Ab-Soul – “Tree of Life” (prod. by Curtiss King) Apr22

Ab-Soul – “Tree of Life” (prod. by Curtiss King)...

I knew from the first few notes of this record that it was built from a Golden Era state of mind. Who in 2014 is really laying a musical foundation using the overused but still classic “Ashley’s Roachclip” drum break? I don’t really know Ab-Soul’s work other than the jazzy interludes he has contributed to his other TDE labelmates, Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q. But “Tree of Life” feels like a track I would’ve listened to back in the 90s as an alternative to the boom bap on the era. Props to the producer, Curtiss King. Ab-Soul shouts out LT3 at the beginning. Hopefully this track will be part of his Long Term mixtape series....

Jordan Brand releases image on Air Jordan XX9 colorways Apr17

Jordan Brand releases image on Air Jordan XX9 colorways...

Air Jordan XX9 launches in 2 colorways this September: pic.twitter.com/HfEBAgTjwT — Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) April 17, 2014 I’m not a sneakerhead by any stretch. I can point to the only 2 pairs of Nikes I’ve bought that were over a $100. Nike Air Trainer Max 1991 AKA The Bo Jacksons AND the Nike Shox BB4 AKA The Vince Carters So needless to say, I’m not a fan of animal print, OKC/Charlotte colorways and expensive shoes in general. But they’re nice to look at....

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...

Drake on Macklemore’s apology to Kendrick Lamar: “Wack as F–k” Feb12

Drake on Macklemore’s apology to Kendrick Lamar: “Wack as F–k”...

After Macklemore (and Ryan Lewis) won Best Rap Album and Album of the Year, news circulated that Macklemore texted Kendrick Lamar to apologize for winning and how Kendrick’s album should’ve won. The text screenshots were from Macklemore’s phone, so people did doubt the sincerity of his apology but tepidly applauded the gesture. Well, the quiet majority is speaking up starting with Drake, a fellow Best Rap album nominee. In an upcoming Rolling Stone interview, Drake posited, “that shit was wack as fuck.” “I was like, ‘You won. Why are you posting your text message? Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn’t deserve it, go get better — make better music,'” he tells us. “It felt cheap. It didn’t feel genuine. Why do that? Why feel guilt? You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won?” Thank you, Drake, for saying what I’ve been saying since the Grammys. Good luck getting your own text message from Macklemore. (Rolling...

Xbox Studios to develop series about Nas Feb12

Xbox Studios to develop series about Nas

A scripted series called Street Dreams, loosely based on Nas’s life in 90’s NYC, is set to developed by Xbox Entertainment Studios and created by Jonathan Demme, writer/director of The Wackness. Set in Queensbridge Projects, the show will show the life and times of its characters. Nas will be helping with the writing and music, while Demme will be writing and directing episodes of the new show. Hat tip to @NZJimmy...

In honor of J Dilla Feb08

In honor of J Dilla

The RLTLK team here have to pay our respect to one of the best to ever do it J Dilla. So check out the music we put up on the 4th podcast but since that was recorded before today, here is a dl link to one of the best mixtapes from back in the day. DJ Soul – Assorted Donuts (A Tribute to J Dilla) That mos def remix is my fucking jam!...

Jordan Brand x October’s Very Own plan to release of exclusive Jordan 10s and 12s Jan31

Jordan Brand x October’s Very Own plan to release of exclusive Jordan 10s and 12s...

Wheelchair Jimmy has some new kicks that yall will be cleaning with a toothbrush. Drake has partnered with Jordan Brand to create Air Jordan 10 OVO and Air Jordan 12 OVO. Alleged they will be coming out soon… no release date yet. Per Sneaker News, “all four feature a deluxe stingray leather treatment.” I don’t know what that means, but I like it. Personally 12s > 10s, but you can decide for yourself. Air Jordan 10 “OVO” Black Air Jordan 10 “OVO” Black Air Jordan 10 “OVO” Black Air Jordan 12 “OVO” Black Air Jordan 12 “OVO” Black Air Jordan 12 “OVO” Black Air Jordan 10 “OVO” White Air Jordan 10 “OVO” White Air Jordan 10 “OVO” White Air Jordan 12 “OVO” White Air Jordan 12 “OVO” White Air Jordan 12 “OVO”...

Coachella lineup announced Jan12

Coachella lineup announced

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