Thursday, May 31, 2012

Chick Gaynor - Gravity (Video)

The homie Chick makes his directorial debut with Gravity, off his latest and greatest project O R I G A M I.

Read my review and download Chick Gaynor's O R I G A M I here.

Curren$y - Chasin' Papers ft Pharrell

Download: Chasin' Papers

Another quality cut from Curren$y, off his upcoming album The Stoned Immaculate. Chasin' Papers features Pharrell who puts his own little twist on The Five StairstepsOoh Child. With each drop after drop from the album it is really starting to sound like Spitta's magnum opus.

Be sure to cop The Stoned Immaculate when it drops June 5th.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Smoke DZA - Ashtray ft Domo Genesis & ScHoolBoy Q

Smoke DZA lets loose a joint off his upcoming collaborative project Rugby Thompson with producer Harry Fraud featuring Domo Genesis of Odd Future and Black Hippy member ScHoolBoy Q. With a hook composed of a 2 Chainz line, all three rappers turn in great verses over some ill production from La Musica De Harry Fraud. Spotted at B2P.

Look for Rugby Thompson to drop on June 19th. In the meanwhile you can pre-order it over at High Times.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

431 & Avionadramida - STTGSYEH

Download: STTGSYEH

The homie Avionadramida and fellow DMV native 431 link up for STTGSYEH a short but sweet track. I haven't heard to much of 431's music besides a few guest verses, but what I've heard always impress and Avion does the damn thing as usual.

Be on the look out for 431's Vivid April LP dropping sometime in the Fall.

Grab Avionadramida's latest project BUMS while you're at it.

Nardwuar Vs. Curren$y Part 3: The Nard Strikes Back (Video)

Now apart of Pharrell's i am OTHER, everyone's favorite eccentric Canadian Nardwuar interviews his best friend Curren$y for a record(?) third time. As usual with Nardwuar, gifts were given, impressive musical knowledge was shared and a nice long awkward pause to end it off. 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Dom Kennedy - My Type Of Party

Download: My Type Of Party

It's nearing Summer time and a lot of party joints are to be expected. Dom Kennedy's My Type Of Party unlike what you may expect from the title, it's not a party record. With a mellow sound provided by DJ Dahi, the beat almost sounds as if 40 made it for Drake's next club single.

Be sure to check out Dom Kennedy's Yellow Album, which drops sometime soon.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Lupe Fiasco - Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free)

The first official single from Lupe's upcoming album Food & Liquor 2: TGARA. Backed by a T.R.O.Y. sample, Lupe goes in and does not disappoint. Also, at the end of the video the release date for F&L 2 is reveled and that date is September 25th. Hopefully it will remain that.

For my thoughts on the sample "controversy" head over to Digital Drop's Twitter.

Asher Roth - Outside

Download: Outside

Asher Roth has been relatively quiet since dropping his project Pabst & Jazz. Enter, Outside which is a chill Summer tune with Roth speaking on simply enjoying time outside. No word on when his Def Jam debut album Is This Too Orange will be dropping.

Ab-Soul - Terrorist Threats ft Jhene Aiko & Danny Brown (Video)

Ab-Soul drops visuals for Terrorist Threats off his album Control System

You can grab Ab-Soul's Control System on iTunes, it is definitely worth the purchase. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Curren$y - Capitol ft 2 Chainz

A while back I said how excited I was to hear this collab, and I guess Spitta heard me out. Curren$y sounds right at home over the jazzy production and 2 Chainz proves he can slow it down but still keep that trademark style he has recently become known for.

Curren$y's The Stoned Immaculate in stores and on iTunes, June 5th. Available for pre-order now.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Chick Gaynor - O R I G A M I (Mixtape+Review)

Download: O R I G A M I

Chick Gaynor a.k.a. Slug God definitely lives up to his nickname, seeing as his sophomore project Origami was originally due out March 20th. However, I do recall a conversation we had at the time, in which I told Chick that as long as Origami was ill nobody would remember how long it took to make. Well I'm here to say it was definitely worth the wait. Origami is a very cohesive project and I personally can't think of anything negative to say about the tape itself.

Avionadramida - BUMS (Mixtape+Review)

Download: BUMS

After weeks of waiting, Avion finally blesses us with his latest project BUMS. First off let me state how much I appreciated the use of Sister Nancy's BAM BAM for the intro, definitely took me back to my Skate 1 days. The rest of the tape flows well, as does Avion, who seems to be back on his more lyrical tip reminiscent of his Avionadramida project. With BUMS Avion is able to combine the elite lyricism featured on Avionadramida and the maturation of subject matter found on The Recruiting Process.

From the anime sound bites to spitting over DOOM loops everything just simply works. On the downside some tracks can be boring due to the production choices, but for the most part BUMS is an easy listen without being too mellow. The features on the tape from fellow Klan members Kendall Elijah and SIR E.U are easily some of the best verses that I've heard from the two. With Kendall stealing the show on Hajimeru and Avion and E.U exchanging bars on my personal favorite Wrestlemania 97. All together BUMS is another dope project from Avion, and definitely a recommended download.

