This is some fucked up shit. Yelawolf should have cut this after the music was over. Not on America’s birthday man that’s fucked up.
The good folks at Slumerican must be pretty hyped after their Alabama Crimson Tide won the National Championship this past Monday. In honor of their Tide, they realized this cut. Unfortunately, there’s no Dre Kirkpatrick mention.
I know we’re already midway through August but here’s a little summer catch up for those of you looking for some new music to download.
-All that really needs to be said is Nickel + Primo…a formula that kills it every single time. Success Is Certain is in stores now and is quite good.
-Two of Detroit’s best young artists (Black Milk & Guilty Simpson) and a Brooklyn legend (Sean Price) came together for one of the best albums of the year, and this was far and away the standout track.
-Kendrick’s Section.80 IS the best album of the year so far, hands down.Besides HiiPoWer, I’d say this is the album’s best track, though a case could be made for many others.
4. Nasty – Nas
-My favorite track off of Weekend At Burnies, great video too.
-Mikey and Chuck straight killin it with the Ghostface feature and an overall dope track.
-Greneberg was short, but very sweet. All three are great producer/MCs, but Madlib’s lil bro Oh No steals the show with this crazy beat straight out of a horror movie.
It’s been quite some time since we’ve heard anything from Rittz. The Alabama native hooked up with Yelawolf on both of their latest projects. His collaborations led to a deal with Yelawolf’s emerging label Slumerican. Back in January, we also posted Rittz’ mixtape White Jesus which he had much success with.
March saw the release of many quality mixtapes and albums, the best (by a large margin) being Cunninlynguists’ Oreinology. CL’s resident producer/MC Kno has been on his own level beat-wise lately (see his 2010 solo debut Death Is Silent for more proof), helping make Oreinology their best effort since 2006′s A Piece of Strange, and an early frontrunner for album of the year.
Not every release lived up to its hype, though. Two albums in particular, Lupe Fiasco’s Lasers and Wiz Khalifa’s Rolling Papers, should have been much better than they actually were. Lupe completely ignored everything that he did right on his first two albums and took a shot at the pop charts with mixed results. Lasers definitely has it’s share of good songs, but I expect a lot more out of a Lupe Fiasco album. By no means should half of the tracks sound like a retarded experiment from The Black Eyed Peas (complete with dance music beats and pop singers). Rolling Papers wasn’t bad, and I actually enjoyed most of the new songs on the album. The problem is that Wiz put himself into a box; every track is way too similar, all fitting into the “Black & Yellow”/”Roll Up” mold. And why include mediocre leaks like “Fly Solo”, “Cameras”, etc….? Basically it’s an enjoyable album but, like Lasers, should have been MUCH better.
The mixtapes released in March were generally able to meet expectations. Chip Tha Ripper’s Gift Raps was solid, but nothing too exciting; if you’re new to his music try The Cleveland Show instead. Rittz’ White Jesus and Neako’s Loudpack: Highlights were both extremely refreshing projects that were even better than I thought they would be. Both Rittz’ surprising versatility and NeakO’s creative sample selection made these my personal favorite two mixtapes of the month. Pusha T’s Fear of God & Big K.R.I.T.’s Return of 4Eva are right behind those, and definitely worth checking out.
Buuut, if you’re not into sifting through albums and mixtapes for tracks to bump, here are the 40 best that dropped last month:
- Kno’s new melodic sample+epic synths+hard drums formula is really beautiful. Haven’t heard really anything from Tonedeff since 2005′s Archetype (which features one of my all time favorites, “Porcelain“), and it’s nice to see he hasn’t lost a step.
- The best song on Rolling Papers. Wiz is best when he strikes a perfect balance between laid back weed raps and poppy choruses.
- Impressive self-production on this track, and some signature storytelling/introspective verses. Cole’s been quietly dropping gems on us this year..hopefully leading up to an epic debut album.
- Another Oreinology highlight.