We’re launching the Reggie Miller edition of Quickies a bit earlier than expected, since this is Thursday. However, I’ve got a lot of new music that I’d like to put into your earholes. With that in mind, we’re here on a Thursday versus a Friday to support dope music in all its forms. Don’t worry, we will probably still have a Shaq edition of Quickies tomorrow. Either way, let’s get into it and crank the volume up to the maximum.
K’Coneil – “Money Dance”
Do you want your love songs with a bit of “I’ll spoil you if I have it?” If so, you should check out “Money Dance” from K’Coneil. The song kind of reminds me of an Usher cut or Rico Love on Big KRIT’s “Pay Attention” in its sound. That’s because it’s smooth and silky but has a bit of pop-soul to it as well. The song’s about a woman with expensive taste who K’Coneil feels is deserving of “anything [she] wants.” The production is also pretty strong here as well, as it’s sensual but also bouncy.
Ay Wing x Nappy Nina – “No Wonder Woman”
This is a song that’s dedicated to the average woman and lets them feel empowered in moments that they may not feel their best,. “No Wonder Woman” seems to also dismiss the idea that women must be one way or another. Instead, it lifts women up with a funky bass line and inspirational lines. It also seems destined to rebel against preconceived expectations of who a woman should be. Rapper Nappy Nina drops in on the third verse to present a verse that reminds me of Noname.
Dust Raps the Blues and Mac Lethal – “I’m Alive”
The best way to describe this one is gritty underground hip-hop for the rap nerds and the hustlers alike. It’s lyrically impressive while also just being a hard AF bop for people to break their necks to. You’d be hardpressed to find something about this one you’re dismissive of, because there’s literally something for everyone on “I’m Alive.” You want densely-populated bars? Yep, that’s here. You want a chopped sample? That’s here, too. Dust described this one as “underground rap at its finest, most-rotten core” mainly because it gives zero effs who it may offend (though it doesn’t just become offensive for offensiveness’s sake).
Noa James and Stevie Crooks – “Atlas”
This one’s a bit different from the other Noa James I’ve featured on SOTB. However, the nerdish vibes are still here–just a bit more slowed, methodical and aggressive. The duo of James and Crooks present a bevy of lyrics of why they should not be trifled with. It’s a mix between hardcore rap, gritty boombap and nerdy references. It’s a track that should be experienced, not just listened to. I would’ve loved to hear a third verse on this one. I’m also glad that they didn’t give another one. That’s because it’s great as is–but a third verse may’ve burned my earphones.
Flinstone – “Ahh Change”
A neo-soul ballad of sorts that was created to uplift people to become the change they seek, Flinstone’s SOTBMusic debut also reminds me of Maxwell sonically. That said, “Change” is distinctly its own thing, opting to promote positivity through song. The world is dark enough, so why not put a little light and positivity in the air? That’s the vibe that I get from this one.
The GroovaLottos – “Ima GroovaLotto (Ask Yo’ Mama)
If you’ve ever found yourself wondering “what’d happen if Wu-Tang was a funk group versus a rap group,” I think you’d find your answer in The GroovaLottos. The group’s funky and good-spirited, but also carries a large amount of thump in their proverbial trunk. It’s like a jam band and a rap group collided and worked within the parameters of P-funk. Yeah, I think that’s an apt comparison. That said, the song doesn’t exactly sound like anything you’d expect. So just tune in and tune out the negative vibes.
Girl Talk – “Put You On” feat. Wiz Khalifa, Big KRIT and Smoke DZA
Superproducer Girl Talk takes us back to the early-2010s with “Put You On.” Specifically, we’re taken back to the KRIT Wuz Here to King Remembered in Time era of things (that 2010-2014 sweet spot of music). Smooth soul samples, smoother flows and lyrics? They’re all here in spades. All in all, I feel like I’m in my 20s again listening to “Put You On.” I was excited for the collaborative album Full Court Press before. I mean, it’s new KRIT/Wiz/DZA–with a Curren$y appearance. What’s not to be excited about–especially considering I became a man (legally speaking) with these artists as my soundtrack. After hearing the first single, you best believe this one will be a first day purchase.
John Fuggin Dough and Smitty Spread Love – “2nd Line”
A song that seems to embody what New Orleans means to the music industry and the world as a whole, “2nd Line” is smoother than a cue ball and bouncier than a dancer in the club. I liked this one because it also takes me back, but more to my youth when New Orleans rap took over the world for a while and birthed so many substyles and such. I like this one also because it discusses some of the negativity that goes on in NO. It also stands to say, at the same time, that they’re tired of it and that the city needs to put the “mf’ing gun down” and just dance and clap along with the beat, spread love and support each other.
We’ll be back at it again tomorrow (same SOTB time of the day, same SOTB site) for more Quickies. For now, support dope music in all its forms.