This was one of the four tracks which came on The-Dream’s Climax EP, which he dropped shortly after IV Play was released on May 28th. The EP apparently also came with the deluxe version of the LP. The-Dream has now developed quite a strong fan base as a solo artist, after dropping four quality albums (well, one was a mixtape), but people are still sleeping on the talent that is Terius Nash. IV Play is definitely not The-Dream’s best album ever, with a more scattered sound and less cohesive theme, however, that’s not say it doesn’t leave you with tracks you want to replay over and over—it does. The-Dream released “Dope Bitch” and “ROC” a while ago, which were at first thought to be album singles, but it seems they didn’t make the cut and thus ended up on Climax. It could be that this is also the case for the above song, “Com’on.” Even so, don’t dismiss “Com’on”—it’s an extremely nice Dream record. Personally I think it could have lived on the album and it would have been up to par. The hit-maker warns deejays not to play “that song” as he tries to forget his lady love, over a piano-backed beat.
Boldy James- Chirps
Detroit’s own Boldy Lego Blocks James has been releasing music quite sporadically. Thus we were happy to hear something new from him when “Chirps” dropped. “Chirps” finds Boldy in his best drug-talking form, with a hook sampled from a woman’s voice who starts off the intro of the song. Hi-hats are interspersed alongside drums and electronic sounds, as Boldy delivers his typical non-chalant flow, making it seem oh so easy. All the while, Boldy boasts and breaks down the drugs he’ll sell you, always with a sense of reality you don’t get from many “drug dealing” rappers nowadays. This record definitely did the trick to entice us for Boldy’s upcoming new mixtape, which is going to drop prior to his Alchemist-produced debut album M.1.C.S. in September.
Mikey Rocks held fans over until his debut album BANCO with a quick mixtape While You Wait… The tape displays the ever-evolving sound of Mr. Rocks, as he forays more into sex and drug talk than ever before. “Put This On Facebook” features Mikey’s Toothpick Clique affiliate Tris J with a chopped & screwed hook telling you to “put this” on Facebook, most likely, intended with a sense of irony.
King Chip- Stand Up King
I think we’ve all been missing the sounds of Lex Luger in our lives. Where has he been? He hasn’t been popping up so much recently. Ah well. Lex did come through for Chip on “Stand Up King.” Lex and Chip definitely have chemistry (see: “Out Here”), it would be dope to see more beats and raps from the two. However, all the tags at the beginning of the song kind of bring it down. If you skip those, Chip has a banger on his hands, although the “King” theme is much too over-used.
Tory Lanez- Up (Fell In Love)
Tory definitely seems to be getting experimental on his recent leaks (including "Fourteen & 40’s"). On “Up” we get the feel of a full-out r’n’b track rather than the typical rap and melodies from Tory. The Toronto native breaks out his best singing voice on the chorus, as he serenades his woman telling her just exactly what he wants to do with her. It has a smooth, almost old-school vibe but with definite modern touches. We’ll have to see where Tory goes with his sound on his upcoming new project.
This song is just as eccentric as the rappers on it, which is only right. I'm not an avid listener of Mr. MFN eXquire, but the NY native recently released his new project, Kismet, which made a few waves in the blogosphere (not only for the cover art). On a beat that's basically all over the place in the best way possible, eXquire recruited Danny Brown, fellow New York rappers Flatbush Zombies and Nacho Picasso to spit their strange verses. It's definitely an experience to listen to this cut.
HNHH's "Underrated Audio" puts you on not-too-mainstream music you might have missed from the past week.
With the hectic-ness that was HOT 97's Summer Jam UA was missing from the site last week. Nonetheless, today we return in full force looking back at tracks that were posted within the past fourteen days instead of seven, because as usual, more than a few dope cuts have gone overlooked. From the still-slept-on song-maker The-Dream, to rising New York rapper Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, we've got both r'n'b and hip-hop covered on today's six picks.
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