Logic & Eminem — “Homicide”
Slim Shady and Bobby Tarantino connect. After touring together, Logic and Eminem team up as a dynamic duo on their brand new “Homicide” collaboration, which was produced by BREGMA and Shroom.
Young Sinatra fires off some fiery lyrics throughout this new cut. “I’m foamin’ out the mouth,” he raps. “Ain’t nobody takin’ me out / Every single rapper in the industry, yeah, they know what I’m about / And I dare you to test me / ‘Cause not a single one of you motherfuckers impress me.”
Marshall Mathers follows Bobby with his own braggadocios raps. “Beast mode,” he rhymes. “Motherfuckers ’bout to get hit with so many foul lines, you think I’m a free throw / Figured it was about time for people to eat crow / You about to get out-rhymed, how could I be dethroned?” He adds: “From the East Coast to the West, I’m the ethos and I’m the G.O.A.T.”
There’s another layer to this track. Comedian Chris D’Elia went viral with his Eminem impressions within the last year. In February, Slim Shady retweeted one of his videos with a note reading: “This is INCREDIBLE!!! 4 a second I actually thought it WAS me!!” One of D’Elia’s impersonations appears at the end of “Homicide.”
Logic recently beamed about Em’s friendship in a post following their tour. “It was incredible really sitting and just hanging with a man I’ve studied my whole life,” Bobby wrote. “And I learned him and his homies are just like me and mine. All we talk about is rap haha it’s the best! Thanks Em! For all the Love.”
Listen to “Homicide” below.
YG feat. Tyga & Jon Z — “Go Loko”
YG goes crazy with “Go Loko.” Fresh off his “Bitch Niggas” single, the Compton, California rapper unleashes a brand new track off his forthcoming album 4REAL 4REAL. The new guitar-laden cut was produced by GYLTTRYP and YG’s longtime collaborator Mustard.
“I like it when you touch the floor,” YG raps over the guitar strums. “Call me for dick, not Geico / Call my phone when you’re horny.” Tyga adds: “My bitch go loco / Slide on a nigga with the .44 / My bitch so loco / Bounce that ass like a low-low.” Puerto Rican rhymer Jon Z also provides Spanglish raps to round things out.
It’s been a year since YG’s last album, Stay Dangerous. That effort featured the hit single “Big Bank” with Big Sean, 2 Chainz, and Nicki Minaj. Since then, the West Coast spitter has remained busy in the lab working on the follow-up. “If I’m not doing music, I feel depressed. I feel like I ain’t shit,” he recently told Billboard. “I like to create, and right now, I know where I want to be, and I know how to get there.”
Tragedy also struck between these albums. Recently, YG mourned the death of a longtime friend and “big brother” figure, Nipsey Hussle. The two collaborated on a series of songs together, including “Ride With Me,” “You Broke,” “FDT,” and “Last Time That I Checc’d.” YG pushed this album’s release back following Nipsey’s untimely death.
Listen to “Go Loko” below.
Joyner Lucas — “Devil’s Work”
Joyner Lucas stirs up some conversation around his new single, “Devil’s Work.” The rapid-fire rapper unleashes the new single and its accompanying video as a buzz-builder for his forthcoming album, ADHD.
Over hard-hitting production, Lucas raps about life and death in a message to God. “Bring back every good nigga you choose to take / They say you never wrong, but you done made a few mistakes,” he raps. “’Cause you taking the wrong niggas, maybe you should trade / Trade us back all the real ones, remove the fakes.”
Lucas mourns the deaths of Tupac Shakur, Nipsey Hussle, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston, to name a few. Beyond mentions of deceased icons like Selena Quintanilla and Aaliyah Haughton, Joyner also criticizes some people who are alive. “Give us Biggie, give us Pun, give us triple X,” he raps. “Take that nigga Trump with you, that’s a bigger threat.”
By the end of the song, Lucas reveals that he’s “been drinking” and that he’s “just frustrated” and “confused.” He also explains the song’s title with its closing line: “Took my man from me, that forever hurts / But puttin’ the blame on you, that’ll never work / I know this ain’t your fault, it’s the devil’s work.”
Rihanna reposted a preview of the music video with a co-sign. “just Incase y’all missed this moment for the culture from da homie @joynerlucas,” she wrote in a tweet to fans. Watch the video for “Devil’s Work” below.
Styles P — S.P. The GOAT: Ghost of All Time
Styles P might be The Ghost, but he isn’t disappearing. After unloading several projects last year, the L.O.X. legend unleashes a brand new effort for die-hards to devour. The new album is a testament to his legacy, titled S.P. The GOAT: Ghost of All Time.
The D-Block spitter opens up the album with a thesis of sorts. “Just trying to get my mind right out here, put in my work, and collect,” he explains on “Push The Line.” “I like to eat. I like to have a good time.” Shortly after that statement, The GOAT really kicks off.
S.P. tapped several familiar faces for this project. Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, Lil Fame, Nino Man, and others show up with guest appearances. Termanology, Vinny Idol, Fortes, J Rhodes, and others lend production. Otherwise, Styles handles the rhymes on his own.
Listen to S.P. The GOAT below.
PnB Rock — TrapStar Turnt PopStar
PnB Rock goes from the trap to pop with the release of his newest effort. Two years removed from Catch These Vibes, the Philadelphia artist unloads an 18-song double album in the form of TrapStar Turnt PopStar.
It’s a star-studded affair. Tee Grizzley, Lil Durk, XXXTentacion, Mally Mall, and Quavo show up for the first half while Diplo, Lil Skies, Tory Lanez, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie lend their voices to the second.
TrapStar Turnt PopStar is being labeled Rock’s debut album despite past efforts. “[Previous projects were] albums to me,” he recently told Complex “I put hard work into that. But technically, label terms, it’s different. They won’t consider it as an album on some finessing shit. They feel like this was an album.”
Listen to Rock’s TrapStar Turnt PopStar below.