This Month I Have Mostly Been Listening To…

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Even though the blog sometimes gets mired down in Funk from the 80’s, I’m still very much a Hip-Hop kid (I’m a big man but I’m not 30), despite my reservations towards the genre at end of last year. Anyway check out my current favourites so far and let me know what you think.

Fabolous ft Pusha-T – Life Is So Exciting

Fabolous definitely isn’t as much of a fixture on the charts as he was in the early to mid 00’s but he’s still capable of coming up with the bangers. Pusha-T delivers a good guest verse as well. Although that’s no surprise.

A$AP Rocky – Live. Love. A$AP.

So the album leaked a month before the official release. Will it sell? Probably. The tracks I’ve heard seem to be pretty solid so far and he hasn’t shown much in the way of ‘selling out’. The title track is typical of Pretty Flako – spaced out beats and a catchy, strangely hypnotic chorus.

Big Boi ft T.I. and Ludacris – In the A

I haven’t heard much of Big Boi’s solo stuff but this is definitely a banger, capitalising on the dirty south trap sound that has dominated hip hop over the past couple of years, this track is notable for Ludacris actually sounding like he’s interested.

T.I. ft Andre 3000 – Sorry

I normally just glaze over T.I’s verse because truthfully, the song only comes alive during Andre 3000’s verse. The beat is cool but sounds like something that the J.U.S.T.I.C.E League threw away. Andre spits real talk, switching up the flow from double-time to regular to sing-songy.

Keith Murray – La La La

A real old-skool sounding hiphop joint with a lush instrumental and piano keys in the background. I’m not sure if this is paving the way for an album but whatever it is – it sounds good.

Sam Frank – Simple Life

Minimalist, dub-steppy, with more than a hint of a tribute to the late, great Roger Troutman. Yes, it’s a modern spin on the funk that you know I love, and it’s beautiful. Bonus track: if you can find the version with Skepta, I’d be most grateful…

Justin Timberlake ft Jay-Z – Suit & Tie

I’ve only just heard this and I’m just thankful that he hasn’t jumped on that Europop/EDM bandwagon like all the ‘so-called’ R&B stars. This has got a real old-skool vibe to it and I’m not mad at it. At all.

Wretch 32 – Pop

I haven’t been the biggest fan of Wretch 32’s chart songs but this is tune definitely goes hard. Paying homage to Kano’s classic P’s & Q’s, this tune is a perfect reintroduction to those people who have slept on Grime recently.

Newham Generals – Doomed

I don’t even know how to describe this but I love it.

Sidenote: Does good R&B exist anymore? Aside from Frank Ocean and Miguel, I can’t think of many artists who are still relevant.

Safe.

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