Here’s what the ILS Staff has had on repeat over the past week. Along with a playlist so you can vibe with us.
Kadeem Fletcher: Rich Homie Quan Feat. Young Thug – She Do The Most
I first heard this song when they previewed it at the end of a vlog months ago and my brother and I were hooked on it instantly. Every time a new leak came from Quan or Thug, I rushed to go see if it was this track. Finally it’s liberated and it’s worth it especially being that it’s 7-minute of much-needed music from Quan and Thug. You can tell from the song that’s it’s just one of those tracks where both of them recognized that Quan sounded the best on the track. Nevertheless, Thug didn’t disappoint with his feature on the song. This is another example of the magic Quan and Thug create and why they should reconcile and get back to Rich Gang.
Tyler Kennedy: Vic Mensa – No Chill
Vic Mensa takes Allen Iverson’s infamous rant an extra step by yelling “Practice? What the f*ck is practice?” in this Skrillex and Jahlil Beats-produced banger. Skrillex certainly has received his credit for his contributions to dubstep but it’s his genre-bending versatility that he’s displayed alongside Diplo with Jack Ü that has made him a superstar in the realm of trap music. For “No Chill”, Skrillex worked with Jahlil Beats, a collaboration that gave this track an extra ounce of grimy authenticity, and when paired with Mensa’s unmatched bravado, the song becomes an instant summer jam that won’t be forgotten easily.
Holden Powell: Nujabes – Counting Stars
For my choice this week, I’m bringing it back to 2007 and paying tribute to Japanese hip-hop producer, Jun Seb, otherwise known as Nujabes. Though it’s been five years since his passing, the music Nujabes has left behind can never be forgotten. While the instrumental Counting Stars samples Jose Feliciano’s song Affirmation, Nujabes crafts the beat into his own to produce a hypnotic bridge between classical jazz, underground hip-hop, and Japanese instruments. Whether I’m working or vibing with friends, the track’s melodic tones and soothing background vocals put me into reverie with ease.
Jarett Sommer: Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge, Feat. Raekwon & RZA – Return of the Savage
A Wu-Tang collaboration is always welcome no matter the circumstances. Ghostface Killah’s second effort with producer Adrian Younge sees the duo again returning to the gritty, ominous musical style they experimented with on the first 12 Reasons to Die album, which is where the Wu is at their best. Younge channels his inner RZA, who is also featured in the song, to lace the three with a dark and cinematic track. We see Ghost and Raekwon trading verses as RZA provides a spoken word outro, again proving the Wu is timeless.
Milca Pierre: King Los – God Money War
The title track off of King Los’ debut album, although overshadowed by a flurry of national headlines and other long-awaited album releases, could not have come at a better time. Da Internz supply a flip of Toro Y Moi’s “Grown Up Calls”, providing Los with a track on which he speaks his knowledge. With lyrics heavy with commentary on society’s current state as well as his own personal issues, King Los warns against material accumulation, and encourages spiritual focus. His flirtation with these subjects shine a light on his religious beliefs, but his striking delivery diminishes the “christian rapper” label that could freely overpower his message. It’s an easy listen that certainly proves to be timely and reassuring.
Keegan Boisson: Young Thug – Dreams
I’ve been unhealthily obsessed with the viral catchiness of Young Thug, rendering the Barter 6 on repeat for an entire week. The song Dreams stands out on this project to me because of the off-key vocals of the rapper singing and barely articulating what he’s trying to say as well as the absence of much music going on. The song sounds like one giant victory lap while reminiscing on the blessings of life on the way to a private island in the Caribbean.
Jack Squires: Future – Colossal
I didn’t have to look far for this one. Coming off the biggest release of the past week, Colossal is a great way to sum up the ascension of Future through the ranks of the rap world. With a very light piano sample along with a slow, menacing beat that’s almost remniscent of the G-Funk movement of the 90s, Colossal is the track off Dirty Sprite 2 that I’ve enjoyed the most far. Do yourself a favor and do the same. It bumps.