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Editorial: 10 Loosies You May Have Slept On In 2015 (So Far)


Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

It’s only June, and it’s safe to say this year has already bodied ‘14 musically. There’s dope shit out across the board album-wise, and in addition, there’s been a decent dose of non-LP freshness floating around, too. So as we say hello to summer, here’s 10 Loosies You May Have Slept On In 2015 (So Far). It’s our way of recapping a few favorites (songs not freestyles) that weren’t featured on an album or released as an official single during the first half of the year—just in case you missed or forgot about any of them. Enjoy the catch-up.

1. Joey Bada$$ “Born Day (AquariUS)”

The story behind this song is cool. Just as Joey’s album B.4.DA.$$ was about to drop on his 20th birthday, his frequent producer Statik Selektah cooked up a track with the infamous “Life’s A Bitch” Nas sample in the hook, “I woke up early on my born day, I’m 20 it’s a blessing.” Next thing you know, Joey got in the zone and laced it, and dropped it along with the album as a Soundcloud freebie to celebrate his latest trip around the sun, and the release of his modern-day masterpiece.

2. Action Bronson “Big League Chew”

“Big League Chew” is Action Bronson and The Alchemist doing what they do best. There’s no hook needed, just a dope-ass beat for Bronson to get quotables off about everything from perfect dives to paintings of Great Danes. Thanks to Al for liberating this after it appeared on the season finale of Fuck, That’s Delicious (where they showed some behind the scenes footage of the song being recorded). It’s a delicious side dish to accompany the hearty Mr. Wonderful.

3. Jay Electronica “Road To Perdition”

We’re still waiting on Act II Jay, what gives?! Eh, whatever, take your time, it’s all good. We could use a few more loosies like this one to hold us over, though. Plus these wack cats need a reminder once in a while that there’s a Rap God lurking in the shadows ready to squash their whole existence at any given moment.

4. Flatbush Zombies ft. A$AP Twelvyy “Half-Time”

Mad songs get released on blogs every day by artists you may not necessarily be checking for like that. It’s hard to click on everything, I know. Although I’m not a die-hard FZ or A$AP Mob Stan, something about this combination intrigued me to give it a listen. And I was pleasantly surprised by it’s old school, New York-in-the-‘90s vintage vibe. Twelvyy’s nice, too. He’s definitely one of the A$AP crew’s most underrated talents.

5. Your Old Droog “Hidden Persuaders”

Droog’s had a helluva year. He went from being an unknown Coney Island cat to one of the most buzzed about Big Apple rap artists of 2014, touring the country with PRhyme and now doing shows overseas. And it’s all well-deserved—the guy’s got bars, and he knows how to make dope songs. As for the production, well, DJ Skizz’s beat machine is scorching right now. I need the orange vinyl of this!

Also, check out our Right or Nah? interview with Your Old Droog if you missed it HERE.

6. Milano Constantine “Cocaina”

Yo, this dude Milano really came back to crush cats! I remember him from the D.I.T.C. album when he murked one of my favorite tracks on there alongside O.C. and Cuban Link. Dude’s been nasty with it for years. And now, he’s linked up with DJ Skizz and Marco Polo to work on a full project, which is a perfect pairing if you ask me. That hard, street, lyrical New York shit is back in full effect right here.

Yes, Skizz and Marco Polo are all over this short list. Sorry, I’m not sorry. And check out Milano’s album The Believers too, which was recently made available on iTunes (“Awful.” is highly recommended).

7. Mac Miller “Boo! (Interlude)”

Mac Miller’s been relatively quiet lately, which makes me think he’s at the crib cooking up something ridiculous. But just to make sure we didn’t forget about him, he let this little ditty produced by his homie Clockwork go a couple months ago, and it’s dope. Lyrically, Mac is in top form, going “Rumplestiltskin crazy” with the stream-of-consciousness flow. And the vibe of the beat is fresh, too. I’m looking forward to hearing what Mac’s next body of work sounds like, for sure. Also, check out his latest collab with Retch too if you missed it, we posted it yesterday.

8. Two Fresh ft. Towkio & Joey Purp “Gettin Throwed”

I’ve been following Joey Purp ever since the boy Ernest Baker sent me over his song “Don’t Stop” to post back in my Complex Music blogging days. This joint right here, in which he collaborates with fellow SAVEMONEY up-and-comer Towkio and production tandem Two Fresh, is ideal for leaning back and getting lit to. It’s nice to hear dudes still making some ultra-chill, blunted shit. We don’t need to turn up all the time when we’re twisted, right? Great song.

9. Shirt “2015 Chuchi & Jujo”

My favorite Shirt moment of the year was watching Silicon Valley (amazing show) and hearing his song “Phantom (Redux)” (originally off 2012’s The Fuck) come on during the credits. Museum got some dope tracks on it too (if you were lucky enough to get it when it was on sale earlier this year). But his latest leak, a loosie that features a sample of Springtime Carnivore’s “Two Scars,” has an ill indie feel that makes it my favorite of his ’15 efforts. Props to Shirt, that guy always has something advantageous up his sleeve.

10. Cormega ft. Roc Marciano “No Filter”

Damn. Like I alluded to earlier, between Marco Polo and his P.N.C. DJ Skizz, New York hip-hop is in good hands right now (MP produced the track, Skizz did the scratches). These dudes have definitely found their groove. And this shit right here is hard as concrete. Last time Roc Marci and Mega connected, it was incredible. And “No Filter” proves it wasn’t a stroke of luck. Then again, you don’t need luck when both your pen games are infinitely flames. Yes, this is unfiltered fire—you fuckboys are better off falling back.

Yo Roc, what’s good with that Scorched Earth Policy project? And don’t think we forgot about The Black Keys collabo. Let some more shit fly soon, please!

Songs listed in order of their release date.

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