T.I. feat. Skylar Grey – “New National Anthem” Aug21

T.I. feat. Skylar Grey – “New National Anthem”...

The first sentence T.I. says on his new single, “New National Anthem,” is a casual admission that “radio probably ain’t gonna play this [record].” However, everything about this record is designed for the radio. First, I suspect this was a Skyler Grey hook that’s been sitting around waiting for someone (Eminem) to record some raps in between. Not a martial tone, the production feels like a marching band. Now I can’t wait for T.I. and The Roots perform this song on The Tonight Show. I have always preferred rap as protest at its angriest. While T.I. has the authority and ability to speak on heavy topics, the track just isn’t angry enough. I want to dance to this. But I’m so angry....

Watch The Duck feat. T.I. – “Girlfriend??”...

This is my big criticism of the video. I hate the exposition that bookends the video with the Cheaters TV show and the bootleg Bill Burr/Joel McHale host. Just get into the video. Trust me, folks ain’t checking music videos for story arcs. Plus people can figure out she’s humpin’ around. All that said, another awesome track juxtaposing dubstep with Southern funk. T.I. is a bonus. I can take or leave him, but he does validate these dudes. They need to be bigger. And if this is the first time you’ve heard of Watch The Duck, check the video that got me open, “Poppin’ Off.” Then cop the Anatidaephobia EP on iTunes now....