The great artists suffer for their art. The great listeners suffer along with them. I think without truly intellectualizing it this Tape Tuesday is inspired by Na’kel‘s soul-crushing verse on “DNA” from Earl Sweatshirt‘s album I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside. For those of you who don’t know, Na’kel wrote and recorded his verse just after hearing that one of his close friends had died. And you can hear the pain in his voice, and he’s not a rapper (he’s a skateboarder) but he laid down a brutally poignant verse. He wrote his feelings on paper, and now whenever I listen to the song, I find myself feeling the anger and despair that Na’kel is trying to convey.
The sad thing is that in the vapid hype machine that is the music Internet verses like Na’kel’s could be overlooked. Hype is easy. I mean to dedicate my life to the creation of timeless art. When you’re honest and uncompromising, that’s when you become a step closer to creating art that is timeless.
And it’s okay to be emotional.
You used to say you like violins and your lifestyle depend on me
*SoundCloud mix is missing track 2 (“Mantra” by Earl Sweatshirt).
Sheesh, where did the month go? It’s crazy how fast time goes by when you get older. There was some awesome music from March and we took the time compacting it down to our favorite 17 tracks from this month. Enjoy, and feel free to let us know what you thought about March!
You may remember Elseware from their whimsical, almost Bleachers-esque debut “Anxious.” The duo now has a follow-up track that I think is a much better song. “Drifted” has this darkness and depth and heat to it that was missing from “Anxious.” It feels like a more fully realized track with its beat switches, rap verse, and seamless transitions — almost like the making of it was a project in itself.
I met you freshman year, I was too afraid to talk to you.
San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival announced their lineup today and it is absolutely phenomenal. Headliners vary from Elton John to Kendrick Lamar. Outside Lands is taking place August 8-10 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
Top 10 artists I’m most excited to see (in no particular order):
Mumford & Sons
Update: Preview Outside Lands 2015 with this Spotify Playlist:
Today we have the pleasure of premiering the video for Marc 7′s “Buckshots” which showcases one of the more venomous flows from his new EP, When Sounds Attack (Vol. 1). The song and accompanying visuals capture the hypnotic fusion of 90′s East/West coast rap – an aesthetic that is embedded in 7′s musical DNA. Having carved out an uplifting niche in the rap game over the course of a few decades and several fantastic releases with his crew, Jurassic 5 (who have announced a much anticipated come back this year), Marc 7′s name is now synonymous with LA underground hip hop. The MC has been busy of late, dropping his full length debut last year and following it up with this current series of potent EP’s. When Sounds Attack (Vol. 1) is out tomorrow and can be grabbed here on iTunes.
First, if you’re reading this, it’s because I’m way too late and I apologize for the slight delay in getting this to you. Second, without out further delay, here it is! A great group of 22 songs from the short month that is February. Soundcloud and link and below! Enjoy!
Based on probability alone, most people are bad for you. The problem is my generation is so antisocial that they cling to any semblance of familiarity. Familiarity, oftentimes, is also bad for you. This mixtape documents that internal struggle between the comfort of familiarity and the drab of routine. I miss new feelings. In order to experience newness, you first have to acknowledge how damn easy it is to be sucked into unhealthy but familiar tendencies, and then you have to fight those urges. Progress comes from the fight for novelty.
On a different note, “Vic Mensa sang beautifully on a Kanye West song” is not a thought I ever imagined I’d have. But on “Wolves” Vic croons, “I’m just bad (bad, bad) for you,” and it’s the most affecting part of the song (along with the haunting sounds that follow his verse). This mixtape is in part an ode to the perfection of that song. It’s my attempt to channel the same energy of “Wolves” into an entire mixtape that doesn’t include the song itself.
And I was only trying to make it
*SoundCloud mix missing track 7 (“Home” by Heems), track 8 (“The Death, The Funeral” by Sean Leon), and track 19 (“Stay Down” by Big Sean) — so basically, download the entire thing below.
“I’m footin’ to putya’ way down in the groove”: so says the bluesy voice on the intro to this slinky gem – and within seconds Venice Beach MC/Producer Pause makes good on this promise. With its poppin’ bass line, baritone raps and soul crooning, “Have Your Seen” hits the mid-tempo sweet spot; sounding like an unlikely collaboration between Scarface and Mayer Hawthorne. The track certainly has that undeniable West Coast hip hop flavor which is naturally informed by influential 70′s funk and clouds of marijuana smoke. Its sleek production and syncopated groove is a fitting canvas for Pause’s charismatic low intoned flow and relentless self-aggrandizing punchlines. “Have You Seen” is off Pause’s upcoming LP, No Small Order (out March 17th), which is can be pre-ordered here.
If you haven’t checked out our Best of 2014, you’re missing out on something special! With 2014 ending on a strong note, 2015 takes off right where 2014 left off as the writers at Sunset present you with our top picks from January! SoundCloud & download link below.
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
We are only three days away from a brand new year. Crazy. How you spent your 2014 is on you, but I can tell you the music scene in 2014 was quite successful. This is by far my favorite post of the year and I’m glad I can share it with all of you. The writers over here at SITR were very high on some artists this year, and it shows in this playlist. Artists such as BANKS, Childish Gambino, Chance The Rapper, Skizzy Mars, G-Eazy, Kevin Abstract, Milky Chance, Sam Smith, Zhu, and Young The Giant have multiple appearances while Skizzy Mars has the most. Safe to say 2015 is Skizzy’s for the taking? I know I’m most looking forward to him and Chance (he had a relatively quiet year) the most!
Here’s how we did the playlist this year:
- There’s a Spotify and Sound Cloud playlist
- Not all of the songs are on Sound Cloud
- Not all of the songs are on Spotify
- The following download links below are the tracks that aren’t on Spotify so you can upload them in your Spotify with ease
- Part 1 contains tracks 1-34 while part 2 contains tracks 35-69
- The Leftovers Track List: 1-26, 27-52, 53-69
- Hit the jump for the playlists