Busy hasn’t exactly been quiet recently but is still finding his feet after his stay in jail. That is not a knock against him, we feel that he is a seminal dancehall artist (especially in this current crop of stars). He recently started doing more flips of famous songs which i love because he’s great at them. Above he flips Marvin Gaye’s sexual healing in honour of Marvin’s bday. Below he flips both Lil Wayne’s Good Kush (actually known as Love Me) and Future and Riri’s Love Song alongside Ikaya.
This song is the flipside to a song like differentology, Lea-Anna’s new song is a gorgeous reggae tinged love song. Lea-Anna expresses her desire for a certain someone to find her love. It’s fantastic in it’s way that it’s restrained. The vocals and instrumental find space and compliment each other well (the song is produced by her frequent collaborator Wundah). Not sure when this is coming out but make sure you keep an eye out for it.
Now this is a surprise, Bonic of Philly’s Most Wanted fame teams up with Dom Kennedy for this collab. It’s sounds like an updated Philly’s Most wanted which is wicked. Legacy acts doing updated versions of what they are known for. That’s the ticket.
It’s been a while since we have heard from Ricky, he released an EP on FOOLS GOLD! Since then we have been waiting for something new and it finally arrived in the form of this new mixtape and it’s an interesting ride.
I have found issues with Ricky before and his use of autotune, i tended to find him extremely harsh at times, on this tape that isn’t a problem. Ricky sings each song in a similar pattern which can get a bit grating after a while but he is an artist that is improving. This mixtape sees him use nuance in a way that reflects a change in hip hop and r and b and also his best work (Production on Hold Yuh).
If you can overlook Jim Jones’ very odd use of Basqiuat and some very obvious musical cues (we need a dubstep song, we need 1 for the ladies) this is a good mixtape from an artist that is experimenting in a very organic way. Unlike his peers who seem to be comfortable living in whatever trend is now, Ricky expands on what he feels is right.