Oten Lo – “Above All” Mar12

Oten Lo – “Above All”...

Up and coming rapper from Los Angeles, Oten Lo, lets loose his official video for “Above All” and announces his debut mixtape will be release on 4/14/14. Take a ride along with Oten Lo into the life of the Los Angeles hip hop artists as he works closely with his teams Il Bred Collective and DBMG to remind Los Angeles he’s the new hip hop sound the city’s been hungry for. Shout out to Il Bred Collective and Dxuble Barrel Music Group. This is the fucking groove but still laid back West Coast shit. Fuck with Oten Lo and cop the mixtape when it...

Movement – “Like Lust”...

Last year Movement released the excellent single, “Us” complete with a disturbing video with a threadbare resemblance to the song. Or maybe it the song and video tied together exactly and I’m the dope. Well here’s their next excellent single, “Like Lust” which is bit more sinuous and atmospheric. (Pitchfork) BONUS VIDEO: Movement –...

Roman GianArthur – “I-69” Mar12

Roman GianArthur – “I-69”...

Below is the tweet from my personal unrequited crush, Janelle Monae, gushing about her fellow Wondaland artist, Roman GianArthur. I was instantly impressed by this dude when he opened for Janelle Monae in LA, and he didn’t mush me in the face disparaging my height. Yes go #Roman! http://t.co/tkyYytA0cB — Janelle Monae (@JanelleMonae) March 10, 2014 Thank you to McDonal…errr The Boombox for the live venue and video of the “I-69” performance. And check out the other songs Roman sang like “Contrition.” Dem ladies are screamin’ for...

Frank Ocean + Mick Jones + Paul Simonon – “Hero” (prod. by Diplo) Mar12

Frank Ocean + Mick Jones + Paul Simonon – “Hero” (prod. by Diplo)...

I’m a rap dude, so excuse for not knowing about The Clash. I may know some of their songs, but in 2014 here they are providing a nice soundbed for Frank to croon over and Diplo to tweak later. Mick Jones & Paul Simonon (The Clash) and Diplo have surprisingly collaborated on an original song titled “Hero.” The offering has been made available courtesy of Coverse’s ongoing Three Artists, One Song series, and experiments between a dash of the ’60s and a modern day inclusion of instrumentation, along with additional vocals arriving from the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir. (OnSmash/Converse Music) BTS Video...

SZA – “Babylon” Mar12

SZA – “Babylon”...

It’s like FKA Twigs musically, but SZA’s voice is richer and stronger. The themes of desire and despair remain the same. Honestly, the song just keeps putting me to sleep. I believe it’s good, just not for me right now. Yawn....

The Melker Project – Red Hot Trilli Peppers...

#RedHotTrilliPeppers drops TOMORROW on @Uproxx! We've got the shirt for you already. http://t.co/hCLt7jVmYh pic.twitter.com/6Rvlak9Ct1 — Scott Melker (@scottmelker) March 11, 2014 In my Soundcloud listen queue was a slew of RHCP tracks blended with rap vocals or rap beats. Scott Melker, the man behind the fascinating Ballin Oates, comes through again with Red Hot Trilli Peppers. There’s not much to say. Listen already. This shit is fun. Fuck with this! (The Melker...

Daft Punk feat. Jay Z – “Computerized”...

I made a casual check of my Twitter feed and Black Twitter feed and saw this tweet from FKA Hot Karl about a Daft Punk track produced by Kanye featuring Jay Z. Daft Punk ft. Jay Z, produced by Kanye? *every white person drives into freeway median* — Jensen Karp (@JensenClan88) March 10, 2014 A quick Google search later led to a slew of brand new stories linking the track. And many doubted the authenticity of the track like MissInfo and Consequence of Sound. The first clue are the anachronistic bars from Jay-Z (hyphen intentional) mentioning iTouch and Blackberry phones. Plus there are commenters “screaming” that the soundbed is a loop of “Son Of Flynn” with some computerized vocals. Whatever the outcome of legitimacy of this track, it will join the long list of Kanye tracks of questionable lineage or unwillingly leaked to the massive. And by the way, ((((PAUSE)))) on Jay trying to hit them high notes. It ain’t Common bad, but let the singers sing and rappers rap. BONUS VIDEO: The ridiculous likely unofficial video of “Bittersweet” Kanye West & John Mayer "Bittersweet" Music… by...

