School is in session but at least we’ve got some serious jams to look back at, right? Yeah!
(Posted by Alicia)
Hugh randomly popped out this week with a somber, chilling track. “Not Fair Too Far…” is a twist of female and male vocals and a dash of darkness. It’s really something else and is the perfect debut.
(Posted by Lydia)
What a hauntingly beautiful track Seekae has created. It’s one of those songs that just put you into a trance, that you simply don’t even want to get out of. “Another Girl” is gorgeous in possibly the saddest way, but we’re loving it.
(Posted by Lydia)
“Every Day” is an upbeat electronic pop jam that’ll get you in a damn good mood. It’s fun, light and simply addictive as can be. Can’t go wrong with that, right? Go ahead, groove around to this one.
(Posted by Alicia)
This is by far my personal favorite track of the week. “Cry No More” gave me chills on first listen with its pure emotion and unique elements. It’s a bit dark yet it’s so incredibly catchy at the same time. It’s a gorgeous combination that makes this track the special piece of art that it is.
(Posted by Dusty)
RZA + Alt-J? Weird, but I’m down. This RZA Remix of Alt-J’s hit “Breezeblocks” is definitely a bit odd but it works out. It’s a fresh, unique take on the tune we all fell in love with. Can’t argue with that one!
RZA has to be one of the most eclectic artists out there. From grimy, basement Wu-Tang beats to directing biopics on Ghenghis Khan, he yields a wide spectrum of creative prowess. This time around he’s reimagined alt-J’s twisted love ballad, “Breezeblocks” to interesting results. Stripping out the band and replacing it with a busy, somewhat chaotic drumkit, Bobby Digital adds new flare to the British rockers’ standout hit.
Check the remix below.
Heard of “The Man With The Iron Fists?” Nah? Well, it’s a movie set to release on November 2nd, directed by RZA, and starring RZA, Russel Crowe, and Lucy Liu. So there’s that. It also has this little diddy here on its sound track. Produced by RZA and Kanye themselves, this solo Kanye song is exactly what I’ve wanted to hear from him for the last couple of months: upwards of 40 bars on a soulful instrumental, and a pretty cool sample (Mario from a song on Game’s most recent album? K.) pulls it all together extremely well. Stream it below and check out the lyrics from Rap Genius.
When Childish Gambino released Camp last November, he got mixed reviews. It was a concept album that he felt like he had to make–for himself. Some people really liked it and could relate to it; others hated it. After a short break Donald went back on his grind. No, like the actual, traditional “grind.” We can only speculate what exactly Gambino was thinking. I think he felt like he had to earn his way back into people’s hearts. He had to earn (back) the respect of even the most pretentious hip-hop heads. He took to a select few classic hip-hop radio stations and just freestyled and freestyled and worked on his ability in front of the nation. Through this process he let people in a bit on his process and just how much he respects the art. It has steadily worked leading up to the release of this tape, named after his crew. In a lot of people’s minds, this is make or break time for Childish. The success of this mixtape will determine a large part of his fan base, moving forward with him into a sophomore release. Unlike most of the blogosphere, I listened to R O Y A L T Y before writing about it.
It’s good. Gambino successfully matches bars with some of the best rappers in the game (really though, Bun B, RZA, Danny Brown, etc.). Production goes back to a more traditional hip-hop sound instead of Camp‘s more orchestral sound. The whole feel of the mixtape is that it’s a mixtape. There’s no higher concept here, other than the fact that Childish Gambino is here to stay and has a bunch of respected, famous friends. There are also a few little cool things on this mixtape.
- CG and Bun B go in over “Nightcall” from the Drive soundtrack on “R.I.P.” Apparently, it was Bun B’s idea. Weird.
- “Toxic” samples the Britney Spear’s song of the same name.
- This project marks the first time Gambino has worked closely with other producers.
- Frequent Childish co-producer Ludwig produced HAIM‘s debut EP, and Danielle Haim is featured on “Won’t Stop,” which is produced by Gambino and Ludwig.
- Sunset favorite Chance the Rapper is featured on “They Don’t Like Me.” He does his thing on that track. Shout out to him. Shout out to the shows he’s about to do with Donald.
- “We Ain’t Them,” “Shoulda Known,” and “Won’t Stop” are first listen stand-outs. Maybe that’s because they’re the most Camp sounding tracks. The Kilo Kish collab is cool, too.
- Tina Fey is the most gangster ever.
Dhani Harrison, the son of George Harrison, is the leader of a music collective called thenew02, who recently released a song with RZA called “Mr. President.” It’s one of four songs that will be featured on an EP they’re releasing on September 27th called “EP002” via Hot Records.
I love the genre crossing in this song. It starts off a bit electronic, then it pulls in some hip hop, and even a little bit of spoken word. As always, I am loving the political opinion approach in this song – the lyrics are really powerful. Take a listen for yourself and let me know what you think.
One nation, oh God help us, with liberty and justice for all
Take notes from Kendrick Lamar. He knows what he’s doing.
Oh yeah, this smooth rap cut is awesome.
Kendrick Lamar ft. Rza – Ronald Reagan Era