LET ME RIDE By Dr. Dre

To me, “Let Me Ride” is a perfect time capsule record – it speaks from a very specific time and place, incorporating nearly all of the sounds that were popular in gangsta rap at the time, most of which can simply be credited to Dr. Dre himself as a founding father of it.

 

 

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WE OUT HERE By Villain Park

SmokeyV, Classicko, Niftee and Kilam make up the Los Angeles rap collective known as Villain Park. On “We Out Here”, the group spit some verses over a track reminiscent of the west coast bangers of old. In a good way, this takes it back to Raiders Starter jackets for me.

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GORILLA MONSOON By WESTSIDEDOOM (Westside Gunn & MF DOOM)

MF DOOM should basically go on a tour of just doing collaborative projects with deserving young MCs. I could see him working with Your Old Droog or Wiki, among others. Here, DOOM conspires with organically buzzworthy Westside Gunn, who’s been killing it recently to a point there’s just been too much music for me to sit down and really touch on. Mistake rectified. I don’t know how much more content this will lead to, but I’m excited to see where it goes from here.

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THE CHANGE By Noreaga

I don’t have words for the stinker N.O.R.E. just dropped with Pharrell, but his Drink Champs podcast is great and old “Jose Luis Gotcha / golden guns, Frank Sinatra” NoreAGA was easily one of my favorite rappers ever. His solo debut N.O.R.E. was an album that got enough spin in my Discman (!) to warrant a complete repurchase several years after its release, with classic records like “Banned From TV” requiring at least one repeat per play. I rediscovered “The Change” last week and decided to share it here.

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CHINATOWN SWING By Wiki

With No Mountains In Manhattan, RATKING’s Wiki is sure to bring in a lot of new fans who didn’t know about him before. While the pictures Wiki paints might lean more towards the abstract, he manages to bring a street-level grittiness to his music that takes you on a colorful but dangerous tour of NYC. “Chinatown Swing”, produced by RATKING member Sporting Life is easily a standout joint.

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