Posts tagged ‘Hip Hop’

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.

April 15, 2021

Fasman’s Finds – Tierra Whack

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. 

Tierra Whack is a rapper from Philadelphia whose 2018 album Whack World is a masterpiece and if it’s not in your regular rotation, it should be. Her new single “Link” came out recently and the song and associated video are all about connection, something we (maybe I am projecting) all need more than ever right now. The video was made with LEGO, and Tierra Whack worked with public school students in Philly to help make the video. The lightness of the song, the ease, fun, and sweetness of the video makes me both wistful for past times and hopeful for future ones, which is a feeling I haven’t felt in a while. 

April 10, 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.

Are we crying because of allergies or because we’re blessed with so much great new music? Only our hairdresser knows for sure. Today we bring you new music from Pallas Athene, 4 Oceans, Abrasive Trees, Lost Near Blue Ape, Sound Science, Twin Dive, WondRWomN, Parallel Action featuring WondRWomN, Wonders of the Yukon, Camera2 and SeepeopleS.

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April 5, 2021

Play Listy For Me – New Hip Hop, R&B & Soul Vol. 2

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.

Just like L’Trimm we too like the cars that go boom. So we made them a playlist. Rattle your trunk and/or AirPods with these bangers.

March 27, 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.

An embarrassment of riches, riches of the musical variety, that’s our current situation and we are happy to share the wealth with new music from Marwood’s Fall, If By Whiskey, Polarized Eyes, Professor and the Madman, Mellowpunk, Natty Wylah, vern matz, Jeni Schapire and End of Code.

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March 21, 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.

Equinox shmequinox. The real proof of life is all the sweet jams filling up our inbox. Enjoy new tunes from Vangelism, Carmen Mellino, Brandon De La Cruz, Roxy Jules, Jiants, TrueMendous, Kidä, Remington super 60, Brandon Jenner and Cosmic Crooner.

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March 18, 2021

Fasman’s Finds – Shawna

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. 

Here are two things I love: hip hop and award shows. I am deeply invested in the former, and unbelievably embarrassed by the latter. But there I was, watching the Grammy’s, which were oddly not a complete train wreck like usual, and almost crying with joy when Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B performed together. I spent the next few days listening to some of my most favorite women rappers (and also occasionally thinking/laughing about Ben Shapiro committing the biggest and most hilarious self-own when he said that he thinks a WAP would constitute a medical condition). 

I want to highlight a gem from Shawnna, a Chicago MC who was signed to Ludacris’ label and put out her album Block Music in 2006. Her most well-known song is “Gettin’ Some”, which you can listen to below, but I also highly recommend “Hit the Back/Slide In”. And, while we’re talking recommendations, it’s always a good time to revisit Gangsta Boo, Trina, MC Lyte, Remy Ma, Khia, Foxy Brown, Lil’ Kim, and all the other talented women who paved the way for Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B to make the world a better, wetter place. 

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March 12, 2021

Play Listy For Me – New Hip Hop, Soul & R&B Volume 1

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

Today we get you ready for the weekend with songs to get you hype and songs to make you vibe with all the hip hop, soul & R&B songs we’ve talked about in the last two weeks along with a few bonus jams.

March 10, 2021

The Midweekly – Junglepussy

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

Whether you’re doing something right in bed, or getting it wrong in your head, Junglepussy is going to let you know on her latest release JP4. The Brooklyn rapper/singer/actor has stacked this deck of beats with modern hip-hop and trip-hop that move from minimalistic to outright banging with style. The production credits include sought after names such as Shy Guy, Nick Hook, and TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek. But these are merely the stages for JP to stand on and launch her lyrical power. Rhymes about control over her own image and sexuality, about dealing with liars and hypocrites. About being totally fine as a homebody who still knows how to have fun, who would rather stay in and make a salad than slam champaign at a club. All these jams come in the form of either bright pop like “Out My Window,” dark ballads like “Spiders,” or hardcore bangers like “Stamina.” No matter what though, by approaching her songs with a bit of humor and arrogance, she wins every game being played on her. 

March 4, 2021

The B-Side: Tayong

Holy hell, this is smooth. This is smoother than smooth, this is smuhth and if that doesn’t make sense just listen to the song and feel what we’re feeling. “Self Employed” is the perfect blend of a Blackstreet style organic R&B jam with a confident classic rap flow that so many shoot for only to fall short. But not Tayong. Tayong nails it and makes it sound effortless in the process. Smuhth.

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