Posts tagged ‘Hip Hop’

June 24, 2021

Fasman’s Finds – Mykki Blanco

Fasman’s Finds is our column from Rebecca Fasman (intrepid record nerd, DJ, and curator at the Kinsey Institute) in which she shares what she’s listening to and why. 

Artist, rapper, poet, and musician Mykki Blanco released their new album Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep last week. It is their first album with a record deal, and it reflects the eclectic and wildly talented community of collaborators that Mykki has cultivated over the years. Big Freedia, Jamila Woods, and Kari Faux all appear on the album, among many others. 

This album is also kind of a break-up album, and I see a throughline between the various musical genres that Mykki deftly moves through and the various complex emotional states that we go through in a break-up. Happiness and contentment, frustration and anger, loss and sadness all exist in companionship on this record and it’s ultimately cathartic and empowering to listen to in full. The song I chose from this album is the one that I can’t stop listening to; it’s called “It’s Not My Choice” and it features Blood Orange and a summery acid house vibe that I am apparently addicted to. 

June 17, 2021

Fasman’s Finds – Jeremih

Fasman’s Finds is our column from Rebecca Fasman (intrepid record nerd, DJ, and curator at the Kinsey Institute) in which she shares what she’s listening to and why. 

This week we’re revisiting an oldie but goodie. Summertime is the time for listening to loud music outside (only if it’s good) or, in my case, being held captive inside by a billion cicadas and thinking about what I would listen to if I were outside. For R&B records, there is really only one answer, and that’s Jeremih‘s Late Nights: The Album

Top to bottom, this album is so good that I can even forgive Jeremih for working with J. Cole. There are a few tracks that are so perfect for those late, slow, warm nights that it’s almost overwhelming. Try listening to “Pass Dat” or “oui” and not picture yourself in a convertible, driving around with your boo and smoking something sweet. The production is also slow and warm, but precise, the sonic equivalent of taking a xanax and drinking a cup of coffee. There is so much to relax into and so much to listen to, once these cicadas go away.

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June 2, 2021

The Midweekly – Kota The Friend & Statik Selektah

The title comes from the line, “Thank you for pressing play, they tried to kill a sunrise, but you can’t contain the sun, trust me, we have just begun.” Line after line, in every verse, is packed with this kind of positive attitude on the new record To Kill A Sunrise, by Kota The Friend & Statik Selektah. The Brooklyn rapper has been putting out a lot of material in a short amount of time, and doing it the way he wants.. After turning down offers from majors, he decided to start his own label. That independent, hard working spirit shows in the lyrics. There’s the determination of a self-made artist, and a reconciliation with enemies in these verses. Also tracks about seeing the world, an appreciation for those who helped him along the way, and the confusion of new relationships. All of this is scored by Boston-born, NY-based DJ and producer Statik Selektah, a well respected name in the business. Statik lays down classic-style beats, cut with jazzy piano and soulful horns. That sunrise represents the beauty of beginning, new color and warmth thrown over everything. Kota & Statik won’t let anyone take that away from them. 

May 15, 2021

We Never Asked For This

We Never Asked For This is our short reviews of the best releases that showed up in our inbox unsolicited this week.

Headed off to a little vacay to get some sun and give the ears a little break, but before we do here’s the best of what came through the inbox recently. New music from Mouth Washington, Nathaniel Paul, Drelli, New Wales, Scores, Matthew Leger, Said Sara, Wes Hoffman and Colourmusic.

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May 13, 2021

The B-Side: 81355

Indianapolis super group 81355 (pronounced BLESS) brings together Oreo Jones, Sirius Blvck, and David “Moose” Adamson for a project that can be best described as adventurous hip hop. Jones and Blvck’s flow and lyricism are as good as it gets, and Adamson’s hook is haunting and hypnotic. The production keeps things interesting, combining a tinkly music box vibe with the occasional tuneful but none the less trunk rattling boom progression. All in all it’s an incredibly inventive and musical approach that still checks all the boxes hip hop heads want.

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May 13, 2021

Play Listy For Me – Hip Hop, R&B and Soul – Vol. 4

Play Listy For Me is our column where we share with you all the music we recently talked about in a genre blocked playlist, plus extra bonus songs.

It’s not the weekend but with these jams we’re partying like it is.

May 8, 2021

We Never Asked For This

We Never Asked For This is our short reviews of the best releases that showed up in our inbox unsolicited this week.

Today we clean out the inbox and find treasures from Annie from the Canyon, Nasty People, Savage The Poet, Niia, Sonny and the Sunsets, Rather Vapid, The Jupiter Effect, Julie Title and Paul Cortese & Oscar Martin.

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April 28, 2021

The Midweekly – Armand Hammer & The Alchemist

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

An album by the now deceased oil and pharmaceutical businessman? Nah. It’s the latest from hip hop duo by the same name, Armand Hammer. On their fifth record, Haram, the New York group, consisting of Billy Woods and EUCLID, have collaborated for the first time with legendary producer The Alchemist. Fans of the genre will know the west coast producer and DJ always brings a unique style to the table, and on this release there’s no shortage of that. The music is a blend of dusty LPs delivering samples of jazz and blues, cut with haunting, minimalist sounds. The rhymers themselves give the record it’s true rhythm as they shift and change meter with their flow. Lyrically experimental, the verses are as dense as a forest. Seemingly about a hundred things, and at the same time nothing at all. But the enjoyment isn’t in the deciphering. Let the thicket of poetry surround you. Like the NY entrepreneur they too deal in fuel and drug, just in a more metaphorical and rewarding way. 

April 23, 2021

Play Listy For Me – Hip Hop, R&B and Soul Vol. 3

Play Listy For Me is our column where we share with you all the music we recently talked about in a genre blocked playlist, plus extra bonus songs.

As noted hitmaker / sex criminal R. Kelly once said, “It’s the freakin weekend.” So turn up these jams of the freshest and best in hip hop, r&b and soul and fingers crossed nothing comes out in the future that makes us want to go back and delete this post.

April 21, 2021

The B-Side: CAPYAC

As the nation lets loose a cautiously optimistic sigh of release and relief we deserve a bop that is pure unadulterated positivity and hope. Here to give us such a much needed jam is CAPYAC with a perfect flow by Slim Jeff and a hook from the dance floor heavens by Annabelle Maginnis. With lyrics like “…better when I’m living with passion…better when the love is action…” and “everything is going to be alright…you don’t have to worry tonight…” it’s the mental health pep talk we all could use, and one that your body will want to get up and get loose to.

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