Just a handful of rap videos I came across today that I would be proud to to share with everyone. Enjoy.
Weekend Rap Up: A$AP Rocky, Wale ft Big Sean, YONAS, Notes to Self ft Fashawn + Freeway ft Wale & Mayer Hawthorne
That pretty muthafucka A$AP drops some more heat for us, this coming off his mixtape LiveLoveA$AP dropping tomorrow. The Harlem native rarely lets a solid piece of production go to waste. Grab your best heard speaks (BBDs preferred) and just chill on this shit.
Ambition dropping Tuesday 11.1.11! Go buy that shit. This track off the album is produced by club happy Diplo, and is very interesting to say the least. Big Sean is a great choice for guest feature on this instrumental, btw. I could see this one getting some “slight work” in the club.
Yea, I know this instrumental (The xx – Intro) has been remixed and/or spit over more times than Adele, but I still love it. Not to mention YONAS is the perfect MC to come in and give it an entirely original feel. Dude has been doing his thing over all types of dope shit lately. Check the previously FUNK featured Aloe Blacc “I Need a Dollar” sample, as well.
(MP3): YONAS – Can’t Knock Me Down
(MP3): YONAS – I Need A Dollar
Something smooth with a real nice sample for your listening pleasures. Fashawns’s feature is what caught my eye and made me take a listen to this one, and rightfully so. He spits a quality verse and pretty much carries it with the hook. Ya’ll salty? I hear em though. “Guess I’m tired of being Mr. Polite.”
And one more smooth one for you, this time from the rarely softish Philly Freeza. This one’s got a slightly more positive vibe than the song above. I liked the original, but this time around on the remix Mayer Hawthorne sings the sample on the hook and Wale adds a quality verse. Mayer must have some nice hip hop connects or something, because he’s always popping up on tracks with real solid names. I’m not mad at that, though. And definitely not mad at the Wale feature either. This is off Freeway’s recently released mixtape, The Intermission.
Weekend Rap Up: Termanology ft Joell Ortiz, Bun B, Saigon & Freeway, Mac Miller, Theophilus London, Young Chris, YC ft Twista + Trae ft Meek Mill & Pusha T
One might think the all star packed line up of spitters would easily be the standout component in this one, but Term more than holds his own. Honestly, I think he’s got the second best verse behind Joell. And you know they take pride in their shit, so when they all get on a track together, they all come correct. This beat is so smooth. You know I’m diggin the piano keys.
(click to DL)Termanology ft Joell Ortiz, Bun B, Saigon, Freeway – Say It (remix)
I’ve seen this Theophilus dude pop up around the net, and always read good things about him, but just haven’t come across a joint I really got into…until now. I think this single can help him climb up a rung in terms of exposure and appreciation. At least I know I will be taking a closer listen each time I see his name going forward.
(click to DL)Theophilus London – Last Name London
(click to DL)Young Chris – Hey Lover
I wanted to post this just to emphasize how great it is that Raps can be added to almost any instrumental, no matter the genre. Remember when Puff seemingly revolutionized the game when he took hits from the 80’s and made em sound so crazy? Well thanks to the mixtape game, the internet, and producers/artists with overlapping musical tastes, we are able to hear these magical fusions within a week of the original and before millions of dollars are spent to get the sample cleared.
(click to DL)Mac Miller – Love Lost (ft. Temper Trap)
(click to DL)YC ft Twista – Racks (remix)
I love the beat, love the sample, and most importantly, love Trae’s raspy ass voice. Dude can handle a mic on his own, but some help from Maybach Music Group member Meek Mill and G.O.O.D. Music affiliate Pusha T doesn’t hurt at all. Meek Milli wins.
(click to DL)Trae ft Meek Mill & Pusha T – So Far To Go
Don’t know how I missed this one in the rap up, but it’s a jam for sure. I spoke about gangster stories in my last post, but I will gladly listen to Freeway tell them because simply put, “flow way sickuh then most flow, the flow cold, throw rap niggas in choke-hold positions, listen.” Puts those slow ass punchline rappers to shame. Free could spit like 4 different ideas in the time it took Rick Ross/Young Jeezy/Lil Wayne (just to name a few I believe recieve more credit than what is due) to deliver one line. Regardless, Statik steals the show with the beat in this one.
This one’s off Free and Statik’s new EP conveniently titled, get this, Statik-Free. Good music right here. Statik always has a knack for linking up with quality MC’s, probably because his production always makes for a beautiful slate to rhyme to. Mac Miller jumps on this one as well. Not a huge fan, but for a 19 year old white kid, I can definitely respect his grind.
Freeway & Statik Selektah ft Mac Miller – P.A. at hulkshare
To add to that, here’s a classic State Prop joint with a new twist….Free’s voice and flow with the beat at the beginning of this song is awesome
And here’s another example of that classic production that only the quality MC’s can shine on