A$AP Nast - Trillmatic (ft. Method Man)
In addition to A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg, I’ve been keeping up to date with the rest of the A$AP Mob off and on, which consists of 13 members total, but keep in mind not all of them are hip-hop artists/producers. I wasn’t all that impressed with their lackluster 2012 collaboration mixtape Lord$ Never Worry, so I didn’t feel overly obligated to follow their progression too closely, or at least until they got their shit together. Fortunately, that day seems to have definitively come, at least for A$AP Nast. He previewed about a minute of Trillmatic back in July of this year, but I had no idea the final product would turn out this perfect. Not only is Trillmatic better than anything anyone from A$AP Mob has ever released, including A$AP Rocky, but it’s hands down one of the best hip-hop songs of 2013. Method Man makes a lasting statement with his top notch verse, and adds some solid variation to this vintage New York styled song. You’ll find this on A$AP Mob’s debut album Lords, which drops March 4, 2014.
"This ain’t just me rapping, it’s real and something you gots to know. Catch a mark nigga hating, get him a casket, that bastard’s ‘bout to go. Whoa, Nasty baby I’m crazy, the 90’s raised me. I’m just as smart, probably smarter than half the cats who play me.”
My Song Rating: 9.8 out of 10
GZA drops a verse explaining the origin of the Universe at the University of Toronto.
Raekwon - A Rainy Day
I honestly haven’t paid much attention to the subtle drama between RZA and Raekwon due to Raekwon apparently holding up the release date of the new Wu-Tang album. As long as what they release is dope, I have no real qualms about its timing. Especially with Raekwon currently finishing up his sixth solo album Fly International Luxurious Art, which is set to be released sometime in January next year.
That being said, I fuckin’ love all new school Wu that’s up to par with the classics, and A Rainy Day unquestionably falls into this category. One of my favorite songs off of Raekwon’s classic 1995 debut album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… is Rainy Dayz, and the hook for A Rainy Day is a direct sample of Ghostface Killah's opening line from this golden era cut, “on rainy days I sit back and count ways”. It also maintains the same drippily drumming pitter-patter that serves as the gloomy instrumental’s backbone. This is laced with some incredibly potent bars cooked up by the Chef, which altogether forms a truly gratifying audio entrée. Expect to see this on F.I.L.A. whenever it officially drops.
"I did you wrong because I was fucked up, lost. They caught me in the Porsche store crying divorce."
My Song Rating: 9.2 out of 10
In a recent interview RZA explained that several Wu-Tang Clan members have been slacking on recording the new Wu album. He said that Ghostface Killah was only 20% interested in recording, while Raekwon has yet to record any of his verses, which is delaying the album release date. He claims there’s no beef though, just frustration.
Mega Wu-Tang Men
"You need to diversify your bonds, nigga."
Happy I could assist. It was one of those low-key classics I forgot about for a while as well.