Welcome back to "Might Have Missed," and this time we've got new music from Jared Evan, Raz Simone and much more coming for ya; so take a break from Gambino and enjoy some under the radar dopeness. But first, a refresher for those who are new.
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 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 particularly fresh 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.
You don't have to be a music blogger to know the R&B, sung-rapped style is the sound today. While it seems like every artist is taking a stab at it, Jared Evan does it better and is more original. More often than not rapper singers have a super poppy, radio-ready sound, but Jared keeps things centered around an authentic hip-hop sound. His collaborator is longtime Booth fave Statik Selektah, who crafts a fresh, rich boom-bap that results in a hip-hop rooted R&B tune that even the nerdiest of rap nerds will enjoy. What stands out to me the most on "Still Blue" is how well Jared's crooning works. The fact that he can sing so well over a pure hip-hop record is astounding. I don't think too many singers could make these two different styles work so well together, but the New York native has a unique ability to blend them without making it sound forced; oh yeah, he can rap too. This Still Blue project, a sequel to Boom Bap and Blues, they have cookin' is going to be awesome.
At first, I wasn't quite sold on this effort, but as the record developed I found myself more and more invested and by the track's end I knew it was a full-fledged banger because I was doing my stupid white person turn up dance. Now, I really do try to avoid comparisons of any kind, but I got some ScHoolboy Q vibes here (especially his second verse). The beat is kind of Oxymoron-ish, but more than that it's the vibe that has me thinking Q. Yeah it makes me want to drink my face off, but the record also left me feeling like I wanted to punch a hundred and fifty kittens because I'm so juiced up and angry (and jacked up on Mountain Dew). It's a rare blend - I feel like most bangers are either/or and this one is both -- and for Sahtyre to evoke the same emotion as ScHoolboy speaks volumes about his skillset. Did I mention that second verse? [Editor's Note: Please do no harm any kittens. Even if you're allergic.]
Thanks to Raz, and his latest effort, "Cheap Money," I'll only have to give you two more songs this week, because this one is so dense it does the work of three songs (don't worry, I'll still give you five). With his top notch production, flow and delivery, there is so much to listen to here and it takes so many listens to really hear it all. The beat, co-produced by Raz himself, has a hazy foundation littered with subtle additions to create a really emotional, powerful backdrop. Delivery-wise Raz kills it, blending his trademark raspy crooning with a passionate, fiery flow, but it's what he says that really makes this offering rewind-worthy. Raz is so insightful, honest and smart, and he does it without being too preachy or overzealous. You can sense he is rapping from the soul, and it makes the effort much more organic and compelling; at times he sounds more like a spoken word poet or a great orator than a rapper. Raz's music always leaves me with that "woah" feeling, and this is just another example.
After that Raz effort, you might need to lighten the mood a little bit. Well, if that's the case, Zion I's feature-filled new video single, "Get Urs", should do the trick. Is this effort fun or what?! So much energy! From the horns to the video to the rappidy raps, there is so much here to love. Normally, to have this much fun, you have to sacrifice lyrical content and perhaps delivery, but Baba, Mr. Lif, Opio, Sadat X, Duece Eclipse and Kev Choice all keep the energy up while rapping some pretty dope bars. The Amp Live beat is relatively unchanging, so each emcee has to really bring it to keep us invested, and bring it they do; have fun trying to crown a winner. From the horns at the beginning to Sadat's last bar, I was into this from start to finish. It's authentic hip-hop with a fun, infectious vibe...what's not to love?!
I am such a sucker for jazzy beats. As much as I love a good street banger, there just ain't nothing like a low-key jazz production. It's like a bowl of chicken noodle soup on a snowy day; good for the mind, body and soul. If you agree, be sure to give Sinitus Tempo a big ol' hug for his board work on this effort from The Regiment. The amount of times I have replayed this song after my first listen is borderline unhealthy. It just works. No frills, nothing crazy, just jazz and hip-hop making a beautiful music baby together. Emcees IseQold and OSI are great on the mic too, which gives the record endless replay-ability. Reeal hip-hop never gets old. Love it!
[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.]