SZA- Teen Spirit (Prod. By Wondagurl)
It was announced this past week that female singer SZA signed with Top Dawg Entertainment. It was only a matter of time before they branch out, and the songstress definitely sounds like she’ll be a good fit for the label. I’m sure we’ll see her popping on hooks for each rapper, but she sounds like she can also hold her own, although she still has some growth to do. Nonetheless the airy and almost sad production on “Teen Spirit” (credited to Toronto female producer Wondagurl) is dope and she obviously has the vocal chops. We’ll have to wait and see where she goes from here.
Bonic- The Streets Luv Me Feat. ScHoolboy Q & Troy Ave
Too many people are sleeping on the talent of Philly’s Most Wanted rapper Boo Bonic, or perhaps now, just Bonic. The rapper dropped a completely original and free LP this past week, also titled BONIC, which slipped under the radar of most but it should be on your playlist. The project features new-age and somewhat experimental rap production which is dope, and while Bonic has some good features (including this particular track) he doesn’t need them—some of the best records are his solo shit. Nonetheless, this was also a stand-out on the project, with Troy Ave taking very good care of the hook and ScHoolboy Q being the most appropriate feature. “I’m most wanted like a Philly nigga, feel me nigga?”
SD- New World Order (Remix) Feat. Danny Brown
This track which was originally on the GBE affiliate SD’s mixtape Life Of A Savage 3 would have probably been overlooked by most if he had not released this Danny Brown remix. And while it may come as a surprise that the Detroit native is on it, it actually works really well. Danny definitely gives the track new life, making it a tad more interesting, and along with a catchy hook this song has some banging potential.
No Malice- Shame The Devil Feat. Pusha T
This was a nice surprise when it dropped. As we await both brothers’ upcoming albums we get a leak from (No) Malice which features his broski Pusha Ton. It’s been awhile since we heard the two on a record together, but hopefully we do get that Clipse album after their two solo efforts drop. The focus here is on No Malice’s upcoming album Hear Ye Him which is supposed to drop very soon, on August 18th. Although the rapper formerly called Malice now has religious ways, he hasn’t lost his hard vocals and bars, as evidenced right here. Appropriately enough (the record is called “Shame The Devil,” after all) the two rappers talk about No Malice finding God throughout the track, and Pusha assures us they’re on good terms.
Juvenile- Mo Money Feat. Curren$y (Prod. By Mike WiLL Made It)
Juvie and Spitta re-connect on this track, after hearing the two on "Bitch Get Up" off Curren$y's New Jet City. We got no word on what or where this record is from, but more collaborations between the two New Orleans natives may be in the bag. The Hot Spitta kicks off his verse stunting on you with his money talk and of course, Jet Life talk. This track is short and sweet, with one verse from either rapper and then a repetition of the hook. This could very well be a throw away track for either rapper, but it's still worthy of your Juvenile and/or Spitta playlist.
HNHH's "Underrated Audio" puts you on not-too-mainstream music you might have missed from the past week.
It doesn't even really need to be said at this point, but this past week was dominated by Kendrick Lamar and the many "Control" responses that followed. It seems every rapper feels some type of way about some line in K. Dot's verse, even if they weren't directly called out. You've probably had your fill of anything titled "Control" so let's take a look at some of the records that dropped this past week that had nothing to do with Kendrick Lamar.