It only took one listen of Mayer Hawthorne's "Designer Drug" to get me hooked on the infectious melodies of the singer-songwriter/producer/DJ; ever since that fateful encounter, I've eagerly anticipating his next album, Where Does This Door Go. While the project won't be out til July 16th, the multi talented artist has decided to stream the album via NPR. Though the work is quite the electric mix of different genres, "Crime" featuring Compton's very own Kendrick Lamar initially caught my attention.
While Lamar's collaboration with Robin Thicke ("Give It 2 U") was quite the abysmal copy of ever other dance track out there "Crime" takes a different step. It's a cool mix of elegance and maturity; these are the types of collaborations the rapper should be doing if he wants to diversify his musical styles. Go ahead and stream Hawthorne's latest album right here and let us know what you think.