Okay, I hold my hands high, Kendrick Lamar and his (ridiculous, incredible, game-changing) good kid, m.A.A.d city album has been the focus point of my rants for the past two weeks now, but it’s only necessary. Almost a fortnight has past since the LP’s release, and making a firm stand against the fickle nature of the Internet and its ADHD generation (let’s face it, we have the attention span of a goldfish after a bong hit), it’s been the main talking–and listening–point since. Having overachieved on its projected first-week sales, selling a shade over 240k copies, and subsequently debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, this is what we can call the honeymoon period following the marriage of good kid, m.A.A.d city and our smitten ears.
But just to break you off from the umpteenth spin of “Money Trees” and excessive and unnecessary repeat of “ya bish,” here are five tracks and videos that you may have missed out on (or perhaps would just like to revisit) this past week. Enjoy offerings from Heems, Joey Bada$$, SpaceGhostPurrp, Murs and 9th Wonder, and Casey Veggies below.
1) Heems – “Soup Boys (Pretty Drones)”
Although Hurricane Sandy caused plenty of far worse and tragic damage in NYC this past week, the bish (sorry, I couldn’t help myself) also kinda screwed with the schedule for Heems’ second solo project, Wild Water Kingdom, so he was forced to delay its release. As a consolation, the Das Racist MC gifted this Lushlife-produced cut to hold us over. We’re still waiting on that new release date, though, Himanshu.
2) Joey Bada$$ (feat. Chuck Strangers) – “Fromdatomb$”
Directed by: David M. Helman
A little over four months since the release of his debut mixtape, 1999, and Joey Bada$$ gave his Chuck Strangers-assisted “Fromdatomb$” cut a cool-ass video. Oh, and he also announced a Pro Era mixtape, which will arrive on December 21. We know what we want for Christmas.
3) SpaceGhostPurrp – “Swervin”
After the whole “retirement” facade earlier in the month, it appears that SpaceGhostPurrp is hanging up the idea of, well, hanging up, and delivered a new solo track for a little clarification. This knocks.
4) Murs & 9th Wonder – “Funeral for a Killer”
With their fifth and final full-length collaboration, The Final Adventure, on deck for a release next Tuesday (November 13) projected their “Funeral for a Killer” track to screens in an appropriately dark manner.
5) Casey Veggies – “Life$tyle” (prod. by Cardiak)
West Coast wunderkid Casey Veggies expanded his network of producers this week by teaming with one of rap’s hottest new beatmakers Cardiak (Rick Ross “Amsterdam,” Wale “600 Benz,” Lloyd Banks “Start It Up”). The result made for a plush, smooth offering, which we certainly hope happens a few more times down the line.