As the post-Valentine’s Day haze fades away, DX is back with some new music for those wounded souls out there. Beginning Jidenna’s “The Let Out, Joey Bada$$’s “Victory” and the bizarre inklings of Gnarly Davidson’s “Jay-Z’s Girl,” we’ve also thrown in an Over/Under with Migos, NxWorries’ (Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge) performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Funk Flex’s new DJ show (starring Statik Selektah on the first episode), “Watching” from Supa and Roc Nation’s Jim Jones, a single from producer Kingdom and TDE’s SZA, as well as music from Ric Wilson, Jay IDK, Clyde Carson (with E-40 and Keak Da Sneak), Toussaint, Mpulse, Little Dragon, and Kosha Dillz.
Jidenna f. Nana Kwabena – “The Let Out”
Hailing from (of all places) Wisconsin, 31-year-old Jidenna has jumped in some 2016 BET cyphers with Consequence and collaborated with Kendrick Lamar on the 2015 remix of “Classic Man,” which gave his career a quick jumpstart. As he prepares to release his debut album, The Chief, on Friday (February 17), he’s shared a video for “The Let Out” in support of the project with a little help from Nana Kwabena. Watch the video above and pre-order the album here.
Gnarly Davidson (CeeLo Green) – “Jay-Z’s Girl”
While CeeLo Green continues to weird people out with his awkward reinvention as Gnarly Davidson, he has taken off the strange gold suit he wore at the 59th Grammy Music Awards and delivered a video for “Jay-Z’s Girl.” The title alone is enough to make Hov hunt him down, but coupled with the posters of Beyoncé in his childhood bedroom, sketches of her husband and blatant rip-off of the 1981 Rick Springfield hit, “Jessie’s Girl,” the creep factor is at an all-time high. Naturally, it must be watched.
joey bada$$ – “Victory”
Young Brooklyn spitter Joey Bada$$ is gearing up for his promotional run at NBA All-Star Weekend and consequently has revealed “Victory,” which is a seamless marriage of Hip Hop and sports. Commissioned by Mountain Dew, the 22-year-old told HipHopDX, “I wanted to talk about basketball, but I also wanted to merge real life aspects into that. So that was the real challenge for me and I thought that there was no better way to do that than insinuating and talking about victory because that’s something that we all strive for whether on the court or off the court.” Produced by Kirk Knight and Adam Pallin, the track easily brings the concept to life.
migos – “over/under”
Migos is Pitchfork’s latest victim of the wildly popular series, Over/Under. In the video, Offest, Takeoff and Quavo rate Martin Shkreli (“who’s that?”), monogamy (“what’s that?”), soup, cartoons, ghostwriters, school, wealth, dentists, Atlanta underground (“overrated”), and more. At this point, it seems Migos is just coasting on its recent monumental success, including a #1 Billboard single, “Bad & Boujee,” and #1 album, Culture, and clearly gives no….well, figure it out.
NxWorries (Anderson .Paak & Knxwledge – “What More Can I Say”
R&B/Hip Hop sensation Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge, collectively known as NxWorries, stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform “What More Can I Say” off their spirited album, Yes Lawd!, marking the duo’s television debut. The performance was backed by a string quartet arranged by Miguel Atwood. .Paak, who calls the album his “best work,” according to a press release, taps into his inner ’70s superstar and “talks shit like a stone cold player.” “What More Can I Say” addresses an intimate relationship he seemingly wants to break free of and is finally saying it. Find Yes Lawd! here.
Funk Flex & Statik SElektah – “5 minutes of funk freestyle series”
Funk Flex has invented a new DJ segment for his radio show, “5 Minutes Of Funk,” and for the inaugural episode has tapped veteran producer/DJ Statik Selektah. Much like his freestyle show, Flex aims to highlight some of Hip Hop’s most able hands as they mix and scratch their way through instrumentals, break beats and acapellas.
Supa f. jim jones – “Watching”
New Roc Nation signee and Dipset legend Jim Jones has teamed up with Miami rapper Supa for the video “Watching,” which was filmed in the subtropical Florida city. The visual takes the viewer on a day-in-the-life of Supa and what it’s like in his neighborhood.
kingdom f. sza- “what is love”
Massachusetts producer Kingdom (real name Ezra Rubin) has tapped some vocal assistance from TDE artist SZA for the new single, “What Is Love.” The downtempo, electronic-tinged R&B offering bursts with plenty of emotion and a chill, laid-back vibe. The song comes from Kingdom’s forthcoming album, which is expected on February 24.
Jay idk & Isaiah rashad – “tour vlog”
While on tour with Isaiah Rashad, Jay IDK decided to capture the entire experience with a vlog series, which features his daily life on the road. From light discussions about food to his humble beginnings, the seven-minute episode is a decent introduction to what makes the Maryland rapper tick.
Little Dragon – “High”
Featured on De La Soul’s Grammy Award nominated album, And The Anonymous Nobody, Swedish dream-pop group Little Dragon obviously loves collaborating with Hip Hop artists. After working with the likes of Snoop Dogg on Gorillaz’s 2010 album, Plastic Beach, Bishop Nehru and Big Boi, they’re back at it with a new video for “High.” Although there is no Hip Hop feature on this one, most likely there will be one soon. In the meantime, expand those horizons and listen up.
Mpulse – “Skylines”
Mpulse continues his “52 Weeks” campaign with “Skylines.” The MC plans on dropping a new single every week for a year. Produced by Mpulse, the eerie, stripped down beat finds him spitting about relationships and the superficiality of women who want a “baller.”
Ric Wilson – “All I wanna do”
Twenty-something MC Ric Wilson has returned with “All I Wanna Do,” which features production from QuicklyQuickly, and vocal assistance from Boyang, Anthony Pavel and Teddy Jackson. It’s impossible to be unhappy listening to this song thanks to Wilson’s often optimistic lyrics and infectious positivity.
Clyde Carson F. e-40 & Keak Da Sneek- “S.T.S.A. 2”
Clyde Carson has tapped Bay Area Hip Hop heavyweights like Keak Da Sneak and E-40 for his new 11-track project, S.T.S.A. 2 (Something To Speak About 2). With production from DJ Mustard and Las Venus, the album bumps with hard-hitting beats and energetic rhythms, most notably on “She Ready” featuring E-40.
Toussaint – “Baby Gots Venom”
Produced by former bandmate from The Blend, Edward Folly on guitar, and his Phantom Menace, Dr. Wylie on everything else, Toussaint Morrison combines rap and a little soul shouting on his new single, “Baby Gots Venom.” The song is taken from his soon-to-be-released debut album, Lesser Restoration.
kosha dillz- “no you can’t”
Kosha Dillz is one of those rappers that just won’t quit — no matter what. The self-proclaimed “Jewish rapper living in Koreatown” posted up in front of the Grammys Sunday (February 12) to freestyle for anyone willing to listen and now returns with a comedic video for “No You Can’t,” which puts his sarcastic sense of humor front and center. “Can I get a…no, you can’t,” he spits, clearly over people asking him for things. Produced by YUC Beats, the track *might win you over.