Tyler the Creator
You may not know much about New York MC Kenneth Callier yet, but if you watch his brand new “Loe Aire” video you’ll have a pretty good sense of what his unique brand of rap music is trying to do.
Callier’s single beautifully blends artistry and brutalism. The song begins with the guttural thump of oozing bass and drums, with Callier spitting his bars in a menacing growl. If you didn’t know any better you’d think it was an early Tyler, the Creator cut.
But “Loe Aire” shifts suddenly into an operatic, piano interlude and comes to life in its third act, which masterfully blends together the preceding elements of the record.
“I ain’t sacrilegious but everybody is different/Everybody got beliefs but everybody ain’t religious/Everybody off-key and they singing in different pitches,” he spits.
Callier is certainly a unique voice in hip-hop, and he proves on “Loe Aire” that he isn’t afraid to take on weighty issues while still making captivating music.
The video is cinematic in its scope, and Callier is mesmerizing on screen. He has a commanding presence as an artist that makes every second of this clean, black-and-white clip a must see.
“Personally, I just wanted to create a visual that would give the viewers the opportunity to see me from several different angles at once. From the beginning of the video when it’s raw aggression to the middle of the video where it’s pure passion and art up until the end where the super strong emotions are expressed,” Callier said. “I felt like it was time to portray a ‘fuller’ experience of what I really have to bring to the table. And at the end of the day; some people will love it, some will hate it, what I’m focused on is making people ‘feel’ again.”
I was having this conversation with my smartest friend the other day. I asked him if he thought one’s legacy is determined by how many people he or she influences. He said not necessarily and wouldn’t elaborate, so obviously he’s an idiot who won’t indulge me in a thoughtful conversation when I’m inebriated and he’s not. I think influence is a big part of one’s legacy. For example, a big part of Kanye‘s legacy is his sheer influence over the entire generation of rappers that came after him. Likewise, a big chunk of Tyler, The Creator‘s legacy is how he has influenced a legion of loyal fans to fearlessly create art.
A few of these fans comprise the band Herrick & Hooley.
Herrick & Hooley is three kids from Dallas: Hunter Lewis, Ian Olney, and Michael Barnes. The trio produces their own sounds, which borrow from jazz, hip-hop, and R&B — really anything the guys are digging at the time. Despite the wide array of genre pulling, the group has their own overarching sound. It seems like they are still in high school, which is impressive and intimidating. I included some of my favorite tunes from their already vast discography, but if you like instrumental jazz fusion, I would definitely recommend diving headfirst into their most recent album Herrick & Hooley’s Famous Honey.
And yes, Tyler has tweeted about them.
— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) May 15, 2015
Less than a week after I wrote about how I hoped Tyler, The Creator would direct a music video for Lorde, this video by an anonymous artist directed by his “Wolf Haley” alter-ego has surfaced. Featuring the same bright colors and whimsical tones that have become staples of his own videos, this clip takes on slightly heavier and mature themes than we’re used to seeing from Tyler.
As footage of the horrors of the world play in the background, a young couple’s love blossoms as they explore the beauty around them. It highlights the power of love and human connection, serving as a reminder not to dwell on things out of our control — a mature and insightful realization from a guy who’s known for “offensive” rap lyrics. The whole thing reminds me of a quote from my all-time favorite minute of television. Also, look out for this anonymous band. Rumors are that it’s fronted by D.A. from Chester French, but we’ll see…
It happened. Lorde made it. She’s famous. Now what?
Every day we write about emerging young artists who are “about to be the next big thing.” We hear something we like, we get excited, and can’t help but hype the artist as a future household name. Sometimes that actually happens and it’s really exciting. In reality though, a lot of these artists end up carving out modest careers for themselves but never quite crossover to big mainstream success. Of course, Lorde is a different story. Less than a year after quietly uploading “The Love Club” to Soundcloud, she finds herself with one of the biggest songs in the world and the newfound spotlight of a legitimate pop star. It’s the kind of overnight success that could really only happen in 2013.
So what’s next? Does she continue to improve and mature into a legend? Or will the fame get to her head, driving her career into the tailspin we’ve seen ruin so many child stars that came before? Obviously it’s too early to tell, but I’m rooting for Lorde. She’s always had a likeable down-to-earth demeanor that made her feel like “one of us”, and I hope she gets to take advantage of all this attention to do a bunch of cool stuff the rest of us can only dream about.
