Busta Rhymes & Q-Tip – Butch & Sundance

Let’s put aside the fact that mostly anything that references the George Roy Hill classic Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid (one of my favorite movies) is OK with me. Even if this wasn’t already in my good books because of the title, it would be after hearing the track. Busta and Q-Tip trade bars over a nice jazzy beat for 3 minutes. It’s smooth, lyrical, and it’s a pleasure to listen to two veterans still give us reliable bars after so long in the game (Something not everybody can do. Looking at you, Jay-Z. Shots fired.). This is from their new collaborative mixtape, The Abstract & the Dragon, which you can get here.

NoName Gypsy – Samaritan f. Mick Jenkins

Most of you probably know NoName Gypsy from her dope verse on Chance’s “Lost” from Acid Rap. She’s been releasing a lot of dope stuff, but this is my favorite of her tracks so far. She raps about confidence issues, her struggle, and the rap game over a jazzy, laid-back beat. Mick Jenkins comes in with a good guest spot, too. Definitely a good listen for any fan of Chance or Joey Bada$$.

A$AP Nast – Trillmatic f. Method Man

I saw an interview with A$AP Rocky when he first came out in which he said that he thought the other members of A$AP Mob were better than him. So far, Ferg and Nast (and what I’ve heard of Twelvy) have been proving him right. If you live in New York, you probably already know this song, but I couldn’t not put it up. Nast has a couple nice verses, but Mef’s is obscenely good. Let’s hope this is a good leg up for Nast.

Kanye West – Black Skinhead (Flying Lotus & Thundercat Remix)

FlyLo and Thundercat give us a dope, unexpected remix of one of the best tracks from Yeezus. Who’d have thought that such beautiful, mellow instrumentation would work over such an energetic, aggressive song? Anyway, the results are worth hearing at the least. Thundercat continues to impress me with his skill, I just wish he had more than one sound.