The Review (7/2-7/8)

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Suns out, guns out. Let’s take a look back at this week in hip-hop music.

PND & Jeremih drop first song off upcoming joint project

Two of the hottest R&B artists on the planet right now are PartyNextDoor and Jeremih. Their music is great on its own, but teaming up for a joint album is going to be something special, especially if this song is any indication of what’s to come. “Like Dat” is a banger that features a FIRE verse from Wayne (who has been absolutely killing it lately).

Happy Birthday Childish Major

The ATL rapper/producer dropped off a special treat this 4th of July, which also happens to be his birthday. This song is really great and it’s always great when some new Isiah Rashad pops up. These guys are both young and extremely talented with bright futures ahead of them.

Rocketshipshawty 2 on its way

Kid Ink is preparing a follow-up to the mixtape that made him famous. “Lamborghini Dreaming” serves as the first song off the mixtape and it’s smooth as fuck.

Big K.R.I.T. unleashes 12 freestyles in 12 hours

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Rather than post all 12 videos, I decided to post a link to K.R.I.T.’s youtube page. Check them all out or just the ones that feature an instrumental you like. You’ll be safe knowing K.R.I.T. does his thing on all of them.

Gucci Mane teams up with…2Pac?

Fresh out the feds, Gucci has been constantly putting out new music and is set to release a new album in about 2 weeks. “On Me” is a banger that features an old 2Pac verse, which is always refreshing to hear.

Ace Hood is in “Go Mode”

As we get closer and closer to the release of “Starvation V,” Ace Hood keeps leaking new songs to build some hype. “Go Mode” is another dope track with a guest appearance from the boss, Rick Ross.

Joe Budden throws shots at Drake again

Last week, Budden unleashed on Drake with “Making A Murderer, Pt. 1.” This week, he’s back with more lethal bars on “Wake.” This song is great for a multitude of reasons, including the lyrical content and the cover art. Shit made me laugh. Drake will forever be more popular and successful, but his bars will never match Budden’s. Throw this on, pull up the rap genius page and really hear these lines. Incredible.

Chris Brown sings the blues

There has been a lot of really shitty stuff going on in this country the past couple days. During these sad times, many people turn to music. Brown released this song for free for (in his own words) “anybody dealing with injustice or struggle in their lives.” “My Friend” is a fucking beautiful ballad that showcases Brown’s talent and emotion and might even bring a tear to your eye.

Black Hippy is at it again

The day before ScHoolboy Q’s new album dropped (more on that later), the TDE camp blessed the world with a remix to “THat Part.” For those who don’t know who Black Hippy is, the group is made up of TDE artists Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, and ScHoolboy Q. They make great music individually and together. Enjoy.

“Blank Face” is here

The long wait for ScHoolboy Q’s sophomore album is over. The “Blank Face LP” dropped today and it is fantastic. I’ve listened to it twice through already and my early favorites are “Ride Out,” “WHateva U Want,” and “JoHn Muir.” This will be in the rotation for a few weeks for sure.

Some final notes: Jay Z released a song called “Spiritual” that I didn’t post because TIDAL is annoying, Migos released a new EP last night, and KeKe Palmer dropped a new song earlier this week as well. That’s about it, I am off to visit The Land and hang with my best friend LeBron for the weekend. Till next week.

G Baby

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The Review (5/7-5/13)

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It must be Christmas because Chance The Rapper gave the world a gift today. Let’s see what else dropped this past week.

Lloyd is back from an extended hiatus

You guys and gals remember Lloyd? It seemed like he was one of the go-to guys for hooks in like 2012-2013 and then he just disappeared. Well he is back with his new single “Tru” and it is quite good.

More Chris Brown this week

I don’t have much information on this song, it seems like it might be a leftover or a song he chose to release for no particular reason but nonetheless, this song is beautiful. Backed by piano and guitar, Brown croons soulfully over the beat. This is where Chris Brown really shines in my opinion, when he sings and shows off his incredible voice.

Sean Kingston with the heat!

Sean Kingston tries out a new sound for this new jam “All I Got” and it works well. This version, featuring Migos member Quavo, is hottttt. Kingston kills the hook and Quavo lends a solid verse to make one good song, ready for the dance floor this summer.

