Over the past few days, a bunch of new leaks have surfaced. An album that I completely forgot about, but am now once again excited to hear is Erykah Badu's Part Two: Return of the Ankh. As of right now it has a release date for March 30th, 2010, but who knows if it'll be pushed back or not. Anyways, the first official song to be released off of that album has leaked online, and it's pretty hot... Lil Wayne and Bilal make contributions as well
Big Sean, one of my favorite up-and-coming artists, did a freestyle over the beat from Gucci Mane's song "Lemonade." This is the best of both worlds because I'm not a fan of Gucci Mane, but the beat for "Lemonade" is pretty hot (it's produced by Bangladesh, who also did the "A Milli" beat), and Big Sean does the track justice by spittin' some dope lines.
Another album I'm really looking forward to is the upcoming collaboration between Freeway and producer Jake One called, The Stimulus Package. It's being released on Rhymesayers Entertainment, which along with Stones Throw Records, is one of my favorite indie Hip Hop labels. Representatives of Rhymesayers gave HipHopDx a Stimulus Package song for Dx's Hip Hop Helps Haiti donation drive mixtape. The song is hot so check it out, but also take a listen to the mixtape when you have a chance.
Complex Magazine is quickly becoming one of my favorite publications. Two articles that I really enjoyed recently were Complex's "25 Most Anticipated Albums of 2010," and "10 Classic Songs Recorded at Baseline Studios." The first article is self-explanatory, but the second one may require a brief history lesson. Baseline studios, which has been run by Just Blaze the last 6 years, was essentially the headquarters for Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records. This past week, it closed down for good... something I was extremely sad to see. With that studio closing, it almost marks the end of an era that I was quite fond of. Anyways, Complex did an article about their top 10 songs that were recorded there.