By: Adam Pasternak
March was an enormous month for hip-hop fans across the globe. Not only were Future’s two albums still fresh off the press, but Drake also dropped his More Life playlist and Rick Ross released his album Rather You Than Me. As you can probably imagine, my “March 2017” playlist is heavily affected by that. Oh, and you can’t forget about Kendrick, dropping his new song The Heart Part 4. As well, if you read my “On Repeat” article a couple of weeks ago then you can expect to see some similar names here too.
Let’s get to it:
Mask Off – Future:
I rest my case.
(Which Mask Off vine/meme/gif/whatever-the-fuck-you=want-to-call-these-things, do you like the most? Mine’s the second one- it’s hilarious! Let me know your’s in the comments section!)
Draco – Future:
By far my favourite song on HNDRXX, the second of two albums Future released in February. The song has made it onto my “March Playlist” because I just can’t stop listening to it. It’s classic future -a trippy beat with a catchy hook. He also happened to perform the song on Fallon a couple of weeks ago, checkout the performance here.
We Do This S**t (feat. DeJ Loaf) – MOD SUN:
Ex-punk-rock-drummer-turned-rapper, Mod Sun, released his second project, entitled Movie, not too long ago. I’m not going to lie, this is the first I’ve ever heard of him. The name almost threw me off, but I was like “fuck it” and gave it a shot. We Do This Shi**t is by far the best song on the project- a very chill song that can easily get stuck in your head. What really makes this song, though, is the feature from DeJ Loaf. Her voice is perfect for this beat, as she just floats through her verse with ease. This song is perfect for the summer, and with the weather heating up in the coming months, so will this track from Mod Sun.
Khalid – American Teen:
19 year old, Khalid, has taken over the music world as of late with the release of his debut album American Teen. The album has taken off and has been a topic of discussion on just about every music blog. There really isn’t one bad song, and as I mentioned in my “On Repeat” article- this album is this summer’s Malibu. Anderson Paak’s second album was my summer playlist last year, and I think American Teen will be mine this coming summer. My favourite songs on the project are: Winter, American Teen, Location and 8Teen. Check them out below:
Father Son Holy Smoke – Smino:
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of Smino. He appeared on my “February 2017 Playlist” with his song Anita. Finally, this month he released his debut project blkswn and because of how much I liked Anita, I was very excited. Smino didn’t disappoint. He’s different then the other big names out there today. His sound is a mix of R&B/HipHop/Rap which I guess you could say isn’t exactly different, as most of the music out there now is influenced by those genres, but he’s taken pieces from all three to create his own sound. He also has that 1990’s hip-hop feel to him. He takes that old-school hip hop style, and somewhat modernizes it. Father Son Holy Smoke is a great example of that, and also my favourite song on the album. The beat sounds a little more “old-school” but he uses the more modern style of sing-rap to add a more melodic flow to his raps. Check out Father Son Holy Smoke (posted above), and be sure to listen to the rest of the album on Apple Music (or wherever you get your music from).
The Never Story – J.I.D:
The Never Story is the newest Dreamville Records signee, J.I.D’s, debut album. If you’re a true J. Cole fan, then you know exactly who this dude is. If this is the first time you’re hearing of the Atlanta rapper then let me introduce you to Dreamville’s version of Ab-Soul (who’s in my opinion, number two after Kendrick in T.D.E). The first time the mainstream audience heard J.I.D was in the hook for J. Cole’s Interlude on DJ Khaled’s album, Major Key. I didn’t know that at the time, but I learned so months later when I came across the song, Can’t Call It (Ft. J. Cole, Bas, EarthGang & J.I.D). It turned out that there was actually a full version of the song, and J.I.D absolutely killed his verse. His voice is Kendrick-esque, and you can really hear what I mean by that on his song, General. The Never Story is a solid debut album. I won’t go as far as to say its great, but its a pretty good debut- you can definitely see why ‘Cole signed this guy. Check out my three favourite songs from the album: General, Somebody, and Lauder below:
It’s a Vibe (feat. Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz & Jhené Aiko) – 2 Chainz:
This song really is a vibe. If this is a preview of what’s to come on 2 Chainz’s forthcoming Pretty Girls Like Trap Music album, then you better be excited for that April 7th release date two Fridays from now. “Titty Boi” has had a huge year, featuring on just about every artists songs, and now finally a crop of top hip-hop talent feature on his. Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz and Jhené Aiko all add contributing pieces, using their great singing voices to glide through this mellow song. 2 Chainz, of course, takes care of the rapping with some classic 2 Chainz lines like, “Got a vibe, make a young chick turn her neck (alright)/Got a vibe, make a cougar wanna spend a check (check)/Got a vibe, make an Asian want hibachi (hibachi)/Got a vibe, make Italian want Versace (Versace).” Don’t you just love 2 Chainz?
