From a rap revivalist New York duo to a syrup-sipping Houston upstart, here are ten hip-hop songs you should know about this week.
"Keep It Trill" sticks to a familiar script of women and haters, delivered in Kirko's signature syrupy flow. There's even a Chipmunkified version
on YouTube, if you're into that.
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Tyga joins the Molly craze with the appropriately titled "Molly," alongside Young Khalifa and something called Mally Mall. Apparently, they couldn't find Trinidad James' email.
Funny that "We Up" dropped in the same week the Game petitioned for a G-Unit reunion. There's only one artist 50 Cent is happy to push under G.Unit 2.0. His name is Kidd Kidd and he's pretty damn loyal. Sadly, the preview of Kidd Kidd's "We Up" doesn't include Kendrick Lamar's verse. A video with Director X has already been shot and should be hitting your screen soon.
Action Bronson's first track of 2013 is that sneering, stripped down, subwoofer-ready street banger his fans love. It's not Bronsolini's best but it's seriously fun. Who else can make "I rock nice sneakers" sound like a real boast? Produced by La Musica De Harry Fraud.
With all the major GOOD music players dropping projects and making major announcements, it's easy to forget about CyHi the Prynce. The Atlanta rapper is controlling his controllables by serving up a new mixtape, Ivy League
, for the masses. The Lex Luger-laced "Far Removed" is one of the tastier treats from that tape.
"When you're hungry on the streets and you're snatching mice cheese for you and yours, I can relate," raps Fiend on his latest. Produced by Cookin' Soul. From Fiend's Lil Guetto Boy
Haunting production. Steely rhymes aimed right at your spine. Each rapper takes a turn explaining why they go hard like it's their last day. This is from Budden's No Love Lost
LP, out Feb. 5 via E1 Music.
So what if it isn't a rap song? Phonte is that dude, and it's a song you should know about. Appears on +FE Music: The Reworks
"UA, what the game been missing," brags the Underachievers (Issa Dash and Ak). Not quite, but it's what the game's been fiendin'. UA is cut from the same raw, east coast fabric as Joey Bada$$ and the Pro Era Collective. "Philanthropist" is from the excellent opener to their mixtape Indigoism
It's 90s-inspired without sounding 90s-inspired. You really have to watch this video to fully appreciate this gem. Do it