So apparently, during last night’s episode of Freebandz Radio on Beats 1, DJ Esco premiered a previously unreleased, all-Future version of Drake’s “Grammys”. The track appeared in its original form on Drake’s Views and it’s possibly my favorite song from the album. Check out Future’s version below which includes a new verse. Check out a radio rip below.
Tity Boi balls for real with Kid Ink in the new video for their curve anthem “Swish”.
Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)
I first encountered Boston rapper Avenue’s music in mid-2015 on a friend of mine’s blog. It was a video for his song “SPILT MILK,” and there was something about his modern take on classic street rap that struck me. He had his own style and sound with strong traces of golden era grit, but it was also deeply rooted in the millennial mindset of the new school hustler. I was intrigued, so I did what any rap fan should do when they discover a new artist’s music they like—I started following and supporting.
It’s now a year-and-a-half later, and Avenue’s new project Mass Ave and Lenox is on my short list of most anticipated rap releases of 2017. It started with the first single “Party’s Over (Ringing Off),” a captivating banger complete with block-wise bars, hard drums and smart samples. It was apparent with this drop that Ave’s writing and ear had matured during his hiatus. Clearly Avenue, along with his production partners Frank The Butcher and Arcitype aka Cooking To Kill, were preparing to put Boston back on the rap map in a real way.
As we rapidly approach the release of Mass Ave and Lenox, we thought now was an appropriate time to get Avenue on the horn for our latest In The Lab, and get a feel for how him and his team get down in Beantown when it comes to putting a new project together. It turns out it’s a lot of what you’d expect (beats, rhymes, and blunts), but there seems to be an extra layer of thought and craftsmanship going into their collective process, because they know the legacy of their city is on the line. Go In The Lab with Avenue, the new pride of Boston, below.
So Desiigner is the latest artist to participate in Funk Flex’s ongoing freestyle series and I was totally expecting some harmonious shit like he did for that XXL Freshman freestyle that eventually became “Tiimmy Turner”, but that is certainly not what he gave us. The whole session only lasts about 2 and a half minutes or so, but he probably could’ve stretched it to at least 4 if he just slowed down for a breath. Flex’s face throughout this whole display is comedy.
I’m also including the interview portion of the visit below. I would recap but I had to turn it off a few minutes in after he said “you feel me” literally four times during one sentence.
I feel like Drake has been in the UK for 6 months at this point, but apparently, it has only been like 3 weeks. In any event, a new week brings a new More Life snippet. Here he is at Paper Soho in London last night playing something new for the crowd. He also hit XOYO and ended up taking the stage for a quick performance of “Energy” with Skepta and Giggs during a set by Smoke Dawg and Nafe Smalls.
Watch both below.
Bronx MC and Highbridge The Label representative Don Q recently stepped into The Hot Box with Hot 97’s DJ Enuff to show off his freestyle skills. After going in over his own “Bag On Me” beat, he touches the classic “Renegade” instrumental from Jay Z and Eminem.
Previously: A Boogie & Don Q – Bag On Me (Video)
Brooklyn’s Saga and Chicago-based producer Thelonious Martin deliver their new joint album, Molotov. Having previously whet our appetites with lead singles “Karma” featuring Freddie Gibbs, and the Fashawn-assisted “Yesterday”, the pair today make the full 12-track project available for your listening pleasure. In addition to the aforementioned guests, Rapper Big Pooh and theMind also show up for guest appearances.
Stream in full below and look for the LP to drop on Vinyl in April.