Extra: Just in case you missed it, heres 2 Chainz performing another single from the upcoming album, Good Drank, on Fallon. The song features Gucci Mane and Quavo, and as you will see only Gucci could make it. Take a look at how they replaced Quavo…it’s amazing, and also hilarious:
Rather You Than Me – Rick Ross:
Rick Ross released his first album in over a year, entitled Rather You Than Me, and it is the most classic Rick Ross album ever…but that’s why I love it. Rick Ross is the one artist who I actually would get bad at for experimenting with new sounds. I don’t want to hear The Boss himself, try to expand and do new things. No, no, no. Rick Ross is good at one thing, and one thing only: talking about how he is the biggest fucking boss to ever grace this great planet that we call Earth. His patented grunt is all over this project and it’s just one of those albums that you can listen to from start to finish with ease. There are a ton of features all over this album, including comedian Chris Rock. I can’t say I have a favourite song, but I can give you my top 4 on the album: Apple of My Eye, Idols Become Rivals (which takes shots at Lil Wayne), Dead Presidents, and Maybach Music V. Check them out below, and if you like them, go get the album:
More Life – Drake:
After teasing a December release, Drake finally released his More Life playlist during what ended up being a crazy month of March. The 22 song project did not disappoint, with dope song after dope song, after dope song, etc. Some of the samples on More Life are also just insane (checkout Teenage Fever, my favourite sample on the playlist). Not only does it feature the best of Drake, but it also features, in my opinion, the best Young Thug verse…ever. In Sacrifices, it’s the first time where you can legitimately make out every word the Atlanta rapper is saying. Also featured in the song is 2 Chainz, who killed his verse as per usual. Thugger also helps out on the hook for Ice Melts, my favourite song on the playlist. Checkout those two songs out, alone with some of my other favourites, Gyalchester, Portland, Do Not Disturb, and Passionfruit, on Apple Music (or wherever you get your music).
In other Drake news, he had to cancel his show the other night in Amsterdam when he became sick only a couple hours before the show was supposed to start. There were early reports that he canceled because he smoked some weed, tripped out and puked, but those were quickly denied. Either way, it’s pretty funny. Drake…Amsterdam…that’s all I’m saying on that.
Ransom 2 – Mike WiLL Made-It:
Mike WiLL Made-It is a hit making machine, and he finally released his highly anticipated Ransom 2 project. The second instalment of the Ransom albums doesn’t disappoint, with tons of trap bangers featuring the biggest names in the game. Perfect Pint features Rae Sremmurd, Gucci Mane, and Kenrick Lamar is one that sticks out right away, and for good reason. The trio delivers the best song on the album, with On the Come Up featuring Big Sean coming in at a close second. 2 Chainz, Future, Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, YG, Migos, Lil Wayne, Pharrell, Rihanna, and more all make appearances on this star studded project by the Atlanta trap king. Check out Perfect Pint and On the Come Up, below:
The Heart Part 4 – Kendrick Lamar:
Is this a sign of an album? Something is coming April 7th, that we know, but what? I guess we’ll have to wait and find out. The consensus guess, if you will, is that its an album. Regardless, Kendrick dropped The Heart Part 4 to
tease us hold us over until the aforementioned date. The song is split up into different parts, each has a different flow and each takes aim at various topics/rappers. He spits back at Big Sean and even gets after Drake. It’s some of Kendrick’s best work and if this is a small dose of what’s to come, then we are going to be in for a real treat. For now, though, checkout The Heart Part 4 posted below:
And with that, I leave you. Until next month…
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