Anderson .Paak recently graced Oakland Music Festival with a performance, but prior to that, released this highly anticipated EP with Blended Babies. If you recall, they dropped off the singles "Make It Work" with Asher Roth and "So Slow" with King Chip, and delivered the full project last Friday, following up the tremendous momentum he's gotten lately. Although short, this EP brings just the right feel, Blended Babies utilizing some insane instrumentation whereupon Anderson soulfully laces us, the outro track "Cheap Whiskey 70's Riesling" staying true the sound would imagine from a track named such.
The A$AP Mob's movement has spurned a lot of growth for East Coast artists, shedding light on acts like Pro Era, Flatbush ZOMBiES, and Bodega BAMZ (amongst numerous others), a big moment for many being the A$AP Mob mixtape. Affilates of the A$AP movement appeared on the tape amongst the members of the Mob, however, our first time hearing Bodega BAMZ was through his video for "P.A.P.I." where A$AP Yams appeared throughout. Bodega has since gone on to make a name for himself through his mixtape and most recently, his solid debut album Sidewalk Exec, and as he embarks on tour with The Underachievers, he's taken the time to put his Tanboy affiliates on the map. Enter the Menace Tan Society mixtape, a compilation which brings together Ohla, Kanary Black, Tanboy Luka, Lil 'Eto, Bonnie B and outside help from Zombie Juice, Collie Buddz, and a full circle swing by bringing A$AP Ferg in to narrate the intro.
One particular appearance on this tape, however, is a favorite highlight of ours, and one of the hardest tracks we've heard from anyone in some time, as the homie RossiRock puts SD on the map with "Suav City". After dropping off a collaborative cut with Bodega entitled "Always Got Enough", Rossi makes his Tanboys affiliation official, as 100 Keep It Records brings us the compilation tape. A track ripe with quotables, "Suav City" is a gem in a solid release from the Tanboys, who we'll be hearing more from to come - listen to the tape in it's entirety below!
Chicago MC Alex Wiley can really rap his ass off, he drops this new freestyle for his fans that's short and sweet to the punchlines, plus he has some solid projects under his belt. His projects Village Party and One Singular Flame Emoji EP are great, if you haven't, dive into Alex Wiley's music. Until he releases his new album Synthia sometime later this year, you'll have some good music to fall back on.
Get to know more about Alex here, as he discusses collaborating with other local Chicago artists, his first time rapping, his plans for the rest of 2015 plus more.
Tyler, The Creator always had great visuals for his musical compositions, especially being hands on by directing his own videos, that embodies his full creative vision. From his vibrant visual of "Fucking Young" to "BUFFALO", Tyler takes a different approach for the second track found on his latest album Cherry Bomb. The second half of this video turns into a vintage Soul Train vibe for his uplifting cut for "Find Your Wings".Read More
Childish Gambino covers the OG 90's R&B song "So Into You" by Tamia and does a damn good job. It's no surprise to Bino's multi-talent, from comedy to rapping and singing. And he's makes a stop at Australia's triple j, while performing a few shows, and does a live jam session to "So Into You" and also his beloved single "Sober".Read More
It has been a year since Jhené Aiko's debut release Souled Out LP dropped, and the singer/songwriter gives us a visual treatment for "Lyin King", and marks the one year anniversary of her debut album. Jhené takes a trip on a spiritual journey with a tribe of men & women. View the video and an open letter, written by Jhené about the concept of this visual.
“A mysterious, time traveling medicine woman has a prophetic vision of an early civilization in trouble.
The men have neglected the women and deprived them of love. By orders of their chief, the men of the tribe have taken away the women’s hearts and voices.
The women are powerless. The children are suffering.
The medicine woman travels for many days to reach the primitive village.
Upon her arrival, the medicine woman performs a miracle. She instantly restores the grace of the women of the tribe and gives them their voices back.
The men of this early tribe are not pleased.
With the men of the tribe’s attention, the medicine woman and the women of the tribe begin a ceremony in which they tell the story of how they are taking their voices back.
The chief is infuriated.
The medicine woman leaves the now capable women to conduct a private ceremony for the chief.
The chief is intrigued and frightened.
What he thinks will be a sexual experience turns out to be something very different.
After the ritual is performed, the medicine woman passes on her apocalyptic prophecy of how the world will end due to the lack of love throughout humanity.
The chief experiences ego death. He sees that it starts with him.”
- Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo
Blessings from the Goddess Ms. Erykah Badu as she lets loose her own version of Drake's "Hotline Bling" with an original twist. At any given moment, it's always great to hear new music from Badu. She's definitely an enlightening legend, and what she does with this remix halfway through is amazing. The slow, jazzy, breakdown is pleasing to the ears because Erykah never fails with the vibes.
TiRon & Ayomari reveals an inspiring visual for their song "All We Are" that is off of their newest album The Great New Wonderful . This visual includes the perceptions of various people and their take on success and failure. Directed by the duo themselves, they share their insight on life. The song itself has so much positive substance, and as people we all hold these trues within ourselves. It's just a matter of giving up or to keep pushing towards what we believe in.
If you have an extra 30 mins to spare, sit back and enjoy he visual album for A Great New Wonderful