Benny The Butcher feat. Hit-Boy “Legend” (Griselda/Empire)
“A legend soon? I’m a legend now.” BSF’s Benny The Butcher and 2020 production champion Hit-Boy finally unloaded Burden Of Proof and it lives up to the hype: 12 tracks of cinematic music and razor sharp lyricism. But the closer ↕️ below is the crown jewel. Told y’all it was gonna be A Griselda New Year.
T.I. Feat. 21 Savage “Thank God” (Grand Hustle/Empire)
“Stood solid.” This ATL connection astounds. The OG T.I.P. connects with 21 Savage for this celebration of overcoming adversity and maintaining integrity. From Mr. Harris’ eleventh studio album, The L.I.B.R.A. (The Legend Is Back Running Atlanta).
Statik Selektah Feat. Nas, Joey Bada$$ & Gary Clark Jr. “Keep It Moving” (Mass Appeal)
↕️The production samples a version of “Walk On By” but you need to stop and pay attention to trackmaster Statik Selektah’s latest. Like Khaled, the Boston-bred DJ continues to bring the best out of his guest vocalists: Brooklyn’s Bada$$ and Queens legend Nas play pass the mic with vocal precision.
Sada Baby Feat. Nicki Minaj “Whole Lotta Choppas (Remix)” (Asylum)
Black Thought “Magnificent” (Prod. Sean C) (Passyunk/Republic)
The voice of the Roots bars us up on this key album track from Streams Of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane and Able. “When you’re a beast/ You kinda cease to give a fuck.” Yup. And: Salute Special Ed.
PartyNextDoor “West District” (OVO/Warner)
Finally responding to years of demand, OVO’s PND put together PartyPack, a collection of seven celebrated loosies that are now finally available on DSPs. I’m still suck on the first two: “Persian Rugs” and “West District” (below). “West” was immortalized when Nipsey sampled it for “Young Niggas” (Victory Lap).
Yung Bleu feat. Drake “You’re Mines Still” (OVO/Vandross/Warner)
↕️In the year of 2020, Aubrey Graham is still putting me on to new talent. Check out the soulful gruff of Bleu Vandross. Alabama stand up! And thank you, DeMarcus Cousins. Watch out for those awkward Drizzy hugs, ladies.
Ty Dolla $ign Feat. Jhene Aiko & DJ Mustard “By Yourself” (Atlantic)
Russ “Sorry” (Russ My Way)
Back on his independent grind, producer/rapper Russ continues his weekly song release flow and this one commands interest. The hook is infectious: “Can’t believe I had you and I blew it.” Gotta learn to live with regrets.
a danyelliott production
Danyel Smith + Elliott Wilson