A little Monday education in hip-hop via a mix of the week’s freshest tracks.
"Often" - The Weeknd
Last week, The Weeknd released his latest creation title "Often." The track remains just as seductive as the rest of his work capitalizing on his beautifully illicit lyrics. Produced by Ben Billions, the stylistic somber down-tempo sounds provide a wonderfully complex atmosphere for The Weeknd rather straight-forward lyrics.
"0 to 300" - Lil Durk
"0 to 300" conveys Ones To Watch rapper Lil Durk's take on Drake's latest single "0 to 100/The Catch Up." The inclusion of 300 eludes to Lil Durk's music group, Glory Boys Entertainment, and the continual reminder to his beginnings, South Side Chicago. The chorus becomes a dedication to his latest losses, his friend Rondo and cousin Nunu, following in step with the rather raw nature of the track. "0 to 300" will unquestionably be a hit single from his upcoming album Signed to the Streets 2.
"Buy the World" - Mike WiLL Made-it
Mike WiLL Made-it has once again crafted a well balanced track destined to be a summer hit titled "Buy Me the World." This piece’s eclectic composition provides a perfect landscape for the notorious Lil Wayne and Kendrick Lamar to voice their achievements and success.
"The Roots" - K. Rudd
The artist K. Rudd, hailing from the music friendly Los Angeles, is definitely a young talent to keep your eye on. K. Rudd demonstrates many prodigious talents, but his ability to rap over unusual production is where he remains a standout. Take a listen to his latest Soundcloud release, "The Roots."
"Your Style" - Troy Ave
After being named to the infamous XXL Freshman class of 2014, Troy Ave has been quick to capitalize on his achievement by releasing a remix to his "Your Style" pack with three of the East Coast's most powerful voices in hip-hop: Puff Daddy, T.I., and Ma$e. Troy Ave is definitely one to watch as he continues to maneuver his way through the music industry leaving well composed artwork along the way.
"Days in the West" - Tinashe
Hip hop's newest vixen parlays Drake's remix of her track "2 On," by doing a seductive rendition of Drizzy's "Days in the West." The young LA native successfully appropriates the foggy down-tempo atmosphere of the track with emotional memorials to her quick success and hard working attitude one that stays true to the Drake mentality.
"All I Wanna Do" - T. Mills
Earlier this week California rapper T.Mills released his new music video for the single “All I Wanna Do” from his EP and nation wide tour of the same name. The video features Mills enjoying his summer lifestyle among friends similar to a daytime “Project X,” demonstrating the dreamer attitude Mills stoutly promotes in all of his ventures. “All I Wanna Do” may be Mills’ catchiest song to date, blending his signature pop production with lyrics of summer bliss, promising to be a 2014 summer anthem.
"Lotta That" - G-Eazy ft. A$AP Ferg and Danny Seth
G-Eazy's latest single "Lotta That" from his upcoming album These Things Happen provides an interesting glimpse into the project. And it looks great. G-Eazy's collaboration with A$AP Mob's Ferg and UK rapper Danny Seth provide the perfect chorus of voices to rapper over the nightmarish production. Listen for the faint voice saying the "The British are coming" before Seth goes on, the track includes a "lotta" humorous samples that the artists work with.
By Ben Slavich