VIDEO: Tree – Godlike

April 24th, 2014
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Tree in piano man/crooner mode might be my favorite Tree. I keep hoping he’ll make a blues album in this vein or something like that, fingers crossed. Meanwhile, you can grab the uncensored version of Tree’s THE @MCTREEG E​.​P. via bandcamp HERE.
 

Snoop Dogg & Dam-Funk – Do My Thang (Teklife Remix)

April 22nd, 2014
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Layers of funk stacked like pancakes on here. It still feels very much like a Dam-Funk track but DJ Rashad & co. do manage to leave their own impression on it as well.
 

 

VIDEO: Edan – Echo Party Movie

April 17th, 2014
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Echo Party Movie from Edan on Vimeo.
 
Edan’s wildly batshit 2010 mix of psychedelia, funk, breakbeats and whatever other crazyness he has in his crates, now set to equally batshit visuals by Tom Fitzgerald.
 

Wara – Slangin (Produced by Wara)

April 16th, 2014
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Really good new Wara song, taken from Adult Swim’s Boondocks Mixtape. Sounds like he’s making some major strides as a producer; the coda on this surprisingly reminded me of El-P of all people.
 
DOWNLOAD: Wara – Slangin (Produced by Wara)

 
Using the Ghost screen shot because it’s better than the actual mixtape cover.
 

G-Side – Statue (Prod By Block Beattaz)

April 14th, 2014
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New single from the upcoming Gz II Godz album. Feeling some mixed feelings about Clova’s new style, but the song is dope.
 

 

We The Guys – IG:WeTheGuys_ (Mixtape)

April 11th, 2014
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The Guys dropped a couple of really good singles, and now here’s their debut mixtape. ‘Go Get My Money’ is my favorite on here so far.
 

 

Frankie P – Safe (featuring Audubon)

April 11th, 2014
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Taken from Frankie P’s Hazy Nights In The Heights 2.
 
The first installment of the Hazy Nights series was an almost entirely instrumental affair, and to this day it remains one of my favorite instrumental albums on recent memory. The new sequel EP broadens the scope of the music; only half of the track list is instrumental, the other half features contributions from rapper Audubon and singer Camille Safiya. Both do well, and ‘Safe’ ends up as the most prominent standout in the whole set. The track is a story of a heist, and the smokey jazz sound that is the lynchpin of the Hazy Nights series adds a noir-ish element remeniscent of Chester Himes’ novels.
 

 
You can stream the entire EP HERE, and buy it on itunes HERE.
 

DaVinci & Sweet Valley – Ghetto Cuisine EP

April 10th, 2014
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First taste of this EP arrived just yesterday, and it was damn good. From what I’ve heard so far, the rest doesn’t disappoint either.
 

 

Rast RFC – The Good, The Bad and Me / Forgive Me

April 10th, 2014
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I’ve been meaning to post something by Rast RFC for a bit now, this is as good a place to start as any. The recently emerging NY rapper got a bit of exposure via Egotripland, but there isn’t much information about him otherwise. His style is deceptively old school; he is clearly inspired by the golden age of rap but on his most interesting songs he also shows a willingness to experiment with the classic template and add new elements to it. As such his work inevitably reminds me of Roc Marciano, Ka, A.G.’s recent work with Ray West, and $amhill. Rast seems like a part of the same breed, an older head who in these stylistically decentralized times manages to distill the DNA of New York rap to it’s barest essence and then adorn it with his own personal embellishments.
 
‘The Good, The Bad and Me’ and ‘Forgive Me’ are two good examples of his music that so far stood out to me more than the rest. Both grabbed me with a certain melodic quality that I can’t really describe well, but I think if you give them a chance you’ll know what I mean. There are also plenty more to sample on his YouTube and Soundcloud accounts.
 

 
S/O to twitter friend pyramids on mars for first bringing Rast to my attention.

Antwon – Cold Tears (prod. Matrixxman)

April 9th, 2014
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Another one from Antwon’s upcoming album. Sounds like some shit you hear at a park jam thrown by retro-futuristic robots with multiple felonies. Premiered via Complex.