Sydney rapper Sarah Conner is an artist that brings poetic prowess with a social message into being. She has created her own path in the Australian hip hop scene and has fostered a positive image amongst a hip hop culture that at times glamorises toxic masculinity and misogynistic lyrics.

Her latest EP Just Breathe contains seven songs that take her listeners through her own personal struggles and triumphs and is a mantra that reminds us to just breathe, as the title of the album suggests.

An empowering video for the latest single Just Breathe premiered a few weeks ago and seeks to raise awareness on potent issues such as mental illness and depression. The song features soul singer Alphamama who uplifts the message with her magnificent voice while Conner delivers with an immaculate flow. The beats she raps over suit the tone and style of the themes behind Just Breathe.

There are vintage hip hop and soul tunes such as Light featuring Lushness and Lions Creep featuring Natalie Slade. Grime bangers such as Apex featuring Big Red Cap as well as Losty, and Gravy a song that addresses all the haters in the rap/music game. Kill Bill has a street edge that Pharoahe Monch would sound great on and Played On deals with relationship woes and being treated as second best.

Just Breathe is an EP that encompasses Sarah Conner’s MC credentials as well as showcasing her growth as an artist and human being. This is music for listeners who need some healing through words and sounds but it’s also for having a good time and to just let loose.

4/5

Released: 16 Feb, 2018 via Independent