ScHoolboy Q’s hit single “Studio” off of his excellent Oxymoron album has done so well for itself, climbing every hip-hop/R&B chart imaginable, that it comes as no surprise rappers are jumping on the ethereal beat. However, leave it to none other than Queens’ finest Nas to shut it down entirely. Peep the remix after the jump.

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Overconfident narcissist? Overachieving black kid at band camp? Childish Gambino releases a tirade, as is his wont, about those who doubt him yet love Chance. Or those who would dare question his skills in the face of all the privilege he lacks. The Atlanta references hint at an explicit Drake obsession but the rhymes are B+ strong because he studied so hard. Check the rant freestyle vid after the jump.
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“I juh might do this. I just might do that.” Thugger is most threatening when you don’t know what he’ll do. Such is the thrust of his songs and a tear-down of this summer, screeching his way into our minds steadily with the 1017 tapes. Listen to the mix of spaced out DJ Spinz ticks and Young Thug urgency in the track. After the jump.
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Elle Varner has an exceptional voice to go with her distinct and pleasing look. For some reason, her pain shines through even the most slick, glossy songs like this one “Don’t Wanna Dance.” She can’t hide her heartbreak despite an inviting and devastating outer beauty. Ferg does his thing to assist the jovial mood of this one while Elle swallows it up with harmony. And you know you want to see her after the jump.
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What a way to start a Monday. Chance and Cole World team up for this tribute to …creative loving females. This is more in Cole’s lane in terms of juvenile approaches to dating and girls with low self-esteem. In any case, the performance bumps and Chance revives the stage line by line, as J. Cole waits for some momentum to infect him. Watch after the jump.
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This album sounds like it will be jumpy and feverish while not necessarily different. “I Like It” is a new boast from Meek and another of many middle fingers to the norm. Then again, his standard has been clear for a while…party and bullsh*t over snappy beats. Mac Miller can get with this. Check it after the jump.
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Not sure how much political clout Maybach Music has. For real, if there were a lobby for them it would be the Koch Brothers or the Blackstone Group. Nonetheless they engage the conversation about hood hierarchy and the harsh realities of street options. Gunplay is exceptional here, though Ross gets the last say and is no slouch. Check it after the jump.
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ATL alternative Raury drops this hammer on Sway’s show, declaring himself a unique breed of artist with an Outkast outcast’s view. The Dre Benjamin influence only peeks through and what a welcome sight it is as the eclectic Atlanta scene grows further. Better than that: it’s improvised. Check the cameo after the jump.
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