House, Rap | Pusha T – Lunch Money (Sondrio Remix)

Posted by on December 15, 2014

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I sometimes have this feeling where I kinda know that something is about to be massive, and I am having that feeling about Sondrio from Australia. I don’t know much about the rising star, but I know he is putting out smashes. It sounds like he took the Kanye West production and added another layer of Kanye to it. King Push probably didn’t ask for a dance record, but Sondrio brought the fire flames!

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Hip-Hop, Rap, RnB | Premiere: Chris Smith Jr. – Don’t You Get Tired

Posted by on November 26, 2014

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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!

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.

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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.

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.