BADBADNOTGOOD – “Can’t Leave The Night” Mar09

BADBADNOTGOOD – “Can’t Leave The Night”...

This is what I learned from different media outlets and Wikipedia about BADBADNOTGOOD. They are a jazz band from Toronto who have done multiple covers of rap/R&B songs leading to production gigs with Odd Future and others. So what the intarwebs is telling me is that they’re the new Roots for this generation. But they are obviously something completely different. They are first a jazz band. A young band whose members are under 22, I assume because everyone on their 2nd album, BBNG2, was under 21. I encourage you to learn about their music as best you can via their website, their Tumblr, and especially their Soundcloud. These dudes are muthafuckin’ future. Fuck with them! Thank you,...

The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Jay Z – “Picasso Biggie” (prod. by !llmind) Mar08

The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Jay Z – “Picasso Biggie” (prod. by !llmind)...

“Picasso Biggie” is pitchshifted classssic[sic]. Man, I don’t have much to say here. Press play, and when it ends, press play again. Fuck them other songs! Fuck with Biggie!...

The 20th anniversary of Gang Starr’s Hard To Earn Mar08

The 20th anniversary of Gang Starr’s Hard To Earn...

Below this are my words, but you’ve got to check the extensive and incredible feature article from Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus). Yeoman’s work! 1994 — Back in NYC I was riding the train to JFK to meet up with a girl flying in from Houston. I had just picked up the Hard To Earn CD, and it was on repeat in my Sony Car Discman. And it was early in the morning. I’m talking 4am-ish on a Saturday. But walking the streets of Manhattan, sitting alone on multiple trains, ascending to the streets of Queens at sunrise, Hard To Earn was the perfect soundtrack. Guru’s lyrics resonated in my mind, especially “The Planet” because his story about leaving Boston for Brooklyn mirrored my trek from Houston to Manhattan. It still affects me. I may not have accomplished what I truly wanted to do in New York, but the dream persists. I still move forward towards that goal. If there is a difference between rap then and now, rappers were willing to detail the struggle in a non-glamorous way. I’m not discounting MCs like J Cole, Big Sean, or the like who tell great stories of coming up in the world. I just know for me, Guru represented the kid who made good. And for the record, Step In The Arena is still my Gang Starr album of choice. It was their album I bought. I played it constantly for months and months. I know the tracks in and out. It was the album I played when I was a high school kid. Hard To Earn was the growth and the culmination. I was really mad back in the day about how Gang Starr wasn’t a bigger group in popularity. Now I am just happy these...

Future feat. Pusha T, Pharrell Williams, and Casino – “Move That Dope” Mar06

Future feat. Pusha T, Pharrell Williams, and Casino – “Move That Dope”...

I should’ve posted this banger when it was new. Now it’s white hot with massive radio airplay. Buy “Move That Dope” on...

Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX – “Fancy” Mar06

Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX – “Fancy”...

This is how I learned about the new video from Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX via normal ass vanilla Twitter. Iggy Azalea honors "Clueless" with new music video: https://t.co/dPEHn988Hr (best if watched on mute) — Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) March 4, 2014 …followed by this Iggy Azalea making her music video out of scenes from Clueless is my favorite thing ever: http://t.co/MgBajo5erx (via @Olivianuzzi) #90s — Amy K. Nelson (@AmyKNelson) March 4, 2014 These are my thoughts while listening to the song. I tried to not watch the shameless Clueless callback. My notes as punctuation and capitalization optional. “First things first, I’m the realest.” If you have to tell me, you ain’t that. female French Montana rooftop like we bringing ’88 back – Nas homage or bite? Charli XCX’s voice is a shrill counterpoint to Iggy Azalea’s contralto rapping voice Shrill has a bad connotation. I can’t think of a better word for Charli. Her voice just cuts through the jerk beat. And I really like Charli XCX as an artist. Iggy Azalea is the best white girl rapper Charli XCX has worked with so far. I hate the beat drop threat of “Tipsy” in the first verse. Chingy’s career should stay dead and buried. (Jacked from MTV Buzzworthy…go there for more animated...