Welcome to another edition of Monday Grooves, ladies and gentlemen. Quite a lot has happened since my previous Monday Grooves post. New albums, cooked beef (Drake and Kendrick), and even a wildly entertaining Kanye interview.
Now that just scratches the surface, though. The Hip-Hop world is alive and kicking, with all sorts of up-and-coming artists making waves. Now, this does mean there’s a whole lot of songs for me to choose from to put on here today. However, no matter what I pick, here are three tracks that are guaranteed to keep your week groovy.
Dom Kennedy – If It Don’t Make Money (feat. Skeme)
Get Home Safely had high expectations, especially around these parts. The album is pure dope and features everything we love about the smooth rapper from the West Coast. Props Dom, it’s been hard to live up to expectations for an album this year.
“If it Don’t Make Money” is one of my favorites off the project, with swag levels to the max. The hustle is very apparent within the bars of this track, as Skeme and Dom both represent hard work and dedication. On a side note, it’s nice to finally hear something big from Skeme, who for some reason has been very reclusive lately. The West Coast is on the rise, and it’s certainly not gonna stop any time soon.
Problem ft. Bad Lucc – Like Whaaat
Usually I get tired of a heavily played radio track very quickly. It gets old after I hear it for the 5th or 6th time that day. This is the reason I’ve always used a CD player in my car, listening to endless amounts of rap mixes. Unfortunately, circumstances lately have led to my CD player to break, forcing me to use the radio.
This song has been one of my favorites that I’ve heard on the air, and I’m still not tired of it. The hook is infectious, the beat reps the Bay Area, and you just can’t help but root for Problem as he makes his way up the West Coast food chain. It was good to see both him and Bad Lucc in the BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher, and I’m sure we’ll see plenty more of him.
The Diplomats – Dipset Anthem
You knew I had to throw in the old school favorite. The Diplomats formed their own sound back during the Roc-A-Fella hayday, and the best way I can explain it would be referring to it as “Ghetto Extravagance”. Cam’ron, Juelz Santana, and the rest of the crew found clever ways to display Gangster attitudes with humor mixed in. I’m pretty sure if Cam’ron wasn’t a rapper he’d be a stand-up comedian.
Anyways, Diplomatic Immunity is a gem and should be added to any serious Hip-Hop fan’s collection.