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Throwback Spotlight: Dej Loaf’s “Try Me” was an absorbing reggae-influenced listen

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“Try Me” starts with a soft trill of notes dreamily calling out to the listener, claiming that what they are about to hear is blissful and soothing. Then the reggae-esque drums drop and the song begins on a legendary note. Dej Loaf probably didn’t know it then, but she created one of the best songs of the year with one of the catchiest, simplest, refrains of all time. It would go on to become one of Detroit’s most memorable songs and an entry point from mainstream America to access the unique sound of Detroit’s rap scene.

Dej’s lyricality on the song was graphic, yet delightful. “Let a nigga try me, try me, and I’m gonna get his whole motherfuckin’ family,” she sang so elegantly on the chorus. Surprisingly, the song was full of melodies and vocal runs that belied its violent nature, creating something that would become a viral hit before the likes of 6ix9ine  and Lil Pump existed.

The sultry production produced by DDS along with Loaf’s contributions an amazing record that still gets spins nearly four years later. Loaf has since evolved her sound away from the trap-roots of her original music, but there will always be a place for this record in nearly every playlist.

Check out “Try Me” below.

 

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Best Bay Area Songs Of The Week: Feb 11 – Feb 16

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This week, the Bay Area churned out some uber creative releases. Everything from boom bap aesthetics to early 2010s trap rap manifested through songs that sound different than much of what is already out on the radio airwaves. Thanks to Bay Area brand Thizzler, we’ve made a list of our favorite songs that have come out in this time frame.

 

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Bay Area Spotlight: “Give Up The Goods” By @1oakALLDAY And @shady28nate Is A Side Piece Anthem

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If you’re a side piece, you know the euphoric feeling that you get when a successful fling happens. The bodily release is one thing, but the mental high of sharing someone else’s spouse is something that sends chills down the spine. In “Give Up The Goods,” 1-O.A.K. and Shady Nate croon about this phenomenon to the backdrop of some lush, dreamy production. The song may sound romantic, but the actual subject matter is nothing but lust. It’s an interesting feint that makes this listening and intriguing one, and identifiable one if you’ve ever played that role. If you haven’t, just don’t let the song boil your blood too much.

Listen to the sensual anthem below.

 

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Bay Area Spotlight: @Rezn_ Brings The Mellow Vibes With “Colors Of You”

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Bass-pounding beats in hip-hop never get old, but, it never hurts to play things a little softer and smoother. We’re not even referring to R & B music, just rap with a calmer vibe. Something that you can nod your head to and sip from on a cool summer night. Rezn’s new jam “Colors Of You” is a serious, introspective record that looks at his own insecurities as well as those of the women he encounters but also manages to be a chill Saturday night song. Vocalist Breana Martin sings smoothly on the chorus, adding to the amazing overall package. Rezn’s flow is nice, but his ability to steer the song into cool waters is what makes it a gem.

Check out the visual for “Colors Of You” below.

 

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