So this is a new thing I’m going to be putting together every week, or at least I’ll try to. As a new music blog, I think I need to just push out as much new music as possible. I’ll learn to write about music a little more effectively, you get some great new music to listen to. It’s a win-win situation as far as I’m concerned.
Basically what this is going to be is a collection of all of my favorite songs from the past week. I’m going to try and stick to a week cut-off, but if I find a new song that’s too good to not put up, there might be some songs from the past that make the cut. Without further ado, lets dive into this. Enjoy it, and lemme know what you think.
Untitled 02 | 06.23.2014 – Kendrick Lamar
So Kendrick came out of nowhere and gave us Untitled Unmastered, a nice little album of a bunch of extra songs from the To Pimp A Butterfly studio sessions. While the album obviously doesn’t seem like a complete project, it serves its purpose and should hold fans over until his next project. The best song on the whole project is Untitled 02. It shows Kendrick still in conflict with his fame and his old upbringing in Compton. It shows the struggle between his old and new life. I’m not sure why this song didn’t make it onto the album, but that doesn’t really matter now that we have it.
I Know – Jazz Cartier
Jazz is slowly becoming one of the hottest rappers from Toronto that isn’t named Drake. He released his project Hotel Paranoia last month, and it’s garnered a lot of attention for the 22 year-old rapper. The whole project is filled with Jazz’s usual dark sound and eccentric flow. The entire project is produced by Lantz, and is filled with bass-heavy rumbling production. Jazz is trying to separate himself from any sort of Drake comparison, and steps his game up lyrically, and is pulling out every stop on an album that will definitely be one of the best of the year.
I Know is one of the best songs on the album, and also one of the lighter songs production wise. Jazz is chasing a girl, maybe the first one that means anything to him. The song has a catchy hook that’ll get stuck in your head for days, and the beat is infectious and will have you bobbing your head immediately.
Listen to the rest of Hotel Paranoia on Spotify, especially Red Alert, Opera, Stick & Move, and Save Me From Myself.
Bad Gal – Trapo
I stumbled upon this song a little while ago when it was released last month, but more people need to keep their eyes out for Trapo. the Wisconsin native is only 17 years old, and sounds like he’s been doing this for his whole life. He raps on Bad Gal about insecurities and the troubles in his life, and the song is a lot darker than you’d expect from a kid this young. Check out Trapo’s old project Black Beverly Hills if you like what you hear and keep your eyes out for his soon to be released SHE EP.
Clouds Never Get Old – Bas
Bas’s Too High To Riot dropped last Friday, and I haven’t stopped playing it since. The Queens rapper is signed to J. Cole’s Dreamville records, and this album is already a strong indication that J. Cole and his crew are going to have a big year in 2016. The album is solid from start to finish. The title track Too High to Riot, Methylone, and Black Owned Business are all stand out songs among a track-list filled with gems. Bas has a diverse flow and delivers each song a little differently and is able to sing on top of all of it to add a little extra oopmf onto all of the songs.
This is strongest on Clouds Never Get Old. Bas flows on a minimalistic beat, switching between rapping and singing with ease. This creates a laid back song that finds Bas talking about his past love life before the fame. Check out the song below, and stream the whole album on Spotify.
Bad Habits – They
Like I mentioned in the intro, some of these songs might be a little old. Bad Habits by They falls under that description, it dropped in October as part of their Nu Religion EP. The production/ song-writing duo of Drew and Dante got introduced through a mutual friend and immediately connected. They’ve created a unique sound for themselves and are a mix of rap, hip-hop, jazz, electronic and a little bit of pop. Bad Habits is the catchiest song off of the project, but I linked to the whole thing. It’s a solid 3 song project and is worth checking out. Part 2 and 3 of Nu Religion are supposed to follow up so hopefully they get released soon.
Need To Know – Macklemore ft. Chance The Rapper
So it really pains me to do this, because I am not a Macklemore fan in the slightest. I’m still bitter about him winning best album over Kendrick a few years ago. But he released a new album and got everybody’s favorite rapper, Chance the Rapper, to hop on a song. If I’m being honest, the song is pretty damn good, Macklemore puts a solid verse forward and Chance kills it as usual. Chance raps about his new fatherhood, and dealing with the temptations he’s fought as he rises to fame. Check the song out below and go listen to the album if you want.