Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape November 17, 2012.
Action Bronson & Alchemist ft. Big Twin and Sean Price, “Blood of the Goat”
Provided the album art for Action Bronson’s forthcoming Rare Chandeliers hasn’t already melted your brainpan, this advance single should provide some healthy, mental stimulus.
A collaboration with hip-hop tinkerer extraordinaire the Alchemist, Rare Chandeliers should add to the existing wealth of Action Bronson’s gonzo, shred-hop ridiculousness.
Nicki Minaj ft. Lil Wayne, “High School”
Did Nicki Minaj peak—both commercially and artistically—with Pink Friday? I sure hope not. Had Lil Wayne and the other star-makers at Young Money decided to market her as a rapper, rather than a pop starlet, I feel like she might be yielding stronger returns. “High School,” from Nicki’s Re-Up bonus album, features solid work from Ms. Minaj, even if it’s not amongst her best. At least she raps on the track. This girl still has verses in her, but they wind up watered down by her contractual obligations to both sing and play nice.
Ke$ha ft. Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa and Becky G, “Die Young Remix”
Ke$ha gets away with far more than she should, owing to the fact that her vacuous, dance-pop fist-pumpers claim no moral prerogative. In this way, she actually forms a perfect compliment to Wiz Khalifa’s blunt-gobbling party antics.
Khalifa plays his hand much closer to the vest and, as a result, will almost certainly have a greater staying power. However, for the moment, these two bright stars of self-destructive consumption have combined to form one of late-November 2012’s grandest constellations.
The winds of R&B seem like they’re indeed a-changin’ and while The-Dream has missed inclusion in the forward-looking movement that includes Frank Ocean and the Weeknd, he nonetheless has carved his own, unique path.
Replete with a playful compositional interest and a sense of humor about his own doings, The-Dream easily ranks among the finest R&B composers currently plying the trade.