TNN 12.20

While everyone else is listening to shitty Christmas music or shittier Eminem music, we got you covered with That New New!


When N.E.R.D. first released “In Search Of…” fifteen years ago, the Neptunes’ productions were all over hip-hop radio (Jay-Z, Nore, Kelis, Usher, etc etc etc), but Pharell wasn’t a star yet. Post-“Happy” and The Voice, his profile is a million times bigger, but that hasn’t had much of an effect on N.E.R.D.’s sound, which is as soulful and weird as ever. “No One Ever Really Dies” is definitely not for everyone, but even die hard rap heads will want to give it a listen for the features (Andre 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Gucci Mane, Future) you might be surprised!


On the subject of weird rap shit, BROCKHAMPTON definitely fits that bill as well, and his new record is all over the place in the best way.

Jeezy “American Dream” feat. Kendrick Lamar & J Cole

Less-Young Jeezy may not be at the peak of his powers, but he still has some heat on his album, and “American Dream” immediately jumped out at us. Listen to the whole record at

J HUS – Bouff Daddy (Dre Skull Remix feat. Popcaan)

“Bouff Daddy” sounds like some jail shit but thankfully it means something else in patois. Dre Skull brings his magic to this remix, with an infectious verse by Popcaan.

Listen to all of these and more from DJ Equal & Gyptian, Angelica Bess & Machinedrum on our TNN playlist: