Kelela, Tink & DJ Dahi – Want It

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As a collaboration for the “Songs From Scratch” series via YoursTruly LA-based songstress Kelela & Chicago emcee Tink link up over production provided by DJ Dahi (producer of such classic songs as Money Trees for K. Dot and Worst Behavior for that guy who brings lint rollers to a basketball game). The result is a smooth cut reminiscent of the pinnacle of 90’s R&B on par with the kind of tracks you’d expect to hear from Aaliyah, Missy Elliot and Timbaland. Kelela’s vocals even sound like she’s halfway between Jhene Aiko and Aaliyah. Definitely not someone you can afford to sleep on.

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Trinidad James – Bitch Plea$e ft. Scotty, Goldyard, Fabo

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Now usually I don’t get too excited about Trinidad James releases but seeing as this one includes verses from the unjustly underrated Scotty and the legendary geek Fabo (and some dude named Goldyard), I am definitely hyped about Bitch Plea$e. If you’re in Atlanta this weekend for 4/20 (what’s an Easter?) you can check them out at the Masquerade doing a show courtesy of the Red Bull Music Academy. Glad to know getting a Maino slap to the face hasn’t killed Mr. All Gold Everything’s drive.

Alex Wiley – Vibration

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Has it seemed like something’s been missing since…oh I dunno…October?

Yeah me, neither.

ANYWAY.

Chicago’s chubby spitter Alex Wiley is getting ready for his next release Village Party and if this cut is any indication, it may be the most aptly named LP of the season. Roll up, tune in, and zone out.