The These Days collab I was really waiting on: “World Runners” f/ Lupe Fiasco & Nikki Jean. Produced by Tae Beast, the song gets off to an intense start with Lupe minimally involved as Ab-Soul does the heavy lifting. I wasn’t vibing with it too much by the time Lupe’s concluding verse started, which definitely had its moments. Moreso the bummer: it wasn’t the track for Nikki Jean to belt out her vocals and show off the range as she’s really just on the outro. Needs more Nikki! Overall, it has all the ingredients to grow on me though with more listens so hit the official stream below.
Lupe Fiasco sat down with EBro, Peter Rosenberg, and Laura Stylez of Hot 97 to discuss a bevy of topics across 35 minutes. The great part about it: it’s all music talk.
First, the new single “Mission” – where the inspiration came from (started by his grandmother’s passing due to cancer) and what doors it has opened to organizations Lupe is now working with. Along the way, Lupe revealed some exciting new details about the upcoming album, Tetsuo & Youth including for the first time saying he’s got multiple collabs with fan-favorite Nikki Jean for the album. And yes, that’s collabs with an ‘s’. Stoked for their sounds to combine once again. Plus, Lu hints that the next single may be the Ty Dolla $ign-featured “Everything Look Better With A Bitch Next To It”, which is already the most eye-catching title off Tetsuo & Youth.
While we stay tuned for more new music, we can also hear Lu’s current mindframe toward hip hop, namely his respect for Kendrick Lamar & TDE (though he doesn’t go as far as Rosenberg the “nut-hugger”, ha!) and for the following emcees: Young Thug, MF Doom, King Los, Logic, Cassidy, Hollow Da Don, Joe Budden, and AZ. Most notably, Lupe says MF Doom is the best lyricist and that King Los and Logic are better than Kendrick – a comment that gets Rosenberg (and probably you reading this too) all up in arms. It’s hard to type that last sentence with proper context so I suggest before jumping to anything to hear the words from the man himself in the latter third of the interview. Press play and let it run, you will certainly enjoy – especially if you’re a fan of trolling as much as I am… because there’s a lot of it. Ha!
For no other reason than she’s a fan, Nikki Jean covers Ab-Soul with “Drift Away”, with production coming from her new partner-in-crime Double-0 and Nikki herself. I like this one as it progresses as about a minute onward I was ready to run it back. Listen/download below!
Checking in with Nikki Jean, she re-imagines some classic Christmas tunes with Double-0 over Outkast, Jay Z, and DOOM. I especially like these first two and the entire 3-track EP is a good, quick listen. Listen/download!
It’s Christmas Eve! And best believe the music industry is aware of that. Today and tomorrow will mark new releases from some of your favorite rappers and singers (the one I’m still looking forward to: Fabolous’ Soul Tape 3 Christmas morning), but in this spotlight, I’ma shine the light on a few under the radar singers depending who you ask.
Starting with BJ The Chicago Kid. The hometown crooner had a great 2013 and looks to end it the right way with the fullest Christmas project I’ve seen this past week. Stream his new A Soulful Christmas EP first below.
Adding to the unique Christmas projects is Nikki Jean and producer Double-0 (of Kidz In The Hall fame). They keep those with a short attention span satisfied with the new 3-track EP, Christmas Remastered. It reimagines classic Christmas tunes over the likes of OutKast, Jay Z, and DOOM. Instant *Tibs Fav. on the first two tracks so press play on that too.
Finally, I’ll spotlight a stand alone single: a Chicago singer you should get to know in Vince Nantes. “Home For Christmas” is a heartwarming track and *Tibs Fav. that I think your folks will enjoy as part of the Christmas playlist these next couple days. Download that to round out the post.
Have a safe, warm, and Merry Christmas out there! I’ll be checking in throughout with more cool updates during the Holiday.