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A weekly roundup of unreleased songs, new singles, and assorted musical detritus trickling out to the Web.
Rick Ross (feat. The Dream): “I Really Want”
Even though one of Rick Ross’s exes sided with his rival 50 Cent in their much-publicized beef, and another, it has recently been revealed, has a budding amateur porn career, it seems the big man still believes in love. “She my dime/Not the one I wanna cuss at/Looking fine/Real diamond g’on and cut glass,” Ross says of a woman who hasn’t done him wrong—yet.
Rye Rye (feat. M.I.A.): “Bang”
It matters little that M.I.A.’s contribution here is limited to the explosive onomatopoeia of the chorus: Baltimore native Rye Rye handles the rhymes just fine by herself, thank you very much. It’s Rye’s teenaged, Balmer-accented voice squeaking out hardcore lines and demanding you “throw your fuckin’ sets up” over a densely frantic Blaqstarr club track that make this, well, a banger.
It’s not hard to sound good over a beat from Oddisee, one of the finest producers out of D.C. But the liquid, nasal flow of Yonkers MC Outasight gets just as much credit for the bump-free ride of “Exclusive” as Oddisee’s Camp Lo-meets-Diplo track.
Jadakiss ft. Swizz Beatz & OJ Da Juiceman “Who’s Real”
“If you’re real and you know it, clap your hands,” goes the Swizz Beatz-chanted, nursery-rhyme-ripped chorus of the latest Jadakiss track. Less child-friendly are Jada’s rhymes: “Guns gon’ clap/Packs gon’ move/Blood get drawn/Skin gon’ bruise,” the rapper warns. If you’re happy and you know it, clap your…guns?