Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of our most trusted music aficionados joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Patrick Bowman!
In case you missed, it here's what Patrick played:
Little Simz, "Picture Perfect" - British rapper Simbi Ajikawo, who records as Little Simz, is steadily on the up in the hip-hop world with a critically acclaimed debut album under her belt-- 2015's A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons-- and some impressive cosigns by the genre's biggest stars (reigning king MC Kendrick Lamar r said Simz “might be the illest doing it now.”)
Now, at the beginning of 2017, Simbi has followed up A Curious Tale... with Stillness in Wonderland, a virtuoso rap odyssey that also happens to be a concept album about Alice in Wonderland. And while "Picture Perfect" isn't the trippiest song on the album, it's certainly the most fun, and shows Simbi having a blast and showing off her hook writing as well as her rhythmic, technical rapping.
Run The Jewels, "Down" feat. Joi - Revered Atlanta-based MC Killer Mike and underground rap giant/Brooklyn-based MC and producer El-P have been collaborating under the name Run the Jewels since 2013. They released their third album RTJ3 to adoring fans on Christmas eve 2016, and like their previous two records, it's a shotgun blast of the wittiest, tightest battle rap you'll ever hear, hardened by a fiery social consciousness as well as moments of genuine reflection and heartache. This is the hip-hop we need in Trump's America.
"Down" is the track one from RTJ3 and it finds the duo taking a step back from their usual righteous fury, producing a heady groove of a song that feels like Mike and El are collecting themselves for future battle, parsing out what needs to be done and what past injustices need to be reconciled. The track sacrifices none of the trademarks that have made Run the Jewels who they are, but shows new dimensions to RTJ's formidable sound.