First off, this has probably been the most eventful week of the year (if you’re a celebrity, anyway). Within the space of seven days, we’ve celebrated the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, mourned the passing of Bronx rapper Tim Dog, grit our teeth through the cheesy annual routine known as Valentine’s Day and are currently capping off the week by watching the best basketball players in the globe do their stuff on the court for the NBA All-Star Weekend.
Aside from all the glitz and the glamour, though, there’s also been plenty of good news on the music front: like Kid Cudi announcing the release date for Indicud (April 23), Pusha T revealing My Name Is My Name will arrive in May, and Tyler, The Creator bombarding us with details on his Wolf LP. And, let’s not forget the hilarious “beef” between Justin Bieber and The Black Keys‘ drummer, Patrick Carney (team Patrick ❤).
Like normal, we’ve also put our hardhats on and done some digging round these here Internets to bring you the five best audio and visual gems which you may have missed. This week we’re thankful for Maffew Ragazino, Mike Posner, Ill Bill, Murs and Fashawn, and The Black Opera.
1) Maffew Ragazino (feat. SRH) – “G. Wilikers.”
Maffew Ragazino links up with SRH for the latest release from his forthcoming White Gold album, which drops later this month. “G. Wilikers” is highlighted by some pounding percussion (think Just Blaze on his Blueprint shit), over which Senior raps like he’s got a chip on his shoulder.
2) Mike Posner (feat. Asher Roth, T. Mills, Chuck Inglish & King Chip) – “Started From The Bottom” (Remix)
Directed by: Nicholas Black
There are way too many “Started From The Bottom” freestyles already, so to make things a little more interesting (and unique), Mike Posner, Asher Roth, T. Mills, Chuck Inglish and King Chip remake Drake’s popular single from scratch — live instruments and everything. Mike Zombie’s production is hardly recognizable.
3) Ill Bill – “Paul Baloff”
Ill Bill’s fourth solo, The Grimy Awards, is living up to its name already. The latest leak from the Non Phixion MC’s LP is “Paul Baloff,” a brash, psychedelic tribute to the late Exodus singer. The Grimy Awards releases February 26.
4) Murs & Fashawn – “’64 Impala”
Directed by: Punit Dhesi
Both hailing from So Cal, it’s no surprise that Murs and Fashawn paid tribute to the ’64 Impala on their 2012 collaborative album, This Generation. This week, that cut got visualized — and, of course, it features the two rappers cruising down the strip in the iconic Chevy.
5) The Black Opera (feat. Mayer Hawthorne) – “Queen of Hearts”
Hip-hop is synonymous with being a male-dominated, egot-centric genre, but more than a few rappers got on the mic to treat the ladies to some V-Day music this week. The Black Opera teamed up with Mayer Hawthorne to gift “Queen of Hearts,” which no doubt worked a treat for all you thirsty fellas.