Feature: Top 10 Problem Tracks
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:41:28
As far as the West Coast goes, there's definitely a resurgence happening. Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, YG, and others have risen to the forefront, solidifying California as a hip-hop hotbed once again after years of the South owning it. However, there's one cat that both preserves the old school spirit of the N.W.A heyday, while ushering in a movement of his own. That's Problem. He's just as potent as Kendrick, Q, and YG, and he belongs at the top. Moreover, he's done it all independently, which is even more impressive. Meet the West Coast's new king…
Given Problem's power and how incredible last year's Understand Me EP is, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino counts down 10 of Problem's best solo tracks and guest appearances.
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Top 10 Problem Tracks
10. Hitta J3 Feat. Kendrick Lamar, YG, & Problem – "Do Yo Gudda" (Remix)
On this remix, Problem lights up the track with a fresh and fiery verse that earns his spot alongside the West Coast's most-talked about 21st century titans Kendrick Lamar and YG. Yup, Problem is that impressive. His work on "Do Yo Gudda" (Remix) serves as shining example of his verbal control and calculated power. He even pushes Kendrick and YG to go hard…
9. Mila J Feat. Problem – "Pain In My Heart"
Juxtaposed with Mila J's sultry croon, Problem lays back and delivers an appropriately emotional and enigmatic verse. This one illuminates his diversity and ability to turn up in a totally different setting.
8. Problem – "Tights Off"
This 2013 joint sees Problem get dirty over sexy production. At the same time, he adds a genuine gutter grime that deepens this beyond another bedroom romp. You might actually get lucky bumping it!
7. Game Feat. Too $hort, Problem, AV, & Eric Bellinger – "Or Nah"
This is another West Coast anthem, but this time Problem gets wild with scorching bars, placing him firmly right next Cali royalty Game and Too $hort as a confident and innovative successor.
6. Problem – "Moment of Clarity"
Speaking with authority, Problem formally announces his arrival at the top with the opener to his stunning EP, Understand Me. His authoritative cadence belies a smooth charisma that proves immediately infectious. He simply dominates here for two minutes.
5. Destructo Feat. Problem – "Dare You 2 Move"
Once again Problem offers up something unexpected teaming up with premier electronic dance music trailblazer Destructo. The two of them tear up Los Angeles with a combination of gritty house production and Problem's focused and fiery rhymes.
4. E-40 Feat. YG, Problem & IamSU! – "Function"
Often cited as a breakout for Problem online, this collaboration serves as something of a calling card for the new West Coast. It's pure fire from Problem too.
3. Problem Feat. Chris Brown & Tank – "Lay Your Head Back"
He goes straight R&B here with a little help from Chris Brown and Tank, yielding a mixtape classic from The Separation. You'll feel it after one listen.
2. Problem Feat. Glasses Malone – "Say That Then"
Problem carries a robust hook that can't be penetrated, making for another undeniable standout from Understand Me. He doesn't hold back, "You want a problem? Say that then". It's hard and hypnotic equally. It's Problem.
1. Problem Feat. Bad Lucc – "Like Whaat"
Joined by Diamond Lane Music Group affiliate Bad Lucc, Problem drops his clarion call in a timeless Cali anthem punctuated by handclaps and eerie production. This is the best place to start if you're new to Problem, and you'll be bumping it forever.
What's your favorite Problem song?