Did The Ecstatic need a remix? Not in the slightest. But new music from Preservation is welcome. Outside of his work with Mos Def, he produced two tracks on $amhill’s fantastic The Preface EP which remains one of my favorite releases of the year.
Just when you thought you were tired of hi-hats and 808s, Zomby drops this slinking banger to tease his new album With Love which comes out next month. As Cam’ron once said, it’s gonna be a hot summer.
Consider me a Future convert. The seemingly generic Atlanta rapper pulls gold out of a spectrum of Auto-Tune, melancholy, and cloud 9 stripper anthems. In hindsight, “Tony Montana” might have even been kind of cool too. No, I’m not kidding and yes, I’m playing “Blow Them Bands” when my first child is born.
Marco Polo is one of the few producers who lives comfortably in the niche of vintage East Coast rap and still manages to impress. “Fame For President” evokes New York City at every turn: the pride, hostility, and Lil Fame’s trademark growl are all markers of New York’s legacy. It’s Marco’s facility with this sound that allows him to work with Fame, Large Professor, and DJ Premier.