An eerie fusion of electronic music and hip hop on this new track from When Saints Go Machine, “Love and Respect,” which is a cut from the Danish quartet’s new album, Infinity Pool. It’s dropping this week via EMI Records and !K7 Records.
A veritable political hip hop pow wow takes place on”WAVIP,” the latest track to drop from the Coup’s forthcoming LP, Sorry to Bother You. Featuring the forceful flow of Killer Mike, the musings of Kool A.D. and Heems of Das Racist, and of course, the drawl of Boots Riley, the track functions on two levels. Lyrically, the emcees spit populist mantras (e.g. Riley suggests the residents of Whoville take revenge on the Grinch by slitting his throat), shifting in tone with each pass of the mic. Musically, the beat serves to lighten the track, buoying the song from getting excessively weighty with its dirty, funky synth and punchy drums. Creating a politically-charged song that doesn’t drown in its own sentiment is a difficult task, but the Coup succeed with fine guest emcees who stay on topic.
Atlanta rapper Killer Mike recently recorded a live in studio session for Yours Truly for “Untitled,” a highlight track from his new LP R.A.P. Music, one of the better hip-hop albums of the year. Watching Mike rap in this video is truly a sight to behold; his flow is at once seemingly effortless and yet so gooey and thick, almost like Biggie Smalls with a Southern accent. He starts out in the zone and remains thoroughly in it throughout “Untitled’s” four-minute duration, hitting his stride particularly after the first chorus. Watching a smile creep up on his bearded face by the halfway mark is particularly telling — you can tell that he knows he’s a badass rapper, and I’m definitely not going to argue with that.
Watch the Yours Truly clip above and pick up R.A.P. Music on Williams Street today.
An extremely gore-filled, NSFW, and ambitious music video coming from Killer Mike on the single “Big Beast,” featuring T.I., Bun B, and El-P as the getaway driver. Look out for a convenience store holdup, a straight razor going through a robbers tongue, zombie strippers, and a pretty aggressive car chase.
Stream: Killer Mike- R.A.P. Music
The much anticipated collaboration between MC Killer Mike and producer EL-P is now available for streaming in full on Spin. Both of these artists are well known for their hard-hitting styles and it is clear that they wanted this project to be a crushing force to be reckoned with. The production here is consistently great, every song is unique and dense, while maintaining the trade mark noisy rap style El-P is known for. Killer Mike clearly gives it his all on every track, showing his lyrical prowess. The entire project is an example of two artists who have styles that compliment each other making both aspects sound even better.
R.A.P. Music drops May 15th.
El-P drops a new track from his forthcoming album Cancer For Cure, featuring verses from Killer Mike and Despot. I love the song concept, too. To me, it seems to poke fun at the ongoing race in hip hop to come off tougher than the next guy. C’mon, guys. We all know that race has already been won.
But seriously, it’s a dimension worth attacking, and El-P does it with both guns blazin’. Despot and Mike come through just as hard, creating a superhero trio of ultra-aggressive rappers that tag team this beat like heavyweight champs. Body slam! Powerbomb! Piledriver! DDT!
Look for this new album on May 25th.