Ratking is the most authentic, and one of the best things coming out of New York right now, from an outsider's perspective, their debut LP So It Goes a musically diverse soundscape that's unlike anything we've heard before (followed up by their 700 Fill EP). At the core of the eclectic and energetic sound is producer Sporting Life, who's sound encompasses not only the ruckus and grittiness of NYC life, but also the beauty within the chaos. While Sporting Life dropped off his debut solo project a few weeks back, we've been on a Ratking binge as of late, and stumbled upon this project, which puts his talents on full display. Sporting Life brought his single "Badd" to life through an incredible video as well, which you can check out below and listen to the EP afterwards, this is something you won't want to pass up on for the good of your ears and soul.Read More
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. Check out the video for the Asher Roth and Donnie Trumpet collaboration, "Make It Work", below, while you're at it.Read More
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.Read 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.Read More
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.