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We here at the Global Grind offices listen to a lot of music. So much that it’s sometimes hard to keep track and process. A lot of times we only get to listen to a song once. Certain songs, though, we can’t help but repeat over and over – they’re just that good.  In this new daily feature, we will be breaking down the day in music by the number of times we listened to a track. 5 is that track that had us go back and rewind more than once, the musical highlight of our day. 1 – we listened to it once and sent it packing to the recycling bin.

Today was pretty slow in terms of new tracks, but here are the 5 musical highlights and low-lights of the day. Starting with the cream of the crop:

5. Twista ‘The Heat’ (featuring Raekwon)

Sometimes when an artist has been around for a long time, people tend to take them for granted. After his big crossover into the mainstream with 2004’s Kamikaze (which spawned the mega-hits ‘Slow Jamz’ and ‘Overnight Celebrity,’), Chi-Town legend Twista has kept his profile up by releasing singles like ‘Girl Tonite,’ and ‘Wetter’ – both good songs, but nothing like the Twista’s Adrenaline Rush days. ‘The Heat’ is a grimey, gritty throwback track that showcases exactly what made Twista the legend he is today – his ridiculous wordplay and rapid-fire delivery. Produced by Chi-Town greats No I.D. and The Legendary Trackster, and featuring Raekwon the Chef, ‘The Heat’ is one of the best songs we’ve heard all year.

NEXT  PAGE: A NEO-SOUL LEGEND PRESSES ‘RESTART’

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4. Bilal ‘Restart’

The fact that Bilal has only put out one proper album is absolutely criminal. Released in 2001, his debut album First Born Second gave us  the classic single ‘Soul Sista,’ and looked to be the start of an incredible career. His second album Love For Sale, was plagued by leaks and ultimately ended up being shelved, leaving Bilal’s career in limbo for the better part of a decade.  After it all, he’s finally back with ‘Restart,’ the first single from his upcoming album Airtight’s Revenge (in stores September 14). From the sound of this track, the time away from the spotlight has only made Bilal more of a force to be reckoned with.

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