Two artists I’m fans of but consistently make it difficult for me to continue to like them because of my perception of their personal choices, so I guess its fitting both drop new videos today that are both in contrast to each other and to who I think they are as people.
Is Azealia a good person with bad days (a lot of them) of a good person with bad days (on display by her own hands)?
Regardless when you’re in Miami & ULTRA its a good day. She and the beat are fire.
Is Drake hard or has he just picked up the persona of his ‘dread nigga from the south’? Rap is music, music is art, art displays emotion; Drake was feeling a certain way when he penned this.
Cuz ya know lotion is still lotion. Anyway though he delivers on this track.
A lot of Prince hulabaloo happening lately, and I ain’t even mad; the man is a legend. So after his run of one off performances at the Grammys, Fallon, and marathon at SXSW; Prince Rogers Nelson has just announced via his band 3rd Eye Girl a slew of intimate West Coast dates & OkayplayTV drops this gem on us.
Let’s Talk About Prince: Questlove, D’Angelo, Elvis Costello, Alice Smith, Citizen Cope, Wendy & Susannah Melvoin, Bilal, Talib Kweli, Booker T. Jones and Nelson George share their memories and thoughts about the music icon backstage at the Music of Prince Tribute in NYC.
Nardwuar is back at it at this years SXSW festival, linking up with one of the freshest names in the game Joey Bada$$ and his whole Pro Era crew.
Without a doubt this is one of my favorites in a long time with Nardwuar working with hip hop act/groups. From the jump half the crew is into it and the other thinks the homie Nardwuar is a clown. Then about halfway through everyone is won over. Two other things that I love about this is the cohesion and ease this crew works together in the interview and Nardwuar just jumping in and moving around. Usually when one member gets most of the shine like Joey, the rest of the crew falls back and just defers; their dynamic doesn’t appear to be like that. They all get a moment and not with anybody catching feelings about it. Further I haven’t seen Nardwuar own it and jump in like that in a while (may be due to the short time they seemed to have together) he’s a pro.
I could say more, but just watch:
A rundown of a few things that caught my eye today; trying to build that link karma.
New Hit Boy posse cut ft. Raekwon, Schoolboy Q & more. – Pigeons & Planes
Trailer for Cali Beat Scene Documentary – OkayFuture
Fresh New Blu & Exile Video for “Ease Your Mind” – OkayPlayer
Wavves new video is apocalyptic fun “Demon To Lean On” – Pitchfork
I don’t post everything that I like (that should probably change) anyway though Joey Bada$$ is nice; he will quickly become “that dude”. Leader of the Pro Era linked up with DJ Premier and Coodie & Chike for this track and video respectively.
1. Don’t Joey Bada$$ look like Pete Rock? There’s got to be something there right?
2. Has DJ Premier aged a day in his life? I guess hip hop keeps ya young.
To make it clear Prince might as well ascend into the heavens any day now, he’s a god of music: rock, funk, hip hop, r&b, punk, it doesn’t matter. I saw him for the first time a few years back at his epic Coachella appearance and sadly missed him during his run in LA, this past year. However I’m geared up to put some cash away for whenever he glides across the country again for whatever upcoming project he has.
Last night he was on Jimmy Fallon with new backing artists 3rd Eye Girl and they put on show.
1. Is Prince batting 1.000 on fine ass talented backing artists?
2. Is he supposedly rocking ’3rd Eye’ sunglasses?
3. Is he putting on a Brit lilt to his vocals here?
More 3rd Eye Girl HERE.
Justin continues his modern Michael Jackson game with the visuals for “Suit & Tie”. No shade thrown his way, he’s super talented but the falsetto & the production techniques on many of his hits are straight takes from MJ & his various production partners, and his solid homage with the white socks. Anyway though it also appears Justin drops in touches of Frank Sinatra with the visuals and the classic class look permeating his recent appearances; we’ll see if it catches on with the public as its been attempted (R. Kelly has his fingers crossed).
All that said I’m a fan of the track unlike many others who were lukewarm on its arrival; I will have to agree with the masses there better be a pop/dance banger hidden somewhere in the upcoming album. Please don’t steer us one way and then leave us not fully satisfied (I see you Usher).
I actually met young Sin Marlee some time ago as he and his crew were shooting a video at my former home, crazy how things coem together sometimes. A friend of mine at the time was working with Sin’s Anti-Diamond cohorts and shot me some of their music; all were hungry, you could sense that, but Sin was the standout. Shortly after he was scooped with a deal on Bone Thugz’ label & dropped a well received mixtape “Something Like A Movie” presented by DJ Ill Will.
Sin dropped this solid gym late last year and I believe it deserves your time.
Always gotta support the homegirl Lyric, she recently released this little gem for your ears to vibe with. She brings in the help of oft collaborator Phene to round out the track. For real Lyric can spit and just needs to get the shine to be able to really carve a space for her self cuz there is definitely room for talent in hip hop.
Apparently uploaded 3 weeks ago, but I just saw it so its new to me. Anyway the guys of High 5 Collective (could be girls, or something exotic, I just don’t know) have put together another provocative short film effort, this time using Kendrick Lamar’s “Collect Calls” as the music bed to their latest production.
Check it out below and if anyone has a hookup on contacting these the crew let me know; I’d love to kick of the year right by getting back on my “Behind The Video” Series with H.5.C.