WE OUT HERE By Villain Park

SmokeyV, Classicko, Niftee and Kilam make up the Los Angeles rap collective known as Villain Park. On “We Out Here”, the group spit some verses over a track reminiscent of the west coast bangers of old. In a good way, this takes it back to Raiders Starter jackets for me.

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GORILLA MONSOON By WESTSIDEDOOM (Westside Gunn & MF DOOM)

MF DOOM should basically go on a tour of just doing collaborative projects with deserving young MCs. I could see him working with Your Old Droog or Wiki, among others. Here, DOOM conspires with organically buzzworthy Westside Gunn, who’s been killing it recently to a point there’s just been too much music for me to sit down and really touch on. Mistake rectified. I don’t know how much more content this will lead to, but I’m excited to see where it goes from here.

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CASH ME OUTSIDE: What Danielle Bregoli Might Actually Accomplish For Rap Music

“These Heaux” is terrible. On a paint-by-numbers trap beat, Bregoli yelps at the mic in a voice heavily slathered in auto-tune, managing to pack more rap cliches into every bar than I ever thought imaginable. The beat is unimaginative. There is literally nothing here that sticks to the ribs, nor does it even have any true ear-worm appeal that I could identify, for what that’s worth. This is the untested bravado of a poorly behaved 15-year-old with a pitiably limited view of rap music. The funny thing about the attitude Bregoli approaches “These Heaux” with is that it doesn’t differ in terms of maturity level from the same attitude Cardi B gives us on the wildly popular “Bodak Yellow” (despite Cardi being 10 years older and having a more interesting story you’d think would make her work more compelling). Moreover, there’s not much difference in production value or creativity level between the two artists or songs. Coincidentally, both are signed to Atlantic Records. Both garnered a level of fame from viral content and reality TV. The elephant in the room for some people, however, is that Bregoli is white.

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THE CHANGE By Noreaga

I don’t have words for the stinker N.O.R.E. just dropped with Pharrell, but his Drink Champs podcast is great and old “Jose Luis Gotcha / golden guns, Frank Sinatra” NoreAGA was easily one of my favorite rappers ever. His solo debut N.O.R.E. was an album that got enough spin in my Discman (!) to warrant a complete repurchase several years after its release, with classic records like “Banned From TV” requiring at least one repeat per play. I rediscovered “The Change” last week and decided to share it here.

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SENDING MY LOVE BY Zhané

Zhan√© was ahead of their time not only when it comes to their iconic natural hairstyles, but with jams like “Sending My Love”, which has aged surprisingly well. I’ll never turn my back on any efficient flip of EPMD’s “You’re A Customer” (Naughty By Nature actually produced this record, among others on their debut album, like their trademark hit “Hey, Mr. DJ”).

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