Since its formation in 2009, TDE (Top Dawg Entertainment) has grown into one of hip-hop’s finest record labels. Its roster is comprised of Kendrick Lamar (aka Benz is to me just a car), ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and now this guy: Isaiah Rashad. The 21-year-old Chattanooga, TN resident sounds like a combination of all your favorite rappers and doesn’t really have a weak song from the past year on his SoundCloud. Give the songs below a spin, and leave a comment below about whether you think he belongs with TDE.
So, as usual, I was scouring Twitter today and saw Chance going off with a new TT, “#SmokeAgain,” and I thought, “Shit, man. Chance is gonna drop a weed song and I hate weed songs and I’m gonna wanna hate it but I won’t be able to because it’s Chance and I can’t hate anything he does.”
I was right. And wrong. But mostly right, which is cool because that doesn’t happen for me a lot. I was right because I can’t hate this song, but I was wrong because I don’t even want to hate it. For obviously being a weed song, it doesn’t really make me want to hurt small animals like most weed music (and the day of 4/20, to be honest) because of an awesome, horn-driven beat from Blended Babies and a very, very cool Illroots-directed video. And obviously Ab-Soul doesn’t disappoint with his verse. All I know is that I keep becoming more and more impressed by Chance as I hear more of Acid Rap, and I wasn’t sure that was entirely possible but it happened.
S/O to ItsTheBino shoutouts doe. Check back here on Tuesday for Acid Rap too y’all.
Rap is a constantly evolving genre. Even the most traditional artists take risks in delivery, flow, and beat selection; that’s part of what makes the music so consistently interesting and fun and influential. The following songs are not the strangest rap songs out there, but each one features some sort of “abnormality.” Of course, these abnormalities could one day be the norm, and that’s horrifying.
But also incredibly exciting.
- F. Stokes – Madison West High School
- Star Slinger – Ladies in the Back (ft. Teki Latex)
- Acmatic – Make Her Jump
- Flume – On Top (ft. T.Shirt)
- Flux Pavilion – Do or Die (ft. Childish Gambino)
- Dominic Lord – Never and Never (Prod. by Hudson Mohawke)
- K.Flay – Another Round
- Kendall Elijah – Sittin’ (Cover)
- Ab-Soul x JMSN – You’re Gone
- Blood Diamonds – Barcode (ft. Dominic Lord)
- Euro League – Social Network (ft. Denzil Porter)
- Evil Nine – The Black Brad Pitt (ft. Danny Brown) (Deebs Remix)
- Iron Mics x Tonio – T W A (Till We Arrive)
- MeLo-X – GOD MAGIC
- Homeboy Sandman – Illuminati
Related: 10 Weird Rap Songs (Pt. 1)
Ab-Soul was one of the strongest features on Kendrick’s GKMC, and it’s no surprise to see him returning the favor to Ab-Soul here. Ab-Soul is a really promising new face to the scene, and someone I will certainly be keeping an eye on in the future.
This video is for “ILLumintate,” a standout from his album Control System. It’s actually a very well done video, with intriguing and stirring imagery.
Check it out, stay up on Ab-Soul, and enjoy Kendrick’s addition in the last verse.
Ab-Soul’s Control System album represents the latest piece of work from the Top Dawg Entertainment crew. Continuing his brief stints of magnificence, Ab-Soul enlists the help from fellow members including: Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock (Black Hippy) and the result is rather impressive. Few standout tracks after a few listens are “Lust Demons” and “ILLuminate”. The Los Angeles group keeps on rollin’ after turning heads throughout the hip/hop scene within the past year. Looking forward to what the future holds for this extremely talented group. Until then, check out Control System below and be sure to purchase it on iTunes.
Songs with Kendrick Lamar are better than songs without Kendrick Lamar. It’s my hypothesis. Let’s test it here:
Ab-Soul recruits Kendrick Lamar for “Illuminate.” I listened to it once fully, both verses from Ab-Soul and Kendrick’s verse, and this is a really dope song.
I listened to it again skipping over Kendrick’s part, and it’s just a dope song. Notice I dropped the “really.”