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What up, Hip-Hop Wired Nation? We’re again with one other version of CRT FRSH AKA Certified Fresh! A part of our obligation as a publication and crew is to highschool the lots on who’s doing what musically and there’s no higher manner to try this past our CRT FRSH (Licensed Contemporary) bi-weekly playlist.
The CRT FRSH playlist is a labor of affection. We don’t take funds nor will we do favors. We solely add joints to our playlist that match the theme and imaginative and prescient we’re going for and don’t search to waste the time of the listener. Additional, we don’t stick to 1 lane of Hip-Hop. We imagine that every one elements of the music ought to get some gentle, whether or not it’s younger lions within the trenches or these hoping for that one shot to blow as much as grizzled veterans puffing out their chests with tons extra to say.
This week’s replace is damaged up into two halves, very like we did final time. The primary 25 songs are people that ought to already be on most folk’ radars or very near it. Within the second half, we dug deep into the digital crates to shine a light-weight on the longer term large names of tomorrow. As all the time, we didn’t checklist every thing we appreciated and we’ll add the joints we missed in some following updates.
We open up this week’s replace with SZA’s remix of “Kill Invoice” from her 2022 album SOS which options Doja Cat displaying her formidable rapping skill. We observe that up with one other remix, this time Ice Spice’s “Princess Diana” that includes Nicki Minaj in a scene-stealing flip.
The Alchemist has been on fairly a run in the previous few years and his collaborative album with Larry June, The Nice Escape, is full of sturdy joints, most notably “Palisades, CA” that includes Large Sean for the primary time over an Alchemist beat. Different tracks within the playlist’s first half embrace “Search and Rescue” from Drake, “DOGTOOTH” from Tyler, The Creator, and “Fallin’” from Joey BadA$$.
On the playlist’s second half, we embrace “Half Steppin’” from Grafh and considered one of our favourite rappers in Smoke DZA. Patty Honcho, a reputation you all ought to look out for, torches his monitor “Clocking In” with BlaQ Chidori on the assistance out. In that very same crew, producer klwn cat and his collaborative album Don’t Go Exterior with unruly has quite a few joints we regarded over and went with “Inform Me How You Really feel” that includes Mourning Run and the gifted Matt Draugos.
We even have joints on the CRT FRSH checklist from Hus Kingpin, IDK, BIA, Curren$y, Nappy Nina, B. Cool-Support, Chris Crack, YUNGMORPHEUS, defprez, Black Thought, and extra. Benefit from the playlist and we’ll be updating it in a few weeks with 50 brand-new joints.
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