Over the self-produced beat, Iamsu delivers a synth-heavy, auto-tuned draped record that finds the Bay Area native rapping & crooning about being “the man ‘round here.” You might notice, unless its just me, that his flow & delivery on the hook is similar to that of Weezy’s “We Be Steady Mobbin” hit, crooning… “My Diamonds are clear ‘bout to put this shit in gear oooh/ Now we just getting started big racks on me I buy it if I want for real.”
It’s unclear at the moment on where this will end up, but Heartbreak Suzy says he has another tape on the way. “Lets have some fun. new tape OTW,” he shared along with song.
Following up last month’s “It’s Only One Way” release, take a listen to the self-produced cut & let us know what you think.
Lil B’s “first official mixtape” Black Ken has arrived, and it was worth the wait. 27 tracks long, the ambitious project seems to travel through Bay Area rap history almost chronologically — beginning with some raw 80s Too Short-esque experiments before working its way through hyphy and eventually landing in unexplored territory.
From rapping to producing, he does all of this entirely on his own with the exception of “Global,” a collaboration with ILoveMakonnen, a similarly DIY rapper who is a self-described student of Lil B’s both in musical style and philosophy. Makonnen actually interviewed the Based God for his blog back in 2008, at a time where the Atlanta rapper was under house arrest for a strange and tragic freak accident that left his friend dead from a gunshot wound. A few years later, Makonnen gained success in his own right, using the freestyle-like approach to songwriting that Lil B made his name off, tweaking the formula with his own unique melodies and clean piano-driven beats.
With “Global” Lil B and Makonnen’s worlds collide in a highly complimentary way. Coming off the synthetic, hyphy-influenced stretch of the album, things get weirder when the beat goes full club — calling to mind Diddy’s cult masterpiece Last Train To Paris. Makonnen supplies the commanding hook, reminding us of his highly successful EDM experiments like DJ Carnage’s “I Like Tuh” and “Trust Me Danny.”
Meanwhile, Based God finds a shady pocket of the beat, laying low and hitting all his marks. Once the beat becomes more skeletal, he ramps up his delivery for an animated bridge that recalls his swag rap best.
Unlike most of his previous work, Lil B’s Black Ken was not made available for free download. It is available for stream across major streaming platforms, as well as being available for purchase on iTunes. It is his first release since the Thugged Out Pissed Off mixtape released in 2015; the same year he shared his collaborative compilation of Based Freestyles with Chance The Rapper.
Whether you’ve been following Lil B for his entire career or are a newcomer to Based World, it’s an immediately rewarding project.
Rapper Action Bronson will be dropping his much-anticipated new album Blue Chips 7000 this coming Friday (August 25th) and with three singles from that project already available to the public, Bronson is adding a fourth to that group, debuting “9-24-7000.” The new song follows “Durag vs. Headband,” “Let Me Breathe” and “The Chairman’s Intent,” the latter boasting a kick-ass, VHS-style music video that featured some hilarious moments from the rapper.
“9-24-7000” features Rick Ross, on the vocals that are set against this amazing-sounding retro lounge instrumental. It’s the kind of music you’d expect to hear in some funkafied 1970’s Jacuzzi session, complete with babes in bikinis, champagne on ice and some expensive imported cigars. In other words, it’s the perfect production for two of the most outsized personalities in all of rap music.
The lyrics detail some of the behind-the-scenes moments from living the high life, from world tours to “fish bowlin'” new Impalas. Ross comes in about halfway through the track, with a relaxed delivery that just heightens the aura of confidence and breeziness that the song carries so effortlessly from note to note. Closing your eyes and imagining some visuals to go along with the music is quite the sensory experience.
Mario released Let Me Help You – a single off his forthcoming album Paradise Cove sometime back and returns with the remix to the song featuring Jamaican dancehall recording artist
The mesmerizing record opens with a gloomy and chilling production that quickly transitions to a vibrant island feel that will have you grooving throughout. Mario flaunts his charisma by pleading with his love interest, letting her know that although he is aware that she is self sufficient, he desires to be there to help her love again.
“R&B needs to feel cool and fun again,” Mario told The FADER a while back.
