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Childish Gambino’s take on Odd Future, The Weeknd, and whats to come

5 May

Hip Hop Update held an interview with Renaissance man Donald Glover AKA Childish Gambino after a show he held in Los Angeles on April 27th to promote his upcoming IAMDONALD LP.

After getting a snippet of his stirring, energetic performance style, Gambino goes on to discuss a rap group at a similar stage in their musical development as himself, OFWGKTA, and up-and-coming R&B soloist The Weeknd, among other things. Despite having just finished a show, Gambino still conducts himself with the same cheer and wit that is reflected in his music. Check it out:

Black Cobain ft. Wale — “4AM” (music video)

5 May

Yet another Virginia rapper has graced us with a product of his creation. This time its Black Cobain, giving us the visuals to “4AM”, a song produced by Tone P, featuring D.C. native Wale. This video shows the artists cruising, smoking, and flowing away a black and white New York night. It brings to the surface a lot of similarities between the styles of the two rappers, but also shows the versatility each has to offer.  Here it is:

XV in the studio with Just Blaze and Seven — “When We’re Done”

27 Apr

Life + Times graces us with wonderful visual coverage of the making of the third track from XV’s album, “When We’re Done.” As I mentioned in an earlier post about XV, this song has some unique sampling, and this video does a great job guiding us through the process that these top-notch producers/artists went through to make this great tune. Hit the jump to take a look:

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Here’s the finished product:

Teebs – “Pretty Polly”

27 Apr

One of the strongest in Brainfeeder’s arsenal, California-native Teebs has just brought us a new track called “Pretty Polly.”

In this piece, Teebs twists a J. Rocc mix into a precious ballad with equally graceful and polished rhythms. Although the artist has announced that the official release of this song is still a ways away, I am more than content laying my head back and letting this track lull me into its brilliance.

Although these may not be the official visuals, I chose this video because it matches the tone of the song nicely

Star Slinger’s refix of “Ready for the World”

27 Apr

Keeping in harmony with his recent production, Star Slinger is back with another tune to add to his repertoire of great remixes. This time, he put his unique spin on “Ready for the World” by How to Dress Well. The thing that has truly hooked me about Star Slinger’s style is his amazing ability to preserve the authenticity of a song while adding his elegant, refined sound. This Manchester magician deserves praise:

Clipse with Tiron, Nickelus F, and Phil Ade at University of Virginia

27 Apr

Just last Saturday, Push T and Malice had a homecoming reunion concert at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Clipse, a duo composed of these two talented brothers, has not seen too much action in the past couple years, but after Pusha T’s moves with Kanye and G.O.O.D. Music late last year, and subsequent release of Fear of God, it is safe to say that the group got its swag back. Along with the likes of  D.C. native, Phil Ade, and Richmond artist Nickelus F, this Old Dominion supergroup was set to return in style.

I must give props to UVa’s Student Hip Hop Organization for publicizing and putting together such a big concert. Anyways, they provided us with an interesting video that captures the essence of the night, and shows us what Clipse and these fellow Virginians are all about: meaningful, responsive, and just plain good rap.

XV – Watch Me Go (prod. J. Cole)

21 Apr


Dropping his highly anticipated Zero Heroes last week, XV slingshotted his twitter-base past the 25,000 mark. The artist decided to celebrate this accomplishment by gracing us with a brand new track, “Watch Me Go,” which features some simply stellar production from J.Cole. XV definitely doesn’t disappoint:

Also, here’s a look at a radio show from way back in the day, before either of these guys truly took off. I didn’t know what to expect when the host asked them to freestyle, but each of them performed as if they were in their natural element. Seriously, both of these young artists are lyrically gifted. Plus, its always fun to see big name rappers joking and messing around like it was the good old days.

XV feat. Jazmine Sullivan and Sez Batters — “Famous”

14 Apr

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XV’s debut album for Warner Bros. Records, Zero Heroes, is set to release tomorrow. After receiving a lot of praise following his release of Everybody’s Nobody in 2009, this Kansas rapper ignited, teaming up with the likes of DJ ill Will and Rockstar, Talib Kweli, Mike Posner, Wiz Khalifa, and Kanye in the years since. “Famous”, the second single off of this project, features an impressive melodic voice in Jazmine Sullivan, another Midwest native, and Sez Betters adds a light-hearted verse. I was really impressed with some of the production I’d heard from XV, and this song kept with the standard. All in all, there aren’t many other stories about the infamous struggle for fame that are this optimistic, or have this nice of a sound. Here it is (the album artwork is worth a close look at the very least):

The self-named “kid with the green backpack” released a trailer for the album earlier this month, which features a snippet of “When We’re Done”. In this track, X to the V raps over a sample of “Sanctuary” by Utada Hikaru, a song made famous in my childhood favorite, Kingdom Hearts II. It’s worth a listen:

Star Slinger — “Close to Me” and Video

11 Apr

A favorite of ours here at Tunes, Star Slinger provides us with his visual representation of “Close to Me”, his collaboration with producer Teams. Unlike his euphoric “Mornin’” video, this piece plays on the cautions and insecurities people have with strangers in a peculiar, clever way. It does this wonderful tune justice in perfectly fitting fashion, despite its pure oddness. Star Slinger and Teams’ recent team-up EP is up for download here. Give the video a look here.

Also, here’s Star Slinger’s remix of Alex Winston’s “Sister Wife,” in which I think our ever consistent producer does a wonderful job taking advantage of the song’s rich vocals and replacing the acoustic guitar with a relaxed synth and some nice punchy rhythms:

Unreleased track by Earl Sweatshirt AKA Sly Tendencies

9 Apr

Wherever this mysterious 17 year-old rap prodigy is, he should be patting himself on the back. Now referred to as Earl Sweatshirt, “Dat Ass” was produced when this infamous, dicey lyricist was still the independent skater/rapper known as Sly Tendencies, and Wolf Gang meant nothing to him.

In the recent explosion of OFWGKTA, Earl’s strange absence from the group, combined with his raw talent as a rapper and musician as a whole have labeled him as the most intriguing rap enigma to come from Odd Future in my opinion. He has a unique ability to combine his rebellious, bad-egg personality with pure craft and wit in his words. This track features Earl spitting over a funky sitar, and, like his public image, embodies the phrase “short and sweet.” Check it: