Cam’ron’s legacy in rap is such that if he never released another song he would still be considered one of the greatest rap iconoclasts of all time. And while he will likely never top his epic run with Dipset from 2002-2006, he still drops good records (unlike, say, Eminem). Listening to him talk about selling drugs on Lenox Ave in the 90s is crack rap for dads. But he has bars, which may not be important to millenial rap fans but we can’t help smiling when he spits lines like
Baby turn around, yeah, you the one I called
Her friend said what you want?
I looked and said none of yall
Funky fresh in the flesh
A King Solomon, look at him
Not a thing bothers him
On the corner, chicken wing Gobbling
Cam always has one or two absurd samples on his shit, and on The Program it’s “Lean” (which uses a choral version of Bill Withers “Lean On Me”) and “Dime After Dime” (Cyndi Lauper “Time After Time”). On “Coleslaw” he dunks on Kanye, and… you know what, we usually don’t go long on these reviews, and we have other releases to talk about, so just listen to the tape!
Chromeo has a huge billboard in Times Square right now, so god knows they don’t need our help promoting their new single, but it’s undeniably great and jumped into the TNN playlist immediately upon release.
Jidenna, who had a massive hit with “Classic Man” last year, is back with a new EP called Boomerang. It’s real smooth, and it’s kind of hard to pick a favorite, though the title track is excellent.
Petit Biscuit is a Frenchman who makes very inoffensive house. His new record is Presence, and “Problems” featuring Lido has definitely earned a spot in The Rub warmup playlist.
Okay, look out for our new mix series launching tomorrow, and watch this space for more new music next week!
xo The Rub