Jay Rock has been on a low key mission this year, with his "Money Trees Deuce" single, he's been proven to be a force to be reckoned with. Today he blesses our 4th of July weekend with a slow tempo hip-hop track, "Gumbo" produced by J.LBS and of course MixedByAli. Plus according to Jay Rock, we should be hearing more about his anticipated album real soon. Until then, enjoy this gumbo.
This weekend is pretty well known to be a time of BBQs, and spending time with family and friends. However, there's a lot of things going on that you'd be well to check out, in an eventful weekend in Bay Area festivities.
The first option for your weekend comes thanks to SELA. who enlists Timetable Records own (the home of Nosaj Thing, Whoarei) D Tiberio who makes his Oakland appearance alongside Friendzone this Friday.
The almighty OnTask Family is reuniting for a show in Oakland this weekend, which is something you don't wanna miss out on. The creative collective has gone rather quiet as an entity, but the members still carry on with their personal work, Lady HAUK, Veeej, AHYVE, Jus OnTask, Jjahz and numerous others displaying work. Music from Squadda B of Main Attrakionz, our friend EluJay and more talented Bay Area acts add to the allure of this event.
The Malidoma Collective, a sisterhood of artists is presenting an exhibition in Oakland this Friday that'll be running almost the entire month. Expect work from Sasha Kelley, 2AM, Lala Openi (Veuxdo Child), Queens D.Light and the rest of the gang as evident above. Head to OnTask's show and then slide to this one, or vice versa as Malidoma's talents are not to be overlooked.
The Brooklyn Circus SF and Soulection have partnered up to bring you a weekend long celebration that spans from Friday to Sunday. Celebrating BK Circus SF's 7th anniversary, they've brought in SoSuper Sam, Andre Power, ESTA., D-Sharp and DAGHE to curate some sets in both Oakland and SF. To get tickets check out the link on the flier above.
And this is where we'll be for the weekend, if you're feeling ultra mobby then head down to San Diego and meet us at NETFLEX. An art show put on by Richie Moon, Damn Gianna and Angela Estelle, a visual showcase with rare merch and music from The Travelers Club's Andy Internets and Filmnoir as well. See you soon SD.
With all the other wild activities in the Bay, it's easy to forget that it's First Friday. Here's a party to hit up, if not because you know the names on the flier, but because of the Hennessey sponsor. There'll be DJ sets from Aux Cord, P-Lo and The Finesse, hosted by Larry June & Keith Jenkins (Stunnaman of The Pack).
CaliMade put themselves on the map a few years ago with their Lavish Nights event series, bringing out the Bay Area community to witness the group's deep talents. This 4th they're returning with a BBQ/performances at Oakland Hot Plate, where you can expect to see Legendvry, Clyde Shankle, Dayvid Michael, Carbyne, Billy Bob Shankle, Steve Shankle and Trill Kosby alongside Mele$, Spencer Stevens and more.
Our good friend Wallah has undertaken a new chapter in his life journey, recently relocating to Los Angeles, where the inspiration has been flowing forth into his creative outlets. Wallah unleashes his third instrumental project this year, entitled common scents, an 8 track experience that serves as our favorite thus far in the trilogy. With his latest, we wade knee deep in soulful vibes draped over each track like a veil, permeating forth impactfully through dusty drumbreaks and deftly utililized sample loops. Each offering on here is like harvesting a hearty meal with organic ingredients, while also keeping the tastebuds thoroughly satisfied - which in this case refers to our ears. Stream the latest below, which will be preceded by a long awaited return to the raps that Wallah's been holding from the world for some time.
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Shruggs recently commandeered our group art show Parallels in a DJ set that made me stop to reflect just how long we've been working together. At all the pivotal moments of YK events, from our first art show with Cre8tive Class, to our first real event - the show we threw at Oakland Surf Club, and pretty much everything thereafter - he's been there. The most nonchalant of characters, Shruggs lets his work speak for itself, while staying well ahead of the curve and pretty much breaking every track that becomes your favorite months later in his DJ sets, he also is an incredible producer. His craft may very well seem to be put on the backburner by his "give a fuck less" attitude, but "Free Clothes" was made in a YK meeting, and "T.R.U. Ogre" is a diadem of musical greatness on the head of his latest beast of a release Stage 7 . Only his second project, we're able to see the tremendous amount of progression between here and SoMuch, this latest a grittier interpretation of 8 bit madness crunched through a syrupy computation of synths and thundering bass. Shruggs embodies much of the energy of the music he's known to serve in mixes within his own, but that's about it. His sound is all his own, and truthfully hard to write about because I've never heard anything like it. If each track on Stage 7 serves as a video game level, "Esskra" would be like swimming forth through a misty grotto, Shruggs painting an ominous scene through the use of some screeching noises that echo eerily against a dense layer of metallic synths. The project gets a smooth intermission with the "Garbo" interlude, which while serving as the perhaps the most mellowed out cut on the project, is an intricate patchwork of instrumentation.Read More
King Kendrick gave a stellar performance this past weekend at the BET Awards for his single "Alright" by adding a great deal police brutality driven themes as well as extra verse that left people in awe. Kendrick builds on the momentum of the performance and released the official video yesterday. The Colin Tilley & The Little Homies directed cut provides viewers with a thought provoking storyline, where he contrasts between negative and positive imagery, from police brutality to the innocence of children. Many have already heralded the video as the best thing to have been released this year and it's pretty hard to argue against it. Watch the video for "Alright" above.
Puffy just slayed the BET awards with a Bad Boy reunion, debuting this song, and today Puffy's upbeat, feel-good single is now available on iTunes. We're expecting a brand new album from the Bad Boy himself this year, this track delivers the energy we've come to expect from Puff and Pharrell over the years. You also can't beat Diddy's priceless ad-libs. Enjoy the track above and on iTunes if you're digging the groovy cut.
It's been a while since we've heard from multi-talented producer Madlib. Since his collaborative project, Piñata. with emcee Freddy Gibbs has shares his newest installment from his Mind Fusion series African Earwax. Some lucky fans came up on rare CDs at his past Rappcats' Doomsday show in LA because only 30 copies of the tape were pressed and (sold out) distributed. Each copy was specially hand drawn by Jason Jägel, who has highly notable artwork with MF DOOM. Enjoy these African grooves and stay tuned from more of Madlib in the future.
It's been awhile since the LA hip-hop trio Pac Div (BeYoung, Like, & Mibbs) dropped their album latest album GMB , but now they're back with a great return with their latest single "Roll The Dice". Get familiar with their first single "Sun Down" from their upcoming album as well as their latest single below.