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5 O’Clock Beat Drop: Earl Sweatshirt, Salomon Faye, Cash Out, And Rocko


So many rap songs drop every day, it’s hard to keep track of them all. That’s why we do the 5 O’Clock Beat Drop to collect the best (and sometimes worst) songs of the day in one, easy to find post for your convenience.

Gangrene – “Play It Cool” (Feat. Earl Sweatshirt & Future Islands)

One of the best things of 2015 so far is the fact that Earl Sweatshirt and Alchemist are working together. “Play It Cool” might come off as goofy until Earl starts his verse with, “I been feelin’ old / I got demons on my soul when I’m writin’.” Thank god Earl sounds like he actually enjoys rapping again.

Ca$h Out – We Ball (Prod. by 808 Mafia)

We’re not totally sold on Cash Out just yet, despite many singing his praises as one of the better, more underrated artists coming out of Atlanta these days. Meh. He’s got an allure, though, what with that whispery, whimsical voice. He uses it right on this new cut, but whether it’s enough, we donno yet.

Salomon Faye – “Black Power” (Prod. by Matthew Bowen)

Lowkey, Salomon Faye is nice with it. A good MC is one who makes every word count, and Faye’s attention to detail is evident on “Black Power.” It’s militant in a way, not quite explicitly, but more via the mood and tone of the song. There’s an urgency in Faye’s voice and a sharpness to the drums that translates perfectly. More rappers could learn from this kind of stuff.

Rocko – “Lil Girl Shit” (Feat. Young Thug)

Many forget it was Rocko who put Future on in the industry, and today he drops off a record with Young Thug that fits both artists nicely. The hook is kind of annoying, though, and despite how much music Rocko has been dropping recently, nothing seems to stick.

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