Just two weeks after the announcement of By Dom Kennedy, the Leimert Park legend gives us his first single. Dom has never failed to give us great music to ride too and he continues to do so with "2 Bad". Be sure to also check out Dom's latest interview with Big Boy where he talks about his neighborhood name, his upbringing, being an independent artist and more here. You can pre-order By Dom Kennedy on iTunes now.
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Chance hinted at the release of Surf weeks ago on twitter, with the whole world on edge and no album fans were upset. However never fear Surf is here, easily one of the most anticipated albums to come out alongside Kendrick's TPAB. The 16 track album is laced with a bunch of live instruments that take you back to a moment in time when music was something that evoked an emotion. Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment did not include a tracklist for the simple fact that the music should just be appreciated for what it is and not who is featured on it. So we'll follow through with that message. You can download Surf for free via iTunes now.
If you're in the Bay Area or San Diego, you should probably get to know the name Besame. She has been dabbling the event promotion game for some time now, whether its carefully curated DJ events or art shows. This Friday at Good Mother Gallery, Besame links up with Singapore sound collective Darker Than Wax and the Bay Area's own RootNote to bring you Visiting Hours. You also might want to get to know JR Jarris as the San Diego native is gracing us with his presence yet again on Sunday for Open House at the Rock Steady, with both events providing such great diversity among the line up makes it pretty hard to not attend. Show up and show out.
South Central by way of SF/NY/Mars artist DUCKWRTH is no stranger to YK, we recently presented his SF installment of "NOWHERE" with The Kickdrums at Brick & Mortar and are highly anticipating the project of the same name's release. Duck has unveiled bits and pieces of NOWHERE thus far, dropping off the incredible video for "Indica LaRoux" and "Super Soaker", and today he continues the streak of stellar drops with "Naruto". A triumphant bit from The Kickdrums, the instrumental bounces forth to reveal a resounding drop of bass that kicks hard like the bars that Duck delivers throughout the track. One of the catchier tunes from the project, "Naruto" features DUCKWRTH at his finest, unleashing gems like "today, everybody wanna rep the streets, everybody wants to be celebrity, they wanna blow up but they can't stand the heat" whereupon he displays the full diversity of his flow. This tune is an interstellar experience from the travelling man that is DUCKWRTH, The Kickdrums synths granting this track with an electric energy that you're sure to hear more of on NOWHERE which arrives this Summer. Stay tuned for what we've got in store with DUCKWRTH, and stream his latest below.
Spoon and DJ Quik come together in the latest Adidas presented #SongsFromScratch, as you can see in the Yours Truly filmed piece above for an organic sounding collaboration that brings the contemporary aligned with some legends while simultaneously blending genres. Kurupt has always been one of the nicest, bodying verses for 20 years now, and joins the legendary DJ Quik alongside newcomers in Boogie and the Bay Area's own IAMSU! for "Inside Out" which you can stream below. IAMSU! recently made reference to his time in the studio with Kurupt and DJ Quik in this ill interview with Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest, go check that out here.
After finally delivering the long awaited follow up to his debut album, At.Long.Last.A$AP this week, Rocky stops in to do his press rounds this week with an interview on Hot 97 and Sway In the Morning. Rocky does an extensive interview with the folks on Ebro in the Morning at Hot 97, to talk in depth about A.L.L.A., the loss of A$AP Yams, the "DOPE" movie and more. Today Sway In The Morning unleashes an ill freestyle from Rocky who goes off the dome to give us some candid, entertaining bars.Read More
Oakland Music Festival last year featured headliners such as Dom Kennedy, SZA and Jesse Boykins while simultaneously enlisting a gang of local talent to boost the line-up's impressive strength. This past Memorial Day weekend they hosted the "Red, White & Booze Fest" with Oakland's own #LightIcePlease, and packed The New Parish out as the people came out to see Post Malone headline a line-up ripe with local talent such as Anthony Dragons, Drea FauxReal, DAGHE, Nic Nac, Julia Lewis, Spillions, Manni Phantom and more. This two stage affair went on a for a few good hours of fun, check out our official recap below and stay tuned for this year's official OMF as they just launched early bird tickets via their website yesterday!Read More