Drake featuring James Fauntleroy “Girls Love Beyonce”

With a heavy emphasis on sing-rap melodicism, a brow-raising interpolation of a familiar turn-of-the-century female R&B tune, more pensive moping about relationships with girls as a high-profile emcee, and…well, that title, Drake‘s latest drop “Girls Love Beyonce” is almost so Drake it’s laughable. Yet even as the self-leaked track spends its entire length edging into […]

Rihanna featuring Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Juicy J & T.I. “Pour It Up (Remix)”

While there’s a neat idea floating somewhere in “Pour It Up”‘s aim in being an “unapologetic” R&B diva slant on the dark n’ sleazy (and highly popular) strip-club trope sans the usual male hip hop suspects, and some interesting things come out of Mike Will Made It‘s tense, apocalyptic-soul frame and Rihanna‘s deliciously iced delivery […]

Rick Ross “100 Black Coffins”

“I need a hundred black preachers, with a black sermon to tell/ From a hundred black Bibles, while we send them all to hell/ I need a hundred black coffins,” huffs Rick Ross on the chorus to his latest drop “100 Black Coffins”, the evocative visual imagery dripping off these ominous words bringing a fitting, […]

Wale featuring Rick Ross, T-Pain, Omarion, Yo Gotti, Rockie Fresh, Trina, Lil’ Wayne, Tyga, French Montana & Black Cobain “Bag of Money (Remix)”

The “Bag of Money” that ended up being released as an official single already felt crowded enough, especially with the R&B addition of T-Pain making resistance to not having this thing glued in the brain for hours on end futile with his “she bad, bad, bad”-ing all over everything, but, apparently, that wasn’t reason enough […]

Dom Kennedy featuring Rick Ross & Aaliyah “Gold Alpinas”

With its steady supply of relaxed, conversational flowage painting a jealousy-baiting big baller lifestyle and chilled-out soundscapes built from old waterlogged R&B cassette tape samples and ’90’s G-funk inspiration, West Coast indie rap fave Dom Kennedy‘s latest mixtape release Yellow Album makes a strong bid in becoming one of Summer 2012’s top hip hop go-to’s; […]