With that in mind, continue reading for 10 things I hope Lorde gets to do now that she’s famous… Continue reading “10 Things I Hope Lorde Gets To Do Now That She’s Famous” »
Okay, I know it is a Saturday, but today is also June 1st a.k.a. the beginning of the summer months. Did you really expect me to drop a summer mixtape on any other day? Welcome to Summer is the perfect driving-with-the-windows-down mixtape. Like, that is the sole reason I made it. Whether you’re rolling into town blasting RL Grime‘s remix of Chief Keef (making eye contact with the old lady in the car next to you at a stoplight) or just shouting the lyrics of Planetarian‘s “Swim” at the top of your lungs as you cruise down the interstate, this mix works. Plus, how legendary is the sequence of Chance The Rapper into Reggie Watts into Chief Keef into Disclosure?
- Fyfe – Introduction
- Rhye – One of Those Summer Days
- Heems – Medium Green Eyes (ft. Safe)
- Kitty – Dead Island
- Tyler, The Creator – Bimmer
- Planetarian – Swim
- Peter and Kerry – Fucking Around
- Thundercat – Oh Sheit It’s X
- Autre Ne Veut – Play by Play
- Everything Everything – Don’t Try
- Pigeon Hole – June
- Bayou – Forever Deluxe
- Chance The Rapper – Pusha Man (ft. Nate Fox & Lili K.) [Edit]
- Reggie Watts – The Monster and the Princess
- Chief Keef – Love Sosa (RL Grime Remix)
- Disclosure – When a Fire Starts to Burn
- Petite Noir – Noirse
- Francis and the Lights – ETC
- San Cisco – Outro
You daydream about the sea, and I daydream you’ll be mine,
Underneath the shade of leaves, stars over the trees,
Spending a whole summer with you that sounds alright, I’ll,
Meet you in the evening so we can swim tonight
P.S. In case you missed it I made a promo video for this tape. First ever, very rare.
Every since he tweeted “June Eighteen” there has been an excessive thirst for news on Kanye West‘s highly-anticipated sixth studio LP. Well, Rolling Stone has managed to snatch up some clues about the album, and I am going to try to connect some of the dots. Here is what we know:
- He has been in Paris, France since the beginning of the year, staying in the illustrious Hotel Meurice (also known as “The Hotel of Kings,” so you know it’s real).
- Hot 97′s Peter Rosenberg said that Kanye played the album for Def Jam and apparently it’s “dark but really good.”
- Kanye went to Brazil instead of The Grammys back in February. He was photographed in the studio with… Will Smith.
- He is playing SNL’s season closer on May 18th. This is three days before Daft Punk‘s album drops, and he has at least two songs with Daft Punk. Thomas Bangalter, half of the influential French duo, said that ‘Ye was “kind of screaming primally” during one of their recent sessions.
- Kanye tweeted “June Eighteen,” which I think is a single release date and not the album release date. Even though I would think he would release a single right after playing SNL in May, I do not think he would undercut label mate Pusha T‘s album My Name Is My Name (which is due out July 16th), with his own album. Oh also, June 18th could totally be Kim Kardashian’s due date.
- West has brought in Skrillex, Chief Keef, and members of Odd Future. The Odd Future feature is especially not surprising as he is a huge Tyler, The Creator fan. For a while Tyler’s legendary “IFHY” music video was the only item featured on Yeezy’s website.
- According to Pigeons & Planes, there may be a Kanye/Gunplay collaboration in the works as well.
UPDATE #1: Kanye took the Met Gala stage by storm last night performing some new material. One song, presumably called “I Am A God,” began with him yelling that. Another featured him telling Kim K that she is so awesome (watch here). Lastly, Hudson Mohawke, half of TNGHT and recent G.O.O.D. Music signee, played a new Yeezy song at one of his sets.
Also, it has been reported that Kanye bought the Hudson beat below. Hopefully, the final product sees the light of day because the instrumental is FIRE.
UPDATE #2: Hud Mo played another new ‘Ye song, this one probably called “New Slaves,” at a recent set.
Kanye said: “You see there’s leaders and there’s followers, but I’d rather be a dick than a swallower.”
Update #3: Kanye stopped by Roseland Ballroom in NYC and performed ANOTHER new track as well as the song we think is called “Awesome.” SNL this weekend is going to be insane.
Update #4: ’Ye took to 66 buildings around the globe to project his new song “New Slaves.”
