Two of my favorite movies are Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto and Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere. Both movies are set in affluent areas of California, which I’ve sort of been obsessed with lately. Not to get too weird but the complex relationships had by young adult children of stupid rich families fascinate me.
So I set out to make a mix that sounds like the hills of the ‘Basas.
It started in Hollywood…
*SoundCloud mix is missing track 11 (“Bellyintro” by Lord Byron) and track 23 (“L$D” by A$AP Rocky)
There is a reason coming-of-age films like Dazed and Confused, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Myth of the American Sleepover, and Palo Alto all revolve around the same three things: sex, drugs, and youth. The reason is that they are one and same. This is the mixtape that understands that.
Much like those coming-of-age films, it is about not letting the little things bother you and seeing the bigger picture in a small town setting. It is about having the clearest ideas under the cloudiest circumstances and about dark times from which you rise above. It’s about getting really, really high and staying there for a week. It is about traveling to a foreign city and fucking shit up with your friends. It’s about the things you can only do when you’re young. Or maybe it’s just the soundtrack.
Don’t tell my momma I’ve been smoking
Danny Brown is officially back! The promotion for his highly anticipated sophomore album OLD is underway, and today, he’s dropped this teaser for it. “Kush Coma” is produced by frequent collaborator Skywlkr and does not disappoint. High octane, vintage Danny (although surprisingly not an ode to his drug of choice, Molly). The album version will feature A$AP Rocky. You should probably smoke to this one.
As for the release date of his album…
— Danny Brown (@XDannyXBrownX) March 19, 2013
That means we can expect a mid-August release (XXX dropped August 15, 2011).
UPDATE: Stream the CDQ version of the song, featuring A$AP Rocky.
A$AP Rocky’s long waited debut has finally arrived. Long.Live.A$AP is here, and *SPOILER ALERT* it’s here to stay. Sunset writers got together again for another group review of one of the bigger releases to start off 2013. Peep it after the jump! Continue reading “[Album Review] A$AP Rocky – Long.Live.A$AP” »
Now, I’m currently in microeconomics and I’m supposed to be drawing graphs, but please. My Twitter told me to post this. Haven’t even listened to it yet, but I have faith in A$AP that this is a hard-knock banger.
This has been a wildly anticipated collaboration that has had the blogosphere/mesosphere buzzing for quite some time now. It’s funny though because I’ve listened to this song twice now, and I have no idea what either rapper said. I think they were probably talking about money. The beat is the real star here. It was produced by the legendary Dj Carnage who rebuilds nations on his off days and can do really complicated math problems in his head without struggling. Shout out to .GIF files.
The song will be a part of Theo’s upcoming Lovers Holiday II: Rose Island EP, which will be out in May.
Happy Friday ya’ll. I hope everybody is similarly enjoying the unseasonably warm weather that I’m getting here in Chicago. What are you guys doing for St. Patrick’s Day? Any special traditions? Drinking green beer? Green eggs and going ham? Passing out in a greenhouse? Whatever your activities are on this festive weekend, be sure to enjoy them to the tunes below.
Also, make sure to get into the Irish spirit with this rendition of Danny Boy by the muppets:
1. Peso (Vaski Remix) – A$AP Rocky
2. Rasclat Riddim – Vato Gonzalez & Diplo
3. The Warning (K.I.D.S! Bootleg) – Logic
4. Blue Jeans (RAC Mix) – Lana Del Rey
5. Cities – Alvin Risk
Just as with the rest of the world, the music world goes in cycles. Artists creating hit songs today are often building off of their predecessors’ creations. Sometimes I hear a song and think to myself ‘Damn. What an incredible song. Sounds timeless.’ More often than not, it’s because they’re borrowing from a song that was created before their time. Ah, the art of sampling.
So often today, artists use samples that we come to know and love, and I think the origin of the sample often goes unnoticed. The idea of samples has always interested me, particularly in cases when producers dig up samples that I’ve never heard before and turn them into something suddenly so popular. I imagine producers going into old record collections, dusting off cases open cases of records, placing the vinyl on the record player, and hearing a snippet of a song that suddenly inspires them to create something with that bit of a song. I’d be interested to know what they listen for, and whether they’re often looking for something to begin with or they tend to find something while in the act of searching, but I assume each artist goes about it differently. If you’re reading this and you’ve been sample searching, leave a comment with your method of discovery. Either way, I thought I’d introduce (or re-introduce) you guys to some of the songs that have been sampled in popular music today, just so we can take a second to appreciate the origins of those clips.
1. Perhaps the textbook case today. AVICII samples Etta James in his hit song “Levels.” (Disclaimer: Pretty Lights had sampled it before in his song “Finally Moving,” but the song didn’t take off as rapidly as “Levels.”)
MP3: “Levels” – Avicii
2. Kanye West, in his popular song “Champion” off of Graduation, borrowed from Steely Dan‘s song “Kid Charlemagne.”
3. In some examples, artists take a sample and flip it into something that sounds altogether different. In this example, though, Kanye West and Jay-Z stick pretty close to the original in their sampling Otis Redding in their song “Otis.”
4. An artist who’s taking off these days is A$AP Rocky. You may or may not know that he used a sample of The S.O.S. Band‘s “No One’s Gonna Love You” in his song “Peso.”
MP3: “Peso” – A$AP Rocky
5. Love the instrumentals in Drake and Rihanna‘s “Take Care?” Me too. Again, not an original. It’s sampled from Gil Scott-Heron‘s “I’ll Take Care Of U,” but is actually the Jamie xx remix.
Sampled (Jamie xx Remix):
MP3: “Take Care” (ft. Rihanna) – Drake
6. Bet you think that LMFAO knocked it out of the park with their “Party Rock Anthem,” hm? It’s cool, they did. But they had the help of Steve Winwood and his original song “Valerie.” (Sample appears at the 1:02 mark.)
7. Even Common chooses to use samples in some of his songs. In one of his latest efforts, “Blue Sky,” he picked a piece of Electric Light Orchestra‘s “Mr. Blue Sky” to craft his sound.
MP3: “Blue Sky” – Common
8. Eminem dug into the 1975 records to pull out Labi Siffre‘s “I Got The” for his popular song “My Name Is.” Incredible original song, and great use of the sample by Marshall Mathers. (Sample can be heard at the 2:10 mark.)
9. One of my favorite songs recently is Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know (ft. Kimbra).” I was fooled originally, thinking this was 100% Gotye’s creation. Turns out, they sampled a Latin song from 1967 by a man named Luiz Bonfa called “Seville.” Incredible find, Gotye and Kimbra!
10. This one is a bit of a more modern sample (2010), so it may to come as obvious to many, but it’s a great one nonetheless. Young rapper Mac Miller borrowed from popular indie-rock artist Sufjan Stevens in his jam “Donald Trump.”
ASAP Rocky‘s mixtape dropped yesterday, and I was hesitant to download it because I wasn’t crazy about “Bass.” But all the buzz about the tape made it somewhat hard to ignore, so I checked it out, liked a couple songs, downloaded it, and now I’m quickly falling hard for ASAP’s style. He’s a Northern guy with Southern swag, which is something I appreciate as a half-northerner from Maine, half-southerner from Texas. Great production from Clams Casino and others. I encourage you, if you’re a fan of hip hop, to download this tape. It might be a game changer. It’s no wonder he got a $3 million deal with RCA so quickly.