Today Quelle Chris lets loose that laid-back flow over a supremely smooth offering in a collaborative effort with Chris Keys called “Nothing Moves,” which is something of a forecast of your physical state while putting this thing through your ears; still and steady like Keys’ murky organ chops and the air-tight knock of this cooled-out joint. There’s no word on when, or even if, we’ll get a new project from either Chris, but you can get an earful with their latest loosie. Kick your feet up and put something to the air while you rock to Quelle Chris’ “Nothing Moves”. If you’re in Brooklyn next week, catch Chris taking it to the stage at Friends & Lovers on Tuesday, June 2nd.
DJ Premier proves his funk shines through no matter which continent it is conceived in with the electric one-off “Til It’s Done” featuring Russian synth-freak BMB Spacekid and cool crooner Anderson Paak. A recent trip to the former Soviet state with Boiler Room found Preemo mixing it up with some fresh blood, the product of which is this buoyant and effortlessly funky joint. The Spacekid does diligent work in providing the cosmic chords, while Paak handles the vocal with grit and grace, and Preemo cuts it up supremely, as only he could. No you can’t get this joint on any compilation, but you can stream and download the cut in all of its funky glory for the righteously low price of free. Listen as DJ Premier, Anderson Paak and BMB Spacekid get loose on “Til It’s Done”.
Producer Gensu Dean has been quiet for a minute after his collaborative album with Planet Asia (Abrasions), and then his production work for 7evenThirty (The Problem). As summer starts he wanted to let his fans know where he’s been musically by offering up an all new instrumental album for free. The 25 track record is meant to be a warm up to the new material Dean has coming late in 2015, and early in 2016. Here’s what Gensu Dean had to say about the project:
“I’ve been dealing with some “life challenges”. Things on a personal level have been super tough, like the passing of my father. The good thing is I have been able to draw up the energy, whether positive or negative and re-direct it when creating. This I am really excited about, the good, the bad, and the ugly has taken me to a new place creatively. Once I was able to get to a better place mentally, I started going through my record collection and listening…really listening. Its amazing how your frame of mind can hinder, but in my case enable, a person to hear things that were once not heard. This was the catalyst for me entering a new chamber of production.
“Algorhythms” is a musical journey type of record. It has several music moods that take you places. Its not your average kick, snare, and hi hat type of instrumental record. Its geared more toward experiencing a musical collage. It has been my career position that when you create music and that music creates a mood, it sticks with people, it becomes relatable. So I wanted to capture several moods, and express them in musical form. This enables the listener to join in and share the listening experience, based on a mood or emotion they can identify with. This is one of my many formulas when creating, hence the title. Algorithms are formulas used to address problems and/or issues that require a solution, I apply this in a music format. I altered the spelling to reflect the fact that it is musical rhythms and grooves.”
Skyzoo returns with the official first single off of his third solo album Music For My Friends; “Luxury”. The track, featuring Buffalo new comer Westside Gunn on the hook, is best described by Sky as “a New York trunk knocker”. Sky explains:
“The idea behind the record was to put together something that really felt like the city. Something that really felt like the NY that I know and grew up in. From the content to the beat, it feels like expensive cars driven by guys from down the block who figured out a way to get whatever they want and celebrate those realizations. That’s how the city looked and felt to me growing up, and I wanted to build something like that for this generation that still tied into the album’s overall theme of innocent ignorance and misguided desires”.
Production wise, the song finds Skyzoo behind the boards for the first time, with coaching of course from his longtime collaborator !llmind. “I had this idea for what the song should be sonically, but I had trouble getting that from the producers I went to at the time. I decided to try to man the machine myself, but there was no way I was gonna be able to pull it off without my man !llmind and his genius talents playing Steve Kerr and coaching my efforts. I went to him with the idea, picked the drums, the loop, the change ups, etc, and he then HELPED orchestrate it and bring it to life”.
“Music For My Friends” hits stores June 23rd via First Generation Rich Inc./Empire. Cop it when it’s out!
