Damn, Mac Miller is definitely on his production shit. He produced Vince Staples’, an affiliate of Odd Future, entire new mixtape, Stolen Youth. On “Sleep” Mac also gets his rapping on, with a verse. We’ve heard Vince and Soulo collaborate before over a Larry Fisherman beat ("Killin Y’all"), and this one’s in a similar vein of dopeness. While all four hip-hop artists deliver strong verses, Soulo Ho3 kills it. As he says, he’s a “master with the nouns and verbs, you haven’t heard the wordplay?” If you HAVEN’T, check out the lyrics. Although this is Vince Staples’ record, and he closes it out, his verse becomes somewhat forgettable in comparison to his fellow rappers.
Underrated Audio: June 15-21
Dom Kennedy- Never
Dom Kennedy has kept quiet for a long minute, actually, it’s been a year since the release of his extremely dope Yellow Album. On Friday Dom came through with a new track “Never.” Let’s hope this means he’s working on a new project too. The cut finds Dom on his typical flow over a laid-back beat from the Futuristiks. The West Coast native definitely knows how to create good vibes for the summer, and if you’re in need of more vibes than just this one track, you should definitely get (back) into the Yellow Album.
Jon Connor’s Unconscious State sounds better week after week, as we receive more leaks off the iTunes release. We all know the Michigan native can do those socially conscious and lyrical records, but here, Connor proves his versatility, coming through with a banger. Jon Connor provides a catchy hook, over an upbeat instrumental which is backed by horns and synths, as Jon and Freddie stunt ever so slightly on the track. This is definitely a feel-good kinda track.
Flatbush Zombies- Palm Trees
Flatbush Zombies contrast the ethereal and light beat on “Palm Trees” with Meech’s raspy/deep voice on the hook, and it works well. Meech, Zombie Juice and Erick Arc Elliott all spit about frustrations, whatever they may be, at the same time portraying an I-don’t-really-give-a-fuck-anyways attitude, which seems to be what the song is really about. If you throw shade their way, it doesn’t affect them. The Flatbush Zombies aren’t your typical rappers when it comes to lyrics and content, and there are definitely a few head-scratching rhymes, but even so, this track seems to be their strange way of stunting.
Spitta never keeps fans waiting for a new joint to smoke too (no pun intended) for too long. “Grizzly” finds Curren$y and Jet Life collaborator Young Roddy go in over a smooth beat you’d expect from Spitta, with flute elements (that, you might not expect). The two rappers spit about being on their grizzly shit, similar to a young woman Roddy mentions on the hook.
Freddie Gibbs- Lay It Down
Freddie Gibbs’ new album, ESGN, sprung an early leak, so Gibbs made the decision to release the project early. This is one of the cuts you’ll find on the project from the former CTE rapper. Gangsta Gibbs really goes in on this one. It’s hard. Even the single art is hard. The beat is just as brooding and ominous as Gibbs sounds on it, and has an almost symphonic element to it. Gibbs seems to have no problem creating solid music without the help of Jeezy (who may not have been helping him so much in the first place), so we’re excited to hear the next two projects Gibbs has lined up. Go get ESGN.
This is definitely a stand-out cut from Deniro Farrar’s new effort, The Patriarch II. The rapper gets help from singer and sometimes producer, JMSN, plus with the beat from Ryan Hemsworth-- it’s ill. This beat has a dream-like element to it, as Deniro deep voice spits about tragedies he’s seen. The only thing off about this track is the lack of emotion you hear in Deniro’s voice and flow (which just seems to be the way that he raps), because the rest of the song has a strong emotional element to it. Nonetheless, check out Deniro’s new tape here.
HNHH's "Underrated Audio" puts you on not-too-mainstream music you might have missed from the past week.
This past week proved to be a big one for hip-hop. Definitely a week to be remembered, with three big rap albums (and one r'n'b album) all dropping on the same day (and every one knows this date by now)-- June 18. While Kanye West, J. Cole and Mac Miller had the spotlight for the majority of the week, that's not to say there weren't some dope releases from other artists. This week in Underrated Audio we look over some ill drops from the likes of Dom Kennedy, Deniro Farrar, Flatbush Zombies, Freddie Gibbs, among others.
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