Posted by TwirlyHatMatt on November 26, 2014
For the amount of SoundCloud love that Chris Smith Jr. receives, it is almost alarming that he has not yet cracked the blog world. Today, that changes. His newest song “Don’t You Get Tired” is a hustlers anthem, packed with vibrant story telling and the infectious melodies that the St. Louis rapper consistently brings to the table.
Following up the release of his soft-spoken “Smellin’ Like A Re-Up“, Chris feeds fans addictions with a different side of his music, showing he is equal parts rapper and singer. “Don’t You Get Tired” is a single off of Smith Jr.’s upcoming project aptly titled Zero Fatigue. With Kendrick Lamar’s “i” still fresh in our minds, it’s great to see other artists returning to the feel-good, motivational place that music –hip-hop specifically– was one known for.
Production credits go to the righthand man, Montee Booker. Be on lookout for plenty more collaborations from the two in the near future!
Posted by TwirlyHatMatt on November 23, 2014
In the day-and-age where OT Da Genesis and Stitches are transformed in to stars for their cocaine selling and usage, it’s refreshing to see at least a little sanity in music (and humans).
“You think I like crack, you think I like shootin’ n*ggas?”
A rhetorical question posed by Wara from the NBHD in his new video “Slangin” makes you wonder why we as a society have suddenly transformed selling drugs in to such a novelty. The Brooklyn-born emcee quickly snaps listeners back to reality, reminding us that this lifestyle is not one that many choose, but are rather forced in to out of necessity.
The video, shot by , takes you through a day in the life of a few kids trapped in this harsh reality.
If you have not listened to the rest of Wara’s most recent project, Kidnapped, check it out below.
Posted by TwirlyHatMatt on November 22, 2014
After catching my eye with the dark and aggressive “Merk”, NicX popped back on to my radar with a far more upbeat track alongside frequent collaborator, 6lack. The rapping tag team bring a vintage feel –heavily thanks to producer, Identity Withheld– while not recycling content from rap’s golden years.
Above all it’s the versatility that has piqued my interest. NicX sounds equally enticing on “The Sun” as he did on “Merk”, so it is anyones guess as to what he’ll bring to the table next time around.
Posted by VMan on November 20, 2014
Flight Facilities have been everywhere these past months, from countless quality remixes by the likes of Darius and Lido, and snatching a #1 iTunes spot for their album release, but this record right here, takes Flight Facilities to a place they haven’t been taken yet, a vocal remix by the good folks at DiRTY RadiO of “Waking Bliss,” retitled “Religion” and it’s cool as f*ck! If you guys are familiar with Mattafix, this record reminds me of their track “Living Darfur,” in it’s political engagement, and overall sound. It’s safe to say, I’m a fan of Dirty Radio, this is a must listen and a must download!
Free Download: DiRTY RADiO – My Religion (Music by: Flight Facilities)
Posted by jeffwbaird on November 20, 2014
Julian Stephen is a name to get familiar with. This Queens emcee drops off his latest single, “Sophisticated Thoughts”, showcasing his charisma and wordplay as he raps throughout the three-minute track. The video has a distinctly old-school feel, and in many ways Julian’s rapping and demeanor follows suit, with the kind of dynamism that characterized work from that period. The upbeat production comes courtesy of Chicago’s brandUn DeShay, who’s quickly gaining attention due to his recent work with Mac Miller, Chance The Rapper, Danny Brown, and Casey Veggies.
Posted by JT on November 19, 2014
Who knew they had this much groove in Norway? Taking us on a nostalgic trip down memory lane, Jerry Folk digs deep into this sweet classic by adding a funky bass-line and completely reviving those smooth vocals. We truly are “lifted-shifted” by the level of creativity Jerry Folk brings to this tune and even happier that it’s a free download. This is a tune I haven’t been able to take off repeat, and neither will you – enjoy!
Posted by TwirlyHatMatt on November 7, 2014
After crowd-funding his way to shoot this video, Kevin Abstract has emerged with the product of a few thousand dollars, a killer song, and a lot of hard work.
If you didn’t think he was crazy for live-streaming his computer desktop for 24 hours, this video will undoubtedly arouse questions of his sanity. This for me is a good sign. All the best artists have a mad-scientist side to them with thousands of ideas swirling in their head, an alter-ego, or even just a strange appearance.
Kevin has the vision. He has the industry watching. Now it’s just a matter of delivering the best product he possibly can. The “Hell/Heroina” video is a step in the right direction.