V Playlist: DJ Khaled x J.Cole x Big K.R.I.T. x Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa x K-Young, Ab-Soul, Flying Lotus x Erykah Badu, Sean Kingston x Busta Rhymes, Torae
VIBE’s Daily Additions to the ‘Pod
1. DJ Khaled (feat. J.Cole, Big K.R.I.T. & Kendrick Lamar) – “They Ready”
Getting these three on a track together was a pretty great idea. It’s not as monumental as you’d expect, but that doesn’t take away from how dope the song is overall. Maybe if the horn in the background & the bass knocked more, it would give it that extra ‘oomph.’ We think Kendrick takes it, as far as the best verse, but that’s arguable amongst you guys.
2. Wiz Khalifa (feat. K-Young) – “In The Air”
The 80s sci-fi-influenced synths in this beat mesh oddly well with the song in general, maybe even being the standout factor here. Wiz & K-Young collab great together, but the synths definitely make this the interesting tune that it is.
3. Ab-Soul – “Nibiru”
The thing about TDE—specifically Ab’s tribal flow on this—is that they can take any beat, flow extremely different than what you’ve heard from them before, but still keep their signature style. They’re definitely the team to look out for, and this #TDEFamAppreciationWeek offering proves that.
4. Flying Lotus (feat. Erykah Badu) – “See Thru To U”
Strings, stomps, fast-paced drums, slight climes—you’re getting a lot all at once on this song. Although it’s primarily an instrumental, sans Erykah’s soft words here & there, “See Thru To U” definitely evokes movement.
5. Sean Kingston (feat. Busta Rhymes) – “How We Survive”
This is one of those “bang the ceiling” chunes, with obvious mainstream pop influence. Veteran reggae heads may find this a little too immature for their taste, but his teen/young adult fans will whine to this just fine.
6. Torae – “The Journey Pt. II”
Torae offers up some fire on this one. His NYC roots shine hard here, letting off bars that are strictly dope hip-hop. We see you homie.