What the fuck happened last week
You ever wake up in the morning in a state of panic after a bender, trying your best to piece together what occurred the night before? You ask friends for pieces of the puzzle, and after hearing a few stories, you come to the conclusion that too much shit went down and you’re going to accept only what you know. That’s exactly how I felt this morning after last week’s flood of hip hop. I tried my best to stay on top of releases, both big and small, but it was an honest struggle. Frank Ocean, god bless his soul, diluted most of the hype birthed earlier in the week. Thankfully I dropped myself a few reminders so we can revisit what went down pre-Frank. Let’s talk about it.
Stormzy showed class.
Stormzy released Birthday Girl last Sunday in the UK, but since the song began to make waves in the States on Monday, we’re going to talk about it today. I’d like to give equal credit to both Stormzy and producer duo, Sons of Sonix. The production is beautiful, and the UK rapper moves frictionless from one bar to the next.
I can’t imagine my girlfriend’s birthday falling on this release date- everything I’d attempt would pale in comparison to writing a song like this. “You sitting in the club like you didn’t want to come, so I sent a couple bottles to the birthday girl” — I love how Stormzy flows through this line.
It took me a few days to warm up to Allan Kindom’s new single.
For me, Froze is one of those songs that I listen to and, at first, don’t really like. I found the single on Monday. On Tuesday I started listening some more, and by Wednesday there was no question of it being in the rotation. I don’t understand why some songs have a delayed effect on me, but it seems to happen quite a bit- even with full-length projects. It could be a new sound being introduced. Regardless, I ended up enjoying Froze in 100% humidity this week.
Pass me the blunt and the AUX cord.
If you follow rap you should know Rockie Fresh. In my opinion, he has the most potential out of the MMG crew. A few weeks ago Rockie dropped a banger called Keep the Peace, produced by Mike Gonek and Zale Epstein. Last Wednesday Rockie leaned on the same production duo to one-up his previous release with Still Watching. “So if I crash Imma probably have a hundred mil, give it to the kids just to show ’em how that money feel.”
I first heard of Knxwledge after reading the production credits on a song from one of my favorite mixtapes- 1999. He has a knack for linking up with some of the most talented artists in the game: Joey Bada$$, Anderson .Paak, Kendrick. Knxwledge and Anderson .Paak together are called NxWorries, and apparently their debut album is set to release before year-end. If you have yet to groove to Suede, do yourself a favor, give it a listen, and join the hype.
Last week Knxwledge teamed up with Earl Sweatshirt. He gives him this old school, jazzy vibe that allows Earl to rhyme passionately while remaining completely emotionless. I would love to hear one more verse from Earl, but fuck me, it’s already perfect.
Spread love with Mick Jenkins.
Mick’s debut album The Healing Component (THC) comes out 9/23. I’m expecting nothing but good vibes following his most recent EP, Wave[s]. Despite Mick’s tendency for cold, introspective expression, his music also promotes optimism- check out his new single Spread Love.
Mayor of Chattanooga.
Zay added gasoline to the fire when he dropped i mean last week through TDE’s SoundCloud. It won’t be featured on the highly anticipated, September 2 album but the song is fire- slightly more hype than most of his first masterpiece, Civilia Demo.
“I feel so dirty when I pitch it right”
A beautiful, trumpet-filled take on Corinne Bailey Rae’s Like a Star.
The young rapper from ATL begins singing softly and finishes rapping smoothly; Donnie Trumpet interjects with melodic waves of horns.
I know that you know Jacuzzi’s legit.
Jazz Cartier has been a constant in my life for the past couple of months. He released Hotel Paranoia in early 2016, and while I fucked hard with a few tracks from that project, I didn’t fully appreciate Jacuzzi until I heard his Lil Wayne tribute. For whatever reason, this song brought me back to Hotel Paranoia and at that time, I discovered my love for young Jazz. Give I Know a listen and let me know what you think.
Last week Jazz Cartier continued his streak of releasing head bangers with Waste. I was slightly turnt on Wednesday evening and purchased Apple Music because I thought this was my only avenue to hearing Waste. Unbeknownst to me, the song was also released on SoundCloud. Oh well.
Listen to last week’s tracks all the way through.
Shoutout to Gini for the tip.
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