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The new hot duo, Karmin, is back with another hip hop cover

27 Apr

Karmin was brought to viral fame this month with their cover of “Look At Me Now” by Chris Brown. Well, they’re already back now with yet another contemporary hip hop cover, this time, Lil Wayne’s “6 Foot 7 Foot.”

Take a listen below and download the song for free here.

Brand new music video for Nas & Damian Marley’s “Nah Mean”

24 Apr

This duo was responsible for one of my favorite albums of last year, Distant Relatives. Since that release last May, they have put out a couple videos for various singles such as “As We Enter” and “Patience,” but now we have one for the dynamic “Nah Mean.”

It’s guerilla visual style and simplicity allow for the song to take control, and I wouldn’t have enjoyed it any more if it were done another way.

MED, of Stones Throw Records, releases a new LP — ‘Bang Ya Head 3’ (tracklist included)

22 Apr

MED is a hardworking emcee for the alternative hip hop team over at Stones Throw. He’s worked with the likes of Madlib, Just Blaze, and J. Rocc just to name a few.

Already he’s finished with his third iteration in the Bang Ya Head series, and it’s sounding great.

Listen to a continuous mix of the album here:

01. Intro
02. Ain’t Bragging (ft. Guilty Simpson) [prod. Waajeed]
03. Candlelight [prod. Georgia Anne Muldrow]
04. Your Life (ft. Blu) [prod. Exile]
05. Superman [prod. J. Rocc]
06. Head Banger [prod. Dem Beatz]
07. 50,000 [prod. Soul Professa]
08. Highs & Lows [prod. Georgia Anne Muldrow]
09. The Cypher (Two & Pass) feat. & LMNO [prod. Madlib]
10. Skeet’s House
11. R.E.M. (ft. Epsilon) [prod. Oddisee]
12. Bounce Back [prod. Alchemist]
13. Misunderstood [prod. Medicine Man]
14. Dedication [prod. Dem Beatz]
15. Purest (ft. Pok) [prod. House Shoes]
16. One Two’s [prod. Dibiase]
17. Eaze Off (ft. Marvwon) [prod. J. Rocc]
18. Outro [prod. Daru Jones]

Also, as an added bonus for buying the physical CD, buyers are given a free download of all of the instrumental tracks on the album.

New video for Frank Ocean’s “Songs For Women”

22 Apr

The R&B mastermind of Odd Future now has a stylish new video to go along with arguably his most popular song to date.

Note that this video is fan-made, so it’s not officially Frank’s video, but at least it’s something with a fitting mood for the song.

Childish Gambino does a short live set for a Boise steakhouse

22 Apr

While on tour, Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) stopped at a Boise, Idaho steakhouse and ended up doing an impromptu show for the people there.

First he does “Bitch Look At Me Now” (including the instrumentals from Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks”) and then “Not Going Back” from his new EP.

Tyler, The Creator does some simple promotion for ‘Goblin’ on youtube

22 Apr

Here it is, a short video of what I’d guess is going to become a recurring character of his. Thurnis Haley, the older gentleman who just enjoys a nice afternoon at the driving range.

Get Goblin this coming May 10th.

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.

Gramatik takes on Led Zeppelin with a new remix of the legendary ‘Stairway’

21 Apr

Gramatik is someone every contemporary music lover should keep an ear out for.

He makes very simple and elegant remixes that often utilize old school samples and bring them into the new world of music. He does this, however, without taking away what made those samples special in the first place.

For example, here is his remix of “Stairway to Heaven”

Here’s another example. This is Gramatik’s song sampling the Nat King Cole song, “Hit That Jive, Jack”

Hard Events announces its lineup for ‘Hard Summer’

19 Apr

This August 6th comes one of the most incredible lineups I’ve seen lately for a single-night event. It’s going to be held at The Los Angeles State Historic Park. Buy tickets here.

Duck Sauce
Boys Noize
James Murphey & Pat Mahoney
Jack Beats
Carte Blanche
Busy P & So Me (as Busy Pictionary)
Holy Ghost
Karlsson & Winnberg (of Miike Snow)
Gaslamp Killer
Juan MacLean
Shit Robot
Still Going
Dillon Francis
Acid Jacks
[+ more]

Here’s the official flyer for the event:

Duck Sauce – Barbra Streisand

Skrillex – Hey Sexy Lady remix

Odd Future – Earl (live)

Kanye West — live at Coachella

17 Apr

Click on the link below to see the full set.

Watching this live feed of Kanye’s shows what an incredible performer he is. I’ll give you guys somewhat of a play-by-play of the end of this amazing set.

He’s not in front of some epic red-accented pyramid with Daft Punk behind him like he was at the 2008 Grammys. He’s not standing atop some faux mountain like he was at the 2010 BET Awards. While he did bring out a troupe of dancers and a large sheet to help him with his live version of “Runaway,” he had very little in the way of jaw dropping props. If nothing else, I think this minimalist show worked greatly in his favor showing how intensely he can move a crowd of thousands with just a mic and some stage presence.

He also split up his show into multiple Acts, which added a theatrical element.

Going back to “Runaway,” (his start of Act 3), he used the large sheet to cover the entire stage while he changed into his iconic solid-red suit and got the sample trigger box out front and center. He did his own sample triggering live and varied them up from the album version by making them much more spastic and fast paced, showing his live energy and ambition. He even went on to improv and sing his heart out to finish the song like he does on the recording in sync with the dancers fading off the stage until only one lonely ballerina was left.

Bon Iver then rejoined Kanye on stage to do his part of “Lost in the World.” Each of the dancers then came back on stage in nude-colored unitards complete with wings, representing the winged beast that was on his original artwork for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (which was eventually not approved due to it’s suggestive theme).

To end the night, he played one of my favorite songs of all time, “Hey Mama.” Not much to say about this one. Of course I was left speechless because this song is so deep and genuine. I can’t seem to get the image of him performing it at the 2008 Grammys right after the unfortunate passing of his mother, Donda West. It’s such an emotional song and it’s only fitting that he ended his epic set with such a heart-felt piece.

He gave a large bow with all of the dancers and backup musicians which was only fitting since it was such a theatrical journey.

Kanye continues to be one of my very favorite musicians of all time.