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Creek Boyz – With My Team

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Creek Boyz – With My Team 

I have a soft spot for any video shot inside a corner store/bodega, but that’s just one of countless things to like about Creek Boyz’ viral hit ‘With My Team’. Spoiler alert: I was going to put up my top 10 songs for May today but this masterpiece by the previously unknown (to me) entity Creek Boyz made such a hard and late charge for song of the month (like Cloud Computing’s late comeback win to win the Preakness, in nearby Pimlico) when I first heard it this weekend that I changed the whole article and wanted to give it its own post today before awarding it song of the month for May when I put up the May top 10.

I have to again give a shout out to one of my favorite blogs (and maybe even my favorite blog), The Martorialist for unearthing this gem with his recent post on ‘With My Team’. The melodic song almost reminds me of a church choir or a barbershop quartet, with the way the group harmonizes and repeats each other’s lines in a different pitch. Pitchfork’s Sheldon Pearce probaby describes the vocals better than I  could, writing “This rap chorale, celebrates their bond with a rousing ode to companionship—to those living and those lost. They subscribe to verse by committee: when they aren’t ad-libbing each other’s raps or filling the space around them, they’re forming a chorus and singing snippets in unison. The singsong-y verses flow one into the next with subtle transitions between distinct voices, highlighted by the constant presence of ETS, who sounds like an R&B heartthrob during his vocal runs.”

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In an era where guys like Lil Uzi Vert or XXXtentacion, whether you love them or hate them, are certainly pushing the boundaries of rap and redefining the outer limits of the genre, and inspiring plenty of copycats in the process, the Creek Boyz have created something unique and definitive by going in a completely different direction of their own. The beat by A2rBeatz is subtle but it’s fire. Definitely one of my favorite beats of the year so far. Best Baltimore group/posse rap song since LBE’s ‘Running Bandz’?

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Yhung T.O – Love the Way

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Yhung T.O – Love the Way 

Is it just me or is this one of the nicest beats ever? Maybe it’s just the hot weather and the fact that it’s been a long work week but it has me lulled into such a peaceful and tranquil haze. No idea what the sample is from, almost has like an 80s radio vibe to it but it sounds oddly familiar but still new.

Yhung T.O is part of Vallejo, California’s SOB X RBE, which has broken out over the past year with songs like ‘Lane Changing’ and ‘Calvin Cambridge’. There are so many guys in SOB X RBE that I almost can’t keep track of them all but I love the fact that after their successful debut album they’re now also all going out on their own now and branching out/multiplying, releasing their own solo material and featuring on other people’s songs solo etc. For example, Slimmy B’s verse on fellow Vallejo rapper Nef the Pharaoh’s bombastic ‘Bling Blaow’ or DaBoii’s ‘Humble’ (Props to The Martorialist for introducing me to both those songs). I also really liked Lul G’s ‘Shots Yo Way’.   ‘Love the Way’ appears on Yhung T.O’s debut mixtape ‘On My Momma’ which came out 2 weeks ago. On My Momma is a really strong mixtape especially as a debut from such a young artist doing his first solo project, emerging from a group which is still fairly new in and of itself. You can check out the whole mixtape here on Datpiff 

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Z$tat$ – Piss Po’

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Z$tat$ – Piss Po’

Z$tat$ is back with his latest track, Piss Po, his heaviest and hardest hitting song so far. With an aggressive flow over a heavy, energetic beat, Z pulverizes the track and paints a picture of what the struggle is like in the rugged part of Long Island’s Central Islip that he calls home, as well as the universal theme of how jealous/less successful people will try to stop your hustle and slow down your rise to the top when they see you’re getting money and trying to accomplish something. The dope chorus really captures this sentiment and also gives a defiant message of not letting them block your grind, “Keep grinding keep shining though, niggas want to see you piss po’, never let them niggas see you fold, a door opens when a door close.”

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Tee Grizzly Kills it on Funk Flex Show

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Man you can really hear and feel the heart, drive, and spirit of Tee Grizzley on his recent freestyle on the Funk Flex show from a week or so back. I had already become a big fan after ‘First Day Out’ and his debut project ‘My Moment’ but this video here really solidifies it to me that I want to see this guy do well and be a star. You just can’t question his grind, resilience and hunger/determination. Some of the lines in this one hit really hard and you just really feel what he’s saying, aside from being great rap lines/great flow/great rhymes, they’re just deep…

“They still praying on my downfall, I know they praying on my downfall, from the yard to the streets Ima stand tall, 500 100’s on me now, show ’em how to ball, 30 on the Rollie just to shine on the Flex show, that ain’t sh*t I’ma make it back off the next show. In my sleep sweating, brother asking me bro what you stressed for, breathing hard, I had a dream like I was back broke”

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Z$tat$ – Bad Boy

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Z$tat$ – Bad Boy 

The homie Z$tat$ takes us back to that vintage Bad Boy golden era on his latest track with this smooth new offering. One of our favorite new Long Island artists, Z$tat$ out of Central Islip is back in the studio hard at work releasing new gems. This latest song ‘Bad Boy’ has a really chill, 90s style vibe to it.

“Duckin one time, out here on the front line, repercussions for a sucker tryna take mine, Bad Boy that they never want to see shine, a real nigga was always in my bloodline.”

