Music Recommendation – Single – Audio Push ft. Wale, Quick Fast

quick-fastI have talked about my appreciation for Audio Push before, but in all honesty until now my favorite song by the Hip-Hop/Rap group was Shine. During a time when Hip-Hop was not reaching me, this song brought me back in. Then I discovered their new hit with Wale, Quick Fast, and guess what my new favorite Hip-Hop/Rap song is?

Quick Fast seems to hint at what the song’s subject could be. However, it is less vulgar than I assumed. It is more relaxed and takes a risk by leaning more towards RnB on the hook than Hip-Hop, which I can easily appreciate. Each rap verse brings its own appeal, and even with Wale’s role adding to the enjoyment of the song, it is not necessarily the only reason to listen to the track. It did, however, lure me in when I gazed at this feature, so kudos to Audio Push for picking a solid feature artist.

Audio Push has worked with rappers such as Lil Wayne before, but I was rather excited to hear Wale alongside these two differing and original rappers. Production was also a huge piece of this song, with names such as Hit-Boy and Preach assisting S-Dot and $.O.N. on the beat.

This song achieves an easy hook and makes it catchy as can be, so I do recommend listening to it. Overall, I would rate the song at:

9.25/10

The verses may have their weak spots, especially how each one seems to start off slow. I would say the first verse is the best, but the second verse and Wale’s brief spot are both also impressive. Flow is a smooth as a baby’s bottom after the first couple of tough strides into each verse.

You can go over to HotNewHipHop.com and check out the track until I can get a better link:

http://hnhh.co/sehnyk

-Austin Heath

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Music Recommendation – Single – Meek Mill ft. Wale, Rick Ross, and Trey Songz, Lay Up

meek-millLay Up may not be the best Rap song out there (Rick Ross and Meek Mill’s verses never honestly did it for me) but Trey Songz’s chorus is one of my favorite chorus’ all-time. It would be a stretch to call this song an all-timer, but I jotted this track down as my favorite for three months in a row back when it was released in Fall 2012.

Each verse hardly stays on focus, but if I had to choose a favorite of the three, it would be Wale’s. It is fast-paced and easier to listen to, but again this song recommendation is mostly for the chorus. I tend not to listen to a lot of MMG, save for a couple of decent tracks by Wale and Omarion. However, I always found this one easy to listen to.

Overall, I would rate the song at 7.75/10. I do recommend a listen as the hook is fire and Trey Songz absolutely kills his spot. Check out the song below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Trae Tha Truth ft. MDMA, Lupe Fiasco, Big Boi, Wale and Wiz Khalifa , I’m On

Oh boy, I’ve been saving this one for a rainy day. And by rainy day, I mean any day where I would rather huddle up under a blanket and use my computer as my only access to the outside world than step outside the boundaries of my home.

“But Austin, why put off writing about music that you enjoy?” Well, Mr. Imaginary Reader Who I Know I Don’t Have, that is an excellent question. You see, if I write about the kind-of okay I’m On rapfest, then I have to write about the I’m On 2.0 remix. And to put this project into perspective, the first I’m On is a rapfest, but the remix is like a 3-day weekend rap collaboration concert. And naturally, the urges in me will make me rank the rappers’ verses from best to worst.

For starters, there is no chorus. There’s a beat that goes “I’m On” if that counts though here and there. It is hard for me to enjoy a song with no chorus to look forward to, but this song stuck out. Keep in mind this is back when Wiz Khalifa, Wale and Lupe Fiasco were going to be the next Biggie, Jay-Z and some other top-ranked rapper (Boy were they wrong). All of the verses are consistent, but I do want to rank them quickly because there are some that are much better than others (and there seems to be confusion as to who is actually the best on this track according to the humanity-glorifying YouTube comment section):

1. Big Boi

2. Wiz Khalifa

3. Wale

4. Lupe Fiasco

5. Trae Tha Truth

I guess MDMA is on the beat, so he doesn’t count. But without a doubt, Big Boi dominates the competition in this one. Call it bias but it is pretty difficult to compare to Big Boi, so kudos to Wiz Khalifa and Wale for coming close.

So overall, I would rate the song at 8.75/10. This one never stood out (unlike I’m On 2.0, which I am writing about next) and it always just felt like there was nothing to look forward to through the song. Also, what really is the point of the song? Just seems redundant, like what is it exactly you are on? Maybe drugs, but I cannot quite tell.

You can listen to the song below, while I have my criticisms it is still a decent Hip-Hop track:

-Austin Heath

P.S. I’ll get to 2.0 in a little bit, as it will take a while to write, so don’t go out of your way to look it up or you are no reader of mine. Okay just kidding please just read my stuff I promise it’s somewhat decent.