Kendrick Lamar‘s feature game has been A-1 as of late. He’s stolen the show from today’s pop queen Taylor Swift in the internet-breaking visual for her recent single “Bad Blood”. Then there was his joining Bilal and Adrian Younge on stage a few weeks back to debut their “Money Or Love” collaboration off B’s forthcoming In Another Life LP. Let’s not forget his appearance on Snoop Dogg‘s all-the-way-Neptunes Bush standout “I’m Ya Dogg”. And now, yet another leak featuring K Dot has surfaced, this time gracing Ty Dolla $ign‘s hometown ode “LA” featuring D&D and what sounds like the wavy goodness of James Fauntleroy‘s layered voice on the hook. Check the track above and let us know what you think.
Disclosure has been roaring back in 2015, first with their ghettotech-channeling comeback single “Bang That” and now with the soulful, breakneck banger “Holding On” featuring modern jazz giant Gregory Porter. It’s business as usual for the wonder twins, concocting a buoyant and footwork-friendly sonic scape, with Porter gracing the track with his mighty howl, which is at times, chopped and stretched over that electric dance floor heater. If their infectious full-length 2013 debut took you by the feet and ears, then “Holding On” should be very much to your liking, with minimal, intoxicating four-to-the-floor ism that shines as bright today as it did a couple of years back. Stream Disclosure & Gregory Porter’s “Holding On” above and check their tour dates below.
June 6th @ Wildlife Festival – Brighton, UK
June 6th @ The Parklife Weekender – Manchester, UK
June 7th @ Wildlife Festival – Brighton, UK
June 27th @ Roskilde Festival – Roskilde, Denmark
July 1st @ Open’er Festival – Gdynia, Poland
July 3rd @ Ruisrock 2015 – Turku, Finland
October 2nd @ Austin City Limits – Austin, TX
October 9th @ Austin City Limits – Austin, TX
Gliding on strings so fat they’re reminiscent of a whale, Ea$y Money has taken flight on his new single “Go Team.” The track, which appears on his just-released debut LP The Motive of Nearly Everybody, Yo, features a lushly classic beat courtesy of Statik Selektah, and kicks off with tough, wiley bars from none other than Action Bronson. In spite of all the high-profile assists, Mr. Money keeps his hands on the reins, turning out verses that are sure to open new ears to his skills from behind the mic.
Today OverDoz. officially drops the first single off their long awaited album, 2008. They come out strong for the first official jawn, “Last Kiss” featuring and produced by Pharrell. This is definitely the vibe that won us over with songs like “Lauren London”. Listen for yourself, and let’s hope 2008 isn’t too far away.
J Rocc and Sango, are two progressive heroes of Hip-Hop that never seem to take a break; the former a Stones Throw legend and the latter a Soulection stalwart. The two collided on J Rocc’s regular “Adventures in Stereo” program earlier this month, and the results were glorious. Rocc’s set of mostly-new oddities serves as the perfect appetizer to Sango’s brainy excursion.
J Rocc Tracklist:
Embryo – Tala Tarangini
De La Soul – God It feat. Nas
Chris Clark – LAFD feat. Blvme & Double K
J Dilla – F*** The Police (Super Blast Remix)
Space Suits – Speedy
Roc Raida – Ill Colabo
Roc Raida – OC Joint
Frank Nitt – Slippin feat. Illa J
Mobb Deep – Waterboarding
Earl Sweatshirt – Warlord Leather
Action Bronson – Terry
Ras G – Lord of Lords
Bosq – Bad For Me (Late Night Dub)
Spacek – Who Cares
lek.lun – Okay
Kamasi Washington – Re:Run HOME
Seven Davis Jr. – No Love Lost
Church Boy Jeedo – Alright Paulapella
Lil Silva – Drumatic
Special Request – Hackney PARROT (Special Request VIP)
House Shoes – Slaves
J Dilla – Dorthy Ashby
The Unit – Ain’t No Need (Live)
Thundercat – Them Changes
“Mental Evolution 2″ is a blend of soul and grade-A Hip-Hop that makes it all to easy to see the connection between the sounds of then and now. Rahdu has crafted a mix that looks to the future with songs of freedom, revolution and dedication to a cause that’s higher than any of us. Songs for a better tomorrow that, in turn, make today all the more powerful.
