Talk about label craziness. ABN representative and Grand Hustle-affiliated Trae Tha Truth drops a brand new tape for the hip-hop heads, hosted by Maybach Music Group’s DJ Scream. Any other labels want in here?
Clearly, everyone wants to be associated with Trae. It’s easy to spot why as his very unique delivery makes him instantly stand out from the crowd, and clearly Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, T.I., Young Jeezy, R. Kelly and many more agree given that they all makes appearances on the tape. Almost every track has a big name attached to it, and here’s to hoping Trae can hold his own and prove he belongs up with those names. Grab the enormous 20-track mixtape for free below.
Trae Tha Truth-Tha Blackprint
When it comes to treble-time flows, there aren’t many better in the game than Busta and Twista. I, for one, have a lot of time for hype tracks like this, if only to recognise the difficulty that rapping like this must present. I just hope Busta can turn this form into something memorable like these two gems. Here and here.
If the lineup wasn’t enough clarification, the latest set of visuals from Travis Barker’s solo album (available now) are pretty much swelling with energy and intensity.
Yela, Busta and Twista come through with very enjoyable raps, each bringing high-tempo, high-octane verses that make the most of an edgy, guitar-tinged production, whilst Lil Jon actually fits in rather well with his aggressive style on the hook enhancing the intensity of the track. Barker is typically solid on the drums, though its his general production work here that shines through, serving up a production that creates a nice platform for each rapper to work with.
Decent video, focused largely around a somewhat gothically-styled auction (?!), with the dim, grainy shooting style adding a darkness to the audio that enhances the rock influence on the production. Enhances the audio well enough, and worth a watch. Found on the Give The Drummer Some album, available on iTunes and so forth.
Couple of days off on this, but with 15 rappers on one song, I think you’ll probably let it slide. For those that aren’t familiar with Racks, it’s essentially one of those infectious mainstream hip-hop tracks that comes out of nowhere and takes on a life of its own, helped in part by various rappers jumping on the beat (don’t worry, I’ve labelled them in order for you!).
14 of them join YC here, some having released remixes prior to this official all-star compliation, with most being very well known names. It’s hard to pick a winning verse from the bunch, though B.o.B, Trae Tha Truth and Nelly (surprisingly) made enjoyable contributions.
YC-Racks Remix ft. Young Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, Waka Flocka Flame, CyHi Da Prynce, Bun B, B.o.B, Yo Gotti, Wale, Cory Gunz, Dose, Cory Mo, Nelly, Twista, Big Sean, Trae Tha Truth and Ace Hood
Is this the longest title we’ve ever seen on OTU? It’s certainly up there! DJ Khaled enlists a plethora of rappers to take on the remix of his recent(ish) single, Welcome To The Hood.
I can’t be the only one, but I’m pretty tired of these remixes by him where he just sticks a load of guest verses on it and expects a hit. Having said that I really wanted to hear the Game verse on this and thus had to check it out. I’m also pretty sure there’s a lot of you out there who still lap this stuff up, so who am I to hate on it?
Summary: I don’t like this and I didn’t like the original either, you might though.
DJ Khaled-Welcome To My Hood (Remix) ft. Ludacris, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Mavado, Twista, Birdman, Ace Hood, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Bun B, Game & Waka Flocka
Ajay posted the original in his R&B Fridays: Episode 81 after Chris Brown leaked it on his Twitter a couple weeks ago. I absolutely adore the production on this from electro DJ’s Afrojack and Diplo: there have been a few tracks out recently over electro beats and I’m loving the whole movement.
Now Busta spazzed on the original, so when I saw that Twista had taken it on I couldn’t wait to hear what he’d come out with, though either way one thing was certain: it was going to be fire. It is. I honestly can’t tell you whose verse I prefer, but if I had to chose I’d say Twista possibly just takes it. One thing I do know though is the remix could have been so much better if either Brown’s or Lil’ Wayne’s verses were dropped and both Busta and Twista’s were left on.
Twista-Look At Me Now [Remix]
Flying ever quicker towards that milestone 100th episode, episode 78 stops off at many of your favourite artists, having already done so a few times this week: we were given the new Michael Jackson video, R. Kelly then covered one of MJ’s biggest hits (as well as turning back the clock with some live performances), and Tinie Tempah unleashed his latest video.
