Skizzy Mars and Michael Keenan team up to completely redesign Allday‘s hit “You Always Know the DJ,” which you may remember from one of our Tape Tuesdays. In two short verses, Skizzy paints the picture of his lifestyle and takes the listener along for the trip. Also, “My girl look like ‘02 Anna Kournikova” is probably line of the year.
After the successful release of “Open Up,” Gallant lets loose “Talking In Your Sleep,” which is just as good as his previous release. Crooning his way to your ears, Gallant brings something new to the table with each track.
Gallant is what RnB needs. He’s a RnB crooner signed to the same record label as Grammy nominated ZHU. Gallant brings genre defying music that will bait you in, and when the vocals drop, you’re hooked. This is the first single off of his upcoming EP in the summer, and “Open Up” is fan-freakin’-tastic.
There are moments in life when you have to drop everything you’re doing and focus on one thing. When Chance The Rapper and his music group The Social Experiment release a new project, I stop what I’m doing and pay attention.
Chance The Rapper is the most common answer I give when people ask me who my favorite artist I’ve discovered through music blogging is. It’s tough to compete with an artist like Sam Smith, who is another frontrunner, and this isn’t an apples to apples comparison because the music they make is so different, but I appreciate Chance for his ability to explore what the meaning of art is. Today’s music video is a fine example: he explores gospel, theater, and big-band jazz influences while maintaining an element of entertainment and catchiness all along (did you see those dance moves?!).
Chance’s portfolio is vast, containing deep, dark songs like “Paranoia,” nostalgic songs like “Wonderful Everyday“, depressing songs like “No Better Blues,” crowd pleasers like a cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You,” and refreshing pick-me-ups like “Everybody’s Something,” and with the latest work from Chance and The Social Experiment, it only looks to be evolving and growing into something more artful and alluring every day.
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!
Shakka just released a new song, “They Dunno Nuttn’”, as part of his new EP, “The Bootlegs”, and I was totally blown away.
Check “They Dunno Nuttn’” Out right here!
Shakka is a name you should know from his collaboration with Wretch 32, “Blackout”, but he is on a path to make a major name for himself with work like this. His voice is totally different from anything I’ve heard in a long time, and the way his rapping and singing comes together over the beat is perfect. The guest verse from Cashtastic is a glove-tight fit for the sound as well.
The rest of “The Bootlegs” EP is incredible as well, specifically “Rollin’ With Elephants”. Do yourself a favor and check it out.
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.
As I’ve said before, I’m always here for some new Jazz Cartier. And, finally, we have the video for his recent single, “New Religion.” The track originally dropped just a few hours before Drake famously dropped his If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late album, and I’ve been listening to it track just as much. The Fantavious Fritz-directed video finds Jacuzzi running through the Six, sans woes, and keeping the turn up confined to the living room. Check out the video, and come back here for Jazz’s Marauding In Paradise, due this April.
NOLA rapper Pell teamed up with Morgan Kibby (of White Sea and M83 fame) to flip his song “Runaway” off of his album Floating While Dreaming. The somber song with that chorus line “out in the cold you told me it would be fine, now you’re alone struggling for a place to call home” suddenly sounds like an unbeat pop record. It’s a transition sonically and emotionally, but I find both versions beautiful in their own right. SO MUCH GOOD NEW MUSIC TODAY.
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!