Hip-Hop | Wale — Poor Decisions (feat. Lupe Fiasco & Rick Ross)

Posted by on June 3, 2013


Wale’s upcoming third album, The Gifted, is gearing up to be one of his most consistent projects to date. While his debut was uneven and burdened by too many crossover attempts, his second was too MMG-influenced and aggressive. The first three leaks we’ve received from this new album, though, have all had that soulful style of Wale’s, which was the signature of his successful early mixtapes. This is the first of two new singles Wale dropped today in preparation for his album’s June 25th release, featuring a smooth Jake One beat and a couple quality guest verses courtesy of Lupe Fiasco and Rick Ross. Gotta love Lupe’s “olly olly oxen free” reference and the way he flips the chorus at the end, and Rozay’s verse isn’t half bad, either. June is shaping up to be a wonderful month for hip-hop.

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Cover, Hip-Hop, Videos | PropaneLv – No New Friends (Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne Cover)

Posted by on April 18, 2013

Drake’s closed minded sentiments are reflected on PropaneLv’s latest cover. Bonus: this version of the new DJ Khaled single does NOT have his yelling all over it. Nice!


Download: PropaneLv – F*ck For The Road (Tyga & Chris Brown Cover) (via Lv’s Facebook)

Cover, Hip-Hop | PropaneLv – Marble Floors (French Montana Cover)

Posted by on December 9, 2012

PropaneLv gets back on his urban tip with his latest cover of the Ross, Wayne & 2 Chainz assisted French Montana banger “Marble Floors”. A melodic hook, nice bars, and hard beat come together very nicely on this one.


Download: PropaneLv – Marble Floors (French Montana Cover)


Trap | Clinton Sparks & Knife Party ft. Jim Jones- Internet Friends (The Die Trap)

Posted by on November 28, 2012

Even though Clinton has been hard at work finishing his impending Disco Ball & Chain album (which has features from Rick Ross, Afrojack, and Travie McCoy) it hasn’t stopped him from touring the world, and bringing “awesome” to every party he attends. Like the true work-a-holic that he is, Clinton has been simultaneously working on the latest installment to his popular mixtape series, “My Awesome Mixtape 4” which is slated to drop on Valentine’s Day 2013. Rumor has it that 2-Chainz, Waka Flaka Flame, Rick Ross, and Snoop Dogg may show up to the party as well. This track is nothing short of a banger. Run ze trap!

Cover, Hip-Hop | Propane Lv – Diced Pineapples (Rick Ross Cover)

Posted by on September 4, 2012

UGH. Propane Lv hits us with his latest huge remix/cover. This time taking on the massive(literally and figuratively) Rick Ross’ hit tune, Diced Pineapple’s. Propane easily impersonates Wale, Ross, and Drake, but also puts his own little spin on it, as he always does. The production was handled by Chi Duly, so you know it’s good. Propane continues to create unique covers that stand out in an over-saturated YouTube world by staying true to the original song, while also creating his own signature style. Peep the video above and follow him on twitter here, as a loyal follower, I can tell you that he’s worth your follow.

Hip-Hop | Saturday Standouts: New Rick Ross/Andre 3000, 50 Cent/Dr. Dre/Alicia Keys, Wiz Khalifa/Game

Posted by on July 28, 2012

It’s been a big week for hip-hop, with Nas’ authentic and lyrical Life is Good taking the top spot on the charts, and a number of big-name collaborations dropping (a majority of which happen to be leaks from God Forgives, I Don’t). We’ve already taken a look at his underwhelming trade-off with Dr. Dre and Jay-Z (“3 Kings”), and now with a handful of rapper-assisted tracks leaking (featuring the likes of Andre 3000, Drake and Wale) I’m becoming more skeptical of his upcoming effort. I think that too many times artists rely upon features to provide sales and generate interest, when much of the time all it does is disguise the fact that a rapper can’t keep a listener’s interest over the course of a full LP. Other times, the featured artists’ contributions can become the highlights—which is certainly true in regards to Andre 3000’s work on “Sixteen.” Here’s a look at some of the week’s most compelling collabs:

Rick Ross — Sixteen (feat. Andre 3000)

This track is definitely the best thing I’ve heard from God Forgives, I Don’t thus far, and it’s not because of Rozay. Over some extremely soulful, saxophone-induced J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League production, Rawse bellows about how “sixteen [bars] ain’t enough” before dropping an elongated verse that certainly could’ve been shortened. Then Andre steps into the light with a plethora of flows and multisyllabic lines, and that crisp form of storytelling that is so illustrated and idiosyncratic that it’s just mesmerizing. Here’s one standout for Ross’ project.

50 Cent — New Day (feat. Dr. Dre & Alicia Keys)

For so much star-power, it’s a shame that this track never really manages to grab me. The whole track just bleeds a genericness that it never steps beyond, from Dre and 50’s stagnant verses to the Alicia-crooned chorus that really isn’t saying anything (“Party people say, party people say ‘ayyyy’/It’s a new day.” It’s the kind of pop songwriting that makes me cringe—that which strives to make people think they’re listening to something meaningful, keeping the shallowness of the message directly equivalent to that of the listener. This one’s a big flop from my end, as is everything I’ve seen from 50 and Dre lately.

Wiz Khalifa — Far From Coach (feat. Game & Stat Quo)

I used to be a huge Game fan back in his G-Unit/Aftermath days, and though I’ve stayed in touch with his music I haven’t found anything as gripping or interesting in his recent work. But for his verse on the new single from Wiz’s upcoming work O.N.I.F.C., Game is back to his energetic, rhyme-heavy flow that always leaves a great West Coast tint on the track. He steals the show here, especially compared with an average chorus and Wiz verse, and a poor assist from Stat Quo (the former Shady signee) that struggles to keep the vibe up. Overall, though, this is a feel-good track that I’ll be bumping as proof that Game is back on his game.




Featured, Mixtapes | Clinton Sparks- My Awesome Mixtape 3

Posted by on July 10, 2012

Featuring original production and verses from Rick Ross, Mike Posner, Fabolous, and more, “My Awesome Mixtape 3” is essential for taking any party to the next level. This is a must download.