Don Trip, "Letter to my Son" feat. Cee-Lo
We guess this is what they call being private in public. We all know the "Baby Mama Drama" story well; though, hopefully, not from firsthand experience. This is the most dramatic and accessible retelling of the story we've ever heard. That is, aside from the original YouTube video anyway. This mixed and mastered version featuring Cee-Lo Green is still powerful and is a very important story in modern Hip-Hop.
Brenton Brown, "Lemme Know" feat. Ghostwridah
Our ears were virgin to the work of Brenton Brown (the rapper). It must be said that we're pleasantly surprised and intrigued. We're well aware that everything Ghostwridah has touched has been magic. This track is no exception. That track knocks like the knees on a pigeon-toed girl. The lyrics are on point as Brenton and Ghost both serve up perfect flows and clever wordplay. This is a bona fide hit record.
Nneka, "God Knows Why" feat. Black Thought
We must be careful in the adjectives we choose for this song. The caution is necessary so that we don't let any expletives fly. Do know that the most fitting descriptors for this song require at least a pair of four letter words. Nneka is a wicked kind of sexy talented that we can't even verbalize. You just need to listen to this song, any of her previous works, her thick accent and you will fall in love with this artist. The beat on this song is just filthy … in a good way.
Lyriciss, "The Balance" (Rox Fontaine exclusive commentary track extra)
"Yaaaaaas!" This track is o-fficial. It's a type of soupy Boom Bap goodness that even non-backpackers have to love. This is a throwback to 1993 rap sensibilities and we can dig it. We are all looking for a balance and Lyriciss explains in rhyme his way of coping with the pitfalls and perils of the music industry. Most notably money, power and respect. We feel you, Lyriciss.