Mistah F.A.B., Kendrick, and KXNG Crooked bring the heat

What a song. Kendrick delivers the opening verse and it sounds like an old verse, but that doesn’t matter at all (it’s fire). Then, Kobe sings a dope hook and Mistah F.A.B. drops another solid verse. The song wraps up with a dope verse from KXNG Crooked, who is one of the best lyricists in the game.

Starvation 5 is on the way

I’ve been rocking with Ace Hood since I heard his mixtape “Body Bag.” He always brings an intensity to his raps that is matched by few others. He also has some of the best flows out there year after year. “All The Way G” is worth the listen.

Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa team up for “All Night”

Just your typical turn up song curtesy of Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa with production from TM88.

ScHoolboy Q drops Kanye assisted single “That Part”

Get Top on the phone! The TDE takeover continues with ScHoolboy Q’s new single “That Part,” which features a verse from Kanye West. The two spit over a menacing beat. This song will appear on Q’s upcoming album. Hears to hoping that drops soon.

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Apologies to all the Drake and Kanye stans out there but Chance just dropped the project of the year (so far). The kid is a musical genius and you’ll realize that after just one listen. I have been listening to this all day and will continue to do so for the next week or two or three. Who knows. It is THAT good. Best of all, all of Chance’s music is free. So check this mixtape out, and check out all his old stuff too. You will not be disappointed.

That should cover the good stuff from this week. Enjoy people.

G Baby

The Review (4/30-5/6)

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If looks could kill, I’d be serving 25 to life. Here’s this week’s new music:

Lions, Tigers, and Wolfie? Oh, my

“100” was the first track off Wolfie’s new EP, which you can check out for free on her soundcloud page if you’re feeling this song.

New Nipsey Hussle is smooth

Nipsey Hussle is one of the best underground rappers on the West Coast. His music exemplifies the culture and always sounds so, so good. “Ocean Views” is another great song added to Nipsey’s catalog.

Khelani returns after recent suicide attempt

Khelani just dropped this very personal song, which addresses, on the surface level at least, her battle with depression. Ultimately, the message of the song is that no one is perfect so live your life the way you want because we’re all human.

This one is for all the mama’s out there

Game released this song as a tribute to 2Pac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, who passed away earlier this week. She was an inspiration to many, much like her son, and this song sums up the importance of all mother’s out there. It’s a beautiful song and should go down as one of the better mother tributes, along with both Kanye and 2Pac’s “Hey Mama.”

The first single off Chris Brown’s upcoming album is here and is good

“Grass Ain’t Greener” features Brown singing and rapping about his female companion. This passion filled song over the 808-driven production is Chris Brown in his element that any fan will enjoy.

50 Cent has another hit on his hands

I’m a HUGE 50 Cent fan. Back in the day, him, Em, and Game were the majority of what I listened to so I always look forward to his releases. “No Romeo No Juliet” is a dope song. 50 does his thing and Chris Brown absolutely killed his verse.

Please, please listen to this album

Rittz is so incredibly lyrical, with varying ferocious flows that always impress. I gave this album a listen and can say I will be keeping this in my rotation for the next few weeks. There are no bad tracks.

Skepta releases “Konnichiwa”

This week features a few new album releases from some guys who deserve more attention. Skepta is one of those guys. The British rapper has been gaining steam over the past year after getting co-signs from guys like Drake and Kanye. His new album should be worth the listen.

You should already have this song memorized

This song is straight up infectious. I haven’t stopped listening to it since it dropped. It legitimately make me happy. Throw this on and get dancy today, tomorrow, and so on because this song isn’t going anywhere. Justin Timberlake, thank you.

Enjoy this week’s music. Go Pens

G Baby

Weekly Hip-Hop/R&B Review (4/2-4/8)

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Whatchu know about being a fashion icon? Not as much as me. Check out those striped overalls with the fire apple name tag. Anyway, this site is about music right?

Jarren Benton releases new single off upcoming album

Jarren Benton is a very skilled lyricist and his verse on this song shows it. He absolutely rips this piano-infused, grimy beat. His features, Locksmith and Joyner Lucas, also came to play, delivering two equally dope verses.

