Snow Aalegra is a Swedish singer/songwriter that has been an understudy of No I.D. the past couple of years. That's enough for me to tune in and she delivers on this new single called "Burning Bridges" of which Dion co-produced with Trakmatik. I like it when she speeds up her delivery early on and from then on, I was really vibing with this.
“Trakmatik and No ID are both creative forces I have a real good chemistry with. They knew exactly how to capture the mood for the story I wanted to tell,” Snoh says regarding her “Burning Bridges” collaboration with Trakmatik and No I.D. “They managed to give the production such dramatic feeling whilst keeping it as minimal as possible.”
Big Sean not only gets Rick Ross & Travi$ Scott for the remix to one of Hall Of Fame's fan favorites "10 2 10", but he also puts down a new, long verse himself. I especially liked his bars on haters; thought it was clever. Overall, I've never been able to get into the original though personally, but no doubt this bangs in a club or before a concert. Tune in and see if you like what Rozay & Scott have to offer too.
Start off your Monday with this new gem from Real T@lk who vents about Chicago's lack of bigtime labels and leaving the city to take that next step. Hey, I agree. The city's industry is growing, but we're still behind other markets and don't have that traditional big-name label headquartered in the city. We're adapting digitally though and think we'll be catching up faster in the near future. All that said, Real T@lk really does his thing over this vintage No I.D. beat. A natural mix — I only hope they cross paths somewhere down the line after this hearing this one.
It's been a while since I heard any solo material from Jhene Aiko but here it is. Jhene releases "Comfort Inn Ending Freestyle (Continued)". The track is produced by No ID and it is a narrative of love lost and trust issues within relationships. It's definitely a gem that reminds me of the great Sailing Soul(S) mixtape she released a few years ago.
Whooo. What a pleasant surprise outta nowhere tonight. This Big Sean track "No I.D." didn't make the upcoming Hall Of Fame album because of the sample... and surely not because of guest stars Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica. Sean kicks off the 7.5 minute track with some real dope flows and rhymes himself with K. Dot & Jay Elect to follow suit soon after.
My favorite part from K. Dot: his intensity in sharing his respect for all the buzzing emcees of the next class, but that he's comin' for 'em... namely, "murder" all of them (rap talk murder, of course). There's that competition we're always yearning for. I hope we see a domino effect in the game stemming from this hotly discussed new verse from Kendrick Lamar.
And I'd be remiss not to mention that Jay Elect is fire also. I love all the God/Christ allusions and think his verse gets better as it goes, with this being my favorite of his rhymes:
Jay Electricity, PBS Mysteries in a lofty place tangling with Satan over History.
- Jay Electronica
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UPDATED: Dirty, no tags, CDQ (above, too). Also... it's officially called "Control".
Late last night, Cocaine 80s released their new EP, The Flower Of Life and I'd be remiss not to put the spotlight on them even more after their group's strongest release to date.
The No I.D.-led collective first came together last year and, without warning to this date, released new music and EPs for free. James Fauntleroy, a singer/songwriter I've been following for years, is the primary vocalist on the soothing, soulful records that fans of the group from the start are now accustomed to. Common is a part of the collective as well, not holding back on some superb verses along the way. Together, and with various guest stars along the way (like Nas, and most recently Jhene Aiko), Cocaine 80s is creating their own lane of urban music.
How, you may ask? By mixing soulful R&B with throwback hip hop beats, acoustic chords, and most of all some intelligent and spiritual lyricism. The Flower Of Life most directly exhibits the latter, with songs like "Lucid" and "Higher Self" - to go along with the whole aesthetics of the cover. It really resonates with us on the spiritual end as well; after all, Maks G coincidentally designed a "Flower Of Life" sweater for Limited G.
In addition to downloading The Flower Of Life, Cocaine 80s made their whole library available for download too. Find out what I mean with the unique sound and lyricism and hit this link here to download the new The Flower Of Life EP, the collective's first EP, The Pursuit, as well as Ghost Lady, and Express OG. You can stream The Flower Of Life off GWHH here. It's a great fit for your late night playlist, early morning playlist... and really, any time of the day playlist.
A new preview off Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head, T.I. reels in A$AP Rocky for a cut that talks about the drug game. Pretty real perspectives on this one and a solid collab. It won't be on my top tier of tracks on Trouble Man after hearing the album here in Chicago the other night, but for others, I know it will be. Check it out.