“Pick It Up” feat. A$AP Rocky
The new kids have a completely different sound from the old school, but that doesn’t mean that their content isn’t worth blasting at the same level as the classics. “Pick It Up” fits this bill. Soulful samples have not yet gone out of style, praise the Hip Hop Lord. Famous Dex floats with his unique and energetic vocals over this one as A$AP Rocky adds 2012 levels of Harlem Swag to his intro and verse.
Contrary to popular neoclassical conservative beliefs on the culture, Rap/Hip-Hop music is in a really good place right now with producers continuously crafting brief infectious trap orchestras such as this with rappers complimenting the instrumentals perfectly with their voice and flows as added instruments to create undeniable ballads.
This is a great song to add to car rides to complete a mission or on the way to a party. Heck, it can be the soundtrack for the party as well.
“10,000 Hours” and “Jim Dean”
Los Angeles rapper Evidence’s project Weather or Not released Friday, January 26. Not familiar with his style and music? You need to get acquainted then. Fortunately, as always, I’ve got you covered.
The first track, “10,000 Hours” is nostalgic but in a new way with technology that perfectly fuses with classic feeling beats to make for something new in tribute to the Golden Age of Hip Hop. The bars and tone give off a relaxed, cold gangster aggression that reminds you of your favorite New York Mafioso rappers. With its quaint punchlines and slugging bars, Evidence hits home again.
“Jim Dean” has a Rapsody, ScHoolboy Q, Jadakiss like steez and grit with every bar. Simply, it’s a hard ass rap song. No gimmicks, no super intricate lyricism although it is undeniably solid. It is reminiscent of 1990’s and 2000’s rap but not in an annoyingly nostalgic way.
If you like these two tracks, check out Evidence’s brand new project, Weather or Not, on Apple Music and multiple other streaming platforms.