Kaytranada- Hilarity Duff
Kaytranada is a producer I've had my eye on, and finally introduced him to HNHH with his new release hilariously titled “Hilarity Duff.” The song is a mellow electronic production, which, if you’re unfamiliar with the Montreal producer, serves as a good starting point. While he’s known for some really nice remixes, here we have all-original production that encompasses string instruments with a mix electronic noises creating something very cool, that is perfect for listening to in the wee hours of the morning, if you know what I mean.
Trademark hops on a “Bandz A Make Her Dance”-inspired beat, and even takes on a slight Juicy J flow for the record. Nonethless it does not sound like a Juicy song—it’s all Trademark, with Dizzy’s two cents just adding to groove. If this is the direction the Jet Lifer is going with Flamingo Barnes 2, it sounds good.
BOLDY BLOCKS, HOWREYOU?! Everyone by now probably knows my love for this Detroit spitter, and this past week we got a dope new collaboration with Problem and Jarren Benton thanks to producers SMKA. They spent the A3C festival in ATL locked in the studio, working on all-original material for a compilation tape, The Hangout, and this was the first leak. Boldy kills the hook, I've had it stuck in my head for days, but Problem’s verse may be the only part I’m not completely in love with. “How much I gotta throw at a five dolla hoe?”
Crooked I- Against All Odds
Crooked I re-makes Tupac’s “Against All Odds” with producer Snaz infusing a modern touch into the beat. You can definitely hear the passion and even anger at some points in Crooked Intriago’s voice and flow, as he spits gritty bars about his problems with the mainstream. Tough shit.
Flume- Intro Feat. Stalley
Another mellow-electronic-tinged producer on UA this week. Flume is an Australian dude, who released a really great self-titled album, Flume, last year in November. He’s returning this November with a complete re-vamp of the original album, now titled Flume: Deluxe Edition, and now with rap features, like the Stalley one above. While the original album was very much on a producer tip, this new effort may be able to reach a wider audience because of the addition of rappers like Freddie Gibbs, Killer Mike, Boldy James, Stalley and more. The remixed tracks we've heard thus far keep a similar sentiment as the original, but are different enough that you don’t feel like you’re listening to the same old. The piano takes a central role in the "Intro," with Stalley only making an appearance at the 1:18 mark, beginning his verse by simply talking to the listeners, before getting into his rap come-up and the problems that came with it.
HNHH's "Underrated Audio" puts you on not-too-mainstream music you might have missed from the past week.
This week was a good one for hip-hop. The BET Hip-Hop Awards delivered cyphers from plenty of rappers, and Curren$y hopped on a track with his former YMCMB bosses, Lil Wayne and Birdman, which was pretty cool. DJ Khaled also leaked a bajillion tracks off Suffering From Success (well, at least four).
Today we bring you five dope tracks that didn't get all the love they should have in terms of views on the site. So take a look and give them a listen and/or download.