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POLLÀRI – Lil Elroy Jetson

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Pollari – Lil Elroy Jetson 

“I be balling for fun, high like the Sun, Fendi the belt, it hold the gun”

Pollari hits us with a wavy new space-age track called ‘Lil Elroy Jetson’ with a sick beat and chorus. My only qualm is that clockin in at just over a minute and a half it’s too short but like Pollari himself said, ‘No time for you, I’ve got to run’.

I’m too old and boring to engage in the recreational use of mind-altering substances but I have to say from what I’ve heard of Pollari so far he sounds like the perfect type of music to mellow out to after a few xannies.

Who doesn’t like the idea of balling for fun? Have we gotten too cynical as a society to remember to just ball for the sake of balling, instead of to try to impress others? Cheers to Pollari for reminding us about what’s important in life.

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P.S. check out his EP ‘Dorothy’ that came out a couple of days ago here

 

“Gotta Stay Up Til I Make it Homie So I’m Drinking Coffee” Polo Hayes – Nighttime

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Polo Hayes – Nighttime 

After previously featuring Long Island’s Polo Hayes’ growing hit ‘Gucci Shoes’ a couple of days ago and mentioning him twice in my top 10 songs for April, I today wanted to also pay some proper attention to Nighttime with its own dedicated post. As much as I love Gucci Shoes ‘Nighttime’ might honestly be the sleeper for Polo’s best song so far/my favorite song by him and that’s saying a lot. Polo almost ‘sings’ most of the verses on this rather than ‘raps’ and has a sick flow on this hidden gem. I love the way he sings the chorus, ‘I’m the one inside the trap house with my eyes open.”

He also gets a contribution from Vine star Live Like Davis (LLD) on this one, who adds some nice singing and ad libs plus his own verse. ‘Nighttime’ has no shortage of dope lines like ‘I’m the one inside the new foreign with the new foreign, I’m the one who put the work away in a food storage, I’m just here to prove to you that the pain worth it, I’m the one who keep f*cking up but we stay working’ and “I’m the one inside the mini van with the chopper on me, all these niggas ain’t wearing diamonds they wear Savorsky, gotta stay up til I make it homie so I’m drinking coffee’. I love the imagery of being strapped up in a mini van with a chopper and also more importantly of a hard working artist staying on his grind and drinking coffee to ‘stay up’ until he makes it to the promised land.

So far ‘Nighttime’ has about 26k plays on Soundcloud, compared to Gucci Shoes’ 55k+ but this underrated jam should keep steadily garnering more and more attention as Polo’s buzz continues to build.

Check out the rest of Polo’s work here on his Soundcloud and keep an eye out for the official music video for Gucci Shoes which is rumored to be coming out soon

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Pi’erre Bourne – Harry Potter

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With recent production including some of the biggest songs on the current rap landscape \like Drake’s ‘Free Smoke’ and Playboy Carti’s ‘Magnolia’ (as well as the lion’s share of the rest of the production on Carti’s self-titled debut mixtape and a lot of work with Young Nudy one of the really underrated artists right now), I decided it was time to find out more and delve into his extensive ‘back catalogue’ on Soundcloud. I found out that not only does this Queens native have a ridiculous amount of material, but that in addition to producing he also raps and is actually pretty good at it.

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Polo Hayes – Gucci Shoes

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With over 51k plays on Soundcloud after being out for just 2 months, ‘Gucci Shoes’ by Polo Hayes is blowing up on Long Island and beyond right now and I’m predicting this regional hit could make waves nationally soon because its’ just that good and that unique. The artist and song are riding a big wave of momentum right now with the track going from 20k plays to well over 50k in a matter of just a few weeks. Polo is one of the most dynamic and creative artists to come out of Long Island and is garnering considerable buzz right now. Polo comes out firing on all cylinders with these two ridiculous lines in the first verse…

“They don’t want me in the Benzes, with Versace lenses…none of my niggas got pensions, I ain’t never learn my lesson, my AK need extensions, bullets the same size as wrenches”.

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DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne – I’m the One

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I usually wouldn’t dedicate a post to a song like ‘I’m the One’ which already has millions of views in its first day out, but I have to admit, the wild combination of  artists and the wave of hype that DJ Khaled created for it by talking about ‘history in the making’ was intriguing to me. With the amount of anticipation that had been built up on social media for the song’s release, it would have almost been impossible to live up to the hype, but honestly I have to give these guys credit because it comes close. The song actually did end up being pretty good and I really liked the beat and the chorus which were both really catchy and infectious. Admittedly it’s not a very bold prediction given the star power involved, but I have a feeling that even beyond the borders of rap music this will be ‘the song of the summer’ for pop music general.

As good as the song is, my favorite part really may be the intro and the ridiculous phone call that DJ Khaled makes to Chance the Rapper. All I can really say about this one is that I can only dream of one day being in a position where someone calls me to invite me to their lush tropical villa in order to ‘do them the biggest favor’ and engage in the important business of ‘celebrating life, success, and blessings.’

Also, I may be overanalyzing here, but did anyone notice the low-key power move by Khaled that he tells Chance the Rapper to ‘do him the biggest favor, no do yourself the biggest favor’ and call Bieber, Quavo, and Wayne to tell them to come down to his mansion to celebrate these blessings, rather than just calling them himself? Almost as if Chance is some sort of high-paid secretary or personal assistant?

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