Fans of the NBA often wonder what life is like for the league’s players. Sure, there’s a lot of pluses, but for some, it’s harder than you might think. Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin creates this how-to guide with some of his friends and teammates from around the league, offering a behind the scenes look for NBA athletes, from communication to fashion to dance moves.
Beginning at roughly 1 am EST, the ever flourishing producer proceeded to drop eight tracks in total, with cuts ranging from the pop-n-lock anthem “NOBODY BEATS THE KAY” to a fiendish dance club flip of A Tribe Called Quest’s “Oh My God.” There’s also the unfinished disco boogie joint “WHATEVA U WANT,” which keenly flips Gene Dunlap’s “This One on Me,” and the gooey house jawn “Go Ahead.” There’s something for everyone to enjoy in these uploads, even if they are just newly cleared cobwebs taken out the back of his external hard drive. If the man’s lost his mind, we hope he never finds it. Tropical storm Joaquin may be headed for the Eastern seaboard, but hurricane Kay has already flooded the damn game.
Pro Era’s Kirk Knight takes some time out to pay his respect to the dearly departed with “Dead Friends.” Says Kirk, “Rip Shamir, Steelo, Junior B and all the fallen angels we all lost.” The track features Noname Gypsy and Thundercat. You can find this one on Knight’s studio debut LP, Late Knight Special, which is due out on October 30th via Cinematic Music Group. You can pre-order it here.
K-Def has plans of releasing four albums before the new year. One of those projects is entitled, The Way It Was. “a special collection of tracks gathered from K’s 20 plus year career as a Hip-Hop producer. The album contains notable instrumentals originally released in the 90’s during his House of Hitz run, many curated from cassettes, DAT’s, floppies and even vinyl B-Sides to be reproduced/remastered for this collection.” Some of that 90s material is updated with vocal contributions from Blu, Quartermaine, Kunal, and Damu The Fudgemunk. To give us a sample, we get one of the K-Def x Blu tracks, “The Boys.” The track features a beat from 92’ from an old K-Def beat tape, with new verses from Blu touching on the issue of police brutality. Check the track above and give us your thoughts.
Every once in a while, a rework surfaces that pays homage to the greats without stripping a track of its essence. Today we’ve found precisely that type of reimagining from Adam Snow‘s slow-burning remix of ole Metal Fingers’ 2005 ode “My Favorite Ladies,” easing up on the hard-knock and infusing the cut with hazy guitar twangs and a synth-scape supreme, keeping DOOM’s dastardly love raps intact. The track is part of Snow’s recently released Wide Skies compilation along with six other tracks for you beat scene bandits to lap up. Peep Adam Snow’s remix along with the MF DOOM classic original down below.
Here’s a surprise collision we weren’t prepared for. Your Old Droog has released a brand new one-off single, and while its first few minutes feature more of the consistently airtight bars he’s never not supplied, it’s the track’s last couple minutes that prove most interesting. That’s because “Before I Go (’02 – ’06 Freestyle)” in fact contains two separate beats, and the second happens to be the handiwork of none other than Just Blaze. The beat in question was constructed live on-camera by Blaze during his recent Rhythm Roulette video special. Your Old Droog does it justice and them some. Listen to “Before I Go” above, and be sure to cop Droog’s latest EP, The Nicest, on iTunes.
Back in May, Golden Rules (Paul White & Eric Biddines) dropped a massive introduction in the soulful, Yasiin Bey assisted single “Never Die.” And while it’s remained in rotation since its unveiling, White himself has treated the track to an update, wrangling Freddie Gibbs to share the sonic space with Black Dante. And the duo make for a formidable pairing, each waxing nostalgic over a supremely cerebral arrangement. If you’ve yet to take heed of the Golden Rules, go ahead and cop their debut record Golden Ticket today via iTunes.
