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.
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.
Oh, you weren't expecting some new Kendrick Lamar so fast? Yeah, yeah, we all love To Pimp a Butterfly -- but let's be real here, we can definitely use some more Kendrick for the summer. Here he teams up with Bilal (who is a super underrated R&B singer/songwriter and was featured on To Pimp a Butterfly) for "Money Over Love." The track, which is Bilal's, is set to appear on his forthcoming album Another Life, produced in its entirety by Adrian Younge. Check out "Money Over Love" after the jump.
Vince Staples is not only one of the best young rap talents emerging right now but he's also a confident young man with great viewpoints. Lat night Staples made an appearance on "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore", sitting in on a panel alongside comedians Mark Yard and Gina Yashere. They discussed whether or not they'd vote for an unmarried presidential candidate, and if there's a prejudice against single people. "Most of the people in my generation who want to get married aren't allowed to get married," Staples pointed out. Also, Staples' album Summertime '06 is out June 30 via Blacksmith/Artium/Def Jam. Check out the video after the jump.