This week's best rap songs include Brother Ali's inspirational "Us" and Drake's star-studded "Forever."
At least half of the songs on Blueprint 3
have leaked on the web, including "Venus vs. Mars" and the Drake-assisted "Off That." Blueprint 3 is scheduled to hit stores on 9/11, accompanied by a benefit concert in the Big Apple to honor 9/11 victims. Jay-Z plans to donate 100% of the proceeds from the show to the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund.
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Fabolous + Ryan Leslie = a winning combination. Throw in a hint of Keri Hilson and you've got yourself a sureshot.
"Forever" is 2009's "Swagga Like Us," a hip-hop collaboration of monstrous proportion. For the sake of argument, Eminem wrecked this track with lines like: "There they go, back in stadiums as Shady spits his flow. Nuts they go, Macadamia they go so ballistic whoa" and "When I slap the bass out your mouth with a taste so great that it shakes the place."
7. Nas - "Film" (w/ C-Slick)
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Many aspiring sound architects would love nothing more than an opportunity to work with a premier lyricist like Nas. For now, that rare honor belongs to 18-year old Chicago native Charles “C-Sick” Dumazer on his mainstream debut "Film
"Ready for War" appears on Beanie Sigel's new album, The Broad Street Bully,
out September 1, 2009.
5. Brother Ali - "Us"
Ali explores drug abuse, breakups, homophobia, among other social issues on his new album, Us, due out September 22nd.
4. J Cole - "Lights Please"With so many people picking up the mic these days, it's almost impossible to find a breath of fresh air. J Cole is one of just few MCs who may be able to pull away from the pack. Being the first signee on Jay-Z's Roc Nation roster doesn't hurt.
3. Raekwon - "House of Flying Daggers" (Feat. Inspectah Deck, Ghostface)
Raekwon serves up a certified WU banger, alongside Ghostface Killah. In a recent interview with Angela Yee, Ghost revealed that he's heavily featured on Rae's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2.
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"Holy Are You" is the lead single from Rakim's 7th Seal LP. The long-anticipated album is now due out on October 20th, 2009.
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"Casa Bey" is epic Mos Def. The way it starts off strong and hits a plateau toward the end is almost magical.