2 Chainz & Lil Wayne – Collegrove [Album]

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2015 was a year of major collaborations – Kendrick & J. Cole, Phantogram & Big Boi, Chance & Lil B , Fetty Wap & French Montana and of course Skrillex & Diplo’s massive Jack U project. Looks like the trend is here to stay as we begin 2016 and two of southern hip hop’s biggest names come together for a full length album. Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz give us a 12 track album titled Collegrove – a combination of their respective neighborhoods, College Park and Hollygrove.

You know what you’re getting from these artists when they drop music on their own, but together they actually deliver some of their toughest bars in recent memory.  The production on this is solid as well, making for an overall fun album to listen to. Some standout tracks include “Dedication”, “Smell Like Money”, “Gotta Lotta”, and “Rolls Royce Weather Everyday”.

Stream Collegrove below.

Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered. [EP]

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If you haven’t been on the internet for the past couple of days, you would have never known that Kendrick Lamar was dropping new music, because this literally manifested out of thin air, with no build up or previews. But if you have been paying attention to Kendrick’s live televised performances, you obviously noticed he was performing a handful of unreleased music during them. His first untitled track performance dates back to 2014, when he performed one on the final episode of The Colbert Report. Then he did it again on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, and finally at this year’s Grammy’s.

It wasn’t long until fans started demanding these songs get released. Even Lebron James pleaded for the tracks. Fortunately for us TDE’s Top Dawg and Kendrick were feeling generous and granted our wishes with an 8-track EP titled Untitled Unmastered.  It’s available right now on iTunesApple MusicTidal, Spotify, and Google Play.

The EP consists of demo tracks that date back to 2013 and 2014, so you can assume most of these were from To Pimp A Buttefly recording sessions. They even have that experimental jazz-funk sound prominent in TPAB.

There’s no reason for you to read anything more about the project honestly, just go and give it a listen for yourself and let it sink in that even Kendrick’s demos sound better than most of your favorite artist’s masters.

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