Quaint, subtle, and full of nuances, Jon Bell gives me a really similar vibe to Iron & Wine. Really understated, Bell has the ability to have a gripping effect on you as you listen.
Out of Arlington, Virgina, Bell is a really promising up and comer on the indie folk scene, and I’m excited to see hear his upcoming album, which “Fade” will be featured on.
The anniversary of J Dilla’s death was this past Friday, February 10th, and in honor of the legendary producer’s passing, Big Sean dropped a Dilla produced jam to commemorate the anniversary.
This wasn’t one of my favorite beats off of Dilla’s canonized “Donuts,” and while I wish he had gone over a different beat, I’m certainly not mad about this–Sean does his thing.
He talks a little bit about his Grammy nod (which, by the way, is still crazy to me, dude’s come so far and definitely deserves it). It must be a crazy time to be Big Sean right now–enjoy the ride, Mr. Anderson.
See everybody wanna go to big deal from no deal/ To make it to the top you still gotta go uphill/ From rolling up J’s to rolling up here with Jay/ Crazy how my life just went from surreal to so real/ Back when rap and school was a main contemplation/ ‘Ye took me to the Grammys, we had that conversation/ Said you don’t make it this far from doing no kind of waiting/ Few years later, leads me to my nomination
Here’s what Sean had to say about the track:
”In honor of J. Dilla being one of the most influential producers of all time, I decided to lay a verse to one of my favorite tracks off of J. Dilla’s Donuts. Being from Detroit I feel I have a responsibility to honor his legacy n continue it in my own way. His soul will live forever… RIP J. Dilla”
The Homie Spit Spitta’s back with a new, 5 song EP titled “Here.” Curren$y, in my mind, kind of filled the void in the rap mixtape world when Lil Wayne, formerly The Best Rapper Alive, seemingly lost 2/3 of his talent after dropping Da Drought series. Spitta releases new tracks and projects more frequently, and with more consistency, than maybe any other rapper out right now.
He and the Jet Life crew always come with some of the slickest flows, and I can’t remember the last time I was disappointed with any Curren$y project–a few weak tracks here and there, but they continuously put out gems.
Note that the first song on the EP, “Pay Attention,” is 4 minutes and 20 seconds long.
So I’ve been a little disappointed with the recent Weezy that we’ve been seeing post prison release, but this is some real Weezy F. I love the slick production, especially the super low bass that drops all crispy and what not, and Dwayne comes with crazy one liners on this. Just classic Wayne feel to me, which is really exciting to me. Haven’t heard it in too long, and I’m praying that this is the direction he will continue to go in with his upcoming releases. Carter IV anybody?
Also, swag swag swag in that picture.
“Good Life” – Von Pea
I always like seeing the names of hip hop artists when it’s something unexpected. Like Von Pea. Where the hell did that come from? Pea? Really? In a genre that’s typically trying to be as hard as they can to gain street cred? Yeah, well that’s what I like about Von Pea. Just a dude, doing his thing, making some nice sounding hip hop. Doesn’t need his name to have a Mane, -eezy, or heck, Killa! AND, to add to that, he’s one part of the hip hop group Tanya Morgan. Another example of the same case. I like it. And I like his music. Keep it up, Pea.
“Knock Knock” – Mac Miller
There wasn’t a Friday at Five today, and we apologize for that, but in its absence, here is a spectacular song for the weekend by the one and only, Mac Miller. Yet again we find ourselves faced with the white kid who’s a talented rapper. White kids all coming, knocking on the door of fame, finding their way in from being good at poetry. No but it’s so much more than that. You can be an incredible poet and not have a damn clue how to be a hip hop artist. Well, Mac Miller is knock knock-ing on the door with this one, and I’m absolutely letting him in on my weekend. (Lame, I know. But it’s time to go out.) Happy birthday this week to my dear friends Jacky and Kaitlin.
“Keep On Walking” – Deep Sea Arcade
Deep Sea Arcade. Sounds a bit like Arcade Fire. Not a bad choice of band name right now! If only I could dance a bit like Michael Jackson, I’d put a hooded jacket on, headphones, and dance down the street to this song, being sure to push everybody else out of my way.
My favorite thing about The Hood Internet mashups is that they use songs that aren’t commonly featured in mashups. They do it smoothly, often making you wonder what the originals sound like on their own. In this one, they mashed up Big Boi’s “Shutterbug” with Foals’ “Miami.” Quite the tasty mashup, if you ask me!
If I had to choose one word to describe Error Operator, I’d probably say brilliant. But one word is all I can give you right now, because his album drops on Monday and I’ll be posting a full review of it. So for now, put your experimental dance shoes on and have a blast with this remix of Passion Pit’s “Sleepyhead.”
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“Fuck you” (Remix ft. Chiddy Bang) – Cee-Lo Green
Falade Thoughts: I got off the phone with Lydia around 30 minutes ago and instead of writing this piece I began belting the lyrics to the chorus of “Fuck you.” I never thought I would choose this song as my soundtrack but in light of recent events I must say to the world “Fuck You.” I guess it is time for me to just be that guy.
Lydia Thoughts: Dude. At work I do a lot of research on CPA’s and stuff, for a client, and then in comes Chiddy talking about CPA’s in this jam. Always winning my heart. Why you gotta be like that, Chiddy? My boyfriend’s gone be jealous!