Chief Keef – “All I Care About” Feb06

Chief Keef – “All I Care About”...

Chief Keef is not much of a rapper. His raps sound like a grocery list doubled over with repetition and awkward wordplay. Add a generous amount of Auto-Tune, then pair those vocals with a sturdy drill beat from Young Chop, and you have a potential hit. Look folks, rap music is not always about lyricism. Chief Keef is making Chiraq mood music. Dangerous synths, gun shots, rat-a-tat-a-tat-tat, church bells envelope a disconnected robotic voice. This is not made for old rap fans like me and you. And sure the lyrics are about cash, his neighborhood, his people, and achieving success, but the mood is foreboding and daunting. (Karen...

Rich Homie Quan – “Party” Feb06

Rich Homie Quan – “Party”...

Not as catchy as “Type of Way” or earnest as “Differences.” And not as hype as other trap music. Off his new mixtape I Promise I Will Never Stop Going In. Produced by Marc Beatmonsta. Video directed by Gabriel Hart. (This is...

Big Sean – “1st Quarter” (freestyle) Feb05

Big Sean – “1st Quarter” (freestyle)...

Sean Don lets loose some bars. Production by Key Wane. Fuck more or less. I want more and more....

Big Sean feat. Miguel – “Ashley” Feb05

Big Sean feat. Miguel – “Ashley”...

The song is the song. Miguel’s hook is great. Big Sean delivers a wordplay-rich narrative. But the story is the video directed by Ellis Bahl. His past work with Alt-J and BANKS are visually stunning. So story be damned, watch Big Sean’s new video for “Ashley.”...

Rick Ross – “Oyster Perpetual” (freestyle) Feb05

Rick Ross – “Oyster Perpetual” (freestyle)...

Ricky Rozay gives us a preview of his Mastermind LP. March 4th. Ciroc lifestyle. That soul sample is luxury. (Direct...

Audio Push – “Turn Down” Feb05

Audio Push – “Turn Down”...

The 4th video from Audio Push’s incredible album Come As You Are. Cop this now! Turn down for what? Turn down cuz you...

Childish Gambino – “I’d Die Without You” (BBC 1Xtra Live Lounge) Feb05

Childish Gambino – “I’d Die Without You” (BBC 1Xtra Live Lounge)...

First off, I would’ve loved to embed the “3005” performance, but alas here’s the link: http://bbc.in/1eqIoXp Secondly, this song was a monster hit back in 1992 coming off the Boomerang soundtrack for PM Dawn. I was even down with this super hippie shit because they were like De La Soul and UMCs. However, I also was/still am a huge KRS-ONE and Boogie Down Productions stan. So when the story about KRS assaulting and tossing Prince Be off the Sound Factory stage started circulating, well, it was very difficult for my teenage mind to continue respecting PM Dawn. They got sonned. They are soft, and fuck dat soft shit! Maybe that’s why my contemporary older rap fans can’t get with the Drakes, Kanyes, and Childish Gambinos of today’s hip hop music scene. But this song is still fire. Like KRS-ONE said, “Maybe we should rethink the strategy.” Hat tip to the...

T-Pain feat. Young Cash – “Royals” (T-Mix) Feb01

T-Pain feat. Young Cash – “Royals” (T-Mix)...

T-Pain takes Lorde’s anti-commercialism record and doubles down on the commercialism. Newcomer Young Cash adds his verse on getting out of the bing. No one cares. We want T-Pain with more auto-tune....

Ludacris feat. Wiz Khalifa, Jeremih, and Cashmere Cat – “Party Girls” Jan31

Ludacris feat. Wiz Khalifa, Jeremih, and Cashmere Cat – “Party Girls”...

The caveat on 2dopeboyz was “This is Chris Lova Lova’s latest Ludaversal single. It’s a lot better that his previous forays into Euro-Pop territory, I’ll say that much.” I came to party like tonight never will never end. Let’s party again. Let’s party again. I need party girls in my party world. Tiddies plastic, ass fantastic. They just brush my hair and touch me everywhere. I don’t say shit, and they be gettin’ naked. Ummmmm yeah …it’s this shit flippe…errr interpolated. Not for the heads. I’m not sure girls will like this. Further research is...

Alpines – “Oasis”...

A man can’t live on rap alone. Good thing when I’m in music discovery mode I can count on sources to keep feeding good shit to listen to. OnSmash supplied some brand new heat from Alpines, a London electronica group with a secret weapon: the lead singer, Catherine Pockson. She can sing with conviction, as she does in last year’s single “Lights.” But in “Oasis” there is a vigor and clarity to her voice that rides perfectly over the production of her musical partner, Bob...

Jhene Aiko – “Everything Must Go” (alternate) Jan31

Jhene Aiko – “Everything Must Go” (alternate)...

For the record I listened to the alternate version first and was instantly sprung on the jazzyfatnasteeness. I was also prepared to diss the original into oblivion. Now after multiple listens, they both have their purposes for life. The original is certainly modern R&B/pop with its fuzzy keyboards, hard kicks, and some ethereal buzz in the background. The alternate is the song chopped up and rearranged at a jazz club. Kudos for No I.D. for adapting his styles cross-genre to find musical vehicles for Jhene’s breathy voice. (Hypetrak) original flavor jazzy...

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”...

Curren$y feat. Action Bronson – “Godfather 4” Jan30

Curren$y feat. Action Bronson – “Godfather 4”...

Produced by Jet Life cohort, Nesby Phips, who I’ve been a big fan of since “Prioritize,” “Magic,” and “Funk’d Out As Is.” From the upcoming Curren$y album, The Drive In Theatre. (2dopeboyz) BTW I have no problem with Curren$y’s dollar sign, because it goes with his name. You still got a problem? Make you own damn blog and suck a...

A$ton Matthews feat. Action Bronson and Flatbush ZOMBiES – “TLC” Jan30

A$ton Matthews feat. Action Bronson and Flatbush ZOMBiES – “TLC”...

Real talk. I fucking hate rappers who substitute dollar signs for the letter “s” in their name. If you ain’t Too $hort, you ain’t got enough money to justify the dollar sign anyways. Stay aspirational but stay in your lane. BTW maybe another day I’ll be interested in 3 verses from Aston Matthews, but today I’ll take one each from Action, Meech, and Juice....

Cam’ron & A-Trak – “Humphrey” Jan29

Cam’ron & A-Trak – “Humphrey”...

I didn’t fight my way up to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian. Even if you didn’t know it was coming out, this is what you’ve been waiting for today. Killa Cam spitting hot fyah over some throwback early 00s production. From the upcoming Federal Reserve EP. Production by A-Trak and Party Supplies. (Yeah the dude who produced Blue Chips and Blue Chips 2 for Action Bronson.) Fuck wit dis immediately if not soon....