It’s been a week of comebacks of sorts. Juelz Santana returned with his first solo project in eight years with the God Will’n mixtape, Gunplay made his release from house arrest even sweeter by putting out his Cops & Robbers freebie, while Cassidy, when not beefing with Meek Mill, found time to link up with Jahlil Beats for the lyrical banger, “Another One I Like.” Oh, and this group called Dipset announced a 10th Anniversary reunion concert which will go down at NYC’s B.B. Kings on March 25.
While we wait in agonising impatience for that show, you can take a look at our five favorite music and video releases that we feel deserved more shine from the past week. Featuring No Malice and Ab-Liva, Numonics, Black Thought, Boaz and Scolla, and Nickelus F…
1) No Malice (feat. Ab-Liva) – “Smoke & Mirrors” (prod. by !llmind)
It’s a Re-up Gang reunion as No Malice (formerly known as Malice, and perhaps still best known as Pusha T‘s brother) teams with old pal Ab-Liva for “Smoke & Mirrors,” a drum-heavy !llmind production which will feature on both Malice’s Hear Ye Him and Liva’s The Truth Shall Set You Free.
2) Numonics – “What The Lick Read”
Directed by: J Mac
The REBELutionary collab LP with Reks may have been his most notable effort in 2012, but South Florida producer Numonics refers to his solo December release, The (Instru)Mentalist, for a visual output. “What The Lick Read” gets a thrilling makeover, directed by J Mac.
3) Black Thought – “Rage Is Back (“N.Y. State of Mind” Freestyle)”
Any cut from The Roots‘ extensive catalog will tell you Black Thought is one of the most underrated MCs of all time. But just in case you need any more proof, the Philly native remakes one of hip-hop’s most renowned beats, Nas‘ “N.Y. State of Mind,” with all the lyrical substance in tact. This comes courtesy of J. Period‘s upcoming Rage Is Back mixtape, which supports Adam Mansbach‘s newly released novel of the same name.
4) Boaz (feat. Scolla) – “Gimme The Mic”
Directed by: Boaz & Dan Meyers
Rostrum rep Boaz gives his “Gimme The Mic” track (off 2012’s Bases Loaded) a lavish visual makeover. The Pittsburgh native stars alongside his guest Scolla as they entertain the higher classes in a luxury club. All tux everything.
5) Nickelus F – “EMU”
Nickelus F gave us another sample of his upcoming Vices mixtape. The trap-heavy “EMU” is easily one of the toughest early listens. The best thing though: Nick Fury made a full song based on a girl “giving long neck like an emu.” Brilliant.