Entries tagged with: Katie Got Bandz
Hard to believe, but our BrooklynVegan "Blog Radio" show has been airing weekly on satellite radio for over 6.5 years. It started on Sirius which then merged with XM and became SiriusXM. The station, which was originally "Left of Center" on Sirius, is now called SiriusXMU (on SiriusXM). You can currently hear the two hour show on the "indie/college" station every Wednesday at noon EST and again at midnight that night (which is technically Thursday morning in Eastern Standard Time).
At some point years ago I brought on like-minded music lover Dominic (Nick) Masi to be my co-host, and to cover when I couldn't make it. Now, though I still may pop in occasionally (my New Year's resolution!), Nick has taken over completely, hosting the show week to week with a selection of music you'll find on BrooklynVegan.com and on his own iPod. Recently Nick also started hosting a show called "Cover Me" (all cover songs) on Bruce Springsteen's E Street Radio, and other programs on the network too.
In his spare time, Nick now tour manages members of Odd Future - a job which was an offshoot of his huge passion for hip hop (and traveling around the continent in a van).
What were Nick's favorite records and songs in 2012? We asked him and he gave us a list of his top 10 albums and "top 15 hip hop songs of the year that don't feature 2Chainz, Kanye, Drake, Rick Ross or (fill in the blank with your favorite rapper you've seen on every remix this year)."
You can check out both of Nick's lists, along with videos or streams for each song on his hip hop list (Odd Future songs included), below...
by Andrew Sacher
Chicago rapper King L (fka King Louie) hails from the same burgeoning Chicago scene that produced Chief Keef and Lil Reese (but so far he hasn't given us a reason to believe he might end up in jail) and though he might not have a party starter like "I Don't Like" under his belt, he does have some pretty promising singles out at the moment. The best of those, "Val Venis," which you can watch the video for below, at the very least has more lyrics than "I Don't Like," if not arguably better ones, and for better or for worse it's got enough gun shots in the beat to hearken back to the days when rap was scary. That single, and the recently released "My Hoes They Do Drugs" (feat. Juicy J and Pusha T), which you can also stream below, will both presumably end up on L's forthcoming official album (he's got a bunch of mixtapes), Dope & Shrimp (release date TBA).
Maybe you caught King L in NYC during CMJ when he played FADER Fort, where he brought out Katie Got Bandz for her first NYC appearance. He'll be making his way to NYC this month to open for Future and Ace Hood at Highline Ballroom on November 30 with Cash Out. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's his only announced date at the moment.
Video and streams below...
Sasha Go Hard is yet another rapper to emerge from the burgeoning Chicago rap scene, having begun to pick up buzz with her second mixtape, Do U Know Who I Am, which she dropped over the summer. Like fellow Chi Townie Chief Keef (who Sasha has collaborated with in the past but hasn't talked to in a while, and whose grandma says he isn't a gangster), Sasha has been produced by the talented Young Chop (who also helmed the beat on Keef's "I Don't Like") and also by DGainz (who directed the video for "I Don't Like" and also contributed production to the upcoming King L).
In addition to those two guys, the rest of the tape features production by Absolut P, Ur Boy Black, Block On Da Track, DJ Kenn, Southside and J. Hill, in addition to including a few guest rappers from the scene, most notably Katie Got Bandz and Chella H, on closing track, "I'm Hotta." You can download the mixtape for free HERE and stream it, along with the videos for the Young Chop-produced "I Think I Like That" and the DGainz-produced "Tatted," below.
Sasha will be making her way to NYC for the 9th Shortcuts party at Santos Party House on September 20 with LE1F. Tickets for that party are on sale now. The flier is below. She'll also stick around to play 285 Kent on September 22.
The Santos show happens right before LE1F heads out as a support act on the previously discussed Das Racist tour, which also includes support from SAFE and Lakutis, the latter two of who just played Glasslands on Monday (9/10). That tour hits NYC on September 27 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available.
An updated list of Das Racist tour dates and the tour flier, plus the Sasha Go Hard streams and videos are below.