Yes, we've slacked on the posting in the past 2 days. Apology accepted. I'm not going to be posting anything game-changing tonight, mainly just mellow beats to space out to, stuff you bang when all you want to do is lie down and stare at the ceiling. Hope you don't mind.
Just a little something to ease your soul.
Gonjasufi- Ancestors (produced by Flying Lotus)
L.A's versatile producer Flying Lotus teams up with Gonjasufi, a rapper who also moonlights as a yoga teacher and mystic. The end result is a twisted raga, a sort of raspy ode to those who came before, done FlyLo style.
Wil May- Got to move (produced by Wil May)
See, I don't really give a fuck that this isn't what you'd call "real hip-hop". This shit is amazingly catchy, son. From LA via ATL, this guy is riding the wave started by J Futuristic, Travis Porter, Young L.A, et al, the white boy/black boy blueprint, or whatever the fuck you want to call it. I dig the slang, the beat, and the goofy swagger. Haters are going to hate, but this shit is gold.
[Wil May MYSPACE]
LCD Soundsystem- New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down
Empire State of Mind.
Les Colocs- Tassez vous d'la
Once again, I am posting francophone rock from Montreal. It won't become a trend, I just figure that this is a particular scene that you've most likely heard absolutely nothing about. To be honest, I've only been discovering it in the past year, so I am by no means an expert. Les Colocs were a very influential group, founded in 1990 led by the late charismatic but troubled icon Dédé Fortin (who later committed suicide in a very chilling way: he performed harakiri upon himself three times, because he missed his heart the first two), . Their sound is a medley of typical Quebecois folk, reggae, african tribal rhythms and blues. This particular song is one of their most popular songs in Quebec, and features two Senegalese brothers on the chorus, singing in the dialect known as Wolof. Again, this might not be everyone's cup of tea, but give it a chance. The vibe, not the language it is sung in, is the important thing.
Young Montana?- Sacré cool
Mary Ann Hobbs' favorite unsigned act of 2010, a Brit making creepy, glitchy downtempo. We don't usually post this kind of thing, but this fits the mood tonight rather well. Big Ups Phil H.
[Young Montana? MYSPACE]
Get with it.
"The world has lost one of the best emcees and Hip Hop icons of all-time,"
The world has lost an other icon : Guru. Legendary emcee passed away on monday april 19th. He died of "complications from undisclosed cancer".
To quote Solar, who was producing with Guru in the past years a new project, : "Guru has been battling cancer for well over a year and has lost his battle! This is a matter that Guru wanted private until he could beat it, but tragically, this did not happen. The cancer took him. Now the world has lost a great man and a true genius."
To call him a "true genius" is not far from reality. That guy had one of the craziest flow and lyrics of all the east coast Brooklyn movement type of hip hop. Sharing with you guys a couple of my own favorites. Could of easily dropped about 20 songs but sometimes gotta make a choice...
Gang Starr - Full Clip
Gang Starr - You Know My Steez
Gang Starr - Check The Technique
Rare-ish tracks :
Chief Kamachi ft. Guru - The Best
Lina - It's Alright (Gang Starr Remix)
And some dope videos
MAAAAAAAAN what's good today fools? I couldn't ask for a sunnier, warmer, more awesome day.
To start this post off I'll drop a relatively old mixtape from Khal. It's hella proper, good reggae / hip hop vibes that fit so well with April 20th.
Khal - Twenty After Four
If you've chilled with any of us lately (my crew is better than your's type shit) then you heard this clip for sure. Jordan Peele from Mad TV doing a pretty chill rap.
Aaaahhhh naah nah na na na don't tell Montel hit that laaa la la la
So in order to give you some songs to complement the festivities I decided to purchase 2 songs from iTunes. SAY WHAT!?
Seems like a repost, but don't blame my memory. For you people who don't get it yet, Izza Kizza is a cigarette.
Izza Kizza - Ooh La La
Izza Kizza - Ooh La La (Koolade Remix)
I'm breaking my balls for you guys so you better recognize. Seriously, our hosting doesn't take m4a files so I have to find a decent converter which won't add a fag shoutout in the song. After all this hassle, I realized the remix by Koolade is pretty much the exact same shit as the original. So fuck you iTunes music store and fuck you copyright infringement. Bring it.
Ok I'm getting cranky now. Not sure what the hell I'm still doing indoors. I think I better go get some "fresh air". You know that "breeze" we all love so much.
Peace, I'm out.
LA's finest Them Jeans and partner in crime Emynd, have always been coming out with some of the freshest productions/remixes. That said, they are back again dropping some gems on us.
Them Jeans is more of the electro/house type and Emynd, from Philly, does bmore and bounce music but they also both manage to produce a whole bunch of different stuff. Avenge The Virgins have been digging them for quite a long time and their tracks always end up on 1 of our summer partying playlist.
They love to collab and believe me it always gets your ass moving.
Enjoy and support
Young Money - Bed Rock (Emynd Pillow Bass Remix)
Rihanna - Rude Boy (Them Jeans Remix)
Kid Cudi - Pursuit of Happiness (Them Jeans Remix)
If you like what you're hearing don't hesitate to drop a comment. I'm sure they will appreciate it.
a little soundtrack for a quiet Sunday evening. A break from our hectic, debauchery-filled schedule and usual subject matter. A little something to relax and vibe to. Old and new tunes weaving into each other.
B.O.B - Lovelier Than You
He's enjoyed a well-deserved surge in popularity recently. Bobby Ray is a breath of fresh air for hip-hop, and anything I say is just rehashing what other blogs and magazines have mentioned before. He has the swagger, the songwriting ability and the talent of a modern day Andre 3000, and will probably blow the fuck up pretty soon, if there is any justice in this world. This is a soft ballad, quite unlike his usual shit, but that just shows his versatility, in my opinion. Dope stuff.
Eek-A-Mouse- Bitty Bong Bong (Ganja Smuggling)
Early early, Sunday morning, it was a big ganja smuggling. A classic reggae tune to add to your collection.
The Cowsills- Hair
1969 counter-culture anthem. Say what?
Malajube- Pâte Filo (Fissure)
For the long-time readers of the blog (and most Montrealers), the name Malajube should seem pretty familiar. They are an awesome francophone quartet out of Montreal, who've released two fantastic albums that I recommend, even if you don't speak french. Give it a listen, I'm pretty sure you'll love it. Indie rock at its best.
Lunice- Perpetual Leisure
Local boy Lunice, one of the few Montrealers chosen to be in the recently finished Red Bull Music Academy, is a rising star. He's part of the LuckyMe fam (Hudson Mohawke's label) and part of the Turbo Crunk crew (I'm pretty sure I've seen him DJ before). The dude is like a futuristic instrumental hip-hop/bass music prodigy. His beats are spacey sonic odysseys, the sonic equivalent of hot-boxing a spaceship. I've included a link to his myspace, because you know I love supporting that local talent. Ya diggg.
DJ Static- Mr Fantastic
Probably the only time you'll ever catch us posting breakbeats on this blog. I am not a b-boy, nor do I enjoy backpacker stuff like Cal, but this song is fuckin' grooooovy.
We'll get back to the usual content tomorrow.