Last week, Fargo Friday came with two new freestyles from Tory Lanez.
Ready For It
Dame D.O.L.L.A. Feat. Brookfield Deuce
The old adage goes: all rappers want to be athletes, and all athletes want to be rappers. Many have tried to crossover; most have failed. Not among these failures is Portland Trailblazers point guard Damian Lillard. Rapping under the nom de guerre Dame D.O.L.L.A., he has impressed the internet with his lyrical wit and tenacious delivery, most recently on Jahlil Beats-produced banger "Talk To Em."
Count It Up
Tink is one of the most versatile young artists in the game right now. Upon seeing her name next to Jahlil Beats, a champion of hard-hitting street anthems, one might expect her to be on her drill game, as with March's "Circle the Block." However, "Count It Up," her latest single, is a reflection of her more introspective side, and the song is evidence of Tink's impressive skills as an R&B songwriter.
Talk To Em
Dame D.O.L.L.A. Feat. V.I.P. & Bozzle
Throughout history, athletes have tried to transition into the rap game, many failing miserably. Damian Lillard has proven to be an exception, as he has continually impressed with his skills on the mic, rapping under the name Dame D.O.L.L.A. He first turned heads with his Sway on the Morning freestyle over a year ago, and he's since shown his ability to put together his own original songs (his SoundCloud page runs deep). Still unconvinced?
Despite producing major hits like "I'mma Boss" and "Hot N*gga," Jahlil Beats has somehow become something on an underrated producer. All the while, he's maintained a consistent output, and his new collaboration with Freebandz' Zoey Dollaz is no exception. Starting off with a classic Dave Chappelle sample, the track then introduces a chaotic clash of piano arpeggios and abrasive synth brass, all complimented by the signature bounce of Jahlil's dreams.
Make 'Em Say [Throwback]
Meek Mill had the city of Philly on lock from the moment he dropped Flamers 1 in 2008. He upped the ante on Flamers 2.5, which contains what is to this day one of his greatest songs ever: "Make 'Em Say."
With exception to a couple features on Khaled’s “I Lie,” & Pusha T’s “Keep Dealing,” Beanie Sigel has been hella quiet when it comes to the new music department lately. However today, the former Roc-a-fella spitter decides to change all that by sharing a brand new song for the people called “Top Shotta.”
OVO Sound Radio got pushed back an hour, and during that interval, Meek Mill decided to let loose a 4-track EP, 4/4, while fans wait on Dreamchasers 4. Early thoughts on the EP: This is Meek coming at his absolute hardest. No pop, no attempts to play around with his flows -- just doing what he does best: rapping as hard as he can about real street shit. Nowhere is that more apparent on the EP's final track, "FBH," aka "Fuck Being Humble."
Let 'Em Know
It’s been a minute since we last heard from NYC underground veteran Torae, but with a new album set to arrive in a couple weeks called Entitled, that all changes today. To get the ball rolling, the Brooklyn spitter decides to share the first single off his upcoming sophomore LP called “Let Em Know.”
Busta Rhymes Feat. J-Doe & O.T. Genasis
Busta Rhymes is all set to drop his upcoming mixtape The Return of the Dragon: The Abstract Went on Vacation on Christmas Day. Before he does that, he gives fans a teaser from the mixtape called "God's Plan," an absolute banger produced by Jahlil Beats. "God's Plan" is upbeat and turnt up, right in Busta's wheelhouse. O.T. Genasis and J-Doe bless the track with their presence, but truly Busta and Jahlil own this track.
H.B. is our second Heatseeker of the day out of Florida, more proof of how strong the region's rap game has been recently. The Jacksonville emcee comes through with a new single, "Get Mine," that's a reflective piece of grinding music. It's rare to hear an up-and-comer who's come into his own so fully as an artist. Many guys can rap with confidence, but few can explore the range of emotions that H.B. gives us on a single track. Oh, and the production comes from Jahlil Beats.
Standing On Ferraris
The Game Feat. Diddy
When Game dropped the tracklist to Documentary 2 last week, one of the most surprising features listed was Diddy.
Last week Rick Ross dropped the rock-solid mixtape Black Dollar, 17 tracks long and chalkfull of features from Meek Mill, Future, Gucci Mane, & more. But Rozay still had a few tricks up his sleeve as he comes through today with a new hustle anthem by the name of "Work."
Still I Rise
Jahlil Beats has been behind some big records over the last couple years, including Boogie's "Oh My," Meek Mill's "Monster," and Bobby Shmurda's "Hot Nigga" (Uncle Murda's "We Wuu Wuuu" also still goes). Today, he's laced Jinsu with another instrumental, which -- like most of his best work -- bangs as hard as anything else out, but does so with an unconventional sample.
Wanna Know (Drake Diss)
Well here it is! After Drake went “Back To Back” on us this week, Meek has finally released his response record tonight titled "Wanna Know." Calling on Jahlil Beats & Swizz Beatz for some bangin’ production, Meek Mill fires back at Drake with a 4-minute lyrical onslaught. Bringing the energy, Meek goes hard at Drake for biting other artist’s flows, paying people off, and the obvious ghostwriting scandal with Quentin Miller, where he leaks another reference track that Quentin Miller did for Drake's "Know Yourself."
Meek Mill Feat. Rick Ross
Meek Mill's 2011 Dream Chasers was a stellar mixtape, the likes of which he perhaps has not duplicated since. It featured such bangers as "Middle of da Summer," "Get Dis Money," & "House Party," but no track from the tape made its mark more than "Ima Boss" feat. Rick Ross.
Before Capone-N-Noreaga’s new album Lessons arrives on Friday, the duo decide to come through and treat fans to another preview off it first titled “Shooters Worldwide”.
Meek Mill Feat. Migos
DJ Clue's new mixtape, Banned From CD 2015, is full of gems, such as Drake's Fetty Wap remix, but as far as the unreleased cuts go, this Meek Mill and Migos collab immediately stands out. Surprisingly, on "Basic Bitch," Meek takes the hook duty, and each member of Migos impresses with his own verse, including the recently incarcerated Offset, who presumably recorded this before he was jailed.
If you follow Plies on social media, you'll have noticed that he's a big fan of spelling things the way he pronounces them in his Southern drawl, with "pwussy" being the best and most frequent example of this. His new single follows suit. It's called "Dayum!" and was produced by the Philly phenom Jahlil Beats.
Boogie made a dent on the rap game with his debut mixtape, Thirst 48, which dropped last summer. The mixtape solidified Boogie as one to watch, and had us all vibing (read: smoking) to his relaxed, West Coast sound.