Today, it’s been announced that the mighty MF DOOM & one of his greatest disciples, Flying Lotus, will join forces on the collaborative forthcoming Mask Of The North Star LP. The album will host a litany of proper features from each of their worlds, including Thundercat, Quasimoto (Madlib), Jneiro Jarel, El-P, Thom Yorke, Carlos Santana and Gonjasufi. The record will be landing on digital and physical shelves May 5th via Lex Records.
I don’t know if it’s at all possible for Curren$y and Wiz KHALIFA to top their first collabo project, How Fly, but we’re glad they’re giving it another try. Spitta and Wiz are gearing up to drop another collabo project, #2009, and our sources say it should be coming soon. Yesterday, they got the fans riled up with the release of this new Sledgren produced joint, “Uber DRIVER.” Listen above and let us know what you think of it…
A few weeks back, we learned that Pete Rock had put the wheels in motion on the release of the follow-up to his critically-cherished Petestrumentals beat tape. Today, it seems we have our first taste of what part deux will bring us with the unveiling of the inaugural offering “One, Two, A Few More;” a 3 and a half minute dose of vintage Soul Brother dug up from the vault for your listening pleasure. Petestrumentals 2 will arrive June 23th via Mello Music Group and should provide you with all of the heat you can bear.
OG fam MURS, has plans of making his Strange Music debut with a new LP, Have A Nice Life. He already dropped the replay friendly single, “Okey Dog”, and now he takes things a little left with this new jawn, “No More Control.” MURS teams with L.A. based MNDR, for the Jesse Shatkin produced track. Listen to MURS get some things off his chest. MURS’ new album, Have A Nice Life, will be out May 19th.
Secretive street Artist BiP (Believe in People) recently completed his latest mural, a beautiful large scale piece covering the side of a seven-story building in San Francisco.
Wale and J. Cole join forces on the new track “Pessimist” from Wale’s forthcoming project The Album About Nothing, which arrives this week via Maybach Music Group. This single is the trapped out and triumphant sounding follow-up to their 2011 collaboration “Bad Girls Club.” Cole holds down the hook on this track about hopelessness and faith, which opens with a soundbite from Seinfeld‘s George Costanza. Check the track below to stream “Pessimist”, and stay tuned for more from Wale.
The Stones Throw crew drop a 10-track compilation, charting the many moods, phases and shades of Madlib’s Yesterday’s New Quintet exploits.
Earl Sweatshirt‘s sophomore record I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside was apparently intended to be a bit more of a shock & awe surprise release than it ended up being. According to Earl, the roll-out was derailed by his label’s mismanaging the release, which seems to have eclipsed even his monumental debut Doris as the most important record of his young career. And while his frustrations have been amply expressed via his Twitter account, the mighty Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Frannie Kelley caught up with him during last week’s SXSW festivities and gave him even more room to vent on Microphone Check, where he detailed the pains of having his release spoiled by Sony’s mismanagement. “This is the first thing that I’ve said that I fully stand behind, like the good and the bad of it. I’ve never been behind myself this much. So for them to not treat as importantly as I was treating it was just like, I couldn’t help but to feel a little disrespected, you know?”
Monday, March 23rd marked the release of both Action Bronson‘s major label debut as Mr. Wonderful and Earl Sweatshirt‘s brooding sophomore record I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside. With two of the year’s most celebrated releases on the market occupying such opposite ends of the sonic spectrum, it seems only right to show the world where they meet. That just so happens to be an Alchemist produced heater by the name of “Warlord Leather”. It finds both Bronson & Earl dazzling in each of their respective 16, all over a psychedelic soul chop from the chemist.
Scottish Artist, Klingatron paints another badass mural. This time depicting a fierce looking tiger painted in Glasgow along the banks of the River Clyde.
To commemorate the release of his major label debut, Mr. Wonderful, Action Bronson and Munchies drop a special installment of his “F*ck, That’s Delicious” series. The three-episode special features the rapper cooking dishes inspired by tracks off his new album with world renowned chefs. In episode 1, Bronson visits Italy to make dishes with Mario Batali. Mr. Wonderful is out now. Go pick it up!
The Flatbush Zombies keep the heaters coming with “Did U Ever Think”, the latest offering in their weekly release series, featuring Joey Bada$$ and Issa Gold (of the Underachievers) with ghastly production from The Architect. The mesmerizing track is anchored by an infectious hook. Check the track above to listen to the latest face-melter from the Flatbush Zombies.
When OG debuted volume 1 of Rampage Global Sound‘s “Raw & Rugged” mixtape series, we knew we were on to something. Led once again by DJ Rampage, this newest volume comes comprised of throwback gems sourced from the mainstream and underground to equally excellent degrees. The soiree kicks off with Queen Latifah’s classic ladies’ anthem “U.N.I.T.Y.” and cruises on through cuts from De La Soul, ATCQ, Beatnuts, Gangstarr, Busta Rhymes, The Pharcyde and, well, you get the idea. It’s been a while since we’ve heard such a proper old-school session, loaded up with dynamic scratching and airtight crossfading. This bit of “Raw & Rugged” goes down nice n smooth.
Jhené Aiko breaks us off with this sexy new jawn, “Living Room Flow (prod. Fisticuffs).” No word on if this is off of an upcoming project from Jhené.
Bronson introduces us to some of the folks that have grown to worship him with praise and emulate his holiness in mind and body. Consider him a sort of guiding light in times of hardship or crisis. All of this and a whole lot more can be found in the freshly dropped Mr. Wonderful documentary, which should have you geared up for the anxiously awaited release of the record this Monday, March 23rd.
Check out a few paintings from New York Artist, David Lyle.
A short new video by Ben Mor focuses on Brazilian mural gods, Os Gemeos. The dreamlike video weaves the twins’ work into surreal moving portraits that echo their own playful, awe-inspiring art.
Gucci Mane has been behind bars since 2013 and isn’t expected to get out until sometime next year. However, new Gucci albums continue to drop. This week, his 1017 Records imprint released three new projects: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. In all, the trio of Gucci Mane albums contain 33 new songs with features from the likes of Chief Keef, Fredo Santana, Trinidad James, iLOVEMAKKONNEN, Waka Flocka and Reese, among others.
The Purist has been behind some of your favorite cuts from your favorite rappers, including Action Bronson, Danny Brown, Mick Jenkins, Your Old Droog and now with the arrival of his latest loosie, none other than Freddie Gibbs is added to that list. Today, the London-based beat smith let go of yet another soulful, G-funk channeling cut with the arrival of “Pimp Hand,” an apparent ode to The Mac AKA Ron O’Neil. The Purist’s forthcoming Pyrex Scholar tape drops March 17th.
In steps Philly beat freaker Gianni Lee & Mike Blud with the assist in compiling all of the hidden gems in To Pimp a Butterfly, into one stud mix that’ll act as the perfect companion piece to the record. Aside from the cuts like The Isley Brothers‘ funky guitar riff on “i” or James Brown‘s strut on “King Kunta”, you’ll find a cover of Fela‘s “I No Get Eye For Back,” Cold Grits, The Detroit Emeralds and more in the 10-track mix. Go ahead and listen to Gianni Lee and Mike Blud’s To Pimp A Butterfly sample mix below above, and keep it OG..
Built on a murky roving live bass and fluttering hi-hats, “I Guess” is a strong, direct statement of Black Milk’s mission to continue grinding. Sparse trumpets punctuate Milk’s flowing brio and contribute to the vintage veneer of the entire recording.