Which new hip-hop songs merit adoration this week? I'm glad you asked, because I've got a ton to share with you. Now go forth and impress your friends with thy unparalleled knowledge of new hip-hop. I'll be expecting my check in the mail.
Blood Type dares to venture into an area where peers have been known to sing a one-note tune. "I was raised to hate gay people but turn around taught love by the same people, but I was glad you broke free. If you mad, sue me." Beautifully bold.
Imagine how much money Rozay would make if he charged rappers to pick their beats. Dude truly has an ear for progressive beats, even when his content seems formulaic. Take "Bricks," for instance. He's rhyming about the familiar (bottles, broads and bread), but the orchestral symphony dips his art in fresh waters. My only complaint is that it ends too soon.
8. Fred the Godson - "Live from HQ Freestyle"
How did we manage to sleep on Fred the Godson? Rappers must be mad at him for making the improvised spit game seem effortless. The brother’s rattling off a torrent of quotables on a throwaway joint. “This Halloween, it was sick. I painted myself brown, I’m the sh-t.”
"No time to rest when you’re trying to be a legend," The ILLZ mutters on this drowsy song. You can almost hear the weight of the world pressing down against the track's sweetly downcast blanket.
Back in the day, special kinds of music were called for during preparation for battle or hunting prey. "Let the Dogs Loose" would make a great marching song for hunting prey. It boasts tons of taunts and boasts about taunting your enemy. "I tried to warn y'all, mayne," snarls DJ Kay Slay. We should have listened.
This is new territory for Pusha T of the Clipse, this whole solo career thing. But is there any doubt about his ability to carry an album? Who knows? Either way, it starts with one song. "My God," the first leak from his Fear of God mixtape is absolutely disgusting. The drums don't drop until a full minute into the song. By then, Pusha already has your full attention. Bow.
Bone Thugs biters couldn't even bite Bone proper back in the day. Leave it to the multi-faceted Chip tha Ripper to cover a throwback gem by his fellow Ohio natives. Chip draws us into the solemn vibe of "Days of Our Lives" and shoots us out the other end more nostalgic than ever. If an Ol' Skool radio station slipped this into rotation, no one would notice. Look for Chip's Gift Raps, which is set to drop March 1st.
Three of the brightest New School MCs take the boat on a proper cruise. This is how you subdue a giddy beat, kids.
Remember how rappers were falling over themselves trying to freestyle Bangladehs's "A Milli" beat. Well, "6 Foot 7 Foot," laced by the same guy, seems to be producing the opposite effect. No one wants to touch it because, really, how do you top "Real G's move in silence like lasagna"?
Tyler, the Creator is like R.A. the Rugged Man and Eminem rolled in one. The 19-year old L.A. rapper is versed in the art of shock-rap. "Yonkers" and its accompanying video comprise the best hip-hop song and video out right now. This is what happens when you forget everything that's trendy.