COOPS / NO BRAINER (2018)

Overlooked & Underrated is a column about projects that I feel were either overlooked or underrated and need more attention. There's no hard criteria for this, but generally I look at the amount of reception on social media/blogs and things like plays/YouTube views. If you'd like to submit music, email me at cranberrymoonwalkmusic@gmail.com.

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FOR FANS OF: Drake, Sampha

Coops is a bit tough to categorlize. His style is a bit of singing, a bit of rapping, and a lot of laid back vibes. On No Brainer, he switches the feelings up quite a bit throughout the project. On the track Dreams (All Mine), which features a light, sparse piano laced beat and sees Coops simply singing softly (it gives me a less polished Sampha vibe). Heartbreaker sees him pick up the pace a bit with his rapping (although he doesn't abandon the singing) and it almost sounds like a more melodic Travis Scott track. That Jazz features a beat that sounds like an old Tribe Called Quest jazz joint. Only one track has features, and that's Pass the Mic (which features Fliptrix, Rexx, and Leaf Dog).

Coops really impressed me. There's something for just about every kind of hip-hop fan here. Singing, rapping, and a really impressive variety of beats. Even if you're not traditionally into British accents, I'd give this a shot.