It’s Thursday, you know what that means. Another day that ends in “y,” another volume of SOTBMusic Quickies to get you through it. Today, we’ve got vibes from all over the musical spectrum. So, without further ado, let’s get into today’s Quickies.
Tierra Whack – “Dolly”
I’m sure this one’s a bit of a cheat code. I mean, just about everyone’s heard of Tierra Whack and most of you have probably already heard her song “Dolly” from her Pop? EP. However, it’s a bit new to me. Remember: last month, it was strictly No Pain No Gain advertising and finishing. The song’s beautiful, as Whack sings about a relationship that could falter because she’s busy. It’s a simple premise with an expert execution; the instrumentation consists mainly of a guitar, which allows Whack’s country-esque vocals hit you in the sternum with their honesty. It kind of reminds me of a mix between Dolly Parton and SZA.
Fly Anakin – “No Dough”
Over Madlib’s frantic-but-calm production, Anakin raps his proverbial tail off. That’s a given, but it’s the way he does it that’s worth the price of admission. If you like your rap with a side of confidence and boombap bravado, this one’s right up your alley. Hell, even if you’re one of those “I only listen to emo rap” folks, “No Dough” is destined to change your tune. From the beat to Anakin’s fiery flow, there’s not much I can say about this one without sounding like a complete fanboy. So, I’ll say this. This one sets Anakin up for a prosperous 2022, even if he’s not doing anything without getting compensated for it–and that’s the truth. This one, like “Sean Price” and “Ghost” before it, will appear on Anakin’s Frank album, due out in March.
Omar Basaad – “Crown” (feat. Rey Khan)
KSA singer Omar Basaad makes his SOTBMusic debut with “Crown,” a boisterous track that seems to combine traditional with modern vibes to create a sound that’s distinct. “Crown” is also one of those tracks that’s standing up against the foolishness people try to give him and those who take his kindness/niceties for granted. An apt comparison, for me, would be “imagine The Weeknd if he was sober and worked with late-2010s Justin Bieber.”
TGC Johnny Stone and J-Rod – “DOJA”
When I got this one on my desk, the press release said something along the lines of “this’ll make you feel good, get you high and make you wanna smash on baddies.” When a song hits you with a tagline like that, you’re either going to get some greatness or some mid cloaked in the aroma of greatness. In “DOJA”‘s case, it’s the former because this reminds me of something I could see Spitta putting out. It’s smooth AF, lyrically sound and makes you want to light up–if that’s your thing. Check it out.
Cartier Family Studio Cypher
Cartier J’s been on my radar for a minute. The young brother’s got a flow that’s infectious and bars to back up his bravado. When his team hit me with their latest, I checked it out. From the pop sample over drill drums, this one grabbed my attention. It’s one of those joints that’s got its feet firmly planted in the 2020s sound but still manages to be lyrically impressive. I’m also a huge fan of the visual tactics used in this one.
Noa James – “Razor Ramon”
From Scorcese to True God, I’m a big fan of wrestlerap. Noa James’ “Razor Ramon” takes the persona Scott Hall perfected–and the man behind the gimmick–and applies it to a man who’s trying to figure out what he needs out of life. Over a melancholy beat, James laments about the choices he’s made and the people he’s lost due to him wanting more out of life.
Teddy Grossman – “Giving Up”
Finding himself firmly planted in retro soul, Teddy Grossman’s “Giving Up” is beautiful music. He wants a relationship, not the games people play. That takes a lot, walking away from something you put a lot into. Grossman’s husky vocals cut through the piano-centric instrumentation to give us something like a mix between Otis Redding and Leon Bridges. It’s one of those tracks you should check out if you want some old-school vibes that feel evergreen.
Mitch Felito – “No More Drama”
Any song that samples “Nadia’s Theme,” you know you’re in for something emotional as hell. Mitch Felito’s “No More Drama” seemingly flips this theme and Mary J. Blige’s take on it, kind of on a “Dreams and Nightmares” sort of wave. Lyrically, Mitch snaps and just talks his shit about his life and what he wants for his people, both those who are still standing with him and those who are no longer here.
See you tomorrow. Remember to support dope music in all its forms.