Yesterday, I noted that I just reviewed rapper Lecrae’s brand-new Gravity. Today, I wanted to link to the two songs I consider fresh to the point of heat-seeking. The first is “Falling Down,” produced by The Watchmen, which includes a Boyce College student named Alex Medina. It’s a staggering beat, gothic and weighty, and Lecrae and his guests tear it apart.
The second is “Violence,” produced by the enigmatic Tyshane, whom I have heard exactly nothing about. I was stunned by his beat for “Black Rose” off of Church Clothes (download it free here), and now he’s topped himself.
Both “Violence” and “Falling Down” could be, in my judgment, hit songs for mega-rappers like Jay-Z or Kanye West. Yes, I mean that–these tracks are not merely “disc-ready,” but could be mainstream hits.