“I Spy,” D2G; JLR drops more lifestyle rap on a Saturday night

 

Without reservation, I believe D2G is one of the dopest lyricists in the city of Chicago and I’m sure you could expand that claim to include the entire Midwest. I’ve written before on this blog how I am a fan of not only his work, but his ethic and approach. Seemingly hungry on every track, D2G almost attacks his listeners, even when a track doesn’t sound entirely cohesive or a bar feels out of place.

“I Spy,” produced by GoILLian beatsmith DC, will be the first single from D2G’s upcoming album, Short Summers, Long Winters. There’s a reggae tinge to the song (sort of a DC trademark, if you’re unaware) and the bassline is hard, but smooth and not overpowering. A release date for the album is unknown at the moment, but you can be assured that it won’t disappoint, as D2G understands that as he continues to churn out good music, fans, old and new, appreciate his efforts. Enjoy.

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 I’ve long been a fan of New Orleans rapper Curren$y aka “Spitta Andretti,” since his days as a member of Lil Wayne’s “Sqad Up” collective. Although he didn’t have the large profile he currently has, I still made sure to catch every one of his verses, even on the songs that I knew were straight and complete trash. Since, Curren$y has departed the group and left Weezy’s rap clutches, beginning a solo career and basically, perfecting the “Lifestyle Rap” genre. He’s even put together a roster of sorts of like-minded artists and branded “Jet Life” as a way of, well, life.

This past Saturday, the team dropped World Wide Hustlers, a project that does a bit more than past releases to showcase Jet Life members besides front-liners Curren$y and Young Roddy. Unfortunately, my rap booski Mary Gold does not make an appearance on this release, but we do get some spirited bars from Jet Lifers T.Y., Fiend, and LE$. Mr. Marcelo and Freddie Gibbs guest star on ‘WWH,’ as well. With a chill sound, this tape does not disappoint, although I would have preferred a song or track from Mary Gold, arguably the brightest star in the camp.

Life.

Mixtape Download: “Selector Mixtape Vol. 1″, Pitchfork TV

Pitchfork TV’s “Selector” show has recorded dope freestyles and crazy collaborations, like Curren$y’s “Heaps’, produced by UK beatsmith Gold Panda and Clipse’s “Gazzillion Ear”, produced by the always-fresh MF Doom. Das Racist, Big Boi, Killer Mike and Freeway are some of the featured artists. Featured producers include El-P, Nicolas Jaar and Clams Casino. You shouldn’t expect 100% lyrical greatness, as this is a project full of off-the-dome bars, but Selector Mixtape Vol. 1 is most definitely worth having in your music library.

For eargasms: Selector Mixtape Vol. 1

Mixtape Download: “Here”, Curren$y

Finally, the first solo project of 2012 from everyone’s favorite weed-smoking rapper, Curren$y. Here is a free EP that was introduced to the public some time during that important football game that was played yesterday. This is only 5 tracks long, but it’s just long enough to last during a solo session. After listening to “Pay Attention” just one time, I’m sold on the whole damn thing. Dank weed and papers sold separately.

Download: Here (Free EP), Curren$y