I sort of feel like Coach Eric Taylor in a Friday Night Lights halftime speech every time I jump behind the wheel here to write these intros every Friday. Its all pep talk banter: weve been scouring the internet this, and were gonna soldier on no matter what that. But in all reality, how much pep talking do you really need? Its 10 bang-up tracks, simple as that. So, for this week, lets eliminate the superfluous speeches, and get right down to the nitty gritty. A couple streams of unmatched quality (were talking Caribou remixing Radiohead and brand spanking new Tallest Man On Earth good), and a handful of this weeks best and brightest mp3s. TGIF indeed. Winston Robbins
Common feat. Nas – “Ghetto Dreams”
What has gotten into Nas these days? A few weeks back, he unveiled the unbelievably cool one-off “Nasty”, now we have this piping hot collaboration with Common? Is he making a final run for his spot as the king of hip hop? Could be! Whatever his intentions, he’s spitting with more energy and more excitement than he has in almost a decade. See below, where he raps showstopping-ly about his shortcomings, his inhibitions, and, of course, his ghetto credentials.
Fair Ohs – “Baldessari”
Fair Ohs (formerly Thee Fair Ohs) share an ambitious, jangly pop cut from their forthcoming major label debut LP. Filled to the brim with tropical rhythms, speedy guitar riffs, and a very sing-a-long chorus, this one’s truly fit for summer.