Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In The Black Opera‘s latest video, Magestik Legend and Jamall Bufford behold the beauty of Detroit through what come as a paradox to out of towners. Here the beauty is in the resilience and creativity inspired by a mother’s re-framing of the gunshots in the street as fireworks, thus roses . . .
Buffalo’s Westside Gunn dropped his latest EP, Riots On Fashion Avenue, late last week. Like Gunn’s preceding projects, this one is a dive into unfiltered street tales, and likely another case of whiplash if this is your forte as a listener. The limited vinyl accompanying the EP on Bandcamp is already sold out, so cop a digital download or . . .
SZA recently dropped “Drew Barrymore” for the first release from her upcoming project, CTRL. Today, fans can go a little deeper behind the behind the scenes of what she has been up to. There is still no official release date for CTRL, but you know we got you when there is. Watch the behind the scenes . . .
It wasn’t long ago that Kendrick Lamar called Kemba on stage for a quick but sharp display, telling fans, “remember this name.” Fandom is fickle now days though. Where we tend to forget, Kemba tends to remember. His latest video for “Already,” off of his Negus project, finds him recounting old lessons with the wit and . . .
Lexington, Kentucky crew Iron Mic Sharp consist of emcees Lee G and Vegas Posada. Today they released their lead single from their upcoming record, Iron Mic Sharp 3: Power and Glory,, which is set for release later this year. The duo are wrestling fanatics, often flipping vintage wrestling references into their gritty rhymes. Their namesake . . .
North Carolina producer/rapper P.A.T. Junior returns to our pages with a dark and brooding track called “S.O.T.B,” with a visual to match. The metaphor here is super hero and villain; the content is perseverance against internal struggle and doubt. The acronym becomes obvious once you listen, but overall, P.A.T.’s use of a well known character isn’t cliche. . . .
You could easily say that 2016 was one of the best years for hip-hop in recent memory, but who had the BEST year? The contributors at Artistic Manifesto submitted their pick of which artist had the biggest 2016, and wrote a speech from that artist’s perspective. Now it’s up to you, the reader, to decide . . .
Skyzoo and Apollo Brown are gearing up for their The Easy Truth Tour, and today they’ve released a video of the LP for Nodding Off. Skyzoo’s effortless flow and Apollo’s moody production mesh well, as evidenced in the video below. Also, check the flyer for their upcoming tour dates after the video. Watch the video . . .
Florida emcee Eric Biddines wanders through snowy mountain wilderness with slow motion visuals for a song about movin’ and shakin. It’s literally called “Peeuurrnn,” which is as close of an accurate spelling for the sound as we’ve come across so far. It’s a paradox on paper that makes for one of the cleanest visuals I’ve . . .
London-based producer Eric Lau recently made his first contribution to the new year with his 28 track instrumental project, Examples. Track 29 is a 44 minute continuous mix of the entire project, which is a nice addition to help listeners bypass Bandcamp’s clumsy transitions between songs that are sequenced to be heard as a stream. . . .
Louisville singer/producer combo Otis Junior and Dr Dundiff are working on a new album, due out March 2017 via Jakarta records. For the first listen we get a video for “Why Can’t You (Just Come For Conversation),” a sadly true to life story about being so caught up in documenting a moment that you actually miss . . .
It’s no secret that Earl Sweatshirt was a fan of Denmark Vessey’s Martin Lucid Dream record. I personally hoped that would translate into work between the two. Today, DJ Houseshoe‘s Street Corner Music label dropped a single from Vessey produced by Earl. “Snowing In LA” finds Vessey outlining life in Los Angeles, which as it . . .
Eric G‘s Werk remix album breathes new life into some of the genre’s biggest artists and their currently buzzing songs. This is far from a knock on trap production. It’s likely the short coming is my own ear as an uninitiated listener. That being said, I often feel a disconnect with trap music within seconds of hearing . . .
James Lindsey drops off his video for “Rainbows” ahead of his January 20th release for Same Sky. To match the message of hope in the song, the imagery is full of symbolism, such as skies, lush, open green spaces, stained-glass, clouds and worship. Fellow Lousiville resident Cicily accompanies Lindsey’s rhymes with her own bright melodies. You can pre-order Same Sky on . . .
Electro-pop duo Phantogram already has strong ties to hip hop royalty. Today A-Trak grabs Chicago-based spitter Joey Purp to remix “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore.” The electronic vibe is heavy, allowing Joey to flex his versatility and ability to rhyme over any beat. Have an afternoon pick me up. Stream the “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” . . .