Music Recommendation – Single – DJ Carisma ft. Tory Lanez, Sage The Gemini, Eric Bellinger, and Mishon, “Anyway”

anywayThe biggest reason I listened to this song, besides the success of DJ Carisma’s last collaboration (which you can check out here), was how this song managed to take three of my favorite underrated RnB singers and put them together on a track. While Tory Lanez sounds a bit too much like Jeremih for my taste, this song is gold for any modern RnB fan.

DJ Carisma does a great job of combining a unique sound with the signature DJ Mustard beat (you know what I’m talking about). It may stick out at first, but it adapts to the vocals very well. All three sung portions sound solid, if not slightly over-autotuned and the hook is almost too catchy (at least for a white boy like myself). Sage The Gemini’s verse is timed right, as I don’t think I would enjoy the song as much if it were any longer. It’s a nasty stanza, but in comparison to the other artists on the “Anyway” Team, I needed it to be quick.

Overall, I would rate this song at:

8.25/10

If you don’t like autotuned vocals, I would keep scrolling. DJ Carisma has proven now, however, that she is an expert at putting together a perfect group for a song. I love RnB, so this may be biased, but her contributions so far has been impressive.

You can check out the song below:

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Music Recommendation – Single – Khalil ft. Blake Kelly and Tory Lanez, 2 Ea$y

2 Ea$y is the second track on Khalil’s A Long Story Short mixtape, released only a couple of months ago. The song was produced by Soundz, whose production I have yet to see (or at least recognize) from anywhere else. Khalil himself is known for his work with Justin Bieber, who appears on the mixtape under the alias “Bizzle.” I was going to make a sarcastic remark about that, but I think it speaks for itself. Every bit of laughter will come from that name rather than the joke I make about it.

2 Ea$y puts Tory Lanez on the hook, who I have been fond of for a couple of years now. His voice is highly underrated and relatively unrecognized by high-profile names, but it was nice to see him high up on Khalil’s tape. This is definitely my favorite song on the tracklist, and while the mixtape itself is not worth mentioning, the song is enjoyable.

The song is short, like not even three minutes long. Then again, some songs just would become excessive if they were not short (see also). The lone rap verse is nothing super memorable, though solid in flow. This is absolutely a slept on Hip-Hop/RnB song though.

Overall, I would rate the song at 9.25/10. Most modern Hip-Hop/Rap fans will find this an appealing and enjoyable track, despite its short length. You can listen to the song below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Tory Lanez, I-95

Tory Lanez had recently sited I-95 as one of his most influential songs on his life. While others were ranked higher, I-95 is one of my favorite Lanez tracks and it really hits deep.

While my focus towards the track would be more on the lyricism, I have to admit that production is excellent, containing such an original beat. The track is mostly reflective, but the transition from RnB to Hip-Hop feels a little forced. Luckily the hook keeps to the RnB feel that I love. But then again I cling to RnB like an infant on their mother’s bosom.

Now that we’ve gotten that awkward simile out of the way, it’s time to rate the song. Overall, I would give the track a 8.75/10. Even though I was a bit disappointed by the rough transition, I plan on going deep into the Tory Lanez archives and pulling out some goodies for anyone who enjoys the RnB/Hip-Hop sound of the 22-year-old Toronto native.

While I’m searching you can go ahead and listen to I-95 below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Slim Thug and Paul Wall ft. Tory Lanez, Celebration

Remember The Game’s Celebration hit? Well this is that but different. I actually really like this freestyle/remix of it, featuring all Houston-based artists. Still doesn’t beat The Game’s song though.

The updated version brings the usual lyrics, pertaining to drugs and alcohol and sex, but challenges the original Celebration for good listening. Overall I would rate it 7.25/10, the rap verses aren’t always amazing but they are consistent and the hook is very enjoyable. I say give it a listen, but feel free to skip if need be:

-Austin Heath