We’ve already professed our love for Chicago’s hip-hop scene countless times over, but we’ll do it once again here. You’d be hard pressed to find a place in the world right now that’s doing it better than the Windy City. Today, we proudly present to you INNANETAPE, the debut solo project from SAVEMONEY affiliate, Vic Mensa. The highly anticipated mixtape represents the perfect opportunity for the former Kids These Days frontman to flaunt his skills on the mic, and prove why he’s primed for a breakout just like his homie, Chance The Rapper. The 14-track tape features Mensa showcasing his headlong flow and eccentric punchlines alongside such names as Chance (obviously), Joey Purp, BJ The Chicago Kid, Ab-Soul, Rockie Fresh, Hit-Boy, Thundercat and many many more. Check out a few standout tracks below, and make sure to download the full tape when you’re done.
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Tweakin (Ft. Chance The Rapper)
Magic (Ft. Jesse Boykins III)
Holy Holy (Ft. Ab Soul & BJ The Chicago Kid)
Fear & Doubt (Ft. Kenna & Joey Purp)
RUN! (Ft. Thundercat)
King Push (Prod. Joaquin Phoenix & Kanye West)
While Jay-Z and Kanye West are supposed to be watching the throne, Pusha T seems primed and ready to snatch it out from right underneath them (that’s if Kendrick doesn’t get there first, of course). The coup might not be very subtle however, as Push’s latest effort was produced by Yeezy himself, along with Joaquin Phoenix (before you ask, yes, there’s only one Joaquin Phoenix, and it’s that dude from Gladiator). Unsurprisingly, the Virginia native is ruthless on the mic as he marches along to a banging instrumental full of powerful snares and ominous vocal samples. Check out the dope visuals for the intro from Pusha’s My Name Is My Name below, and make sure to grab yourself a copy before it hits shelves on October 8th. And if you’d like to find out the story behind this track, you can peep the interview Push did with Vibe last month.
From Time (Feat. Jhené Aiko)
More than just the Adele of the rap game, Drake‘s ability to convey both sensitive and egotism with an ear for solid bars with catchy hooks have made him one of the highest selling artists in the industry. In just 4 years, the actor turned unlikely rapper/singer has achieved more with just 3 albums than most artists accomplish in a lifetime in the industry: sold out shows, millions of records, Grammy’s, and chart-topping singles. Now that Kanye West has chosen to explore more of an indie sound with his latest release Yeezus, Drake has arguably become the game’s new unchallenged crossover star. With his latest release Nothing Was the Same, he returns to the style of spitting about former relationships and braggadocious rhymes, but a little less formulaic than before.
Minus the obvious hits, “Started From the Bottom,” “All Me,” and “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” Nothing Was the Same features a more in-depth look into Drake’s life that further explores the upsides and downsides of fame on his personal relationships. On the opening “Tuscan Leather,” Aubrey takes a minute from crooning over hooks and choruses to deliver a straight rap that includes boasting and a mention of his short-lived fallout with fellow labelmate Nicki Minaj. “Too Much” featuring Sampha (of SBTRKT fame) delves into more personal and somber themes, as Drake spits about how the growth of his fame affects family ties.
Read the rest of the review and stream more from the album after the jump
After reaching mainstream success with the infectious ‘Collard Greens’ featuring Kendrick Lamar, TDE rapper Schoolboy Q drops his second single, “Banger (MOSHPIT).” The follow-up track finds the west coast emcee invoking some violence and warns of forming a mosh as he spits over the renegades produced beat. Different from his previous hit, this new single has a more turned down beat and old school feel that focuses more on Q’s lyrical prowess over the mic. His aggressive rhymes and gritty beat makes for a head-nodding listen as he looks to incite reckless behavior nationwide by calling out select cities across the country for ‘being on that bullsh!t’. Take a listen to the newest track off his upcoming debut Oxymoron, dropping soon.
To go along with today’s release of Nothing Was The Same, Drake brings us a theatrical music video for one of the more talked about tracks on the project. The visuals for “Hold On We’re Going Home” are set in a 1985 Miami around Drizzy’s fictional crew, which includes A$AP Rocky, who are young entrepreneurs of some kind. The narrative takes a dark turn when Drake’s lady is kidnapped by a rival, senior crime lord.
As the song starts to play, Drake and crew gear up for what becomes an action-packed scene attempting to rescue his damsel in distress. I must say, watching Aubrey Graham taking out bad guys makes for a pretty entertaining 7 minutes. Check out the video below to see if Double-0-Drake succeeds in his mission and grab the album here if you’re feeling it.
Drake ~ Hold On We’re Going Home from OctobersVeryOwn on Vimeo.