Ever since Kool John and P-Lo graced the world with "Bitch I Look Good", it was almost a given that the world needed a follow up to the smash single. We got that and more. The two have been on a strong promo run prior to the release of their collaborative album Moovie, releasing singles with the likes of Bay Area heavy weights IAMSU! and G-Eazy. You can download and stream the project on their website here. Be sure to catch the duo on tour in a city near you by clicking the image below.
Kehlani has been on fire as of late, recently selling out most of her tour dates and more recently finishing up the first leg of the You Should Be Here Tour. Kehlani teased us the release of "The Way" alongside Chance. The Austin Vesely directed cut gets lightly sexual in a playful way, check out the video above.
Keith Ape took the internet by storm with the release of "It G Ma" several months back, becoming one of the most hyped up songs of the year thus far. The song is undeniably raw in its essence, even though most of the words spoken were foreign, when the records spins, everyone goes ape shit, screaming "IT G MA" religiously. The remix will have you doing the same. Keith enlists Waka, Dumbfoundead, Father and A$AP Ferg for the remix alongside an equally as trippy video to compliment the song. Watch the Complex premiered video above.
Oakland Terminal feels like home to me, the people here opened their doors to me way back in October of last year, and I haven't stopped coming in to bug them since. We put together and hosted our first group art show, REVOLVE, here which was a labor of love and probably my favorite event of ours thus far. Besides us though, OT has fostered a community, becoming a hub for up & coming, well known, and famous artists from worldwide to come and immerse themselves in a number of varying visions that have taken over the walls. After spending a lot of time around OT, it's extremely evident the family atmosphere that Dave, Ed and Aleks have developed over the years. After all, Dave just became a father, his relationship with Ed spans nearly a decade now; the care that these three have for each other shines through all the successes they continue to encounter.
I've had the pleasure of being a mentor for their upcoming youth art show, If I Ruled the World, which brings together a culmination of youth artists ages 5-18 to present their work this coming Saturday July 25th. Carina, Veej and I alongside some other talented artists have contributed some time to this show, but not nearly as much as Aleks of Oakland Terminal who's spearheaded this all the way. If I Ruled the World is her vision, and seeing it come together is amazing; the imagination and conceptualization that these kids have harnessed is something special, and put a smile on our faces as we've been in here watching them shape their works.
Below is an interview with Ed and Aleks of Oakland Terminal, that took place while Dave was in the hospital to welcome his daughter into the world. Be sure to stop by this Saturday for the show, more details here.
Pete Rock's "T.R.O.Y." is one of the all time greatest hip-hop records ever created, period. If you asked a casual fan of music if they'd heard the track before, they perhaps wouldn't be able to tell you at first thought, but it's easily one of the most recognizable songs in the genre as well. Pete Rock is coming fresh off the release of Petestrumentals 2, the follow up to his 2001 solo album and recently appeared on "Bullseye with Jesse Thorn" on NPR to talk about an array of subjects. Pete reveals meeting James Brown at an early age, one of his heroes, and talks about making + the response from "T.R.O.Y.", plus his relationship with Dilla, and the art of sampling. Listen to Petestrumentals 2 up above and the interview below, which is a very interesting discourse between the two where we get to hear about his early career and origins, including working with Heavy D and his skill at remixing.
It's been a minute since we last heard from Bay Area based emcee/producer Stanley Ipkuss who impressed us highly with his release indefinite and has been consistent with the strew of quality music, following that up with his dopesick EP. His latest endeavor is a rework of Rayana Jay's lead single from her debut EP 21, adding just the right amount of flavor to the lusty track, the added instrumentation taking it to new heights. One could only hope that more music from these two would emerge soon, but this remix is incredible, stream it below while we await more from Stanley and Rayana both.
Every time that Kool John and P-Lo come together, magic is made. There's no denying the hits. With a collaborative album Moovie arriving this Friday, we'll have to sit tight and make do with "Everynight" to hold us over, an IAMSU! assisted and produced single with an instrumental that's nostalgic of the SU! The Right Thing days. Pre-order the album today, and stream their latest below while also peeping "MAD" featuring G-Eazy.
Casey Veggies' debut album is set to drop September 25th and will be available for fans to pre-order August 7th. It's been a long time coming for Veggies, who's been rapping nearly a decade now if you've been following - starting up as a 13 year old in Odd Future, and continuing to grow through high school to become a regional success, and eventually catch waves with Sleeping In Class. His previous effort, Life Changes was an extremely cohesive body of work, and he's emerged with a strong radio effort in his two singles, one with IAMSU! (you've all heard "Backflip" by now) and the Dej Loaf assisted "Tied Up". Stay tuned for the album, it should prove to be a solid body of work from Casey who's been working on this for some time.