L.A. hip hop project Atomic Farmhouse is rough around the edges, but has a lotta personality to offer. Remember how I just said MF DOOM has a lotta influence on these up-and-comers? This is one of those cases, I’d say. However, that doesn’t mean it should just be swept under the rug copycat style.
“CRAB CAKE” features a pretty colorful beat with some “oooo”-ing vocal samples, there’s a sinister guitar interval that pops in around the 23-second mark, too. The whole thing sounds like it was all ripped from a 78 and thrown on top of a quickly produced beat. Grimy stuff.
The lyrics coming from what I think are two are even grimier, musing around selling some kind of nightmarish fantasy drug to people, and portraying the situation in a cartoony way. The track’s two MCs–ANTI and LAWSON VLADIMIR–are pretty young, and their voices prove it. Though I think their flows and vocals could have more character, their lyrics are playfully dark enough to make up for it, and make this a mixtape worth checking out.
Check the lyrics to this track on Rap Genius.
Download: Mayhem Lauren- Respect the Fly Shit
You don’t have to listen to Meyhem Lauren long to figure out where he’s coming from. He’s a New York MC who doesn’t exactly embrace the trendy, fashionable sounds in modern hip hop. And I’m talking about both mainstream and underground. I mean, just look at the title of this mixtape. To call your music “fly” these days seems a little old hat, doesn’t it?
But Mayhem, a lot like his right-hand man Action Bronson, brings the old, 90s-style of hip hop back with class. He brings a nice, rugged aggression, too.
Download this new tape via the link above.
Though the excitement over tracks like “212″ and “L8R,” I’ve remained pretty luke warm on rap senstation Azealia Banks. But the closer we come to the release of her new 1991 EP, the more I realize she’s got a great ear for beats. Early, early this year, she was doing her thing over a new Machinedrum track, and now she’s tearing it up over a bright and kooky instrumental conjured by Hudson Mohawke and Nick Hook with “Jumanji.”
And she’s definitely laying a tough attitude on with this one. Her flow on this track is pretty far removed from the light, comedic, and girly vocal delivery she displayed on early tracks like “212.” Progression? Dynamics? Variety? Well, we’ll see once 1991 is dropped. Word around town is Azealia Banks has a new mixtape on the way this summer as well, and, of course, her full-length debut album will be getting a release in the fall.
A new single from D.C. rapper Billy Woods. It comes from his latest album, History Will Absolve Me, which is out now on Backwoodz Studioz.
History Will Absolve me is Woods’ first solo release in eight years. It’s an incredibly raw and personal record, pulling out some of Woods’ dirtiest skeletons. “Blue Dreams” follows suit with that, but its emotions are fueled by a relationship that’s fizzling out over petty emotions. It’s one of many lyrical topics touched on with the 20-track album.
Download the track above, and check a music video for the track “Duck Hunt” below:
While it wasn’t the most well-recorded tape I heard all year, it was easily one of the most brutally honest. Honesty and tangibility is incredibly important to Milo. If I had to guess what the biggest influence on his music is, I would have to say reality. Of course, that’s the theme Milo chose to deal with then I approached him and asked him to make a conceptual mix of songs for this blog. Here’s Milo’s explanation of this mix, a download of it, the cover art, and the play list:
This is a playlist that should help people deal with reality. It seems like there is a really weird Digital Age trend of focusing on planet-transcendence and making life “magical” or whatever. That’s much older than the Digital Age but you get the point. All the Lady Gaga enthusiasts who are making appeals to who knows what, Kid Cudi’s insistence on being from the Moon, Wayne’s insistence on being from Mars, etc. This playlist focuses on the mundane, the ordinary, the normalcy of everyday life and trying to grapple with that in authentic ways. Ultimately realizing this life we have has enough to explore and keep us busy for much longer than Teen Moms 2 will be on TV.
No appeals to being from planets outside this giant blueberry, or having a million dollars to buy a laser beam equipped yacht or any of those hullabaloos; primarily because that cannot be honest. And you’re selling yourself short every time you subscribe to these stale notions of The Ideal. Hopefully this can spark some thought into more elaborate and unique daydreams. This is the playlist for the every-person, the idealistic pragmatist who recognizes the beauty in struggling with, what Reggie Watts calls, “binary existence.”
1. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young- “Almost Cut My Hair”
2. Joni Mitchell- “California”
3. Solander- “Flight”
4. Open Mike Eagle- “Dishes”
5. Busdriver- “Mr. Mistake (Bested By The Whisper Chasm)”
6. Why?- “By Torpedo or Crohn’s”
7. Fleet Foxes- “Blue Spotted Tail”
8. Sage Francis- “Best of Times”
9. Yes- “Yesterday & Today”
10. Bobby McFerrin- “Drive”
11. Neil Young- “Pocahontas”
12. Serengeti- “The Whip”
13. The Roots- “Hall & Oates”
14. They Might Be Giants- “Dr. Worm”
15. Junip- “Sweet & Bitter”
16. Talking Heads- “This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)”
It’s a hip hop Christmas thanks to this new track from Connecticut rapper Apathy. The dude samples my least favorite Christmas song ever, but it’s pretty hard to deny this track. It’s loaded with so many relatable lyrics. I mean, who doesn’t want Wu-Tang to release a track as classic as C.R.E.A.M.?
Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar doesn’t follow the usual tough and hardened stereotypes that come with repping the California city. The guy isn’t a wimp, but he’s more interested in saying something thought-provoking than violent.
Backed by some fantastic beats, that’s what every track on this new album, Section.80, boils down to: Food for thought. Whether the top is street violence, becoming famous, or where his generation is headed, Kendrick always has something substantial to say.
While a few tracks on here sound a little too corny for their own good, Section.80 is still a solid debut from the California kid.
New York MC Smoke DZA just dropped a new mixtape, the Hustlers Catalog. He’s a stoner and he’s not apologetic about it. Some might even criticize him for running a few too many laps around the subject.
His latest tape has a great balance of subjects, though. Kush is on the menu, but so is success, fame, money, and struggle. He’s got a sharp sense of humor, too; however, that’s not surprising since his last tape was titled George Kush Da Button.
Dudes like Big Sant, Big K.R.I.T., and Devin The Dude drop by for features. Plus, there are some great beat choices. Download the whole tape at Datpiff.com.