Funkateers, past, present and future, rejoice. A cosmic collision of Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Shabazz Palaces and the almighty George Clinton has manifested in the form of WOKE. As the latest installment of Adult Swim’s summer singles series, the galaxy marauding foursome have put their interplanetary funksmanship on full display in the collaborative heater “The Lavishments of Light Looking.” Cat’s warbled thump guides the cut as FlyLo’s drunken drums knock and Star Child’ s uncanny, burly vox permeates, leading us well beyond the stars on a celestial journey. You can hear Flying Lotus, Thundercat, George Clinton and Shabazz Palaces debut as WOKE above.
Years of practice has finally paid off. Koncept and J57 are finally ready to start sharing the biggest project of their careers, tag-teaming to produce the EP The Fuel. The Fuel is the first of a highly-anticipated series of releases by the Brown Bag AllStars duo. The album is entirely produced by J57 with no samples. For the lead single, they present “Porcelain” which features hooks from Hollis who is better known as part of Macklemore’s camp. The Fuel EP is set to drop November 20th on KON57 Records. You can pre-order the album here.
SBTRKT has been firing off brilliant residency shows for the BBC for months now, and his latest show, and third overall, is perhaps his brightest yet. From Radiohead to Lupe Fiasco, herein wait a plethora of grooves including exclusive white label drops of his own material. Check the mix above and let us know what you think.
yuk. – mndloop [Leaving Records]
Aphex Twin – In The Sky [White Label]
Radiohead – You And Whose Army? [Capitol Records]
Kelela – Rewind [Cherry Coffee Music]
PARTYNEXTDOOR – Kehlani’s Freestyle [OVO Sound]
SBTRKT – Kalimboid [White Label]
Arca – Untitled (SBTRKT Rework) [White Label]
Pangaea – Memories [White Label]
Wen – Signals [Keysound Recordings]
Tev’n – Don’t Belong [White Label]
Lorenzo Senni – MakeBelieve [Editions Mego]
LiL JaBBA – Tomorrow [White Label]
Lido & Canblaster – Rush Hour [Pelican Fly]
Toro y Moi – Prayer Hands [Samantha]
Kanye West – Power [Roc-A-Fella Records]
The Seventh – Excessive [White Label]
Erykah Badu – Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long [Universal Motown]
Justin Timberlake – Señorita (Instrumental) [Jive]
Pusha T – Hot (feat. Pusha T) (The Neptunes Instrumental) [Star Trak Entertainment]
Toro y Moi – Boo Boo Mobile [White Label]
SBTRKT – Untitled [White Label]
Goldie – Inner City Life [Metalheadz]
SBTRKT – Tamagotchi [Young Turks]
Lupe Fiasco – Pyramid [White Label]
Floating Points – Shangrila [R2 Records]
The Smiths – This Night Has Opened My Eyes [Rough Trade]
Unfailingly excellent week after week, the Soulection Radio show is always one of the best parts of the weekend. Hosted by the collective’s founder Joe Kay, the show always mixes classic grooves, Hip-Hop and plenty of progressive and wild new material into a blend that’s intelligent and high vibing from beginning to end. This weekend saw Inglewood’s own SiR stop by the program to share thoughts on his own musical progression, writing songs for Jill Scott and, most importantly, perform live in studio.
