STYLES OF BEYOND – DAMN FT. MICHAEL BUBLE

I’m a little late with this, but Styles of Beyond?  Michael Buble?  Definitely an unexpected collaboration, but it works seamlessly.  With a really smooth, funky beat, and a radio friendly sound,  this track could definitely blow up if it got the right push.  Plus, that hook might be the coolest/catchiest thing I’ve heard all year.

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J COLE – I’M A FOOL

He’s back!  J Cole returns from a (relatively) long hiatus from making music to bring us this gem.  With an extremely soulful instrumental (reminiscent of a College Dropout-era Kanye West) and his usual strong lyricism, ‘I’m A Fool’ has exactly the type of production that longtime J. Cole fans originally fell in love with.  This track sounds much more like Cole circa 2007-2009 (when he dropped both The Come Up and The Warm Up mixtapes) than what his debut album sounded like, but that’s definitely not a bad thing.

G EAZY FEAT. HOODIE ALLEN — LADY KILLERS

Last night, my ears were ringing for a good two hours after I melted away in my sweat during the Hoodie Allen and G-Eazy show. The small, intimate venue could not handle the volume of people; doors opened at 7, and upon arriving at 8, there was a long ass line to get in. The show was pushed back and started at 9. G-Eazy (reppin OAKLAANDDD) was able to work in a lot of songs, shortening each one to accommodate his short set time. The crowd was going crazy the entire night and when Hoodie went on stage, girls were screaming their cropped tops off. Favorite moment: Hoodie doing ‘Eighteen Cool’ in a room with a majority of high schoolers in it. Though I’m bitter about how gross it was going HAM in the audience (a boy passed by who was completely drenched in sweat…), G Eazy played a quick minute of his new song with Hoodie: Lady Killers. Officially out today, this song doesn’t have quite the catchiness of some other Eazy/Hoodie songs, but it’s still a good track to get a little drunk to. Enjoy.

Also, holler at the white girl who just couldn’t dance at all on stage. Props to your tripping over the drum set.

MACKLEMORE X RYAN LEWIS – THRIFT SHOP FT. WANZ

The latest track off of their debut LP “The Heist,” ‘Thrift Shop’ has one of the funkier beats I’ve heard in a while.  Macklemore pokes fun at rappers who pay outrageous amounts of money on material objects (“They be like oh, that Gucci, that’s hella tight, I’m like, yo, that’s fifty dollars for a t-shirt”) while declaring his love for bargain shopping.  Not many rappers could think of a concept like this, let alone pull it off, but Macklemore makes it work.

UPDATE

Music video has been released for this wonderful new track. Check it out.

ASHER ROTH – THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH

I’ve been a big fan of Asher Roth since he dropped his first mixtape, The Greenhouse Effect, in 2008.  Although I was slightly disappointed by his debut album Asleep in the Bread Aisle, almost everything he’s released since then has been great.  His latest track, ‘The World Is Not Enough,” is no exception.  Sampling Charles Bradley’s ‘The World (Is Going Up In Flames)’ and featuring his usual solid lyricism, this track is definitely going to be on repeat for a while.  Enjoy!

WAX — RED

A friend of mine has introduced me to the gritty flow of Wax, a rapper who from the pits of YouTube rose to fame and is now signed to Def Jam Recordings. If you’re a fan of classic 90’s hip hop, you’ll enjoy the vintage yet fresh sound of Wax’s rhythm and voice. The production is pretty phenomenal; ‘Red’ goes super funky and hard. Shoutout to Jeremy for showing me this.

Shoutout to Keeno for pointing me to this track. Such a perfect summer song, reminds me of N.E.R.D.

AALIYAH — ENOUGH SAID (FEAT. DRAKE)

There seems to be an obsession with post-humorous appearances by some artists whose lives were taken earlier than anyone deserves. As many of us know, Drake is obsessed with Aaliyah (who isn’t? she’s timeless) and there were speculations that he would be in charge of releasing and touching up her unreleased and unofficial tracks. Now, ‘Enough Said’ has been leaked, featuring the distinct voice of the one and only late Aaliyah. It’s chilling, to hear her voice on a track that’s produced so contemporarily. It’s almost like heaven has opened its gates to let her sing one more song. Sorry to get emotional, but I have such fond memories of watching her music videos on the local Bay Area music video show ‘CMC’ and it’s just so weird to hear ‘new’ music. I do enjoy this song a lot, but I’m anxious to hear what else Drake has in store for us.