I want y'all to be locked into The DJBooth at all times. Not just because every pageview matters, but because we post a lot of new music and the thought of you missing what could potentially be your new favorite song keeps me awake at night. I get paid to do this, so it's easy for me to listen to everything we feature, but for you, a student or an adult with a job that isn't as absurd as music writer, I know it's hard to stay that glued to The DJBooth. No worries, we've got you covered.
Here is some of the dope DJBooth-featured material from the past seven days, or so, that you might have missed, with an emphasis on the indie and underground (because it's a lot harder to miss the superstars). You can thank me later (no Drake). This week...
As I said literally one sentence ago, there is more of an emphasis on the indie, up-and-comer here, but that doesn't mean it's only about them. In fact, sometimes, with the big names we miss stuff too. Case and point is this Mac Miller record. I slept on it because I'm not the biggest fan of Miller's work, but it's exceptional. If you had told me that Mac (AKA Larry) flipped my favorite Jazz song of all time, Duke Ellington and John Coltrane's "In a Sentimental Mood," I would have dropped everything to listen. This beat is great and, in my opinion, it's some of Mac's best work to date.
Maybe it's the production that has me enamored, but Mac shines on the mic too. For an artist who I am more or less ambivalent about, this offering shouldn't be overlooked. Maybe you didn't miss this record, but I bet you missed the sample.
I love trap records for their energy and bangin' beats, but when it comes to content and musicality, trap comes up shorter than Kevin Hart on a step stool. I love this cut from Indiana Rome because it blends the best of both worlds. This beat knocks like the big bad wolf and with all the snares and "HEY!" samples it has a definite trap feel. While it has that undeniable trap energy, on the mic, Rome has some bars, and a flow, that will resonate with even the most pure of hip-hop purists; and don't get me started on that hook from Dharma Jean, as it's the perfect touch to an otherwise spine-bustin' tune.
This is proof that you can make a hard hitting record without having to rap about killin people, the club, or pussy.
When I saw the title, I was expecting a R&B record. I don't know why, but I was. Well, this is not an R&B cut - although the hook may be. Instead, Collins goes the fuck in. I love his passion and his energy and the fire in his belly. That, paired with the epic, drum-laden beat makes for a potent effort that doesn't let you go from start to finish. Excellent work here; my gut (and ear) says keep him on your radar.
This one is simple. Apollo Brown makes fucking awesome beats. Rass Kass can rap his face off. Together they make really good hip-hop....like the stuff hip-hop heads everywhere need to live. Oh yeah, and for good measure throw in Monch and Rakaa, two legends, you know, just for kicks. This is pure hip-hop. I don't even need to explain this track; you know what you are getting by just reading the title and you can't get enough of it. Hip-hop.
I'm all aboard the Eric Biddines train and it's moving faster than the Acela Express. This guy is beyond unique and versatile. I have been digging into his library for several days, and I can say with full confidence that this tune is a microcosm for all of his work. Diverse, refreshing, and pleasing to the ear-holes. I love how "Railroads Down 2/Independance Day" is arranged and how it develops as a completely different song at the begging than at the end, but you don't even realize it; Biddines is so fluid you barely even notice the change-up. There was nothing more original released last week that made it across our desk than this effort. Not one you want to miss.
[Lucas Garrison is a writer for DJBooth.net. His favorite album is “College Dropout,” but you can also tweet him your favorite Migos songs at @LucasDJBooth.]