We had some tracks lined up for today and then Brent Tactic sent four absolute heatrocks for consideration so we’re highlighting those instead! As always, you can stream these in our That New New Playlist at the bottom of this post, or click the links below for each individual track.
Statik’s the rare producer who has his roots in the MPC era of 90s rap but also has impeccable taste in new hip-hop, and his new album reflects that balance. The list of features is crazy, like a true school version of a DJ Khaled album: Run The Jewels, Raekwon, Action Bronson, 2 Chainz, G-Eazy, The Lox, really too many to list… Sean Price and Prodigy make appearances from beyond the grave, and Malice of The Clipse even comes out of retirement for a verse.
My god, this one is just gorgeous. Stwo is a French producer who found a home at OVO after coming to Noah “40” Shebib’s attention. We highly recommend digging into his catalog, especially “Neither Do I” ft. Jeremih, “Haunted,” and Drake’s “Western Road Flows,” which he coproduced. But back to “Over U,” the bassline reminds us of The Streets “Blinded By The Light” progression, but played on a layered sub / pretty synth combo, while UKG percussion shuffles along and R&B vocal samples bring on the feelings – but words can only do it so much justice, so the thing to do is listen right now.
Bekon sort of reminds us of Tuxedo, with classic 60s-style R&B harmonies, over a more contemporary, yet dreamy, sound pallet. A quick google reveals Bekon to be Dan Tannenbaum, who contributed to several tracks on Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. Maybe it’s because we’re listening on a freezing Monday morning, but “Cold As Ice” is more or less a perfect song.
What if there was a TLC tribute group that changed all the lyrics to be about marijuana, and they were called THC? Ravyn Lenae’s influences are probably more like Erykah Badu and Georgia Anne Muldrow with a little Santogold, that quirky weirdo R&B lane, but her love song to the sticky icky is just what the dispensary doctor ordered. The off-kilter beat is provided by Steve Lacy, another Kendrick Lamar colloborator (http://www.thefader.com/2017/04/14/steve-lacy-kendrick-lamars-damn-pride), and the youngest member of The Internet.
All these and more from OBillz, Sharon Jones, Big Sean & Metro Boomin: