It took me a while to form an opinion on this track. Whenever you see monster collaborations like this, it is only natural to set the bar incredibly high. My initial reaction was that this didn’t quite meet my expectations. After a few listens, though, it has grown on me considerably.
We can’t be too hard on the Doctor’s opening verse considering he has only released a handful of bars in the last decade. On this, he borrows the Boss’s flow and delivers a decent verse. There isn’t much to say about Ross’s contribution, as it was exactly what you would expect. Hov, on the other hand, delivers something special as he anchors the track. While also utilizing the MMG frontman’s fat-rapper style, his lyricism shines all the way through until he goes acapella declaring, “I love this sh*t like my own daughter/spray these [ninjas] baby just like daddy taught ya.” The legendary producer Jake One provides the ideal instrumental and deserves a lot of credit for setting the tone for three hip-hop giants. Rick Ross’s God Forgives, I Don’t hits stores July 31st and will surely be worth a listen.
3 Kings (Ft. Dr. Dre & Jay Z)
Philadelphian duo Sun Airway dropped ‘Close’, a taster from their forthcoming record ‘Soft Fall’, and just from this track, we’re pretty damned excited. Shoegazey guitars and washed-out vocals add an intimacy and a poignancy to ‘Close’, which only grows in intensity as it progresses. We’re prepared to bet that Sun Airway have enormous potential and will be on every indie playlist this summer. Definitely a band on the cusp of greatness, ‘Soft Fall’ is out on October 2.
Genre-bending Brits Noisettes are back with ‘That Girl’, the first single from their forthcoming third record ‘Contact’. Showing off the band’s talent for creating infectiously poppy tracks, ‘That Girl’ is from the same mould as their earlier hits ‘Don’t Give Up’ and ‘Don’t Upset the Rhythm’, and its rootsy vibe is is guaranteed to get you desk-dancing as soon as the relentlessly upbeat chorus kicks in. Singer Shingai Shoniwa’s vocals are at their best on this song, so if you’re looking for your fix of feisty female-fronted pop, then ‘That Girl’ is the one for you. ‘Contact’ is out on August 27.
After the success of her EP “Armor On”, former Danity Kane and Diddy Dirty Money member Dawn Richard has been steady on her grind with new material. With her new single “Pretty Wicked Things”, co-written and produced by Druski, she continues the same sound of a heavy bass dance beat coupled with her unique haunting voice. Mixing with a trance beat, this track is equally sultry and dark. Described as a “set-up” and not a single for her debut album GoldenHeart, set to drop October 16th, this song is a dope introduction to her new sound and focuses on love/relationships that are broken down by outside negative forces. Available now on iTunes.
Pretty Wicked Things - Dawn Richard
London-based 5-piece Years & Years just put out this single, “I Wish I Knew,” and it’s catching on fast. Lead singer Olly Alexander’s voice is one of the most unique and infectious I’ve heard in a while. The looped guitar riff and percussive “claps” combine beautifully with chanty lyrics and octave leaps. I love what happens around 2:25, when all the sounds combine and overflow.
Hopefully an album is in the works, and Years & Years will make a trip across the pond to tour in the U.S. soon.
Legendary producer, rapper, and former Wu-Tang member RZA is back to deliver some of that chill, rap music that we know and love. With his new single “Blowin’ in the Wind”, he takes a step away from behind the scenes to drop some ill bars over a horns and slowed down drum loop beat. Even though he hasn’t worked with Wu-Tang in years, he still has time to pay homage in one of his verses while giving listeners that throwback appeal. This track is dope and be sure to check out his upcoming flick “Man with the Iron Fist”.
Hey remember back in the days of early 2000 rap when it seemed like every artist was teaming sick rhymes with an even doper indian or Panjabi MC beat *cough* Jay-Z “Beware”*cough*. There is just something about the mix that has clubs and people everywhere hype. Newcomers to the game and Milwaukee natives The Cranberry Show capture this same club feel with their latest promo single, appropiately titled “Slumdog”. The duo raps about two hustlers trying to make it by stealing, conning, and panhandling American tourists while the Smash Boiz bass heavy, Punjabi-inspired beat with a little Drake sample has you on your feet or at least nodding your head. This track is both infectious and dope and the duo has enough charisma on it to make you want to hear more. Their digital album Paranormal Karaoke is out now.
The Cranberry Show