Video: G-Unit – “Watch Me”

 |  September 5, 2014
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50 Cent and G-Unit looking a bit long in the tooth. Damn near sabre-toothed in Young Buck’s case, whose name seems like a total irony in comparison to his puffy jaw and labored preening in this number. The great part is they’re having fun, though, and 50 needs that as much as anyone after years of feuding. Maybe it will give some new life to his music. See hints of rejuvenation in “Watch Me” after the jump.
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Video: Mac Miller – “Diablo”

 |  September 5, 2014
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Everybody got dead homeys. So says Mac Miller and he’s largely right. Although his songs (including this one) have a larking quality, but the video subverts that nonchalance with its concerned but bopping fans. Of course, he delivers the entire thing from atop a custom food truck dedicated to his heritage. Watch his intoxicated antics after the jump.
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Right after everybody’s cousin, uncle and auntie jumped on this beat…there was a real remix. Jadakiss is on it. Check. Fabolous is also on it. Check two. R&B’s own bad boy Chris Breezy too? Awww…it’s about to get violent. Throw in Busta Rhymes’s occasional Jamaican talk for fun. There’s no way to go wrong with such strong veteran presence mixed with an appealing beat to disguise some slowing spitters.
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New Music: Raekwon – “Close To You”

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Leather pants Mutombo. Poli with the pushers who wear Clark’s and bucs. These are real words in Rae’s latest Throwback Thursday addition. His verse artistry lets the songs live while the flow upends just a small part of it. Enjoy this one after the jump.
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This is too much. Not in a bad way either. Musical duo Octave Minds, a hybrid of Boyz Noise and Chilly Gonzales’s instrumental work, gave Chance the right backdrop to caterwaul all crazy on a song. Chance proves he too is a piano — melody and percussion as a fierce two-for-one. Between this piece and the new Arthur theme, Chance The Rapper may be hip hop’s best new theme songwriter. Check it after the jump.
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Last year, K. Dot and Pusha T coordinated “Nosetalgia” to trade the gift of crossover into each other’s audiences. Where that smooth but unusual blend surprised us, this one is glued together with a standard Jeezy hook and Kendrick doing his toot-toot-beep-beep rap like R. Kelly on “Ignition.” The stories that might bind their styles are missing but the streets will buzz off this track’s name recognition alone. Check it after the jump.
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HALLWAYS makes a bold first step with the single “Problems,” which is as Tribe Called Quest fun as it is Pharaohe Monch dour. That’s the great quality of Homeboy Sandman, who makes no qualms about explaining his moods, affectations and joys. We were sweating the single when it dropped. Here’s the video after the jump.
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A long-awaited collaboration from hip-hop’s exclusive and alluring producer du jour (FlyLo) and its newest prodigal son (Kendrick). It delivers more on Flying Lotus and his schizo beat composition than it does on Kendrick’s lyrics and voice, which seem to wash under the bridge of this roomy production. And there are LA Leakers drops all over it. Listen after the jump.
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When you get these two jesters out for a party, something crazy’s bound to happen right?! Frequent partners Bronson and Jody Highroller pack their images with decadence and obliviousness. For every wild night, there’s a memory (or so they flaunt). Check the song after the jump.
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