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.
Weightless (prod. Yung H33m)
A few months back, we introduced a fresh Brookyln emcee named TRW of the bi-coastal Wread Wrkr collective. The west-coast faction of WW, Bay Area-based duo Ninety, have also been putting in work as of late with a solid debut EP released and a number of impressive loose tracks. Energetic rapper Tyler Hawkins and quick-flowed emcee/producer MikeyCtheMan capture the positive vibes of the west coast drawing inspiration from both latitudes of California, while incorporating their own unique vocals and new-age influences.
“See That,” a track from their debut release The Tales of the Two of A Kind, perfectly embodies the chemistry and contrasting styles between MCM and Tyler. While Tyler brings the non-stop energy and unconventional style, Mikey showcases both a knack for smooth samples and a more classic-inspired rapping technique. The most recent Ninety offering comes from one half of the duo, Hawkins, on the track/video titled “Weightless.” Over appropriately airy production from frequent collaborator, Yung H33m, Tyler’s erratic, entertaining lyricism shines and serves as a perfect introduction to a raw, talented artist. The video, directed by Ari Kamin, matches the energy as Hawkins kicks his bars over the backdrop of a bright blue sky.
Ninety’s young library is full of jams that perfectly complement sunny summer weather. Check a couple tracks above and the dope visuals below; and if you’re feeling it find some more on SoundCloud.
Travi$ Scott Ft. Big Sean + The 1975
After he first unveiled the song nearly 2 months ago during a live performance at SXSW, fans have been chomping at the bit to get their hands on Travi$ Scott‘s latest single. With a radio rip surfacing a few weeks back under the mistaken title of “1975,” we knew it was only a matter of time before we would finally be able to hear the final version of the track in all its glory.
Although we have to settle for the clean version for now, it’s still abundantly clear that Big Sean and La Flame are not playing around with this one. Travi$’ rapid ascent over the last year has definitely made for one of the more remarkable stories to follow in hip-hop (as chronicled in his recent Houston To Osaka documentary). It’s astonishing just how quickly the young spitter has been able to step out from the shadows of his fellow G.O.O.D. Music/Grand Hustle associates, and establish his own brand. With his debut album Rodeo slated for release later this year, we’re pretty confident the Houston native has a few more heaters just like this stashed away for the summer.
UPDATE: Added the official explicit CDQ version of the track, now with a credited feature from The 1975.
Believe Me (ft. Drake)
After plenty of teasers sprinkled throughout the week, the preparations for Tha Carter V are finally underway . Billed as Lil Wayne‘s final solo project, the New Orleans veteran had recently been building anticipation for the lead single, thanks to some unconventional promo from Kobe Bryant and Floyd Mayweather. Recruiting his number one running mate, Drake, for the assist on this one, “Believe Me” features the two emcees trading bars over an ominous instrumental by Boi-1da and Vinylz that’ll shake you to your very core. As they switch up their flows to coincide with a shift in the tempo midway through, “Believe Me” when I say that Weezy sounds hungrier than he has in recent memory. We won’t say he’s in classic mixtape form just yet, but we’d like to think his relative dormancy lately indicates that he’s bringing a new level of focus to this album.
Stream the new track above, and stay tuned for more information on Tha Carter V, including its new release date.
Had Em All [Prod. brandUn DeShay]
As the producer behind many of our favorite tracks from the likes of Chance The Rapper, Mac Miller, Danny Brown and Sir Michael Rocks, there’s no question that brandUn DeShay has talents behind the boards, but how many of you out there knew he had bars too?
Currently kicking it in Japan, the Chitown native has immersed himself in the culture, releasing a brand new single to celebrate the beginning of Golden Week. Following a short absence from the game, the multi-talented emcee has emerged from his hyperbolic time chamber Goku style to create some of his most potent material to date. On “Had Em All” we find the hyper confident lyricist waxing poetic over a dizzying instrumental that can be described as nothing less than super fly. Stay tuned for more from the self-anointed “goldUn Child,” as chances are this isn’t the last we’ll be hearing from him.
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.
Chance The Rapper & Social Experiment
I Am Very Very Lonely
With today marking the one year anniversary of the release of Acid Rap (wow, that flew by fast), Chance The Rapper decided to hook his loyal fans up with some new material. Despite the occasion however, the Chitown native doesn’t seem to be in a celebratory mood. In fact, he’s very very lonely.
Continuing to explore fresh new sounds with his band, The Social Experiment, Chance begins the track by softly crooning, “It’s just me and la cucaracha tonight,” continuing on to perfectly capture the sentiments of all the reclusive (and hungry) stoners out there. It’s the ultimate anthem for anyone who catches themselves alone on a Friday night with nothing better to do than curl up on the sofa and scroll through their Netflix queue. While it’s rather amusing to listen to Chance run through his thought process, the song also serves as a reminder that despite his recent fame, he’s not too different from you or me.