The five standout songs of the week


1) Rick Ross Ft. Young Thug & Wale “Trap Trap Trap”

In the past decade the only thing that has changed with Rick Ross is his weight loss. Lyrically, Bawse Ross peaked back in 2012 when he dropped “God Forgives.” Production wise Ross always makes sure his beats are loud bass bringers that are for driving on a popular blvd street first day of spring rocking your head back and forth. Rhyme wise it’s the same Ross, drug reference,  watered down wordplay that comes off like he’s more of a character from a movie than rapping as an actual human being with real thoughts and concerns. Keeping the same street subject matter isn’t the issue with Ross but the consistent way he ALWAYS raps with the same delivery of words rhyming with no substance or subject in the bars. Wale’s forced flow sounds like he is clearly on the song because of loyalty while Young Thug actually sounds more comfortable and less mumble like than usual. “Trap, Trap, Trap” is truth that if you heard one Rick Ross track you heard them all.  


2) Stix  “Carabana”

This track grabs your attention as soon as press play based on its production alone. Sonically charged to make one’s ear rise up. Stix does a great job of not allowing himself to be swallowed by the beat by controlling the song’s temple without getting lost in it.  Flow wise, Stix rocks the song like he’s performing it on stage without losing sight of the melody. Great gym/fitness class workout. Chorus at first sounds weak until one hears it repeatedly in context of the song. Only hope is that Stix has more tracks in the chamber that carry the same high energy.


3) Russ Ft. Bas “ Keep On Goin”

The song’s opening chorus is so trash and boring that it will almost make you hit the stop button in seconds of hearing it. The improvement needed on the hook is slightly forgiven once the actual rapping begins. Bas and Russ compliment each other because each verse has depth that comes off like personal experience. “Keep on going” has great storytelling with the  type of feeling that causes one to fantasize of how many ways to tell a horrible supervisor to “f—k off!!!”


4) Consequence Ft. Royce Da 5’9 “All Black Neighborhood”

There are times when positive rhymes can come off as corny and cheesy with overbearing idealism themes. “All Black Neighborhood” speaking on the positive aspects of areas of black life that one rarely see on film or TV. Both Cons and Royce are known respectively as being lyrically gods who will out rhyme anyone on a song given the opportunity however not the case on this record where they go bar for bar as a solid duo who have been making music together for years. The two MCs chemistry is organic and rich backed by a beat that sounds like the opening music scene of A Spike Lee Joint movie.


5) Joey Bada$$ “Land Of The Free”

Once upon a time Brooklyn MC Joey Badass was one of those “rappity rap rap” type artist. The type who when they spit it’s all metaphors and tight bars for the purist but as far as “song making” goes his range seemed stunted. “Land Of The Free” is one of those recent tracks of Joey’s that has shown growth and progression from battle corner rapper to quality artist who is a contender for the Leader Of The New School spot.


J Hall