Fair play to Funk Flex for this though, as the lineup is unbelievable and essentially a snapshot of mainstream hip-hop at this moment in time. Appearances include A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Childish Gambino, Fabolous, Action Bronson, Slaughterhouse, Young Jeezy and many, many more; for a full list, check out the back artwork over at Funk’s place. Many of the tracks from this tape have leaked out individually in the last 24 hours too, and thankfully they’re tagless versions, with one notable example being the Joey Bada$$ effort on the mixtape. If you’re after any of the other individual tracks, I’m sure a quick Google search can help you there, otherwise grab the bumper project for free below.
It’s been a very, very long time in the making but Cassie finally comes through with a full-length project, her first since her 2006 debut album. Hard to believe given the steady stream of loose material that’s emerged from her camp in the interim period, but it’s good that in that time she’s evolved and refined her sound into the laidback electro R&B stylings that this mixtape is expected to be filled with.
Features are plentiful here, with appearances from Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Jeremih, Pusha T, Fabolous and more, whilst I’m sure the production credits (which aren’t listed) won’t be lacking either. Datpiff seem to be having problems, but expect the download to be available at the below link shortly.
This unexpected collaboration arrives as part of Yours Truly’s Song from Scratch series, matching together beatsmiths and vocalists from different genres for a shared track, a project which also brought us Danny Brown’s thumping Molly Ringwald. A fun idea, and it’s generating good music.
As fans of either artist here would expect, this is much less energetic and instead is a minimalist, smooth piece of R&B that will impress many. Shlohmo’s trademark style is all over this one, with an atmospheric production built on spaced-out synths, electronic, radar-esque pulses, and clunky percussion, the end result being a dark backdrop with flashes of intensity. Jeremih doesn’t have to adjust very much with a beat as giving as this, and his relatively soft vocal approach is a good fit for the production, allowing it to breathe by not drawing excessive attention, but also capitalising nicely on its high and low points. Good piece of music, and let’s hope that project spawns more of this ilk.
I’ve only ever really been passive to Jeremih and his material, but when this was released a few weeks back, I thoroughly enjoyed it and it’s not escaped my rotation since.
The strength of this laidback audio is one thing, but Jeremih’s really brought the goods with the visual too. It’s a fun, easygoing clip with some nice animation and a generally playful vibe that takes this audiovisual into a direction I definitely didn’t see coming, but thoroughly enjoy. It allows him to express much more character than he usually does, whilst pushing the song more toward a bright, summer style, which only reflects positive connotations. Credit to Marcus French too, a newcomer to my eyes and ears, who makes a big impression with a charismatic performance of his own. Frankly, it’s refreshing to see artists not taking themselves too seriously, and you can grab this track on Jeremih’s Late Nights mixtape if you’re suitably impressed.
The view on this guy seems to change from time to time, and whilst he’d been largely reduced to hooks in recent months, the odd bit of solo material that did escape from him was actually good stuff. One particular example is on this tape, with Keep It Moving being a great example of how to combine pop, R&B and even a dash of hip-hop into a good package.
In addition to the aforementioned track, there are another 17 on here that give Jeremih a chance to fully grasp a position in the upper echelons of the R&B game, including features from the likes of 2 Chainz, Fabolous and Twista for some heavyweight hip-hop assists. Available for free below.
For many, this was the standout track from Meek’s Dreamchasers 2 mixtape, and I’d probably consider it one of the highlights too. It’s a lighthearted, positive track, and for all of Drake’s faults his simple’preeeacch!’ on the hook is incredibly infectious and will surely be a big factor in this having a club impact over (what’s left of) the summer.
The popularity of the track suggests it may find a home on Meek’s upcoming debut LP, Dreams and Nightmares, and if that’s the case he’s got a solid, mainstream-ready video here as his first single. The video opens with the usual themes, staring with ‘the morning after’, moving to nice cars and private planes, before throwing in scenes of the club. The highlights visually are the addition of a little live and backstage footage from what I assume is Drake’s recent OVO Fest, which provides a couple of nice cameos from J. Cole and others, and whilst the video isn’t anything new thematically, it’s a feelgood, lively clip that’s sure to find plenty of favour in the mainstream.
Drama always brings heavy-hitters together for his singles, and he’s picked up two of the most wanted rappers in the mainstream scene right now (along with perennial hook maker Jeremih) for his latest effort.
Truthfully, it’s pretty average. It’s not clear whether the song is trying to be motivational or relaxing, and instead lands in a pretty cloudy area in between that really affects the execution of the hook and beat. With that said, Meek Mill definitely steals the show here with a passionate, hungry delivery that plays up the motivational aspects better than the rest of the vocal work, though 2 Chainz’s Southern drawl is still as magnetic as ever. Jeremih’s hook is very disappointing though, and the song being built so heavily around it unfortunately diminishes the replay value. Worth a listen for the entertaining Meek verse.
The homies at Gowhere Hip Hop caught up with Jeremih recently for an interview and “got his take on a few hot topic items. He responded to Keenan Cahill’s video, which already yielded 7 million more eyes towards his single “Down On Me” f/ 50 Cent. Jeremih says “Even on itunes it went from 22 to #7 in a matter of overnight!”
He also touched on a new mixtape he’s gonna drop featuring a Big Sean and Paul Wall collab called “Old School Pontiac”, while promising another collabo for Sean’s upcoming album as well. Speaking on Big Sean’s skills Jeremih said, “If people like Drake and other great rappers out there, he’s right up there with em.”
I’m sure you can forgive me for this being a couple of days late: having no laptop sort of makes things a little difficult! Hence, I’ll not keep you too long out here in the cold and away from the R&B.
Whilst I’m told the pre-episode recaps are going down well, in the interests of time you can take care of it yourself for this week by clicking the R&B category at the top of this page, which should fill you in appropriately. Click on for this week’s episode. → Continue Reading
50 promised to release this track on Twitter earlier, and came through moments ago. It looks like Down On Me isn’t the only track these two worked on, and it’s just as well seeing as this one is far better than the aforementioned.
It’s not that rugged 50 sound by any means, but as 50 rightly claimed it’s definitely ‘baby-making music’, being incredibly chilled and relaxing. The beat is suitably minimal, keeping all trace of percussion away in favour of soothing melodies and nice vocals from Jeremih. Real smooth stuff, one the R&B fans will really enjoy.
Lots of things I could pick out in this week’s episode, but probably the most prominent would be the features: there are lots of them! A couple of unexpected ones too, including Asher Roth’s first appearance in R&B Fridays.
Right, seeing as today has been pretty slow – I’ll let loose the tracks that didn’t make it in Friday’s jam-packed episode. I won’t bother putting much (any) analysis into these tracks, as most of them aren’t really my thing. By which I mean that a lot these songs are mostly of the slow type of R&B, which I’m sure a lot of you will like…loads. Click on for the goods.
Consistency is the key, and like last week there are 18 tracks for you to check out. Pretty much full of names you should be familiar with by now, giving everything a go this week is made a lot easier in that respect.
Savour these episodes-next week could be my last R&B Friday for a few weeks as I’m going away. What/who will substitute for them you ask? Wait and see. Still one more to go after this one though!
We introduced you to Chicago duo LA & Mr. Music a little while back. If you need a little refresh, hit the link here and get familiar.
Shouts to GWHH for sending this remix over, with LA remixing Jeremih’s hit I’mma Star. LA definitely goes in on the verses, and drops some really nice lines. He fits in nicely on this song, and takes the beat on with ease.
Definitely worth a download, and you can do so below.