After two long years, the wait is finally over for some new Kendrick Lamar to hit your eardrums. Remaining relatively quiet in the music scene, the west coast emcee seemed to have taken a backseat to let his Top Dawg brethren quietly take over the music scene. Schoolboy Q saw his debut, Oxymoron, receive top praises, Isaiah Rashad has made a name for himself with his EP Cilvia Demo, and SZA delivered some chill vibes with her solo project Z. Now that the music scene is more familiar with the crew, Lamar steps back into the spotlight with a long-awaited single for our listening enjoyments.
The track “i” is an uplifting anthem that is sonically a little something different from the rap star. Introduced by a boasting soundbite, a Rahki-produced guitar heavy Isley Brother‘s “That Lady” sample drops flipping the beat. K-dot quickly jumps on the track spitting some quick-tongued bars about self-love and acceptance. The momentum and positive message do not let up throughout ending with a smooth transition into a jazz, 70′s classic rhythm and vibe. The track definitely invokes the feel of some old-school, but takes a couple listens to fully grow on you.
Kendrick’s follow-up to good kid, M.A.A.D. city is set to drop later this year and is rumored to feature production from Dr. Dre and a lot of in-house production from the TDE camp. This much-anticipated single is now available for purchase on iTunes.
FINALS 2 (Feat. Wale, Gunplay, Rockie Fresh, Fat Trel, Tracy T & French Montana)
Even though Miami couldn’t stand the heat during the first game of the NBA Finals, MMG’s bawse Rick Ross still shows his support for his home team on the new track “Finals 2.” The D. Rich turnt-up single finds Ross bringing together an all-star line-up of emcees to show off their support and lyrical skills on the mic as a sequel to the 2011 single, “Finals” featuring Meek Mill. Bringing together Wale, Gunplay, Fat Trel, Rockie Fresh, Tracy T and French Montana, this track finds each artist lacing the knocking, street beat with their own personal style of delivery. Although some rappers stand out more than others, each offers their own unique dose of fandom and braggadocios rhymes. Take a listen to the new tune, and be sure to stay tuned to hear more new music unveiled during the Finals.
Isolated (Prod. by 9th Wonder)
NY-based newcomer Bishop Nehru demonstrates that he is steady on the grind with his latest track, “Isolated”. Separating himself from the daily distractions of adolescences and fame, Nehru spits about keeping to himself, staying out of trouble, and avoiding negativity. The young emcee definitely has a good head on his shoulders and with tutelage and some dope production from 9th Wonder, the Rockland county youth keeps that focused message with an enjoyable, chill listen. Nehru definitely possesses wisdom beyond his years with his intelligent delivery and message in the bars. This is one of the first listens from LRG‘s upcoming Brilliant Youth EP, which also features new material from Las Vegas rapper Dizzy Wright and many more.
Chase and Status
Gangsta Boogie feat. Raekwon & Knytro
London based duo Chase & Status made waves in the music scene with the release of their chart-topping effort Brand New Status. Returning to the source material that made them so widely known, the duo drop a brand new re-working of the track “Gangsta Boogie.” The new revision stays true to their unique aesthetic of blending spoken word from a prolific emcee with an infectious backdrop. Taking to the beat are Wu-Tang veteran Raekwon and newcomer Knytro for some dope verses. Raekwon is definitely the stand-out performer on this single, as his words weave smoothly through the production. Although the track isn’t full of the usual heavy mix of high-energy, electro, and reverberating effects, the simplicity of the gritty beat gives it that old school feel and makes for a complimentary mix.
Take a listen to the flipped track above, and be sure to catch the duo as they hit several venues for their North American tour this summer.
My Nigga Just Made Bail (ft J. Cole)
Taking a step back from the spotlight after a dope sophomore release, J. Cole introduces a chill new track from his latest protégé and Dreamville labelmate Bas, titled “My Nigga Just Made Bail.” The tune finds the Queen’s emcee spitting a narrative about misfortune, complacency, and label chasing over the guitar-riffed production. Although Bas is the star, Cole still finds a way to steal the show, dropping some truthful words on a solo verse, while also lending some vocal talents on the hook, which borrows from En Vogue‘s “Free Your Mind” featuring George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. Take a listen to the cool summer single up top, which can be found on Bas’ Last Winter LP, a Dreamville Records first release.
MT. Olympus (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.)
Southern producer and rapper Big K.R.I.T. never fails to surprise fans with a new track every now and then. After accruing 500,000 followers on Twitter, he took to the interwebs to drop another gem for our listening enjoyment. The track “Mt. Olympus” is a new kind of K.R.I.T., with the the Mississippi native dropping a fiery, aggressive flow about the fickle industry. Taking shots at the game that has, somewhat, shunned him from reaching mainstream notoriety, K.R.I.T. also takes a moment to spit a reply to Kendrick‘s “Control” verse. The self-produced single is a pretty dope first listen of what is to come from his upcoming sophomore project Cadillactica, dropping soon.