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[Introducing] Stream Leven Kali’s Debut Mixtape ’4102′

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This is quite the debut from California singer/songwriter/producer, Leven Kali, who is only 20 years old. These “3-in-1″ type artists are really something nowadays, as they can single handily craft their material on their own. Anyways, are you looking for some funk? Are you looking for some R&B? Maybe a little soulful music? Something a little groovy? Look no further, as we have another genre-bending artist on our hands. With features including Casey Veggies and JoJo, Leven Kali’s debut project is something worth noting. I would list some standouts but to be honest, it’s a pretty quick listen, and they all stand out.

This kid is only 20. He just made it out of his teens, and he’s doing this? What am I doing with my life? What is life? Stream it below!

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[Straight Talk Sunday] I Miss the MySpace Days

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I tweeted a couple weeks ago that I miss the days of discovering music through MySpace. That’s how I got started on this whole thing. I got inspired after talking to a friend when I was home for Thanksgiving break and he told me about all these young hip hop artists from Seattle who he was really into (names like Macklemore, Blue Scholars, Dessa…but this was back in 2008, so even a name like Macklemore meant nothing to me yet). So to find their music, I had to go to their MySpace pages. And what was really fun was to find an artist I really liked, and then find out who they were into by searching through their top 8 friends on their MySpace page. It was kind of like a puzzle for me, and I’ve always been a big fan of puzzles. Sometimes the artists would put their top producers on their Top 8, sometimes they’d put their inspirations, and other times they’d put that artist from down the road who they were good friends with and wasn’t getting much recognition yet. I remember finding Ryan Lewis, specifically, and getting super excited. Here was this guy who was an incredible musician and producer, but also an extremely talented photographer and videographer. But nobody really knew about Ryan Lewis outside of Seattle yet. These days, everything’s so open – it’s almost as though there’s too much access. Everything’s right there in front of you on the table (or in your inbox, if you’re a blogger), it’s just a question of whether you have the time or attention span to go through it all. I miss the pursuit. There was a bit of a chase, and it was fun.

But what I can still hold on to is the joy I got out of listening to good hip hop. There’s something about finding a hip hop song that not many people have discovered yet and listening for raw talent that really gets me going. And to be completely honest, I haven’t been able to find much lately that’s been able to get me going. Day after day, everything seems a bit the same, life seems a little redundant. I’m stressed out at my job, I miss my family at home, and I look forward to vacation time more than anything else. I miss my friends and the simple lifestyle in North Carolina. It’s a scary feeling. But I reminded myself that I’m lucky to know of one thing that makes me really happy. It’s not that easy for some people to pinpoint. Music has been a constant for me for many years. So I let myself slow down and get back to doing what I love – finding music, and letting myself stop and listen. I took myself on a search for some new hip hop music (to be honest, I tried to recreate the MySpace chain search experience on SoundCloud to find people I hadn’t heard of yet, but it didn’t work very well) and included some songs below that I liked as I went along.

One thing I’ve learned in the past couple years is that you may not recognize as you’re doing something just how meaningful it will be in your life. Ordinary things may not stand out to you while you’re experiencing them. But once some time passes and you think back on those things, some moments may stand out that you didn’t expect. It’s like when you smell or see something that immediately reminds you of a time in your past. At the time, you may not have realized that you were creating a memory. But looking back, you wish you could go back to that moment in time. I had no idea that MySpace would be one of those things for me. It feels kind of weird saying that. But those days also remind me of being in college, of days of lesser stress about getting older and needing to know exactly what I want to do with my life, of having all of my closest friends within walking distance at all times. It’s not just about MySpace, it’s about the times that surrounded that experience. But while I sit here and wish I could go back to those days, I’m also trying to take a second to recognize the good things I may be overlooking in my present. I may be going through a hard time, but there are little things (right now it’s the smell of the wreath in my apartment, the cozy feeling of the twinkle lights I just put up in my windows, and the good music I’m listening to right now) that I may look back on and long for someday in the future. We’ll see, maybe I’ll be posting something a few years from now called Straight Talk Sunday: I Miss My Twinkle Lights.

