Joe Budden – “I Gotta Ask”

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With Rage & The Machine coming out in just a few days, Joe Budden hits us with his third single off the album, “I Gotta Ask.” This new song comes a month after his last, “By Law,” and is starting to show just how diverse the sound on Rage is going to be. The three singles have all had very different vibes and “I Gotta Ask” is so left field it’s almost surprising. Channeling his inner Jay-Z, Budden hits listeners with a flow that occasionally mimics the one found on 1998’s “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem).” Unsurprisingly, the production provided by araabMUZIK and !llmind mimics the bouncy nature of The 45 King’s original Annie sample, as well. In any case, Rage & The Machine is scheduled for release on Friday, so it’ll be interesting to see how it all comes together.

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