It's Monday and that means it's time to remind you that last week we dropped some amazing music from Earlly Mac, Action Bronson, TARO and more. Why this recap? Because 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 on what 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 Aubrey.
There are so many flavors to this cut; rap game Baskin-Robbins. Earlly Mac anchors this effort with his smoky vocals, the beat has an drum-and-bass-esque feel (yet still manages to be so smooth and subtle) and JMSN adds the pop/soul vibes as a kicker. There's a bunch of different sounds coming together, but the end result is a really cohesive effort that goes down easy. Typically, I don't really go for this kind of production - when I hear drum and bass I think Forever 21 or Abercrombie - but I love what Icepic did here. Sure, there is some drum-and-bass, but there is also a little more musicality to it and it fits both Earlly and JMSN so well. I love the way everything comes together on this uniquely flavored effort.
The first listen had me stuck on the production. I love the way Apollo Brown (low-key one of the most consistent producers around) creates such a textured beat but keeps that stripped-down, bare-bones vibe; it's not easy to do as much as does with so little. On a day like today (where it's super gray, rainy and sad out) this feels like the perfect beat. The more I listened to "All of Us," the more my attention shifted from the beat to Red Pill. What stood out were the lyrics. As a white guy in hip-hop (who often writes about video games and boobs) I haven't been sure on how/if I should address the Eric Garner/Ferguson issue. Well, a million points to Red Pill for being unafraid to take on these touchy subjects and doing it with both musicality and passion. I thought he handled it perfectly - you can hear the honesty in his voice - and it gives this stylish song some serious substance as well.
I receive a lot of submissions. For the most part they are Drake freestyles and guys who look like they live next door to me acting like gangstas, but occasionally something good finds it's way into my inbox (pause). TARO was one of them. I've been keeping an eye on this dude for a year and some change now and he continues to grow with each submitted song. He's always had bars on top of bars, but now it seems like he's making a more cohesive, fluid product. He still has all those bars - seriously, the kid's lyricism is on point and his deliver is really fiery - but they feel more sharp, more meaningful; they all build to something bigger, it's not just bars for the sake of bars. "Price oF Love" might be his best work yet. Really excited for his project this year, which could/should turn some heads. Visionary Music Group anyone?
Uh, Action Bronson on a 40 cut? Action motherfucking Bronson on a beat from Drake's producer?!?! I've been dying to hear someone else over a 40 beat for a minute, well curious about it anyway, but I never expected to hear Bronsolino. Also, it should be noted that Omen, of Dreamville-fame, helps out too. This is fucking crazy! 40?! Omen?! AB?! Hip-Hop is just awesome sometimes. Still, nobody is talking about this record. Easily a candidate for Best Song of the Year (so far) and it's getting no love; shit should be breaking the internet. I think this kind of production could open up Bronson to a whole new audience. It took me a minute to get used to him, his style was sometimes too much for me, but this has that same grittiness people love with a little more pop and color to it that will sit well with those who aren't all about getting punched in the dick with each and every line. As someone who used to be in the "Bronson is just too much" camp, this effort strikes the perfect balance. Some of you may hate me for this, but is a Bronson-Drizzy collab too much to hope for?
I'm a boom-bap guy. Give me a soul sample, a cool flow, and a laid-back vibe and I'm straight. As I said above about Bronson, the rough-and-tumble, brass knuckles-to-the-side-of-your-face kind of stuff doesn't always get me going. It takes a special ignant banger to get me turned up. Well, Adlib's "Rolling Stoned" is one of those bangers. This shit knocks! There is nothing enlightening or calm about this effort, but who gives a fuck? It's so much fun! Seriously, if that Diox beat doesn't get your blood-pumping you might be dead; I can only imagine what it sounds like live. Adlib couldn't have slide into this pocket more neatly. Both in flow and lyrics he matches the vibe perfectly. You can literally hear him losing all the fucks to give as the song progresses. From start to finish this is the definition of a banger. I typically don't go for this stuff, but this one was special. I'm down for more of where this came from. Great work!
[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.]