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.
“From The Inbox” is the submissions portion of Social8gency, whether you sent it via email / Soundcloud / Facebook / Twitter / Tumblr – we try to listen to everything. Keep Creatin’!
I’m way behind on the submissions, deal with it and forgive me for not bringing HAWDWERK to you sooner. He dropped his The Graveyard Shift album late February and I believe its worth your $3 to support a young man with talent and ability. The standout tracks to look out for are “Mastermind” & “Why Can’t We Smile ft. Chevy Jones”, both tracks present fully realized songs; the former about growth and expansion the latter about relationships and taking a look at who we are. Not laying this lofty of praise on the man, but I haven’t felt as strong connection with some hip hop as I did with these in particular since perhaps Blu’s Below The Heavens.
“Mastermind” & “Why Can’t We Smile” hit me that directly, so it could be more of a personal note than anything else, but that type of combination of ability, heart, and reflection are always welcome in these parts.
Take a listen to The Graveyard Shift by HAWDWERK, the man’s put enough of it in.
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Something to kick your day off right before you plop down and waste the rest of your week on the new Sim City. Dutch Producer BINK recreates Madlib’s classic beat for “The Healer” from Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah Part One, setting the tone isa Arts teh Beatdoctor bringing crisp visuals.
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?
Something I’m consistently waiting for is new J. Cole. As rapper and producer he’s one of the few who can deftly do both. Crafting tracks that can get spins across the landscape of hip hop. So to my delight he just released “Power Trip” for your streaming pleasure to his Soundcloud. The track features Miguel who’s ubiquity is growing by the minute and I can’t be mad at that. Take a listen:
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.
I was sent Dee-1′s new video for “Stupid Fool” and immediately had me thinking of two videos that speak on the exact same issues; if one doesn’t hit you then I hope to God one of the others do. Thank you Dee-1, Lupe & COLIONE07 Real Talk. The sad part is one of these is 4 years old in The Chi, not much has changed.
Yeah this is happening and I couldn’t be happier. I moved to LA 9 years ago, Stones Throw Records moved into my heart 15 years ago, so seeing that this is coming together I’m all over it.
I”ve given STR plenty of my money over the years, so might as well give them some more. Stones Throw Records have put together a Kickstarter campaign to put this all together. I’ll let them explain it themselves:
OUR VINYL WEIGHS A TON (THIS IS STONES THROW RECORDS) is a feature-length documentary about avant-garde Los Angeles-based record label Stones Throw Records. Under the direction of founder and world-renowned DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, Stones Throw has consistently released critically acclaimed, left-of-center albums since its founding in 1996.
Catalog highlights include hip-hop classics like Madvillain’s Madvillainy, Dilla’s Donuts and Quasimoto’s The Unseen. They also include retro-soul hits such as Mayer Hawthorne’s A Strange Arrangement and Aloe Blacc’s Good Things, Dam-Funk’s boogie-funk masterpiece Toeachizown, and the oddball works of James Pants and Gary Wilson. Drawing on live concert footage, never-before-seen archival material, inner-circle home video and photographs and in-depth interviews with the folks who put Stones Throw on the map, OUR VINYL WEIGHS A TON will delve deeper into the label’s enigmatic artists, history, culture and global following.
This is my dude Malik “The FreQ” Moore. We work together on his music as a solo artist and I’m always doing what I can to put good, excuse me, great music in front of people. He knocked out a gig this past weekend. I picked it up on my phone.
Here is a little taste from the rehearsal the night before; undeniable.
I could regale you with stories and feelings about how great these two are together, but you should already know that. Click the pick and get a peak into the upcoming EP “Maybe One Day” from Blu & Exile.
Blu also let loose that we should be looking for another LP this December 2012 “good to b home”, so mark your calendars.