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Crew Love: The April Edition

By 04.30.12

As the rainy season began to subside, April came and went: ushering in the next few months of warmth, sunligh, and barbeque weather. The gloomy skies have been replaced with sunlight and it’s almost time to start busting out the cargo shorts and tank tops. Tack on the NFL draft and the beginning of the NBA playoffs and Tins’ chances of a mental breakdown are approaching seasonal highs.
And right in the nick of time, it’s Crew Love, trick. Feel free to drop your own entries below and and don’t forget the rent’s due tomorrow.
Jarren Benton – “Shut Up Bitch” — After posting the gut-busting video for this twisted banger a few months back, ATL’s Jarren Benton has become somewhat high on my priority list. Amidst half the watered-down crap coming out these days, Benton knows how to be both original and creative. The fast-flowing phenom showcases that balance on this disturbingly dope jam from his upcoming project Freebasing With Kevin Bacon. If you can believe it, my lady knows pretty much all the words to this joint at this point and hasn’t stopped rapping them for weeks. Yes, the irony is thick. — BEWARE

Jarren Benton – “Shut Up Bitch”
Ab-Soul Feat. Danny Brown & Jhene Aiko – “Terrorist Threats” (Prod. by Dave Free of Digi+Phonics) — Danny’s a trickster. The unusual antics, the asymmetric haircut and blitzkrieg flow might deceive you into thinking Adderall and coochie are the only things that occupy his frontal lobe. But his lines on “Terrorist Threats” are every bit on point, social commentary. — Gotty™

Ab-Soul Feat. Danny Brown & Jhene Aiko – “Terrorist Threats” (Prod. by Dave Free of Digi+Phonics)
Gap Band – “Yearning For Your Love” — I have a “learn a new song on the keys every once in awhile” policy i’ve held for a couple of years now. So, on a whim, I decided to turn back the clock this month and learn this legendary slow jam. Having the Gap Band’s staple on repeat became a welcome side effect since I got the chords down. — S. Cadet

Gap Band – “Yearning For Your Love”
Schoolboy Q Feat. A$AP Rocky – “Hands On The Wheel” — “Destructive” seems to be the new school’s mantra. Over a haunting flip of Kid Cudi’s ‘Pursuit of Happiness,’ Q and ASAP wax about driving drunk and experimenting with a colorful array of narcotics. And damn if it won’t get caught in your head for days at a time. — AJ

Schoolboy Q Feat. A$AP Rocky – “Hands On The Wheel”
Kanye West Feat. Kid Cudi, Pusha T, John Legend, Lloyd Banks, and Ryan Leslie – “Christian Dior Denim Flow” — I love the haunting tone Legend has on the hook and Lloyd Banks absolutely killed. Still, what scares me most about this song is that Ryan Leslie may have had the best verse…and it’s not a bad thing. — Greg Whitt

Kanye West Feat. Kid Cudi, Pusha T, John Legend, Lloyd Banks, and Ryan Leslie – “Christian Dior Denim Flow”
Weezer – “El Scorcho” — God damn you half-Japanese girls. Seriously. You do it to me every flippin’ time. Good thing River Cuomo’s here to remind me of my repeated mistakes. — Ryan J.

Weezer – “El Scorcho”
Missy Elliott Feat. Ginuwine – “Friendly Skies” — For all the classics the posse of Missy, Timbo, Aaliyah and Ginuwine provided the late ‘90’s and so forth, this often overlooked sulky banger deserves more credit. Just ask Drake as it served as the inspiration behind “Bria’s Interlude” from 2009’s So Far Gone. — J. Tinsley

Missy Elliott Feat. Ginuwine – “Friendly Skies”
White Hinterland – “My Love” — It’s coming on six years since the release of Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds. Pop singer/songwriter Casey Dienel’s frosty re-imagining of one of the album’s standouts proves there’s always more life to be squeezed out of the truly great records. — Samir S.

White Hinterland – “My Love”
Luca Brazi – “Conscious Rappers and War Veterans Have Tons in Common” — We first met this young spitter from Charlotte, NC on Skipp Coon & Mr Nick’s excellent Sophomore Slump Vol. 1 EP where he contributed an incredible verse to a track that featured Mississippi legend David Banner. This intensely-titled joint is a great intro to his general approach on last year’s Ear Candy mixtape speaking on revolutionary, intellectual subjects with his unique voice and delivery over conventional (but dope) beats. — Trackstar the DJ

Luca Brazi – “Conscious Rappers and War Veterans Have Tons in Common”
Kevin Cossom – “Touch Me” — After being subjected to this last week, I started to wonder what the current over-sexualization of R&B says about our society as a whole. But as I went through YouTube trying to cleanse my palette, I began to realize that overtly sexual lyrics have always been in the music: yes, even before R. Kelly. It’s all about finding the subtle balance between romance and playful raunchiness and that’s what Kevin Cossom manages to do with this panty dropper from his latest (and what deserves to be on the shortlist of best R&B projects of the year), Hook Vs. Bridge 2. Let’s keep it classy out there fellas. — Amp

Kevin Cossom – “Touch Me”
Noisettes – “Atticus” — There’s something to be said about a simple melody can stick with you for what seems like forever. Nearly three years later I still find myself getting lost in the hypnotic delivery of lead singer and bassist Shingai Shoniwa. By lost, I mean to the point that I’m almost ashamed that I just got where the title’s reference came from. — MZ

Noisettes – “Atticus”
Dr. Dre Feat. The Game and Jay-Z – “Get Yo Money Right” — Back when Detox was first ‘dropping’ in ‘04 some choice cuts leaked to the holy internets. But none were better than this collab between Dre, Hov and Game. Put me in the not-mad camp if the fabled project never comes out because all would’ve/should’ve/could’ve records still get burn in my iPod. — Raj

Dr. Dre Feat. The Game and Jay-Z – “Get Yo Money Right”

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