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Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne x Jake One) – Number One.

Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One’s anonymous funk project returns in a more official capacity for an album on Stones Throw. “Number One” reverse engineers “Ain’t No Fun” into the funk sample that never was.

YFN Lucci – Piped Dreams.

An overlooked anthem from December brought to my attention by the new DJ Lil Keem mixtape: YFN Lucci’s “Piped Dreams” has the hi hat rolls of his native Atlanta, but the stadium-sized vocal sample sounds like something out of DC. And the hook is great too.

Sy Ari Da Kid – Say Word (ft. Various Artists).

Sy Ari Da Kid’s 11 minute posse cut only works because he scrounges great performances from 26 rappers. A full list of featured artists: K Camp, DC Young Fly, Snootie Wild, OG Maco, Kap G, Tha Joker, Jarren Benton, Drag-On, Zach Farlow, Nyemiah Supreme, Scotty ATL, Mike Fresh, Zuse, Royce..

Brandon Thomas – F*ck Yo Dreams (ft. OG Maco).

It’s easy to dismiss rappers like OG Maco and Bobby Shmurda who, like so many new faces in 2014, owe their fame in part to the meme lottery. The difference with OG Maco is that he’s a genuine talent with more than zero good songs. He can be compelling without screaming as..

The Weeknd – Earned It.

Putting The Weeknd on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack sounds like somebody’s C+ Twitter joke, but here we are. What’s crazy is that it’s one of the rare Weeknd singles that’s actually pretty great, following “Often” and “Kiss Land”. Crazier still: barring any subliminal messages, it’s squeaky clean. Like..

Coultrain – Side Effex Of Make-Believe; divided for love’s sake.

The follow up to Coultrain’s kaleidoscopic soul opera from last year is an EP that continues the story. He opts for (relatively) more grounded production this time, but that just makes it easier to get lost in the dense lyrics and dreamy vocals. Side Effex Of Make-Believe; divided for love's..

Yay Diego – RNS.

When they’re not playing with melody, trap rap’s forerunners are chanting over uncomfortably sparse beats.