 

OnCue – Staring at the Stars (prod. CJ Luzi):

 

BMB – Playah (ft. GoldLink)

 

Sunni Colón – Jezebel

 

Logic – Like Me (ft. Casey Veggies)

 

Vic Mensa – Suitcase (ft. Chance The Rapper)

 

NoName Gypsy – Samaritan (ft. Mick Jenkins)

 

Brothers From Another – Groov (ft. Asher Roth)

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Earl Sweatshirt ft. Vince Staples & Casey Veggies – Hive [Music Video]

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This is what we were hoping for three years ago when Earl Sweatshirt’s eerie video for EARL was uploaded to YouTube and we were all introduced to the dark, mind-bending style of a bizarre but undeniably talented young rapper. That video had a raw, grimy aesthetic that was impossible to look away from and featured ridiculous bars from a weird little 16 year old that we could barely wrap our heads around. We couldn’t help but want more.

We had to wait, though. We had to wait after he disappeared off the face of the earth when his mother sent him to Samoa. Then we had to wait some more after he returned to the country and worked to find himself as a newly famous artist with the weight of high expectations. Now the wait is over.

Since his return, Earl has released a few songs and videos (watch “Whoa” and “Chum”) but this is the closest he’s come to the magic of that EARL video. This is what we hoped would happen when a matured Earl Sweatshirt stepped to the mic and used his newfound fame, resources, and money to build on that promise he displayed on “EARL”. Even with all the fame, money, and pressure, Earl is able to channel the raw and original style of his early work and turn it into something that’s more polished and fleshed out. Something that’s better. Ask anyone who’s followed the careers of once “promising young rappers” and they’ll tell you how rare that is.

Watch below as he hangs out in dark alleyways with weird masked characters and delivers wild wordplay and striking imagery from his signature drawling flow over a heavy instrumental — then stick around for an impressive verse from Vince Staples that’ll be worth at least a few rewinds. Look for Earl Sweatshirt’s solo debut Doris on August 20th.

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D-Why – Kill Me now (feat. Casey Veggies)

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Yeah, I didn’t really expect this collab happening. Homeboy D-Why linked up Casey Veggies to cook up something surprising on his newest track, Kill Me Now. This is definitely the hardest I’ve heard D-Why spit and it makes sense with the swag connoisseur Casey sharing the track with him. Don’t Flatter Yourself coming soon.


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The Kickdrums ft. Casey Veggies – Thieves In The Choir

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I’ve been seeing Casey Veggie’s name pop up a lot lately, which I thoroughly enjoy because I like what Casey brings to the table in each of his tracks. Cleveland group, The Kickdrums, links up with Casey for this sit back and relax type track called Thieves In The Choir. Peep it!

The Kickdrums ft. Casey Veggies – Thieves In The Choir

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Rockie Fresh ft. Casey Veggies – Driving 88

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Rockie Fresh ft. Casey Veggies – Driving 88 || Download

I’ve never listened to Rockie Fresh much, but I’m a big fan of Casey Veggies so I wanted to check this one out. Well, I quickly realized that I should download more Rockie Fresh. Both of his verses are really dope to me, and I like his flow. He has nothing on Casey, though, who sounds mean while simultaneously remaining an aura of untouchable chillness.

Rockie’s new tape drops January 23rd, so we’ll be hearing more from him in the near future. Looking forward to it.

Veggies. Like UNGHHH

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Casey Veggies – Swag Worth A Mill

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The young, Odd Future-affiliated Casey Veggies is re-releasing his album, Sleeping in Class, later this month. To build hype for the upcoming deluxe edition of his LP, he let loose this chilled out, smoothly assembled track that reflects on the changes he’s been going through as of late. It’s brief, but it’s a fine taste of what we’ll get come September, 20th. If you have any class at all, I wouldn’t sleep on this brotha. -@dcbui

“Swag Worth A Mill” – Casey Veggies

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