I am back to update y'all on what I am listening to from my current favourites playlist now that it has pretty much refreshed itself for a new cycle of songs.
Wiki - 3 Stories, Living Wit My Moms (Ft. Nasty Nigel), Seedy Motherfucker
Listening to some of my favourites off of Wiki's Lil Me this week as I had just figured out how to put my local files on mobile. Shouts to @MrSirShpee for the help . Wiki's gritty yet introspective verses on his stories and experiences from New York with a wide variety of production through these tracks are so compelling and make great re-listens.
Skepta - Detox (Ft. BBK)
The airy yet speaker vibrating bass riddim that the endless barrage of braggadocios and hype inducing verses from the powerhouse cypher of Boy Better Know (Frisco, Shorty, Jammer) just gas me the fuck uppp. It's hard not to get jumping and make you feel like your in a packed rave/club and just turning the fuck up, pints of beer and water splashing everywhere cause no one gives a fuck. This is eassssily now my favourite track on Konnichiwa.
Kid Cudi - Just What I Am (Ft. King Chip), Solo Dolo Pt. 2 (Ft. Kendrick Lamar), Frequency
Now that I am finishing up my intense rinsing of the highlights of Passion, Pain and Demon Slayin, I decided to check out some more of his stuff, and ended up vulturing through Indicud to find these gems. I enjoy these cuts because it's Cudi when he has that modern flair he shows on some PP&DS cuts but with better lyricism in general, much easier to enjoy. The production on both tracks are phenomenal, so I think I will give Indicud a full listen but it has mixed reviews so I will remain skeptical. Good stuff though.
Father John Misty - Pure Comedy, The Ballad Of The Dying Man, Two Wildly Different Perspectives
These singles have got me incredibly excited for his upcoming LP Pure Comedy, he seems to be getting into more critical, existential and political themes which has me really pumped, some really chilling concepts are brilliantly put on the title track single, "Pure Comedy". I enjoyed the cut "Born In The USA", a more poltical track off of his first LP Fear Fun, so it foretells great fortunes.
SiR - W$ Boi, Ooh Nah Nah (Ft. Masego)
Some really jamming singles from this dude, and they seem to be getting him a lot of new found attention as a member of TDE now, so that's a positive. His voice is soothing and melodic and then explosive when you least expect it, especially on W$ Boi. One of my more liked hooks this year so far. Interested to see where his new EP takes him and he takes it.
Thundercat - Show You The Way (Ft. Michael MacDonald and Kenny Loggins)
He does it again. 2/2 with the singles, Drunk finna be top 10 AOTY for me. Groovy, smooth, it's everything. Love it.
Pete Rock + Smoke DZA - Dusk 2 Dusk (Ft. Dom Kennedy, Big KRIT, TheMind)
I never actually finished this album but I again vultured to find some good tracks and the features intrigued me, so I pick up on this track and boy is it smooth and able. TheMind is butter on the hook and surprisingly meshes well with these guys. It reminds me of a long lost Pinata cut, in fact I think this track would be perfect if you switched DZA with Freddie but w/e it still dings in the whippitron.
Rae Sremmurd - Swang
Overlooked cut from SremmLife 2 for me, I definitely love it now that I have played it more. The beat is odd for them with the almost creepy synths. Swae's hook is just eerily cold and on the ears. I rate this track.
she took the whole crew, shawty braaavvveee
Vince Staples - Bagbak
Definitely didn't expect Vince to keep the whole electronic thing going after his collaborations with James Blake and Flume but he pulled this off well so it's interesting to say the least to see where he goes with his new project I hope is coming soon. The political lashing has no hold-backs on the verses, Vince doesn't fail to just get it out there and say it, part of my infatuation with his work is that aspect. All around binger in the whipperino.
Sampha - Plastic 100C
Such an emotional track but builds into a fiery ballad that is hard to not replay over and over again. The whole album is crazy solid but this track is THE standout for me at the moment. Great shit.
Shabazz Palaces - Swerve...the reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)
Getting into more experimental recently as I had a little bit of a DG geek out. I had not personally liked Shabazz on first impression but now that I had returned, I found myself really liking this track and thus adding it. The track's minimalist crashes and sliding industrial synths give a unique platform for unusual flows from the group. I intend to return to Black Up and the rest of their EPs at some point, along with Cities Aviv, Deltron 3030, Aesop's early stuff, Cannibal Ox etc.
Smino - Anita
Smino's flow and voice/cadence is really something special, although not for everyone, it can get kind of annoying as it did for me initially when I found out about him. His bright, passionate and sunny vocals shine as he donuts around and flows through this cloudy and fragile Monte Booker production piece. It is a great freaking teaser for one of my most anticipated albums this year, Blkswn.
Drake - Too Good (Ft. Rihanna)
I came back to Views because, lo and behold, I hate myself , but I ended up finding this song much better after I heard The XX cover it for some reason. It's surface level simpin' but it gets me snapping my fingers so fuck it.
Chip - Hear Dis (Ft. Stormzy)
I know this is a diss towards someone but idr who, regardless I really love the nasty riddim that just revs and bulges. Chip is alright but Stormzy really kills this thing. Neat tune.
Kweku Collins - Stupid Rose, Ghost
I had never really thought much about this guy until I saw he was actually way more popular than I thought. Like I barely hear anything about him but he has multiple 1,000,000+ played songs. And deservedly so, he has an almost Saba like quality to his cadence however the production and his melodies are darker than Saba. Definitely underrated, Nat Love is retrospect would place near my top 20 if I had heard it in 2016.
Pond - Sweep Me Off My Feet
Found this track off of a Spotify playlist on r/spotify and instantly loved the bellowing, echoed, dramatic vocals on psychadelic and vibrant instruments behind them. The pulsating synthesizers and crisp drums drive home the groove to this track, I love it. I hear they have a new album coming so I hope there is more of this.
Kanye West - Diamonds In Sierra Leone (Ft. Jay Z)
I really love this track for Kanye's charisma and ability for empathy on his tracks, it's especially evident on this track. The way he compares the diamond trade in Sierra Leone/other African nations to the drug trade in Chicago is quite creative. I for some reason had the "FOREVEREVEREVEREVER" part in my head so I returned to it.
And that's it, keep an eye out for my next one.