The Review (5/21-5/27)

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Bowtie game strong. This week in my world of music:

Eric Bellinger starts the week off with lead single, ends with release of EP

The R&B crooner is back at it again with a new song “Spare Time” that has a chill vibe but also a strong 808 you would hear in a club. His EP “Eventually” is out now so check that out in your ‘spare time’ ;).

Rookie Fresh continues to put out new music

“Delorean Gang 2.0” is Rockie Fresh’s latest release, following his mixtape series “The Night I Went To…” He continues to impress with this spacey, futuristic sounding jam. This has a smooth feel to it, perfect for riding through the city with your woes.

Damian Lillard: hot on and off the court

I’ve said on this site before to watch out for Dame Lillard. Well, he dropped another song this week over a Jahlil Beats instrumental and it’s straight fire. Dame can ball on the court and on the track.

More smooth West Coast bars coming your way

“Bad Boy on Death Row” is Dave East’s latest offering featuring Game and let me say that it is really dope. So smooth and the back and forth verses from both artists sounds perfect together.

Trey Songz bringing the HEAT

Trey has been quiet for the past few months but he came in real hot with his newest banger “All I Had.” This is a remix to Belly and The Weeknd’s “Might Not.” This song is sure to get the party started or keep the party going but bottom line is play this to get the people going. In addition, he also dropped 3 other remixes that you can check out but this was the stand-out in my opinion.

Finally, we don’t have to listen to Pitbull during the Finals!

I love basketball. Love playing it. Love watching it. But every year, while watching the Finals, I am forced to listen to some new god-awful Pitbull song every commercial break. Not this year, babay! The Roots were chosen to create this year’s song, which comes to us in the form of “Champion.” This song is greatness.

Three fresh remix’s of Fat Joe’s smash hit “All The Way Up”

The legend Jay-Z hops on the official version of the remix.

Meek Mill throws more shots at Drake and Fab drops another solid verse to no one’s surprise.

Jadakiss decides to freestyle a verse over the infectious beat as well.

Ladies and gentlemen, Gucci is free!

ATL legend Gucci Mane was released from prison yesterday after an over 3 year long stay and wasted no time releasing new music. The title speaks for itself.

Joey Bada$$ comes through again

I’ve been listening to Joey more and more and I’m loving what I’m hearing. His new song “Devastated” is another really good song, with an uplifting hook and some dope flows spit throughout.

New Kevin Gates

Kevin Gates dropped “Murder for Hire 2” today hot off the success of his latest album (especially the single “2 Phones”). It’s only 8 songs with a running time of about 30 minutes but is sure to keep Gates fans satisfied. I’ll be giving this a listen later on.

Fifth Harmony releases “7/27”

Fifth Harmony has been a mainstay on the pop charts with “Work From Home” and today they released their new album. The album only has three features but they are good ones in Ty Dolla $ign, Fetty Wap, and Missy Elliot.

XO and Roc Nation artist Belly releases new album “Another Day in Paradise”

I’m new to the Belly bandwagon but from the little I’ve heard, I’m a fan. This dude is going to blow up fast so I suggest hopping on that bandwagon now so you look cooler in a few years.

That is a lot of music for you but some more you may want to check out: Casey Veggies released a mixtape entitled “Customized Greatly 4: The Return of the Boy.” YG dropped his lead single “Why You Always Hatin?” featuring Drake and Kamaiyah. Snoop Dogg released 2 new songs and announced his upcoming album is dropping on July 1st. And finally, O.T. Genesis dropped off a new remix of his smash hit “Cut It” featuring verses from Lil Wayne and T.I. That’s it for me. Enjoy your weekend, folks.

G Baby

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Weekly Hip-Hop/R&B Review (4/9-4/15)

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I came up with the line “Draw me like one of your French girls” before Titanic came out. This is the picture that inspired that line. Now that we have that out of the way, here are some dope tunes from this past week.

Update from last week: Drake’s “Pop Style” and “One Dance” hit Spotify

I couldn’t post these last week because they weren’t up anywhere but later in the day I found them on Spotify so here they are. I wasn’t a huge fan of either but after a few listens they have both grown on me a lot.

Let’s take it to the trap with “Finesse”

Jim Jones released this huge single with features from Rich Homie Quan, A$AP Ferg, and Desiigner. I really like the back-and-forth rhyming scheme on this one. And at this point, Desiigner is just trying to be exactly like Future.

Dubb and Game team up for “Canseco”

Dubb and Game have been featured on each other’s work many times and usually produce great music. “Canseco” falls into that category and the two emcees deliver a verse each, feeding off the energy from the beat.

The remix to “Right Now” is tight

Fabolous and Jadakiss hop on the remix to Uncle Murda and Future’s “Right Now” and go in. The original is where the famous “If Young Metro don’t trust you I’m gone shoot you” tagline comes from so that should be reason enough to listen, if a Fab and Jada verse wasn’t enough. Fab absolutely killed this.

Speaking of Fabolous, this Kobe tribute song is flames

Just a few hours after Kobe decided to drop 60 on the Jazz in his final game, Fab cooked up and dropped “Black Mamba” in his honor. As usual, Fab comes with the witty lines and smooth delivery, rapping 40 bars which symbolizes the fact that Kobe scored at least 40 against every team in the NBA during his 20 year career.

A little Run the Jewels to hold you over

DJ Shadow has a new album coming out in June and recruited Run the Jewels for the first song off the album “Nobody Speak.” He said he made the beat for RTJ and that if they didn’t agree to hop on it, no one would. Luckily for us, they agreed and we have this dope song as a result.

The final batch of unreleased J Dilla material is here on the new album “The Diary”

Mass Appeal Records released “The Diary” today, J Dilla’s final album. Mostly recorded in 2002, this album is something special for all fans of hip-hop. J Dilla was one of the most legendary producers in the game and wasn’t a bad rapper either. This album features all of the remaining unreleased vocal material from J Dilla before he passed away 10 years ago. So enjoy this little time hop of one of hip-hop’s greats.

“Layers” is out now!

As you know, I’ve been waiting for “Layers” to come out for a while now. It is finally here and boy was it worth the wait. This is some of Royce’s best work to date. He seems focused, rejuvenated, and his lyrics are on point throughout. Definitely worth a listen.

Alrighty folks, that should do it. Have a wonderful weekend.

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

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

#TBT Jadakiss- Why (ft Anthony Hamilton)

In honor of Jadakiss releasing his new mixtape (“Top 5 Dead or Alive”) today, this throwback Thursday will show some love to the Yonkers MC.  Jadakiss is a legend in the game, has worked with just about every artist, new and old, and keeps putting out quality street music.  This song is one of his classic songs of the album “Kiss Of Death.”  Jada asks many questions that are on his mind, looking for answers (though many are rhetorical and without concrete answers).  This is one of my personal favorites and the hook by Anthony Hamilton is wonderful.  Why is Jadakiss as hard as it gets? Songs like this, that’s why.