Posted by jeffwbaird on May 19, 2013
It’s been a very exciting week for hip-hop. As A stated earlier, Yeezy is back, and out to prove a point with his lyrics, which has historically always made for the best hip-hop. I was talking with a friend yesterday about my deep love for Kanye, and I think it stems from his ability to simultaneously appease all aspects of the consumer in me. The College Dropout, and, really every album of his, features a lot of the glossy rap that constitutes most of my weekend playlists, yet is consistently rich in introspection and social observation throughout. That alone seems to be a major recipe for success in modern-day hip-hop — it’s the line that promoted Drake to major wealth and superstar status (the fact that he was capable of separately creating albums like So Far Gone and Thank Me Later is still bafflingly impressive), and has allowed rappers like Macklemore and Logic to find popular success — they smartly release radio-friendly songs, but disperse them throughout projects that please their loyal fans and are otherwise heavy and meaningful projects.
Since Yeezy’s been covered, I’ll skip over to a few others songs that highlight how well some newcomers are able to tread this line — and put out songs that can be equally enjoyed by a frat boy on Saturday night who is already a dozen Pong beers deep, or the hip-hop fanatic who spends their Sunday afternoon analyzing lyrics on RapGenius with the track on repeat. I’m not here to judge — hip-hop should be loved by all.
Hoodie Allen — Make It Home (feat. Kina Grannis)
It’s been really exciting and interesting to follow Hoodie’s path over the past four years or so as he’s developed his sound, taken chances, inevitably made mistakes, and ultimately found himself here. After his success skyrocketed last year behind All American, he released a new mixtape, Crew Cuts, three months ago for free. Both of the aforementioned projects have been decidedly pop-heavy, an intentional move to generate support through his capacity for making pop-friendly songs. While somehow it feels so, it isn’t really a departure from his original sound, just a continued acknowledgement that he values that aspect of his talent as much as any other. Recently, however, he was called into the studio at Fuse with fellow indie-success Kina Grannis, who has earned a large following on YouTube through her covers and, sparsely, originals. Faced with the challenge of writing alongside a talented songwriter, Hoodie turned inward a little more, and the result is one of my favorite Hoodie tracks I’ve heard in years. Like “Cake Boy”, “No Interruption”, and some of his other widely-loved yet hollower releases, it’s catchy, melodic, and sharp — but it’s also reflective, and thus relatable and compelling and all of these other things we love to experience when listening to music. Here’s the live footage from their performance at Fuse.
Mike Stud — Bad Habits (feat. Kinetics & One Love)
Last week Mr. Stud released his new full-length, Relief, which surrounds this terrific song. One Love’s production on it is so unlike anything else on the project, and has his trademark sense of melody that puts me in a state of captivation for hours anytime I hear something new. As for the writing — there’s a reason that anytime Kinetics gets a verse on someone’s track he also does the hook. He has this innate sense of how to both employ the pop potential of any given track, and also capture an emotion or sentiment that is easily accesible with a dash of more depth than the standard radio-destined track. This song just has a great feel, and is a standout from Relief that everyone needs to check out, whether Mike Stud is your cup of tea or not.
Posted by A on May 19, 2013
I stayed in tonight just to watch Kanye West perform on SNL. Somewhere, while Kanye was blowing minds, there was middle-aged couple watching the performance unable to grasp what makes him great. Turning to his wife in utter befuddlement. Discounting him because he uses “curse” words in his songs. Yeezus has risen to destroy all small-mindedness and show extreme disrespect to the haters. The tribal stadium drums are savage. Hit the jump for “New Slaves” below. “Yeezus” drops June 18th.
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— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 19, 2013
Posted by dshaq on April 2, 2013
It seemed as if Tyler, The Creator fell off the planet since we didn’t receive any new music and weren’t hearing about his crazy antics, but Tyler’s second album, WOLF, released today. As you can expect, his sound hasn’t changed much, but that is what we have come to love about Tyler and his music. I was very impressed after hearing his album. From his lyrics to his beats, I enjoyed the whole album start to finish. He seems to have a maturing sound to him with Wolf, which appeals to a way broader audience. Grab the album below, I highly suggest doing it. GOLFWANG
Posted by J_Salzer on April 1, 2013
Sol is back. After a long hiatus traveling the world, Sol returns to the states this month. If this is any hint of what 10 months off from music does for him, I’d like to see him take 20. Just kidding, I couldn’t go that long with out Sol. The production duo The Zillas handles the production, and they flip the beat at around 3:11 and Sol kills it again. It’s like Sol never missed a beat(no pun intended), he’s picking up right where he left off, but better. Judging off this track his flow has become more polished and his lyrics have become sharper. Stream the track below and be on the lookout for more Sol coming soon.
Posted by Jess on February 26, 2013
I only recently got introduced to Prohaize and I like what I’m hearing. On top of that, the video for “American Visa” is super creative. Prohaize has a solid flow, great lyrics and is definitely one to watch for. Download “American Visa” for free below and be sure to become a fan on Facebook.
Free Download: Prohaize – American Visa
Preview, Trance | Estiva & Cardinal feat. Arielle Maren – Wait Forever (Daniel Kandi’s Bangin’ Remix)
Posted by Spice on February 26, 2013
In the immortal words of Carl Cox: Oh yes oh yes! This track is massive, end of story, and while I don’t think anyone really gets hyped by previews these days sometimes something comes along that’s so worthy that you’ve just got to post the YouTube video and grin and bear it. Closest analogue to this song? The inimitable “Satellite” by OceanLab. Similar lyrics, similar chord progression after the chorus, similar overall vibe. That’s not to accuse Mr. Kandi of ripping off the boys of Above & Beyond, however; this remix is excellent in its own right, thanks to an amazing instrumental and otherworldly vocals. Look for this to drop on Beatport on March 18th via Enhanced Recordings — and if you can’t get enough Daniel Kandi, check out his recent remix of “Jewel” by Solarstone and Claire Stagg.
Posted by LoffyG on February 18, 2013
Professional dickheads, Mike Stud & Huey Mack are back with their latest song and video. Sampling “Dickhead” by Kate Nash, this song is awesome from the sample itself to the lyrics that fit it perfectly. My favorite part is when Huey and Mike go back and forth singing while sitting at the bar. Something I don’t believe they’ve done on a track together yet. Definitely worth the listen! Follow these guys on their Twitter accounts below and catch Huey on the Up To No Good Tour starting Thursday! Shouts to J-Kill on the sick production.