISTS FEATURED IN THIS VIDEO SERIES HAVE GIVEN PERMISSION TO BE FEATURED AND FOR THEIR MUSIC TO BE USED. ALL RIGHTS TO THIS MUSIC BELONGS SOLEY WITH THE ARTIST AND MUSIC RIGHTS OWNERS.

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