Jun 23, 2015

#IME Week of 6/21 - @SZA @samgellaitry @thankyouangelo

Album of the week: Z by SZA

So this week I was messing around on TDE's soundcloud especially after Jay Rock dropped Money Trees Deuce. The very next song was Sobriety by SZA. After listening I imediately revisited Z by SZA. Many may say it doesn't hold the replay value I think it has but I think it takes a really serious dive in to feel this. The tracks that stood out all contained features by some of the hottest emcees out. Examples are Babylon with Kendrick Lamar, Warm Winds with labelmate Isaiah Rashaad, and Child's Play featuring Chance the Rapper. Queen dropped a #RoyalThrone Review awhile back in case you wanted to revisit it yourself. Listen to Babylon with Kendrick Lamar below.

Song on repeat: Pong by PYRMDPLAZA & Childhood by Sam Gallaitry

Have you ever just sat down and listened to instrumentals? Me too. There's something about listening to production. If you're anything like me you like listening to just producer's solo projects like Flying Lotus or Statik Selektah. As I said earlier I was surfing soundcloud searching for these two tracks I shazamed (is that a word?) at a show at Rough Trade Brooklyn a few weeks back. If you've ever rode shotgun with me you know I like this genre of music that PYRMDPLAZA and Sam Gallaitry put out. I'd like to see hip-hoppers use these kind of elements in their music one day. Listen to Pong by PYRMDPLAZA and Childhood by Sam Gellaitry.

Indie track: Alive by Angelo Mota featuring Siimba

A little while ago I touched base on this song so you can read that here. The past week I've revisited it enough to notify you it was in my ears. Production was superb, Mota and Siimba showed out lyrically. Alive is part of Angelo Mota's new project, Crystal Avenue. He's holding his album release show at SOB's tomorrow. If you're in the Manhattan area check it out. You can stream that in it's entirety below.

Jonathan C. Ramsey
Jonathan C. Ramsey

Multimedia Journalist, Founder and Chief Editor of WTM Host of A-Side B-Side Podcast and more. I like to talk about stuff and write it down. Sometimes to a microphone. Either way, I need you to feel this.

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