Best Songs of the Week: Earl Sweatshirt, Consequence and Wale
Songs of the Week returns and this is one roundup of tracks that will keep your ears busy throughout the weekend. The happenings in Austin, Texas for the annual SXSW Music Conference and Festival had all eyes pointed in that direction, but a few artists made sure to provide us with some new tunes throughout the past seven days, most of which were not too shabby if you ask us.
With the first quarter of 2015 coming to a close, we can honestly say that the music is only getting better and better and is sure to improve even more the further we get into the year. After last week's killer lineup, these three songs are a mixed bag of sorts, featuring the likes of media darling Wale to underground stalwarts Consequence and Earl Sweatshirt, but all of which are definitely worthy of infiltrating your eardrums.
We present the latest edition of Songs of the Week. Did your favorite new release make the cut? Take a listen below.
Action Bronson and Early Sweatshirt have both been off to an amazing start in 2015, with each rapper dropping albums and bringing their no-frills brand of rapping to the forefront. The two wordsmiths connect on this Alchemist-produced banger, "Warlord Leather," and do what they do best: let off a barrage of high-quality bars to get your rewind button some major play.
If you haven't yet, be sure to check out Bronson's Mr. Wonderful LP and Earl Sweatshirt's I Don't Like S---, I Don't Go Outside and treat yourself to copious amounts of lyricism.
With nearly 20 years worth of grinding and navigating through the rap game, it's amazing how Consequence can continuously deliver on a track and the Queens, N.Y. vet does just that with his latest offering, "Tuck Your Release." "I'm dressed for success, but the Glam squad, the hell with that / Told me stress wouldn't really go well with that," he raps. Cons goes for the gusto on this selection, co-produced by Mike Cash and the rapper himself.
Wale continues the campaign behind his new project, The Album About Nothing, by dropping a new single, "The Summer League." Calling in Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign for assistance, Wale delivers an afro-beat-inspired cut that's sure to get your feet moving. Featuring Kanye on the opening verse and Ty Dolla $ign on hook duty, Folarin keeps it simple, yet effective here, which may come with an additional verse when The Album About Nothing officially touches down Tuesday (March 31).