Interestingly enough, the song is being billed on iTunes as a Kanye song with features from the rest of G.O.O.D. Music. Upon listening though, “Mercy” sounds nothing like a pure Kanye song and is definitely a collaborative work. Lyrically, there isn’t much content here aside from the hearty dose of braggadocio from each rapper, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing when its delivered from rappers as technically talented as these guys are. You can grab it below and be sure to purchase the single on iTunes now.
Check out my full interview with Phil below.
Hey Phil, what’s up? How’s it going?
Phil The Thrill: Good, good, good.
I’ve just been reading about Steve Jobs. Man, that’s terrible.
Phil The Thrill: Crazy, crazy. I mean, they knew it was gonna happen eventually, but it was just all of a sudden it seems like.
Yeah… ah, the man’s a genius. So I hear you’re 22 years old and from Newport News, Virginia, is that correct?
Phil The Thrill: Yessir.
Actually, where have I heard of that place from? Is that…Michael Vick’s hometown?
Phil The Thrill: Yeah, yeah. Michael Vick, Allen Iverson.
Oh, okay. How’s the music scene there?
Phil The Thrill: It’s… pretty scattered. This area is known as Hampton Roads, the 757. I’m not sure how familiar you are with this part of Virginia but Missy‘s from here, Timbaland‘s from here, Pharrell‘s from here,The Clipse are from here. So yeah, we have a pretty crazy rich tradition as far as music goes. It just seems like they’ll move away and you know, it’s hard to really get them back to reach out to artists that are coming up now. But as far as tradition goes, we’re definitely on the map when it comes to music, period. And then 45 minutes up the road is where Trey Songz and Chris Brown are from.
Man, that’s nice.
Phil The Thrill: Yeah, man, it’s crazy.
So where did your rapper name, Phil The Thrill, originate?
Phil The Thrill: It’s actually been a name that’s stuck with me. It’s actually been my nickname since I was around twelve years old. I was an athlete playing basketball and football and you know, when little nicknames happen to you when you’re a kid… they’d just be like “Oh, Phil The Thrill!” It sticks and through high school, when everyone would have AIM screennames, I was like lemme use my nickname. It stuck with me then and when I went on to play college basketball, it stuck with me there. So it became my Twitter name and once it sticks, I’m not going to try to change that just because I’m doing music. It’s my nickname and what people know me as. (more…)
The-Dream‘s new album,The Love, IV (Diary of a Mad Man), has been delayed, but that didn’t stop the R&B singer from releasing a new album today. 1977, which was first announced at the beginning of this month, has been posted for free download on The-Dream’s website and is credited under his birth name Terius Nash. The lyrics for each song have also been posted.
Says Nash via Twitter: “chances “DefJam” puts a Cease and Desist on 1977 unfortunately Very High. but i think yall will have it before lawyers make me take it down.” But for the time being, you can download the entire thing for free direct here. The full tracklisting is available after the break.
Our friend ZAK! Downtown sent over this brand new video for “Poppin’ Pills!” earlier today, one of the standout tracks from his debut mixtape Stuck to the Sidewalk. Relying on a well-flipped sample by producer Astro Raw, “Poppin’ Pills!” is a feel-good track, even if the music is about, well, poppin’ some prescription pills. Stay away from the pills, y’all.
ZAK! is planning on releasing a 10 track mixtape of original songs in early September. In the meantime, he’s out promoting and playing shows with Chiddy Bang, Hoodie Allen, and potentially Big Sean. We’ll keep you updated.
Wale links up with Big Sean and B.o.B on “First Class”, a brand new Raz Fresco-produced track. The track features the three freshmen alumni trying to outdo each other. Solid verses all around from an all star cast.
It’s currently unclear whether or not the cut will appear on Wale’s upcoming sophomore album and his first since making the switch to Maybach Music. As he says on the track, Wale’s setting out to “renovate the game” after a rather disappointing debut album. Check out the song below.
Following the premiere of second single “Backseat” with Dev & The Cataracs, the New Boyz have now released “I Don’t Care” featuring Big Sean and produced by Kane Beatz, a cut from the Los Angeles duo’s sophomore album Too Cool to Care. The track features a sample of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ “Heads Will Roll” and is an upbeat toast to the good life.
Too Cool to Care will be released on May 17, 2011 via You can listen to the song now below.
G.O.O.D Music signee Big Sean‘s 2010 mixtape Finally Famous Vol. 3 has been rereleased. This time around, the mixtape no longer has annoying DJ shouts throughout each song. Download the mixtape for free here (via the G.O.O.D Music blog).
Kanye West has released “Looking For Trouble”, the latest song from his G.O.O.D. Fridays series on his website. The new track features Pusha T, Big Sean, Cyhi the Prynce, and J. Cole.