If you think music is dope, wait 'til you hear it live. If you think live music is dope, wait 'til you read about it on the internet. If you think reading about music on the internet is dope, wait 'til you read a list containing ten extremely good songs on a website owned by Snoop Dogg.
In fact, what if I told you that you were reading the introduction to a list containing ten extremely good songs on a website owned by Snoop Dogg right now? Would your mind explode all over your face? That's fine, you don't need your mind or a clean face to listen to music. All you need is your ears.
Primus - "The Dream"
There's a new Primus EP, and it's more or less exactly what you'd expect from a Primus EP in 2017, which is to say it's weird as fuck. "The Dream" is ambient ragga for people on mushrooms and contains ideal amounts of Primus bandleader Les Claypool's signature slap bass (medium) and signature annoying-as-fuck voice (none).
Rich the Kid f. Kendrick Lamar - "New Freezer"
One of the super fun things about Kendrick Lamar is that despite the fact that he's the biggest rapper in the universe, there's no rhyme or reason to which songs he'll end up doing a guest verse on. He's not just gunning for tracks with other hip-hop superstars, and unlike Drake, it's not like he hops onto buzzing regional rap hits in order to maintain some zombified relevance. Instead, he does super random shit like remix "Classic Man" and pop up on tracks with everybody from Funkadelic to Fredo Santana. Here, he collaborates with unsung Atlanta hero Rich the Kid for some reason, and it's great.
Broadcast - "Tunnel View"
*AIRHORN NOISE* UNRELEASED BROADCAST, YOU BASTARDS! TWO MINUTES AND FIFTY EIGHT SECONDS OF PURE RAW UNCUT PSYCHEDELIC DREAM POP SO TWEE YOU CAN HEAR THE DAMN ASS TAPE HISS *AIRHORN NOISE*
Protomartyr - "Don't Go to Anacita"
In an unprecedented Rock Bro move, the Rock Bros of Protomartyr have put their new album Relatives in Descent into like five dive bar jukeboxes in America, and even though the record is out now, I'm pretty sure the ideal Relatives in Descent listening environment is a bar jukebox. BRB, gonna go the nearest dive bar and listen to Relatives in Descent.
Lil B feat. YG - "Young Ni—az"
K, back, Relatives in Descent was good as shit, and Lil B's new song with YG is similarly good as shit. Also, Lil B is apparently doing production for YG now, because sometimes the world is kind and lets my favorite rapper from 2009-2011 work with my favorite rapper from 2014-present.
Troop - "Not Around"
If the phrase "smooth fight-rap" sounds oxymoronic to you, you should probably listen to a bunch of Baton Rouge rap from the 90s and early 2000s, then come back and listen to Troop's "Not Around," because it sounds kind of like that.
Trillion - "Light It Up"
This feels like a throwback to, oh, I don't know, late 2015 or something? Like, the mini-epoch in hip-hop production where instead of motherfucking flutes all the beats had piano plinks and then 2 Chainz claimed the trend as his own by putting out a piano-plink song whose music video featured him as a baby. Anyways, this song is fun, listen to it.
Mobsquad Nard - "All Traps Closed"
I'm sitting at a desk right now, but as soon as I put the Jacksonville, FL rapper Mobsquad Nard's new track on, I teleported into a candy-painted lowrider truck that was also a club and also also a stadium.
Yasuaki Shimizu - "Umi No Ue Kara"
The Japanese jazz guy Yasuaki Shimizu's strange and placid 1982 fusion album Kakashi has become a cult favorite in recent years, and so the labels Palo Flats and We Release Whatever the Fuck We Want Records (seriously, that is this label's name) have teamed up to remaster and reissue the record before somebody else has the chance to. This is ideal smoking music, in that it's peaceful but also has a bunch of weird shit going on that'll draw your attention at these super random moments and make listening feel like exploring.
Buk of Psychodrama - "It'll All Make Sense in a Minute"
AHHHHHH, THIS SONG IS SO GOOD!!! Quick history lesson in case you're not an overenthusiastic rap-liking child like me: Psychodrama is one of the Big Three of mid-90s Chicago rolling fast-rap, along with Do or Die and Crucial Conflict, and as Psychodrama's basso profundo Buk raps on this solo cut, "Ask someone about Psychodrama/ Oh you can easily Google and know the group/ Your search results will reveal we are the overlords of the overdue." By the time Buk's stop-start raps are telling you that your aunties and uncles know who he is, you'll probably have figured out that this is basically unlike anything else you're going to hear today.
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