The Foreign Exchange feat. Eric Roberson and Shana Tucker – “Better” Jan28

The Foreign Exchange feat. Eric Roberson and Shana Tucker – “Better”...

I am a big fan of Phonte (Tigallo Tigallo Tigallo). And the Latin piano groove is hot. I am not a big fan of neo-soul. And that’s the sour taste in my mouth when I listen this song. I wish this track was 3 x 16 bars of Phonte with Phonte on the hook. Instead it’s not. I think my friends will like this much more than me. (source / buy the...

BANKS – “Brain”

It’s a been a NY minute since BANKS dropped her fascinating London EP. Last night BANKS blindsided her fans with the art for upcoming single on Instagram. Now the pressure is on. Does the single live up to her past successes? It does. But does BANKS take an evolutionary step towards carving out her own sector in the crowded singer/songwriter electropop set? She does. I am sure Lorde comparisons are inevitable. This a not a fully-realized record, but the importance is established her niche. I know her best is yet to come, and I’ll keep...

Rick Ross feat. Jay Z – “The Devil Is A Lie” Jan24

Rick Ross feat. Jay Z – “The Devil Is A Lie”...

Rozay has a preternatural knack for choosing luxurious beats to pair with his baritone drawl. The combination is cake, not some shit Duncan Hines butter yellow cake mix, but multi-layered and decadent like the life he portrays in his raps. But when he is paired with Jay Z (no hyphen), Rick steps up his lyrically. There’s more gusto. More wordplay. And the concepts are higher. While I still prefer “Free Mason” as their best pairing, “The Devil Is A Lie” is great precursor to the Mastermind LP. Enjoy this unofficial fan-made video, as if the Illuminati conspiracy idiots didn’t have enough to work with before...

Nickelus F – “’99 Alive” Jan23

Nickelus F – “’99 Alive”...

I bet you heard that horn and quickly sat up on your seat. Hot damn! That horn is straight fyah. You start to nod your head soon as you heard me speak. Fuck, Nickel F’s rasp does command my attention. You turn me up. You ball your face. You clench your teeth. And nod your head to all this pop-off, and then roll right down the street. Rob on the Trak does the production. Nickelus F continues on his streak of dropping hot singles on those who know. (Twitter / Nah Right) And if you ain’t cop that Vices album, do it now. No plug, it’s for your own benefit. Nickelus F – GotDamnMurdah! from SHHO on...

Duck Sauce – Duck Droppings EP...

Louie Louie Louie Lou-EEEE Louie Louie Louie Lou-AHHH Whether picking through Boney M‘s catalog or staging an elaborate mockup of The Midnight Special, Duck Sauce (Armand Van Helden and DJ A-Trak) have been injecting a bit of kitsch in the “serious” world of house music. OK so house music is not serious stuff, but its devotees are very resolute in legitimizing the genre beyond club anthems and background filler. That is the appeal of all the Duck Sauce tracks: melody and hooks. Once just the anchors of pop music, even Duck Sauce’s throwaway tracks grab you and get you...

Tycho – “Montana”...

To transport one’s mind out of body through music is a formidable task for any artist. While pop music is made to make people feel some type of way, Tycho makes atmospheric music awashing the listening in dulcet tones and long strings. Some of his songs feel lifted straight from the ocean surf or a moonlit walk. “Montana” is bit more jangly than his previous work; an appreciated iteration that still stirs the mind into motion. There’s more tempo and defined movements flowing into each other. Never lingering, always...

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...