The Review (7/9-7/15)

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In honor of Blink-182 debuting at Number 1 on the Billboard charts this past week, here’s me getting my inner Travis Barker on. Let’s delve into this past week of hip-hop music.

Ace Hood delivers “Starvation V” mixtape

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After months of leaked songs and going anticipation, the day finally arrived for Ace Hood’s fifth installment in the Starvation mixtape series to drop. Much like the previous 4, this did not disappoint. Ace always brings an aggression and passion that is unmatched by most, as he raps about varying topics from getting money to social injustices, while always keeping it real in his rhymes.

Ty Dolla $ign gives fans lead single “Campaign” featuring Future (and one more)

Ty Dolla has been one of my favorite artists recently. His voice is incredible and he usually teams up with some great collaborators and producers. “Campaign” is the first song off his upcoming mixtape, also called “Campaign.” He also dropped “No Justice,” which is a much more sobering song.

Sia creates “Unstoppable” remix featuring Pusha T

The Olympics are around the corner and we are starting to get some new music being made for it. Gillette has a new add featuring this song that is pretty dope. I’m sure you’ll be seeing it a lot and hearing bits of this song as you cheer on America to whoop the rest of the world’s ass like we always do this August.

DJ Drama leaves “Boyz In The Hood” off album but releases it anyway

This song is seriously dope. Meek Mill delivers two great verses and Pusha T finishes it off like only he can. DJ Drama left the song off the album due to Meek’s legal issues but thankfully for us, he decided to let the world hear it. The album, “Quality Street Music 2” drops next week.

Kehlani is feeling “CRZY” this week

It’s been one hell of a year for Kehlani, but it seems she has put some of the past behind her and is refocused on making music. “CRZY” is the second song she’s put out since her suicide attempt and it’s another decent song that is nothing special, but still worth a listen.

Bas recuits Ab-Soul for the “Housewives” remix

Two dope, underrated emcees in Bas and Ab-Soul combine here to give fans a nice remix to Bas’s “Housewives” off his debut album “Too High To Riot.” Ab-Soul has been pretty quiet over the past year but his album is supposedly done and being mastered, so we could get that by the end of the year…hopefully.

Tory Lanez goes in on “August 19th”

Jahlil Beats cooked up a triumphant beat for Lanez and he decided to spit some braggadocios bars over it. The result is fire.

Bonus news: Migos dropped a 5 song EP entitled “3 Way,” Juicy J released a mixtape called “Lit in Ceylon,” PnB Rock teamed up with Fetty Wap for a joint mixtape, Joe Budden put out a freestyle over Beyonce’s “Freedom” instrumental that shares his thoughts about everything going on in America right now, XXL Freshman 21 Savage and super producer Metro Boomin teamed up on the new 9 song EP “Savage Mode,” and Tinashe put out a new up-beat and extremely poppy sounding single “Superlove.”

That’s it folks, see you next week.

G Baby

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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

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 (1/30-2/5)

Big week in hip-hop but first, let me address what’s on everyone’s mind. My watch game was superior back in the day. Alright, let’s get after it…

Drake drops new heat, Meek Mill responds immediately

Not gunna say much here cuz we all know Drake did it again. He dropped another diss track that doubles as a banger. More interestingly, Meek Mill responded only minutes later, dropping part 2 of his 4/4 mixtape series, which included a response (called “War Pain”) to Summer Sixteen.

T-Pain is back for the autotune crown

T-Pain made autotune cool. Unfortunately, he inspired too many people to use it and now all these wack rappers think they’re cool. But T-Pain is still around to remind you how to kill a song using autotune.

Tinashe drops “Ride of Your Life”

Ever wonder what Tinashe would sound like on a Metro Boomin produced beat? Here you go.

Nas Remix’s Future’s “March Madness” and it’s great

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I have a huge love/hate relationship with Future. I don’t understand why he’s so popular because he’s terrible but at the same time he does make music that puts me in some type of mood (and I like that). March Madness is one of my favorites and having Nas spit over the instrumental is a dream come true…not really but the song is good.

This song should be called Derek Jeter because it’s a guaranteed hit

Zendaya and Chris Brown combine to make an absolute jam. But even better than that, listen to the beat. Do you hear that?! A TLC “Creep” sample?!!! Hell yes. Somewhere, Captain Gene is smiling.

Dreamville artist Bas drops “Methylone;” “Too High To Riot” comes out in March

This song is downright awesome. Bas is probably my favorite artist on Dreamville outside of J Cole and has yet to disappoint me. If you’re not on board yet, listen to some of his music NOW!

Friday, Feb 5th aka the day a bunch of artists put out new music

Today, a few big name artists decided to flood the markets with new albums and mixtapes. While I’ll admit to only caring about one artist, it’s still worth notifying the people. We got: Wiz Khalifia- “Khalifa” (Spotify, iTunes). Young Thug- “I’m Up” (Soundcloud, iTunes). Future- “EVOL” (DJ Khaled’s Beats1 Radio Show, iTunes, Spotify). And the man you NEED to check out if you aren’t familiar with: Dizzy Wright- “Wisdom and Good Vibes”

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Alright that’s about it for this week. There’s a little something something for everyone. Enjoy.

G Baby