However, it’s been the upcoming names that have really shone this past 7 days, with Jesse Boykins releasing the highlight of this week’s R&B/soul and Theophilus London adding a modern spin to Tweet’s Oops, courtesy of a Lindsay Lohan assist.
Cast your eyes and cursors downwards for more meaty (or soya) chunks of music.
→ Continue Reading R&B Fridays: Episode 78
Apologies for the inconsistency/delays in posting over the last 24-36 hours, material keeps coming whenever I’m unavailable!
This one landed in my lap yesterday, but a little too late for posting. Kay Slay gets four of the fastest, most experienced spitters in the hip-hop game together and draws some tongue-twisting verses out of them. Of the rappers included, I’ve always been a bigger fan of Busta, and it’s great to hear him snapping like this again as he’s always more enjoyable when he brings his high-tempo game. Understandably, it takes a few listens to catch any of the lyrics but Twista probably edges it in that respect, while Jaz-O probably has the most diversity with his flows. Great little bit of hip-hop, you can’t help but admire this sort of flow.
DJ Kay Slay-60 Second Assassins ft. Busta Rhymes, Layzie Bone, Twista & Jaz-O
Some brand new Twista, fresh off the relative success of his recent album, The Perfect Storm. Twista’s dropped this one for the fans that have supported the aforementioned album, and it most certainly got that vintage Twista feel as his trademark breakneck flows are in full effect here.
The production is certainly not lacking either, with a slow, soulful beat bringing back memories of his biggest hit to date, Slow Jamz: some may view that as a lazy comparison, but the tempo and sample on this beat certainly have similarities with the track. In any case, it’s always good hearing Twista coming through with his unique delivery, and this is definitely one to grab for his fans.
Lots of big hip-hop acts involved in the three collaborations here, which I put on the backburner slightly.
All of them are solid, with the Diddy/Ross track boasting a relaxing beat that will win many admirers. The Busta/50 track has some real potential, with a slightly dark feel that suits all involved parties nicely. The final track is a remix of this one and has some great features, the highlight being Luda and Twista’s contributions.
Bugatti Boyz (Rick Ross and Diddy)-Fontaine Bleau ft. Masspike Miles
Busta Rhymes-80′s Baby ft. Wyclef Jean & 50 Cent
Sean Garrett-She Geeked (Remix) ft. Busta Rhymes, Ludacris & Twista
Couldn’t get enough of this when it dropped a few months back so always pleasing to revisit when a video is made. Forgot how good this was.
I didn’t know who to pick for the picture, so please enjoy this welcome dose of hilarity.
I’ve never heard of Ray Rizzy but he’s grabbed 9 other names for this track, and some of them are pretty big deals. Ice Cube would be the standout in the list, especially given that the nature of the other guests (Lil’ Jon, Garrett etc.) implies this will probably be fairly poppy and club-oriented.
Ray Rizzy-Oh Yeah Remix ft. Lil’ Jon, Jazze Pha, Dorrough, Aliesa Nicole, Verse Simmonds, Ice Cube, Sean Garrett, Twista & Young Dro
Some nice features on GLC’s upcoming debut album. Anyone else feel its 2 years too late?
1. The Big Knot
2. Clockin’ Lotsa Dollarz (feat. Sir Mix-A-Lot & Bun B)
3. Pour Another Drink (feat. John Legend)
4. Cold As Ice (feat. Twista)
5. MHCC (feat. Byrd Dre)
6. Flight School (feat. Kanye West & T-Pain)
7. So Real (feat. B.J. The Chicago Kid)
8. My 1st Model (feat. Christian Rich)
9. The Light
10. I Ain’t Even On Yet
11. Pull Me Back (feat. The Legendary Traxster)
13. This What It Is
14. I Did It
15. Tator Chip Pays
Visuals for this nice hip-hop/R&B hybrid of a collabo. I didn’t really check this song out when it first dropped for some reason, but having watched this video I’ve decided I actually really like this song! You can go grab the audio (like I’ve just done now) by clicking here.
You seriously do not want to miss out on this one. Boy this track is appropriately titled.
