You’d expect nothing less than soulful from the Jamla Is The Squad compilation, and this leak is just that. It’s a collaboration between Pete Rock, Christian rapper Lecrae and Rapsody that calls upon the listener to gain new inspiration in whatever way possible. The old-school production comes from Khrysis. It’s a nice change of pace compared to the average rap track we get on the daily basis, that’s for sure. Inspired yet?
Underrated Audio: January 18- January 24
QuESt- Fuck You Mean (Prod. By 6ix)
Florida native and Visionary Music Group signee (the same camp as Logic), QuESt, seems to have been absent from the rap scene for a long minute. He returned the other week with a new joint produced by Visionary’s in-house producer 6ix. It’s obvious right off the bat that QuESt can still flow, over a hard-hitting, piano-backed beat. This is just a warm-up to QuESt’s full-length, and if this is any indication, stay tuned for more bangers.
Mike Posner- My Light
Mike Posner released this freebie during the past week, and in typical Posner form, it’s pretty catchy. Posner sings about the struggles he’s faced in attempting to become a star in the industry over a guitar-driven beat produced by himself and Jayson DeZuzio. It’s actually quite an uplifting record, despite it being about Posner’s trials & tribulations; it’s all on the quest to find out who he really is.
Murs- Mo$ Def (Prod. By Curtiss King)
We’re fans of Mur$ over here, so a freEP entirely produced by Curtiss King, $hut Your Trap, was a welcome release. The short mixtape is a completely different look from the West Coast rapper, but, as he proves, he can take on the highly popular trap sound without issue. Hearing Murs get ignorant and rap about fat booties over an incredibly trap beat is a unique experience in and of itself. Murs proves the irony in the project by making all the S’s in every single song title dolla signs. He even gives himself a $ in the artwork.
Tree- Soul Trappin / Believe
You may be sick of seeing Tree up in our Underrated Audio every week, but until you get the message, he'll be here. Jokes. He actually just dropped his THE @MCTREEG EPthis past week, so you may not see him for a minute. Regardless, we're trying to wake you up to the soul trap that is MC Tree. As Tree continues to carve his own lane in the game, we're getting more acquainted with his unique voice and approach to records. It should also be noted he's a producer, and handled all his own production on THE @MCTREEG EP. Soul Trap on everything.
HNHH's "Underrated Audio" puts you on not-too-mainstream music you might have missed from the past week.
This past week we did receive quite a few massive hip-hop records, including a new banger from the Young Money crew, a massive remix of YG's "My Nigga," and a stand-out ScHoolboy Q record "Break The Bank," among other Very Hotttt releases. While we can basically guarantee you'll be seeing all three of these cuts in our Top 100, today we're taking a look at the records that flew under the radar and therefore might not make it into the Top 100. Regardless, they are worth a listen: from QuESt, Pete Rock and friends, and more.