Hey ya’ll! Hope you’re doing okay. We’re nearing the end of the semester, which means a lot of time devoted to studying, and not a lot of time to spare for anything else. Surprisingly, with all the great music coming out towards the end of 2015, I found the time to create a post about it. Although I couldn’t possibly name all of the great music out right now, I had to narrow my list to 5. That being said, the list touches on a lot of different types of hip-hop, from A Tribe Called Quest to Logic; Any of these songs will be a great addition to your main playlists, so read below, check ‘em out and let me know what you guys think!
Broadcast Live – T.I.
Okay, I’m starting off with this song because it’s from a couple months ago; however, you’d be surprised how many people weren’t even aware that T.I. dropped an EP recently. Da’ Nic was great overall, but this song is very reminiscent to 2008/2009 T.I., so it gets my pick. He brings his game on this track with his usual anthem-sounding hooks and verses filled with lyrics about growing up in the trap and selling drugs on a beat with plenty of attitude; perfect for him. Broadcast live sounds like something you could have heard on Paper Trail, which makes the overall feel of the song that much better.
A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It? (J. Cole remix)
I already know what some of you are thinking; don’t mess with a classic. Especially a classic of this magnitude. A Tribe Called Quest is on the Mount Rushmore of hip-hop groups, they are unarguably legends of the genre. Earlier this month, in celebration of the 25th anniversary for People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, J. Cole stepped up to the challenge and actually did something most artists wouldn’t dare do – remix one of hip-hops most influential songs ever made. From beginning to end, Cole makes the track sound translucent and relaxing, as if you’re in a dream. With an updated beat that sounds much more crisp, Cole makes sure to keeps the overall simplicity the same.
Logic – Fade Away
Logic’s rise to self-proclaimed fame came to fruition by simply uploading them to the internet, yet most would agree that Logic is one of the more talented artists in today’s new school of hip-hop. Having been brought up in a low-income neighborhood in Maryland, he dealt with many issues that challenged his identity; such as his drug dealing brother and his washed up father. After getting expelled in the 10th grade, he decides to drop out and pursue a music career. The rest is history as Logic keeps cementing his role on today’s music scene as he’s now signed with Def Jam Records and has already released an album in 2014 entitled Under Pressure that was executive produced by yours truly, No I.D. – who also produced Vince Staples’ Summertime ‘06 earlier this year. Well, he’s back at it again with his second solo album release The Incredible True Story; a futuristic concept album. Fade Away is one of my favorite songs off the album, although it’s hard to choose favorites. According to Logic, this track is about accepting death and the importance of doing something specifically for yourself before you go. His flow is undeniably one of the best of the new school, which makes him that much more of a standout.
Angels – Chance The Rapper
In anticipation for his third mixtape, Chance drops this track out of nowhere and it’s genuinely exceptional. I’m not gonna lie, I’ve never really given any time to give Chance a listen. Upon doing so, however, I can now understand the hype for this 22 year old Chicago rapper. The kid really has an ear for music, that’s indisputably a rare and precious talent to have in 2015 hip-hop. Even Kanye West himself acknowledges his proven talent, and gave him a shout out while on stage during one of his venues. The overall theme to this track is Chance’s critical self reflection and examination of himself and his Chicago roots, all while rapping over a beat that’s a perfect blend of tropical bliss and instrumental soul. Produced by Lido & The Social Experiment, the latter being Chance’s band, the entire song is on point, it’s hard to not feel something when you listen to this.
Untouchable – Pusha T
Pusha T is, without question, my favorite rapper. When I first began listening to hip-hop, Push was one of the first artists that I was listening to. Overall, his early music with The Clipse made me dive more into the genre and had a real impact on my rap preferences. Lord Willin’ is one of my favorite rap albums and what made it even better was the executive production of The Neptunes. Pusha T is a drug rapper gone classy – more or less similar to Jay-Z. Has the classic 90’s come up; selling drugs to make a living and suddenly gets an incredible opportunity bestowed upon him. The rest is history as Pusha T is still extremely relevant today, just being promoted to President of G.O.O.D Music. Releasing his first solo album under the label back in 2013 entitled My Name Is My Name, Pusha consistently elevates his game; He is comparable to wine, as it gets better with age. Earlier this year, Pusha teased us with his next studio album, King Push. With no release date just yet, he keeps us interested by dropping little gems like these. Untouchable is produced by Timbaland, whom creates a beat that is perfect for Pusha’s style. Using a sample of Biggie’s verse on Pudgee’s 1995 single Think Big, it has a twilight zone feel, as Pusha proceeds to spit verses filled with strong diction, wordplay and egotism.