Twista hooks up with collabo-favourite Raekwon for a multi-syllabic, mafioso-massacre over a superb (perhaps the best I’ve heard) chilled out No I.D./Traxster production.
This is from DJ Haze’s Still Countin’ Money mixtape which I find crazy because this is LP material right here and will be on repeat for many weeks to come.
EDIT: After my comments earlier, Twista has realised that it would, in fact, be crazy not to have this on his upcoming album The Perfect Storm. So expect to see it there too.
Twista – The Heat ft. Raekwon
Nice, smooth collabo from these two here. Definitely a mainstream sound, with an R&B beat providing an able backdrop for Twista’s quick-fire delivery.
The highlight has to be Chris Brown’s hook though, as he delivers a really likeable chorus for the right reasons: it’s not overly poppy, or even catchy, and instead has a bit of decent lyricism along with a great delivery.
Twista-Make A Movie ft. Chris Brown
Twista’s been working hard, and less than a year after releasing Category F5 he’s already back preparing for another album. He’s done plenty of remixes and features in the last year too, and the last track of his own that I heard was very good. Looking forward to giving this a listen.
Chamillionaire releases another single from the oft-delayed Venom, and this is another good effort.
Lloyd does a great job with the hook, delivering a chilled out vibe whilst dishing out those classic Lloyd come-ons. Cham brings some good flow to his verse, and everybody knows about Twista’s head-spinning style. The beat has a bit of an old-school R&B feel to it, which works well in this case and makes for easy listening.
Likeable all-rounder, and a strong effort from the returning Chamillionaire.
Chamillionaire-Make A Move ft. Lloyd and Twista
Another regularly-sized episode, which pleases me greatly. Good R&B (and some non R&B…) in here as ever, with plenty of big names sitting alongside some of our favourite newcomers such as Brutha and Bruno Mars. Click on for your weekly R&B allowance.
→ Continue Reading R&B Fridays: Episode 44
40 episodes. Wow.
Click on for a 21-track barrage of music, including new music from Lloyd, Jagged Edge, Cheryl Cole and a stunner from R. Kelly. Before you do all that, make sure you check out the R&B Throwback I dropped earlier this week from Sterling Simms. Done that? Good.
FYI, Megan Fox has absolutely nothing to do with this episode. She just came for the 40th episode celebrations.
→ Continue Reading R&B Fridays: Episode 40
I started the week with a collection of tracks and I’m doing the same as this week ends.
Click on to grab new tracks and remixes by the likes of Drake, Rihanna, Cassidy, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.
→ Continue Reading A Bunch Of Tracks…
Two heavyweights (literally) join Ludacris on the remix for his popular track How Low. Looking forward to checking the Twista verse, not so much for Ricky.
Ludacris-How Low Remix ft. Twista and Rick Ross
Two new freestyles here by Twista, no elaboration needed really – you know he spits metaphorical fire.
Bed Rock Freestyle
O Let’s Do It Freestyle
Taken from Twista’s hugely successful album Kamikaze, this collabo is epic for a couple of reasons.
1. The Just Blaze beat.
2. This was (a united) Rocafella at it’s very best.
There’s no chorus to this track, it’s just 4 mc’s trying to outshine one another and the fact that I find it difficult to say which verse is my favourite indicates the quality of the song. Get it below.
Art and Life CHI-ROC ft. Memphis Bleek, Young Chris & Freeway
Now we’ve all heard Mario Winans smash hit I Don’t Wanna Know and most of you will have heard the second single, Never Really Was, from the same album. What you may have not heard was the remix to this track, if that’s the case, you are in for a treat.
Featuring Twista, who delivers a verse with an energy only he can provide, the remix is so much more upbeat than the original.
Enough said - you should know by now that this Classic Collabo feature is unmissable, get the track below.
Never Really Was (remix) ft. Twista
The-Dream (who was on the original), Twista & Krayzie Bone! I must admit I didn’t really feel the original, but with the addition of the two Mid-West quick spitters – I’m liking this! Click below to get the goods.
All I Really Want (remix)
Turns out Twista has a new album coming soon, which unfortunately hasn’t recieved much promotion. Click below for a great track from Category F5 that features Kanye West.
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