Cratediggers rejoice as one of music’s greatest groups works with beats from one of its most prolific producers. Some 25 years after the release of their seminal Three Feet High and Rising LP, De La Soul aims to celebrate its longevity and success with J. Dilla, whose legacy has endured far beyond his untimely passing. Accordingly, De La Soul has released “Dilla Plugged In”, a cut from the forthcoming Smell The D.A.I.S.Y. project, which will feature production by J. Dilla. Enjoy the song below, and look for the newly announced EP sooner than later.
Jaws presents its March 2014 edition of surfing spills. The video was shot in Peahi, Maui, and has surfers facing waves ranging from 15 to 20 feet high. Some of the riders claimed by towering surf included local Dege O’Connell.
Channelling some vibes from New York’s boom-bap canon, Black Dave launches yet another new song, continuing his onslaught in 2014. As with “Within The L.E.S.” (performed with Big Apple compatriot Slicky Boy), “5BORO” celebrates the sweet subtleties of growing up in New York, from Broadway Junction through . “Thorough” is a favorite word of many East Coast hip-hop heads, faithfully applied by Black Dave to a catchy, yet gritty hook. Production credits here go to Brady James, whose flair for jazzy throwback aesthetics pairs perfectly with the track. Enjoy “5BORO” below.
Common follows stellar contributions from Wale and Big Boi with the arrival of “The Ladder”, his ominous track from the forthcoming Catch The Throne: The Mixtape compilation from HBO and Game Of Thrones. The recent track previews come ahead of the show’s highly-anticipated fourth season, which lands on April 6th. The Catch The Throne: The Mixtape is a 10-track collection featuring tough talking MCs rocking over songs constructed from samples of the show’s original soundtrack, which was composed by Ramin Djawadi. Check the track below to listen to “The Ladder” from Common.
Kendrick teams with Tame Impala to drop “Backwards”, a rework of “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” that debuted on the Aussie band’s 2012 Lonerism LP, from the Divergent soundtrack. The arrival of “Backwards” coincides with the recent emergence of a new A$AP Rocky track, which also samples the song. This development suggests that Tame Impala is getting way more burn amongst rappers than fans might have expected. It is refreshing, however, to see that the working relationship between rockers and rap cats has yet to wane. That said, Kendrick follows his buzz worthy Imagine Dragons performance with another impressive showing over a smashing production from Tame Impala. Check the track below to listen to “Backwards” from Kendrick Lamar and Tame Impala. Grab the Divergent Soundtrack on March 11th via iTunes.
BADBADNOTGOOD drop a nod to some of their more trip-hop influences with “Can’t Leave The Night,” the first single off their upcoming III LP. Its a dark and dissonant cut, full of rolling rhodes licks and deep subversive tones, recalling both minimalist giants like Clutchy Hopkins and the left-of-center rap steez of cronies like Odd Future, even bringing to mind some trap sensibilities at times. BBNG’s first proper studio LP III is due out at the top of May on the Innovative Leisure imprint. Rock with the latest from BADBADNOTGOOD below.