Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Best New Track: Kweku Collins - "Stupid Rose"

More and more, we're witnessing a new wave of R&B and hip-hop fusion. And, not in the sense that it's common to acknowledge both genres at separate points in a given song, but in that artists (Drake, Anderson .Paak, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, to name a few) are blending rhymes and croons to create a soulful, sing-spoken experience with enough pulse, cadence and punch to keep a listener hooked on every syllable.

That's what we have here with "Stupid Rose," the part-blasé/part-quick-spitting slow burner off Kweku Collins' new album Nat Love. Backed by a wobbly, slow-mo beat, Collins chants lazily over the trippy keyboard tricks; but don't get it twisted - there's major sharpness and confidence in his expression, similar to how you'd expect Earl or Chance to deliver a story they've told fifty times already.

All in all, this cut is a low key banger that, dozens of plays later, is becoming the wacky gift that just keeps on giving.

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