Wiz Khalifa, 28 Grams (Mixtape)
The release of 28 Grams was delayed due to Wiz Khalifa’s recent arrest for marijuana possession, but it looks like he’s in the clear for now, because his mixtape is finally out. With the help of DJ Drama, Wiz brings us 28 new songs about (you guessed it) stuntin’, smokin’ and ratchet ish over trap-music style beats.
Skyzoo and Torae, Barrel Brothers
Brooklyn’s own Skyzoo and Torae have teamed up for a collaborative album that sonically reminds you of everything you love about that good ol’ boom bap-style hip-hop. The duo pair rough, rugged and dexterous rhymes with crafty production from M31RK and Peter Haslanger, whose beats will give you whiplash. Guest appearances by Rapper Big Pooh, Planet Asia and Tanya Morgan add up to what’s sure to become a certified favorite of 2014. You need this in your life.
Royce da 5’9″, Skillz, and Diamond D, “One For the Money (Mananz Remix)”
Coalmine Records has been dedicated to cranking out true school hip-hop for almost a decade and they’re still going strong. In celebration of years of hard work on the indie music scene, they’ve released Unearthed, a celebratory compilation of songs featuring Pharoahe Monch, Rah Digga, Guilty Simpson and more. Today’s track is a remix of “One For the Money” by South African producer Mananz. Skillz, Diamond D and Royce da 5’9″ get it in over this gritty hardcore beat, reminding everyone that they slay these rhymes and metaphors like it’s nothing.
Unearthed can be purchased online at iTunes, UGHH and Fat Beats.
Kelly Price ft. Ruben Studdard, “Back 2 Love”
Kelly Price and Ruben Studdard are two sanging mutherlovers who teamed up for this groove about “getting back to love” and “getting back to trust.” It’s a mid-tempo tune that has a nice ’90s skating rink vibe; Price and Studdard sing about a couple that wants to get that spark back. “Back 2 Love” comes from Price’s forthcoming Sing, Pray, Love Vol. 1: Sing, scheduled for June 3.