Justin Scott, aka Big K.R.I.T. hails from Mississippi and represents the South with great esteem. Today, the 26 year old dropped his eleventh mixtape, simply but elegantly titled K.R.I.T. (King Remembered In Time). The tape is entirely produced by KRIT himself, except for one guest appearance from the legendary 9th Wonder. Scott can spit bars for days but enlisted DZA and Wiz for a smoked out chill ride, Bun B for a southern anthem, BJ The Chicago Kid for some storytelling, Trinidad James for a banger, the beautiful Ashton Jones for a soulful love joint, Big Sant for some jabs and a snippet of the Future induced hook. I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again, Big K.R.I.T. is one of those underrated artists in Hip Hop, the man can spit, story tell, carry a track and produce all day.
With the release of his sophomore effort nearing, Cole drops a 5-track EP called Truly Yours. Jermaine’s new album Born Sinner was originally set for late January, but as it happens, the album got pushed back. So here is is, five silky smooth joints to hold us over until the highly anticipated second LP shows its face.
The former Odd Future member turned Roc Nation signee has yet to drop an official full-length, but has a handful of mixtapes. Life Changes is the latest installment, and features Dom Kennedy, BJ The Chicago Kid and Phil Beaudreau. Production includes The Futuristiks, 1500 or Nothin, Cardiak, Harry Fraud and more.
Joe Budden and Fabolous both dropped mixtapes last week, and both are solid. Budden enlisted the likes of Ab-Soul, Royce Da 5’9 and Emanny for features. But i’m most impressed with his production choice. AraabMuzik and Cardiak produced three tracks each, all of which are diverse and suit the verses/theme. Fabolous recruited Wale, J. Cole, Trey Songz, Cassie, Pusha T and ironically Joe Budden for verses. Loso went in on tracks by the likes of Jay Electronica (“Exhibit A”), Rick Ross (“Diced Pineapples”), Usher (“Throwback” – Dionne Warwick sample), Scarface (“Guess Who’s Back”) and more.
The re-release of the ever so popular Born To Die has finally been officially announced. The Paradise Edition will feature 9 new tracks (8 + 1 bonus) and it set to be released November 12. Lana Del Rey makes good, catchy pop music, and has a highly addictive persona. I like the fact that she released a handful of unreleased songs, is re-releasing an album that is already successful, all before her sophomore album. Initial judgement tells me, she has a vault full of material, and that more records seem imminent.
UPDATE: The video for “Ride” has been released, and the Pre-Order is available.
If you were hoping for free music from two intelligent Hip Hop artists today, you got your wish.
Odd Future’s Domo Genesis hooked up with the incredibly talented Alchemist for a project called No Idols. It features Tyler, The Creator, Smoke DZA, Prodigy, Freddie Gibbs, SpaceGhostPurrp, Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples & Action Bronson. All beats courtesy of The Alchemist, who’s worked with the likes of Eminem, Lil Wayne, Nas, Dilated Peoples, ScHoolboy Q and the list goes on.
The second is from Canadian lyricist superstar Shad. The tape is titled Melancholy and the Infinite Shadness which plays on the 1995 classic from The Smashing Pumpkins. He uses the following childhood gems as samples: Milli Vanilli, The Breeders, Lenny Kravitz, Prince, PM Dawn. It’s fun, witty, and generates that throwback feeling simultaneously.