Common’s Nobody’s Smiling is soon to be released. “The Neighborhood” follows a familiar series of Common tropes: poems about his romance with the ghetto, fables about street heroes and villains, an R&B singer in the mix. This is a terrific indication that Rashid is back to his roots as the capital-C Conscious rapper, and will save the truly sweet stuff for the next project.
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Ohio can breathe a sigh of relief because their prodigal son is home so they don’t have to worry about Stalley being their only representative. The video has vintage cars and Stalley walking around them and collecting them. That’s nice. It’s a great diversion from the MMG drama watching his smoothed out Ohio soul songs, too. Watch after the jump.
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How do you tell who is going to be massively and unabashedly successful? Can you see their desire? Or hear it? Kanye West, in comparison to his fully formed self, has never been the Kanye we know. The one we know has always been forming in moments like this, when nobody really cared he was there and he came to understand that as a mistake of their existence by proving em wrong. He catches a little Nasty Nas flow too, it’s fun. Watch his impressive freestyle after the jump.
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Off Cam’s First Of The Month Vol. 2, this is his joint with Nicki. You’d think with their senses of humor and penchant for pink, we might see more work from this duo. Although the video isn’t fancy, there’s bluster to go around, and the simplicity of the visuals give room for Cam and Nicki’s color. It’s also not a bad song, though we wish Fabolous had made it ten years earlier. Watch after the jump.
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Drake blessed the ESPYs with a special song for the runners up. This parody seems especially cruel coming from a frontrunner who sings about losing out all the time. It works though, because Drake is made for musical theater, and scarcely too serious to poke fun at himself as a singer. Video after the jump.
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As the heady half of the SaveMoney crew, Vic Mensa has been going all the way left of expectation for his first project. It’s like 2009 Asher Roth on speedballs and Illmatic repeats. He has the frat boy fervor and the backpacker urgency and just enough R&B melody to make rhymes palatable. The new video after the jump.
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