Last night the pre-order for Skizzy Mars‘s The Red Balloon Project went up and with it came a brand new song, “Do You There,” featuring Marc E. Bassy (also known as Marc Griffin from 2AM Club). The song is just gorgeous. My favorite thing about it is that Skizzy is barely even rapping on it–yet it’s undoubtably a rap track. The transition between the chorus and verses are so damn seamless.
February 3rd is when the project will be released, and that is when it all changes for Skizzy. Because for whatever reason to be a legitimate artist, you need a successful debut project on iTunes (except Chance The Rapper, he is the exception). Right now, the project is sitting pretty at #6 on the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap charts, but let’s get it higher. It’s time to pay a little bit for all of those free tracks.
Pre-order The Red Balloon Project on iTunes here.
2012 has been a good year for music. I know I found some songs and albums that will be with me for years. More importantly, however, I discovered some young artists whose careers I will follow. A lot of these EPs and mixtapes are debuts for artists. These are, perhaps, the first glances at the future of music. Check it out.
Hit continue reading to see the lists and hear a sample from each EP and mixtape.
This past week was exam week for me. It involved a lot of studying and a lot of Children’s Hospital (I seriously love Children’s Hospital now. You can start the series here.). It also involved a lot of downloading mixtapes but not being able to listen to them, which was really frustrating. Anyway, here are some mixtapes I wasn’t able to post during exam week.
1. Heems – Nehru Jackets
I like Heems. Not because I’m Indian and can relate or whatever. Most of the time I can’t relate to what Heems is saying because what Heems is saying is outrageous. But I like Heems because he seems to be infinitely creative. Mike Finito and he teamed up to create this self-aware, politically-driven hip-hop tape that features beats and rhymes that are both frustrating and intriguing at the same time.
Heems likes to think that he’s lazy, but this mixtape clearly proves otherwise.
Download Nehru Jackets here.
2. Rockie Fresh – Driving 88
I know this might sound bad, but part of me despises discovering a new rapper that I like. I mean, I love rap, but the rap game and rappers in general are really volatile. You could say I have trust issues with rappers because when I find a rapper I really like I want to commit to them, but I also don’t want to be disappointed. With Driving 88, Rockie Fresh has converted me into a full-time fan. And he samples SBTRKT and Sunset favorite (really though) Oliver Tank on the way, so that’s cool.
Download Driving 88 here.
3. Conner Youngblood – Sketches Pt. 1
This one I learned about thanks to Pigeons & Planes. I like it for two reasons: 1) because it is a non-hip-hop mixtape and 2) because it features some really really pure singer-songwriter type songs. I don’t know how else to describe it. It’s refreshing that this can exist behind the convoluted nature of today’s “indie rock” scene. With Conner’s music, you’re not going to get an onslaught of synthesizers and whiny voices; you’re going to get some raw acoustic tracks, Bon Iver-type build-ups, and maybe the occasional tasteful auto-tune. Also, it should be noted that “Will You Be There?” is a well-executed Michael Jackson cover, “Monsters” features some weird wobble, and I have been trying to fit “Australia” on a Tape Tuesday for a very long time. #FreeWilly #FreeWillieNelson
Download Sketches Pt. 1 here.
I’ve never listened to Rockie Fresh much, but I’m a big fan of Casey Veggies so I wanted to check this one out. Well, I quickly realized that I should download more Rockie Fresh. Both of his verses are really dope to me, and I like his flow. He has nothing on Casey, though, who sounds mean while simultaneously remaining an aura of untouchable chillness.
Rockie’s new tape drops January 23rd, so we’ll be hearing more from him in the near future. Looking forward to it.
Veggies. Like UNGHHH