It has been said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Now, I don’t know if New York’s Dirt Disciples (Rome Clientel & DJ Concept) hung out tough with KXNG Crooked, Prodigy, Nature, Reek Da Villian or any of the other dope cats that made the “Opportunity Knox” LP this time around for Volume 3. But this DJ Concept beat though, there’s proof of one above-average producer doing work for a helluva emcee! Hell, their “Hologram” contribution to the project might make Dirt Disciples part of the others’ five.
You think putting a smooth araabMUZIK beat to video of Honeyz pillow fighting and playing in the pool and the grotto all wet and glistening is going to get us to enjoy “Flex” (featuring Fabolous & Tory Lanez) even more? Good plan. Because it worked Mr. Budden. It worked!!
Trust God, tie your camel.
There’s boom and bap in there, but on some different ish. Nice. Very nice. Unique beat and rhyme apporach for Dec 99th (Yasiin Bey and Ferrari Sheppard) on “Seaside Panic Room.” Click play and keep your finger ready to click again. The stream goes quick; like 2 minutes or so.
Oh yeah. We effs with Ta-ku something heavy already over here. But this “Love Somebody” is doing nothing but locking us into long-term fandom. Dope music and vocalization. Great choice to lure the world over to copping the EP “(m)edian” out now.
Jesse Boykins III might make you wait a year for some new music, but it’s always on time. Interesting features for his “Bartholomew” mixtape – Audio Push, Melanie Fiona, Trinidad James, Bridget Kelly, Dej Loaf and more. Definitely an R&B plate, but with something extra in the gravy.
You cannot just turn a concept for a commercial jingle over to The World’s Greatest Late Night Band… the standard bearers for Hip-Hop with instrumentation… and think you will just get a 30-second clip. No. And Stella Artois had to know that. A promotional song so strong it can stand as a single alone. Check out The Roots with their “Bittersweet” jawn.
What does a sound taste like? Experience “Bittersweet” by The Roots, the first ever song you can taste. Based upon scientific research that explores the relationship between our senses, one side has been written to bring out the sweeter flavors in a Stella Artois, while the other enhances the bitter notes. Can you taste the difference?
Next up for DJ Khaled: Another HIT! “Holy Key” alert to all you ‘old’ heads… yes, the song features that Betty Wright; and she is all that on this jawn! K. Dot and Big Sean doing the do, too. Take a listen!
Damn, the opening to this song is perfect!
OHHHH! This is that PAIN on the track! Apollo Brown and Skyzoo – two names you gotta put RESPECT on (full correct spelling, no joke). A no-brainer that the two in concert on a track would be spectac. Well, here’s the proof. “One In The Same” (featuring Patty Crash) is a shot of that realness that will burn going down, like it’s suppose to. Hit play and get buzzed!
Mac and .Paak come through before you knew with the REAL visuals for their “Dang!” collabo effort. Embedded above. DAMN if they did not load this video with some premium Eye Candy. Whew! You’re welcome.
Tabi Bonney (with Wiz Khalifa) dropped “Bang Bang” earlier. So, you about ready for the visuals. Either way, you are getting them… and good!
“For this video (which Tabi also directed) I wanted to capture the essence of summer and the natural beauty of girls and everything that comes with it” Tabi explained to Complex when asked about the concept of the video and the song. “In our pursuits we don’t always get what we want…sometimes we get shot down.”
The essence of summer. Beauty of girls. Everything that comes with it. Say no more. Press play ’til your finger is sore. Ha!
No shortage of confidence for Consequence. “Ask Somebody,” and check for this new Consequence (featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Tony Yayo, with additional vocals by Chris Turner). Cons put down the beat and pulled his load on the flows.
Even when incorporating that sing-songy Shaggy draggy element in his scheme, Dave East still stays true with the lyricism and boom bap. Exhibit next, his “Bag.” Money! Like pulling up in the Range Ro’ and putting hands on the bankroll.
(This single is on the soundtrack for “The Land,” in case you are interested.)
Two real pieces of genius right off the top: The Stick flipping that Marvin Gaye classic “What’s Going On” for Papoose to ride on AND Pap’s line about the police gun range silhouette being black, as though they were TRAINING to shoot Black people (damn). Check this out!
(Oh… and the artwork face paste-ins… Officer Trump.)
Another product from Yeezy’s “Life Of Pablo” project in visual form. Stark imagery, the essence of contrast (brightly lit characters, including wifey Kim K, on a dark set from the outset. If you like concept art in audio form and/or want the latest Kanye, this one’s for you!
With “Kites” REKS bears his soul in the form of two passionate letters to individuals – one to Mumia Abu-Jamal (the activist and author who was imprisoned for the 1981 killing of police officer Daniel Faulkner) and another to Dylan Roof (the terrorist who executed nine people during a prayer service in South Carolina on June 17, 2015). Black Lives, Blue Lives, All Lives Matter. But the relationship between police officers and citizens will remain rocky until we dig deep enough to get to the root of the issue and improve the foundation. First, the U.S. has a history of brutalizing and incarcerating Black men without just cause. Second, police officers have a profoundly difficult job, but they also need to be held accountable for their actions. Third, individuals like Dylan Roof will continue to exist so long as revisionist’s history repeatedly poisons youthful minds with ideas that claim Black equality while still promoting White supremacy. It follows that reversing historic the mode of mistreatment of Black people in the U.S., especially in cases of bad police interactions, AND acting to root out Roof-like individuals and arresting their deadly behaviors is key.
(Beat by Alchemist.)