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Monthly Archives: May 2013

MUSIC WORLD: Solange x Kendrick Lamar “Looks Good With Trouble”

It’s something like a remix. Solange has released her airy track “Looks Good With Trouble” extended with tiny revamped sounds and a verse from Kendrick. Check it below.

I could see them performing this at all the festivals they will both be hitting this summer. The track is rumored to be the first single from a future full-length album this year. Thoughts?

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VIDEO WORLD: Kendrick Lamar “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe”

For some reason, I didn’t expect to see a video for this track. Maybe it was because of the remix. Or maybe because somewhere in the back of my mind, I thought we already had a video for this. Either way, Kendrick has released a visual for “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe.” Check it below.

I always enjoy Kendrick videos. And this is no different. LOL at the ending saying “Death to Molly.” If you’re under a rock, his album good kid, m.A.A.d city is amazing.

 

MUSIC WORLD: Taylor Mallory Covers “Started from the Bottom” and “Thrift Shop”

R&B singer Taylor Mallory decided to show us how a male vocalist could display his talents in the same vein Melanie Fiona did. First Taylor brilliantly covered “Started from the Bottom.” Then he shared a stellar cover of “Thrift Shop.” Check them both below.

Loved them both. Make sure you follow Taylor on twitter (linked above) and get in tune with his talent. For those that didn’t know, check my impromptu interview with him from a while back HERE.

MUSIC WORLD: The Dream x Jay-Z “High Art”

The Dream released a new track from his new album. This time featuring Jay-Z. Roll your windows down, open your sunroof, and check it out below.

This made me feel good. I’m so ready for the summer.  And I’m ready for this new album that’s set to feature Beyonce, 2 Chainz, Kelly Rowland, Fabolous, Big Sean, Pusha T, and more. IV Play drops May 28th. You copping?

MUSIC WORLD: Tamar Braxton “The One”

Tamar Braxton has released another track from her Epic Records debut. This one features sampling from Notorious B.I.G.‘s “Juicy.” It’s titled “The One.” Check it below.

Meh. Definitely not up there with “Love & War.” It’s a feel good summer track but feels more appropriate as a buzz single over a second single. Her new album titled Love and War is set to drop later this year.

MUSIC WORLD: My Review of Chance the Rapper’s “Acid Rap” + Listen and Download Links

Don’t let age deter you from pressing play on Chance the Rapper‘s newest mixtape, “Acid Rap.” Though not old enough to (legally) buy a drink, Chance the Rapper let his experience with LSD shape his stellar follow-up to the well-received “10 Day.” Check my review below.

It’s always a breath of fresh air to notice Chicago rappers outside of drill music get some shine. Drill music represents a segment of the region, without question. But Chance the Rapper is helping to widen the narrow-minded view that all young rappers from Chicago tote glocs and shout “bang bang.”

Using his voice as an instrument, Chance the Rapper sings just as much as he raps. If you can embrace his delivery, you’ll be exposed to some of the best song construction in recent memory. Visiting themes ranging from education to murders in Chicago to drug use to young love, Chance the Rapper exposes us to his world post “10 Day.” He starts one of the standout tracks “Pusha Man” with the line: 10 damn days/And all I got to show for it is shoes and shows and chauffeurs with road rage.

That’s not even the best rap or cadence from the extended double-featured song, it’s just how it opens. It’s easily one of my favorites from the project. Following the release of Acid Rap, I highly doubt all Chancelor will be left with is some Nikes, some local shows, and pissy drivers. With features ranging from fellow Chicago rapper Twista to Childish Gambino to Ab-Soul, clearly his peers are paying attention.

One of the best thing about “Acid Rap” outside of the apparent honesty and lyrical prowess, are the juxtapositions Chance presents to his listeners. Chance is a young black man from Chicago that has dabbled in the use of acid. He has burn holes in his hoodies that his friends assume is from weed smoking, but it’s actually from smoking cigarettes. The idea of a song titled “Good Ass Intro” with clear gospel influences. It’s interesting and incredibly entertaining to participate in. Chance shared a video of him reportedly tripping on acid while in Mexico. Check it below.

Not to discredit the obvious favorite “Cocoa Butter Kisses,” but “Lost” excites me just as much. The reflective tale of love developed between the sheets that creates an addictive, though surface, connection is all too familiar and incredibly well shared in this song. Continuing with the rest of the project, it’s incredibly difficult to pick favorite tracks, but I find myself going back to “Smoke Again” featuring Ab-Soul. Chopped and screwed hook with verses from Chance that sound VERY Chicago. He drops petty, Kiwi Mystics, nacho-cheese covered Cheetos, and references someone being a lick.

The easy comparisons include Kendrick Lamar or Lil’ Wayne in regards to the way that he uses his voice on tracks. But my friend Ajonra brought to my attention the unlikely comparison to Wyclef. After really listening, I could see that argument as well. Comparisons aside, “Acid Rap” is an amazingly well-crafted project set to propel Chance the Rapper to the next stratosphere of stardom. With no major cosign, I wouldn’t be surprised to witness a bidding war for the young rapper. And if XXL doesn’t pay attention for the next go round of Freshman MCs…

Treat yourself and press play and/or download.

BONUS!

Vibe & Rap Genius also did a pretty cool feature of “The Dopest Lines from Acid Rap.” Check it HERE.

 

MUSIC WORLD: Ace Hood x Everyone In Rap “Bugatti Remix”

Ace Hood decided to invite everyone in his iPhone to rap on the official remix to “Bugatti.” Wiz Khalifa, T.I., Birdman, 2 chainz, Meek Mill, French Montana, and Future all make an appearance. Check it below.

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Can you keep up? Who bodied this track in your opinion? I liked how Wiz switched up the flow and T.I. excited me for some reason.