Mega and Don Logan previously hooked up on the track “Savages,” and now they’re back for another round over a Harry Fraud production on “Guns And Butter.”
Compton, California, is one of Hip-Hop’s most celebrated locales, the birthplace of acts like N.W.A. and, more recently, Kendrick Lamar. It’s also home to a complicated gang culture. Noisey’s Bompton centers around Kendrick Lamar and the friends he grew up with on the West Side of Compton, many of whom feature on the cover of his album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly.’ We sit down with Kendrick to talk about his acclaimed albums, pay a visit to his high school, Centennial, and get to know his childhood friend Lil L.
Black Milk and the Nat Turner band bring listeners some heat with a short set of instrumentals entitled “Sunday Outtakes.” The brunch ready trio of tracks is a peek at the band’s chops that riffs on the classic combination of break beats and live jazz. Black Milk and Nat Turner turn out one of the better small bites to hit the web in a minute. Check the tracks above to stream “Sunday Outtakes.” Purchase Black Milk’s If There’s A Hell Below LP via iTunes.
Your favorite color links with one of our favorite producers on the new single “Pocket Full of Miracles” from Blu and The 45 King. The latest from Redefinition Records unites the left coast spitter with an east coast legend for a bounce heavy true school track that throws back to The 45 King’s golden era classics. Dirty percussion combines with an infectious, whimsical hook. Check the track above to listen to “Pocket Full of Miracles.” Purchase the limited 7-inch clear vinyl single featuring cover art from Joe Buck via redefinitionrecords.com.
Smoke DZA and Harry Fraud are about a week out from the release of their new album He Has Risen. Today they share another banger from the project called “100 K.” Listen above and pre-order the album here.
When you spend as much time on the open road as 19 year old Raury, it’s easy to miss your old stomping grounds and the family and friends that make it such a familiar and warm retreat. And so, as a melodic flare to his ATLien mothership, Raury has dropped off one of his most mature offerings to date in the loose r&b-leaning single, “Home.” With supporting contributions from The Social Experiment‘s Peter Cottontale, bassist Jesse Bielenberg and producer Take A Daytrip, Raury sculpts a silky ballad that aims straight for the feels with no remorse.
While on Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio this afternoon, Ebro announced that Joey Bada$$ has plans of releasing his sophomore album later this year. Along with the news, Ebro also premiered this new cut from Joey, the aptly titled cut, “Ready.” Statik Selektah provides the production while Joey puts all competitors on notice that he’s ready and coming out swinging.
This Friday, G.O.O.D. Music signee HXLT, formerly known as Hollywood Holt, is releasing his self titled debut album. Get an advance listening of the full project before it’s official release on Friday. Listen to the latest from the Chicago Artist above, and pre-order here.
Dam-Funk added yet another notch to his belt in 2015 with the arrival of Invite The Light; a stellar, 20-track album. Alhough Invite The Light is still getting plenty of burn round these parts, the commander and chief of modern funk’s regime has returned with a fresh pair of loosies. Grab a copy of Dam-Funk’s Invite The Light LP on iTunes today or head over to Stone Throw to cop the album on wax.
Quelle Chris teases the forthcoming Lullabies For The Broken Brain instrumental LP with the “Lullabies” (Triad Mix) mashup track. The mix follows the recent release of Chris’ lead single “I’m The Bridge That You Must Burn” featuring Bilal Salaam. The 3-in-1 preview fuses the aforementioned remix single with “Sickum” and “M-39” to deliver a sidewinder of an appetizer that packs a bottom heavy punch and bodes well for what awaits listeners on the full 16 track release. Check the track above to listen to “Lullabies” (Triad Mix), and pre-order the Lullabies For The Broken Brain LP via iTunes.
It’s been a minute since we caught up with the Yuna. Today we learn that the Malaysian soulstress is readying her third studio album, Chapters for a late spring/early summer release. In preparation for the album’s arrival, she’s relinquished the collaboration that you never knew you always wanted, “Places To Go,” featuring DJ Premier on production. Yuna’s lilt floats just above a hallmark boom bap beat, provided by one of its principal architects, marrying Hip-Hop and soul like few before them has. Hear Yuna & DJ Premier connect on “Places To Go” above, and pre-order her forthcoming Chapters LP today ahead of its May 20th release.
