The Boy Illinois continually impresses with each new project and his next chance to do so is Dusable below — 10 tracks including one of my favorite rap collabs when it dropped “BlackMale” f/ Twista & Trae Tha Truth.
On here, Illi primarily goes solo save for the collabs with a frequent guest singer of his, Drey Skonie. As such, “All I Want” and especially “Ruling Class ’15” are early favorites. The latter features some of the best raps from Illi on the tape and Skonie covering Lauryn Hill’s hook on “If I Ruled The World”. Very well-executed, and very fresh.
Overall? Illi’s flow is still one of the smoothest in the Chi. He adapts well to some new trap sounds that I haven’t always heard him on too. Some of those are a mixed bag to me, but it speaks to Illi’s versatility even moreso. You’ll find something you like so without further ado… press play below.
One more from Marcus Shadden this weekend that’ll certainly help set off your weekend (and beyond) is his fresh new EP, The Back Burner.
Here, he produces 4 fresh, upbeat productions for 4 oldies but goodies. All hits, but in their own niche way at the time, and now creatively flipped for a mix of modern sounds and nostalgic feels. My favorite is a tie between Ashanti’s “Rock Wit U” and Pharrell & Gwen Stefani’s “Can I Have It Like That”. Can you guess the other 2 flips? Listen below.
And if you’re reading this at posting time and live in the L.A. area, this message is fate. You should go to The B-Side and see Marcus spin live from 3pm-8. Details are below for a guaranteed good time.
ICYMI: Marcus Shadden’s 39 minute end of summer mix “Summer’s Over The Party’s Not!”
2 months to the day, Lupe Fiasco revealed what looked like a new EP, Pharaoh Height 2/30, a play off, and double that, of his Fahrenheit 1/15 mixtape series.
Welp, at midnight tonight, Lupe threw this on the gram with the download link below.
6 new tracks! DOWNLOAD HERE.
Just popped it in the iTunes, and uploaded it to Soundcloud for ya’ll! Back with more thoughts soon (below.) Enjoy!
EDIT: 1st listen thoughts… Whoo, nothin’ but bars. With everything Lupe, you gotta digest this as one entire piece multiple times but if you’re lookin’ for individual tracks, “Valleys”, “Pyramid”, and “Schemes” were the 3 that especially jumped out to me. Lu saved the best for last too. “Schemes” had so much to rewind with some ever-changing production across the 5+ minutes (outro excluded). Looks like we all have some new weekend tunes, huh?!
If you’re wondering, Lupe did splice in the Metal Gear Solid V trailer into the intro. What a way to start it.
ICYMI: Lupe Fiasco f/ Nikki Jean “Prisoner 1 & 2” LIVE on Why? with Hannibal Buress
Teyana Taylor drops a handful of tracks in the form of The Cassette Tape 1994 and her baller boyfriend/rapper Iman Shumpert makes the lone feature. Listen below:
http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/m/115966/script/White Gzus – Stackin N Mackin Vol. 3
There is no lackin’ on the Treated Crew duo White Gzus (Blanco Caine & Gzus Piece) as they unleash their third project and latest installation to the SNM series with “Stacking N Mackin Vol 3”. The project features the likes of Treated brethren Mic Terror and Saint Millie, as well as Josh K. The Production of the project is handled primarily by in-house producer Mr E, as well as Doc Da Mindbenda, Justice League, Metro Boomin, amongst others.