Songs of the Week: PRhyme, T-Pain & Erykah Badu
Our Songs of the Week roundup returns and this one should keep your ears busy throughout the weekend. The recent string of mixtape releases and unreleased freestyles should have filled up your digital playlists this past week. But a few artists made sure to provide fans with some one-off tunes to rock for your enjoyment.
Last week, we had a killer lineup featuring three new tracks from veteran rhyme-spitter Busta Rhymes, Chicago’s own Lil Bibby and Bay Area legend E-40.
This week's edition is a mixed bag of sorts, boasting new songs from R&B legend Erykah Badu, underground stalwarts PRhyme and Auto-Tune revolutionist T-Pain. All of the songs are definitely worthy of infiltrating your eardrums.
So without further ado, we present the latest edition of Songs of the Week. Did your favorite new release make the cut? Take a listen below.
Boom-bap enthusiasts should rejoice upon hearing the latest one-off from PRhyme (DJ Premier and Royce Da 5'9) titled "Highs And Lows," which sees the two picking up where they left off with their stellar 2014 self-titled debut. Rhyming over a no-frills soundscape supplied by Premo, Royce digs into the beat with vigor, spitting, "The streets said I'm either supposed to be in jail or dead / My uncle told me before he died to watch for the whores before I end up in a morgue in a bed next to a horse head / That's why I'm war-bred" and leads off with an impressive 16 bars. MF Doom and Phonte also partake in the festivities, with the latter MC shining with sly couplets like, "He think he a pimp, but he can't / See that them three skanks look nothing like Selita Ebanks / Wake up in the morning like "Gee, thanks," serving as an effective closer. "Highs And Lows" is beats and rhymes with no filler, making for one of the dopest songs to emerge this week.
Auto-Tune isn't dead and neither is T-Pain as evidenced by his latest release, "Or Wut." Reuniting with "Shawty" co-conspirator Plies, T-Pain whispers sweet nothings over the track before handing the mic off to his fellow Floridian, who compares a woman's love below to Pattie LaBelle's famed sweet potato pie. Looking to reclaim his spot atop the R&B game, Teddy P crafts a heater that gives off vibes reminiscent of the hits from his unforgettable run during the mid '00s and serves as one of the week's better loosies.
Erykah Badu serves fans with a Thanksgiving Day gift called "Hello," a standout track off of her But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape that sees her collaborating with her baby's father and rap legend Andre 3000. Three Stacks opens up the song with an off-kilter rap verse before colliding with Badu's luscious vocals, purring "hello" all over the track while sampling the Isley Brothers, resulting in an elegant offering. "Hello" may be long overdue, but manages to exceeds all expectations and is more than worthy of appearing on our Song of the Week tally.
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