Logic is a young rapper we’ve had on the radar for a couple years now, but he recently really came into the spotlight when he was selected as a member of the XXL Freshman Class of 2013. We had the honor of doing an interview with Logic back in 2011, at which point he told us the following:
“In five years I see myself 2 studio albums in with a cult following all over the world and on the cusp of a successful acting career.” – Logic[Quote from 2011 Interview with Sunset in the Rearview]
Well it’s 2013, so it’s been two years, and he’s a lot closer to that goal than he was when he originally said it in 2011. He made the XXL Freshman Class list and he signed a deal with Def Jam Records. This release of Welcome to Forever is his fourth mixtape in just as many years, and it puts him much closer to his goal than where he was just days ago. In the opening track, “Welcome to Forever,” Logic shows off his rhyming skills and brushes off the haters who don’t believe in him just because of his skin tone. He makes a ballsy move on the third track by spitting over Outkast’s “Ms. Jackson” instrumental, but he kills it. He tells us about his upbringing, from the days of eating off food stamps to being the white kid who’s denied attention because he appears to be white. He lets us know in “5AM” that though you wouldn’t know it from appearance, he’s half black, but is that supposed to make him a better rapper? Are we still judging based on skin tone alone?
In all honesty, I think it still influences what I think about a rapper before I listen to anything. It’s ridiculous, but I can’t deny a hint of truth in that. But after listening to Logic, it’s hard to tell much of a difference between his voice and J. Cole’s.
That said, I don’t think the mixtape is perfect. A song like “Break It Down” doesn’t do anything for me. It’s one of those songs about getting high that really doesn’t have much more of a purpose, in my opinion. It’s fluff that could have been cut out because I think the mixtape is already too long at 20 songs. “Life Is Good” is another one that doesn’t appeal to me. It’s a story about how he’s got it good these days, but Logic…remember where you came from, man. I understand that you’re telling a story as you go through the mixtape, but you’re still a young buck who just got signed. It’s all relative, man. Overall, I think Logic sounds better over some thicker production than he does over the minimal beats, because he’s more of a straight spitter than a harmonic addition to a minimal instrumental.
came a long way from eating with goverment-gave permission/ if you think these lyrics aint deep, you too stupid to listen/ just an outcast with a mission that spits at whoever listens, bitch it’s logic - Roll Call
I respect people who try to stay true to themselves, even when everything in the world is trying to get them to do the opposite. Completely original people, too, like Andy Kaufman who heavily inspired this tape. They say, “You are who you surround yourself with,” but sometimes you get lost. I think recently I was lost–trapped in the dark corners of my own mind. This mixtape is about how I lost myself and how I continue to fight the surrounding negative energy. It’s less sad and serious than it sounds. These 17 songs are essential summer music. Burn them on a CD, go for a drive, and get lost in the funhouse.
- Josh Record – Wonder
- Bipolar Sunshine – Rivers
- The Hard Knocks – Pocket Full of Change
- Wet – Bad Idea
- SomeKindaWonderful – Reverse
- Cave Painting – Rio
- Swim Deep – She Changes The Weather (Whitely Remix)
- Mychal Cohen – Sentimental Guy
- Cowboy Indian Bear – Let It Down
- Noname Gypsy – Sunday Morning
- SPEAK – Peaks
- Kid Astray – Hey Sister
- The Casual Tuesday – Seatbelt
- Majical Cloudz – Bugs Don’t Buzz
- Planetarian – Zoned
- PHOX – Slow Motion
- The Dear Hunter – Whisper
If it were up to me,
I would’ve remained in that dream a little later
I am constantly getting older. As a matter of fact, everyone is constantly getting older. So why wouldn’t we listen to music that reminds us of childhood? Songs that feel and sound like sunshine and rainbows and every pure and innocent thing known to man. It sounds like a trip, but really it’s not at all. Sometimes people get caught up in the irony and lose sight of the simple things. Planetarian is here to remind us. (Sorry if I made Planetarian seem like some sort of cheesy superhero. That wasn’t my intention. [Although it totally could have been because superheroes are fucking awesome.])
Shout out to Tyler, The Creator for the find.
I’ve been looking everywhere for you, hoping for success
Last year Chance The Rapper became an instant favorite of ours. His mixtape #10Day took us to his high school Chicago’s prestigious Jones College Prep, where he got suspended for a week just before prom and graduation. But it also took us further back to young Chancellor growing up in the Windy City, finding himself as a person as well as a rapper. #AcidRap moves us further. This time into the mindset of a 20-year-old wizard with a formidable flow that can switch in an instant and an undulating voice that deftly takes you through the motions of an outer-worldly experience. It’s more mature and more playful at the same time, alternating between juke beats popularized in Chicago and soulful piano medleys. In a musically-stacked 2013, this (note: I’m totally writing this based on the singles and previews) seems to stand out like a beacon of hope. Too far? Forget it. Just download the tape below.
Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear.
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair.
Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t really fuzzy, was he?
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You and me’s just a fool’s paradise.
I used to watch a lot of movies. Early in high school my dad even joked that I had watched the most movies in the world for my age. For some reason or another in the past year, I just have not made time for one of my favorite mediums of entertainment. Over spring break I decided to change this. I just sat down, disconnected myself from online society, and engaged in the lost art of watching movies–but not just any movies. I wanted to watch films that would change my life: big movies with weighty concepts and twisted ideas. Movies that could warp my perception of things in a two hour runtime and make me re-evaluate how I would approach daily scenarios. I (re)visited the works of Charlie Kaufman, Woody Allen, and briefly, the Coen Brothers. Fool’s Paradise is an amalgamation of the inspiration garnered from watching Raising Arizona, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Manhattan. Also, as I explained to my friends, the first third is a great “turn up” playlist, and the rest is the opposite of that.
