It’s been a pretty exciting week. Shady/Interscope Super-group Slaughterhouse managed to nap the #2 spot in the country proving that the move to sign with a major was worthwhile. Also, Missy Elliott has officially returned to the scene. After releasing her singles “Triple Threat” and “9th Inning”, she has spoken out about the lack of unity amongst female rappers. We’re so glad to have her back. When people think about Missy Elliott back in the 90’s, they always make reference to her talents as a rapper/producer/songwriter – but Missy had an amazing ability to bring artists together. I hope she intends on doing the same this time around. Last of all, we gotta mention Roscoe Dash. After tweeting that he wrote songs for the G.O.O.D music team and for Wale. Roscoe (who I last saw on the finale of LHHATL with Karlie Redd planted firmly on his lap, then went on to unleash a barrage of bitter tweets, before getting a tweet from Meek Mill mocking him for his outbursts. It seems perhaps the earlier episode with Nas and Dream Hampton may be sparking fires under the unsung heroes of the industry (the Ghost Writers). Artists might wanna try writing their own lyrics from now on. It’s not really worth all the humiliation.
Here’s my top five..
1) iLLmont – “Walter White”
The ATL collective iLLmont are back again with “Walter White”, the third release of their upcoming album Shawty. The track is inspired by the hit TV series “Breaking Bad”. Produced by Felix Von Soco.
2) Kil Ripkin – “The Question Remains (Remix)”
Kil Ripkin remakes of one of his all-time favorite classic joints, Gangstarr‘s “The Question Remains,” as a tribute to DJ Premier and the late, great Guru. A fresh, non offensive remake. Kil Ripkin will be releasing his new project The Quickening 2: Acceleration any day now. Keep looking out.
3) Dee Goodz – “Look What I Came From”
In preparation for his new project Donny Ca$h, Dee Goodz drops releases “Look What I Came From,” produced by GradyWoodruff and OdizzyBeatz. If you think you recognised the sample but can’t quite place it, it’s from Lana Del Rey’s single “Off to the Races” which was featured on her debut album, Born To Die. Title is self explanatory.
4) Neak – “Who Do You Believe In”
Directed by: Domi V
Neak releases the visuals for “Who Do You Believe In”, one of the standout tracks of his album Love Greater // The Prequel. He has been going in this year with the vids as this one makes number eight! The single features MCADaD, Slot-A, Sincerely Yours and Rashid Hadee (who is the producer of the track).
5) Youngs Teflon – “God Save The Queens”
My favourite track of the week, not just because it’s a UK offering but also because it’s dope and earned multiple repeat plays from me this week. UK emcee Youngs Teflon takes Crooklyn Dodgers ‘95’s beat from “Return Of The Crooklyn Dodgers” and did something great with it. A rising star. Love this.