Freddy vs Jason is on the way!

Fab and Jada are two of New York’s finest on the mic and they are teaming up to create a collaborative album coming soon. The duo dropped a new song, which is a freestyle over Future’s “Wicked” instrumental, to smooth things over until the album drops.

J Dilla’s posthumous album arrives next week

Legendary producer/rapper J Dilla passed away a little over ten years ago but his music lives on. This new track “Gangsta Boogie” will be featured on the album and features Snoop Dogg and Kokane. Most of the album was recorded around 2002 so expect these “new” tracks to be a welcoming throwback.

The legend Riff Raff drops new HEAT

Riff Raff may be one of the most absurd people to ever walk this earth but the dude is an entertainer. His new track “Carlos Slim” features his hilarious boastful bars and an absolute banger of a beat produced by 808 Mafia. Don’t hate it till you give it a chance.

Havoc and Alchemist are cooking up a new project

This for all the fans of classic hip-hop. Two of the best at what they do will be dropping a new project in late May that is sure to be great. “Maintain (Fuck How You Feel)” is the first track off said project and is a sign of good things to come.

Meek Mill drops “Trap Vibes”

“Trap Vibes” is a freestyle over the “Summer Sixteen” and “Panda” instrumentals. It is typical Meek bragging about himself and the stuff he has and talking shit. Nothing wrong with that, he knows his lane and for the most part stays in it. This is definitely hype.

Chance The Rapper’s brother Taylor releases “Straight From Heaven”

We all know Chance is dope but his brother isn’t bad either. Taylor raps in a very similar style to Chance but adds his unique touch to it.

Dee-1 recruits Lupe and Big K.R.I.T. for this fire remix

This song is hooooooottttttt. The beat is flames and each artist goes in. What more could you ask for?

Legends to legendary things

Black Thought and Styles P team up and give us “Making a Murderer.” Black Thought is one of the best artists of all time and Styles P rarely disappoints. You might need rap genius to catch all the bars on this one.

Chris Brown drops the 2nd remix to “Fuck You Back to Sleep”

The first remix of this song featured Usher and Zayn Malik. This one features August Alsina, Miguel, and Trey Songz…three of the games best R&B artists. This is what sex sounds like in the form of music.

ScHoolboy Q is back at it with “Groovy Tony”

Great news this week as ScHoolboy Q drops the lead single off his upcoming album. It’s just what you expect from Q: hard lyrics, mean delivery, dope song.

Teddy Pain is at it again

With all the new T-Pain I’ve been posting, you’d think it was 2007. It isn’t, at least I don’t think it is, but we are still being blessed with new music from the autotune goat. New album coming soon.

Debut album from Gallant releases

I recently discovered Gallant, just in time to hear his debut album “Ology” and I am excited. This dude’s voice is amazing and he should be one of your favorite R&B artists in no time after giving this a listen.

That’s about it for this week. Drake also had about three songs leak that may or may not be on his upcoming album. I can’t post any of them because of copyright issues but to be honest, none of them were outstanding. “Pop Style” was the best one, which features Kanye West and ONE bar from Jay-Z -____- See you next week with some more new music, including a couple album releases I’ve been patiently waiting for.

G Baby

Weekly Hip-Hop/R&B Review (3/25-4/1)

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This week features more rhymes than a Dr. Suess book. Let’s get right into it.

T.I. drops another new song

“Not My Fault” is a chill song that features a soothing hook and a couple verses from T.I. and Verse Simmons.

Ty Dolla $ign and Akon is the collab you need to hear

This song is so dope. Akon kills the hook, as he usually does, and Ty Dolla does his damn thing over this smooth beat. Another super chill song.

Kudi is back to his old self on “The Frequency”

There really isn’t much better than hearing Kid Cudi hum over a beat. It is so soothing to hear. This song features that Man on the Moon style vibe, which is a good sign for any fan of Cudi.

Put on your Sunday best for CeeLo’s new song

CeeLo keeping the smooth theme going hear with another chill song. Love the horns on this track along with the positive message.

Big Sean with a big week

Sean blessed his fan base with this new track “Get My Shit Together” which features Sean’s typical cleverness over a piano-lead beat. In addition, he dropped a joint album with Jhene Aiko entitled “TWENTY88” which you can find online.

