So many rap songs drop every day, it’s hard to keep track of them all. That’s why starting today, we’re doing the 5 O’Clock Beat Drop, which will collect the best (and sometimes worst) songs of the day in one, easy to find post for your convenience.
This week Grande Marshall keeps us on our toes, 100s reinvents himself in an unexpected new way, Remy Banks keeps things smooth, and Ty Dolla Sign makes his stab at a crossover hit.
Grande Marshall – “Jeezy Voice 2” (Prod. by Ben Pramuk and Sam Greens)
Grande’s got a great Jeezy voice on “Jeezy Voice 2,” the sequel for a song from his debut 800 tape. He mimics the speech patterns of the great Trap Motivator over a simple, well-refined beat by two of the Philly rapper’s best dope providers. Grande dropped another heater last week too with “Make It Count,” and My Brother’s Keeper is one of our most anticipated rap tapes of the year, so if you’re not paying attention now, you’re officially asleep at the wheel.
Remy Banks – “rem” (Feat. Nasty Nigel) [Prod. by Left Brain]
Queens rapper Remy Banks has lowkey been one of the strongest spitters from out the World’s Fair camp for a minute now, and today he dropped his latest single, “rem,” produced by Odd Future’s Left Brain.
Remy is an uncomplicated rhymer – like the hook says, this is camo Bape, crushed grapes music. World’s Fair has been pretty quiet as of recent, so their loyalists will be excited for any new material, but in a bare New York landscape where hyper-talents like Wiki and Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire are stand-outs, Remy might need to do a little more to be considered among the city’s elite. We think he’s capable, so we’ll be keeping an eye out for his upcoming tape, higher, coming this Spring.
100s (as Kossisko) – “This May Be Me”
This is just bizarre. Cali rapper 100s, who dropped an awesome project at the top of 2014 and then abruptly retired, has returned with a new alias, Kossisko, and what sounds like completely different music, too. It’s got this new wave rock feel to it, and 100s told Fader about the song:
“This was one of the first songs I wrote when I decided I was ready to let people in and see who I really am. I love how dark the song is. I am very inspired by new wave. I love Sisters of Mercy and Billy Idol. I like goth kinky shit like that. I think the song is about the fact that sometimes we end up becoming different people in moments of anger, sadness, fear or passion you know? Acting out of character but in these moments it’s your love for a person that is making you act this way, you love them more than yourself.”
Ty Dolla $ign – “Drop That Kitty” (Feat. Charli XCX and Tinashe) [Prod. by Stargate and Cashmere Cat]
If you thought Ty Dolla $ign was done after his breakthrough year, you’re dead wrong. The California spitter responsible for contributing to the “ratchet & B” trend is finally set on releasing his proper debut album Free TC this year. The lead single off the album with Charli XCX and Tinashe will most likely dominate the commercial airwaves soon enough. Listen to “Drop That Kitty” here.
Ray West Ft Blu & Dave Dar “Stay Still”
Ray West, Blu and Dave Dar dropped this video on Valentine’s Day weekend and it definitely gave us some ideas. While the lyrics specifically speak to jonesing for the opposite sex, the video takes on a nice twist.
“I basically knew that it wold be impossible to get Blu in the video, so I came up with the vision and my lady helped me write it,” Dave Dar told WatchLOUD. “She’s in the vid. The one with the phone. We thought it would be cool to not have the regular ‘rap in front of the camera”‘ video.”