It's been some time since we dropped a photo blog off, between the recent features we've been working on and increased levels of busy-ness in my personal life, I haven't been carrying my camera around too much as of late. Our last photo blog was in late May, but we've been trying to keep the photo content coming, which you can check out here. With NATE recently revealing his cover (shot by the homie Chito Floriano) for the Common Folk Deluxe album, I found it only right to reveal some of the stuff we've been working on for the upcoming release of the album. Aside from a few new tracks that he'll be including on the re-release, NATE enlisted yours truly to shoot a booklet to accompany the album, which'll also be available in physical form as well as some other goodies. Below are some behind the scenes shots from the other day in SF, with appearances from the homies Jaimes Rodriguez, Vavi + Carina, some talented folks who you'll see some collaborations between in the future. It's been some time since the world has heard some new material from NATE, but Common Folk Deluxe is just around the corner, and the music will speak for itself - stay tuned.
Bay area music blog & a group of young creatives. Est. 2010
Chuck unleashes a track that originally appeared on illroots compilation illroots Radio 3.5, a slowed down and Houston influenced cut that enlists Southern emcee Killa Kyleon alongside Vic Mensa. Chuck finally dropped off his long awaited LP Convertibles in April, and followed up with a tour alongside Asher Roth, stay tuned for more from him soon.
RATKING is one of the most exciting NY acts to emerge in recent years, evoking some of the angsty energy channeled into the Beastie Boys music, it's only right that they enlist Ad-Rock for the remix of "Canal". The visual accompaniment isn't exactly a visual treatment per se, but still an ill presentation; be sure to check out their album So It Goes if you already haven't, where the original version of this track resides.
EluJay has been rather quiet since we first heard him with "Introspect", while putting the final touches on his upcoming body of work Afrocentrik, he's been performing a steady amount and returns today with another single in "Hot Box". This is an impressive cut from the Oakland youth, that finds him not only taking the wheel on the raps, but really showing out with some ill self-production. The smoky cut features Elu riding the beat with some playful rhymes, while a sample weaves in and out of crisp snares, complementing his wordplay to a tee. Stay tuned for more from him, this is a cut you definitely don't want to pass up on however.
FKA twigs provides us with another single from the forthcoming LP1, her sultry voice filling the airy production with life here, leaving the listener with a refreshing and interesting track the likes of which we haven't heard in a while. Twigs voice expands rivetingly forth from the depths of a sea of harmonies, piercing through the production and fitting in the right gaps, (the effects of which are too grand to not be calculated) allowing us to marvel at the eccentricities of the instrumental. Be sure to check out her amazing video for "Two Weeks", which is by far one of the best releases to emerge this year and stay on the lookout for LP1 on August 12th.
K.E.L.L.S. caught our attention with his visuals for "Serenity", and returned with an outstanding verse on the Chose and Dayvid Michael assisted "Truth" - the bonus track from our The Collection Vol. 3. Today, a year after dropping his last project, K.E.L.L.S. provides us with Good $hit Vol. 1 which features production from YK's own SpencerxStevens on "Hyphy Ain't Dead", and Drew BassO on "Just Talkin" & "Talk To Me" along with FB, Betty & Corbin Bulter produced joints. Check out the latest from the Oakland emcee below, his interesting cadence taking the helm over solid production on this 9 track release.
Chance The Rapper just 1'd up on everybody. He flipped cartoon classic Arthur's theme song alongside a bunch of talented artists like Wyclef Jean, Jesse Ware, Elle Varner, The O'My's and more. Chance has performed the theme song on many occasions, but no one could have guessed that this was up his sleeve. Hopefully we get a project out from him soon, as its been almost a year and a half since his last project. Check out the wonderful remix below.