Because my life isn’t busy and complicated enough, I’ve decided to tack on a new weekly feature. Why would I want to listen to tons of (mostly wack) new music and then waste ink on them? Well, it’s therapeutic for me. If you happen to like one or two of the songs highlighted, then I will have done my job and you will have saved me plenty of $$ in shrink visits.
With that out of the way…
Welcome to the inaugural edition of 5 Spot, where I highlight five of the hottest songs bubbling under the radar right now. If you’d like to suggest songs for consideration, your boy is only one click away.
Blood Type – “I Have Dreams” (Feat. Big K.R.I.T.)
Ryan Taylor and Stephan Stevenson (Blood Type) may have the least googleable stage name ever, but these South Miami natives won’t go unnoticed for too long. “I Have Dreams” taps into the reflective sensibilities of 90s hip-hop. The hook is constructed around bits of Kanyeisms you’ll surely recognize. Big K.R.I.T. cements it with some stunning wordplay. “Poverty bothered me too much to let it last / So I kicked it with my future just to let it past.”
Hieroglyphics – “Reputation”
Hiero is back. Yes, the whole clan is here. No, they’re not sorry for leaving you without a dope beat to step to. As soon as the thunderous drums and sinister riffs kick in, all is forgiven.
Nino Bless (Feat. Johnny Cash) – “God’ll Cut You Down”
It’s borderline career suicide trying to rework Johnny Cash. If you’re brave enough to reinterpret the legend with his vocals lurking, you’re almost guaranteed to crumble under his very shadow. Nino Bless ignores all the rules, takes his best shot and reaps huge aesthetic dividends on “God’ll Cut You Down.” It’s reflective and stubborn enough to curl Cash’s toes.
Jon Connor – “Juice (Know the Ledge)” Freestyle
I ran it through Shazam out of boredom. Shazam spat it out and declared: Eric B. & Rakim. I don’t know if that’s evidence of Shazam’s technical deficiencies or evidence of Jon Connor’s technically sound emceeing. It’s undoubtedly a graphic rhyming session. Jay-Z would call it a “lyrical exercise.”
Gilbere Forte – “Born In 87″
Within 4 minutes of hitting the play button on “Born In 87,” you’ve learned everything you need to know about him in a nutshell. He’s 23, he’s from Philly by way of Flint, Michigan, and he doesn’t wear socks with his Timbalands. And, though he’s at the center of an intense bidding war, the attention doesn’t faze him. That’s because this youngun has already mastered the golden rule of good bargaining: walk away. “How do I lose something that I never had? Opportunity comes knocking, but I ain’t afraid to pass.”