This week in rap, we have the latest video from Aires Jackson, a project featuring Lenny Lenn and his brother James Ray, a brand-new funk track from Naeem Oba that's so ill it came with a "this will make you dance" disclaimer, another new video snippet from Spoke In Wordz, a new clip from Concept Oner of American Trash Republic and a new cut from SP Double's new CoLAb album.
The new video for Aires Jackson's "Refined Rappers" is pretty fucking cool. Staged in a quaint cigar bar (Aurora's Flavor of Havana), the clip finds the members of Aires Jackson and their crew -- Surgon, Haven and a security appearance from Foe -- posted up in the joint getting their Mafia Don swag on. Don't miss how dapper the fellas look in their suits.
Naeem Oba sent this track "Stomp" over with this tag line: "This joint even makes me want to dance, and I'm too cool for that." Oba takes it back further than New Jack Swing on his influences with this one. Imagine if Morris Day were a rapper, and Prince wrote his lyrics. Now press "play."
Spoke In Wordz is gearing up for the release of his new album, Pros and Cons, which is slated for release in August, and if this clip for "Go Hard" is an example of what's in store, the MC is about to kick ass and take names. With succinct lyrical prowess, Spoke makes clear he's not here to merely play the game, he's out to win. The Eric Heights-directed clip is sharp and fast, just like the MC's rhyme structure.
On his latest track, "There for You," American Trash Republic's Concept Oner is calm and collected. From a rapping perspective, with the '80s-influenced beat, you almost expect a rapid-fire flow from the MC. Instead, Concept delivers his verses with a more poetic and thoughtful energy as he explores the idea of loyalty and being there for each other.
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SP Double, in collaboration with Naeh One out of Los Angeles, is finally releasing the CoLAb album featuring his entire Boostwell family, and of course Naeh One. The whole album is available for you to check out on SP's bandcamp page, but in the meantime, give a listen to "Pray for Me," one of the standout tracks, which features rappers Ransom and Fowl Mowf. A song definitely designed to stir the soul, "Pray for Me" boasts verses filled with stories of besting one's enemies and having the strength to do so. Pretty fresh, indeed.