DOWNLOAD: M.I.A., "XR-2" (mp3, via Prefix). Now everywhere, and presumably a sanctioned leak since it showed up here. Modulated rocky horns are the new 1-2-3-4, and the laundry-list of conspiring govt agencies is straight off the last Antibalas record, but her question still stands: where were you in '92? And why weren't you an grime fan already? Not even Pitchfork's brave enough to predict falloff; our sources tell us the best is still yet to come.
DOWNLOAD: Jay-Z, "Kingdom Come" (mp3, via Discobelle). Leak No. 1 was kind of a wash, but leak No. 2 proves way better, even though evidence suggests that when the President came asking for beats, Just Blaze just yawned and opened his "bored in the studio" folder [go here and click "Bored"]. Lord knows what he's got in his "certified bananas" file. Maybe nobody but Jay can afford Rick James samples? Nobody but Jay and these guys? If you thought NY emcees had battle fodder before, um, what rhymes with "HOV GETS HIS BEATS OFF MYSPACE"?
DOWNLOAD: Diddy, "After Love" (mp3, via Beauty N the Beat). No, not "Everything I Love," which is getting all the blog heat, this is a different one. Blink and you'll miss Mr. Combs's verses, or don't blink and forget them in 20 seconds. Moot point, anyway: if the Furtado/Timberlake combination hadn't convinced everyone already, Timbaland uppercuts with the arpeggiated-Depeche-Mode-ripoff (synths, verses, choruses, S&M whipcracks) that the Killers should've written if they wanted to go NFL. Not able to get this out of our heads right now.