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 are some of the dope DJBooth-featured songs from the past seven days 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.
I debated whether or not to include this video since Elijah is singed to a major label (Def Jam), but then I realized, who the fuck cares if Blake is signed? Dope music is dope music. Besides, it's not like Mr. Blake is the most popular singer on the face of the planet...yet. Frankly, I'm surprised he isn't, because everything he has put out is dope, and I'm not even a big R&B guy. So, if you're sleeping on him (like most of the world), you probably missed "Wicked"; that's why it's here. Enjoy.
How about another R&B tune for you? No? Too bad. Okay, so it isn't all R&B. In fact, Kavale's DJBooth debut blends all sorts of sounds to create a hodgepodge of dopeness; shit, he even produced the cut too. Like Blake, it has that shrouded, R&B vibe to it, but hip-hop fans will appreocate Kavale's crisp flow. The dude can straight up rap, and it adds punch to a track that otherwise might be too soft for me. A pretty impressive start to his DJBooth career if you ask me. Since it was his debut, I'm allowing a pass if you missed it, but no more excuses after this.
Okay, okay, okay, I know this one is also R&B (I can't help it if it was a good week for rythm and blues), but hip-hop heads can't really complain because both Kavale and Jared Evan are masters at blending genres. Where Kavale has a glossier, radio-ready sound, Jared's approach is more boom-bap rooted than anything else. On "Hot Sauce," Evan spits a few bars celebrating the golden age of hip-hop and denouncing those who have diverted from the path atop a simple yet effective beat from The Arcitype. Still, for as hip-hoppy as he is, the new NY native can also croon with the best of him. His flow is solid, but it's his singing that engines this tune. Hey may not be rapping for most of the song, but Evan still manages to capture the essence of a pure jam.
Okay, enough low key R&B-flavored jams, how about some grimy ass motherfucking shit? Excuse my French, I can't help it. Jazz Cartier's "Set Fire" just brings it out of me; this one is as raw as a paper cut in the crease between two fingers! Honestly, the beat isn't my favorite - I get used to it as the song progresses, but it's still a little bit grating - but Jazz more than makes up for it with his cutthroat flow. In fact, his approach really fits the beat well. I don't believe that too many emcees could make this work, but Jazz sounds right at home. The dude can straight up spit and he shouldn't be missed.
BJ Chicago Kid is criminally underrated when it comes to the hook game. I'd go as far as to say he is one of the best hook-makers today. Add his soulful crooning to emcee Big Pooh's stalwart, veteran flow and we have a winner. Perhaps my favorite record released this past week. No frills, just some soulful crooning and seasoned microphone work. Sometimes it's the most straightforward, bare-bones efforts that are the most powerful and this is the perfect example.
Now, these are just five of the many songs that we featured. I can only do so much, so if you really want to get all the dopeness, you have to be diligent and do your homework, checking the site early and often...or just check back here on Mondays and I'll continue to do the dirty work for you.
[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.]