Big Sean‘s had himself a hell of a few hours. Last night, he was featured on the debut single from Meek Mill’s sophomore album (which is also a banger), and late last night he dropped a single of his own. “Blessings” is a bit darker then we’re used to hearing from Sean, but anything with Drake and Kanye West features is destined for greatness. Dark Sky Paradise drops on 2/24.
Meek Mill has been KILLING it since he got out of jail, and the visuals for “B Boy” are only keeping the ball rolling. The first single from Meek’s sophomore effort Dreams Worth More Than Money, the video finds Meek with Big Sean and A$AP Ferg (all three of which murder this track, by the by) living the dream lifestyle. The beat ain’t too shabby, either. Props to Illroots for the sick pic, as well.
Back in November, YONAS dropped a spontaneous release called 4AM that he recorded literally the morning that it came out. 4Am is about him saying he needs these things in life, but then he realizes he got to where he is without them. The video is a solid effort too that looks like a GoPro was used to record it (or some sort of variation).
There is a reason coming-of-age films like Dazed and Confused, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Myth of the American Sleepover, and Palo Alto all revolve around the same three things: sex, drugs, and youth. The reason is that they are one and same. This is the mixtape that understands that.
Much like those coming-of-age films, it is about not letting the little things bother you and seeing the bigger picture in a small town setting. It is about having the clearest ideas under the cloudiest circumstances and about dark times from which you rise above. It’s about getting really, really high and staying there for a week. It is about traveling to a foreign city and fucking shit up with your friends. It’s about the things you can only do when you’re young. Or maybe it’s just the soundtrack.
Don’t tell my momma I’ve been smoking
“Be Lazy” is the third single from Skizzy Mars‘s The Red Balloon Project. Once again, Michael Keenan handles production, as the pair cruises to a swift 3 for 3 on singles from the new EP. As the title would suggest, this is a song to be lazy to, so smoke to this. Now. Stop doing your homework. Homework is lame. Smoking is tight.
And while you’re at it, make sure to buy the project here.
Raury has released his first single of 2015 and it’s his reaction to hearing that officer Darren Wilson was not indicted for the murder of Mike Brown. It’s a emotional song that speaks to the injustice surrounding the case. Malik Shakur, Raury’s best friend, is featured on the track.
I”m not a nuisance to mankind and even if I was, I don’t deserve to die.
My feelings for Action Bronson ebb and flow – sometimes I love his style and sound, other times I think he’s boring. I think he completely detracted from “NaNa” on Chance the Rapper’s Acid Rap, for example. But then he releases something like “Actin Crazy,” and I’m right back on his team. It’s mostly about the production for me on this track; Bronson took a step away from his old school sound and toward a more modern style of melodic instrumentals. He’s still boastful on his verses, but that line “I feel so alive I think I shit myself,” I mean, come on. Tell me that shit didn’t have you laughing. Plus one for Bronsolino.
Action Bronson’s next album, Mr. Wonderful, is due out March 24.
Last night the pre-order for Skizzy Mars‘s The Red Balloon Project went up and with it came a brand new song, “Do You There,” featuring Marc E. Bassy (also known as Marc Griffin from 2AM Club). The song is just gorgeous. My favorite thing about it is that Skizzy is barely even rapping on it–yet it’s undoubtably a rap track. The transition between the chorus and verses are so damn seamless.
February 3rd is when the project will be released, and that is when it all changes for Skizzy. Because for whatever reason to be a legitimate artist, you need a successful debut project on iTunes (except Chance The Rapper, he is the exception). Right now, the project is sitting pretty at #6 on the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap charts, but let’s get it higher. It’s time to pay a little bit for all of those free tracks.
Pre-order The Red Balloon Project on iTunes here.
A couple weeks ago, Joey Aich let loose his latest track, Tattered Labels. Great old school vibe that switches up on you about midway through. It’s definitely a head bobber. Joey gets better with each effort.
A little more about it from the man himself:
“Tattered Labels is more of an expressive song, and how sometimes we sound ridiculous when we use drinking to ‘fix’ our problems. This doesn’t just apply to me, but everyone has problems or tribulations. We all can strive to be better and find success/happiness.” – Joey Aich
How does one even describe Death Grips anymore? Yes, their tumultuous history is a great place to start, which includes several unannounced album leaks, intentionally missing shows for artistic expression, and a breakup mere weeks before a massive opening slot on Nine Inch Nails’ summer 2014 tour. For now though, let’s just ask the question on most fans’ minds: does it even matter if Death Grips says they’re active or not? Between their half-released double album and this surprise set of instrumentals released at midnight, MC Ride, Zach Hill, and producer Andy Morin are releasing as much “in death” as when Death Grips was “active”. Whether this is a prelude to Jenny Death, their true farewell, or just a continuation of the most enigmatic groups in hip hop, Fashion Week is a solid mix of familiar and completely unexplored terrain for fans of their industrial-leaning production. I’d love to hear what Ride would do on tracks like “Runway H” (yes, both of them), but I guess we just have to accept what we’re given here since this might be the last thing they do. Probably not though.
Well this is a wonderful surprise. Wake up New Years Day to find out the almighty Yeezus dropped a new song before the ball dropped? Happy freaking new year! No word on where this will end up. “Only One” is a Yeezus channeling the spirits and talking to his mom, whom he loved very much. We’re supposed to be getting an album this year, but for now it’s all speculation. “Only One” has background vocals from Paul McCartney.
Happy and healthy new year, everyone!
Update: “Only One” is streaming on kanyewest.com.
“The End” is the latest and greatest release from Orange Country rapper Wes Period. Actually, this is the first I have heard of him, but judging by past releases on his SoundCloud, “The End” is a real turning point for the young MC. Sunset favorite Olivver sounds as slick as ever on the chorus while Wes lays down some powerful, personal bars that elevate the song from your run-of-the-mill pop tune to a legitimate rap anthem.
Check out “Highs & Lows,” which, interestingly, is produced by the indie band Lovelife.