By Christopher Brocker
Indiana native Freddie Gibbs returned with this single “Big Boss Rabbit”. Gibbs’ Alfredo was recently Grammy-nominated for rap album of the year. However, the project lost to Nas’ King’s Disease produced by Hit-Boy. The beat samples Nas’s “You’re Da Man” from his 2001 album Stillmatic. The intro samples Mike Tyson declaring his greatness in a post-fight interview. The beat has a bouncy trap beat that is similar to the production he’s used in the past. Gibbs completely bodies this track with immaculate breath control and fierce delivery.
Moneybagg Yo has been at the forefront of the Memphis takeover in hip-hop. The city is solidified with a historical history in the genre; however, its recent ascension with the likes of Moneybagg Yo has been entertaining to watch. “Projects” comes off of Moneybagg Yo’s latest record, A Gangsta’s Pain. The production comes from the legendary duo of Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams of The Neptune’s. “Projects” is a certified banger that shouldn’t be slept on.
In recent years I’ve fallen in love with Afrobeat or Afropop music. The sound has become ingrained into my daily music rotation and the track “Far Away” is one of my favorites from this semester. Maleek Berry is a British-born artist with Nigerian roots, and has a solidified position within the genre. “Far Away” is the final song in the playlist and serves as a celebratory moment to conclude the experience.
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