The Grammy winner is clearly going through a very creative period, as evidenced by the succession of singles he's been putting out of late. This latest release is a well-crafted, hypnotic tune about matters of the heart and is reportedly the first single off his as-yet-untitled sixth album, which arrives before year-end. If the rest of the disc sounds anything like this lead-off track, SP should have a winner on his hands. Take a listen HERE. (B+)
I-Octane and Bounty Killer, "Double Trouble"
The dynamic duo, who previously joined forces for "Bad Mind Dem Ah Pree," are cutting the haters no slack. On this Markus Records-produced hit they deliver a melodic hook and a barrage of fighting words that certainly get their message across. Sure to resonate with their hardcore loyalists. Take a listen HERE. (B)
J.Cole feat. TLC, "Crooked Smile"
Off his forthcoming sophomore set, Born Sinner, this repeat-worthy gem of a single finds the Roc Nation MC dropping witty rhymes and clever wordplay about self-worth and self-acceptance (flaws and all), assisted by TLC's T-Boz and Chilli, who've explored similar themes back in the day with songs like "Unpretty." Take a listen HERE. (A-)