How are we EIGHT months into 2015???? Luckily, every single month so far has given us some epic music to live with!
Let’s get into it to the best of July!
Tink x Winter’s Diary 3
I’ve been on the Tink train since her first vid hit YouTube, so I was obvi beside myself when she announced that she was dropping another installment of “Winter’s Diary”. WD2 houses two of my favorite Tink songs, so I wasn’t sure if she’d be able to outdo herself…but…alas. WD3 is without flaw! I love every single song on the album, but “Jupiter”, “Strip Club”, and “There’s Somebody Else” just make zero sense. Download it for free here!
Dreezy x Call It What You Want
When people talk Chicago femcees, Dreezy is somehow always left out of the convo. After killing her remix of “Chiraq” and snagging a prime spot of Common’s “Nobody’s Smiling” album, I thought she would explode. I’m glad she’s still out here, because she for sure deserves to be on everyone’s lips. I’m loving her new mixtape. No fluff, all bars. A friend told me that he wished female rappers just spit instead of being so hypersexual. Maybs, I need to give him ” ” in a pretty little bow.
Chynna x I’m Not Here. This Isn’t Happening
Despite what DrawlinTwitter tells you, Philly rap is not in a crisis. Chynna is one of the artists from my hometown really making us shine bright. For long time readers, you guys know I was obsessing over her song “Glen Coco”. She’s back with a new mixtape ” ” and of course it’s some more “Mean Girls” references at play. I love the mixtape, but I would like her to switch the sounds/flow up a bit. The rhymes are crack though, so Chynna can only flourish from here.
Sevyn Streeter x Should’ve Been There
There are times in our lives when we are forced to backpeddle on our opinions. Even though Sevyn Streeter is one of my favorite contemporary songwriters, I, for some odd reason was staunch about not getting into her solo music. I was a fool. Her “Should’ve Been There” EP is beyond! With lyrics like “Boomerang, love should’ve brought your ass home”, it is a no brainer that she is the go-to for the biggest stars. She also sings her complete face off! Sevyn, why would I ever think to doubt you???
Future x DS2
I had to retire my love for him between that terrible song with Kanye and for how he did Supa C (I’m mad at her currently as well). However, “Dirty Sprite 2” may put him back on my good graces. Hypebeasts kept me from listening to the album for a week or so, and once I listened, it was JUST okay. I will admit though, the songs I like, I reeeeeeeally love. Can’t wait to listen to this riding around Atlanta during homecoming.
Ayo Jay ft. Fetty Wap x Your Number
Despite well over a decade of music about trap queens, Fetty Wap has owned radio. I personally hate his monster hit (but love “My Way”), but he’s adorable, so all can be forgiven. Post Breezy, it looks like American artists are starting to link with West African artists more. Fetty hopped on Ayo Jay’s “Your Number” and turned it into flames. I listen to this song everyday. Life goal is to be bustin’ it open to this in the middle of a club in Lagos as the clocks strikes 12 on my 30th bday. Feel free to fly me out Ayo Jay! #ForBookings
Various Artists x Nina, Revisited
I’m still not emotionally whole after seeing “What Happened, Ms Simone?”. Drained ain’t the word for how you’ll feel afterwards, but it’s truly a must see. This cover album makes for the perfect component.
Jill Scott x Woman
Love Jill to death. Only kinda love this album. HOWEVER, “Lighthouse” is unstoppable!
Lianne la Havas x Blood
Lianne’s latest album was another let down from an artist I stan for. I was at her very first show in NYC, so I’m always gonna ride for babygirl. I will just cling to the songs on the “Blood” album that I love until she drops her next project.