Recent Posts in hiphop - Page 3
December 9, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
Mississippi-via-New Orleans rapper Pell released his debut album, Floating While Dreaming, earlier this year. It's a good album of singsong rap, not too far removed from Chance the Rapper's Acid Rap, and it's got some cool non-rap collaborators like pop oddball (and fellow Mississippi artist) Dent May and dance producer Tomas Barfod. You can take a listen to the album below.
Pell was in NYC back in September for a show with iLoveMakonnen, and he'll be returning for another one with him tonight (12/9), ahem, Tuesday, at Mercury Lounge. Also on that bill is Bosco. The show is presented by MADE Music and technically private, but you can weasel your way in if you RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and get there early. Even with RSVP, entry is on a first come, first served basis.
Stream Floating While Dreaming below...
December 8, 2014
Joey Bada$$ has been talking about his official debut album, B4.DA.$$, for a while now, and today more details were revealed. It's set to come out on January 20, and the brand new Statik Selektah-produced single "No. 99" can be streamed, with the LP tracklist, below. Guest spots are due from Action Bronson, Kiesza, BJ the Chicago Kid, Raury and more.
December 5, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
Riz & Heems
Former Das Racist member Heems teamed up with British rapper/actor Riz MC (aka Riz Ahmed) and the duo released their Swet Shop EP on Heems' Greedhead label earlier this year. It's got production from Lushline, Lynas, Ryan Hemsworth and DADRAS, and it's more proof that Heems has pretty much been on fire this year (his verse on the Meyhem Luaren & Buckwild album is A+). Listen below.
Swet Shop Boys are playing a show in Heems' hometown of NYC this Monday (12/8) at Baby's All Right, which is being opened by fellow NYC indie rapper Wiki of Ratking. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Ratking, who last played NYC with Run the Jewels a week ago, do so next on December 19 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Show Me the Body, Young Gutted and '86. Like most BKNB shows, that's free.
Swet Shop Boys EP stream below...
Dej Loaf, who may or may not be the future of hip hop, has scheduled a NYC show happening at SOB's on Monday (12/8). It's the next edition of Hot 97's "Who's Next?" series and also features Boldy James, Kiyanne and Spank Jus Bizness. Tickets are on sale now.
Dej recently played her single "Try Me" on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon with The Roots, which you can watch below. was also one of the many Detroit rappers featured on Eminem's song "Detroit vs Everybody" from his new Shady Records compilation, Shady XV. Also on the song is Danny Brown, Big Sean, Royce da 5'9" and Trick Trick. You can listen to that below too.
That's the same compilation where Eminem threatened to rape Iggy Azalea in a song: "So what's it gon' be? Put that shit away Iggy. You don't wanna blow that rape whistle on me. Scream! I love it. 'Fore I get lost with the gettin' off." That song came out not long after Em said he'd punch Lana Del Rey in the face in a freestyle. Keepin' it classy, Marshall.
Speaking of Iggy, Azealia Banks took to Twitter once again to fire a slew of angry tweets at her. This time it was to say she doesn't care about black people. She wrote, "its funny to see people Like Igloo Australia silent when these things happen... Black Culture is cool, but black issues sure aren't huh?" and "Don't just be down to ride Black Dick..... If you with us you WITH US!!!!" She also tweeted a "Christmas Carol" which was deleted but Buzzfeed still has up: "I'mmmm Dreeeeaaming Of a Whiiiiiiteee Racisttttt !!!" Iggy's response: "we've all read the script 49584068408540 billion times now, find a new game plan." She then suggested to her followers that they sign petitions, protest or donate and provided some productive ways you can help.
Meanwhile, both Iggy AND Eminem (and Macklemore) better step back, says J. Cole.
Dej Loaf video and song stream below...
Earlier this week we started to hear rumblings of a super secret, giant Vice party taking place Friday night (tonight, 12/5) somewhere in Brooklyn. Many big names were rumored to be playing. Like the event they just threw in Toronto, it would be to celebrate the now-mega-company's 20 years of existence. Then last night Nick Zinner tweeted the above "Vice Confidential" memo which has the Yeah Yeahs guitarist playing as part of a house band which will be fronted by Karen O and a ton of other exciting guests, if it all comes true. Pussy Riot is even on there, as are a bunch of Vice Records artists, as you can see above.
The show is invite only, but apparently they'll at least be filming it all (for the benefit of those not in attendance, and for those who make it in but partake a bit too much in the open bar), and they gave away a few tickets.
It goes without saying that the timing of this, though surely coincidental, is just a bit unfortunate for everyone since the last time we used "Brooklyn", "Vice" and "party" in the same sentence, was to discuss the final night of Death By Audio less than two weeks ago (Glasslands closes on New Year's Eve).
