It’s an especially great feeling bumping this having literally just bought a new whip with black tints already installed in the back windows and windshield.
If you’re curious… and haha, it’s a Honda Accord.
Oh right, the song. Love Anderson Paak’s feel-good LA vibe that comes across on this one again. That said, I coulda used more from Kendrick Lamar. Disappointing feature, but he gets a pass.
T.I. albums usually take multiple listens for it to grow on me (yup, even Urban Legend and King) but on his latest this weekend, The Dime Trap, track 01 has been bumpin’ all weekend.
Chappelle begins his narrating endeavor, T.I. opens up lyrically, but it’s Sam Hook and the band that closes it out at the end that takes the cake for me.
Play this for the first minute and imagine the sound and the mood for Season 3 of Stranger Things. Even the visuals match. Once the hook hits it doesn’t fit, but it’s still a dope song in its own right that I’ve had in my rotation all summer.
The story of discovering this one’s a good one.
Kid Cudi’s “Mr. Rager” came up in the shuffle, which brought me back to when Logic sampled it for his 2011 song “Mind of Logic”. And then I remembered that the female vocalist on that song killed said sample of “Mr. Rager”.
I tracked down the video, then googled Camille Michelle Gray to see she’s since branched off as the lead singer in a duo called NUEX. “Eyes” lives on the Affectus EP which I’d strongly suggest a quick listen. (It’s 5 songs. “The Fall” is just as good.)
And hey… while we’re bringing back Logic… here’s Young Sinatra IV.
I skipped ahead to the Wu Tang Forever collab, the “Life’s a Bitch” redux, the Jaden collab, and the Kanye “Last Call” outro… the latter feels too forced albeit an interesting listen. A lot that’s interesting here though. Gotta play catch up this weekend…
Before we go any further, we have to show some more love to… dare I say… the hip hop album of the year.
Go Alan! Go Alan! Go Alan! (Gold Island?🤔)
Lupe’s a genius storyteller, guys. I mean, we all knew that. But I’m still amazed at not one, but two tracks across Drogas Waves that reimagine the lives of newborns taken too soon and too tragically.
Speaking of Genius, after the first couple of listens on your own, you’ll want to follow along, song-by-song and pick up references like this one (via our own @hetalbot). Lupe continues to reference Canada in Alan’s reimagined story because his family wanted asylum in Canada. And the more references like that you catch, the more we see that next-level where only Lupe resides.
“Jonylah Forever”, after Jonylah Watkins, a 6-month old baby tragically succumbing to crossfire gunshots, was originally released shortly after her death in 2013.
The one reference I didn’t catch until five years later was the Jimmy Neutron/neutron term for not being gang affiliated in Chicago.
Sadly, “Jonylah” has even more of a somber tone and now I have the feels all over again. There’s much more I want to write about the album as I, still a week later, want to continue to digest. Until then, sit back, and listen to these back to back (and out of order). Maybe the connection will be even clearer…
“I bet you didn’t know that you saved yourself…”
Lord have mercy.
Great to see Mike Posner back with some new music. He moved out of his Cali mansion into a van, and grew a beard that rivals James Harden.
As for the song, “Song About You” is actually a sad breakup song, but a nice one with an acoustic vibe and one of Mike’s catchiest melodies yet. *Tibs Fav.
T.I. is dropping too! Give a week to digest the new Weezy and the new Yeezy and then buckle up for some T.I., narrated by Dave Chappelle.
A new album preview of the Young Thug collab is out now too…
Jaden’s “Icon” has been flowin’ here and there for me, especially after the video dropped. His new collab with Thugger may grow one me even more after it stood out on Young Thug’s new EP this week…