It's been two months since I've written one of these. Can't even begin to explain how excited I am for what's to come in the music world. Here's Sunday Scaries Volume 8, live from hibernation.
1. OooWee - Rapsody feat. Anderson .Paak
It's no secret that Anderson .Paak frequents these blog posts. I consider myself very lucky to have landed in a universe that is accompanied by his artistic brilliance. His hook game is simply unmatched out here. With that being said, this is Rapsody's song. I don't know when it was that I first heard a piece of her music, but ever since that day I've been a huge fan. In OooWee she rips a couple of the hardest verses I've heard all year, filled with minor subtleties in which she exercises her genius, like the way she pronounces "back" @ the 1:50 mark. She released her album "Laila's Wisdom" in September, so I wouldn't be surprised if she were to drop some more heat very soon.
2. D'Evils - SiR
In my last Sunday Scaries blog post, I introduced Top Dawg Entertainment's Inglewood SiR. I said I was looking forward to what he had in store for 2018, and with his album "November," which dropped about a week ago, he didn't disappoint. The production is flawless throughout, each beat enhanced by SiR's airy vocals floating overhead. "Something Foreign" is also a favorite of mine, which features a very smooth verse from Schoolboy Q. Top Dawg constantly leveling up.
3. Black Smoke Rising - Greta Van Fleet
I am fired up about Greta Van Fleet. Hailing from Michigan, the band was formed by brothers Josh, Jake, and Sam Kiszka, and together they absolutely rock. Lead singer Josh's vocals are insane. In "Black Smoke Rising" he sounds like a combination of Robert Plant and Stevie Knicks when he hits those high notes. A lethal combination, indeed. Greta Van Fleet is the latest example of why Rock & Roll will never die.
4. Photosynthesis - Saba
I became a Saba fan when I heard "For Y'all" on Soundcloud two years ago. "On my second bowl of cereal second semester...". I've posted his remix of Sylvan LaCue's "Best Me," which is a banger. He's a talented MC capable of putting together highly intelligent storylines that end up being very catchy. "Photosynthesis" comes from his 2016 album "Bucket List Project," which is the latest project he's released. Have a listen.
5. My Guy - Sonny Digital & Black Boe
Having developed numerous songs for some of the best-known names in HipHop, Sonny Digital is a highly esteemed producer. In his 2017 mixtape with Black Boe, however, he started trying out his vocals. In "My Guy" he showcases his potential over a MexikoDro beat like the one in Playboi Carti's "Had 2". Check out the video:
6. Blue Notes - Meek Mill
I've never really shown Meek the respect he deserves. I saw a video the other day of the Eagles warming up before their game against the Vikings last weekend. Meek Mill was playing through the speakers at Lincoln Financial, and the players were getting so fired up. I guess I was never a huge fan of his because his lyrics don't necessarily make me dive deep into my brain to connect some dots and discover deeper meaning. But his music has serious energy. It's got the same grit that I've discovered in all the people I've met from Philly, and the same grit that the Eagles play with that's allowed them to come so far this season. There are undoubtedly songs from Meek's latest album "Wins & Losses" that showcase his energy, but for me "Blue Notes" does it best. Free Meek. Lets go Birds.
7. Amphetamine - Smino
The last track on Smino's 2017 album "blkswn". The song switches up around the 2:40 mark, with the second half carrying a completely different vibe than the first. So sick. I definitely recommend giving the rest of "blkswn" a listen if you haven't already.