1. Thundercat – Looking for the Perfect Beat Doc
2. Monte Booker – May (ft. Ravyn Lenae)
3. Oshi – Thank You
4. Tek.Lun – EUREKA!
5. Sivey – stills intrumental
6. Dr. MaD – Special way
7. M-Phazes – Going Away (prod. by M-Phazes)
8. Nas – Queens Get the Money (CLEAN)
9. McCallaman – Surrender (Gud Nite)
10. Kay Franklin – See How It Goes
11. Anderson.Paak x Asher x Donnie Trumpet x Rami – Make it Work Mix
12. DJ Cable – JUSTIFIED PT. 2
13. DEFFIE – Onefifteen
14. N.E.R.D – She Wants To Move
15. Snoop Dogg – Beautiful ft. Hidden Beach Records
16. Tangoterje – Cant Help It (Samba rmx)
17. Montel2099 – Trying
18. Bryson Tiller – Ease Feat WunTayk Timmy
19. Sean Leon – 81
20. Tre Capital – Critical Thinking
21. Mr. Carmack – Just Wait Til Tomorrow
22. esta. – Simply
23. Pheo. – Real Old Cigar
24. AFTA-1 – Superheroes (Afta-1 remix)
25. Esthero – Superheroes
26. J Dilla – Bye
27. A Tribe Called Quest – That Shit
28. J Dilla – She Said (Remix)
29. IAMNOBODI – Good Wine
30. Toro Y Moi – Grown Up Calls
31. Toro Y Moi – So Many Details
32. Toro Y Moi – Day One
33. Nuyorican Soul – Habriendo El Dominante
34. Kendrick Lamar – Alright
35. Budgie – Budgie’s Groove
36. Jill Scott – Fool’s Gold
37. Tiffany Gouche – Fantasy
38. PYRMDPLAZA – Glasss
39. J Dilla – So Far To Go ft. Common & D’Angelo
40. J Dilla – Playa (interlude) (Long Live Dilla) ft. SiR
41. Anderson. Pack – The City
42. SiR – Love You (Live)
43. SiR – Cannabis and Karaoke (Live)
44. SiR – The Buller and the Gun (Live)
45. SiR – In The Sky (Live)
Termanology teams with 9th Wonder and Statik Selektah on the new single “Grade A” from his forthcoming Term Brady EP. Due to drop on October 9th, the project also boasts contributions from DJ Premier, Lil Fame, Maino and the late Sean Price. “Grade A” finds 9th and Statik Selektah bodying production and scratches respectively while Term plows through the track with a merciless flow. If “Grade A” is any indication, the aforementioned roster will be bringing nothing but heat for Term’s latest. Check the track to listen to “Grade A”, and purchase the Shut Up And Rap LP via iTunes.
Madlib is making some rapid-fire moves as of late. The legendary producer/DJ has shared a new mixtape, one comprised solely of grade-A reggae and dancehall cuts. It’s called “Blunted In The Bomb Shelter” and it dates back to 2002. The set has just recently been re-uploaded by Madlib and his team. Enjoy your weekend to the fullest with this one.
1. Place in the Sun/Fire Corner/Black Man Time – David Isaacs
2. Flat Foot Hustlin’ – Dillinger
3. Jingle Lion – Lee Perry
4. Walk Rastafari Way – Mikey Dread
5. Destruction Sound Battle – Prince Far I
6. Public Jestering – Winston Blake/Lee Perry
7. Better Version – King Tubby
8. Bad Da – Gregory Isaacs
9. Black Magic Woman – Dennis Brown
10. Throne of Blood – Prince Jammy
11. Lottery Spin – Zap Pow
12. Star Trek – Vulcans
13. Want Me Cock – Owen & Leon Silveras
14. Free Man – The Ethiopians
15. Man in the Street – Don Drummond
16. Don’t Deal With Folly – Prince Far I
17. I Love Marijuana – Linval Thompson
18. Stop the Dubbing – Aggrovators
19. Free from Chains – Prince Jazzbo
20. Sensimelia – Barrington Levy
21. Mission Impossible – Roots Radics
22. Golden Chickens
23. Herb Vendor – Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace
24. Babylon Deh Pon Fire – Truth Fact & Correct
25. Shaft – The Chosen Few
26. Sipreano – The Upsetters
27. Girl of My Dreams – Cornell Campbell
28. Rhythm Pleasure – Jerry Lewis
29. Cocaine – Sly & the Revolutionaries
30. Love Life – U-Brown
31. Voice of Jah – Mikey Dread
32. Teacher, Teacher – Dennis Alcapone
33. DJ’s Choice – Dennis Alcapone
34. King Tubby’s Special – King Tubby
35. Reggae Makossa – Brenton Dowe
36. Rougher Version – King Tubby
37. Cool Down Version – King Tubby
38. Space Flight – I-Roy
39. On the Move – Roland Alphonso
40. Guns of Navarone – The Skatalites
41. Popcorn – The Upsetters
42. None Shall Escape Judgement – Johnny Clarke
43. Freedom Style – Trinity
44. Starvation – The Pioneers
45. African People – Jay Boys
Atmosphere releases a brand new collaborative song with Rhymesayers’ Artist deM atlaS titled, “Finer Things”. Atmosphere and deM atlaS kick off their Europe Tour on September 30 in London, UK. Check their tour dates below, and purchase “Finer Things” feat. deM atlas here.
