VIBE rounds up new hip-hop songs that should be on your itunes playlist—Sowmya Krishnamurthy
Lauryn Hill “Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)”
Lauryn Hill’s highly anticipated return to music after some 15 years is a frenetic as her real life. “We’re living in a joke time,” she raps harshly on “Neurotic Society,” a critique on, well, everything. If the track sounds a bit rushed, it’s because it probably was. According to Miss Hill herself, she was forced to release the song to deal with her very public financial woes.
Talib Kweli feat. Marsha Ambrosius “It Only Gets Better”
Had a sucky week? Get your Oprah affirmations on to “It Only Gets Better” from Talib Kweli’s new album Prisoner Of Conscious. Even better? J. Cole
Nosaj Thing and Chance The Rapper “Paranoia”
A chilled-out collabo between producer Nosaj Thing and Chance the Rapper. Fans of Chance’s Acid Rap mixtape (If you don’t have it, stop right now and go download it.) have heard this as part of “Pusha Man,” but it’s worth a second, third and fourth listen.
Tech N9ne “Rising”
The usually quiet Tech N9ne emerges this week to slaughter “Rising,” the opener to Harry Fraud’s High Tide EP. The indie juggernaut guts the track and takes no
The-Dream feat. Jay-Z “High Art”
“I’m missing you like bitches miss my music,” The-Dream sings on his new cut from the upcoming ‘IV Play.’ Not exactly a deep song, but it’s a nice, vicarious look into the world of millionaires.