“A simple conversation, catchy melody and a story that draws in my listeners is what I feel like ‘Let Me Help You’ does. There is enough music about egotistical perceptions and not enough about love especially in urban music. Love is still cool to me!”
Mario is planning to deliver his most artistic project yet, Paradise Cove, at the top of next year and is excited to deliver this single as a labor of love to his fans ahead of the holidays.
Terry tha Rapman drops a feisty dancehall tune produced by Tony Ross for the clubs called ‘Wickid’. Cynthia Morgandrops on the record with some crazy catch patio ad libs while Caesar serenades women to whine to the dancehall vibe.
Nigerian Singer and Diva Yemi Alade closes the lid on her critically acclaimed and top selling sopH0more studio album “Mama Africa: The Diary of an African Woman“, with the end of the U.S leg of her “Mama Africa World Tour“; as she ushers in a new era with the release of a new single.
The award-winning diva glows on “Knack Am“, as she delivers a high-life masterpiece about her wild thoughts over a terrific production by DJ Coublon, enriched by glorious guitar stings played by the raved Fiokee.
Chance The Rapper’s brother Taylor Bennett released a set of unreleased tracks he’s calling Throw Aways: Unmixed, on SoundCloud, and one song, “Gimmie a Call,” features Chano,Taylor holds down the sole verse on the track spitting, “How you doing? It’s Taylor Bennett, the famous rapper This entire new collection is 13 songs, which includes remixes, freestyles and some original.
Chance the Rapper seems like a pretty large burden in this industry, but Taylor Bennett is proving to be finding his stride pretty well.Saturday afternoon, the budding rapper decided to compile a project of previously unreleased and unmixed tracks to create a new playlist titled Throw Aways.Flaunting 13 tracks in all, Taylor rides out solo for the majority of the listen, with appearances being made by the likes of Dice Soho, Satchel Stokes.
Taylor Bennett released a playlist on his Soundcloud page called Throw Aways: UNMIXED, a collection of 12 tracks that will be available to fans for only one week. One of the songs is a collaboration between Taylor, his brother Chance the Rapper and The Social Experiment. Titled “Gimme a Call,” the record comes after Taylor and Chano’s last collab, “Grown Up Fairy Tales” off Restoration of An American Idol.
Following up on past collaborations, Taylor Bennett calls on his older brother Chance the Rapper for The Social Experiment-assisted “Gimmie a Call” off his newly-released Throw Aways: Unmixed (1 Week Only) playlist.“Gimmie a Call” kicks off with Lil Chano singing a cappella, ad-libbing and “Yeah, we talked about it before,” he revealed. “I think we’re both, right now, doing our thing I think that it would be an amazing project.
Desiigner released a brand-new song called “Formula.” The G.O.O.D. Music rapper recruited multi-platinum producer Murda Beatz for his latest banger. The artwork for the track is a paparazzi photo of Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner getting cozy while sitting courtside at an NBA Playoffs game in Houston, Texas back in April,The artwork features Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner sitting courtside at a Houston Rockets.
In the song description, Desiigner mentioned that his debut album, The Life Of Designer , is “coming sooner than you think.” An official release date has not been released at this time. The 20-year-old also gave a brief but enthusiastic update on his progress via Twitter.
Playboi Carti’s self-titled album, released earlier this year, is a good indication of what rap sounds like in 2017. On “Mad Man,” he finds the overlap between that sound and A$AP Ferg‘s triplet-heavy New York rap. Coming from Ferg’s new Still Striving project, it finds Ferg adopting a flow that’ll be familiar to anyone’s who’s been following the “SoundCloud Rap” moment. In fact, it’s more or less the same rhythm that Drake controversially used on “KMT,”.
Ferg being pulled in many stylistic directions with his most collaborative project yet.The project follows Ferg’s 2016 sophomore album Always Strive & Prosper, and was envisioned as a more light-hearted companion piece to the deeply personal album. “With Still Striving, I wanted to hit the clubs. I wanted to have some fun, since we were so serious on Always Strive and Prosper,” said Ferg. The project precedes a new A$AP Mob album Cozy Tapes Vol. 2, which is due out August 25th.