Throwback Thursday: Jeru the Damaja- Statik

For this Throwback Thursday edition, we look at Jeru the Damaja’s “Statik” from his phenomenal album The Sun Rises in the East. The song features a minimal beat with static in the background as Jeru rips into the beat. Check it out below.

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Young Thug: Family Don’t Matter

Young Thug always seems to get better and better with each record. He continues to defy expectations and does whatever he wants. “Beautiful Thugger Girls” is Young Thug’s best album to date with its mix of different genres including pop, country, and trap. Thugger uses his voice as an instrument as it bounces in and out on many songs.

“Family Don’t Matter” is one of the best songs on the album with its country-inspired instrumentation. Thugger even literally yells out “Yeehaw!” in the beginning of the song before the beat drops. Newcomer Millie Go Lightly provides the perfect balance to Young Thug’s whimsical lyrics. Check it out below.

Throwback Thursday: Souls of Mischief – 93 ‘Til Infinity

I decided to incorporate something new to blog with a weekly Throwback Thursday hip hop song. I have been listening to a lot of old school hip hop and want to showcase some of the best songs from the golden era of hip hop. To get us started, we focus on Souls of Mischief “93′ ‘Til Infinity.”  This song features one of the jazziest beats as the group completely goes in on the track. Check out this classic below.

Dave East: My Dirty Little Secret

Dave East has been steadily grinding over the years by releasing mixtape after mixtape that has further pushed his career into the limelight. He has been crowned as one of the new generation of rappers bringing New York back into the hip hop fold.

East released his EP Paranoia: A True Story and it shaping up to be a powerhouse in the rap game. “My Dirty Little Secret” is one of the singles from the record and has East rapping about a girl that has captured his attention. Check it out below.

Brand New: Desert

Brand New’s long-awaited new album “Science Fiction” was released a couple of days ago and it is one of the best albums of the year. The record has the band continuing their post-hardcore and experimental sound with some of the most innovating songs from their career.

“Desert” is one of the best songs from the album with its somber and quiet sound. A slow guitar riff pops in and out over Jesse Lacey’s melancholic lyrics. Check it out below.

Majical Cloudz: Mister

Majical Cloudz was an intense band that really grabbed hold of your emotions with each and every song. Vocalist Devon Welsh’s stage presence was both creepy and interesting. His lyrics cut to the core of your being and kept you wanting more.

“Mister” is one of the duo’s best songs with its somber electronic sound and Welsh’s emotive voice. Check it out below.

No Malice: So Woke

Clipse has always been one of the best rap duos in hip hop and when the brothers embarked on their solo careers, Pusha T proved to be the most popular. Many people have waved off No Malice but they will surely get back on the bandwagon after listening to “So Woke.”

No Malice goes in on this hard-hitting beat with his fierce delivery about police brutality and Donald Trump’s incompetence and stupidity. Check it out below.

 

Editors: All Sparks

The British post-punk band Editors have always been a personal favorite of mine. They came to prominence during the 00’s post-punk revival scene with bands like Bloc Party and Interpol. They have managed to keep releasing albums and touring over the past decade.

“All Sparks” is one of the best tracks from the band’s catalog. It features a prominent guitar riff and danceable drumbeat that is furtherly heightened by Tom Smith’s baritone vocals. Check it out.

Flying Lotus: Only If You Wanna

I have always preferred Flying Lotus’ quieter tracks to his zany upbeat ones. These songs seem to flow on a higher plane while keeping your mind in a zen state. “Only If You Wanna” is one of my favorite tracks from Until the Quiet Comes. It’s a jazzy song with ethereal vocals popping in and out.

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