For the Friday (March 3) version of the DX Digest, KXNG Crooked
secures his crown with another well-crafted freestyle over the 2009 Slaughterhouse
track, “Cut You Loose” while Def Jam releases a star-studded compilation project, Direct Deposit Vol.2
, featuring Iggy Azalea’s
“Can’t Lose” single featuring Lil Uzi Vert. 2 Chainz
also resurfaces with an updated, 2.0 version of “Good Drank” featuring Gucci Mane, Quavo and The Trap Choir and Dreamville’s J.I.D. drops a video for “M.O.M.” with Quentin Miller. Music from Trey Songz,
Dave East, Hall ‘N Nash (Westside Gunn and Conway), G Herbo, and Khalid also makes the list. Also included is Remy Ma’s
PSA freestyle for wage inequality, which wraps up the work week. Welcome the weekend and, indeed, cut loose.
KXNG CROOKED – “CUT YOU LOOSE (FREESTYLE)”
Beginning with an announcement that he’s working on Good Vs. Evil Part II
, KXNG Crooked’s
“Cut You Loose (Freestyle)” puts his writing prowess on display and finds the lyrically agile MC revisiting his 2009 Slaughterhouse track of the same name. The track follows his freestyles over J Dilla’s “Life” instrumental, The Weeknd’s “Starboy” and Kanye West’s “Real Friends,” and of course, his politically-charged concept album, Good Vs. Evil.
VARIOUS ARTISTS – “DEF JAM’S DIRECT DEPOSIT VOL. 2 COMPLIATION”
finally teased her long-awaited Digital Distortion
album on Thursday (March 2) night by officially launching her album campaign with the new single “Can’t Lose” featuring Lil Uzi Vert. The song is part of Def Jam’s Direct Deposit Vol. 2 c
ompilation, and aside from the Aussie rapper’s contribution, it includes songs from Chance The Rapper,
21 Savage, Gucci Mane, A$AP Ferg, and more. Listen to snippets of the whole project above (unless, of course, you have Apple Music).
2 CHAINZ F. GUCCI MANE, QUAVO & THE TRAP CHOIR – “GOOD DRANK 2.0”
After performing “Good Drank”
with Gucci Mane on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
, 2 Chainz has updated the track using the singers who backed him during the show. Dubbed The Trap Choir and helmed by Fonzworth Bentley, the talented song birds add a depth of layers akin to something heard from a church gospel choir. The ATL rapper also updated the title and instead named it “Good Drank 2.0” featuring Gucci, Quavo and, of course, The Trap Choir.
J.I.D. F. QUENTIN MILLER – “M.O.M.”
Dreamville’s latest signee, J.I.D,
has returned with a video for the Quentin Miller-assisted single, “M.O.M.,” or “Mind Over Matter,” which originally appeared on Spillage Village’s
11-track Bears Like This Too Much
project. Directed by Chad Tennies and Mac Grant, the visuals brings the gritty tale to life as he spits upside down from a plastic-covered bed (hmm). His debut, The Never Story
, is coming in the very near future.
TREY SONGZ – “SONG GOES OFF”
As Trey Songz c
ontinues rolling out his Tremaine: The Album
project song by song, he’s returned with a video for “Song Goes Off.” Directed by Tremaine himself, the visual depicts just another night at the club and the one-on-one after-party that goes down at his place with Kreesha Turner. “Song Goes Off” arrives through another episode of the Tremaine: The Playboy
series. The new album is expected on March 24.
DAVE EAST – “RUBBERBAND”
As part of Ethika’s RGB Mixtape, Dave East’s
“Rubberband” hails as one of the project’s standout tracks. The Harlem rapper tumbles through the track delivering nothing but solid bars over the bass-heavy, bare-bones beat. The compilation album also featured the recently released Meek Mill song, “King.”
HALL N’ NASH (WESTSIDE GUNN & CONWAY) – “MACHINEGUN BLACK”
G HERBO – “FOR REAL FOR REAL”
Chicago rising star G Herbo
is keeping up his momentum with another new single, “For Real For Real,” which follows collaborative tracks like “No Hook”
with Dave East and “Mine” featuring “Tink.” Herbo was also a recent guest on Funk Flex’s radio show, where he freestyled over Cam’ron’s “I Really Mean It.” The rapper dropped his Strictly 4 For My Fans
mixtape in late November 2016.
KHALID – “AMERICAN TEEN”
After teasing the full project for months, El Paso, Texas teen, Khalid,
has finally delivered American Teen
and released a proper video for the title track. The 80s R&B flavored visual features plenty of typical teen debauchery — skateboarding, drinking, dancing, and partying — what else is there? Cop the album here.
REMY MA – “FREESTYLE PSA”
With everybody talking about the Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj beef,
one clever company decided to pull the 36-year-old Love & Hip Hop
star for a PSA that centers around wage inequality. Check that out above.