One spin, 30 minutes, and there’s a lot to like on Kehlani’s fourth project — the newly released While We Wait that’s already the #1 R&B album on iTunes at posting time.
To say I was hooked by track 01 isn’t an understatement. Kehlani’s homage to “Ice Box” — one of my favorite R&B singles in perhaps my peak R&B listening days — was an unexpected and pleasant surprise. “Feels” was the next record that felt another level, which blends into the project’s first single that I’ve had in rotation since its release: the Ty Dolla $ign-featured “Nights Like This”.
Rounding it out: I’ve got “Butterfly” and “Love Language” as a couple of the other standouts, but all in all, While We Wait is such a cohesive listen and one to vibe to during the late nights. 👏 Kehlani!
Dom Kennedy takes over the Labor Day trending topics (in Chicago at least) with the release of his new mixtape, Best After Bobby Two, with the L.A. Leakers. Here’s the DL link and tracklist:
DL: Dom Kennedy ‘Best After Bobby Two’
Here’s some new Rozay, that I’m seeing initially likened to his old stuff circa 2008-2010. What do you think?
With some familiar features too: Wale, Meek Mill, The-Dream, and more. Listen/DL below.
Chicago emcee ProbCause returns with his latest project “Drifters”. The project features Angel Davenport, Pivot Gang’s Saba, The O’My’s, Twista, amongst others. This is Prob’s latest solo project following the releases of Waves and his ZRO Fox project with Psalm One. If there is something we can take away from ProbCause’s music is that he has been crafting a cohesive sound from beginning to end and continues to do so in this latest release as we join him for the ride and drift away.
Hit-Boy graces us with some new tracks and it’s a quick-hit listen with a couple of intriguing features on the lead single: Pusha T and Quentin Miller. Hopefully for the latter, he’ll step out of the shadow of being Drake’s “ghostwriter” and a couple features on Zoomin below should definitely help that. Listen here:
UPDATE: Hit-Boy also reveals that Pusha’s first verse on “Bussin Moves” was actually originally intended for “Clique”.
The Boy Illinois continually impresses with each new project and his next chance to do so is Dusable below — 10 tracks including one of my favorite rap collabs when it dropped “BlackMale” f/ Twista & Trae Tha Truth.
On here, Illi primarily goes solo save for the collabs with a frequent guest singer of his, Drey Skonie. As such, “All I Want” and especially “Ruling Class ’15” are early favorites. The latter features some of the best raps from Illi on the tape and Skonie covering Lauryn Hill’s hook on “If I Ruled The World”. Very well-executed, and very fresh.
Overall? Illi’s flow is still one of the smoothest in the Chi. He adapts well to some new trap sounds that I haven’t always heard him on too. Some of those are a mixed bag to me, but it speaks to Illi’s versatility even moreso. You’ll find something you like so without further ado… press play below.
One more from Marcus Shadden this weekend that’ll certainly help set off your weekend (and beyond) is his fresh new EP, The Back Burner.
Here, he produces 4 fresh, upbeat productions for 4 oldies but goodies. All hits, but in their own niche way at the time, and now creatively flipped for a mix of modern sounds and nostalgic feels. My favorite is a tie between Ashanti’s “Rock Wit U” and Pharrell & Gwen Stefani’s “Can I Have It Like That”. Can you guess the other 2 flips? Listen below.
And if you’re reading this at posting time and live in the L.A. area, this message is fate. You should go to The B-Side and see Marcus spin live from 3pm-8. Details are below for a guaranteed good time.
ICYMI: Marcus Shadden’s 39 minute end of summer mix “Summer’s Over The Party’s Not!”