Best Songs of the Week: ILOVEMAKONNEN, Tunji Ige & Rockie Fresh
Now that Christmas is over, it's time for a new edition of Songs of the Week! While you're enjoying the weekend festivities, here are some good tunes to help prepare you for the turn-up. We’ve got you covered with the newest releases in The BoomBox’s Best Songs of the Week rundown.
Last week’s lineup featured hot tracks from Dave East, Wale and YG. Over the past week, the music world was in holiday mode and the pickings were a bit slim, but we still found three great tracks for our list.
Here's our gift to you. Enjoy!
ILOVEMAKONNEN drops off a loosie for those that grind 24-7 with his latest release, "Live For Real." On the song, the ATL rep shouts, "I can sleep when I'm dead, b-----, ain't that s--- true / Until then, I'ma do what I do" over the ominous production. Far from a lyrical dissertation, bars like "All around the globe, n----, circus tricks / Got your b----- back all on my d--- / B-----, don't text me tryna' flex me / Met me in March, call me Big Sexy," may leave much to be desired in terms of spell-bounding couplets, but are great for a nonsensical riot song. Complex verbiage - or lack thereof aside - "Live For Real" was one of this week's more entertaining tracks and is sure to be a guilty pleasure.
If you're not familiar with the musical stylings of Tunji Ige, then it's time for you to get to know this Philly-based rapper-producer. After wowing listeners with his 2014 long-player, The Love Project, Tunji seems prime to release a new album any day now and builds on the momentum with his latest single, "Handstand." Opening the track chanting "'Cause your momma's hurting you and and you felt so bad / 'Cause ya brother passed away and he left your dad," Tunji gives the song a delightful groove that serves as the proverbial icing on the cake. A mid-tempo banger tailor-made for the club scene, "Handstand" sees Ige getting inebriated while in the midst of a frisky woman with plenty of "tricks" up her sleeves that catches his eye. Urging her to "bust it open" and "do a handstand," the 20-year-old rap upstart delivers again and gifts the listeners with one of this week's better songs.
Rockie Fresh has quietly been cultivating his craft over the past few years and looks to finally be ready to step out of the shadows and reassert himself as a force to be reckoned with. The MMG bench player makes a strong case for being inserted in the starting lineup with latest song, "Thought About It." On the track, Rockie gets introspective and details his hopes, dreams, and fears with reckless abandon. "We can talk about life, we can talk about pain / And we can talk about the game / We can speak on what's true or we can talk about me / S---, we can talk about you," he spits. Produced by Mike Daley and Chris Batson, "Thought About It" is a pleasant slice of life that's sure to get listeners back on the Rockie Fresh bandwagon.