From time to time, you go "what the hell is there to do this weekend", and there's those weekends where you're overwhelmed with the amount of things there are to do. Here we've compiled a list of the noteworthy events happening this Labor Day weekend, so you won't have to sit on your couch and ask yourself what there is to do in the Bay. Art shows, parties, festivals, it's all going down, so for those with extreme FOMO, beware.Read More
Blended Babies and Anderson .Paak are set to release a collaborative project entitled The Anderson .Paak EP soon, today's single "So Slow" serving as the first single and has us looking forward to the full project. Blended Babies go off on the production side of things, implementing their usual bounce while introducing a mean bassline and providing the smooth canvas upon which King Chip absolutely spazzes. Anderson .Paak keeps things silky as he glides all over this joint and sounds like a true P while doing so; expect more of this to come.
Styles P. and Jadakiss are one of the greatest duos to ever grace the mic, and here they look to give back to their community in a tremendous way by bringing healthy juice spots to the hood. America is a system not meant for many to succeed, public housing literally called "projects" displaying social experimentation of it all, and "food deserts" exist in areas of lower income - coincidence? I think not. In an effort to make change, Jada and Styles P. are opening chains in the Bronx, Yonkers and throughout NY - check out this EliteDaily piece on them above.
Key! enlists Post Malone for a guest spot on their near duet track "Came Up" which intermingles the two's eccentric vocal musings. This track is pretty fire, if you missed out on Key!'s last release then check out the Sonny Digital and Key! produced Screaming Demons Prelude below as well.
Dom Kennedy finally gets his look from one of the two East Coast radio stations, visiting Hot97's Ebro In The Morning for a long awaited interview. Dom just released his album by Dom Kennedy this summer, which featured some pretty solid tracks throughout the project and the lead single "2 Bad" looks to be making it's way to radio soon. In the interview, Dom talks about why he hasn't reached the pinnacle that fans have expected him to and his journey thus far in rap.
We've steadily been anticipating new music from Kelela, who just performed at Afropunk in NYC, and finally she arrives with a new track. In July we got a taste of new music from her in her collaborative cut "Airy" with Obey City, but today's offering "Rewind" comes with the announcement of her long awaited EP Hallucinogen which is set to arrive on October 9th.
Over the weekend, a huge amount of our friends were out in Suav City (SD) for The Soundlot Festival put on by BesAme and The Traveler's Club. We arrived a few days early, and stayed a few days after to get to experience Suav City in it's entirety, hitting the beach, getting tacos, and checking out scenic spots. The Soundlot was unfortunately ended well before it should have, with the cops showing up before DUCKWRTH could even perform a single track, after lowering the volume during Saba's set. We still got a murderous set from Down2Earth (they absolutely killed it), RossiRock, 1207 and Simmi however, who were impressive in their performances. Co-headliner Noodles performed a set at a secret house party that also got shut down, but the experience of having all your friends together in Suav City was definitely worth it. We hit the beach a number of times, and made it clear that we were from the Bay Area at every place we went to throughout the weekend.
Much love to our homies RossiRock and Richie Moon, we had them up at our group show Parallels in June, and they held it down for us out there - you can expect more to come from us all in the future. Check out some photos below of our trip!Read More
AFROPUNK this year completely leveled up, not only announcing an incredible lineup for their NYC date, but taking the festival outside of NYC with a date in Atlanta and in Paris as well. Last year's free event in Commodore Barry Park of Brooklyn was insane with Bad Brains, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Lianne La Havas, but this year they managed to one up for their first time selling tickets, and it remained a bargain. We witnessed some incredible performances from legends and legends in the making with the likes of Suicidal Tendencies, Danny Brown, Lauryn Hill, Jesse Boykins II and Kelela as well as a special Grace Jones set amongst others. Fans were definitely devastated when Lauryn Hill's performance was cut short due to a power outage, but the second day managed to pick right back where it started with a Lenny Kravitz headlining set. Although AFROPUNK brings in a lineup chalk full of heavyhitters, it's more than just a music festival, but a cultural experience and a chance for stylistic expression and liberation. Below check out our recap of the festival, with performance photos and portraits of the beautiful faces that graced the festival as well.Read More