Phife – “Dear Dilla” Jan22

Phife – “Dear Dilla”

So it’s now a thing that I have not watched Michael Rapaport’s “Beats, Rhymes, and Life” documentary on A Tribe Called Quest. I’m scared. These dudes are living legends to me. Between Gang Starr, Tribe, and Public Enemy, my teenage consciousness was forged. So all the while that Q-Tip/Kamaal Fareed has been living his SoulQuarian/Ummah/Abstract post-ATCQ life, Phife has been toiling in obscurity. Without Googling, I’ll say I remember the “Miscellaneous” record, another record, an album, diabetes, the comeback tours, and now this track. It’s kind of a greatest snippets of Dilla’s Slum Village-era production with a liberal dollop of “Hold Tight.” Props to DJ Rasta Root on the production....

Katie Got Bandz feat. Cap-1 – “I Can’t Lie” Jan22

Katie Got Bandz feat. Cap-1 – “I Can’t Lie”...

Usually female rappers are scene stealers when they are featured on your song and less than stellar on their own tracks. Katie Got Bandz is so damn mediocre that I found myself getting excited ((pause)) at the anticipation of Cap-1’s verse. Of course, he had a nice little doubletime flow but underwhelmed overall. What the fuck am I supposed to do with this drill music? On first listen it’s so easy to dismiss. Keep listening. Play it on repeat. Let the typewriter creep into your mind. And all of a sudden…...

ScHoolboy Q – “Break The Bank” (prod. by The Alchemist) Jan20

ScHoolboy Q – “Break The Bank” (prod. by The Alchemist)...

Now this is a 2014 rap song made for today’s sensibilities. What a mainstream writer would call a straightforward rapper, ScHoolboy Q is way more than a 16-bar spitter. The Alchemist’s haunting production opens a wide world of vocal possibilities. Sure this is a classic rap trope about the up-and-comer talking big dreams and big money. It’s catchier with the sing-song hooks and casual call-and-response....

Wild Beasts – “Wanderlust” Jan17

Wild Beasts – “Wanderlust”...

January seems to be a slow music month. Yeah here and there, tracks are filtering through, but when I’m not feeling rap, I drift off into the VanillaSpace and see what’s new. We’re decadent beyond our means… When I listen to a song that’s not rap, it’s really gotta catch my attention. Sure the Wes Anderson-like video did catch my eye. But by the end I knew why I was enthralled with this record. Don’t confuse me with someone who gives a fuck Now that’s a lyric I can get behind. ((pause)) So after a re-read of the lyrics and letting cold shimmer of fuzzy 80s keys entwined with chugging guitar play awash my senses, here I am writing as a new fan of Wild Beasts. I’m sure I have overlooked them for years. Maybe they had 30 seconds of glory on some commercial back in the day. Wait a second, this song seems to attack the commercialism I am unjustly juxtaposing onto this group. Whatever. Enjoy the video below. (Domino Records,...

Childish Gambino feat. Chance the Rapper – “The Worst Guys” Jan15

Childish Gambino feat. Chance the Rapper – “The Worst Guys”...

Prior to their hype I had been a Childish Gambino fan and a Chance the Rapper non-fan. But Chance kept popping up on features with artists I liked, so I gave him a second chance. — Acid Rap is a fucking win. — Meanwhile I have been a huge fan of Bino’s 2nd album, Because the Internet. Initially this video came out the same day as the “3005” video (the lyric video stays better!), but that was aborted. I believe you could’ve found the video on the album’s vanity site/screenplay. I ain’t got time for dat! What I am curious about is where is Chance’s verse? Chance’s nasal voice is on the hook. He’s in the video. Where are the bars? I think Bino hints on the case of the missing verse from Chance here. #chancebelike #binobroimbusy #teamlightskin http://t.co/bjF1tsGfhm — Childish Gambino (@DonaldGlover) January 4, 2014 Ha! Sorry Donald, #teamlightskin stays...

Coachella lineup announced Jan12

Coachella lineup announced

Muse… sure. Arcade Fire… alright. OutKast… FUCK YEAH!!! Wait a second, who is...

Oten Lo – “End of Time” Jan03

Oten Lo – “End of Time”...

When it rains in Los Angeles, I guess it feels like the goddamn Armageddon is coming through. Or maybe folks mellow out a bit and drop some dope verses over Joey Bada$$’s “Death of YOLO” instrumental. From Oten Lo’s upcoming Above All mixtape coming early...

Future – “Maison Margiela” Jan02

Future – “Maison Margiela”...

unloading some backlog, sorry no pictures....

Drake feat. Soulja Boy – “We Made It” (freestyle) Jan01

Drake feat. Soulja Boy – “We Made It” (freestyle)...

Last year Drake introduced a new flow prefixed onto the Migos club banger “Versace,” and the world was primed for Nothing Was The Same. Fast forward six months and here’s another Drake beat jacking; this time he eviscerates the new Soulja Boy (Last Name: Tell Em?) track, “We Made It.” Once you add some prime Kenny Powers sound bytes, or should I say “fiiixins,” and 2 verses from Wheelchair Jimmy namedropping Walgreens and recapping his Caribbean excursions, why the fuck did we need the ghost of Soulja Boy’s original “lyrics” at the end? “Nigga, we made it!” is all that was needed. Ahhh it is easy to cast aside Soulja Boy’s contribution, since this typewriter beat, produced by Purp Dogg, was culled from his mixtape . Like KP says mid-song, “Enjoy the...

Banks – “This Is What It Feels Like”...

One of my new favorites. Banks is poised to blow up in 2014. (Clash...

Angger Dimas – “Boom Do It Like That”...

On a day when I need some fucking energy, a couple of news items come through....

Eminem – “Berzerk” Aug26

Eminem – “Berzerk”...

Off the upcoming Marshall Mathers LP 2 album.