New Friday, new music. Took a breather for Thanksgiving, but the music god have some new joints in store for us this week. We’ve got a psychedelic funk odyssey, a boom-bap alliance, a Broadway compilation, and more for your ears. Walk with us.
Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love
Excursions into funk and soul have been the wave for rappers in 2016, but no departure has been quite as radical as Donald Glover‘s. This is a psychedelic love-fueled odyssey that has more in common with Parliament Funkadelic, Sly and The Family Stone, and Prince than it does with any of Glover’s contemporaries in the rap game. Sit back and let this one wash over you.
Smoke DZA & Pete Rock – Don’t Smoke Rock
Don’t Smoke Rock is a special pairing; proof positive that Harlem’s own Smoke DZA was meant to rap over Bronx boy Pete Rock’s jazzy boom-bap the same way Run The Jewels
and PRhyme helped reinvigorate rap’s dying group aesthetic. Check our interview with the duo here.
The Hamilton Mixtape
Hip-hop and Broadway met for the second (and biggest) time when Hamilton exploded earlier last year. Every wordsmith worth their weight in verbs has found their way onto The Hamilton Mixtape, a project chock full of songs inspired by (and from) the show.
Drake – More Life
It’s rumored that Drake is dropping his new “playlist” tomorrow (December 3), so check back then for the new new.
John Legend – Darkness and Light
Chicago’s rap scene is flourishing like never before, but don’t forget that a boy with soul is still kicking around. John Legend’s back with a brand new album featuring native son Chance The Rapper and some soothing notes to help you get through Trump’s America.
Curren$y – 11/30
Look, another Curren$y project. Spitta’s kept up his end of the bargain by literally dropping a project a month over the course of 2016, so if you’re a Jet Lifer, you know what you’re in for. Spark it.
Rico Jeezus – Deadbeat Prophet
Rico Jeezus had the wool forcefully torn from his eyes as a kid in Kalmazoo, Michigan, and like many of us, turned to rap to help cope. Deadbeat Prophet is a fighting back against missed chances in a careless world, as singles like “Red Wine” are sure to show.
Ski – Reasonably iLL
What do you get when you throw Jay Z‘s Reasonable Doubt and Nas’ Illmatic in a blender and toss a little bit of Virginia Beach MC Ski on top? Reasonably iLL is a tribute to the Golden Age and a manifesto for the genre’s potential future.