Cam’ron & A-Trak – “Humphrey” Jan29

Cam’ron & A-Trak – “Humphrey”...

I didn’t fight my way up to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian. Even if you didn’t know it was coming out, this is what you’ve been waiting for today. Killa Cam spitting hot fyah over some throwback early 00s production. From the upcoming Federal Reserve EP. Production by A-Trak and Party Supplies. (Yeah the dude who produced Blue Chips and Blue Chips 2 for Action Bronson.) Fuck wit dis immediately if not soon....

The Foreign Exchange feat. Eric Roberson and Shana Tucker – “Better” Jan28

The Foreign Exchange feat. Eric Roberson and Shana Tucker – “Better”...

I am a big fan of Phonte (Tigallo Tigallo Tigallo). And the Latin piano groove is hot. I am not a big fan of neo-soul. And that’s the sour taste in my mouth when I listen this song. I wish this track was 3 x 16 bars of Phonte with Phonte on the hook. Instead it’s not. I think my friends will like this much more than me. (source / buy the...

Rick Ross feat. Jay Z – “The Devil Is A Lie” Jan24

Rick Ross feat. Jay Z – “The Devil Is A Lie”...

Rozay has a preternatural knack for choosing luxurious beats to pair with his baritone drawl. The combination is cake, not some shit Duncan Hines butter yellow cake mix, but multi-layered and decadent like the life he portrays in his raps. But when he is paired with Jay Z (no hyphen), Rick steps up his lyrically. There’s more gusto. More wordplay. And the concepts are higher. While I still prefer “Free Mason” as their best pairing, “The Devil Is A Lie” is great precursor to the Mastermind LP. Enjoy this unofficial fan-made video, as if the Illuminati conspiracy idiots didn’t have enough to work with before...

Nickelus F – “’99 Alive” Jan23

Nickelus F – “’99 Alive”...

I bet you heard that horn and quickly sat up on your seat. Hot damn! That horn is straight fyah. You start to nod your head soon as you heard me speak. Fuck, Nickel F’s rasp does command my attention. You turn me up. You ball your face. You clench your teeth. And nod your head to all this pop-off, and then roll right down the street. Rob on the Trak does the production. Nickelus F continues on his streak of dropping hot singles on those who know. (Twitter / Nah Right) And if you ain’t cop that Vices album, do it now. No plug, it’s for your own benefit. Nickelus F – GotDamnMurdah! from SHHO on...

Phife – “Dear Dilla” Jan22

Phife – “Dear Dilla”

So it’s now a thing that I have not watched Michael Rapaport’s “Beats, Rhymes, and Life” documentary on A Tribe Called Quest. I’m scared. These dudes are living legends to me. Between Gang Starr, Tribe, and Public Enemy, my teenage consciousness was forged. So all the while that Q-Tip/Kamaal Fareed has been living his SoulQuarian/Ummah/Abstract post-ATCQ life, Phife has been toiling in obscurity. Without Googling, I’ll say I remember the “Miscellaneous” record, another record, an album, diabetes, the comeback tours, and now this track. It’s kind of a greatest snippets of Dilla’s Slum Village-era production with a liberal dollop of “Hold Tight.” Props to DJ Rasta Root on the production....

Katie Got Bandz feat. Cap-1 – “I Can’t Lie” Jan22

Katie Got Bandz feat. Cap-1 – “I Can’t Lie”...

Usually female rappers are scene stealers when they are featured on your song and less than stellar on their own tracks. Katie Got Bandz is so damn mediocre that I found myself getting excited ((pause)) at the anticipation of Cap-1’s verse. Of course, he had a nice little doubletime flow but underwhelmed overall. What the fuck am I supposed to do with this drill music? On first listen it’s so easy to dismiss. Keep listening. Play it on repeat. Let the typewriter creep into your mind. And all of a sudden…...

ScHoolboy Q – “Break The Bank” (prod. by The Alchemist) Jan20

ScHoolboy Q – “Break The Bank” (prod. by The Alchemist)...

Now this is a 2014 rap song made for today’s sensibilities. What a mainstream writer would call a straightforward rapper, ScHoolboy Q is way more than a 16-bar spitter. The Alchemist’s haunting production opens a wide world of vocal possibilities. Sure this is a classic rap trope about the up-and-comer talking big dreams and big money. It’s catchier with the sing-song hooks and casual call-and-response....

Childish Gambino feat. Chance the Rapper – “The Worst Guys” Jan15

Childish Gambino feat. Chance the Rapper – “The Worst Guys”...

Prior to their hype I had been a Childish Gambino fan and a Chance the Rapper non-fan. But Chance kept popping up on features with artists I liked, so I gave him a second chance. — Acid Rap is a fucking win. — Meanwhile I have been a huge fan of Bino’s 2nd album, Because the Internet. Initially this video came out the same day as the “3005” video (the lyric video stays better!), but that was aborted. I believe you could’ve found the video on the album’s vanity site/screenplay. I ain’t got time for dat! What I am curious about is where is Chance’s verse? Chance’s nasal voice is on the hook. He’s in the video. Where are the bars? I think Bino hints on the case of the missing verse from Chance here. #chancebelike #binobroimbusy #teamlightskin http://t.co/bjF1tsGfhm — Childish Gambino (@DonaldGlover) January 4, 2014 Ha! Sorry Donald, #teamlightskin stays...

Oten Lo – “End of Time” Jan03

Oten Lo – “End of Time”...

When it rains in Los Angeles, I guess it feels like the goddamn Armageddon is coming through. Or maybe folks mellow out a bit and drop some dope verses over Joey Bada$$’s “Death of YOLO” instrumental. From Oten Lo’s upcoming Above All mixtape coming early...

Drake feat. Soulja Boy – “We Made It” (freestyle) Jan01

Drake feat. Soulja Boy – “We Made It” (freestyle)...

Last year Drake introduced a new flow prefixed onto the Migos club banger “Versace,” and the world was primed for Nothing Was The Same. Fast forward six months and here’s another Drake beat jacking; this time he eviscerates the new Soulja Boy (Last Name: Tell Em?) track, “We Made It.” Once you add some prime Kenny Powers sound bytes, or should I say “fiiixins,” and 2 verses from Wheelchair Jimmy namedropping Walgreens and recapping his Caribbean excursions, why the fuck did we need the ghost of Soulja Boy’s original “lyrics” at the end? “Nigga, we made it!” is all that was needed. Ahhh it is easy to cast aside Soulja Boy’s contribution, since this typewriter beat, produced by Purp Dogg, was culled from his mixtape . Like KP says mid-song, “Enjoy the...

Eminem – “Berzerk” Aug26

Eminem – “Berzerk”...

Off the upcoming Marshall Mathers LP 2 album.

Pro Era (Capital STEEZ, Joey Bada$$, and CJ Fly) – “Like Water” Jun01

Pro Era (Capital STEEZ, Joey Bada$$, and CJ Fly) – “Like Water”...

RIP Capital STEEZ.  Since learning about Joey Bada$$ and his Pro Era crew last year, I have been impressed by their commitment to 90s boom bap. While Joey is the face of the group, Steelo was the soul of this group. Unfortunately he allegedly took his life shortly before Xmas, but his words live...