Posts tagged ‘Hip Hop’

April 22, 2022

Friday 6×6!

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 – but today we’re mixing it up, or should we say….sixing it up.

What madness and chaos is this? Six songs described in six words instead of the usual five and five? Well, we’re going on vacation for a few weeks starting next week and if there’s one thing Timbaland taught us it’s that we should never leave you (leave you) without a dope beat to step to (step to). So enjoy a bonus song this week and feast your ears on new tracks from The North Country, Captain Frederickson, Benlirico, Shawn Williams, Today’s Outfit and LIJO.
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April 20, 2022

The Midweekly – Junglepussy

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

In the rap game Junglepussy has never been afraid to push boundaries beyond the conventional. This Brooklyn queen keeps doing exactly that with JP5000, her latest EP. Even though it’s split into five tracks, it feels more like one, long composition. Each beat segues into the next seamlessly, and though these tracks are linked like a continuous thread, the music itself staggers and stutters with odd rhythm. You might be surprised to know four different producers helped accomplish the sound on this 11 minute record. JP keeps the vocals low in tone, somewhat subdued, though the dominance of her lyrics still remain. Verses about confidence in the face of criticism, an industry and culture that pits artists against other through jealousy, and the solidarity to fight back. A couple of times she dips into the realm of relationships. First, reminiscing on foolish youth and heartbreak, then back to the present and a blossoming new love. With no choruses it feels more like a stream of consciousness, although no line is frivolous, everything is poignant. Let’s just leave it in her own words: “I’m on top of the mountain, meditating topless, I transcend.”

April 8, 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 micro reviews of songs with macro vibes. Check out the latest from TombSnakes, The Deepest Shade, LocalBlac with Hina Kawago, Onyda and Adam Yas after the jump.
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March 31, 2022

The B-Side: Big Bailey & Bugsy Calhoun

Can’t think of a better day of the week to drop “B.I.G.” by Big Bailey (featuring Bugsy Calhoun) as it is a throwback of the highest quality. If you are, like us, not a fan of emo-hop, cloud-hop and the rest of the current sub-genres of hip-hop and long for the days when rap was real than this is the song for you. It seems odd to want to describe a hip-hop track as “charming” but fuck it, this shit is charming as hell. We are charmed. Two talented mc’s spitting rhymes over a dope old school track in the purest way possible feels not so much nostalgic as it does necessary. Turn this up, bob ya head and have faith that real hip-hop is forever.

March 28, 2022

Week Starter – Jodie Langford

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.

From “Radio Radio” and “Don’t Believe the Hype” to “Television, the Drug of a Nation” and “Kill Your Television” there’s a long proud tradition of artists pointing out the manipulative nature of mass media. Northern England spoken word artist Jodie Langford joins that lineage with “TV Or Not TV” a mix of tinkling piano and breakneck glitch beats that focuses on the way TV targets the young and the negative fallout of it. From the social critique and defiant lyrics to minimalist arrangement there’s a hint of Sleaford Mods here, but Langford makes this her own by spitting fast and precise and with passion.

March 11, 2022

Week Ender – Dust Raps The Blues

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you swaggering into the weekend with.

Ooooh this is that good shit. That good shit you probably need after another week of global uncertainty mixed with the good old fashioned day to day hassle that is being alive. But as Dust Raps The Blues reminds us, sometimes you gotta embody being alive with some serious attitude and defiance. “I’m Alive” is a mix of classic battle rapper boasting and vulnerability that brings to mind the great Brother Ali, which is amplified by the production that has a similar vibe to the work of Ant who produced the first several Ali albums. If you’re going to have influences, there are few finer ones to have, but Dust also puts his own spin on things lyrically and flow wise. The guest verse from Mac Lethal is great because of course it is, he’s one of the GOATS of underground rap, and then add some classic scratching over a hook to take us out? Like we said, the good shit.

March 11, 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.

Holy hell, is it Friday again already? Time keeps on slipping, but this music does not. Check out our micro-reviews of new music from MOWESBY, Jake La Botz, Adee Gershon, Shrill Carder and Robert PM after the jump.
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March 4, 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 keep it tight for you daddy, with only a few words about new songs from Jeff Hulett, Yvan Poisson, The Lovelines, Red Mecca and Romain Gutsy after the jump.
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February 28, 2022

Week Starter – MJangles

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.

Here’s a fun theoretical argument for you and your coworkers to have around the water cooler – which is smoother: the jazz track MJangles raps on top of in “To Infinity (A Way Home)” or his flow itself? Regardless of which side you fall on the track is smooth top to bottom, but Mjangles lyricism never gets lazy or complacent. Intricate rhyme structures appear throughout the track and work their way up to a double time sprint, like a drummer’s complex syncopated hi-hat work staying locked into the smoothness of the rest of the band while also dancing around it. The combination works really well and this track should have you easing into your work week on sexy sax tip while inspiring you to still bring that fire to your spreadsheets, Uber shift or whatever it is you have to tackle today.

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February 23, 2022

The Midweekly – Factor Chandelier

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

The first thing that really stands out are the drums, and when it comes to hip-hop and electronic music that shouldn’t be a surprise. But we’re not talking about your typical 808 or any other such synth. It’s got more of an organic feel, that dryness of a tightened snare, ringing off the studio walls. And it comes in the style of a marching band, shuffling it’s way toward you. That’s the foundation of “Sleep Upside Down,” the new single from producer Factor Chandelier, featuring one of the wittiest lyricists working today, Open Mike Eagle. The collaboration between this Canadian beat-maker and LA/Chicago rapper comes marching up from the underground in a short, but beautiful way that will lift your head up with confidence. After that initial opening it only gets better. The bass drum kicks in like a shot of endorphins, while a minimal melody floats above it, until a horn section is let loose to crash through the final build up. It’s all very orchestral. All the while OME delivers his signature word play of wisdom. Been a fan of Eagle for a long time, and I just might be a new fan of Factor as well. 

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