(Mental Evolution Intro)
A Tribe Called Quest – Ham & Eggs
Donny Hathaway & Roberta Flack – Be Black For Me
Donnie – Cloud 9
Black Star – Brown Skin Lady
Angela Davis – Targeting Women
Various Artists – Freedom
The Roots – Pussy Galore
Queen Latifah – U.N.I.T.Y
Sarah jones – Blood
Mumia Abu Jamal – A Rap Thing
Mental Evolution Interlude
Aretha Franklin – Young Gifted and Black
Dick Gregory – American Lies
Boogie Monsters – Mark of The Beast (R.S.V.)
Common – Gaining One’s Definition (G.O.D.) feat Cee-Lo
Obeah the Intellectual – Probable Cause
Richard Pryor – Niggers vs Police
Talib Kweli – The Proud
Boogie Down Productions – You Must learn (Live From The Caucus Mountains)
Chasing Amy Movie Excerpt
Earth Wind & Fire – Keep Your Head to the Sky
Today Chance lets loose a short and sweet repurposing of Hiatus Kaiyote‘s “Fingertips” on the masses, something he likes to call “Hiatus (Broadcast)”. And while we were all aware of the impact of the Aussie future soul quartet’s sophomore LP Choose Your Weapon, Chano’s trying his hand with the album’s delicate number proves that we weren’t the only ones listening and praising. There’s virtually no way that we’ll see this offering on Chance, Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment’s forthcoming, highly anticipated Surf LP, but we can certainly hope, at the very least, that we’ll get something in the form of an extended take. And if not, we’ll always have this short little treat to hold us over until Surf finally makes its way to the masses. Hear Chance The Rapper’s “Hiatus (Broadcast)”, and hold tight for the next transmission. Out.
While we were all kicking back over the weekend, it appears that Your Old Droog was putting in extra work. The Ukrainian/Brooklynite MC has just shared “Senseless Killin II”, an especially relaxed new track that features very bluesy production from his frequent collaborator DJ Skizz. It’s a track loaded with boasts, toasts and more than enough one liners to keep you rewinding back over and over again. Droog had this to say about it all:
“Before I head out across the pond for The #EuroDROOG Tour, I’m dropping this joint produced by my man, DJ Skizz, that showcases my famed yet underutilized ‘George Benson from Remulak’ impression—it’s basically me scatting and rhyming along with the different sounds in the beat. (Peep the Kid ‘N’ PLAY reference in the song, too). If you’re in London, come check out the virtuosity live in the flesh on June 8 at the Jazz Cafe (hence the jazzy joint). Bring tea for the Republican Teaparty National Convention! Cop the Your Old Droog LP and Kinison EP on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and all that shit, and check for the Kinison EP on vinyl from July 10 too.”
Listen to “Senseless Killin’ II”, and check out the full list of #EuroDROOG Tour Dates below:
6/6 – Dublin, Ireland – Twisted Pepper
6/7 – Suffolk, England – Boom Bap Festival
6/8 – London, England – Jazz Café – Camden
6/10 – Lyon, France – Sonic Lyon
7/4 – Tilburg, Netherlands – Woo Hah Festival
7/9 – Frauenfeld, Switzerland – OpenAir Frauenfeld
7/10 – Paris, France – Le Social Club
7/12 – Gräfenhainichen, Germany – Splash Festival
7/17 – Dour, Belgium – Dour Festival
The icon is back. The Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG is making a comeback this month in its OG “Chicago” colorway, officially dubbed “Varsity Red.” The high top silhouette features a leather upper with black Swoosh complemented by black “Wings” logo tab. It also adheres to its OG characteristics, omitting the Jumpman branding on the heel, which was first introduced to the Jordan series with the 3’s onward. The Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Varsity Red” drops May 30 at Jordan Brand retailers and online for $160 USD.
