Black Hippy, composed of Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock utilize the video format to announce dates for the upcoming good kid, m.A.A.D. city Tour. But that wasn’t all, the all-star cast of West Coast emcees packaged it with their version of the Rocko, Rick Ross and Future hit “U.O.E.N.O.”
As with everything they do, this new material is impressive with all members holding up their end on the microphone. Without a doubt, K. Dot has the best verse, and after that its a toss-up with Q, Soul and Rock coming through with strong efforts.
Check out the tour dates above and listen to the “U.O.E.N.O.” remix below.
Take one listen to Reem’s work on “Merecedes (The One)” and you’ll quickly realize he has talent. His hook on the Fashionably Late EP cut was memorable, setting him up well for his new project, which is now untitled.
Yesterday, he liberated new music with the help of Dee’s “Notice Us” instrumental. The Gentlemen’s Club representative delivers melodic bars over the hypnotizing foundation in “La La La.”
It’s nice to see someone else’s take on the track. Give it a listen below, as well as check out Reem’s recent interview with WERS 88.9, where he premiered new original music.
Newm Nera has been impressive thus far, showing up on his first release “The Introduction,” then as a guest on Mr. Fritz‘s “Class Of 96.” As he continues to prep his debut mixtape Golden Fingerprints (see the artwork above), the young talent liberates a new promotional single. “Masterplan” finds him rhyming over Rick Ross‘ “Amsterdam.” Once again, Nera shows strong lyricism with confident rhymes in this fresh offering. Get familiar, below.
In what is a smart business move, Rocko releases an alternate version of “U.E.O.N.O.” With so much bad publicity for Rick Ross’ “date rape lyrics,” the Atlanta rapper switches in Wiz Khalifa for the Bawse. The Taylor Gang general utilizes a rapid flow for his verse. The song comes off his latest release Gift Of Gab 2.
Listen to “U.E.O.N.O. (Remix)” below.
Move over 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar is racking up all the guest appearances. The emcee of 2012 shows up on the remix of Miguel‘s “How Many Drinks?” The Top Dawg Entertainment actually sounds like he’s intoxicated on this Kaleidoscope Dream cut.
Listen to “How Many Drinks?(Remix)” below.
Young Jeezy adds more firepower to his DJ Mustard produced single “R.I.P.” The Snowman gets a trio of West Coast legends in Snoop Dogg, Too $hort and E-40 to add verses to the club anthem. And, what better way to premiere the new remix than to have the Los Angeles Leakers do it? This will actually appear on their upcoming project, Leaks Of The Industry, due out June 3rd.
Stream and download “R.I.P. (G-Mix)” below. I bet this gets heavy rotation through the spring.
We got a preview of this a few days ago, when a video surfaced of Young Guru playing it during his set at South By Southwest. But today, we get the audio. For one of my personal favorites off good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick Lamar gets a verse from Jay-Z for the official “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe (Remix).” Not to mention, the Top Dawg Entertainment rapper gives us two new verses. It’s exactly what you would expect when you take one of the best doing it now and one of the best to ever do it, and put them on the same track.
Stream “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” below. By the way, how fitting is the single artwork above?
“Give credit where credit is due,” that’s how Latrell James starts his verse off in “5 P.M. In Boston.” I’m going to take his advice and give him credit on his fantastic remix of Drake’s latest hit “5 P.M. In Toronto.”
Nobody is topping Drizzy on his own song, but James does fine, holding his own as he utilizes an arsenal of interesting wordplay and brute punch lines. The Scholar Camaraderie representative rapping skill isn’t just what is impressive, but he also manages to incorporate some substance, shedding light on the backward moves people make.
Stream and download “5 P.M. In Boston” below and check out an in-depth review of his Lemonade Stand project.
You can also check him out live at Good Life Bar in downtown Boston for the HITP sponsored Lifted event.
If you saw my timeline a few days after Drake dropped “Started From The Bottom,” you’ll know that I’m not the biggest fan of people remixing the YMCMB rapper’s latest hit. However, I can’t deny that Boston’s own Karlton Marz does his thing on the Mike Zombie produced beat. Plus he acknowledges that he still has a long way to go, unlike many of the artists who have decided to take on the song. Give the remix a listen below and stay tuned for Marz’ new music video for “Bill Cosby.”
In what has to be the biggest surprise in the music world today, Passion Pit features Juicy J on the official remix of their “Constant Conversation” single. This indie rock-hip hop collaborative looks strange on the paper but to the ears, its perfect. The Three 6 Mafia member sticks to theme, laying down the perfect verse for love ballad.
This isn’t the first time the “Bandz A Make Her Dance” rapper has crossed over into an unexpected genre. Previously he appeared on Kes$ha‘s “”Die Young (Remix)” with Wiz Khalifa and Becky G.
On another note, Passion Pit is amazing in person. I got a chance to see them perform this past fall at Jay-Z‘s Made In America Festival in Philadelphia. If you didn’t know, they are graduates of Boston’s Berklee College.