Music Recommendation – Single – Grafh ft. Raekwon and Vado, Walk In New York

I won’t jump on the hype train where all mainstream rap that is not about gangs is trash, but I have to admit that Walk In New York truly channels the foundations of Hip-Hop and draws inspiration from real-life events in New York City. The track is deep in its own way, and a template for inspiration. Sadly, real rap about existing issues are hardly common anymore (though I do have a couple of good ones saved for this week).

Walk In New York is gritty and tough, but shows recognition for those having to survive in unsafe areas. The beat is made specifically to resemble 1990’s Hip-Hop, with its simple drum and bells. The background almost sounds like it was made in a basement, but in the way that would cause someone to become famous. Raekwon definitely has the best verse, but each serve their purpose.

Of course this will be unappealing to most non Hip-Hop fans, and many who listen to modern Rap will find it hard to relate to the track. However this song was definitely worth a share for its throwback style and has some memorable and original lyrics, citing names from Biggie to Bobby Smurda.

I have hardly talked about the song itself, but rather the concept of a throwback piece. The thing about this track is that it pulls off the nostalgia well (especially by sampling an older beat), in fact almost perfectly. The hook feels lacking and a bit empty, but each verse is uniquely personal. Overall, I would rate the song at 9.75/10 for those Hip-Hop fans who have needed something to remind them of some of the best days of Rap music.

You can give the song a listen below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Justin Bieber ft. Kanye West and Raekwon, Runaway Love

Put this one in the list of craziest songs ever. Seriously, these three are together on a remix of Bieber’s Runaway Love. The song actually samples an older Wu-Tang Clan track, though I cannot quite remember which.

Raekwon has the best verse, but just enjoy the old Bieber voice hook. When I first heard this I thought it was a woman’s voice, then I remember this was his voice at one point. Kanye sounds pretty good, the song overall is decent but just the collaboration is in itself worth showing.

Overall, I would rate the song at 8.75/10. Both rap verses are solid, though the hook is hard to understand and the song itself can get a bit boring. Still worth a listen, check it out:

-Austin Heath