V Playlist: Slaughterhouse x Eminem, Brandy, Leona Lewis x Childish Gambino, Dwele x Raheem DeVaughn, Fat Trel x Chief Keef, Craig G x Styles P, Jasmine Solano
VIBE’s Daily Additions to the ‘Pod
1. Slaughterhouse (feat. Eminem) – “Throw That”
Ok, so this is a sex song—one of those that’s full of dick braggadocio. Luckily it’s done by some good lyricists, otherwise this had the potential to be type corny. Their clever euphemisms save it from being that though.
2. Brandy – “Wildest Dreams”
Bran just took us back to her criminally ignored Afrodisiac days with this song. Everything about “Wildest Dreams” works—her voice, the production (S/O to Tha Bizness), her infamous adlibs, just everything. B-Rocka is back on her A-game.
3. Leona Lewis (feat. Childish Gambino) – “Trouble”
Pretty cool pop tune. Leona sounds amazing as usual, and Gambino delivers one of his signature flows with that fire we expect from him.
4. Dwele (feat. Raheem DeVaughn) – “What You Gotta Do”
This is what happens when you get two soulful dudes on one track who are creatively on the same wavelength. This is a truly enjoyable R&B record.
5. Fat Trel (feat. Chief Keef) – “Fukkk Da Feds”
One thing we can say about this song is that it actually shows us a little of what Keef can offer lyrically. Although it isn’t anything to go run & tell your friends about, this serves as a good tune to ride out to.
6. Craig G (feat. Styles P) – “Heaven & Hell”
You can’t help but nod your head to this one. That horn sample is perfectly placed, positively adding to an already stellar beat. Styles always goes off in his verses, but that’s without saying.
7. Jasmine Solano – RAP (EP)
From the jump with “Rap (Intro),” you can tell that Jasmine is influenced by the boom-bap of the 90s. It’s great inspiration too, seeing as she has the flow that’ll probably make vets like MC Lyte and Missy Elliott proud. What stands out though is that she mixes that influence with the trippy/EDM-inspired music of today, making something that’s 100% hers & pretty original. Standout tracks include the aforementioned & titled track “Rap (Intro),” Yelawolf-assisted “One On One,” and “Know Thy Enemy.”