Music Recommendation – Single – Ty Dolla $ign ft. IamSu, Lies And Dreams

ty-dollaThis one is a Samsung Owner’s Hub exclusive, so it would be hard to catch this song. However, I discovered in on HipHopDX.com and thought it was worth sharing. Ty Dolla $ign shows his actually impressive vocal range (and even more impressive autotune skills) while IamSu raps a solid verse, though the flow is a bit cringeworthy at spots.

“In the morning, first thing I do is roll up, then I think of you.” Then he gets stopped in Iowa. And go ahead and guess what they find on him. Regardless, the song is catchy and features a steady beat that does not interfere with the Ty Dolla $ign’s vocal quality.

The fade-out is slow and smooth, and really ends the song on a good note. I appreciate the smaller things in the song as a whole, such as the enlongated notes and long fade-out. Overall, I would rate it at 8.5/10. I recommend a listen below:

-Austin Heath

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Music Recommendation – Single – Rochelle Jordan ft. IamSu, Playa 4 Life

While the title of the song immediately turned me off, I was pleasantly surprised by the enjoyable tune that is Playa 4 Life. Rochelle Jordan sounds almost like Monica or Ashanti, and it is evident that she is definitely attempting at a RnB sound. So does she succeed?

The short answer to that question is yes, Rochelle’s Playa 4 Life captures the RnB mojo that I love. However, interesting details to consider based on this track are the following: That Rochelle had gone through a recent heartbreak, inspiring this song, and her upcoming album, 1021 (happy almost birthday by the way) is said to be deep and passionate with emotion. Perhaps this raw emotion is the reason that, despite the threatening name, the song is impressive and passionate.

Also, Bay-area rapper (not Chesapeake Bay, even though “Bay-area” should refer to Maryland since the Chesapeake is the largest bay in the country) IamSu raps a verse on here. I like it, though it seems a bit unrelated to Rochelle Jordan’s message in several lines (going from money to women to drinking to money again). It does get back on track at the end though.

So overall, I would rate the song at about 9/10. The vocals sound great, tuned well and executed passionately. IamSu’s verse leaves a little bit to be desired, especially because I have heard much better from him. You can listen to her sequel to her one-track mixtape Killah below:

-Austin Heath