Mike T – “Hardships”

Photo Credit: Mike Nilsen

A stirring hip-hop track with captivating vocal flow on display, “Hardships” is a recent track from Grand Rapids-based rapper Mike T. The memorable beat is driven by dramatic, cinematic piano fit for brooding on a rainy day. Mike’s vocals drive in seamlessly alongside the percussion, comfortably sliding in amidst the neo-noir piano-driven entrancement. The track is hypnotic and engrossing throughout its two-minute runtime, the mid-point spoken-word vocal — “any if these people wanna hold me underwater let me down I know they would,” — intriguing fully and adding further atmosphere, cohesively building into a captivating, precise series of verses. “Hardships” impresses thoroughly with its vocal flow and memorable beat.

The track was mixed and mastered at River City Studios in Grand Rapids, Michigan — produced by T.Highz.

Check out the track’s music video below:

This track and others featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of January 2022’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Hip-Hop.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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