SHOT U DOWN
Isaiah Rashad I SHOT U DOWN
I’m exhausted from last night but restless since I lost my phone, so I’m still up trolling the netz. Basically apologies for this lazy post, but I felt compelled to share.
Been on this kid’s trail for a minute and excited he finally dropped something new. The more I listen the more I’m loving. Hailing from Chattanooga, TN, the Top Dawg Entertainment signee has a sing-songy drawn out intonation to his prose that’s extremely infectious. Couple that with super catchy hooks, a fierce energy to his raps, (a staple for any rapper repping TDE), plus and ultra sexy production and you get Isaiah Rashad. Just try to ignore the fact that he sometimes sounds like Chance The Rapper.
I am too ADD to watch the video, but wouldn’t want you to miss out just because I’m insane. Check it out below.
Other People’s Poetry: Shine 2009
My latest piece for Yours Truly
Following up from their 2011 debut album Realism, Shine 2009 are set to release a new collection of songs filled with quirky blips and samples, plenty of groovy melodies and racing synths, and all handsomely produced for a mood enhancing listening experience.
Helsinki’s finest created a nostalgic mix dedicated to their beloved Brooklyn apartment that comes complete with a piano intro of Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life,” and includes a cheeky craigslist ad for the home where more than a few great nights were had. Stay cool forever guys.
Our Nation drops October 15 on Cascine in North America and on Modular everywhere else.
553 Grand OPP Mix Tracklist:
Piano Tribute Players – Semi-Charmed Life
Luscious Jackson – Naked Eye
Drake – Best I Ever Had
Average White Band – Pick Up The Pieces
Kingdom – Viper XL
TLC – Fanmail
Kelly Rowland – Kisses Down Low
Cibo Matto – Sugar Water
Ducktails – Under Cover
RxGibbs – Temptations
Alpha – Sometime Later (Theme)
New Radicals – You Get What You Give
Stars & Hype Forever is your in-depth guide to what’s next in hip hop. Each week we profile an artist you need to know about, and arm you with the essential artillery to decide if they’re the real deal, or just hype. To help readers make sense of the spectrum, curators Andriana and Yo! Adrian weigh in on each week’s talent, by assigning them a blanged out hypeability score at the very end.
It’s week three of Stars & Hype and we’re getting ghoulishly heavy with Miami’s quickest lyricist, Denzel Curry. Tropical vibes and karate by the water was on volume three’s itinerary, along with talks of Curry’s debut album Nostalgic 64, gun control in Florida, his multiple personalities, and the hardest bars he’s spit to date. Enter the samurai, this is Stars & Hype Forever.
Bonobo Bonobo Bonobo Bonobo (Bonobo is my Versace)
A Boiler Room Near and Dear To My Heart: BONOBO, ALEX NUT, GANG COLOURS & JOSHUA IDEHEN + PÁLE
Tune in on Tuesday, September 10th from 8pm – 11pm (UK time) to watch a live Boiler Room broadcast with more than a few of my favorite artists.
A bit about the artists:
Ninja Tune’s shining star. Bonobo makes atmospheric mood music that’s influenced a generation of artists and been the soundtrack to the introspective moments in my life since is 2002 Animal Magic album. His The North Borders album released earlier this year is an essential listen. Emkay?
Gang Colours creates this sort of slurred electro-soul. Will Ozanne experiments with a range of instruments and levels, from heavy billowing bass, to piano keys than span several octaves, and lots of magnetic dancing bit and pieces in between. The smoky, roughness of his vocals tell a story that with every song continues to unfold and become more clear. His album The Keychain Collection is fantastic.
Leo Marcus aka Pále is a new talent out of Manchester. He makes dark textural electronic that plays with elements of deep house UK garage, dubstep and grime. The 18-year-old producer has a knack for pitched vocals and hollowed effects, all lending to a fluid moody sound unlike any other. He’s touring the European festival circuit and now making his first Boiler Room appearance, along with often vocal contributor, Joshua Idehen. Really looking forward to their set.
Alexander Nut puts on a killer weekly show on London’s original pirate radio, RinseFM. He’s also a great DJ with a vast range of musical influences that keep his sets fresh and engaging. His Wu-Tang For The Children mix he did last year it still a favorite.
I recently wrote about my experience at Jay-Z’s “Picasso Baby” video shoot. As contrived as his approach may have seemed, in the end, his performance art video hinted towards something more — the artist-to-fan relationship and how it’s changed. It’s not enough to have fans and followers anymore. It’s about engagement. Artists need to connect with fans more than ever before, which means coming up with creative new ways to do so. Enter Spark Master Tape.
In a time when the appeal of #SADBOY rap is spreading like that nasty bedbug infestation in your first shi*tty NYC apartment, the appeal for rappers to elicit emotion in their tracks is on the rise. But not everyone believes the hype. The line between emotional and troll has been severely blurred. I’m not saying everyone is going to buy into Spark Master Tape’s brand, because at the end of the day, his latest work, The #Swoup Serengeti, is a concept album made by an anonymous rapper with pitched down vocals and instantly familiar samples ranging from Tupac to The Pharcyde. No one is disputing that. But you shouldn’t write him off based on those facts either. When you place the mysterious rapper’s syrupy sound and cerebral lyrics among the bloated sea of internet rappers, an artist’s ability to give listeners more than just flows and beats seems so much more enticing.
Instead of going into a drawn out diatribe that involves far too many synonyms for “dope,” I’ve decided to break down the genius mystique surrounding SMT. In just over a year, he’s released two cohesive bodies of work, Syrup Splash and The #Swoup Serengeti, a number of brilliant videos and one bullshit interview with Passion of the Weiss. With just those facts, his Twitter account and working to piece together the legend of SMT, it becomes apparent there are a few things the rapper is doing really well: creating, keeping his anonymity and executing.
The GTW for SSENSE
The GTW Mix for SSENSE
More Chicago fire. Let The GTW (Greater Than Wealth) sort your weekend listening with his mini mix for Montreal fashion line SSENSE.
The singer and producer is part of Chicago’s six member R&B group, JODY. The outfit’s sexed up production and breathy, pitch-shifting words debuted earlier this year in the form of their MAGIQUE EP. The six-track listen is definitely worth checking out.
As far as mixes go, I’m a big fan of this guy’s production sound, so naturally this one is ace.
Drake - Girls Love B (THE GTW Edit)
Corina & So So Def Bass - Summertime
Ciara - Body Party (ATL Bass Version)
Tink - When I’m Lit (THE GTW Rework)
Screama & Merkury ft Farah - Kiss Me There
Peter Hadar - Your Body (Produced by THE GTW)
Father’s Liqour Cabinet - Races
D-Ver - Etighi
DJ Nate - So Attached
Lil Herb - Gangway
Stars & Hype Forever: Bitches Is Crazy
Stars & Hype Forever is my new column on Mass Appeal. Along with the homie YO! Adrian, we take an in-depth look at hip hop’s up-and-coming MCs and decide whether they’re the real deal, or just hype. Every feature will include exclusive photos, artwork, interviews and cool shit you won’t find anywhere else.
This week we profile rap group Bitches Is Crazy. Our boy Mike Lukowski knocked it out of the park with the cover art. Be sure to head over to Mass Appeal to check it out the entire piece.