Music review: five songs from this week you need to hear

Weekly roundup by Alex Faubert.


Some of the songs below contain explicit language. The views expressed in them do not represent UNews.

Another week down, another week of countless music releases to wade through. Unless you've been living under a rock, you're well aware that Drake's album, Take Care, was officially released this past Tuesday extra emphasis on officially, as most of you had the leaked copy on your hard drive last Tuesday. Despite a strong showing on the album, we'll save you the trouble of having to read or listen any more Drake-related content this week in what was a busy (and Drizzy-filled) seven days of music.

Childish Gambino, "Backpackers"

Speaking of actor-turned-rappers (last Drake reference), Chilidsh Gambino, aka actor/comedian/writer Donald Glover, released his first studio album Camp on Tuesday. Glover is best known for his portrayal of Troy on NBC's series Community, but has burst onto the rap scene over the past year with releases like Culdesac and most recently, a five-track EP he let loose in March. However, Camp is Glover's best project yet. His production is better than ever (the album is entirely self-produced) and he continues to perfect his identity as a barefaced, emotionally transparent artist. "Backpackers" is a raw boom bap track reminiscent of "golden era" hip-hop in which Gambino flexes his lyrical muscles, featuring his usual clever one-liners and oft-criticized spastic flow. A head-banger, no doubt, and a strong record from a download-worthy release from Gambino.


While this medley might have been released slightly more than a week ago, it still deserves top-five status for this week. BADBADNOTGOOD, a jazz trio out of Toronto comprised of three Humber College students, has gained notoriety over the past several months with its renditions of classic and modern hip-hop favourites. Their most recent release, DOOM, is a nine-minute blend that sees BBNG put their own nu-jazz spin on one of hip-hop's most recognized underground rappers, MF Doom. The mix is a medley of Madvillain's "Supervillain Theme," King Geedorah's "Fazers" and MF Doom's "Vomitspit." No vocals, just straight jazzy goodness  the perfect background music for your study sessions.

Mike Posner, "Hey Lady (feat. Twista)"

With his upcoming mixtape The Layover dropping this Sunday, R&B artist Mike Posner has been releasing a song a day this week to promote the tape's release. The leaks suggest the Duke grad will stick to the formula that has earned him his fame: top-notch production (which he handles mostly himself), catchy hooks and melodies, and features from well-known and respected rappers. Songs released this week include guest appearances from hip-hop heavyweights such as Big K.R.I.T., Bun B and Twista, with eLZhi, Royce Da 5'9" and CyHi Da Prynce set to appear on the project. For fans of hip-hop, that should be all the incentive you need to check out Posner's mixtape. As for "Hey Lady," the song is a smooth, chilled-out track dedicated to the (you guessed it) ladies, while Twista comes with the rapid-fire delivery that he's known for on the second verse.

Kaskade, "Turn it Down (Le Castle Vania Remix)"

In the spirit of Fridays, we present to you Le Castle Vania's remix of Kaskade's "Turn it Down." You can expect to hear this one at parties and on the dance floor in the weeks to come. Le Castle Vania has built himself a reputation off of strong song reproductions this year, and after Kaskade released his album Fire & Ice last month, LCV gives his hit single "Turn it Down" the electro remix treatment. Definitely an ambitious remix attempt by LCV, as "Turn It Down" was a standout track on a well-received album. After starting off similar to the original, the song really takes off with a quickened electro house bassline and features some huge drops. Enjoy this one before heading out tonight.

ScHoolboy Q, "My Hatin' Joint"

ScHoolboy Q, a hip-hop artist out of Los Angeles, has the gift and curse of being part of the rap collective known as "Black Hippy." The group contains up-and-coming superstar Kendrick Lamar, who's taking the hip-hop world by storm right now; the already-established gangster rapper Jay Rock; and fellow rhymer Ab-Soul, who has been making waves in his own right. While the celebrity of the group's members has undoubtedly brought Q exposure, there's also potential for them to overshadow him. However, with some really strong single releases from his upcoming project Habits & Contradictions, he is showing he deserves just as much hype as his comrades. "My Hatin' Joint" consists of Q's usual laid-back production and rhymes, as he glides over a flute and oboe-laden beat. With typical rapper braggadocio, he takes a shot back at his haters by self-proclaiming himself as your girlfriend's favourite rapper and manstress.


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