Cam’ron & A-Trak – “Dipshits” May14

Cam’ron & A-Trak – “Dipshits”...

While posthumous Mike, Ariana, and Iggy seem to be frontrunners for 2014’s Song of the Summer, none of them with invigorate a 90s/00s hip hop head more than this supernova track, “Dipshits,” from Cam’ron and A-Trak produced by Just Blaze. The ascendant organ loop over the buzzing drums takes me back to “Come Home With Me” Killa Cam. But this record is more robust, more energizing, and more triumphant. Cam’ron is… well, I’ll let Cam tell you what he is, Mami backed up and said she see the difference. ‘You’re mature, handsome, mixed with a lot of ig’nance.’ And that is Cam’ron’s universal appeal. (((pause))) He flips a phrase with the best of them. He can paint stories about the drug trade, living in the city, or slaying chickens with ease. His flow, at his best, is effortless to the point that even his double time raps never feel forced. And Cam paired with a Just Blaze beat is just magic. I can’t even fuck with Champagne Dame’s boss ad lib at the end or Juelz Santana on the hook. When will the Federal Reserve EP be released? Soon. Fucking press play already. Then press replay after 3 minutes 44 seconds. Repeat. Fuck, this is good!...

Black Atlass – “Paris” Feb26

Black Atlass – “Paris”...

Here at 10yravg, we aren’t at the point where we can break new music, but when we hear great music, we’ll tell you about it. Such is the case with Black Atlass and his single, “Paris.” Per the “legend” in Okayplayer, P-Thugg from Chromeo discovered Black Atlass at a Montreal club and alerted A-Trak (brother of his Chromeo partner, Dave1) about how great this kid is. A-Trak must’ve agreed and signed him to Fools Gold Records. This track came out 8 months ago. In that time, Fools Gold has nurtured him and recently released an EP, Young Bloods. The EP is a glitchy yet soulful R&B affair. I recommend it. “Paris” is not on the EP and shouldn’t be. The record is the artist at a nascent stage. Ebullient and emotional, Black Atlass coos and warbles his wanting love song. There’s power in his whispered vocals. No doubt I am now a fan of Black Atlass, but this is where you should start. Play the song below then go out and discover Black Atlass. (Okayplayer) BONUS ACOUSTIC...

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....

Duck Sauce – Duck Droppings EP...

Louie Louie Louie Lou-EEEE Louie Louie Louie Lou-AHHH Whether picking through Boney M‘s catalog or staging an elaborate mockup of The Midnight Special, Duck Sauce (Armand Van Helden and DJ A-Trak) have been injecting a bit of kitsch in the “serious” world of house music. OK so house music is not serious stuff, but its devotees are very resolute in legitimizing the genre beyond club anthems and background filler. That is the appeal of all the Duck Sauce tracks: melody and hooks. Once just the anchors of pop music, even Duck Sauce’s throwaway tracks grab you and get you...