Ro Ransom- Lesbian Girl
Ro Ransom returned this week with another new track, following last week’s “Forgiveness.” Like “Forgiveness” this new one has a lot of feeling to it, perhaps because it’s inspired by the late Aaliyah. Ro Ransom offers a new-age version of Aaliyah’s “If Your Girl Only Knew,” where he’s talking to a “Lesbian Girl” who’s after him. Ro Ransom not only raps on this one, he also gives us a melodic hook, as he delivers a fresh take on an old classic. Ro was able to keep the vibes of Aaliyah’s original, while updating it to become slightly more hip-hop for today’s era. As Ro continues to work on his new project, hopefully we get some more dope leaks like this. While he still sounds like the Ro we’ve come to know, he’s definitely offering up some more experimental sounds as he discovers, and carves his own lane. The production on “Lesbian Girl” was also handled by Ro Ransom, proving he has more skills than just his verses and melodies. We’ll get to hear all Ro’s new sounds on the upcoming Ro Ransom Is The Future.
While the majority of the names on this remix will not ring a bell for the majority of people, it’s nonetheless a great collaborative effort. The original, which just featured Giftz and Tree, was a hit as is, and with the addition of more Chicago natives, this full-out Chicago collaboration is sure to dominate the city. The beat definitely is fundamental to the dopeness of this track. The beat isn’t exactly hard, although the titling after “New Jack City’s” drug dealer Nino may have you thinking otherwise. It’s melodic and repetitive production from Tree (who also handles the hook and the second verse). Everyone on this track does their thing, and even if you’re not sure who just rapped, you’ll still enjoy it.
Jhene Aiko- Comfort Inn Ending (Prod. By No I.D.)
I’m not an avid listener of Jhene Aiko but her voice is definitely lovely. She’s been dropping off some random free releases, and her latest comes with production from frequent collaborator No I.D. The two create some smooth r’n’b sounds. These recent releases, including “Everything Must Go,” have been showing Jhene’s growth and maturity as a singer, and it makes me excited to hear what her debut album, Soul(ed) Out, will be like. While some artists sing content that was obviously written for them by someone else, with a lack of emotional investment (for example, Cassie), Jhene Aiko is definitely not one of those singers. In this brief track Jhene shares the feeling she had for a sort-of-special someone, who did not return them, but they did share one good night at the Comfort Inn.
The Underachievers- May’s Patience
Rising rap duo The Underachievers delivered an anthem for the month of May for their fans, which is supposed to tie them over until new material comes in June. It seems to have done the trick. “May’s Patience” is a heavy-hitting track which has a rock sound to it, complete with piano and guitar riffs. It’s an interesting choice for the often old-school sounding Underachievers, but it works out well. Over the beat, The Underachievers talk about their recent music industry success and the shananigans that follow, including hitting up the opposite coast. The two rappers are currently at work on Chapter 23.
Who knew Mac Miller could make such bangers? I’ve been impressed with his beat production under the alias of Larry Fisherman as of late and this one is no different. It’s an interesting song because each rapper handles their own version of the hook on top of their verse. They keep the general ‘theme’ of the hook, while changing it up slightly to make it their very own. Dash’s feature may get overlooked by the two extremely ill verses from Ab-Soul and Mikey Rocks. I’ve been waiting on a Soulo x Mikey Rocks collaboration for a while now, I had feeling we’d get one eventually, and it doesn’t disappoint. Although Soulo has a stand-out verse, Sir Michael’s still takes the cake. His flow seems to be constantly getting newer and fresher, as does the content of his verses. Although some of Rock’s verse may leave you confused as to what exactly he’s talking about, it sounds damn good. And isn’t that what it’s all about. Sir Michael Rocks will be delivering a full project, While You Wait… to hold fans over until his album, and it’s arriving in two days. Given this leak right here, it would be in your best interest to download it.
HNHH's "Underrated Audio" puts you on not-too-mainstream music you might have missed from the past week.
This week's Underrated Audio will put you on to five cuts from rising artists all of sorts. There are rappers representing the Beast Coast movement like The Underachievers, we've got Chi-town covered with up-and-comer Giftz, there's the expiremental Ro Ransom, and Sir Michael Rocks gives us some dope delivery on "In A Minute." Plus we have a track from female singer Jhene Aiko, who has some of the nicest vocal chords we've heard in awhile.
What was your favorite track from the past seven days?