Staff Picks Week Of 9/10/12

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Maslab: I been a little behind the times as of late, so this week I been catching up on sh*t like that new A$AP Mob Lords Never Worry tape, specifically that “Coke & White B*tches Chapter 2” joint. Since yesterday, the only other rap music that’s been getting heavy plays in my rotation is that Big Sean Detroit that dropped the other night. Lots of smooth tracks to choose from on this one, but so far my favorite has to be “Experimental” ft Juicy J & King Chip. Other than that I been tuning in to the Democratic National Convention and watching my beloved Yankees slowly and painfully loose their division lead to the Baltimore Orioles. Gotta give the O’s props though, especially since they haven’t been good since Cal Ripken Jr. bounced over a decade ago.


VAslim: Well let me first say I’m fairly new to NYC so there are a handful of things I have to get use to. Luckily, I had a chance to go out and about for “Fashion Night Out”. What an experience! SoHo and the Meat Packing District were packed with all types of people and I’m starting to think that some people just put anything together and call it “fashion”. From ruler long heels to fitted bed sheets as shirts, my enjoyment of the night was definitely people watching. Now I did enjoy the parties, I mean who can complain about free alcohol and models?  The Maybelline tent was exciting as they were doing live photo shoots outside. It was dope to see the models and photographers in action. 50 Cent’s new video  “Definition of Sexy” is a good description of the ladies I ran into that night.



J Harmony: With Fall only a few days away from its official start, it’s almost time to say goodbye to summer. With school back in session you can expect a lot of new music in the coming weeks. Only one week into September and we’ve been blessed with tracks on tracks on tracks.

A couple of mixtapes dropped earlier this week, including Talib Kweli & Z-Trip‘s Attack The Block, Big Sean‘s Detroit, and Lil Wayne‘s Dedication 4 to name a few. Ruby Hornet‘s Closed Sessions, Vol.2 and Colin Munroe‘s Unsung Hero are also worth noting. While Munroe hasn’t put out a project in 2 years but it’s clear he’s been working hard, recruiting Pusha T, Cassie, RZA, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, and more. Ruby Hornet’s latest compilation features artists like Rockie Fresh, Mr. MFN eXquire, and Action Bronson.

Kanye continued his quest to make his enemies irrelevant by dropping an anticipated track off Cruel Summer on the same day that ex-girlfriend Amber Rose announced her pregnancy with Wiz Khalifa. Kanye loves to steal the spotlight, making it a habit to interrupt pop singers on stage and drop music whenever Drake does. The track, “Clique” features Big Sean, Kanye, and Jay-Z with some dope production courtesy of Hit-Boy.

Kanye West “Clique” ft Jay-Z & Big Sean