Legacy Track of the Week: J.I.D., Bas, J.Cole. EARTHGANG, Young Nudy - Down Bad
“I was just fucked up, I was just down, down bad/ I had to tighten the fuck up, but I'm here for the crown/ Board of Education vs. Brown/ I was bored of education, left the town/ fuck a résumé and fuck a cap and gown/ fuck a background check back 'round when I get the check/ *****, that's now” J.I.D. smokes this Pluss production yet it’s debatable who has the best verse, as Bas also has an unforgettable verse in addition to Cole’s homage to LeBron James when he raps “Now little Jermaine got the same story/ as that boy out of St. Vincent-St. Mary, G.O.A.T./ all hail King Cole, first of his name, long may he reign” Long Live King Cole 🙏
J. Cole, Lute, DaBaby (and Kendrick Lamar) - Under the Sun
“Nothing new under the sun, nobody fucking with son/ I got a couple of sons, a couple of guns/ a couple of ****** that bust up the party and fuck up the fun” The long-awaited Revenge of the Dreamers III tape kicks off with a Carolina connection for the ages, one that connects Cole with one of the hottest hip-hop acts to ever come out of Charlotte, in addition to his apprentice and labelmate who happens to be managed by Rapper Big Pooh. Furthermore, an uncredited Kendrick Lamar hook helps make this record complete.
J. Cole, Zoink Gang, Key!, Maxo Kream - Oh Wow…Swerve
“Smoke in my nappy dreads, how you scared to die, *****? Don't believe that lie, I think that everybody happy dead/ hell is a fabricated figment of imagination/ I done seen worse for real right there off Yadkin behind gas station” J. Cole on Bob Marley time 🔥🔥🔥
J.Cole, Young Nudy - Sunset
“I wanna pop my shit/ I wanna cop my whip in cash/ on that note, pull up on them folks/ in an all black Ghost like Christmas Past” Smh 🔥🔥🔥that bar is ridiculous.
Ari Lennox, Omen, Ty Dolla $ign, Dreezy - Got Me
“Now do you wanna know what I'm thinking right now?” A Ty Dolla $ign classic on the Dreamville tape and I’m all here for it.
Omen, Mereba, Deonte’ Hitchcock, St. Beauty - PTSD
“My mama told me faith is all that I need/ and back in the day I would've agreed, but now it's hard to believe” Another strong album cut off Revenge of the Dreamers III, highlighted by the Deonte Hitchcock verse and the Buddy outro 🔥
EARTHGANG, J. Cole, Smino, Saba - Sacrifices
“You can't be everything to everybody/ I wanna be your lover, your best friend/ your Batman, Spider-Man/ fighter pilot shooting down your rivals and/ I wanna damn near kill you to be the one that heal you up…” Cole…
Jaden ft WILLOW - Summertime in Paris
“Summertime is meant to fall in love/ I could fall asleep and stare in your eyes” Jaden Smith released his sophomore album, ERYS, following his 2017 debut, SYRE, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I don’t understand any of it. The entire mystique of it all is lost on me, yet for a single moment, this track with his baby sister makes it all make sense.
Idris Elba ft Kranium & Tanika - Stand By Me
“Ooo, dis a the truth, ya/ tuff inna the streets, born soldier/ defend mi owna place fi di yute ya/ demons move fast mi rebuke ya” Stringer Bell infiltrated the music industry a long time ago, most notably on the intro of Jay-Z’s American Gangster album, only a few years after he met Omar’s shotgun and the pistol of Brother Mouzone. Sure enough, all these years later he’s still making moves in both markets, whereas this track was one of the standouts on his latest production, Idris Elba Presents: The Yardie Mixtape.
Fat Trel - Militant Crazy
“Feeling like LeBron with a vicious arm/ finna throw a bomb when I’m on the beach/ last ***** tried really lost his life/ left a ***** dead middle of the street” Fat Trel released his 9th mixtape, 1901, on Maybach Music after a short stint on No Limit Forever Records, and this intro produced by KaShaun is nothing but energy.
Fat Trel - I Just Wanna Go
“Fucking on a flight, what it feel like/ she thought she was dreaming, it was real life” This is one of the better lean-influenced auto-tune records you’ll come across.
Berner, Curren$y - Gettin Paid
“This that finger roll, Rod Strickland/ twenty points, twelve assists, I been doin' my shit” Produced by Cozmo this is one of the highlights off the Berner/Curren$y collaborative tape, Pheno Grigio.
Berner, Curren$y - World Is Mine
“Young king, I know my fate, it's understood and accepted/ my lil' girl feels neglected (I'm sorry, love)/ I hate it when she cries, the 27th of July/ my life changed forever, I thank her all the time (thank you)” Berner continues his reign as one of the best entrepreneurs in the culture, and of course the Donnell Jones sample always works.
Cassidy ft Cerda - Get Rich
“Hollow tips in the clip with a 5th on the hip/ if you trip you get zipped in a bodybag/ but do to my crew let the shotty blast/ and they shoot it quick they don’t lollygag” Cassidy released his 15th credited mixtape, Numbers, and this track is one of his best deliveries.
Cassidy ft Reggie Ratchet - Let’s Get To This Chicken
“It’s some cat that’s from the street that I had beef with/ who had a trap phone that he used to call the police with/ I knew this Catholic girl shy lil sweet chick/ when she was 10 she could describe the priest dick/ some teachers teaching these kids be on some creep shit/ you’d be surprised how many of their students they sleep with” Bars… and all facts
Cassidy - He Pussy
“My team is gutter/ shots *pop* *pop* *pop* I don’t even stutter/ for the bread jam the stick in your mouth like peanut butter/ you a black *****/ I black *****/ we ain’t brothers/ and that don’t mean we see eye to eye if we see each other” Cass 🔥🔥🔥