Little Simz is a game-changing talent with tremendous lyrical skill and a real knack for crafting knockout songs. Her star rose considerably in 2015, so it’s fitting that she ends the year by giving us one last inimitable dose of soulful, introspective hip-hop with her surprise new EP Age 101: Drop X.
Simz’s style and understated delivery mirror heady TDE MCs like Kendrick Lamar and Isaiah Rashad (who appears on “Just a Dose”). She’s not actively trying to impress you with her skills on the mic, but it’s impossible to listen to even a few tracks without realizing she has something special.
The entire project is stellar, but Mick Jenkins collaboration “Sea Level” and the melancholy “Interlude” reach particularly incredible heights.
The Londoner has been one of rap’s best kept secrets over the past few years, and she’s unwilling to delve into real, complicated topics in a way that’s honest, refreshing and real. Rap needs Little Simz.
It’s been a minute since we’ve gotten a fresh sampling of new Kendrick Lamar material. Sure, he’s had loads of features since his universally-acclaimed good kid m.A.A.d City, but most of the hip-hop world has been waiting with bated breath for something that’s completely Kendrick.
“i” is our first venture into the Compton MC’s anticipated sophomore album. In contrast to the stark, embattled world that Kendrick painted for us in GKMC, his new single refreshingly focuses on positivity. Even the album artwork, which depicts two opposing gang members from the Crips and Bloods making hearts with their hands, implies love and brotherhood.
Stream the Isley Brothers sampled track below, and let us know what you think in the comments.
“World is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.”
― Amit Ray
“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”
Do yourself a favor and make it to the end of this playlist. The Hood Internet’s meld of Baauer and Schoolboy Q is a MUST listen. Keep on dancing my friends.
One of my most anticipated moments of the Grammys last night was a performance by Kendrick Lamar. I did zero research going into the performance, so I don’t know if it was expected that he would perform alongside Imagine Dragons, but nevertheless, I was not expecting it in the least. The outfits and choreography were pretty strange (looked a lot like a scene from Breaking Bad), but Kendrick went off on his verses, and Dan Reynolds from Imagine Dragons was quite the emphatic performer. I appreciated it.
I also appreciate how quickly the Internet minions released a stream of the new remix (sans a couple verses, but I’ll take what I can get) on both SoundCloud and Spotify. Enjoy both below, and if you’re as curious as I was about what Kendrick is actually saying during that nervous breakdown of a verse, read the lyrics here.
After her fantastic features in the last year (particularly on Drake’s “From Time”), I’m SO here for Jhene Aiko‘s music, especially this track featuring Kendrick Lamar from her upcoming EP Sail Out. “Stay Read (What A Life)” apparently leaked as a snippet about a week ago, but this full-version absolutely does it for me. Jhene’s voice pairs perfectly with Kendrick’s short, terse rapping. Sail Out is currently available on iTunes, but hopefully we’ll be hearing more from my future wife in the near future.
You almost forget that it’s even Pusha T’s song coming off of his new album My Name is My Name due out October 8th. Regardless, this is that classic Pusha with the dark-grind like beat, and the dark-drug lord bars, and he holds his own against Kendrick. However, Kendrick bodies the beat, Pusha, the producer, me, you, and Johnny Manziel.
Warning: This song has been labeled NPS (No Pussy Shit) by me.
^Yano, it’s like NSFW, but better.
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Well, I’m back in college for my junior year. This is some scary stuff. One more year? Don’t get me started. Also, I turned 21 today so that’s a great thing as well. Here’s my gift to you!
Jordan’s Top 5:
He is unbelievable. I would let him sing to me, one on one, clothing optional, and not feel weird about. Sorry if that was slightly weird. Nirvana will give you that feeling, too.
Well, if you haven’t heard, Kendrick Lamar calls out a ton of rappers, and it’s fantastic. Even two rappers that he’s on the same song with! Wowza!
You know what? It’s just good, so just listen.
Blast it, jam it, sing it, loudly. This is one of those “why isn’t it at least four minutes long” scenarios. You rock out at only 2 minutes and 40 seconds, but it’ll feel like an eternity with one of my favorite songs of the year.
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Following up the (just about) consensus Song Of The Summer in “Blurred Lines” is no easy task, but Robin Thicke seems up to the task with “Give It 2 U.” The poppy, catchy-as-shit hook is supplemented spectacularly by 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, who absolutely kills his verse. The music video is nothing to sneeze at either, featuring three HBCU step teams performing parade-style in a football stadium with… an ass float. Make sure you throw this on tonight and enjoy your time back at school before classes start, I know I will.
First off, happy Monday. I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted a Mashup Monday, but I hope yall can forgive me. Now that that’s behind us, here’s our first mashup. It’s by our dude Ricky Cervantes and it got Drake, Krewlla, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem all on one track and it sounds amazing.
Second, bet you never thought you’d hear Kendrick and Katy Perry on the same track? Particularly not after meeting angry kid Kendrick on “Control.” Ah but alas, The White Panda wanted it to happen, so it did.
Third, Arjun sent me this little gem today, in perfect time for Mashup Monday. The Tutankhamun Brothers found a way to blend Kanye West and The Beatles in a way that sometimes (and frankly more times than I would have expected) actually sounds decent. Not quite Danger Mouse/The Grey Album status, but this is good stuff.
Highlight: What’s a Black Beatle
It’s been another wonderful week of tunes, here are some of the highlights in case you missed anything!
(Posted by Arjun)
Nothing better than a song that gets people talking, right? All week long people have been feeling some sort of feelings towards Kendrick Lamar’s verse in particular, so you know it did what it had to do. Whether you like this track or not, you’ll probably be hearing about it for awhile. You just can’t put out this kind of fire folks.
(Posted by Arjun)
This Galimatias track is fresh as hell, to say the least. It’s hip hop but with it’s own twist. It’s chill but the textures of “Dream” are something to marvel at. Will these artists from the UK ever put out bad music? I’m starting to think it’s impossible with what’s been coming out of there the last few years. We thank you, either way.
(Posted by Alicia)
Did this track come out of nowhere and sweep us off our feet? I’m going to say yes. It’s a fusion of many genres from r&b to electronic to indie, so there’s a touch of everything for everyone. It’s soothing, catchy and just fabulous in all the right ways.
(Posted by Lydia)
This Smallpools remix is one that makes you want to drive around and not care about anything ever again, really though. To quote Lydia “I feel invincible right now, yall.” FOR REAL THOUGH. It’s fun, indie pop heaven. Nothing to complain about with this kind of music in our lives. Magic Man did the job with this perfect remix of “Dreaming”.
(Posted by Alicia)
Two amazing artists doing their thing together, what more could you ask for? Smooth as can be, a blend of Chet Faker’s soul and Kilo’s edge. It’s what we like to call a match made in heaven. “Melt” will truthfully make you dissolve into your seat because it’s that good. Hey awesome artists, keep making music together because we LOVE it.