This has been a huge week for new releases that are actually good. "Papermill" and "Power" are probably the best so far, but I've been adding a lot of new joints to my personal playlist at a furious rate
Eminem's "Won't Back Down
" with Pink. It' really shouldn't be good, but it is, and Em has more than proven his worth as the best technical rapper this side of Pharoahe Monch.
Asher Roth's "GRIND
" is hot, but he still sounds like a mini-Em
Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz - "Ultra
" is kind of a phone in, but for a reference track, it works pretty well. It's for Diddy, so you know it's going to eventually sound like crap.
The Roots "Dear God 2.0" - yes it's a remake. Not as good as the Monsters or Folk version, but it works, just like "The Seed 2.0" worked. AND, their one with John Legend, "Doin' it Again" is out, and sounds fantastic. I think How I Got Over is going to great.
Plus, the new Cool Kids Mixtape is great and the Tanya Morgan's "Sandwhich Shop" Mixtape is fantastic, which is them rapping over all the Roots' interstitials from the Jimmy Fallon Show.
Drake's album is out in the wild, but I haven't gotten around to listening to that yet. I'll probably just buy it when it's actually released. Unlike most, I don't have too much of a problem with him.