Standout Tracks: Hajimeru, Solid Daggers, & Wrestlemania 97

Monday, May 14, 2012

Danny Brown - Detroit State Of Mind (Documentary)

Pitchfork followed Detroit rapper Danny Brown for a couple of days back in February. They captured Danny visiting his family, his performance at Dilla Day, getting a haircut, recording music and more. A few unheard Danny tracks can be heard throughout the documentary too, hopefully to be released soon, they sound dope.

UPDATE: Pitchfork released a tracklist for all the songs featured. Peep here.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ab-Soul - ILLuminate ft Kendrick Lamar

Download: ILLuminate

Another week, another great Ab-Soul track. This one here is no different, Soulo grabs fellow TDE member Kendrick Lamar for one of the most lyrically strong songs released this year. One of the standout lines from the track come from Soul who brags "I used to wanna rap like Jay-Z, now I feel like I could run laps around Jay-Z". Honestly though who can't at this point. Kendrick does his usual and handles the recycled hook.

Ab-Soul's Control System drops this Friday on iTunes. UPDATE: Download link up now, props to B2P.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Lupe Fiasco Talks Food & Liquor 2, Reveals Album Details

After his recent performance at the Beale Street Music Festival 2012, Lupe Fiasco sat down with Fuse to talk Food & Liquor 2. He reveals that the first official single from the album will be released May 22nd, speaks on a track called Form Follows Function which he says "nobody is fucking with that, rappers aren't fucking with that", and Occupy Wall Street.

Kanye West - Lost In The World (Video)

Mr.West continues his latest trend of epilepsy inducing flashes and cuts in his videos, this time for Lost In The World from his disappointingly critically acclaimed album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. 

Earl Sweatshirt In Samoa (Video)

Some footage of Earl's last couple of days at the Coral Reef Academy. For more on the back story, check out the New York Times article featuring Sweatshirt.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Hood Internet - Pesobedear (A$AP Rocky x Purity Ring)

Download: Pesobedare

With their latest creation, The Hood Internet takes A$AP Rocky's hit Peso and Purity Ring's latest single Obedear to create Pesobedear. With Rocky's slow trill sound and Purity Ring's high energy electro vibe you'd think this combination wouldn't work. However, the Chicago duo find a perfect balance between Rocky's lyrics and the electro synths of Purity Ring to make a fusion of indie electro and hip-hop with a unique sound all to it's own.

A$AP Rocky - Goldie (Video)

A$AP Rocky released visuals earlier today for his lead single Goldie off his upcoming debut album Long.Live.A$AP. One of few videos to come out in recent years that I actually like, I love the way this was shot. In the video we find Rocky and crew in Paris cruising around the Eiffel Tower, mobbing around the city, and living that lavish A$AP lifestyle that is always represented in their videos.

Sidenote: This is what Niggas In Paris should have been, honestly.

Stryfe x Illingsworth - The Opening Act

Download: The Opening Act

Last month Detroit artists Stryfe and Illingsworth linked up to create of one the top projects to come out of Detroit in a while. Stryfe's superb lyricism and Illingsworth's production skills combine to create a perfect melody of Detroit streetlife, the club scene and nightlife. All together, a well rounded project from the two which serves as an excellent introduction to each of their skills. Download up top or stream below.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The New York Times' Article: Earl Sweatshirt Is Back From The Wilderness

                                                              Photo credits go to Damon Winter of The New York Times

In a interesting and well written article, Jon Caramanica of The New York Times, examines Earl Sweatshirt's mysterious disappearance at the height of Odd Future's popularity, his time spent in Samoa, lessons he learned and how his life changed, Earl's new solo record deal, and his relationships with his mother, Tyler and the rest of Odd Future.

Peep the article here.

Danny Brown x Darq E Freaker - Blueberry (Pills & Cocaine)

UK Grime producer Darq E Freaker produces some heat for Danny Brown, who in turns spits a signature verse about popping pills and partying, the highlight being "31 coming soon nigga!". The visuals echo Danny's verse and can be described as the European version of Project X.

Credit goes to Stevie for the find. Thanks bro.

Ab-Soul - Empathy ft Alori Joh & JaVonte' (Video)

Ab-Soul releases new visuals for the latest single from his Control System project featuring the late Alori Joh and JaVonte'. More of an R&B vibe from Soulo who actually sticks to singing for the majority of the song and sounds surprisingly well, only spitting a few bars to balance it out.

Rest In Peace to Alori, your beautiful voice will be missed...

TiRon - Love Me Not ft ScHoolBoy Q (prod.Chuck Inglish)

Download: Love Me Not

TiRon and ScHoolBoy Q speak on the opposite sex and the woes of love on this smooth track produced by Chuck Inglish. It's good to hear Q not on his gangster shit every once and a while, TiRon does well enough and Chuck continues his streak of dope beats with this joint, reminds me of some 90s smooth jazz.