I’ve always been a fan of hip-hop. I get excited when I hear a good beat, I appreciate good poetry, and more than anything, I feel a connection with a truthful story. Today we get to premiere a song called “Right Now” by CP and Kyle, two artists we’ve supported since the beginning. It was written when the two lived together in LA in 2014 and it tells the story of pursuing their dreams in the music industry. When asked about the back story, CP told me “we really lived every line of that record. From the front seat of the car to him fighting his brother in the house. It’s all real. That’s what I feel makes this song timeless.”
These are two guys who have been grinding for years and are starting to gain widespread recognition. Kyle recently released his sophomore album and is about to embark on a tour with Hoodie Allen and Blackbear. CP, who was originally a part of One Room, has proven himself with each release of his to be an incredibly talented producer, singer and rapper. They’ve both been featured on countless Tape Tuesdays, we’ve supported most of their releases, and we’ve gotten to know both of them as people and artists as they’ve been growing their careers.
The thing is, as an artist it’s easy to get lost in this world. Especially when you’re trying to prove yourself in a crowded space. But you can either fall into that trap or be different and make a name for yourself. Both CP and Kyle have consistently made unique music and by doing so have achieved the latter. They make music that embodies exactly what I love about hip-hop: it’s intriguing, it’s poetic, and it’s got a real story behind it. This song is a perfect example of that. And that’s the type of art I’ll always support. Get behind these guys; this is still just the beginning.
Stream the song below and hit the jump for full lyrics.
CP went in. Pause. On the self-produced “Quarter Life Crisis,” the NY native reflects on his 25 years or so of existence. It feels glorious to listen to, and isn’t that how music should feel? I think that’s enough said; listen to the damn track.
Music does not surprise me (and I think, you) as much as it used to. Yeezus is a recent album that actually surprised me, but before that I can’t really say an album in the past three years has done the same. I think the reason for this is that we’re constantly hearing ideas. On the Internet we get to hear thoughts before they are fully formed and by the time an artist has perfected that thought, we are bored of it and have moved on to the next hot concept.
CP has been sitting on some joints, carefully plotting and waiting to release them, and I have to say: they surprise me. We get chopped up samples and acoustic R&B/rap tracks. Pieces might not be a masterpiece, but it’s a change of pace from the expected bullshit that will ultimately get lost somewhere on the Internet. Don’t let this get lost. Share it with your friends or something. Support good music.
Download Pieces here.
Sunset Selections is a curated collection of original songs written exclusively for this mixtape by our favorite breakthrough artists of 2013
A lot of people contributed to the making of Sunset Selections, so I decided to write this post as a thank you note. It feels dumb writing it, so if you feel dumb reading it, understand that that is okay. First and foremost, I would like to thank the artists who were a part of this mixtape for being so accepting of this idea and all-in with this project. You guys surpassed my expectations on that front and then met my expectations with the awesome songs you sent (my expectations were really high okay–that’s why we asked you to contribute). I would also like to thank the Sunset Fam for working their asses off for me and this idea. Without getting too sentimental, I love these people more than my own family. Just kidding. But they are cool, and it’s cool how Lydia set up a submissions page, Eric made a legendary trailer, Alicia let me use her collages, Jordan and Andy got artists on board, and they all listened to me vent about all the bullshit and awesomeness that took place while heading up this project. I really think the mixtape does its job of capturing this moment in time, but more than that, pieces of it are timeless. Oh God, that was ‘cheez‘-y. Fuck, I can’t stop. Just… let this mixtape soundtrack your 2013 and then your entire life.
Sacrifice and art seem to go hand in hand. You know there are probably hundreds of think pieces on the Internet arguing over whether Kanye can ever truly be happy because, as he knows and we know, art is more interesting when it’s painful. CP‘s new single, the first offering from our all-original Sunset Selections mixtape, sounds like it was somehow created in a cave atop the coldest mountain in Russia. The beat is spaced out yet in your face, and the verses are angry and like, really explicit. The chorus, borrowing from REM’s 1991 hit “Losing My Religion,” sounds cold and desolate like an echo from a past life (whatever that means). Seriously, this is exactly what Sunset Selections is about: transformative sounds from young, talented artists.
Sunset Selections will be here on 10/10. Next single comes next Tuesday (10/1).
When a beat matches perfectly with a verse, something magical happens. The two play together like a conglomerate of musical energy that hits you right in the gut. In the case of “Spend A Lifetime,” I can’t imagine any words other than CP‘s gripping verse over this killer Jamiroquai-sampling beat. It’s one of those songs that makes you say “damn” after first listen and forces you to hit repeat.
CP rides the line on this one. Hit play on the song if you haven’t already. Yes, that’s a Mumford & Sons sample. “Wack” has to be your first thought. It just has to be, yet you can’t stop listening. Then about a minute into the song, “wack” becomes “dope,” and you’re sold. Download the track for free, and as a bonus check out the NSFW video, starring Mercedeh Allen.
CP has long been a friend of this site from his mystery-shrouded project One Room to his solo mixtape based around the Eddie Murphy movie Boomerang. The LA via NY rapper is just about ready to take over the world, and it starts with this song featuring a legendary Jhene Aiko sample. Oh man, that beat.
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