Tinashe- Meantime (Prod. By T-Minus)
Tinashe is quickly making a name for herself, with things starting to pick up for her as soon as OB OBrien & Drake dropped their remix of her “2 On” record (coincidence or nah?). She had one of the standout appearances on DJ Mustard’s new album, and she kept the buzz going this past week with the T-Minus-produced “Meantime.” It’s an airy r’n’b record with light synths as Tinashe whisper-sings her lyrics. There’s not a plethora of different lyrics, but the repetitiveness works well on this low-key joint.
Polyester The Saint- Players Anonymous (Remix) Feat. Dom Kennedy
Where has Dom been? He’s definitely kept himself low-key since delivering his Get Home Safely album last year. Although, like Tinashe, he too appeared on DJ Mustard’s 10 Summers album, he hasn’t done much else these days. Thus, the remix of “Players Anonymous” was definitely a welcome release, with Dom offering up a typically smooth verse for the Cali-vibes cut.
Mick Jenkins- Dehydration Feat. The Mind
Our boy Mick Jenkins finally delivered his sophomore mixtape The Water[s] earlier this week, and although basically the entire mixtape could be on Underrated Audio, we’re highlighting “Dehydration” cut in particular. Mick addresses those who want to label him as conscious and details his Chi-town lifestyle, while The Mind offers up a groovy hook. There are plenty more standouts on The Water[s], including “514” and “Martyrs” -- go check it out.
Cozz- Window Shopper (Freestyle)
Well, yes, this beat is dope in and of itself, but Cozz takes a valiant stab at it. The Dreamville rapper dropped off this loose freestyle over the classic 50 Cent record mid-week, showing and proving why J. Cole decided to sign the young’n who barely had any music out at the time. This brings up the anticipation for Cozz’s debut mixtape, Cozz & Effect.
WELL$- Youth In Revolt Pt. 2 Feat. King Mez
WELL$ and King Mez are two upcoming North Carolina rappers we’ve had our eyes on for a minute (we’ve actually profiled both of them in the past), and the two connected for a collaboration this week, “Youth In Revolt Pt. 2.” North Carolina isn’t known as a hip-hop hotbed, but these two definitely have talent on lock. The bouncy record (which even includes “Yeah Hoe” samples) actually tackles more serious subject matter, opening with a Martin Luther King Jr. speech snippet. Open up your ears.
HNHH's "Underrated Audio" puts you on not-too-mainstream music you might have missed from the past week.
Underrated Audio aims to provide you with some dope looks from the last seven days that flew under most peoples' radars. While they may have received front-page placement on HNHH, they didn't get as many views as they deserve, so we shine a little more light on them right here.
For this week's edition, we look to music from buzzing singer Tinashe, we finally see Dom Kennedy reappear, we hear from the newest signee of J. Cole's Dreamville imprint, two North Carolina natives connect on wax, and more.
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