- Cold War Kids – Miracle Mile (Houses Remix)
- BenZel – Fallin’ Love (Alex Young Remix)
- KYLE – Fruit Snacks
- Phoenix – Entertainment (Blood Orange Remix)
- Andy Bull – Keep On Running
- Skizzy Mars – What Up Girl?
- CP – Spend The Night
- IYES – Glow (Demo)
- Float Fall – Someday
- Delta Spirit – California
- Mainland – Wasted
- Way Yes – Important
- Story Books – Simple Kids
- Hotel Cinema – Rabbit Hole
- Different Sleep – Get Ahead
- BenZel – Semi Detached (ft. Cass Lowe & Chance The Rapper)
- I Will, I Swear – Sleep
- Phosphorescent – Song for Zula
- The Colourist – Wishing Wells
Yeah then I saw love disfigure me / Into something I am not recognizing
The story of Phases began two years ago when we first heard of Skizzy Mars. On “Douchebag” he was a confident, raw talent, and over the years since its release, Skizzy has worked at growing as an artist and reaching his potential. The story of Phases is one only Skizzy could tell. He has an original point-of-view and attacks music in a way unlike anyone in hip-hop. The highlights from the project are fitted with EDM stylings and pure pop hooks. He assigns fellow young talents like Conner Youngblood and Mikey Fresh to assist these tracks and make a cohesive mixtape. Download #PHASES in exchange for your email below.
It’s Friday, my coffee hasn’t kicked in, this has been the work week from hell, I have a health check today, and I kind of feel like they’re going to tell me I’m dying. So it only seemed natural to listen to my favorite lonely stoner: Kid Cudi. I don’t mean today’s Cudder (sorry, baaaaabe). I mean old school Cudder. The man I fell in love with during college; the man who taught me it’s okay to be lonely, to sing sad songs, and to quote really depressing one liners (despite the inevitable judgement you’ll get from most of the world when you tweet “If I die before I wake, I pray the lord my soul to take, cuz I’m ready for a funeral”). I need some of that right now. And I need that to come back in the Incidud release on April 23rd.
Lydia discovered Terence Ryan a little over a year ago, and we haven’t stopped listening since. The Massachusetts native writes some of the most interesting hip-hop I’ve ever heard. Imagine Evanescence meets Eminem. Early ’00s overload? Sorry but it’s true. Each track on See About A Dream features a deeply personal anecdote or phobia or realization behind an undercurrent of darkness layered in old pianos and twisted synthesizers. Terence shines when he rhymes over his creations. Unfortunately, there’s less rap on this EP than there was on last year’s Skeleton EP. Still, this project shines on highlights “Silhouette Me,” “Disappearing,” and “Mind on Monday.” Definitely worth checking out.
In the modern digital era we inhabit today, there are so many things going on all the time. It’s frustrating, and it’s something that affects everyone and everything–the clutter, the screens, the unanswered messages, the tweets. I think if you told God about Twitter he’d be kinda pissed, like “What the fuck is a tweet? I made you people, so you can talk to other people with your mouths!” I just think life will be difficult no matter what; why should we make it more difficult? Think about the years that could be added to your life if you stopped worrying about a girl not texting you back (after you saw the “…” of her typing) or not getting a satisfactory amount of retweets on some shit you probably should not have put on the Internet forever (hypothetical situations, of course). But really, this mixtape probably has nothing to do with what I’m saying, but it’s something I felt like I had to say.
The cover was created using a lot of pictures and edited to form a simple heart. The title is inspired by a Gomez song from back in the day.
- Darwin Deez – Chelsea’s Hotel
- The Spinto Band – Shake It Off
- Bangladesh – Lean
- Lowrider – Golden Sun
- Eden Mulholland – I Will Echo
- French Horn Rebellion – Girls (ft. JD Samson and Fat Tony)
- Darwin Deez – Redshift
- Fyfe – St. Tropez
- Dan Croll – Compliment Your Soul
- Born Ruffians – Needle
- Slow Dakota – June 4
- Homeboy Sandman – Hold Your Head
- Stroik – One More Time
- Magic Man – Paris
- MISTERWIVES – Vagabond
- Good Oak – Fill My Cup
- Whisky Winter – Heavy
‘Cause I’m not leaving, this is just the place, I’ve been homeless since the dimples on her simple face , and I’ve spent my fortune, torn this town apart to build a hotel on her heart
Over the past few years, I’ve known ANTHM (back when he went by Anthem) as the artist behind one of my favorite party songs with his brilliant Bag Raiders flip “God of Joy.” Last year, I began to know ANTHM as this dark, brooding character with a charismatic persona and an ear for indie-sampling beats–featured proudly on the eclectic Joy & Pain EP. Today, I’m proud to know ANTHM as a rising hip-hop star in the same vein as Kendrick Lamar, and much like Kendrick, ANTHM has a wide array of points-of-view and much to talk about. Finally, it seems on Handful of Dust these characters and concepts have come together for an exciting, hopefully important project in hip-hop. Stream it in full below, and own it by paying whatever you want.
Sweden is not exactly known for its hip-hop scene, but it seems Michael Dida is working to change that. On his newest tape, the rapper did not create anything groundbreaking, but all 6 tracks try something new and interesting. The tape samples SITR favorites Sampha and JMSN, so you know it’s real.
Mixtape highlights: ‘Corona,’ ‘Me, My Lonesome, My Jameson,’ and ‘No Hard Feelings’
Trying to get ahead then I got a little dome