This video is two decades old and its finally seeing the light of day.
By 1995, Slug and D Spawn had been rocking together for a few years. However, ’95 was seeing rapid growth in the popularity of an infamous collective known as Headshots, of which Atmosphere had become a part. The Headshots crew planned to release a compilation titled “Eighteen Shots On A Bus In The Middle Of Nowhere” in the Fall of that year, featuring The Abstract Pack, Phull Surkle, Urban Atmosphere, Black Hohl, Beyond, and more.
Urban Atmosphere’s “Ear Blister,” was planned to be released on that compilation, complete with a music video. However, the compilation never materialized and neither did “Ear Blister” as an official release, though the song was a prominent fixture in their live performances around this time. For the last 2 decades, fans have been talking about “Ear Blister” and expressing a desire to view the scarcely seen music video. Well, here it is– the full-length version, available for the first time ever!
Glad to see these guys back together, but also glad they took a break before releasing more material. Their three previous collaborations were very good and very consistent, but their impact on the listener was somewhat diminished because the second and third albums were released in fairly rapid succession. But now a few years have passed since their last one and I’m once again ready to hear more.
Another rinse for my favorite song from Lese Majesty, directed by Chad VanGaalen. Pretty remarkable how this video not only captures the group’s aesthetic but also pushes it into entirely new directions, considering their entire m.o. is built around an un-quantifable and surreal sense of cool (Zilla covered it well here).
Nice mix of styles on this new EP from Brooklyn’s Ma$ter Glo (previously known as Goldie Glo). Brooklyn grit commingles with smooth Uptown-ish flashiness; there is a reverence for the classic New York feel but also a modern ear open to A$AP’s cross-regional mutations, trap and Chicago drill. The key is that none of this clashes, for the most part things combine smoothly; which in itself makes for a sensible comment on the often divisive state of New York rap. It doesn’t have to be old school VS new school, neither in aesthetics nor in ideology. You can have both side by side and the world will keep turning just fine, and this EP is testament to that notion. Not everything here works but it’s an enjoyable listen with solid highlights. ‘Honor Tha God’, ‘Where U @’ and ‘Head Hunters’ are my favorites at the moment.
Two from Kingston’s upcoming solo Sirens, to be released under the 88 ULTRA moniker. Sounds reminiscent of BSBD’s recent work but a little tighter (both are under 5 mins) and with maybe a bit more edge in some spots. Looking forward to this.
So Shabazz Palaces dropped two half-secret (really just not publicized anywhere except the obligatory G&B posts) songs over the last month, one on Black Friday and one today. ‘Ham Sandwich’ is more or less about what you think it would be about, while ‘Sherm Stick’ is actually about… Richard Sherman from The Seahawks.