The ties between Hip-Hop and reggae have always run deep, but on DJ Gravy and DJ Corey Chase’s new Double Barrel mixtape they’re brought a little closer to the surface. Loaded with blend after blend of vibrant reggae material and the Hip-Hop classics that sampled it, the mixtape is an education for both heads and dreads, exactly the kind of temporal, cross-genre excellence we love to feature. We recommend pushing play; this is what hard work and high concept can accomplish in the mixtape realm.
It ain’t DETOX (or whatever it’s called now), but this newly leaked track from Dr. Dre is still cause for celebration. With Jeremih on the Erykah Badu sampling hook and a verse from Kendrick Lamar circa 2011, “2Nite” is four minutes of crisp drums, heavy filters, and sexually charged lyrics. Stream it and let us know what you think.
A$AP Rocky teams with ScHoolboy Q on the new track “Electric Body” from his highly-anticipated forthcoming At.Long.Last.A$AP LP. The dark, brooding slapper features production from Hector Delgado, Danger Mouse, Teddy Walton and THC. “Electric Body” is a perfect palette for this pair of MC’s, both of whom specialize in monstrous deliveries and bodying tough production. Check the track above to stream “Electric Body”.
Cookin Soul follows the 2010 release of their take on Nas‘ The Lost Tapes LP with the 16-track instrumental version of The Lost Tapes 1.5 remix project. Five years after the arrival of the compilation, the celebrated production duo toasts the anniversary of the project hosted by Don Cannon with the release of the instrumentals. Stay tuned for more from Cookin Soul.
After releasing the Barry White sampled, ‘Notorious White”, in recognition of the 18th anniversary of the passing of the late Biggie Smalls, Viriginia’s heavy hitting production crew, Team Demo are pleased to present ‘Notorious Hayes”. This mash-up is produced using only Isaac Hayes samples, and boasts 15 tracks that are seamlessly interwoven with classic Laurence Fishburne soundbites. ‘Notorious Hayes’ is now available for free download. Hurry up press play, and prepare for this rap killin’. Team Demo will soon be every rapper’s best friend as they plan on releasing the instrumental version on Friday, July 31st. Stay tuned.
In March of 2013, Street Artist Jay Shells launched his “Rap Quotes” project in New York, whereby he installed street signs emblazoned with rap lyrics in the specific locations that said lyrics called out. The series was so well received by the public and the rappers he quoted that he went for another spin around the city and then took it on the road to Los Angeles, Philadelphia and most recently, Atlanta.
“The plan has always been to get all of the major cities in the U.S. represented,” said Shells about his latest trek down south. “Atlanta has such a rich and vibrant Hip-Hop culture, it was a must to get down there as soon as I could and the fine folks from the A3C festival helped to get us down there and showed us a great time.” Shells says he plans to go back in October and add some more lyrics that he missed the first time around.
Today, Biggie Smalls aka Christopher Wallace aka THE Notorious B.I.G would have turned 43 years old. Let’s remember Mr. Wallace as the game changer he was. Thanks to the good people at Randomrapradio, we’re happy to bring you a taste of what could have been. A jazzy unreleased take of Biggie’s crude but earnest Ready To Die ballad “Me & My Bitch,” with the wordplay intact, but fit to a breezy octave guitar loop and big, knocking drums permeating the cut. The song contains the uncleared Minnie Riperton “Take A Little Trip” sample. According to egotrip, the track arrived at Preemo‘s radio show on NY’s 107.5 WBLS in 1994 for him to spin during his late-night set. Sit back, twirl the buddha and rock with this airy, unreleased bit of audiotape that’s sure to give you the full spectrum of feels. Happy birthday Biggie Smalls. Still the illest!