Music Recommendation – Single – T.I., B.o.B and Kendrick Lamar ft. Kris Stephens, “Memories Back Then”

memories-back-thenWhile the song did have a brief run on the Billboard Hot 100, “Memories Back Then” is one of those mainstream Hip-Hop songs that you can toss in the category of “Good Rap Music” Or “Rap Music That Isn’t Rae Sremmurd Or Bobby Smurda”. I hate playing the “Popular music is awful” card, but when it comes to Rap, that has become the case with acts such as Sremmurd, Smurda, and Young Thug. But I’m sure I have gone on that tangent before.

The song features three expert lyricists, who set the bar for real verses and use their flow to their advantage. While I had yet to hear a great story by any of the three, this one did not disappoint from any of the camps. One by one, they go into a story from their younger lives, and open up the vault of memories based on other women and their last encounters with them. Each verse is superb as it is fascinating and focused; In fact, the chorus takes away from the song’s credibility more than anything else.

Overall, I would rate the song at:


This is definitely a song with excellent lyricism and some of the best work by each of the three rappers. You can check out the song below:

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Hear It First – Rae Sremmurd ft. Nicki Minaj and Young Thug, Throw Sum Mo

throw-somI will not comment on how wrong the song’s title is (Oh Hip-Hop), but regardless three of our favorite rappers (well, technically four) have brought us another song. In all honesty, I do not find it terrible, and in fact might feature one of the better verses of Young Thug’s career. The sound can come off a bit rough, but at least the vocals of Rae Sremmurd aren’t cracking like a sidewalk built in the 1950’s.

I heard rumors that this song’s beat, which comes to us from Soundz, Sway Lee & Slim Jimmy, was a bit of a rip-off (though I have yet to figure out what song). I find it original and intriguing, so props on that. The heavy bass carries the hook well and is subtle while keeping up with the general “strip-club” tone.

Don’t forget to purchase the upcoming albums for Rae Sremmurd and Nicki Minaj! Okay, all jokes aside, I posted this as I see the potential for appeal in this new hit. So you can follow the link and hear the song first below if you please:

-Austin Heath