This has to be one of the best music videos i’ve seen in a while. Lil Dicky is hilarious, brave, smooth and super jewish. This dude can RAP!
My friends and I went to see Straight Outta Compton on Friday night here in Los Angeles. It was fucking fantastic and really sends a great message. Regardless of circumstances or odds being stacked against you CAN ‘make it’ and be anything you want to be. Seeing these artists get to where they wanted to be in the movie was very inspiring. Here was my favorite track from the movie, just listen to that beeeaatt THO !
California based hip-hop artist G-Eazy is adding to the success of his debut album These Things Happen with a music video for one of his singles, “Downtown Love”. The song is about a young socialite living in SoHo, paying homage to Edie Sedgwick. The video was directed by Bobby Burderle, who’s talent is also responsible for some of the artists other videos. It’s looking like 2015 is going to be a great year for G-Eazy, and we’re looking forward to seeing what else he has up his sleeve.
Afrika Bambaataa’s record collection has long been regarded as one of the most comprehensive and expansive archives of hip-hop’s formative stages that exists in the world today. That bold and well-reasoned statement never rang more true than it did last weekend, when the duo of DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist spun the original one’s and two’s for a lively New York crowd at Verboten in Brooklyn.
Funky fanatics filled the Williamsburg club/lounge and witnessed a remarkable turntable orchestra, set to the backdrop of an enormous projection screen that surrounded us in an atmosphere covering all corners of the culture that inspired the renegade of funk himself. One of the greatest influences for Bambaataa was James Brown, who was paid homage to by the duo in the forefront of their set last Friday evening. We have been to many Verboten shows, but there was a truly special energy at this event and the music was flawlessly pieced together to create an incredibly soulful dance party unlike any we have ever had the pleasure to be a part of.
DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist’s vinyl-only Renegades of Rhythm tour is continuing throughout November and expanding into new markets across the U.S. and Canada. Shadow and Cut kicked off the tour with two sold-out shows at NYC’s Irving Plaza where Bambaataa himself watched from the balcony as the duo pulled his vinyl collection apart and mixed a nostalgic set that chronicled and honored the genre that influenced so many others.
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Coming at you straight from the DMV is up and coming hip hop artist Skinny Berlin. One of his latest tracks is Solo Spliff is a testament to the musical talent present in this homegrown artist. The song describes the ebbs and flows that Skinny went through as a self described “addicted youth”. When listening to the song it is almost impossible not to be placed in a hip hop trance from Skinny’s lyrical genius. With its old school beats and descriptive lyrics, Solo Spliff is just one of the reasons to keep an eye out for Skinny’s future productions and rise in the ever massive world of hip hop.
The first time I heard Mos Def’s Black on Both Sides was during the winter of 2002. I heard my older cousin listening to it and instantly was entranced by the rhymes of Mos Def. Since then a lot has changed in the world of music, but thanks to the mind of producers like DC’s Lean Quatifah, we can enjoy the past, present, and future at the same time. In his rework of Mos Def’s hit “Mathematics“, Lean Quatifah has combined the chill jazzy beats of Dutch producer deeB with the intelligent and skillful rhymes of Mos Def. Despite the fact that it’s been 15 years between these tracks, Lean Quatifah has managed to skillfully create a song that immerses the listener in the lyrics of Mos Def while vibing to the beats of deeB. Give the song a listen and download it for free.
Loving this smooth r&b/hip hop track on this monday morning.
What do you get when you combine the two biggest collectives in hip-hop? This track, apparently. YMCMB and GOOD Music came together to make this throwback-sounding song “Thank You” with Busta Rhymes, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Q-Tip. The four hip-hop Gods mesh nicely together – with Weezy rambling in the beginning (don’t get me wrong, I love his whiny rambling), impressive rhymes from Q-Tip, solid verses from Busta, and Yeezy’s signature motivating grunts on the hook, the boys have created a track that every old-school hip-hop fan will be reminiscing over.
Happy Halloween y’all!! Turn this one up and get weirrrddddd !