What a great tribute to classic Memphis and Houston, especially in current times when bunch of rap is digging into the culture without much of a thanks to the rich culture it nods intentionally or not. I’m really happy hearing Gangsta Boo rap because damn it, she’s absolutely the best on the mix. And also BeatKing goes in too. You can download this at LiveMixtapes.
"It Ain’t Safe" by Skepta (ft. Young Lord)
Grime dude Skepta teamed with Young Lord (creative name) to make a Three 6 Mafia song. I dig it, mainly because I am a sucker for brooding Memphis bangers. I didn’t know I even wanted this but here it is.
FKEYi EP by FKi & Key! [self-released]
Key! links up with FKi for a collaborative EP. The beat jumps out the frame like his viral anthem with OG Maco, “U Guessed It.” A bit more cloudy swirls in there, too. Much recommend if you like booming bass and people knocking raps over them.
A couple days later after I listened to this, I set it aside as good but not great. I loved the grooves and sticky warmth of this dance jam, but it was not getting my eyes pop out its sockets. (I also had the new Flying Lotus playing at the same week, so that might have to do with it.) I’m spinning it for my second listen and it’s impressing me yet again, better than the first. It’s just so easy to slip on and such a wonderful drift. I want to dance to this, preferably alone — not that jamming out with friends is bad, but this kinda thing deserves a solo attention.
— Flying Lotus on how he got the title for his new album, You’re Dead!, Newsweek
"Lifestyle" by Rich Gang [Cash Money]
Thugger stretching his legs on some luxury rap beat while Quan opens up about family and stuff. What a lifestyle.
Allo Darlin’s previous album, Europe, satisfied every bit of my soft spot for cozy indie rock and this new one is no different. What’s best, though, is picking up on the heart-on-its-sleeve lyrics from the corner of your ear. Like, you’re searching stuff up on Wikipedia then you randomly hear Elizabeth Morris sing “the hardest thing we have to learn/ is that those we love don’t love us in return.” It stops me dead, and I love it.
"I’m the Man" by Sonny Digital [self-released]
Maybe you might have heard the Sonny Digital tag behind some of the popular songs rapped by Atlanta stars (The most recent one is his collab with Metro Boomin’ for iLoveMakonnen’s new stuff). He’s been lacing the good stuff when it comes to beats, but today he dropped a track with the guy on the mic— and he’s pretty good! By nature, he sounds like the strain of melodic flows popular on his side of Atlanta. I hope he keeps up with this and releases an EP or something because this has potential if he keeps working at it.
Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan teamed up as Rich Gang, and the two dropped their debut tape today. Obviously Birdman is involved, but as much as that dude shout out “Rich Gang” throughout this tape (and he graces a couple verses as well), he’s more of the overseer/A&R in charge of putting this thing together. The fact this thing actually saw light of day is a miracle, to be honest.
I’m mostly into this mixtape to check out what Young Thug’s been up to all this time. His past material has been milked out to the point of potential abuse this year; his 1017 Thug sequels are interesting B-sides at best, and Black Portland might be remains of the cutting room floor during the sessions of “Danny Glover.” His warped stretch of the voice and cadence is always interesting, but I’ve been wanting to see him succeed mending those superb techniques into something fit for the commercial. “Stoner” did that well, which to me has stood as Thug’s best record thus far.
I don’t think Young Thug in this tape is yet sellable to the middle line but his control and sense of self is so much better. He runs circles writing his hooks; he shows such great discipline within his verses. He’s not banking off off-the-hinge stuff but his knack for melodic ticks. I was kinda worried how his trajectory would pan out, but I’m so optimistic about what’s ahead for him right now.
You can download Rich Gang: The Tour, Part 1 from LiveMixtapes.