The single comes a couple days earlier than expected, albeit in Radio Rip form. Nonetheless, we get to hear a catchy collab from Mario & Nicki Minaj, with Polow's production an instant hit using a sample for the hook (which I didn't expect over Mario singing the hook... but you'll see why it works).
Mario stands out as a highlight on "Somebody Else" with a variety of deliveries in the verses, crooning over a loved one that leaves him. Nicki rocks the slow flow, which I'm not totally feelin, but it rides the beat well. She adds to the story though with the female perspective and that makes her verse more hit than miss. Overall, it's an instant *Tibs Fav. and I hope it becomes a strong mainstream single for an artist I've always liked in Mario. The CDQ will make a big difference so keep in tune for that update.
Here is a dope new weekend roundup of a variety of news and tidbits that happened amongst all the #YeezySeason mania that is going on, hah!
First off, up above, De La Soul performed live with The Roots on Jimmy Fallon. Above is the feel-good "A Rollerskating Jam Named Saturdays" and "Jenifa Taught Me" can be viewed here. De La's got a new album coming out (!) entitled You're Welcome, slated for this Fall.
An intriguing upcoming collab was announced — Mario & Nicki Minaj! Mario revealed the single on the way, produced by Polow Da Don, via a handwritten note from the heart (seen below). May 21st, you can expect to hear this.
The day before (i.e. tomorrow), T.I. will release his new single with Lil Wayne "Wit Me". You can catch the teaser trailer from last Friday here and peep the new single art below.
And below that, you'll notice the tracklist to Ludacris' upcoming mixtape, IDGAF. There's plenty of big-name features on the 10-track opus, set to be released May 24th. Whew! How bout that for some quick-hit news?!
Wait, one late addition: Action Bronson tweeted a collab project with Harry Fraud called Saab Stories will be impacting early June.
From Mario himself: "Somebody Else" f/ Nicki Minaj drops Tuesday, May 21st
T.I. "Wit Me" f/ Lil Wayne single and music video drops tomorrow, May 20th!
Ludacris 'IDGAF' mixtape dropping May 24th (front cover here)