Break out the sunscreen, T.I. recruits the summer starlet, Iggy, for a tropical single.
Kingdom f/ Vince Staples | Common
With so much attention being focused on Chicago and its gun issues, many rappers have been taking a stand to either represent the Windy City or showing their disapproval of the current state of affairs. One of the first rappers to take a stand was Common. Now he’s back, in a far different hip-hop landscape. He brings in the new beats and Vince Staples feature, but keeps the OG message intact.
New Atlanta f/ Rich Homie Quan, Young Thug & Jermaine Dupri | Migos
Welcome to new Atlanta. This posse cut from a lot of up-and-comers perfectly showcase the current trend in hip-hop. High impact lyrics and loud beats compliment each other for an infectious anthem.
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.
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.
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.
Northside | Jimmy Johnson
The OVO signee with some new material. Can’t say I’m really feeling this.
XXL Freshmen 2014 Cypher [Part 1] | Kevin Gates, Vic Mensa, August Alsina, Isaiah Rashad, Chance the Rapper
With such an impressive lineup, this disappoints. Chance is the only one in his element, while everyone else looks mad awkward. And Isaiah is really short…
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?