George Clinton and Kendrick Lamar arguably made some of the funkiest music with songs from the Grammy award winning album, To Pimp A Butterfly. Now, the young OG is paying it forward by lacing a new verse on Funkadelic’s remix to “Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?” Originally this cut was featured on the three disc effort, First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate, which came out back in 2014. In September of 2015, the group then let loose the Louie Vega remix that had the Kendrick verse. To make the song even harder on the funk dial Ice Cube adds a new verse to the cut. Listen to the sincerely dope track above.
On April 8th, Mayer Hawthorne will unleash his third solo studio effort with the release of Man About Town. Today, Hawthorne pulls the covers off the album’s latest offering, “Love Like That,” borrowing the smooth and sultry sounds of late ’70s/early ’80s yacht rock and applying a 21st century sheen to bring the cut well into the modern era. Pre-order a copy of his new album on iTunes today ahead of its official release.
Before artists such as Banksy and Shepard Fairey became household names, there were graffiti pioneers who were responsible for adding such things as the first ever crown or arrow to their moniker beginning the evolution of style.
Wall Writers: Graffiti in its Innocence is a documentary film and 350+ page companion book. Both film and book were conceived and directed by Roger Gastman. Legendary filmmaker John Waters narrates the documentary and the book’s forward is written by acclaimed artist Barry McGee.
Graffiti and street art today are largely considered the rock n’ roll of visual art, and Wall Writers is the story of its birth from Philadelphia and New York City during 1967 to 1973. Wall Writers is an exclusive account of the beginnings of the largest art movement of the Twentieth Century. No one has been able to tell this story until now, because no one could get complete access to the full cast of the movement’s originators featured in this film. Most of these artists have given their first ever on-camera interviews for this project. Wall Writers offers a once-in-a-lifetime look at the origin of graffiti and street art that continues to capture the imaginations of young people the world over.
Wall Writers explores graffiti’s eruption into the mainstreamsociety during a period of social turmoil in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, and takes a closer look not only at early graffiti’s place on the wall but its place in the culture of the time. Featuring unprecedented access to and exclusive interviews with graffiti’s originators CORNBREAD, TAKI 183, LSD OM, and more than a two-dozen others.Testimonies from journalists, historians and politicians who bore witness to the wall-writing revolution are also included in the film.
More comprehensive than anything on this subject, Wall Writers explores not only early graffiti writing itself but the writers creating it and the culture that drove them to write — be it a need to rebel against the government, to pass a message, or simply be recognized by society. The film’s exclusive interviews are coupled with rare photographs and archival footage, most of which have never been seen on screen before and serve as historical reference points as well as evidence of early graffiti that was buffed away decades ago.
From graffiti’s humble beginnings in 1967 to the first painting being sold in 1973, Wall Writers reveals the context of the start of a movement that would eventually grow to transform city life, public transit, public art, and ultimately visual art the world over.
The Estate of James Yancey has revived J Dilla’s longstanding company PayJay as a functioning imprint to release Dilla’s long lost vocal album, The Diary on April 15th, in conjunction with Mass Appeal Records. Initially intended for release in 2002, The Diary is the final batch of unissued material that Dilla had assembled for release during his lifetime, lending crucial insight into the producer’s prowess and thought process in the period leading up to his break with the major label system and the extremely fertile period that followed. The Diary features vocal performances by J Dilla, Snoop Dogg, Bilal, Kokane, Frank and Dank, Nottz and Boogie, over production by Dilla, Madlib, Pete Rock, Hi-tek, Nottz, House Shoes, Supa Dave West, Bink! and Karriem Riggins. “The Introduction”, produced by House Shoes with additional production by J Dilla.
With Street Fighter V finally in stores this week, Otaku Gang has put their own twist on the iconic game series. For the project, a number of Em’s most popular songs are mashed up with Street Fighter’s classic soundtrack. 15 tracks include “Street Fighter Remixes” of “Till I Collapse”, “Superman”, “Lose Yourself”, “Cleanin’ Out My Closet”, and “Stan”, among others. Stream Marshall vs. Capcom above.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are roughly a week out from releasing their sophomore major label outing, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made. Recently, they’ve unveiled the album’s tracklisting, revealing features from Chance The Rapper, Anderson .Paak, Leon Bridges and more, and shared the much discussed Jamila Woods assisted single “White Privilege II.” Today, the duo have share yet another taste of their forthcoming record, relinquishing “Buckshot,” which boasts the supreme talents of legends KRS-One and DJ Premier. The verdict’s still out on This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, but not for too much longer, as it’s slated to release next Friday, February 26th.