New Music: Fashawn – “100 Bars”

 |  August 29, 2015


Fashawn has got to be one of the most heavily slept on rappers in the game. After dropping a stellar and criminally underrated album earlier this year in The Ecology, Fashawn returns with “100 Bars.” “100 Bars” is a five minute freestyle from Fashawn — finding the rapper going off on Jay Z’s 1996 classic “Coming of Age” from Jigga’s watershed debut album, Reasonable Doubt. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise for seasoned rap fans who’ve watched and listened to Fashawn over the years — not to mention his killer freestyle on Showoff Radio. Fashawn will also be embarking upon a European tour, which kicks off tonight! Check the dates of Fashawn’s tour and “100 Bars” after the jump.

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Summertime songs keep on keeping on despite the season coming to a close. Wale joins Chromeo for an updated rendition of DJ Cassidy’s bubbly “Future Is Mine” cut. The track will appear on Cassidy’s forthcoming album, which is also rumored to have features from names like Usher and R. Kelly — damn! Check out “Future Is Mine” after the jump.

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Harlem’s very own Bodega BAMZ is ready to put on for his entire team as he gears up the release of Menace T.A.N. Society later this year. And today BAMZ is teasing two new tracks from the project in “J” and the Snow Tha Product featured cut “2Lit2Quit.” Check out the pair of tracks from BAMZ after the jump!

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CeeLo Green is an OG to this rap ish. Many might not be familiar with CeeLo’s work outside of, I don’t know, judging television shows and being the guy who sang “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley. But when he’s not busy with the aforementioned, CeeLo is a member of legendary Atlanta rap group Goodie Mob. (If you’re new, you should check out Soul Food, the group’s excellent debut album from 1995.) But CeeLo is looking to recharge his solo battery with “Sign of the Times,” a socially-conscious track that reminds us of those good ol’ Goodie days. Check out CeeLo’s “Sign of the Times” after the jump.

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Mos Def (or Yasiin Bey) has been a lot of noise lately. After dropping a stellar cut in “Basquiat Ghostwriter,” Bey returns with “Sensei on the Block.” “Sensei on the Block” is produced by Ski Beatz and features Bey going in with serious rhymes. This is truly a track meant for his day one fans, and it’s a pleasant surprise! Check out Mos Def’s (Yasiin Bey’s) new track “Sensei on the Block” after the jump.

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The Future stimulus is real. Uncle Murda is teaming up with Fewtch for “Right Now” which is also produced by Metro Boomin — one of rap’s biggest and (pun intended) booming producers in the game. If the name “Uncle Murda” doesn’t scream “Listen to this track” then Fewtch’s appearance here will. Listen to “Right Now” after the jump.

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So, uh, Macklemore is back. After hitting it big with buddy Ryan Lewis (byway of smash hits like “Same Love” and “Thrift Shop”) the Seattle artist is back with “Downtown,” a track that has already garnered unfair comparisons to Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.” And while “Downtown” also keeps the funk alive, it is surprisingly flat and monotone — with Macklemore “spitting” empty lines about God-knows-what. There’s even a segment in the five minute (yes five whole minutes) track where Macklemore sounds suspiciously similar to one Snoop Dogg for whatever reason. The video — which you may stream after the jump — is quite the doozy. For starters: the choreography is so forced and is clearly there to set up his upcoming VMA performance. (Just look at the set for the music video, it’s on that same empty Hollywood backlot you’ve seen in countless movies and videos before.) And not to mention there are some really misplaced cameos from old-school rap heads Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel, and Grandmaster Caz. Oh, right, there’s also legendary baseball player Ken Griffey, Jr. Because he played for the Seattle Mariners. Get the connection? I suppose this is a good time for me to stop the Mackelmore hate. Decide if you like “Downtown” after the jump!

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It’s literally days before Rodeo. Travi$ Scott’s long-awaited debut album, Rodeo, will be out September 4th. And now he’s sharing the official tracklist for the album, and it features Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Future, and more. That’s the art above. Check out the tracklist for Rodeo after the jump.

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Bronx’s French Montana recruits some noteworthy NYC heavyweights in Harlem’s A$AP Rocky and Queens’ N.OR.E. for a remix to his summer hit “Off the Rip.” Listen to the remix of the track after the jump. RIP Chinx!

Stream the fresh remix below!

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By now everyone has heard that Gunplay’s debut album, Living Legend, has sold under 1K in its first week — amassing a total of 800 physical copies sold. Yikes! It is perhaps the worst selling major label rap album all year, and maybe even in a minute. But that’s not stopping Don Logan himself from grinding and working. Henceforth the visuals for “From da Jump,” which depicts Gunplay as a man possessed. Check out the video for Gunplay’s “From da Jump” after the jump! And maybe go cop Living Legend if you’re feeling it.

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Detroit’s Apollo Brown links up with Coney Island’s Your Old Droog for “Not That Guy” off of Brown’s forthcoming Grandeur, which arrives September 25th. Frankly the pairing of Brown and Droog is A1 and Droog goes in over Brown’s lush soulful production. Personally, I’d like to hear more from these two. Listen to Apollo Brown’s “Not That Guy” after the jump.

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