Rap Dose is introducing a new weekly column titled “Tracks Of The Week” which will showcase a collection of every Rap Dose staff members current favorite songs. Each staff member will contribute a current track that they can’t stop listening to. On rare occasions we might also have a guest blogger telling you their favorite track of the week too. Our tracks of the week will be posted every Friday and each one we post will include a brief bit of writing explaining why we are currently diggin’ it, as-well as a stream of that selected song.
With that being said, this week we have selected music from various artists such as: Tyga, Drake, Ja Rule, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar and more. Continue reading for our selections with brief reasoning to why we selected each track featured as our track of the week.
Kenny – Twitter
At first listen to this song I kinda wasn’t crazy about it, but after a few listens it really grew on me. There is something about the way Tyga and Drake go back and forth on the hook that I like. I’m not really a big fan of Tyga, but he isn’t bad on this song. However as much as I do like this song now, I feel like Drake should of had a verse too. I’m a big fan of beats. The beat on “Still Got It” is perfect for how the song is conducted and that’s something rare to see lately. This is one of those songs you can tell was made to vibe to rather than something you would want to listen to for lyrical content or a message. I’m more of a fan of songs with lyric content and or a message, but this week was one of those weeks where I just needed something to vibe to while I was working and “Still Got It” did the trick. Thanks, Tyga & Drizzy.
Time Freeman – Twitter
Jermaine has never been known to provide any sort of bad project and I was beyond relieved to review it and provide a score I felt was far from disrespectful to his craft. That said, in my opinion Cole’s best work is when he pulls from his own stories instead of everyone elses & God’s Gift is a clear example. The track Shawn Carter turned down was better off without him, as I feel Cole owned the record I can’t stop playing all on his own with honesty and reflection, which is what he does best.
Levar – Twitter
When I first heard Ja Rule’s “Real Life Fantasy” I thought to myself, “Damn, this is a pretty good first single”, but as quickly as I thought that, the statement ” This is a fluke” also came to mind. I had given up hope a long time ago, that Ja would return to old form and create some new music with 7 Aurelius, but it seems that my prayers have been answered. 7 Aurelius and Ja Rule have musical chemistry and in case you forgot do remember that 7 Aurelius was the mastermind behind some of Ja’s biggest hits. The second single off of Ja Rule’s EP, Pre-PIL2, has certainly “Spun A Web” that I cannot seem to escape from and to be quite honest why would I expect less. They sampled ColdPlay’s hit single “Trouble” which was just as mesmerizing.
Kate – Twitter
Kendrick always catches my attention when something new of his comes out. He hooked up with electronic producer Nosaj Thing and the track was made in collaboration with windows media. The beat is sick and that’s why I like it.
Bryan – Twitter
Living in the NYC area, although currently attending college in Pennsylvania, a big part of my taste in music is influenced by NYC radio; specifically Hot 97. We tri-state people live for Funk Master Flex’s slots at night where he blasts off the typical old-school Hov records while also finding the time to drop the latest Rick Ross bombs. Funk Flex and the rest of the Hot 97 DJ’s have been putting “Harsh” into heavy rotation the past couple of weeks and when that record comes on I do nothing but turn the volume up. It’s that kind of record that begs for nighttime play on all major radio stations, especially those big city ones. I never really expected this type of record from Styles P but it’s a pleasant surprise. Busta Rhymes on the hook is perfect and accentuates the up-tempo but dark beat extremely well. The verse from Rick Ross gives it that extra star power and will ultimately give the record more play time and attention from DJ’s, so it’s a win-win for everyone. The flow from Busta might seem off at times, but Busta has that type of effect on most beats, and that’s what makes him one of those special radio artists. New York radio for the win.
B Wayne – Twitter
Few people were more ecstatic over Clifford Harris’s (re-)release from prison than me. But even I’ll admit to having reasonably low expectations for his first post-imprisonment track to hit the airwaves. “I’m Flexin” makes it seem like TIP never even left, with the King spitting and talking his sh*t over some real windows-down, trunk-bumping, head nodding music. Shouts to Big K.R.I.T. on the production. I don’t really mess with him (yet) but between the piano and guitar riffs, the young’n paved the perfect road for Tip’s homecoming parade.
Hype – Twitter
The first time I heard “Lotus Flower Bomb” I wasn’t really feeling it, but especially after seeing Wale and Miguel in the studio recording it, I decided to give it another shot. I’ve had it in repeat since. Miguel did an amazing job on the hook and I don’t think anybody else could have done it better. Wale also did a great job being deep and emotional but still having fun. Lines like “I don’t believe in love at first sight, but I believe in love at first *laugh*,” are perfect examples of this. In the end however, Miguel is really what keeps me coming back time and time again. Pause.
Trill – Twitter
My track of the week has to be J. Cole’s “Sideline Story” from his debut LP. I have to play that at-least four times a day. From the beat to the chorus “I’ma put us all on the map, I’m gone and I ain’t looking back” it’s like an anthem to me. That’s my favorite track right now (maybe this year) until Take Care knocks on our doors.
Native Boy – Twitter
This track is undoubtedly the hardest street record out right now. The beat is on point with Banks’ punchlines, plus the track reminds me so much of the Halloween Havoc mix tape that Banks dropped some time ago. I may be a little biased when it comes to Lloyd Banks’ music, but I can’t name another MC that has the same talent as The P.L.K.