Europe Tour Dates:
Sept. 30th – London, UK – Electric Brixton
Oct. 1st – Brighton, UK – The Arch
Oct. 2nd – Manchester, UK – Gorilla
Oct. 4th – Glasgow, UK – Garage
Oct. 5th – Bristol, UK – The Fleece
Oct. 7th – Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg (The Max)
Oct. 8th – Brussels, BE – Botanique
Oct. 9th – Zurich, CH – Rote Fabrik
Oct. 10th – Paris, FR – Bellvilloise
Oct. 12th – Cologne, DE – Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld
Oct. 13th – Munich, DE – Hansa 39
Oct. 14th – Berlin, DE – C-Club
Oct. 16th – Copenhagen, DK – Pumpehuset
Oct. 17th – Oslo, NO – Parkteatret
Oct. 18th – Stockholm, SE – Debaser Medis
Nov. 12th – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
Nov. 13th – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Nov. 14th – Los Angeles, CA – LA Colesium
Nov. 16th – San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park
YG releases his collaborative California Livin’ mixtape, which draws upon the talents of Cookin’ Soul and DB Tha General. The 13 track mix features the likes of Nipsey Hussle, Fiend A.V., Anarchy and DaBoyWay, and is one of the most delightful bits of funk you’re bound to hear this fall. These cuts are funky, hard-hitting and inventive in their construction, with plenty of that guitar funk sound that you’ve come to expect from the Cookin’ Soul crew.
In 2014, Funkadelic dropped their first studio album in 33 years with First Ya Gotta Shake The Gate. In the year since, Kendrick Lamar has reinvigorated the funky fire, waving his flag high for George Clinton and his otherworldly crew. Today, the architect pays it forward, hosting his dagger-spitting disciple on a destroyer-of-all-club-anthem remix of “Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard On You,” off the freshly released remix EP, helmed by legendary NYC DJ and producer Louie Vega. This thing goes. Where as the original recording was more of a syrupy slow-burning funk cut, Vega’s vision picks up the pace a bit and injects it with the spacey disco styles of “One Nation Under A Groove”. K Dot comes with the heat, blazing the track with love raps at a dizzying pace. Louie Vega’s Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard On You remix EP is out today with contributions from P-Funk & JBs alum Fred Wesley & Peewee Ellis. You can grab your copy of the record on iTunes today, but get your first taste of the cosmic kinship of one Kendrick Lamar and Funkadelic above.
The creative kinship of Chicago son Mick Jenkins and Canadian vibe-slinger Kaytranada has been well documented. Whether on Jenkins’ Wave[S] EP or on the more recent outing “Ps & Qs,” the duo has proven to be formidable, pairing brilliantly burly bars with haze-for-days sonic scapes from a modern day master. Today, Jenkins graces us with another testament to their vibe-worthy connection, unleashing the fiery, drum-less wonder that is “HeadAss.” Hear Mick Jenkins & Kaytranada connect on “HeadAss”, and grab your copy of Wave[S] on iTunes.
Mac Miller fans are treated with a bonus release today when the one-off track “Speed Racer” was uploaded to SoundCloud. Featuring the 23-year-old MC once more going in over a dynamic and immersive beat. New Orleans beatmaker Chase N. Cashe is the man responsible for the easy bounce of “Speed Racer,” which moves at a pretty easy, self-assured pace. Miller is still riding a high from his GO : OD AM LP release, which has been lauded by many as one of the finest efforts of the year. We strongly suggest you pick up your own copy on iTunes today, and listen to “Speed Racer” above.
