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New Music: Rick Ross - "Mine Games" (F/ Kelly Rowland)

 

Richie Rich: Ricky Rozay

 

The rap-pop ballad "Mine Games" is one of my favorite tracks from Rick Ross' new mixtape Rich Forever. A lot of critics hate this song and prefer Rozay's street-edged bangers, but I like it when Ross goes straight for the pop charts (example: "Aston Martin Music").

On the song, an amorous Ross shows his love for a down-ass chick that's steadily blowing his mind. "You know I'm on the grind / So I miss you at times / All on my mind as I'm scribbling lines," he says about his girl, adding, "I think my mind blown, I barely feel my feet / I'mma hold my head high even in defeat."

Kelly Rowland sings the infectious hook telling Ross, "You don't have to play mind games / Just tell me what's yours is mine."

As for Rich Forever, it's a decent mixtape with a few standout joints on it like "Holy Ghost" (F/ Diddy), "Rich Forever" (F/ John Legend) and "MMG The World Is Ours"(F/ Pharrell Williams, Meek Mill and Stalley).

Check out "Mine Games" below:

 

Via: livemixtapes




New Video: FatKidsBrotha - "187 (FuckLePolice)"

 

Lil Brotha: Rap Duo FatKidsBrotha

 


Atlanta rappers FatKidsBrotha consists of MCs Dave and Uncle John who make synth heavy, grungy music that leans a little to the sounds of the west coast. The rap tandem decided to rework Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's classic song "Deep Cover" into a captivating video called "187 (FuckLePolice)."

The visuals are powerful, the duo's lyrics, not so much. I can see FatKidsBrotha getting plenty of blog love from the hipster critics, much like Odd Future did last year, so I'm not hating. I just wish the lyrics were as engrossing as the maddening clips of police brutality in the video.

Nevertheless, I wish FatKidsBrotha much success in their endeavors.

If you like their video, check out their official website for more of their music.




New Video: Brother Ali - "Writer’s Block" (Prod. By Jake One)

 

Back On the 'Block': Rapper Brother Ali

 

 

Rhymesayer artist Brother Ali is one of my favorite rappers that you probably don't listen to on a consistent basis. If you don't, then you should. He is one of the most thoughtful emcees in rap and he's always conscious about the music that he puts out.

This explains Ali's new video for "Writer's Block," in which he contemplates on the difficulties of penning a good song that the masses would love. It can drive him suicidal at times.

This honest rap song, which was produced by Seattle's own Jake One, will appear on Ali's upcoming album Mourning In America and Dreaming in Color. You can download the song at Rhymesayers.com.




New Music: Jean Grae - "U&Me&EveryoneWeKnow" (Prod. By M-Phazes)

 

U & Me Cover

 

 

spotted: OKP

 

Wow! The New Year is starting off on the right foot. Check out this new track by Jean Grae. According to Okayplayer, this is the first single from the New York rapper's often-delayed LP Cake or Death. Grae produced the jazzy guitar intro, while M-Phazes blessed the rest of the track with a smooth piano groove, a finger-snapping snare and a thumping backbeat.

The song has many interpretations -- is she talking about an ex-boyfriend she used to love? But I interpret it as Jean Greasy's frustrations with her true love -- hip-hop -- and where she fits in "his" life. "I never stop feeling the love for ya / I just stop being the one for ya / I think? / Too much / Over analyzin' everything... sucks / I'm over over dramatizing everything but / You never on the level I'm on unless we are cuttin'," she raps.

Critical analysis aside, this is a phenomenal song with great lyricism from Jean Grae.