Youth | Ben Khan

Bouncing between pop and R&B, “Youth” is a playful romp down memory lane. Where it lacks in lyrics, it more than makes up with Khan’s smooth voice. 

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Coffee | Sylvan Esso

A hypnotic beat gives way to an even more hypnotic chorus of “get up, get down”. The delightful warmth of the vocals match the folksy instruments. I wouldn’t mind this song being part of my ritual every morning.

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The Dark (Trinity) f/ Dice Raw & Greg Porn | The Roots

Dark clanging of drums and piano combined with the verses by Black Thought, Dice Raw and Greg Porn paint the bleak picture for Black individuals. It fits well into the rest of the album’s cynical spin on American society and hip hop culture’s position in it. 

All I Want B.o.B

I’ve been a fan of Bobby Ray for the longest time. Even when he lead the pop rap charts with “Nothin On You” and “Airplane”, I believed in his No Genre game. However, this may be the last straw. Underground Luxury was just a shallow and boring concept. All I want is some mixtape B.o.B.

Nah I’m Talking ‘Bout | G-Unit

G-G-G-G-G-Unit. In what is becoming the year of comebacks, Buck has settled his differences with Fiddy to reunite the Unit. We’ll see if this lasts…Dipset or G-Unit, who can drop an album first?

0 to 100 / The Catch Up | Drake

"I should prolly sign to Hit-Boy cause I got all the hits"

Whether its Worst Behavior Drizzy or Marvin’s Room Aubrey, people listen to Drake. While he flexes his wordplay on “0 to 100”, it’s “The Catch Up” that really allows Drizzy to shine. Maybe it’s the perfect James Blake collab, or maybe it’s the fact no other rapper speaks to my emotions like Drake. Either way, all the other rappers better start catching up.