Gucci Mane and ScHoolboy Q trade bars on the sinister “Lil Story.”
Gucci’s first 2017 album Droptopwop was an experiment in haunting underworld trap, orchestrated by the capable hand of Metro Boomin. On his second effort of the year, Mr. Davis, Gucci finds himself stepping into the spotlight, trading in the ominous instrumental vibes for a non-stop barrage of bangers. One such banger is the ScHoolboy Q assisted “Lil Story,” which finds Gucci Mane rapping like only he can, spitting calculated bars with col precisions. Don’t get it twisted – Gucci could always rap, but on this track, he’s absolutely commanding. And true fans know that ScHoolboy Q is TDE’s secret weapon, and his verse on “Lil Story” gives him ample room to deliver some gangsta bars.
While Gucci sets things off with a solid verse, ScHoolboy Q shines as the murderous counterpart to Gucci’s kingpin. A true west-coaster through and through, Q continues to prove why he’s one of the most underrated rappers in the game, delivering unapologetic lines with an ice-cold sneer: “hit that lick, got double stripes, Judge had tried to give me life, came home, I got extra bright, platinum records, now we on.”
To be honest, it was hard to pick a standout cut, as there are many potential candidates. However, “Lil Story,” stood out as one of the album’s hardest cuts, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see this one killing it on the radio in the near future. Admittedly, it’s still too early to judge, but it’s feeling more and more like 2017 is the year of Gucci Mane, and both Droptopwop and Mr. Davis are looking like they’ll be making plenty of year-end lists.
Lil Peep, Wicca Phase Springs Eternal & Døves link up on “Avoid.”
Lil Peep’s dominated 2017 in his own way without having to compromise anything he does. The rapper’s continued to push his unique blend of emo with hip hop and became a leader in this new subgenre. Through his efforts, he’s found placements modelling for high-end fashion companies in Italy, dropped his Come Over When You’re Sober EP and has been touring globally. His gothboiclique have been putting in their own work as well. Today, he comes together with Wicca Phase Springs Eternal and Døves for their latest single, “Avoid.”
“Avoid” maintains the continuous emo-rap sound that he’s built himself on. The three artists connect on a minimal, melancholic production by fellow gothboiclique members Smokeasac & IIVI. The song kicks off with an acoustic guitar progression before the vocals comes in. Later on, the mood gets kicked up a notch once some trunk rattling 808 drums set it off. It’s another dope release from Lil Peep. However, it highlights Wicca Phase Springs Eternal & Døves talents as they handle the majority of the track while Peep handles the hook. With Lil Peep having a massive year so far, the rest of gothboiclique look like they’re next up.
Lil Peep’s been focused throughout this year. He’s not only dropped his debut album but has taken it across the globe with him. The rapper recently toured Europe and is set to kick off the North American leg of his Come Over When You’re Sober tour tomorrow. The European dates he recently played were completely sold out. So if you’re not riding the Lil Peep wave right now, you better hop on it. Peep is slowly solidifying his position in the music industry, one release at a time.
Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko team up for the sexual anthem “Stick It In.”
Whether you like his music or not, you should probably put some respect on Tech N9ne’s name. The man is started from the bottom, with albums like Anghellic and Absolute Power standing out as dope but slept on underground gems. Eventually, Tech’s power began to grow, and with that, an empire was born. Eventually, Tech founded Strange Music, and with a nigh-unparalleled work ethic, Tech’s status as one of music’s hardest workers paid off big. Now, Strange is a successful record label with several artists, and Tech continues to pump out new music at an utterly baffling pace.
On his label’s latest project Strange Reign, Tech teams up with tried and true collaborator Krizz Kaliko for the standout cut “Stick It In.” As the suggestive title, this song does contain some heavy sexual themes. After all, Tech rarely misses an opportunity to wax poetic about his latest sexcapades, and this joint is no exception. Over a nice beat from Seven, Tech makes a case for why he should be considered in the conversation of “who has the best flow” as he spits fire about his prowess between the sheets.
“People really think it’s evil, when I put it up in the cerebral cortex, your bet is to know I am making galore chicks, wanna be giving me even more sex,” raps Tech, switching up the flow with finesse. Ultimately, you might not enjoy some of Tech’s gothic-inclined content, but “Stick It In” finds him going in over a more trap-inspired instrumental, rapping about something that’s universally appreciated by the hip-hop community. The third verse closes things off with an insane flow scheme, and by the time you figure out what he just finished saying, it’s already too late.
Ducko McFli Returns With His Latest Solo Effort “Don’t”
It’s been a while since we’ve received new solo music from Ducko Mcfli but that’s not to say he hasn’t been busy. The Ear Drummers producer/rapper has made an impact with his name through his production credits. Of course, being aligned with with Mike WiLL Made-It doesn’t hurt either. However, he’s continued to prove that he’s has a great ear for production and a skill at running the beats to the right people. Originally from Nashville, he’s gone onto having an impact among some of the heavy hitters in Atlanta. Today, he delivers his first solo rap effort with “Don’t.”
On “Don’t” Ducko McFli puts his producing abilities to the side and steps into the booth. The track was produced by SladeDaMonsta who’s previously done work with A$AP Mob, G-Eazy, G-Herbo, Lil Uzi Vert and PnB Rock. SladeDaMonsta puts together some gentle keyboard progressions that layer underneath some 8-bit Nintendo sounds before tying it together with some sleek 808’s. McFli uses the track to describe stubbornness in a relationship. On the hook he sings, “I can say sorry but I won’t/ You could just forgive but you won’t/ We could just be better but we don’t.” McFli’s voice is covered in auto-tune as he flexes his melodies throughout the track. It’s definitely a dope joint to receive from Ducko McFli after a few months of being quiet on the artist side of things.
After breaking out onto the music scene last year with her song “Figure,” Toronto singer Jessie Reyez has been on a meteoric path to success ever since, collaborating with Chance The Rapper, Calvin Harris and others. Having been relatively quiet since dropping off her Kiddo EP back in April, with exception to last month’s “Great One” video, Jessie looks to keep the momentum going by returning to the scene today with a new song called “Phone Calls.”
In between showing off her raw vocals & impressive bars, Jessie reflects on her come up in the game and raps about the haters who were late to notice her success but are now dick riding on her bandwagon. “A lot of these dick riders Finn change, I don’t even got one Im getting brains/ I don’t even got one now Im getting rating, bitch you just a little late,” Jessie spits.
Highlighted by Jessie’s raw vocals & slick bars, “Phone Calls” is another strong addition to the. Columbia singer’s growing catalogue of records. No word yet as for where this will end up, but hopefully there’s more on the way or better yet a project for that matter.