Wuddduppp friends? Sooo I’m back in this thaang and man does it feel good. I think I came back just in time because it is becoming increasingly hot in these streets. Fo real.
We kicked things off with some new J. Cole & Wale. They are both coming off new albums and decided to link up and cook up the best of both worlds. The track is called ‘Winter Schemes’ and is definitely a nice conclusion to a huge month for both of these young MCs. Check it out right here.
Next we reviewed DC kid Wale’s new album ‘The Gifted’. The album dropped on June 25th and is Wale’s third solo album and came out obviously under the MMG empire. He really mixed his Go-Go roots with his new found trap sound to create a solid LP that nicely displays his versatility as an MC. Some of the stronger tracks feature Wale slowing it down and flexing his ballad-style rhyme skills. Make sure to check out the lead single ‘LoveHate Thing’ right here.
Glaysh’s Guilty Pleasure was none other than this summer’s most remixed song (word to A Milli). Can’t guess? Versace, versace, versace, versace, versace etc. Ring a bell? Good. Hotlanta trapper Migos dropped a song entitled ‘Versace’ early in the summer but it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that Drizzy Drake lent his OVOSound to the track and made it really knock. You can peep the new flows right here. We see you Halle Berry.
we also played some new Joey Bada$$ and some new PARTYNEXTDOOR. Both of these up and comers dropped mixtapes this past week and they are both hellaaa tiiiight. Both are great summer soundtracks and should be listened to frequently and preferably with the top down. Check them out here and here. Mississauga and Brooklyn stand UP!
The Realness this week was, well, real. Mr. carter himself dropped his very own solo album ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’. After sitting with it for a week you know the internets start to chatter and comments come about. The big Q is whether or not this album cracks Hov’s top three best album. RapUp’s Realness??? It ain’t. Sorry Jay. BUT don’t get it twisted, this album is strong and has tons of great tracks buuuutttt it doesn’t really have the same cultural impact as Black Album, Blueprint etc. Anyways, give it a chance and peep a few key songs here and here. the Roc is still in building…
That’s it from me this week but make sure to join in on the conversation on Twitter @RLRapUp and let us know what you think about this summer hip-hop frenzie. Check us out next week same time, same place…
Peace, Love & Rick Rubin’s Couch Hopping