Posts tagged ‘Hip Hop’

August 23, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Jesswar

With a simple but swaggery piano over beats loop, “Hefty” by Jesswar lives up to its title. This is a big attitude song but subtly so, with Jesswar matching the mood with a flow that is more confident than challenging and more factual than boastful. When you’re a real bad ass, you don’t need to talk about it much, you simply are. Coming from a mixtape, its understandable that the song clocks in at only two minutes, but we can’t help but wish it was longer. This is a bounce we want to stay in until our neck muscles ache from the head nodding.

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August 19, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

You know the drill, five songs so good they don’t need us boring and blabbing about them. We keep it succinct and let the music do the talking on these stand out tracks from Kowloon, Dome Dwellers, Killer Bee, Kevin George and Sharkorama.
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August 4, 2022

The B-Side: Bobby JaGGer Jack

We’re pretty simple when it comes to hip-hop. Lyrics and flow. That’s it. Yes, a dope beat and samples are always nice, but if you can’t flow and got nothing original and/or authentic to say we’re not interested (see almost all of emo/cloud hop). Bobby JaGGer Jack has bars and he knows how to spit them. His flow is fast and his declaration of being “built different than the people who say they’re built different” comes off less as bravado and posturing than it does as part self-love and objective fact. Comparing one’s self to greats like Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole in a song is not uncommon in hip-hop, but doing it in a song that backs up that statement is.

July 22, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Today we let the music do most of the talking with new songs from Das Phaedrus, Quinton Barnes, Thundermother, Jack Keyes and Taxes.
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July 15, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

It’s been a long week, and so let us dilly dally no more, let us get right to the point with the briefest of reviews of new music by Sterile Cuckoo, INASEH, November Ultra, Father Baker and Cherokee Death Cats.
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July 14, 2022

The B-Side: Chazei

Bringing the same kind of funky, fantastically fun lack of self seriousness that Bruno and Anderson had on Silk Sonic, Chazei threads the needle between electro funk, alternative pop and underground hip hop on “Head Over Feet.” It’s the type of song that demands prominence on every mixtape (we know they’re called playlists now, but ugh, how sterile – mixtapes forever) and is so damn catchy in so many different genres simultaneously it’ll probably cause you to start a new one just to see what songs you can put with it.

July 1, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Another Friday means another five word reviews of five tracks so good they don’t need more than that. The proof is in the pudding not in the pudding label y’know? Check out these creamy sweet treats by Moemaw Naedon & C. Scott, Tacono Gate, Katy Guillen & The Drive, Norman Lake and The Healthy People.
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June 27, 2022

Week Starter – dichotomi

Week Starter is our Monday column where we give you a new song to help you get on out of bed & help you power on through the working week.

After Friday’s news I think we could all use a positive note to start this week on and here comes Canadian rapper dichotomi to the rescue, or at least to the momentary distraction. “STF 17” is as perfectly light and breezy as you’d want from a summer jam, and while the lyrics reflect that vibe too they also never forget the struggles and ugliness of life in a post-capitalist decaying democracy. It’s the optimism in the darkness that reminds us that even if everything feels like shit right now, there are still small personal victories to acknowledge and beauty still there if you look for it. It’s also catchy as fuck.

June 22, 2022

The Midweekly – Dälek

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

Start with thick globs of color right in the center. Then spread those out in every direction. Scrape them thin, crisscross them into patterns. Now imagine these abstractions as hip hop. That’s the record Precipice, the musical equivalent of those splattered paints. It’s the latest from experimental group Dälek. These noise makers out of Newark have been doing this for over two decades, and nothing has compromised their unconventional approach to the genre. The beats simmer low and slow, but pound like pistons in an engine. An engine that drones, hums, and hisses with synths and samples. At times the layers can be differentiated as the chords reverb out, or notes pan from side to side, other times it all melts together into walls of feedback. And still other moments this album vibrates into otherworldly dimensions. All the while MC Dälek himself spitting with intensity, about the deficiencies of our system, and giving respect to a culture of resistance. It’s sound that pushes into every corner, and represents that precipice just before collapse. 

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June 13, 2022

Week Starter – [brysonthealien]

Week Starter is our Monday column where we give you a new song to help you get on out of bed & help you power on through the working week.

We’re still feeling those summer vibes coming on and here to keep those breezy feels going is [brysonthealien] with “I’m Out (Featuring Signe Baburin).” The sunshine and self love atmosphere comes courtesy of drums + bongos and a melodic bass line that is pure bubblegum soul the likes of the Jackson 5 (classic, not Victory era). Bryson’s flow is laid back and assured and rocks a bit like MF Doom during his more intimate and less verbose moments. Lyrically the song deals with recognizing the dysfunction in a relationship and moving on. Combined with the music it makes it less of a dark tale and more of a positive mantra and an affirmation. And the chorus. Good lord the chorus. If this isn’t immediately lodged in your brain upon listening you better check your hearing aide because this schoolyard singalong catchiness of this one is another level. All in all one of the more impressive hip hop tracks we’ve had come our way in long time.

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