The Review (7/23-7/29)

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Look good, feel good, listen to good music. The end of summer is approaching and the jams just keep coming. What did this past week have to offer you ask…

Dancehall-inspired R&B continues to dominate Summer 16

Dancehall has been around for a while but it has reached more mainstream heights this summer with Drake’s hits “Controlla” and “One Dance.” If you’re a fan of either of those two songs, then you’ll be sure to enjoy Verse Simmonds’ “In My Feelings.” This song has a perfect, laid-back island vibe to just throw on and chill to.

Vibe out to Consequence’s new jam

“Ask Somebody” features a very well known sample that most will immediately recognize from Jay Z’s “Ain’t No Nigga.” The song has a funky vibe and features a verse from Tony Yayo and a hook from my boy Ty Dolla $ign.

The official soundtrack for “The Land” is here and loaded with talent

“The Land” hits theaters today and the soundtrack for it is out too. Executively produced by Nas, the movie follows a group of young inner city kids who find some drugs and decide what to do. It’s essentially a “Dope” knock-off but maybe it’ll be good (“Dope” was an excellent movie if you haven’t seen it yet). But the soundtrack has three can’t miss songs: “This Bitter Land” (Nas and Erykah Badu), “Paid” (Pusha T and Jeremih), and “Figure It Out” (which features French Montana, Nas, and Kanye and was released a while ago but still worth noting in case you missed it).

JoJo teams up with Wiz Khalifa for lead single “Fuck Apologies”

Get your pop fix this week with JoJo’s new single. We all hate to admit it but pop music can be addictive. I’ll say it, I’m feeling this song. And much like the message of the song, I’m not apologizing for shit.

This week is full of summer vibes and this song keeps the theme going strong

Mac Miller revealed his plans to drop a new album in September and also dropped off this awesome new song featuring my favorite new artist Anderson .Paak. Mac’s music has evolved with every new project and you can really feel the influence moving to Cali has had on him in this song especially.

New Chainsmokers is fire

“Closer” is the newest dope song from The Chainsmokers that is sure to light up playlists everywhere. I know my fellow writers lose their shit when a new Chainsmokers song comes out and I gotta say, I enjoy them as well. You’re not human if you don’t enjoy this song.

DJ Khaled’s new album “Major Key” is finally here

I won’t be able to post a link to the album since it is only available on Apple Music right now but it’ll be on Spotify in a few weeks. For now, go buy it or find it online like I know you are all capable of. About the album itself, it is great. Much, much better than his last album. I really don’t have any complaints about this album and find every song enjoyable. Much worth the wait and I’d say it lived up to the hype.

Some other notable releases include: Game dropping another album called “Block Wars” to go along with his new mobile game and Nipsey Hussle’s newest Marathon Monday song is called “I Don’t Stress.” That’s it. See you next week people. Thanks for reading/listening.

G Baby

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Weekly Hip-Hop/R&B Review (4/15-4/22)

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The Pens are one step closer to bringing home the Cup and it’s got me all giddy. Music time:

Big K.R.I.T. remixes Kanye’s “30 Hours”

Big K.R.I.T. remains one of the most slept on artists out there right now. He stays bringing that southern flavor to every track. “$30” is a very, very good remix to an already very, very good song.

4/20 brings some new weed smoking anthems

Dizzy Wright is a very good artist. If you don’t listen to him already, I suggest getting on that. He’s been known to smoke Satan’s salad every now and then and gives the fans a new song to commemorate the big day. Even if you’re like me and don’t indulge, this song is still worth checking out.

Ariana Grande recruits Lil Wayne for new single of upcoming album

There are a lot of dope features on Grande’s upcoming album, “Dangerous Woman.” Lil Wayne was one of my most anticipated and turns out I didn’t have to wait too long. Solid verse from Wayne and Ariana doing her thing throughout earns this song a thumbs up from me.

Harlem goes hard

Jim Jones and A$AP Ferg go in on this banging beat. Turn the volume up all the way and bump this shit.

More 4/20 music courtesy of Snoop Dogg

Snoop dropping a song that’s perfect for a chill smoke sesh? Yeah, could’ve seen that coming. Good to see Snoop is cooking up some good music again.

Another song about getting high

Mac Miller and Dave East link up to create another really chill song this week. They both deliver good verses over the Cardo produced track.

This instrumental is FIRE

I don’t care if you don’t listen to a word of this song but you need to throw on some headphones and take in this beat. The legendary Pete Rock produces a gem featuring some slick horns (which I love).

No list is truly complete without some Migos

Ever been at a party or bar or [random place here] and there’s a ton of attractive ladies around but you don’t say sum? Yeah, me either,  I always talk to girls but if you don’t just listen to this song for some inspiration.

New Bankroll Mafia album

I’ve only heard a couple songs off the project but as a huge fan of T.I., I’m confident I’ll enjoy this. There’s definitely a few bangers in here.

“Always Strive and Prosper” does not disappoint

A$AP Ferg’s new album is well worth the wait. The singles he dropped in advance were all great and the rest of the album holds up as well. “Swipe Life,” “Beautiful People,” and “I Love You” are all must hear songs.

Enjoy this week’s helping of hip-hop and R&B, kids.

G Baby

Mac Miller – 100 Grandkids

It’s been a minute since we heard some new Mac, and why not start off your Friday listening to his newest single “100 Grandkids”. The Pittsburgh native debuted this song live at Grassroots Festival this past weekend and released this song and video yesterday. He also announced that he’s dropping a new album September 18th, titled GO:OD AM, and after hearing this song, I’m really excited to hear what else Mac has in store.

This two parted song exemplifies Mac Miller’s wordplay skills and untouchable flow. The first part of the song is really upbeat, with a bass-line that is sure to make you bop your head, opposed to the second part which has more of a trap beat. In the first half, Mac raps about his come up and making his first hundred grand. In the second half, he raps about what life is like with all that money. A needy female voice kicks in towards the end portraying the gold diggers that Mac’s encountered since he’s made all that dough. Overall, I was really impressed with the track, and I’m really excited for his album, which you can preorder here.