If you loved the last Black Milk album, No Poison No Paradise, as much as Anthony did, then you should be very excited to hear that the Detroit hip hop artist already has a new project out titled If There’s a Hell Below and can conveniently be streamed in full above via his Bandcamp. Check it!
For the second single of his yet-to-be-detailed second album, Top Dawg MC Jay Rock has recruited fellow TDE artist Kendrick Lamar – that name may or may not ring a bell. While K.Dot has certainly been garnering more attention than Jay Rock lately, the latter manages to hold his own here with two solid verses. With this and lead single “Parental Advisory” earlier this month, we’re relatively hopeful about the prospect of a new Jay Rock album, whenever it’s finally announced.
With the fifth installation of Tha Carter getting pushed back to December, Southern rapper Lil Wayne has dropped yet another single. The title: “Gotti,” and it features an intro verse from The Lox.
While the screaming guitar chords and “same time Gotti got” refrain is a little corny, it’s really the verses here where Lil Wayne is sounding more coherent and focused than he has in years. Bar after bar, Wayne gets a little nostalgic over his childhood and rise in the hip hop industry. While not a perfect song, it’s a welcome change of pace from the material he’s been dropping lately. Maybe there’s a glimmer of hope for Carter V afterall.
Girl Talk and Freeway drop an animated video featuring a load of Simpsons-esque characters for the song “Suicide,” and that’s not all: This is also a remix of the song, featuring a verse from none other than A$AP Ferg right at the start of the track. Freeway’s verse is fresh as well. The beat doesn’t seem like it’s been altered in any significant way, but it’s still a great revisit of the Broken Ankles cut, which you should download right here.
Run the Jewels drops a bonus track from their recently released–and very awesome–sophomore album, Run The Jewels 2. It seems to be the second part of the album cut “Blockbuster Night Pt. 1,” and features guest verses from Despot and Ratking member Wiki.
It’s a hot track. The beat’s got a heavy, stuttering groove, and some strangely noisy DJ cuts, too–if those sounds at 1:15 even are DJ cuts. El-P and Killer Mike are great as usual, and the guest verses match the tone of the song really well.
If you’re digging on this, grab a copy of the new Run The Jewels album over here.
Can’t say I was expecting this: an 11-minute collaborative live recording from PC Worship and the New York post-punks over at Parquet Courts. Isn’t it “Parkay Quarts” now? Who knows? I certainly don’t know if the song at all works, especially with its disgustingly distorted vocal, but I’ll give it credit for being an interesting, left-field turn at the very least. Granted, it’s not nearly as profound as anything off that other garage rock/post-punk surprise from earlier this year.
Parkay Quarts has a new album on the way called Content Nausea. It’s out November 11 via What’s Your Rupture? and doesn’t feature this track. It’ll be the band’s second album this year, after Sunbathing Animal, whose review you’ll find below:
Famed drummer Ginger Baker‘s got a career that’s near-impossible to condense into a few sentences. The man’s contributions to everything from psychedelic rock to jazz are immeasurable, and he’s still hitting the skins at 75! He just put out a new album titled Why?, and the title track is embedded above.
The track features some funny female group vocals, a swinging rhythm, and a great horn solo, too. Pick up a copy of the album over here, and enjoy!
This is not a drill. Famed Olympia, WA indie punk rock Sleater-Kinney are back! Returning with their first new record since 2005′s amazing The Woods. After the release of that record, the band went on “indefinite hiatus” and we all wept collectively as the prospects of their reunion appeared to grow less and less probable. The girls went on to other horizons, most notably guitarist-singer Carrie Brownstein, who’s gained some rightful popularity for writing and co-starring on the TV series Portlandia, and she and drummer Janet Weiss released a very good rock record with their currently defunct band Wild Flag in 2011. The other guitarist-singer, Corin Tucker, who gave the band one of their most defining elements in her untamed caterwaul of a voice, released two records with her band The Corin Tucker Band.
But now they’re back! New track “Bury Our Friends” was released on a mysterious 7” that came with their recent career-spanning box set Start Together, and it has now been officially declared: new record No Cities to Love is coming January 2015! And the song comes with a lyric video for the new single, starring the always awesome Miranda July. Watch and listen above to the chiming, propulsive track, with the twin vocals in the chorus hitting that nice little sweet spot that reminds us why this return is so very, very welcome.
No Cities to Love comes out January 20, via Sub Pop.
With a flow and instrumental vibe that isn’t too unlike “Guillotine,” this Atlanta rapper flips out on the beat repeatedly. It’s like listening to a cross between MC Ride and Waka Flocka Flame, and Kudos on Maco for getting 2 Chainz on the remix.
Maco’s actually got a new tape out that’s worth checking. Sadly, he doesn’t keep up this kind of insanity on every track. However, he’s still got an energy level that surpasses that of most MCs these days.