By Eric Jeffery
1. DSL – Joey Bada$$
Joey Bada$$ delivers 5 of the hottest bars to open any verse I’ve heard in a while. That is what Joey is all about, as his rhymes do not let up at any point during the track. At only 17, Joey’s skill and natural hip-hop talent has raised quite a few eyebrows. Comparisons to an early Nas have sparked intrigue from hip-hop fans ranging from Joey’s home town Brooklyn, New York to Newcastle, Tyne and Wear in England. Listen to DSL (Da Special List) and decide for yourself if the hype is right.
2. Fuckin Problem – A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar
With four of hip-hops fastest rising stars (some of which may already be considered established stars) on the same track, it’s hard not to appreciate a song with a verse from three out of four of them. This being the second single released off of A$AP’s major label debut album, “LongLiveA$AP,” hype is building fast for A$AP Rocky. A$AP assured fans the new album will be out in the coming year and a mixtape from the entire A$AP Mob will be out prior to the release. Fuckin Problem has only boosted the hype.
3. Khadifi Dub and Tayyib Ali - Trap $#*!
Khadifi Dub has released his newest single, “Trap $#*!” with Tayyib Ali, in light of his forthcoming mixtape “The Compound,” set for release some time in the near future. The Philly Natives spit over a harder beat than fans are used to hearing from chill rap connoisseur Tayyib Ali. The new style may be an indication of what to expect from Keystone State of Mind 2, Tayibb’s sequel to well received mixtape Keystone State of Mind. Two artists with big things coming, be on the look out and enjoy the visuals for “Trap $#*!”
4. Wi.sh feat. Malakai – Ice Cold
Philly meets Philly when Wi.sh collabs with Malakai of rap duo Ground Up. As it turns out this formula is one for success. Ice Cold has been received warmly and serves as a nice introduction for many people to rapper, Wi.sh, who settled in Philadelphia after growing up all over the map. If you like what you hear, be sure to check out "Wi.ShList Vol.I" below
Audio Link: http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/wi-sh-ice-cold-song.1101899.html
5. Big Boi feat. Kid Cudi – She Hates Me
Kid Cudi is featured on the chorus of a more traditional style rap song, not to overshadow Big Boi who’s verses hold down “She Hates Me.” The two deliver a somewhat emotional love ballad about enduring a relationship while balancing work/music on the road. This song has a sort of Kanye West [My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy] vibe in the dramatic edge it possesses.
6. good kid m.A.A.d city – Kendrick Lamar
My new personal front-runner for album of the year, and a definite milestone in what should be a very long music career for Kendrick Lamar, good kid m.A.A.d city is extraordinary from top to bottom. Highlighted by Backseat Freestyle, Money Trees, The Art of Peer Pressure, Swimming Pools (Drank), m.A.A.d city, and Poetic Freestyle, there is no track on this album that isn’t worth listening to all the way through. If nothing else, people will remember Kendrick Lamar for his ability to tell a story. Kendrick, formerly known as K.Dot, flows with a purpose as he communicates his passion into metaphors, double meanings and elaborate narration. His stories of burglary, drug exposure and struggle to survive in Compton (among other personal experiences), act as a tour guide for listeners as they observe the life of Kendrick, and explore his loss of innocence. If you don’t download this album, you’re missing out.
7. King Los – Back Seat (Freestyle)
Kendrick Lamar’s Backseat Freestyle was very impressive, but Carlos Coleman, a.k.a. King Los, was confident enough to rap over the same beat; and he does it justice. King Los is a freshman for Bad Boy Records and hails from the city of Baltimore. When he’s not rapping or performing himself, Los ghostwrites for well known artists in the music industry. His lyrical ability is on display for the world to hear in his Back Seat (Freestyle).
8. A.dD+– Can’t Come Down
Dallas rap duo A.dD+ is representing the south for hip-hop, and comparisons to Outkast make the artists reputable. Bud ballad “Cant Come Down” documents life as a working stoner, and concludes with a confrontation by the rappers boss for being “too high.” If you like what you hear check out A.dD+ full length album “When Pigs Fly.”