Hip-Hop will never fully recover from the loss of Sean Price, who passed away unexpectedly in early August, just weeks before the scheduled release of his Songs in the Key of Price mixtape. The only real solace lies in knowing that his music will live on and that, like other fallen legends, small snippets of unreleased, previously unheard material will be cropping up for a while. That’s exactly what’s happened today. NYC beatmaker and local hero Statik Selektah shares “Admiral Greets General”, a hard-knocking cut that utilizes sampled soul vocals, smooth trumpet lines and, most importantly, Sean Price’s relentless flow to get its point across. Also on the track is Jakk Frost. The song is brief and brilliant, and example of the kinetic might that Price always dealt out raps with. Listen to “Admiral Greets General,” get yourself a copy of Songs in the Key of Price if you haven’t already done so, and satisfy any lingering cravings for soulful, inventive beats by copping Statik Selektah’s Lucky 7 LP, which dropped just this past July and is still getting major rotation in The Originators offices.
Apollo Brown has come back at us with the hard-hitting “Who’s That?” Deploying both Brooklyn’s Maffew Ragazino and Gary, Indiana’s finest Freddie Gibbs, Brown has once again proven he’s one of the most consistent and versatile producers out there. “Who’s That?” will appear on Apollo’s long-awaited LP Grandeur, which also features the likes of Westside Gunn, Planet Asia and Your Old Droog. With it’s relentless jazz-tinged beat and iron-tough bars, the new cut makes it clear that when this record drops on September 25th, it’s going to be an immediate must-get. Pre-order Apollo’s Grandeur LP on iTunes today, and listen to “Who’s That?” above.
Some two months after announcing their plans to release a collabo EP, Big Boi and Phantogram aka Big Grams are now 2 days away from the release of their self-titled project. But before we get the full 7-track release, we get one more single. Big Grams shares a little something out there by way of “Goldmine Junkie.” Listen to their latest cut above, and look for Big Grams to impact this Friday via Epic Records (pre-order).
Baseball legend Yogi Berra has passed away at the age of 90. Reports say the Hall of Fame catcher died of natural causes on Tuesday (Sept. 22) at his home in New Jersey. “While we mourn the loss of our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, we know he is at peace with Mom,” Berra’s family said in a statement. “We celebrate his remarkable life, and are thankful he meant so much to so many. He will truly be missed.”
The New York Yankees announced they would honor Berra by wearing the No. 8 on their left sleeve during Wednesday night’s (Sept. 23) game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Berra played in a record 10 World Series championships with the New York Yankees, more than any other major leaguer. He was also a three-time American League MVP, a 15-time All-Star, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.
Theophilus offers up this new single, “Touchdown.” The track also doubles as the first single off of Theophilus’ upcoming Finchley Road EP. The title is named after the London Road the project was created on, as well as the neighborhood that inspired the threads in his new collection. LA, you can celebrate the release of this new capsule collection with Theophilus this Saturday from 7-10pm at Dope (454 N. Fairfax Ave.).
Here’s a new track that’s slated for release next month on Knxwledge’s forthcoming cassette store release. You can peep the full set of European dates below. Grab a copy of Knxwledge’s Hud Dreems on iTunes today.
Nov. 5 2015 @ The Bernard Shaw in Dublin, IR
Nov. 6 2015 @ The Art School in Glasgow
Nov. 7 2015 @ PST Club in Birmingham, UK
Nov. 10 2015 @ La Bellevilloise in Paris, FR
Nov. 11 2015 @ OT301 in Amsterdam, NL
Nov. 13 2015 @ Vooruit in Gent, BE
Nov. 14 2015 @ Exil in Zurich, DE
Nov. 16 2015 @ Hub in Brighton, UK
Nov. 18 2015 @ Corsica Studios in London, UK
Nov. 20 2015 @ Toldi in Budapest, HU
Nov. 21 2015 @ Arcade in Eindhoven, NL