This morning, T.I. let Sway premiere this bonus track off the upcoming album, Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head, dropping tomorrow. It has heavy-hitting feature verses from B.o.B & Kendrick Lamar... and this story I can tell from the Trouble Man listening party last week in Chicago... (stay tuned for our interview later today!)
This was the last track that T.I. played for us. He prefaced it by saying that it samples a song we'll all know, but the sample couldn't get clear for the album. He then added he has plans to re-work it to go around that sample with B.o.B & Kendrick Lamar for a single and that a version would be available on the iTunes version of the album.
The song that he played was different than the version above and sampled the iconic chorus (and more of the production) of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" - a perfect fit for the track as all the emcees reflect on an early girlfriend from their upbringing (somebody that they used to know...). Let me tell ya, the way everything came together for this version was an instant hit with the whole room. And flat out, better than this re-worked version released above.
I honestly just had a little moment of silence. Wishing everyone could hear that version as this one just lacks in comparison. Having said that, this stands alone as an instant *Tibs Fav. - a record you should rock in your rotation, stat. T.I. & B.o.B are candidly descriptive in their stories of past flames comin' up in school while Kendrick bats last with what many will consider the best verse of the three. Kris Stephens is on the new chorus and does a good job providing that female voice to link all the verses together. So all in all, this is already a nice track. But as you can tell, it's certainly leaving me wanting the original. Maybe that will surface as a free download sometime? *crosses fingers*
Tags for now, hopefully a CDQ hits with a better mix - will update if/when it does.
B.o.B is the latest big-name artist to be spotlighted on MTV's This Is How I Made It. His come-up is a little different than most, as the multi-faceted ATL artist talks about his unique childhood and overcoming the doubters. Yeah, everyone has to overcome their doubters, but Bob's included his dad. Interesting... watch and see the full episode above.
So as promised I'm back again with my top 5 songs from the past week, and just so that we are all clear I going from Monday to Monday and posting on Tuesday. Like I said before these aren't in any type of order they are just tracks that I feel you all should give a second listen. So let's jump into this week's tracks.
If the first wasn't cold enough Ye comes back and makes it even better. What I liked most about this song though was that I got more of a College Dropout/Late Registration vibe from him and I feel that's what a lot of Kanye fans are looking for.
Even though the track was pretty short it still managed to accomplish everything you could want from a song. The production was dope and the verse strong from start to finish. (Sorry for chopping off the left side of the image this one was shaped a little different.)
If you don't smoke or drink but want to get an idea for the type of zone it puts you in, turn the lights down and turn this song up. Wiz and Juicy J made all of the stoners around the world proud with this one. I hope me posting this doesn't say too much about me.
So that's this week's "Top 5", if you have any comments please feel free to voice them. See yall next week.