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...

DJ Cassidy feat. Jessie J and Robin Thicke – “Calling All Hearts” Mar05

DJ Cassidy feat. Jessie J and Robin Thicke – “Calling All Hearts”...

When I first saw DJ Cassidy at the 2013 MTV VMAs, I thought he was a cornball hipster DJ in a straw boater hat. Then I find out he’s been DJing for every major American celebrity and the president. He’s Obama’s fucking DJ! DJ Cassidy was Jay Z and Justin Timberlake’s choice for the Legends of Summer Tour. And on top of all this, he’s been working on an album of original material based on the disco-funk-R&B sounds of the 70s and 80s called Paradise Royale. Cassidy recruited the actually session musicians from his favorite records of yore and gathered them up to make new dance hits for the 21st century. “Calling All Hearts” has the leadoff single for quite awhile, and it finally got a video to see the light of day. Cassidy also mythologizes the origin of his signature boater hat by acquiring it from a Geoffrey-doppleganger haberdasher. Everything about this track and video are laughable. Jessie J is apparently a big deal in the UK, but in the US I know her as the chubby British chick with a broken foot and bootleg Aeon Flux haircut. So, excuse me if my brain can’t register that the P!nk wannabe in this video was a brunette chick with a goofy accent. Robin Thicke, regardless of when he actually filmed his part, is suffering through a brutal separation with his wife, Paula Patton. So seeing Robin mug for the camera or pulling Jessie closer to do the 2-step are just ways for haters to keep lowering Thicke’s popularity. But the worst part of the video is still DJ Cassidy. Because like other DJs who fashion themselves as tastemakers and musical gatekeepers, Cassidy seems like a whole lotta flash or very little substance. At his...

Lykke Li – “Love Me Like I’m Not Made Of Stone” Mar04

Lykke Li – “Love Me Like I’m Not Made Of Stone”...

When we first met Lykke Li, she was a coquettish dance-pop chick singing about yearnings, urges, love, and lost over bouncy production. Her second album dropped the bounce for a broader, mature sound. And for her third album, she has stripped the music down further leaving an uncluttered canvas for her ever vulnerable lyrics. Her willingness to put her love life on full display has to be her appeal. She had previewed her album by releasing a precursor video for the title track, “I Never Learn.” But “Love Me Like I’m Not Made Of Stone” is a whole new level of heartache. For someone who has proven so evocative in her songwriting, the girl she is writing about is distant and fragile. But I know from teh internets[sic] that she writes about her broken relationships like a Swedish Taylor Swift. In fact Lykke Li is the type of girl I hate, she can be emotional and passionate but displays a wall of discord when I’m trying to talk to her. I hate you so much right now! (Shout out to Kelis!) Arrrgh! Ahem. I Never Learn is set for release on March 25th. And if you’re still waiting for the liveliness of Youth Novels, no such luck. Every song on the album is a power ballad. Like one of those old radio stations. This is a slow dance; a slow burner. I wrote [“No Rest for the Wicked”] in Sweden when I was packing up my shit, and I’d just gotten out of a relationship and it was a horrible time. I just had the hurt, shame, sadness, guilt, longing. In the verse, I’m referring to myself pleading guilty but I’m referring to all of us. Damn, it’s all power ballads about her ex....

Run The Jewels – “Run The Jewels” (video) Mar04

Run The Jewels – “Run The Jewels” (video)...

Visuals for the title track of the best rap album of 2013, Run The Jewels. Don’t believe me, just watch. Run The Jewels are El-P and Killer Mike. This ain’t trap shit, ratchet shit, or some rap-sung collaboration. This is that aggravated, fuck shit up, falcon punch your bitch, retro-future boom bap rap shit. Fuck with this! Cop the whole damn album. 10 tracks, no filler bullshit....

Janelle Monáe – “What Is Love” Mar04

Janelle Monáe – “What Is Love”...

You know what I didn’t like was Janelle’s half-hearted Cover Girl-sponsored cover of Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistable.” Thankfully, she follows that up with the full version of her soundtrack song for Rio 2. Granted I fully expected another throwaway track, but this is actually pretty lively. Classic @JanelleMonae. "What Is Love," from the Rio 2 Soundtrack: http://t.co/Crox4GcQSa Proceed to dance around your office. — I’ll Take You There (@NPRandB) March 4,...

Pharrell Williams – “Happy” (The Rose Tint BoomTrap Remix) (Produced By !llmind)...

Black Twitter is real and keeps me abreast on all the news I really need in life. Almost all the news. At least important shit like Illmind…errrrrr !llmind remixing “Happy” which put the brakes on whatever else the fuck I was doing (working, writing flowery prose about Janelle Monáe). But I digress. !llmind has chopped the fuck out of Pharrell’s “Happy” and re-assembled the track in his #Boomtrap fashion. Worth a listen or several. Hot damn!...

2 Chainz – “Mainstream Ratchet” (video) Mar04

2 Chainz – “Mainstream Ratchet” (video)...

Tity Boi explains why he’s that type of guy and why his girl > your girl. (This is...

Big K.R.I.T. feat. Rick Ross – “New Agenda” Mar03

Big K.R.I.T. feat. Rick Ross – “New Agenda”...

Big K.R.I.T. delivers the first track for his Week of K.R.I.T. and it is a heater. #WEEKOFKRIT pic.twitter.com/AzqYecK3FG — Big K.R.I.T. (@BIGKRIT) March 3,...

Aloe Blacc – “The Man” (video) Mar03

Aloe Blacc – “The Man” (video)...

I felt there wasn’t enough product placement in Aloe Blacc’s video for his gigantic single, “The Man.”...

Devin The Dude and Doughbeezy – “Lifted” (prod. by TrakkSounds and Rapid Ric) Mar03

Devin The Dude and Doughbeezy – “Lifted” (prod. by TrakkSounds and Rapid Ric)...

Devin The Dude sports a new double-time flow which belies the smooth groove of the TrakkSounds and Rapid Ric production. Doughbeezy seems more comfortable attacking the beat. TrakkSounds and Rapid Ric have a new mixtape, Intervention 2, dropping tomorrow (March 4)....