The Tuesday (March 7) version of the DX Digest once again finds the hardworking Future with the crown in a new video for “Use Me” while T.I. comes in at a close second with another single, “Dope Game,” taken from the soundtrack for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands. An incredible beat battle between DJ Premier and Pete Rock slides in at number three, Jidenna’s Late Show performance of “Bambi” hits the fourth slot and Project Pat’s “Stay Down” with Young Dolph rounds out the top five. Music from Page Kennedy, Ric Wilson, Mozzy and IAMSU!, 2 Eleven, Mpulse, and a day-in-the-life video with Russell Simmons also make the cut.
Future – “use me”
Future is undeniably at the top of his game right now. After dropping two back-to-back projects, HNDRXX and his self-titled album, his visibility and reach are astronomical. In fact, he became the first artist ever in the 61-year history of the Billboard 200 chart to have consecutive #1 albums. The visual finds Future pulling up to a run-down cafe in a white luxury sports car where he confronts his younger self (who surprisingly looks just like him) and assures him he has a better life ahead of him. Watch it above.
t.i. – “dope game”
As part of the 10th installment of the video games series, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands, T.I. has contributed a new track, “Dope Game,” which revolves around the lessons the Atlanta kingpin learned playing it. The video game’s accompanying soundtrack was co-curated by Tip himself, DJ Skee and The Game, who added “What Else.”
Pete rock vs. dj premier – “dj battle”
In one epic event, DJ Premier and Pete Rock rocked the 1s and 2s at the Sidebar in Miami, Florida, where the two legendary turntablists ran through their catalog. Similar to Just Blaze and Swizz Beatz’ epic beat battle, the two playfully challenged each other while Preemo got Rock to perform “The Creator” with him, and Pete brought out Talib Kweli to perform “Get By.”
jidenna – “bambi (Live)”
In support of his newest album, The Chief, Jidenna was the musical guest on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert, where he performed album highlight “Bambi.” Accompanied by several backup singers and a mellow blue light, he easily sailed through the performance while holding a cocktail in his hand.
Project pat & Young Dolph – “Stay down”
After wrapping up his late night meet and greet party in the Hollywood Hills, Young Dolph is back to releasing new music and has returned with Project Pat for the track “Stay Down.” Produced by Zaytoven, the song serves as the first single from the Three 6 Mafia vet’s forthcoming mixtape, Cheeze N Dope 4, and is essentially about money and hoes (because what else is there?).
Page Kennedy f. fred the godson & Elzhi – “assassins”
Detroit MC/actor Page Kennedy keeps tearing those pages out of his life story and sharing them with the world. As he prepares to release his forthcoming album, Torn Pages, he’s released another banger titled “Assassins,” which features guest spots from Fred The Godson and Elzhi. Torn Pages is expected to arrive on Friday (March 10).
russell simmons – “Too old to die young”
After securing $6 million in funding, Mass Appeal has unveiled its next major project, Too Old To Die Young: Russell Simmons. The nine-minute video follows the Def Jam Recordings legend to find out what happens during a day-in-the-life of the hopelessly busy business mogul.
mozzy f. iamsu! – “my eyes”
Mozzy has dropped a new video for “My Eyes,” which dissects his experiences in prison as a teenager as well as his goals for self-improvement. The track and subsequent video also features Bay Area rapper IAMSU!. The single is taken from Mozzy’s recently released Fake Famous mixtape. The project also includes a collaboration with YG and G-Eazy on lead single “Hold On Me,” as well as guest spots from Dave East, YFN Lucci, Trae Tha Truth, and Jadakiss.
2 eleven – “finessin”
2 Eleven has resurfaced with a video for “Finessin” and finds the West Coast spitter looking out for those gold diggin’ women out there and celebrating his independent grind while “keepin’ it lit like a Newport.” The video follows “That’s Out,” which dropped last month. At this rate, there’s most likely more from him around the corner.
ric wilson – “finna.”
Produced by Pyrekt, Ric Wilson’s “Finna.” is another positive anthem that features the young MC finding his way through the “shade.” As stated in a press release, he wrote the song for all his”people” out there trying to prove the world wrong. “I love you and know you gone shine thru the shade,” he said.
mpulse – “leap of faith”
Chi-Town native Mpluse is in the middle of his “52 Weeks” campaign and has continued with single number 27, “Leap of Faith.” The self-produced track centers on his relocation from Chicago to Atlanta to pursue music and be closer to his industry connections. Throughout the song, he details what it’s like to make that “Leap of Faith” that could have life-changing possibilities.