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.
Freddie Gibbs – “White Range” (Prod. by Pops)
Out of nowhere, Freddie Caine drops his three-track Pronto EP with production from Mihail, Pops, and Blair Norf and a vocal appearance from Dana Williams, who you’ll remember from “The Hard.” Lyrically, Gibbs is always on point, but sometimes he needs the right beat to make his quick-fire flow enjoyable, so we recommend “White Range” more than the other two.
Charles Hamilton – “NY Raining” (Feat. Rita Ora)
It’s hard to believe Charles Hamilton is really back, but “NY Raining,” his new single that’ll be featured on the season finale of Empire, is his first official release since 2008’s “Brooklyn Girls.” He’s rehabilitated, re-signed to Interscope, and apparently recording an album with “Fancy” producers Invisible Men. This single…doesn’t sound terrible, either. What do you think?
Saga – “City Streets” (Feat. Roc Marciano) [Prod. by Marco Polo]
We don’t know much about Brooklyn MC Saga, but that’s okay – frankly, he’s not why we’re here. We’ve been starved for new Roc Marciano music throughout this brutal winter, so we pounced on this when we saw he was featured. The gutter Marco Polo beat helps, but this sounds like a slightly older Roc Marc verse – and we’re still overjoyed. Few rappers put words together like Marciano does, but don’t take it from us – hear his verse above.
Rapper Big Pooh – “How I Move” (Prod. by Apollo Brown)
Mellow is an understatement when describing this new cut by Rapper Big Pooh off his upcoming EP, Words Paint Pictures. Apollo Brown crafts a somewhat melancholy beat for “How I Move” as Pooh traverses the depths of his own mind to spill pain on the record.
SPZRKT & Sango – Hours Spent Loving You EP
Soulection is an independent label-meets-Soundcloud-channel that has become one of the most fascinating musical phenomena on the internet in recent years. Their flagship artist is the beat genius Sango, and yesterday the Seattle producer let go of a 7-song EP with Georgia vocalist SPZRKT, who immediately conjures echoes of John Legend in our ears. “Hipster Girl” is a standout here, but spin the whole thing if you feel like taking a load off.
Your Old Droog – “El Capitan” (Prod. by The Purist)
“Never see me on a date that I didn’t consummate,” says Your Old Droog, one of the most championed new NY spitters, on this fresh joint produced by UK sample specialist The Purist, whose style stays true to his name. This is off Purist’s next project, Pyrex Scholar, and judging by how clean “El Capitan” sounds, we’ll be spinning Purist’s new shit whenever it drops.
Maffew Ragazino – “Long Kiss Goodnight Freestyle”
Another fiery NY upstart Maffew Ragazino drops a tribute to Biggie on the 18th anniversary of his death by spitting over the RZA classic from Life After Death. Ragazino’s 8 Million Stories looks like it’s coming soon, but for now hear the talented Maff flex his pen game on this freestyle.
Slum Village – “Push It Along” (Feat. Phife Dawg)
Hip-hop listeners rarely have any respect for the wisdom of elders, but songs like this new Slum Village track can change minds with Young RJ’s feathery keys and pitter patter drums. Everyone comes correct on this, as Baatin and T3 mingle with Phife Diggy on “Push It Along” from the upcoming Slum Vil album Yes.