Let’s face it: 2016 has been rough. But there’s light at the end of the tunnel: a brand new album from your favorite hip-hop duo and mine, Run the Jewels. They feel your frustrations, and they’ve got all the right words to express that “fuck this shit” feeling we’re all too familiar with right here.
It’s a long, holiday weekend, meaning you’ve got plenty of time to go outside, spend time with family and friends…or sit in dark rooms and listen to great, new tunes. If you’re opting for the latter, we’ve got not one, not two…but THREE new albums hot off the presses for you.
For fans of electro-funky-awesomeness, Big Gigantic’s Brighter Future is for you. The album features collaborations with genre mainstays like GRiZ and hip-hop giants Logic, Waka Flocka, the up-and-comer Pell, and a lot more. This may favorite work from Gigantic yet, and that’s saying something. Awesome album from the first to the very last track.
For the hip-hop heads, we’ve got Vince Staples Prima Donna and Isaiah Rashad’s The Sun’s Tirade. Very different energy levels and vibes, but both great in their own rights. Fans won’t be disappointed.
This Korean hip-hop duo has some choice words for anybody who doubts they can spit bars because of their ethnicity. Their rhymes are furious and the sample (heavy on the gong, gotta rep those roots) is dope.
With the recent prevalence of Asian rappers like the Indonesian Rich Chigga, maybe it’s time hip-hop heads start paying a little more attention to the Asian community. If they continue producing tracks like this, I know I’m ready.
This hip-hop duo is in my personal lyricist Hall of Fame, so you know I’m excited for their latest release.
Introspective, moody, self-deprecating, and all the while, somehow still highly enjoyable listening. How they pull of such a delicate balancing act, I’ll never know. But I do know I’ll be playing this for a while to come.
If you liked the sounds from our last post , you’ll be sure to enjoy Maddy O’Neal’s latest album, Introspect. Ms. O’Neal combines equal parts electro-funk, hip-hop to groovy effect. Listen out for some jazz-club worthy bass lines laid out alongside glitch-tastic rhythm sections. It should come as no surprise that Pretty Lights himself is now associating himself with her act.
Between the soulful vocal samples, old-school instrumental accompaniment, and fantastically chill production, it seems this Daily Bread guy is taking some serious cues from Pretty Lights with this playlist. In fact, the similarities are so striking at times I wouldn’t be surprised if we found out that this was a secret Derek Smith side project.
Some of my personal favorite tracks here include the breezy “Cloud Making”, which features a flute riff that I swear could have been performed by Ron Burgundy himself, and the hip-hop infused “The Storm”, featuring Obeah.
Unless you’ve spent this last year living under a rock, you already know Anderson .Paak is the next big thing in the hip-hop game, especially after making waves at this summer’s Coachella, where Kendrick and Dre joined him for his set.
He dropped an unreleased track while performing at Splash Fest in Germany earlier this month, and we’ve got video of the live electricity right here.