Phil Ade – “Disco Flow” (DJ Excel Remix)
DJ Excel adds swaths of electro-pop reverb to Phil Ade’s “Disco Flow.” Ade’s claustrophobic flow remains intact, but the thump drums give it character. B-More bounce on a hundred thousand trillion.
DJ Kay Slay – “Let the Dogs Loose” (Ft. Busta Rhymes, Papoose, Styles P, Sheek Louch, Raekwon)
Back in the day, special kinds of music were called for during preparation for battle or hunting prey. “Let the Dogs Loose” would make a great marching song for hunting prey. It boasts tons of taunts and boasts about taunting your enemy. “I tried to warn y’all, mayne,” snarls DJ Kay Slay. We should have listened.
Pusha T – “My God”
This is new territory for Pusha T of the Clipse, this whole solo career thing. But is there any doubt about his ability to carry an album? Who knows? Either way, it starts with one song. “My God,” the first leak from his Fear of God mixtape is absolutely disgusting. The drums don’t drop until a full minute into the song. By then, Pusha already has your full attention. Now bow.
Fred the Godson – “Live from HQ Freestyle”
How did we manage to sleep on Fred the Godson? Rappers must be mad at him for making the improvised spit game seem effortless. The brother’s rattling off a torrent of quotables on a throwaway joint. “This Halloween, it was sick. I painted myself brown, I’m the shit.”
Chip tha Ripper – “Don’t Come Into My Hood”
Bone Thugs biters couldn’t even bite Bone proper back in the day. Leave it to the multi-faceted Chip tha Ripper to cover a throwback gem by his fellow Ohio natives. Chip draws us into the solemn vibe of “Days of Our Lives” and shoots us out the other end more nostalgic than ever. If an Ol’ Skool radio station slipped this into rotation, no one would notice. Look for Chip’s Gift Raps, which is set to drop March 1st.