Music Recommendation – Single – Pusha T ft. Kendrick Lamar, “Nostelgia”

pusha-t-kendrick-lamar-nosetalgiaIt seems like every third post on here is a song somehow featuring Kendrick Lamar. I have to hand it to Pusha T for keeping me interested until Kendrick’s verse, as it might be the best by Pusha T and draws up comparisons to a classic and elegant Kanye West.

Of course the song is about cocaine, because what else would Pusha T want to talk about? Kendrick Lamar gets a bit more open and personal with the song and delivers a massive verse that ranks among his best. Production does a huge part in making this song fascinating because of how difficult it had to be to make a verse for the beat. The flow of both rappers is superb and I could see no way in which their roles could be filled by any other rapper.

The song screams classic Hip-Hop, and steers away from a hook, which I generally look down upon. However, it fits with this song, despite it lowering the appeal rate and ultimately the biggest reason it did not go big. It takes dedication to go back to the song and appreciate the lyricism when you find it hard to keep up with (hence why Twista will never find true fame, only awe).

Overall, I would rate the song at:

9.5/10

You can check out the song below:

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Hear It First – Stromae ft. Lorde, Pusha T, HAIM, and Q-Tip, Meltdown

Another song from the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Pt. 1 aka Hunger Games Mockingjay: Let’s split thi – wait, I think I already made that joke. Meltdown features a diverse sound combination of Hip-Hop and Pop.

The song is actually decent, though the sound is a bit chaotic (Hunger Games songs are good at that). Pusha T has a solid early verse, despite being brief. The hook is solid but untranslatable. The song is not as awkward as you would assume despite the names. I’ll spare details so you can listen to it quicker.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Pt. 1 soundtrack releases November 17. In the meantime check it out below and hear it first:

http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/stromae-meltdown-feat-lorde-pusha-t-q-tip-haim-new-song.1959555.html

-Austin Heath

EDIT: Video is removed for whatever reason, so to listen you will have to go over to HotNewHipHop.com.

Music Recommendation – Single – Fat Joe ft. Trey Songz, Pusha T, Ashanti, and Miguel, Pride N Joy (Remix)

While this song is a bit old, it found its way back into my head after giving it a listen recently. This remix has a smooth RnB hook and features a nice balance between Rap and RnB. While Trey Songz doesn’t get as much song-time as I would’ve hoped, the song is still pretty good.

I enjoy Pusha T’s verse, but Fat Joe kind of messes up the song. His verse is brief and it is his song, so I never let it ruin the track for me. Ashanti sounds excellent, and her verse is my favorite part. This is a love song that I really appreciate, between the message and the amazing collaboration of great artists on one song.

Overall, I would rate the song at 9.25/10. Each artist provides what they’re best at and Fat Joe is not terrible despite the unfortunate verse. I wish Trey had gotten more time, but his finale really caps the song well. Check it out below:

-Austin Heath

P.S. The original Pride N Joy isn’t too bad either, if you liked the remix you may like the original (definitely not as much though, just a disclaimer).