New Music Leaks from Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Nas, & Big Sean
Yesterday was a banner day for hip hop leaks. We’ve got new songs from Yeezy, Weezy, Nas, and Big Sean. Are they all good? Meh, not really. But is it exciting to have a batch of new music from some of the best rappers working today? Definitely. Below, a roundup.
Kanye West – “Mama’s Boyfriend” This didn’t make the cut for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which is too bad because it’s an excellent throwback to early, College Dropout-era Kanye. It’s also a rather touching tribute to Ye’s mother, who passed away in 2007. Download it here.
Lil Wayne – “Dear Anne (Stan Pt. 2)” You wouldn’t believe it on first listen, but Swizz Beatz produced this track. It’s pretty dark and melancholic, with a lot of minor chords and tinkly piano. Remember that Eminem song “Stan,” about an obsessed fan? This is a follow-up to that. Unfortunately, it won’t be appearing on Tha Carter IV. You can download it here.
Nas – “Nasty” Back in the day, Nas was known as “Nasty Nas,” hence the title of this track. If you like Nas, you’ll like this new track from his upcoming album Life Is Good. As ever, his flow and lyrics are dazzling, although I’m not crazy about the production on this one.
Big Sean ft. Kanye West – “Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay” When is Big Sean going to blow up? Kanye’s labelmate has a lot of potential, but this is definitely not his breakout hit. That creaky nails-on-a-chalkboard noise in this beat is abrasive. The rest of his debut album is apparently coming on June 28 after many delays. For a much better Big Sean track, may I direct your attention to “My Last“?
So the summer is shaping up well so far, rap-wise. Could any of these qualify as the 2011 summer jam though? No. And the lack of said summer jam is still a pressing issue that the world of popular music needs to address.