While most people are focused on the different stories filled with drama coming from The Big Apple, one crew has been consistently gracing the game with new music. While Nicki Minaj and Cardi B warred, Tekashi 6ix9ine was arrested, and young up-and-comers like Dave East and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie made a name for themselves, one crew from Buffalo kept the fire coming. The boys over at Griselda Records have been putting in work this year. Conway, Westside Gunn, and Benny The Butcher have kept the street of New York satiated with authentic East Coast grimy hip-hop. Westside Gunn came through with two projects, Hitler Wears Hermes 6 and Supreme Blientele, and Benny the Buther recently dropped off Tana Talk 3. Conway already released Blakk Tape this year, but he’s doubling up with a second entry into his Eat What You Kill series.
Andre 3000 doesn’t make music as frequently as he used to, so when he does appear on the scene, fans lose their minds. James Blake and Three Stacks collaborated earlier in the year on the instrumental track “Look Ma No Hands.” It appears the two artists pumped out more than one song during their studio time together, because Blake blessed fans with a preview of an unreleased Andre 3000 collaboration recently.
Blake previewed the song while showcasing some new music in Brooklyn on Saturday. Fans in attendance recorded the song from their phone, although the audio is less than pristine. Three Stacks raps over a dark sounding electronic and pop beat. He employs a rapid flow as he enters the beat, wrapping his words around the thundering drums. As the beat builds around his words, Andre quickens the pace of his flow. By the time the claps are dropped on the beat, Andre begins to sing in the background. His croons slowly turn into a woman’s vocals before James Blake jumps back onto the hook. You can check out the Andre 3000 feature at the 7:45 mark, but the rest of the tracks are worth a listen as well. It’s been almost three years since Blake dropped his last album, The Colour in Anything, so a new project may be on the way soon.
T.I.’s latest album Dime Trap brought fans even more maturity from the veteran rapper. T.I. has long ascended to the status of an OG by this point. Still, he was able to make music that was both appropriate for his age and contemporary for the youth. “The Amazing Mr. F*ck Up” is one of the songs on Dime Trap where T.I. fully embraces his O.G. status. He speaks from the perspective of a man that has wronged a woman before, and has learned from his mistakes. On “The Amazing Mr. F*ck Up,” T.I. walks listeners through his mess up, his inner thoughts, and his lessons learned.
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Author: Felix Scholz