NEW SONG AND VISUAL FROM MY NEW ALBUM BEING PROJECTED TONIGHT ACROSS THE GLOBE ON 66 BUILDINGS, LOCATIONS @ KANYEWEST.COM
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 18, 2013
Update #5: Ugh. I’ll just embed a #tweet about this “Kanye” character. We can probably expect the “New Slaves” CDQ, featuring Frank Ocean tonight after SNL. Kanye’s album (title still not confirmed) Yeezus will be everywhere on June 18th.
New Kanye album may be called Yeezus, and will be out June 18th (Amazon). “New Slaves” CDQ features Frank Ocean. twitter.com/THEArjunGrover…
— Arjun (@THEArjunGrover) May 18, 2013
I am constantly getting older. As a matter of fact, everyone is constantly getting older. So why wouldn’t we listen to music that reminds us of childhood? Songs that feel and sound like sunshine and rainbows and every pure and innocent thing known to man. It sounds like a trip, but really it’s not at all. Sometimes people get caught up in the irony and lose sight of the simple things. Planetarian is here to remind us. (Sorry if I made Planetarian seem like some sort of cheesy superhero. That wasn’t my intention. [Although it totally could have been because superheroes are fucking awesome.])
Shout out to Tyler, The Creator for the find.
I’ve been looking everywhere for you, hoping for success
Tyler, The Creator is talented. He writes, directs, and produces almost all of his material and seems to be constantly improving and growing as an artist. He also designs all of the Odd Future apparel, which is impressive in its own right (I think he brags about selling socks on the album, rightfully so, but still a rap first)*. His newest album Wolf, which will be out this Tuesday, leaked about a week early, and after a couple of spins, I have to say it’s not great, but maybe that’s because Tyler’s matured as a writer–depending less on shock lyrics and more on storytelling and introspection–and as a producer–embodying the likes of his heroes, The Neptunes and even Toro y Moi. It’s an experiment of growth that might not see its potential until the next album. Still, it’s a necessary next step for an artist at the beginning of his career. “IFHY” is a highlight of the album and even features Pharrell (of The Neptunes). The video treatment is vintage Tyler (under the moniker Wolf Haley) in that it’s an endlessly creative mindfuck.
*He also designs his own album covers and has a TV show, but I got tired of listing stuff.
Earl Sweatshirt is back at it with a video directed by Wolf Haley, Tyler, the Creator’s alter ego. The song starts hilariously with Tyler saying that people think the Earl wouldn’t go back to his “vintage” sound now that he released Chum and got “all personal.” The thing that amazes me about Earl’s lyricism on tracks like this is how seemingly random the words maybe be, yet how deeply metaphorical they can be at the same time.
This video has all the makings of the Odd Future of old–ridiculous, unexplainable things (why is that old women in a tutu), disgusting, sickening actions, and an overall “I’m confused but that was dope” vibe. That, combined with Earl spitting the way he was after he released EARL back in the day, should please both new OF fans and those who have been there for years. I’m looking at you, Jamarcus.
The Misadventures of a Shit-Talker
We don’t know who Captain Murphy is, and I have a feeling that won’t change until Captain Murphy wants us to know who Captain Murphy is. Below are two cuts from a project entitled Du∆lity. “The Ritual” finds the Captain rapping over the instrumental of Jay Electronica’s “Dear Moleskine,” which was noticeably absent from the recently released tracklist of Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn), Jay’s debut album. “Mighty Morphin Foreskin” carries a distinct Madvillain influence. Check it out.
If you’re feeling extra wild, you can leave your guess for who CM is in the comments below.
Tonight, after an interview with Tyler and Peter Rosenberg on Hot 97, Odd Future’s Earl Sweatshirt performed with the rap collective for the first time since returning from Samoa. He performed Orange Juice with Tyler as well as his song Kill off of EARL.
Lost an erection and found it in a Catholic nun. – Mr. Sweatshirt
It’s nice to have you back, Earl.
Frank Ocean is one of those rare artists that can make as much meaning out of a short, 2-minute song as he can out of a longer cut like his Hotel California-remake “American Wedding.” This track features a clean, simple piano backdrop that lets Ocean’s smooth voice take center stage. This is the only Frank Ocean solo track on the upcoming OF Tape Vol 2, which will be released March 20th.
And if you haven’t already, check out the weird-great music videos for “Rella” and “NY (Ned Flander).”