Hip-Hop, Rap | Wara from the NBHD – Slangin [Video]

Posted by 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.

Hip-Hop, Rap | NicX – The Sun (ft. 6lack)

Posted by on November 22, 2014

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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.

Hip-Hop, Rap | Kevin Abstract – Hell/Heroina (Video)

Posted by 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.

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Chill, Hip-Hop, Rap | Billy Chambers – Lake House Lullaby

Posted by on November 7, 2014

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A few weeks back, Billy Chambers grabbed my attention with his bouncy Galimatias-produced track, “Gold”. This week he returned with “Lake House Lullaby” which continues to push forward his new sound. Chambers has the ability to tell a story that captivates and brings the reader in to his shoes. A talent that many strive for, but few actually achieve.

Enjoy this first sampling of the young DMV representative, because I’m sure that there is plenty more to come.

Hip-Hop, Rap | Saba – Burnout (ft. Eryn Allen Kane)

Posted by on October 27, 2014

A few months ago I featured the Chicago emcee Saba for his single “Burnout”. Now the standout from the project has some accompanying visuals. The paper mache, animated scenes make Saba’s performance footage that much more interesting and show his ride through a dystopian Chicago landscape in a lens that could not have been predicted.

For any Los Angeles fans, Saba will be opening for the A$AP Mob as a part of Red Bull’s 30 Days in Concert series on November the 30th. Be sure to stop by, and enjoy the video from one of Chicago’s fastest rising stars.

Hip-Hop, Rap | Marc Goone – Mike Matheny

Posted by on October 20, 2014

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After an extended hiatus, Marc Goone has returned with bigger and badder plans for his take over. First single, “Mike Matheny”, is a song about bad decisions. Marc’s tongue-in-cheek type of writing style makes for a hilarious, weird, and unique song.

It’s been nearly a year since Marc has released any music, but it’s clear that he’s spent the time off honing his voice and prepping for this forthcoming album.

Enjoy, “Mike Matheny”, and check back in soon for more from Marc Goone.

Hip-Hop, Rap | Pell – Wait On Me (ft. Dent May)

Posted by on October 10, 2014

The New Orleans emcee, Pell, has returned with his newest visual for “Wait On Me”. The video is put together well and Dent May compliments the chorus perfectly. The vibey sound makes it perfect to rock out alone to, or cruise around playing in the car.

Future projects are still undisclosed, but things appear to be heating up for Pell. With his melodic and soothing voice, it’s hard to imagine a world without his music infiltrating the airwaves.

Also, if you missed it, be sure to check out Pell’s live rendition of “Fresh Produce” here, and see his voice in action.