- Artist | Freddie Gibbs
- Song | “Money, Cash, H**s”
- Prod. | The Beat Bully
Freddie Gibbs continues his RIDICULOUS run of dope music by dropping yet another crazy song that should’ve been on Shadow of a Doubt. “Money, Cash, H**s”, content-wise, is as generic (not a diss) as they come. The content is about exactly what you think it’s about, but the flow that Freddie flips for this may sound familiar to DMX and Jay-Z alumni. I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what inspired the entire track, but regardless it’s a fun listen as Gibbs rides the menacing Beat Bully instrumental into the ground. Press play up top if gangsta rap is your thing.
- Artist | Elzhi (feat. Skonie)
- Song | “coSIGN”
- Project | Lead Poison (March 2016)
So a while back, I tweeted about an Elzhi fan toying with the idea of suing him. I thought it was extreme, until it came out that he started a kickstarter, raised a bunch of money, and subsequently vanished into thin air. That’s definitely bad business, and the more I dove into the story, the more it seemed like Elzhi wasn’t being 100% with the fans that rocked with him enough to support the venture.
And then, a few days ago, the skies parted and Elzhi descended upon us with not only a new song, but an interview and an album release date. Turns out, Elzhi had some personal issues he had to deal with. Depression had a bit of a grip on him, and although Lead Poison is a very ominous-sounding title, the album’s supposedly about the recovery. I’m definitely interested to see what’s up with that, but for now, check out “coSIGN” up top, and the interview here, via Noisey.
- Artist | Boogie
- Song | “Beats 1 Freestyle”
Boogie is one of my favorite rappers out right now, and his last project was my favorite project of 2015 (yes, over Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly). I played the mess out of it, and it’s so fresh that I’m liable to throw it on again at any given time and catch a new bar or rhyme or scheme. The homie Melvin hit me with this freestyle he did on Beats 1 Radio, and it’s nothing but flames and potent bars. There’s no such thing as a line wasted with the Compton spitter, so check it out, and wait like me for Boogie’s return.
- Artist | Sylvan LaCue
- Song | “Fall From Grace”
- Project | Far From Familiar (Spring 2016)
So uh… QuESt back.
That’s not the name anymore, as he’s dropped the moniker to go back to his name, Sylvan LaCue. His last project was more for the women, but now there’s no love raps in this drop at all; instead Sylvan’s back with the screw-face flows over fiery production from Linzi Jai (who we might need to do a spotlight on soon; he’s also a talented do-it-all artist, but that’s later). Sylvan’s extremely direct and forward with the approach on this one. We’ve heard him snap like this before, so we’ll have to wait and see how it translates to Far From Familiar when it drops soon. We’ll keep you posted.
- Artist | Crooked I
- Song | “February 12th (Part 1 of 3)”
This is in promotion for Crooked I’s upcoming Statik KXNG EP with Statik Selektah (which I am extremely excited for), and it has the vibe of the Hip-Hop Weekly drops that Crook used to do back in the day, before it was cool to drop stuff every week. That being said, this is a nice little warm-up for the main course that’s hitting this Friday that includes references from Stacey Dash and Gabrielle Union, to Black Panther of the Marvel universe (and that aforementioned Hip-Hop Weekly series), so check it out up top.
- Artist | Blahzé Misfits
- Song | Hillary Clinton
The duo Blahzé Misfits, comprised of Ly Moula and Georgie Lobstas, are not new to this. Seeing as how they sparked discourse about double standards and humorless critics with their last album, Colonel Custard’s Lonely Dick Pic Band, Blahzé can’t possibly be strangers to controversy, but it doesn’t take much time with their art to realize that while they aren’t quite always looking for it, they absolutely welcome it. Basically, this is a knowingly subversive but fun-loving pair, and that should be fine with us. After all, what is art if not challenging and/or merry?
That being said, their new record, “Hillary Clinton“, should come as no surprise.
Over production by CamGotHits, the Misfits address dubious actions taken throughout their lives with this timely nod to the notoriously inconsistent stance-having presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Here, we have the flip-floppy nature of your standard politician juxtaposed with the “flipping” of various “items” for reasonable purposes, leaving us to debate on the various ethical dilemmas. Aptly-titled song indeed. However, “Hillary Clinton” isn’t to be taken as a form of harsh anti-Hillary propaganda, though; the repetition and tone with which the chorus is delivered assures that the song can’t help but place Clinton in a purely satirical, if not somewhat endearing, light.
Ultimately, in true Blahzé fashion, Moula and Lobstas kept their tongues in their cheeks and a smirk on their faces while finding yet another ingenious way to unflinchingly comment on themselves, the world around them, and how they intersect.
Look, man. We can’t exclaim enough about Anderson .Paak over here. Everyone affiliated with the site rocks with him heavy, and I’m hoping that Malibu ages well, because I would love to call it a classic in a few years. That being said, we’re far too early into the life cycle of the project to make those claims.
However, when there’s live performances like this, it’s easier to think that we’ll get there one day. I got the chance to see .Paak live as he opened for Earl Sweatshirt in Birmingham, AL. (who is a dope live performer, by the way), and he won the crowd over off his energy alone. Now it seems that energy isn’t enough for him; he’s hopping off microphones to play drums simultaneously now?
All jokes aside, he’s done this a few times, but for his first live performance, he seemed extremely comfortable. Stephen Colbert continues to put on for the culture, and .Paak and The Free Nationals did their thing. Check it out above, and if you haven’t listened to Malibu yet, you NEED to fix that by clicking on our review up top.