Absolute heater from Big K.R.I.T.

Big K.R.I.T. has to be one of the most underrated rappers in the game right now. He is not only a great rapper, he is a great producer as well. “So Bad” is evidence of both.

This remix is good

The original is good enough but add Chris Brown on the chorus and a verse from him and you get gold.

Royce Da 5’9 drops “Trust the Shooter” mixtape

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Be careful playing this because it is absolute heat. Royce’s lyrical ability is something special and it is on full display on every track.

dvsn releases new album

I’ve heard a few tracks of this so far and am thoroughly impressed. Dvsn is definitely an artist to watch out for.

Lupe kills the “Panda” beat

Lupe doing what Lupe does. Wordplay for days on this one.

Bryson Tiller + The Weeknd = dream come true

The Weeknd jumps on Bryson Tiller’s “Rambo” and absolutely crushes it. I love the music these two guys put out. Hopefully this is a sign that we will get a collaboration in the future.

Snakehips and Anderson Paak team up for a dope new single

Like I said last week, everything Anderon Paak touches is amazing. This song is no exception. I’ll be jamming to this for the foreseeable future.

Kanye West gives us Saint Pablo

This is fucking great. Kanye can be an asshole, but he makes some pretty damn good music. Long live Saint Pablo.

The world is yours

A$AP Ferg proves he can make music that isn’t a club banger. “The World is Mine” features Big Sean and will be on Ferg’s upcoming album, which looks like it’s going to be very good.

Alright people, that’s just about it. Drake dropped two new tracks this week that I couldn’t post but they were nothing special. That said, Views is approaching so that is exciting. G-Eazy also released a remix of “Order More” featuring Yo Gotti and Lil’ Wayne if that tickles your fancy. That’s all I can think of. Enjoy

G Baby

10 (More) Remixes You Need In Your Life

A while back, I made a list of some remixes I felt were worth checking out. The great thing about music is that remixes happen so often, I have plenty more where that came from. So here are 10 more remixes you should check out.

  • Classic Man (Remix)- Jidenna (ft Kendrick Lamar)

If you were alive last year, you remember this song. It was everywhere and played all the time. It’s a good song that Kendrick Lamar makes even better with a couple fire verses.

  • About The Money (Remix)- T.I. (ft Jeezy, Young Thug, Lil Wayne)

This song is that hot trap music from the ATL legend T.I. It isn’t the heavy bass trap music you are thinking of though. The beat is more sophisticated and laid back in a sense, but still very dope. I like this version better than the original.

  • Don’t Wait (Remix)- Mapei (ft Chance The Rapper)

It is no secret that the writers of this site love Chance. However, I’m not sure if the other guys have heard this absolute gem. The original is a really chill song and Chance adds a verse that is straight poetic beauty. Definitely worth a listen and will be stuck in your head in no time.

  • TKO (Black Friday Remix)- Justin Timberlake (ft J. Cole, A$AP Rocky, Pusha T)

Justin Timberlake is the man. I have made my affection for him no secret. But this song is more about the three rappers who take a re-worked TKO beat and rip it to pieces. All three artists deliver great verses with different flows to create one memorable remix.

  • All Gold Everything (Remix)- Trinidad James (ft T.I., Jeezy, 2 Chainz)

Remember a few years ago when Trinidad James, for reasons I still do not understand, was hot? Since the original version of this song dropped, James has been on a steady decline to irrelevancy. It might be because it is infinitely better than the original but this remix is awesome. 2 Chainz verse makes me laugh.

  • One Blood (Mega-Remix)- Game (ft 24 Artists)

Yes, this is a long song and many of you are not capable of keeping interest for 12 minutes but this is one of the most well known remixes in hip-hop history. It features 24 artists, including Nas, Lil Wayne, Fabolous, Jadakiss, and so the list goes. A ton of huge names on a huge remix makes for a worthwhile listen.

  • She Don’t Put It Down Like You (Remix)- Joe Budden (ft Fabolous, Twista, Turk)

A fun song with a few great rappers and a hook from the impressive Turk makes this remix one you’ll enjoy. I remember this snuck onto a few pregame playlists of ours back in the day.

