Tory Lanez- Hate Me On The Low
Tory Lanez dropped this new cut last week, and it definitely shows his progression and experimentation as a rapper. The Canadian rapper switches up flows with ease over a beat that’s chilling and eery, almost haunting. He’s known for dropping a melody or too within a track, and this one is no different. He manages the hook, slowing it up slightly, before picking up the pace again for his verses. T. Lanez spits about some of his supposed ‘friends’ who hate him on the low—they’re fakes and haters. Doesn’t get much worse than that (according to the rap game, at least).
Killer Mike and El-P worked closely together on the ATLien’s R.A.P. Music album, with El-P having produced all the tracks on it, it was basically a joint effort. However, now the two are making their connection official, having announced their new moniker as Run The Jewels, as well as a self-titled debut (free) album. It’s already a well-known fact these two have chemistry in the studio as a rapper/producer combo (see: R.A.P. Music), but, now El-P is dropping bars alongside Killer Mike (not to mention, producing). The result can be heard on “Get It,” which has a hard beat featuring a James Brown sample via Boogie Down Productions; and Run The Jewels build up the track by exchanging verses and knowledge.
Kurupt- Pussy Whistle Feat. Masta Killa
Kurupt kept on the down-low for a while, after somewhat promoting his mixtape Money Bitches Power, then delaying it. Now it appears the OG rapper is back on his mixtape-promoting-ish, having dropped a new leak off it last week, and promising it’s arrival tomorrow (May 1st). The leaks prior to “Pussy Whistle” had all been pretty solid, so this tape may come through with a few more jams. Although the quality sounds slightly low-fi, you can still bump it. The instrumental keeps within the theme of the song, incorporating a whistle throughout.
King Los- My Biz
King Los’ Becoming King has been out long enough now for fans to have digested it and replayed it. While we posted quite a few on our homepage, there was one or two that still need a little shine. Los goes hard on “My Biz,” as he displays his versatile flow and wordplay. The Bad Boy rapper stunts on us during the track, but it’s also some good advice for rappers and fans alike—mind your business. The stripped-down beat provided by Dot Pro builds up throughout the track, and Los’ energy and flow on the instrumental matches the build-up perfectly.
Rockie Fresh- Top Of The World
Rockie Fresh’s new project, The Birthday Tape, is more of an EP, in that it only features seven tracks. All the tracks seem to have a similar style and sound, which follows seamlessly from Rockie’s Electric Highway sound. “Rollin” with Gunplay was featured last week in UA, but this week we’re highlighting his intro track on The Birthday Tape, “Top Of The World.” The beat is a climactic one, and my only qualm with Rockie on this track is that he doesn’t exactly put enough authority in his voice to own this instrumental. Nonetheless, it’s nice, and documents the MMG rising rapper’s grind to get to the top.
HNHH's "Underrated Audio" puts you on not-too-mainstream music you might have missed from the past week.
This week there's was some difficulty in deciding what to feature on Underrated Audio, and it wasn't because there was an excess of tracks to choose from, but sadly, the opposite. Nonetheless, we've come through, with five cuts from last week that were not given all their deserved play time. Rockie Fresh is featured again this week, as he continues his climb from the underground to the mainstream, via MMG. Rockie isn't the only rapper on the rise featured this week, in fact, he's in good company with King Los and Tory Lanez. But then again, there are some rappers that always seem determined to remain in their underground spotlight, such as Killer Mike & El-P.