On "8 Million Stories," Phife Dawg goes to Carvel to get a milkshake before realizing he got got for all the cash in his wallet. On "Problems," Homeboy Sandman's shitty day starts a little shittier, getting turned away from a blood test because he'd visited the clinic too recently. His brilliant second single from his upcoming Hallways is a worthy younger sibling to the Tribe classic: Homeboy mutes his typically outspoken, at times contrarian perspective to do a little self-assessment. I don't know when to shave, I don't know what to eat, I don't know who to love, I don't know what to be, he wonders aloud over a meditative string of keys and chimes via producer Knxwledge. It's a welcomed vulnerability we rarely hear from rappers, and after all, who can't relate to a love of independent movies and Kurt Cobain? Hallways drops September 2nd on Stones Throw.
August 26, 2014