Hip-Hop Roundup

Bunch of new tracks came out recently, so going to show some love to the better ones. Featuring songs by Hopsin, B.o.B., Slum Village and De La Soul (!!), Nas, Wale with Rick Ross and Fabolous, Apollo Brown & O.C. and from a little while back, J. Cole.

B.o.B – Where Are You (B.o.B. Vs. Bobby Ray)

Let’s start with the B.o.B. track. Like a few of his recent tracks, such as his collabo with Asher Roth, “F*ck The Money”, he takes a bit of a retrospective look. His clear flow and delivery matched with his ability to tell the listener the story of his mind, make for an enjoyable track. Some really chill piano production. Featuring both his primary identity and his alter ego, Bobby Ray, he battles himself out, showing both sides aren’t that different. The song serves as the new single for his upcoming LP, Strange Clouds. mp3.

Slum Village – Turning Me Off feat. De La Soul

Of all the tracks that dropped, this one is by far the one I was most excited for. The song describes the story of Bonita Applebum, and the continuous storytelling throughout the song is refreshing in the A.D.D. generation. The song references A Tribe Called Quest‘s ‘Bonita Applebum’. The first verse sets the scene the story of Bonita Applebaum, a girl who has slept around a lot. The song gets to the point, describing how a discontent with the decline of self-respect, as evidenced by the line “Laying on her backside, tears in her eyes/Livin’ the life while her dignity dies.” The song’s title fits really well once you give the song a listen. May the good never die. The track is from their mixture Dirty Slums, which came out last Tuesday. mp3.

Wale – Albert Pujols feat. Rick Ross & Fabolous

Next, the Wale track. While I haven’t actively listened to Wale or Fabolous much in recent times, they both do a decent job on this rap track, with the oft-inconsistent Rick Ross taking the hook. Street rap,  decent. I’m going to try and use the word decent at least one more time before this paragraph is through. Albert Pujols, is the best first baseman in the league, fitting Ross’ introduction “Boss is my position.” Wale then hits it out of the park with a couple clever references: “Tryna rock it Atlanta Bravest know I’m awesome / Bet I be like Fenway out in Boston, my green is a monster.” for example, with the reference to the Braves Johnny Rocker, and a lovely little line saying his weed gets him so high, that it’s like hitting over Fenway Parks The Green Monster – one of the hardest walls to hit a ball over. Fabolous continues with the sly baseball references, throwing in a Spanish line. Track hits hard enough, with Wale hitting the grand slam. Great bumpability factor, pretty good (decent?) track. mp3.

Apollo Brown & OC – Prove Me Wrong (Live From HeadQCourterz Radio Rip)

This track dropped in my email two weeks ago, and is from Apollo Brown & OC’s upcoming collabo album, Trophies. Both artists are from the Mello Music Group label, with with Apollo producing, and OC rapping. Only a radio rip, but that only allows their energy to come out more, though you’ll have to deal with a bit of repetition for it. Apollo as always provides dope production, though the scratching could be a bit better. OC provides some tight rhymes. Good track. It’s got DJ Premier saying: “Dope original shit. Hip-hop for the people!” Check out the free download on Bandcamp, below.

Hopsin – Hop Madness

Welcome to Hop Madness. Imagine the B.o.B. track before the label deal, before the mainstream success. That’s sorta what this track is like. A song featuring Hopsin’s great flow, a lot more ‘er’ word endings turned to ‘a”s then normal for him, and a song about his slow blow up. He also mentions the irony about MTV being interested, considering everything he’s said. And he adds in a message: you like his songs? Great. But don’t ride his d*ck. Listen critically. A message that needs to be heard these days. Featuring some upbeat production, this song flows pretty well. mp3.

Nas – The Don

The mighty, mighty Nas. Song starts off with a man with a Carribean accent talking about the poor, “street people”. People that can’t afford to buy a radio, so they listen to…the music. Song kicks off with a dancehall style production, with the background voice talking about the big NYC. The verse begins with Nas’ fire flow, talking about lavishness, the models, the bottles. The second verse talks about him coming from, him mastering the poetry, his rise to the pinnacle. Then the production switches up, becomes more chill, as Nas starts talking about his home city. Then he switches into some wise man talk, mixed in with his smoking habits, and how he reps for “every ghetto in the hood.” This one deserves a listen. Definitely one you can bump. mp3

Bonus Harmonius:

J. Cole – Visionz of Home

Song came out forever ago in Internet time. So here it is. It’s a Carolina thing, and here he is to brag about it. He remembers where he came from! mp3.

– Zayniac

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