Theophilus London gets flashy with the lifestyle he lives that we all wish we did in a new song called “Big Spender” off his new project Lovers Holiday II: Rose Island , which is set to release May 15th. The track is definitely reaching back in time and turning an old classic into a new hit. If you like sampling as much as I do, you’ll love this. From the muscial play Chicago, there is a number titled “Big Spender” where the women go on and on about a noticeably high rolling gentlemen who enters the club. The song was actually an original from one of UK’s former pop stars, Shirley Bassey, and has been covered numerous times over the past 40-plus years by artist including Diana Ross and the Supremes. Where Theophilus heard it first is not clear, but he made it his own, brilliantly collabing with one of the hottest new artist at this time, Asap Rocky. Turn the volume on and take a listen.
R&B lovers, are going to love this one. The Weeknd – no “e”- is a 22 year old Canadian musician who is barely scratching the music scene,but already deemed the “Songbird of his Generation” by MTV, BET, Rolling Stone, XXL, and The Source. All I can say about that is, for good reason! He’s already been nominated and even won a few awards so, like always, I went through and found the best tracks from the trilogy of mixtapes he released last year; House of Balloons (released March 2011), Thursday (released August 2011), and Echoes of Silence (released December 2011). I steer clear of jibber-jabber so , yes, he will have you lyrically inclined. Here are the top 8 choices of mine:
“What You Need”- House of Balloons. The intro has a faint, kind of distorted sample from Aaliyah’s “Rock the Boat” when she says “Baby now we can coast”.
“Wicked Games” – House of Balloons
“The Morning” – House of Balloons
“Gone” – Thursday
“Rolling Stone” – Thursday
“High For This” – House Of Balloons
“Initiation” – Echoes of Silence
“Next” – Echoes of Silence
You can listen download all three mixtapes from his website from the link below.
Highly anticipated and its finally here!! Stalley dropped another mixtape titled Savage Journey To The American Dream, known as #SJTTAD on twitter. His previous mixtape, Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Music), showed us his variety in vocabulary making his rhymes clear, clean and connectable, his amazing taste in beats, and love of instrumentals. Its exciting to finally hear an artist with a combination of lyricism and quality taste in beats, and just when we thought he couldn’t get better, he dropped another one on us. This mixtape shows more variety in sounds, but every song is still relevant to the album title: whether it lies in love, a career, or possession of money, we’re all in one savage journey to reach our own idea of what it is to be living the “American Dream”.
Here are five of what I picked to be the best. The link at the bottom is where you can listen to the full mixtape.
My favorite out of the lineup goes out to “BCGMMG” feat Rick Ross and Meek Mill
Ranked another one of my favs, “Cold”
“Home To You”. Ain’t no place like it.
“Petrin Hill Poenies”
“I was underground then, and I’m underground now. Only difference is I ain’t tryna be found”- Stalley
Listen and Download the full mixtape
You know the west is the last to hear of good country/east coast rappers, so I have to keep Arizona up to speed. This is one of the newest releases from K.R.I.T. titled “I Got This” on his mixtape 4Eva N A Day. You can hear the G-funk organ-whines and cluster-bomb drums working in the background, and K.R.I.T showing us his capability to connect from the streets all the way to the boardroom, as usual. You’ll like it.
Who else besides Kendrick Lamar can take a sort of weird sounding song at first and make it sound so dope? To top it off, he made the perfect collaboration with Gunplay.The title in itself is interesting making you wonder, why is a rap artist talking about cartoons and cereal?
The 6 min and 40 second track is a plethora of play on words. You first hear the bridge with alien-sounding voices explaining how his father lived a life of crime and Kendrick, looking to him as a role- model, followed in the same direction. His father would tell him as he says in the song ” ..don’t be like me, just finish watching cartoons…” then the bridge continues to say ” which is funny because all I see is Wile E. Coyotes in the room, and I run it.” There is a double meaning to that. One is his father telling him to not pay attention to the violent world of crime he’s involved in – just watch cartoons, but ironically Wile E. Coyote is using bombs, guns, traps, and many other weapons to kill the Road Runner. The second side is Kendrick comparing himself to the Road Runner and other rappers to Wile E. Coyote; being that they are all trying to catch up to him,the Road Runner, but never can.
The bridge sets the stage for the rest of the song which is linked below. Take a listen
If you’re trying to get anywhere in life, you can relate to this.
You can always tell who spends the extra time perfecting their craft. Era Hardaway is an artist on the ups who’s not relying just on dope beats to bring attention to his music. Each song has a meaning and a message that relates to everyone trying to reach their dream in life. He’s on the look-out list. Here’s some more of his music.
Era Hardaway – CanYouFeelIt (Over 14KT “Million Miles Away”) Instrumental)
This is the song I heard from both Kevin Sinatra and Era Hardaway and triggered me to look further into both of their music. “We In There”
I’m big on ( 1.) lyrical content and ( 2.) delivery. What good does an emcee’s word do if the people can’t understand them? Kevin Sinatra poses both qualities. I honestly feel a little late just now discovering his music, but when I find it- I share it!
After looking through a few of his videos on youtube, I came across the five of what I think are his best songs.
“In My Soul” has a short sample in the beginning from Ray Charles’s “I believe” and a portion of Malcolm X’s most famous speeches “Make It Plain”. The song gives us a look into his thoughts, dreams and struggles.
“Hometown”, sampled from Adele’s own original “Hometown Glory”, he represents his roots from the DMV. He touches on a few of his memories growing up and even shows a few famous faces that are also DMV bred.
“Starring the eyes of Medusa” he features female rapper Elle Maxwell, produced by Curtis Tull.
“Letters To You”
If the lyrical content is on point, then an artist can usually make any beat sound dope. He has a mixtape that has already surface titled The Battle For Olympus that you can download on the link below. The next one is expected to drop Spring 2012 entitled My Shiny Suit.
Kevin Sinatra The Battle For Olympus: