Legacy Track of the Week: Rick Ross ft Raphael Saadiq - Apple of my Eye
“I'm happy Donald Trump became the president, because we gotta destroy, before we elevate, real shit, look at me inside the white house, with a pocket full of weed inside the white house, dead presidents tattooed on a ***** chest, U.S. treasury addressing me, mad at my address, wwn the biggest residential pool in the U.S, Drake and Kanye can invite every bitch they ever met” Produced by Major Nine aka Chad Thomas the Miami Hurricane football star, the introduction to Rick Ross’s Rather You Than Me album is nothing short of incredible. On this groundbreaking work of art Ross spits introspective raps with his patented flow that by now we all know so well, and it's one that slowly but surely has become one of the most profound deliveries in the genre. In other words Ross sounds better than ever on this, and speaking of music that sounds good on the ears, Raphael Saadiq on the hook and the bridge is one of the most clutch moves in the history of all music, talking bout "I was strolling down a dark street, when this girl passed me byyyyy, she said you've always been a good friend (always been a good friend), and you never never never let me down” 🔥🔥🔥
Rick Ross - Santorini Greece
“Restricted license but I'm so divisive, I know the snipers and I flow the nicest” Produced by Bink! this is one of many standout records on the album, as per usual Ross chooses the nicest production to compliment his flawless delivery.
Rick Ross ft Chris Rock - Idols Become Rivals
“And what hurt me the most, is how you did my brother Khaled, Khaled was loyal to you, the pain I seen in my brother's eye.... he took that to the chin… that's why my ***** blessed! that's why my ***** Khaled blessed!” Rick Ross takes the gloves off and goes at Birdman directly in this monumental record that plays over the Jay Z/Beanie Sigel “Where Have You Been” instrumental, that also indirectly pays homage to a J Cole record (within the title)… this one is classic in every way.
Rick Ross ft Ty Dolla $ign- I Think She Like Me
“Santorini, Greece, sex in the swimmin' pool, if her pussy dry, call her Beetle Juice, I'm baby makin' in the Malvides, put up all the yachts, pulled out the jet skis, Khaled hit me on the FaceTime [It's Billy!], I'm the flyest **** on his baseline, she see the sneakers and she see the stones, fat boy run the city, seated in the throne, I'm cashin' in like the Kardashians, my paralyzed homie snuck a ratchet in” This one was highlighted on the site over a month ago but since it came out with the album we'll give it some shine once again. On this record Ross coasts per usual on tremendous production that heavily samples the Stylistics ‘People Make The World Go Round,’ making it clear once more that Ross has one of the best ears in music.
Rick Ross ft Chris Rock & Nas - Powers That Be
“You know how it is, new levels, new devils, the cheddar breed jealousy at hella speed but it's whatever” This is Rick Ross & Nas’s fourth collaboration and they continue to put out 🔥🔥 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Produced by Sap they got another one
Rick Ross - Game Ain’t Based On Symphony
“No more beefin with rappers, it's just murder or nothin, new positions to master, I perfected the others” Produced by Bink! & The Youngstars the production is the star of this one… and like usual Ross comes correct as well.
Rick Ross - Scientology
“Bun B and Action Bronson, I'm seein'no colors, if you with me you with me, I'ma ride for my brother, honor and pride, put the salaries aside, this lead in the water, put your prayers in the sky” More fire production from Bink! and Rozay really flexes on this 💪💪💪 easily one of the best records on the album, highlighted by the enthusiastic and animated final four bars that close out the record.
Rick Ross ft Scrilla - Triple Platinum
“Triple platinum, triple platinum, hundred room mansion like I'm triple platinum, more money than them ***** that went triple platinum, triple platinum, triple platinum” More 🔥🔥🔥 although for what it’s worth it would be nice to see Rozay really go platinum again, with as many features as he’d like.
Drake - Passionfruit
“Passionate from miles away, passive with the things you say, passin up on my old ways, I can't blame you, no, no” The first of many smooth rides off Drake’s new album More Life is definitely a heater, and this one is aided by fire production from Nina Rogues, as well as additional vocals from Moodyman, Dennis Graham (Drake’s father), and apparently Zoe Kravitz.
Drake ft Black Coffee & Jorja Smith - Get It Together
“You need me to get that shit together… so we can get together” The song that was originally intended to feature Jennifer Lopez is still a heater without her, which is mainly in thanks to the original record that it’s spawned from - ‘Superman’ by Black Coffee (South Africa) - and vocals from Jorja Smith - a nineteen year old newcomer with a career on the rise from England.
Drake - Madiba Riddim
“I cannot tell who is my friend, I need distance between me and them, gonna have to teach me how to love you again, God knows I'm trying, God knows I'm trying for you, God knows I'm trying” A title likely inspired by the late Nelson Mandela, this is another smooth ride for Jamaica Drake - or in this case perhaps South Africa Drake - who continues to dominate the charts and I’m all the way for it - as long as it’s noted that the writers, producers, and collaborators are probably in the hundreds.
Drake - Blem
“Don't switch on me, I got big plans, we need to forward to the islands, and get you gold, no spray tans, I need you to stop runnin back to your ex, he's a wasteman, I wanna know, how come we can never slash and stay friends? I'm blem for real, I might just say how I feel, I'm blem for real, I might just say how I feel” Jamaica Drake goes back to back and gives us another one… and you’d be hard pressed not to just press play, vibe, and enjoy. Yet as far as the Twitter critics who have a problem with Drake’s multiple styles and delivery, it seems like we’re making rules up as we go - when again the only rule that really matters is whether or not he’s actually the creator - in which case he’s probably not.
Drake ft Sampha - 4422
“44, 22, you build it up to break it halfway through, just make the call, 22, but you're just the same as I ever knew, 44, 22....” This is basically all Sampha from start to finish yet technically it’s pegged as his and Drake’s third collaboration, nonetheless it provides a nice effect on switching up the mood on More Life, although it probably deserved placement on Sampha’s Process lp as well. The title is apparently a reference to biblical scripture Isaiah 44:22, although that’s only speculation at the moment.
Drake ft Young Thug & 2 Chainz - Sacrifices
“Wrote this shit January 21, baby girl, I had to run, I'll be back a couple months, Kendall turned 21, was up the street with 21, they could see me online, but they won't see me on the ones…” Idk what that last part means but Drizzy swag surfs on this with the always consistent 2 Chainz and an actual coherent Young Thugger, over production from DeeJayBee & T-Minus that is unequivocally the star of the show.
Drake - Teenage Fever
“If you had my love, and I gave you all my trust, would you comfort me?...” Drake puts his own spin on the Jennifer Lopez classic that I’ll say is just a few fractions better a Tory Lanez Chixtape record, meaning as long as you want to hear the original classic than the remake is something you definitely will enjoy.
Drake - Lose You
“But you're mindful of it all when your mind full of it all” Produced by 40 this is classic Drake with the clever word play, and in it he touches on everything from his come up to his infamous rift with a certain rapper from Philly, talkin bout "All you did was write the book on garbage-ass Rollies, ego strokin, picture postin, claimin that you'd do it for motivational purposes only, but you just had to show me, see, I know, cause I study you closely, I know when someone lyin, I notice people standin for nothin and gettin tired" <<< idk who wrote it but this is as real as it gets
Drake - Can’t Have Everything
“Y'all fuckin hilarious, Y'all really think you ***** teamin up and scarin us, Y'all ***** is arrogant, y'all sleep at the Sheraton, all that shit embarrassin, tell your big homie I'm all for goin there again, he ain't even die and I ball with his inheritance, all that's in my account at the Bank of America, all that Drake hysteria, six side, east side, all that for my area” More 🔥🔥🔥
Drake ft Kanye West - Glow
“Watch out for me, I'm bound to glow…” This one is a definitely a ride and it feels good to hear Kanye on his A game… time will tell if it’s an all time classic but I definitely co-sign this heavy.
Drake ft Young Thug - Ice Melts
“Feelin rough, rough, baby, I'm needin somethin, somethin, I wan beat it up with somethin, somethin, you're a diamond out the rough or somethin' somethin'” More 🔥🔥🔥
Drake - Do Not Disturb
“If we do a song it's like takin my kids to work with me, you overnight celebrity, you one day star, swear I told you that I'm in this bitch for eternity, I am a reflection of all of your insecurities, behind closed doors, a lot of 6 God worshipping” Produced by Bo1-da this is pretty much the typical outro record one should suspect from Drake, and similar to all the 6 PM’s, 9 AM’s, etc… this is Drake 💪💪💪 on all of us.
Lupe Fiasco - ANKH:HER
“May I die from a hand that is not black, lie down my crown where Mike Brown dropped at, at the spot where he was unchained, to pour liquor on it and watch a King grow from the blood stains” I have to give the Genius site a lot of credit for this one, but apparently the title is pronounced “anchor,” and the ANKH is egyption for “eternal life,” the HER is in reference to an apparent recurring theme of a female throughout the record (which I honestly don’t even hear), and the colons are used in analogies to represent “is to,” therefore the title all put together stands for “eternal life is for her”... Lupe Fiasco is legitimately like no other.
Khalid ft Lil Wayne & Kehlani - Location Remix
“I know you ain't a thottie, you ain't no basic, I turn your dry spot to an oasis, I kiss the right spots, I know all the places, Oh I lick the right spots, that's an ultimatum, the loud in rotation, cloud 9, flotation, let the rose petals spread like rosacea” Autotune Wayne comes through and blesses the breakthrough record from Khalid, an up and coming singer out of El Paso, Texas.
Josh Waters ft Smoke DZA - This Fire
"When your presence ain't present I'm as blue as the sea, I don't know if it's you or the weed" This is the first I’ve heard of Josh Waters, an up and coming singer from Mississippi who definitely has a smooth sound to his name, and this time he has Harlem’s finest come through wish his own signature sound making this jam undeniable.