Vince Staples – Limos feat Teyana Taylor
From the fantastic Hell Can Wait EP. Vince has steadily been getting better with every release and with legendary producer No I.D. (and the potential Nas, Common, James Fauntleroy, Jhene Aiko, etc features that come with that) as well as young stars like Mac Miller and Earl Sweatshirt firmly in his corner I cannot wait for his full length Def Jam debut next year. But until then, Hell Can Wait and songs like “Limos” will definitely stay in constant rotation.
Royce da 5’9″ – Boom (Prod. by DJ Premier)
Nickle Season is approaching, people. With yesterday’s release of the Shady XV Cypher as well as the much anticipated “Detroit vs. Everybody” track and with the release of the aforementioned Shady XV compilation (including Bad Meets Evil and Slaughterhouse tracks), Prhyme and a new Slaughterhouse album it looks like one of the most consistent and underrated MC’s alive is about to get some much deserved shine. Personally I’m the most excited for the release of Prhyme, Royce’s collaborative effort with arguably the best producer of all time, DJ Premier and boasting some big name features including Mac Miller, Jay Electronica, Killer Mike, Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q. “Boom” marks the first meeting between the two rap vets and hopefully offers at least a taste of what’s they have in store.
Vince Staples is quickly making a name for himself, and is one of the rising stars to watch out for this year. If you like this, check out Vince’s Stolen Youth EP which was produced entirely by Larry Fisherman AKA Mac Miller. I’m also a sucker for anything Fauntleroy and that breakdown is too nice.
Mac Miller – Objects in the Mirror (Live at the Space Migration Tour feat The Internet)
Mac Miller made huge strides this past year both as an artist and as a producer. Back around the time “Donald Trump” came out, I was not admittedly not a fan at all, but after listening to Watching Movies With the Sound Off and his mixtape Macadellic (and realizing that the kid is only 22) I’ve come around. Here he is performing live with Odd Future’s The Internet (minus Syd and with Mike G on drums!).