For what it's worth, I don't think there's any crossover between the Vice lineup and who played the final month at DbA, though Hisham Bharoocha used to be in Lightning Bolt who played DbA's final night.
So, who's on the list?
December 4, 2014
One of the many Drake co-signees, PARTYNEXTDOOR (whose last NYC show Drake appeared at), has announced a world tour for 2015. That tour brings him back to NYC on March 1 at Irving Plaza. No openers or guests announced yet. Tickets for Irving go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (12/5). All dates are listed below.
PND also just dropped four new songs, one with Travi$ Scott and one with Ca$h Out. You can listen to those below too.
London artist Kate Tempest has been receiving a lot of acclaim over in her home country for her debut music album, Everybody Down, which came out earlier this year and is an interesting mix of spoken word and UK hip hop. (She's previously written a play and released spoken word poetry, among other things.) The album was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize, and landed on year-end lists from UK publications Q, MOJO, Uncut, NME, and the still-being-rolled-out list from The Guardian. Here's an excerpt from NME's review:
As a rapper, though, she's excellent, balancing deft flow and dense storytelling to the detriment of neither. Recorded in a fortnight stretch with Dan Carey, a producer and remixer for the likes of Bat For Lashes, Toy and Hot Chip, 'Everybody Down' brings to life a plotline that'll be more fully explored in Tempest's debut novel, published by Bloomsbury later this year. It's hard to imagine it being more gripping than this, though. Carey's neatly sculpted club productions tone down Tempest's occasional tendency towards whimsy, and inflate moments of emotion or tension. The result is both a 12-track album and a modern-day London fable: a tale of love, tragedy and redemption as elegantly plotted as The Streets' 'A Grand Don't Come For Free'.Take a listen to the album in full, along with the video for "Circles," below.
Kate also has tour dates coming up, including several in Europe and a short trip to the US in 2015. She'll be here for SXSW and around that time she'll also play two LA shows and two NYC shows. The NYC shows happen March 24 at Mercury Lounge and March 25 at Rough Trade. Tickets for both are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
A$AP Ferg in Queens in May (more by Gretchen Robinette)
A$AP Ferg returned this week with a new mixtape, Ferg Forever. It's got production from Big K.R.I.T., Clams Casino, Mike Will Made It and others, with M.I.A., Big Sean, SZA, YG, Wynter Gordon and more making guest appearances. You can stream that in full below and download it for free at DatPiff.
After NYE, Ferg heads out on a tour with YG. That tour doesn't include any NYC dates but there are nearby stops in Connecticut, Boston and Philly. All dates are listed, with the new mixtape stream, below...
December 2, 2014
Alt-rap collective Doomtree have announced that they'll return in 2015 with a new album, All Hands, due out January 27 via their own Doomtree Records. You can get a taste of that by streaming the new single "Gray Duck" and another single from the album that came out over the summer ".38 Airweight" below. Album artwork and tracklist also below.
The group will follow the new album's release with a tour that hits NYC on February 17 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Monday (12/8).
All dates are listed, with the song streams, artwork and tracklist, below...
December 1, 2014
Killer Mike w/ Run the Jewels @ Stage 48 11/30/2014 (photo via @charlesforde)
Beginning today, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing Elonis v. U.S., a case regarding Anthony Elonis, a Pennslvania man convicted of making threatening statements about his estranged wife and law enforcement officials on social media. Elonis claims his writings were "theraputic" and helped him deal with his broken marriage. This case could have large ramifications on free speech and what is acceptable to post online. Elonis' defense argues that his writings are not any different than rap lyrics, and Eminem was cited as an example. In an op-ed piece today in USA Today co-authored with attorney Erik Neilson, Killer Mike is concerned about "the role of art and free speech in the justice system, as well as the commonly-held view that hip-hop culture is a threat to society." Here's a bit of it:
It is true that hip-hop has been scarred by violence. Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., for example, two of rap's most important and influential artists, were killed in the prime of their careers. But for each instance of violence, there are countless examples of lives saved or made stronger. Trust us on this: The kids spending hours per day writing rap songs aren't a threat to society; they are often trying to escape the threats from society.Read the whole thing at USA Today. You may remember Killer Mike gave an impassioned speech last week at a St. Louis Run the Jewels show on the the night of the Ferguson decision.
That story of hip-hop has been frustratingly difficult to tell, especially when the murder of Jordan Davis can be framed in the media as the "loud rap music" case or Michael Brown's association with rap music becomes part of a tragic story line that has far more to do with inequality, police brutality and racial discrimination. These problems are the "true threats" facing America today, not hip-hop. Let's hope the justices on the Supreme Court understand that, too.
Run the Jewels were in NYC this weekend for two shows at Stage 48.