What a week in hip-hop it’s been! We got to see Gucci Mane bask in the glory of freedom at his “Homecoming” show, we got to hear a FIRE new track from Kendrick Lamar and Big Sean and let’s not forget finding out that Nas‘ album is finished… Shoutout DJ Khaled for the key. But nothing dominated the rapsphere quite like the petty feud between Drake and his off and on buddy Joe Budden. At this point, Joey has hit The Boy with about 60 diss songs while Drizzy has responded only with a couple uninspired lines about Joe being a one hit wonder. Then of course there was Joe getting ambushed by some fans at his house which followed in him issuing death threats to the kids. No seriously, he really did that check it out. With all that wonderful tomfoolery occurring, I’m pretty sure you missed out on some dope tracks that are bubbling in the pipelines. Don’t even trip, we got ya covered. Check out this weeks version of With All Due RESPECT.: 5 Songs You’ve Been Sleeping On below!
Black Bag Brothers – “Fritz”
Consisting of Las Vegas local juggernauts Trade Voorhees and Rob Falco, the Black Bag Brothers creep into the list with the dark but informative track, “Fritz“. “Regurgitating lines/ Yeah it’s fine but like save it hoe” raps Voorhees over wavy synths and relaxing cymbals. The track gives off an eerie vibe, while conveying a tale of two partners who are beginning to find themselves in the often deep waters that is the ocean of the music industry. Featuring top notch lyricism from both artists, “Fritz” is the perfect track to throw on while you light one up and ponder the intricacies in life… See, the lyricism has rubbed off into my writing with words like “intricacies”… Don’t miss out on the dynamic duo, check out the track below.
Profane – “No Return”
Keeping it in the City of Sin, we check out the man who is the definition of slept on in Hispanic torch bearer Profane and his track, “No Return“. Produced by Profound, the track is a lyrical assault on whack rappers and posers. Lines such as: “There’s no surviving for the whack and the weak/ I’m underground in the trenches where I’m happy to be” give you an idea of the overall vibe of the song, while bars like: “Peeps asking who the best and does he need ammo?/ Like an instrument with keys, the answers P and No (Piano)” show off his wavy wordplay abilities. Profane has been heating up in the west coast scene for a while, but has had trouble breaking out of the “Hispanic Rapper” category that has plagued artists such as Bodega Bamz over the years. With tracks like this one, he won’t be slept on for much longer. Check it out below.
Trill Soulutionary – “Whatchamacallit”
From the absolute jump, Little Rock native Trill Soulutionary kills this inspiring track produced by Buddy Freeman. Utilizing a childhood favorite phrase, Trill flexes his lyrical chops with lines like, “Things aren’t as they was but I change as change does/ and it’s all cause I was born to make change cuz” while flowing over soothing pianos keys and a consistent drum break. The track, which is off his project, SupaDupaFrizzle and is a groovy track that you don’t want to sleep on for much longer. Check out the track below and be sure to give a listen to Trill’s tape, SupaDupaFizzle.
ShaqIsDope – “Innocent Youth”
At this point, it’s not even fair. Toronto has been taking a strong choke hold over the rap game for a minute now with artists like Drake, The Weeknd, Jazz Cartier and plenty more making waves in the states. Well it looks like they’ll be running up the score as they have another one — Khaled voice — with 6 native ShaqIsDope. Specifically the track, “Innocent Youth” which is off of his fantastic new project Black Frames. Utilizing clever wordplay, original flow structures, and a surprising on key singing voice, “Innocent Youth” takes you on a journey through the mental of Shaq while refreshing you with soothing hymns in the chorus. Shaq has been buzzing lately and fortunately, we decided to stop sleeping. You should too. Check out the Toronto native’s track below and be sure to give a listen to Black Frames, out now.
GABRL – “Too Much Left”
I know, I know, I know — Mick Jenkins voice — this whole list has been full of lyrical prophets and thought provoking jams. At this point, you must be thinking, “Where are the bangers?” Well enter in Broward County native GABRL and his BANGING new track, “Too Much Left“. Produced by Tyshane & 8X8, “Too Much Left” is a hyphy track from the Florida native that features him showing off his high pitched flow over hard hitting synths and 808’s. Mark my words, you’ll be hearing this song EVERYWHERE soon. Check out the thumping track below and be sure to keep your eyes and ears on the Florida native who’s sure to blow.
There you have it! Let us know how we did, did we get it right? Are we still sleeping on your favorite local artist? Let us know in the comment section below!
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