  • Deuces (Remix)- Chris Brown (ft Drake, T.I., Kanye West, Fabolous, Rick Ross, Andre 3000)

Look at the artists featured on this remix. That is reason enough to press play. You will not be disappointed. Side note: Fab is getting a lot of features on this list. Not intentional, he’s just that good.

  • Get By (Remix)- Talib Kweli (ft Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mos Def, Busta Rhymes)

You’ve probably heard the original before. But this remix over the Kanye produced beat is unreal. Jay, Ye, Talib, Busta Rhymes and Mos Def all come through and do their thing. You have to listen to this.

  • Made You Look (Remix)- Nas (ft Jadakiss, Ludacris)

Three legends, one remix, it doesn’t get much better than this. Just listen to it because I don’t really have words to describe how great this is.

G Baby

Weekly Hip-Hop/R&B Review (2/20-2/26)

I’ve always had a great sense of humor. Let’s hope you like my taste in music just as much. Here we go…

French Montana drops “Wave Gods” mixtape, “Figure It Out” is a must hear

“Figure It Out” is probably French Montana’s best song. We see French reflect on some of his recent hardships (his friend Chinx getting shot and killed and Max B getting incarcerated). Kanye gives a solid hook and Nas delivers another insightful verse, all over a truly beautiful instrumental.

Funkadelic, Kendrick, and Ice Cube combine to make the perfect ride along song

This song should be played while driving with the windows down along the interstate. Its got that great head bobbin vibe and verses from two of the greatest rappers to come straight outta Compton.

A Dream Team collab

Chris Brown released this remix “Fuck You Back to Sleep” featuring the legend Usher and the former One Direction star turned solo act Zayn Malik. If you like R&B music, I don’t see how you won’t like this.

Are you “Ready” for new Joey Bada$$?

I’ll admit that I do not listen to Joey Bada$$ enough. He is an incredibly talented artist with an old school vibe. As with much of his music, this song displays his great flow and cadence over a Statik Selektah beat.

Yuna begins comeback with DJ Premier assisted track “Places to Go”

As a huge hip-hop fan, I love DJ Premier. He’s been producing legendary hits for decades now and isn’t stopping anytime soon. This instrumental is no different from his typical production, with tons of samples and scratches to create one cohesive unit. I’ve never heard of Yuna before but she has a wonderful voice and delivers a great message on this song.

WAM stands for Weed and Money, it is also a good song

Adrian Marcel is another new name to me but I am familiar with Wale and E-40. So I decided to check out the song and I’m glad I did. The song has a west coast vibe and a DJ Mustard esque production. Easy to vibe to and all around solid performances by the three artists.

Zayn Malik makes two appearances on this review??

That’s right. Zayn gets an assist from Lil’ Wayne on the remix to his hit song “Pillowtalk” and I gotta say I dig it. Wayne kills his verse and Zayn ain’t that bad either.

And the biggest thing to happen this week is…

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis released their highly anticipated follow up to their Grammy winning debut album today. “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made” is a very solid project. I’ve listened to it three times through already and am definitely feeling it. As with Macklemore’s last project, there are some fun songs on here as well as some deeper, more thought provoking songs. The difference with this album is he seemed to try and stick more to hip-hop roots and away from the pop infused hip-hop that made his last album so commercially successful. This strategy certainly worked as I really enjoy it and believe his messages remain at the forefront of the song. There are also a ton of great features on this album (i.e. KRS-One, Chance The Rapper, DJ Premier, Idris Elba!?). Early favorite song is “Need to Know” with Chance The Rapper, who has the two best guest verses of 2016 so far (along with his verse on “Ultralight Beams” of TLOP). The intro “Light Tunnels” is another one of the stand outs as it talks about the Grammys and his experience there. I feel like this album will be in contention again this year during awards season. There is a long way to go until then, but I’m just saying I would’t be surprised.

It is also worth noting that a new Kanye West song surfaced this week called “Saint Pablo” and it is pretty dope. I’m waiting for him to release the official version to post it on here but if you’re curious, you can see a video of it being played live at a club on YouTube. See you next week!

G Baby