Isaiah Rashad- Shot You Down
When this track first dropped by the cat on the come-up, Isaiah Rashad, it was unclear if he was affiliated or signed to TDE. A few days later the visual dropped, and all ambiguity was no more. The video dropped on Top Dawg’s YouTube channel, and came with the message that Isaiah had indeed signed to the label—this also follows rumors in June that he had inked a deal with TDE. For those unfamiliar with the rapper, this track is enough to show why he is now apart of the growing TDE family. Over production dominated by a flute, Isaiah plays with his vocals and flow, not so different to what Kendrick may do on a record. Although there may not have been very many eyes on the rapper when this track dropped (on HNHH it received around 6,000 views), there definitely will be now.
Shlohmo- She (Remix)
Producer Shlohmo creates some of the best remixes. Remixes can be a tough task, especially if the track is already dope—how do you make it doper? Shlohmo strikes a perfect balance which embodies elements of the original track while making it something completely refreshing and new. Here he remixes Laura Mvula’s “She,” which, in its original form, is a somewhat soulful and melodic track. When Shlohmo is done with it we get electronic influences on it with the producer’s go-to snyths. The vocals are manipulated so Mvula is in constant repetition about “she” but her voice keeps that hint of soul in it. And all in all, the remix has a dark feel, but that’s nothing new if you are familiar with Shlohmo remixes.
I’m not all too familiar with James Blake’s work, but this remix with Chance The Rapper caught my attention. Chance seems to be on the verge of blowing up, and he can do no wrong at this point. The rapper offers his vocals for the remix of Blake’s extremely melodic track, and his nasally voice really stands in contrast to the instrumental, it’s not something you may expect. Although his part is small, Chance kills it.
JMSN- Walk Away
Artist and producer JMSN delivered this new song alongside an announcement of a new project, mysteriously called †Pllajé†.JMSN’s production follows in the same vein as his debut †Priscilla†, with real instruments incorporated into the layered track. JMSN’s airy vocals once again sing about a woman’s grip on him, with his usual dark and chopped & screwed undertones. No word yet on that Ab-Soul x JMSN project Unit 6 though.
Danny Brown- Side A (Old)
Danny Brown has previously stated about his album’s title OLD, that it’s in reference to those fans who always say they want the ‘old Danny Brown’ back. This track embodies that exactly, and Danny goes right ahead and says it on the hook “they want that old Danny Brown/to bag up and sell a whole pound/ might have to get my braids back…” However it’s unlikely we will actually get the 'old Danny Brown' back, because if his music shows you anything, it’s that he all about experimentation, innovation and progression. Although many of the singles we’ve heard off OLD thus far have strong EDM influences, this one has a more 'hip-hop' sound to it.
HNHH's "Underrated Audio" puts you on not-too-mainstream music you might have missed from the past week.
Last week we saw a solid output of music from artists both big and small. However, Drake took the cake with Nothing Was The Same leaking-- basically all talk revolved around Drizzy. Today let's take a look at five dope tracks that dropped in the past seven days, that are unrelated to the Toronto king.
Let us know which underrated rappers you're feeling at the moment.