A new movement of MC’s has been brewing in the streets on NYC for the last few years. You could argue A$AP Rocky has gotten to ride this new train of success further than any other new New York rapper. Still not the most respected or even known rapper coming out of Harlem these day’s, that hasn’t stopped Rocky and his crew from becoming international music stars and icons to the fashion world. The dope title track of his 2013 debut, Long Live A$AP, hit the streets this week and gives you glimpse into what’s to come from Rocky and his crew. Long Live is audio digital dope.
Cocaine 80’s is a musical collective which consists of names like No I.D. and singer, songwriter James Fauntleroy. Since appearing on Nas’s album Life Is Good on the track Where is The Love, the collective has sprinkled in a few other melodic gems that have set the blogisphere ablaze. This week’s dropping of the track Lucid is no different. It Fauntleroy at his best, harmonizing over the acoustic melody of guitar strings. Can’t wait for Cocaine 80’s EP to drop. Stay tuned…
I must have seen T.I. out at least 3 different times this week in NYC. It seemed like he was on the radio with everyone from Angela Yee to Stephen A. You can tell Tip is on a mission with his Grand Hustle army for 2013. Peep this new joint, Check This Dig That, with him and Grand Hustle Capo Houston’s own Trae The Truth. This is perfect for the streets. From my perspective, honestly “its time for Tip to take the trap back…” In the Dirty South,other then T.I., only Jeezy can tell tale that realest D Boys know so well.
Remember Jhene Aiko from the B2K days? Chris Stokes was a genius linking her talent with the group. With her look and her vocals you knew she could be a star. That’s why I wasn’t even mad when I heard Aiko was now linked hit producer, A&R Chi Town legend No I.D. This new joint Wrap Me Up, which features the multi talented James Fauntleroy and dope production courtesy of Tae Beast, is example as to why fans are eagerly awaiting her debut in 2013. If you liked her 3:16AM, then you will love Wrap Me Up.
Peep this new Raekwon joint Never Can Say Goodbye. Rae flips that true Wu-vernacular over the Jackson 5’s classic of the same namesake. In hip hop music the hardest moniker to achieve is that of legendary status. It’s even harder to be able to continue to feed yourself as an MC for 20+ years. All hail to Rae, Ghost, Rza and other members of The Wu Tang Clan that continue to make noise. Long before Sandy had Staten Island all over the news The Wu made Shaolin Island a household name all over the world.
Brandon ‘TNT’ West
Music Exec / Industry Insider/ The Andy Rooney of Hip Hop Culture
Holla at him @tnt718