New Russ Track “Alone”

Russ is kicking off the new year the right way. After releasing a new music video last week for “Flip” (which I wasn’t a fan of), Russ comes through with another track. This time, the song’s production was handled by frequent collaborator, Scott Storch.

The retro, 80’s, synthesizer euro-pop style instrumental pairs perfectly with Russ’s signature vocals creating a sort of etherial electronic pop sound.

 

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#TBT: “All My Life [Ghetto]” (by Jay Rock)

Jay Rock’s 2008 debut single featuring Lil Wayne and will.i.am is still a classic track. The video also has cameo appearances from then-unknown TDE label-mates, Kendrick Lamar and Ab-Soul.

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Lloyd Banks “Sugar Hill” Freestyle

This is the 6th installment in a 10-part weekly freestyle series called “At Your Request,” in which the G-Unit rapper freestyles over popular instrumentals. This week, Banks jumps on AZ’s 1995 classic hit “Sugar Hill.”

 

Listen below and keep an eye out for another freestyle next week.

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New Song From “Black Panther” Soundtrack

Last week, we heard the first single from TDE’s upcoming Black Panther soundtrack, titled “All the Stars”. Now, we have the second pre-order track from the project. “King’s Dead” features Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, and James Blake. 

 

I’m excited to see what other collaborations will be on this project. With a budget this big, TDE and Marvel Studios can probably afford a featured verse from any artist they want.

 

Listen to “King’s Dead” below:

 

What collaboration tracks would you like to see on the upcoming tape?

My fingers are still crossed for a Black Hippy track.

 

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Black Eyed Peas Making a Comeback?

Finally, Black Eyed Peas returned to their roots!

The group’s new song “Street Living” has socially conscious lyricism similar to “Where is the Love?“. “Street Living” is a statement about Black America, which has been a hot issue lately in the media. The video is a bit strange, featuring a montage of famous historical photographs lip-syncing the words, but I try not to let the video affect my opinion of the song. I think this is the best music to come from the Black Eyed Peas since Elephunk (2003). No disrespect to “London Bridge” (obviously).

 

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2017 Rap Up’s

Both Skillz and Uncle Murda hit us with their own 2017 rap up’s.

Who do you think did a better job summing up this past year?

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10 Songs You Need to Hear: Sean Paul

As a child, Jamaican dancehall rapper, Sean Paul, was a hero of mine. Something about his ability to perfectly blend rap, reggae, dancehall, and pop music really struck a chord with me.

 

In the early 2000’s, Dutty Rock, The Trinity, and Imperial Blaze garnered a lot of attention from a mainstream American audience. Since 2010, Sean Paul’s released two more albums, which weren’t as commercially successful in the U.S. as his previous projects. Personally, I think this is a result of a dramatic tonal shift in his music from rap/dancehall/reggae to techno/dancehall/reggae. I feel it’s never too late for a comeback though.

 

For now, all we can do is appreciate his classics and hope Sean Paul returns to his musical roots.

 

Here are ten of my favorite Sean Paul tracks:

“Like Glue” (By far, my favorite song by him)

“We Be Burning”

“Never Gonna Be the Same”

“Hold My Hand”

“Gimme the Light”

“Give It Up to Me”

“I’m Still In Love With You”

“Wedding Crashers”

“Baby Boy”

“Temperature”

 

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Let me know if there’s an artist you’d like to see a “top 10” list for!