With so many hip hop records being released within the last month or so, I’ve decided to highlight a few songs that you may have missed.
Dom Kennedy – Thank You Biggie
West coast heavyweight Dom Kennedy released his long awaited album By Dom Kennedy earlier this month. The album was classic Dom, while he still flexes his versatility muscles. The album is easily played straight through, but Thank You Biggie was definitely an eye opening track. Dom thanks the infamous Notorious BIG for being the soundtrack to his childhood while simultaneously being as important back then as he is now. Dom also discusses growing into the man he is now. If you dig Thank You Biggie check out Lemonade, Daddy, and Alhambra.
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Social Experiment – Smthnthtiwnt
Of course you’ve heard Surf. Needless to say this record was groundbreaking for Chicago and hip hop as a whole. The album featured (literally) everyone from hip hop legends to some artists you may have never heard of. But, the most surprising song on the album is Smthnthtiwnt (took me 3 times to get the spelling right). This track clocks in at under 2 minutes but west-side anchor Saba makes every second count as he has the only verse on the song. Chance and Saba have worked together before (Everybody’s Something) and they have shared some of the same producers in the past, so this feature comes as no surprise. But, of all the artists that could have added their touch to this record SoX chose to leave it to Sab and he kills it as only he can.
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NoName Gypsy/Jean Deaux – Eye, Me.
Chicago Sight N Sound has released 2 mixtapes that feature the premier Chicago hip hop artists (way too many to name). On the latter of the two tapes, CSS brings together the first ladies of Chicago’s alternative rap scene. Jean Deaux & NoName Gypsy collaborate for this smooth, airy masterpiece called EYE, Me. The song doesn’t reaally have a hook but the verse each of the queens offer hold your attention throughout. The short track ends with Jean singing softly with a cool piano outro. Be on the look out for the next installment in the CSS tapes.
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Joey Badass – Save The Children
Going the independent route is becoming popular very quickly with artists like Joey Badass experiencing great success in doing such. Joey released his debut album early this year, gaining 57,000 records sold in the first week. The album was very great and seems to be lost in the summer sauce but you have to hear Save The Children. I personally have never been the biggest fan of Joey, though he has always shown flashes of genius. Save the Children is just that. Genius. A great intro track that sets the tone for the rest of the album. Joey also mentions Chicago in the first verse. Take a listen and go save some children (that didn’t rhyme on purpose, I swear).