Wow. The last two weeks have been the busiest two weeks of my life. I haven’t put up a new post in a while. My bad. Anyway, Proph released his latest project “Wool Over My Eyes” yesterday. Giving the thing a full listen, I have to say that Proph isn’t playing around on this project. Also, check out track 3, “So Cold”… I produced that. Just sayin
A lot of times, when I hear a new hip hop song, it’s subject to the “test drive”. The test drive is when I play it in my ’96 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, with the bass up. If it sounds good in an Oldsmobile, it sounds good in anything. This track passed the test drive without even getting played in the car. Put on a pair of headphones with a nice bass sound, and see for yourself.
More new music sent to me from New York. I always like it when stuff gets sent to me from outside of the midwest. Jae Brinks shows a new side on “Goodbye”, a more personal, heartfelt track. If you’ve ever been stressed out, this is that feeling in a song. Can’t fault Jae for putting that feeling down on a record. Definitely something people can relate to.
Denku gave us another leak from his upcoming “Quadrofiendia” album, due out in June. I’m eager for it, and not just because it means I get to release the “Unhandled Crossings” music video that I shot. It’s also because I get to hear more songs like this. If you don’t at least know the names Craig G or Sadat X, you need to look them up. Legends team up with Denku for this track. Listen:
Mad Static sent me this video on Twitter the other night. I watched it last night after a ridiculously long study session, and was blown away. I always appreciate it when anything local is done with a high level of professionalism or creativity. Everything about this video is well done. The bombed out locations, the TV mixed with the vintage black and white footage. This is just a flat out cool hip hop video. I’m eager to see more from Christ B & Moses. Watch this video, everyone.
Here’s a cool idea that I just had: everyone should send me two new songs at once, and I’ll blog them as digital 45s. That would be kind of different. Actually, Chicago artist R.i.C. sent me these tracks a few days ago, and I’ve had them on repeat. Both are really bass heavy songs with a vintage sounding sample. R.i.C. adds a new school flavor on top of these beats, and it came out pretty awesome if you ask me. Check out “Lovely Day” and “Baby What’s Up”, which I’ve decided is now a digital 45 for you to play. Some of my readers might be too young to know what a 45 is.
Warning: This video contains some risque images. Don’t watch it if you’re too young, or too old.
Chester French teamed up with Karmaloop to release their newest video today. The first single is “Black Girls”, a hard hitting, catchy song that you’ll inevitably end up singing along to. The song is also attracting a little bit of controversy, because of the title and the video. Frontman/Milwaukee native/Harvard graduate D.A. Wallach tweeted that “as someone who is and has been in interracial relationships I knew that it was important. This isn’t just about black girls.” Their new album should be released soon, and I really hope it sounds like this song. It’s a big step forward from singing about Jimmy Choo shoes for Chester French, and I like it. Oh, and Travis Barker plays drums on it. One more reason to like it.
A long time in the making, Gerald Walker’s new mixtape, “Believers Never Die” is out. No surprise, but it’s 17 tracks of smooth music, just in time for summer. More production from Taylor Gang producers Cardo & Sledgren, and definitely some awesome additions from Chicago’s own Slot-A, amongst others. Oh, did I mention XV, Phil Ade, and Skeme are all featured on a track? This is definitely going to be one of those tapes that I put on, and might never get out of my music rotation for a long time. Go get “Believers Never Die”. It’s free!
More Westcoastsynthesizerbeachbumgangsta music from King Fantastic. This is the first single off their new EP SocioPoliticalPimpTalk. It’s classic King Fantastic. If you don’t know them, get familiar with them. Especially if you like hip hop, dubstep, or some weird blend of the two. Buy this song on Itunes.
Empires announced today that they are playing Lollapalooza 2012. Which means I can officially play the whole “yeah, I saw them at Marquette’s Annex” card. I also dropped their snare drum carrying their gear to the van, but let’s not get into that. Here’s an awesome free EP from Empires, as a teaser to their “Garage Hymns” album, due out June 12th.