RASHAD X SPINN X TASO -WORLDSTAR VIP SNIP
RASHAD X SPINN X TASO WORLDSTAR VIP (snippet)
Though he’s been changing the game with his juke and footwork jaunts for decades, 2013 was the year of DJ RASHAD. For Wired’s “Music Issue” (out this month) they featured Questlove on their cover with the caption “Love Music Again.” Rashad’s 2013 releases Double Cup, I Don’t Give A Fuck and Rollin’ were an instrumental part in pushing this music rebirth Wired was alluding to. So really we all should be saying THANK YOU DJ RASHAD, WE ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR YOU MUSICAL GIFTS. (p.s. If you haven’t watched Rashad and Spinn’s 2011 RBMA lecture I posted, you’re slippin.)
RASHAD’s success has allowed him to shine the light on his TEKLIFE crew of producers working to carve out a fresh sound fusing footwork, juke hip hop and rap.
The “Wordstar VIP” snippet above is just a taste of TEKLIFE multi-instrumentalist, producer and audio engineer TASO's mixtape of wildly chopped flips, edits and originals titled TEKLIFE TILL THA NEXT LIFE VOL.1. The project includes plenty of collabs from TEKLIFE fam,DJ RASHAD, DJ SPINN and DJ MANNY. Trust me you want more than the snippet above.
Ok fine here is the whole song:
Trust me when I say you need to buy TEKLIFE TILL THA NEXT LIFE VOL.1 from TASO’s Bandcamp. Also be sure to look out for his release on Hyperdub later this year!
I premiered this fresh mixtape on Mass Appeal yesterday.
Alex Chapman is different. His music is different — different than most of the rap we post.@iChap, as he’s known by his friends on Twitter, hails from New York’s underground fashion-forward-art-crowd-hashtag-internet-celebrity-parties-at-the-Flat-in-Brooklyn scene. He’s a rapper. He’s gay. He’s also white. With pals like female rapper extraordinaire Chippy Nonstop and theYung Klout Gang, Chapman is part of a new genre of trendsetters challenging the music status quo. Of course, in the supermarket of music entertainment, there will always be an aisle reserved for Hatorade, but why hate someone thats just trying to make you smile?
There’s no denying that Chapman’s lolz-inducing lines are as thoughtfully clever as topical as they may be. Adding his own verses to 2 Chainz “Where U Been” building on the hook, “Bought a new crib just to f*** you in,” adding, “Bought a new bed just to tuck you in.” Or on his version of “Chum” he has fun with some melodic wordplay saying, “In my Earl Sweatshirt with the Earl Sweatpants, do you not know who, who the fuck I am, you my JuJu boo, I’m your Killa Cam.”
But Chapman is far from just surface level pun rapper. Whether it’s intentional or not, he’s more making a statement than just putting out a collection of tracks. He’s like the street artist Hanksy, of the music world; from the playfully taunting lyrics to the fact that he’s using recognizable beats to his Internet themed mixtape, complete with iMessage “drops”.
When it comes to Chapman’s actual sound, at times his lyrical style has striking similarities to Mykki Blanco and other times he illicits an angst not so unlike Eminem and The Marshall Mathers LP. But comparisons aside, what’s most notable is he’s developing a style and brand all his own. One we plan to have on repeat.
Mass Appeal is proud to present the album stream of iChap Vol. 1 for your listening pleasure. Presented by Saint, the mixtape includes guest appearances by up-and-comers, Jungle Pussy, Mess Kid, The GTW, Dai Burger and UNIIQUE.
Travis Porter - Do a Trick feat. Gucci Mane (Kodak to Graph Edit)
Travis Porter Do a Trick feat. Gucci Mane (Kodak to Graph Boot)
I premiered this dope Kodak to Graph remix on Yours Truly yesterday.
Making lyrics like “Big face hundreds, bout to throw it at her asscheeks” ethereal and calming, Gainsville, FL producer Mike Maleki aka Kodak to Graph pulls a hat trick of his own with his rework of Travis Porter and Gucci Mane’s “Do a Trick.”
Wiping the track’s southern grit sound clean with airy pieces of vocal coo’s and an array of hollow synths, Maleki morphs you into a purple glazed cloud, while still keeping the nostalgia factor (and love for the original track) in tact. It’s my party, I turn up if I want to.
Recently wrapping up a tour with the masters of whimsical wonderment, Braids andHundred Waters, the young producer is back on the live show schtick with a number of shows at SXSW next week, be sure to catch him at one of the events below.
@Holy Mountain – INSIDE - 8:15 P.M
617 East 7th St
South Fry South Friendies (DJ SET)
@Chain Drive - 11:30 P.M
504 Willow Street
Stones Throw Records/ Filter Showcase
@Container Bar - 5:00 P.M
90 Rainey Street
Austin Contemperary Museum Official
@The Contemporary Austin - 10:00 P.M
700 Congress Ave
Cold (Feat. Kwane and Current)
CUBBY. Cold (Feat. Kwane and Current)
First single from new producer Cubby. The opening mix of beats, hums and words feels like those introspective moments we’ve all spent int he car peering out from behind the passenger seat window. For me, this takes me back to living in Berkeley and the fog-choked mornings spent driving over the Bay Bridge to get to San Francisco.
I don’t know anything about the elusive New York trio of CUBBY., Kwane, and Current, but I will. Stay tuned.
Mass Appeal Off Tha’ Wall: Tree
Just as 2013 was coming to a close, the homie Tree stopped by the Mass Appeal offices to chop it up with me for the latest in our Off Tha’ Wall series.
Tree talks Drake, his favorite Jodeci lyrics (that seem to always get stuck in his head), Chitlin Circuit soul music, his favorite thing about living in Chicago and so much more. Guy is hilarious. Hope you enjoy watching this as much as I enjoyed interviewing him.
Tree’s latest project THE @MCTREEG EP, is an essential download that dropped last week for free via Scion AV, get it HERE.
My first producer cred for Mass Appeal. Check it out. :)
“You have a magazine publication that say I’m underrated or a blog site that say I’m underrated, but the bank say I’m overpaid.”
The Memphis, TN born-and-bred rapper Yo Gotti (aka Mario Mims), has built a career on his earnest words and Southern roots. But who is the person behind the flashy cars and hustling ways? Mass Appeal sought to find out. While in NYC promoting his new album I Am, Yo Gotti took time from his packed press schedule to let us spend a day inside his world.
From humble beginnings dealing drugs on street corners to a decade of underground hits including stints with labels RCA and Cash Money and now Epic Records, Gotti gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the life of the man behind the music.
Gotti is a businessman first, and recording artist second, but has a relentless devotion to his fans. Watch as he races from one interview to the next, drops in for meet-and-greets and signings, and in the process, peels back layers, exposing a deeper side of one of the South’s most beloved emcees. Finally, he closes out his night with a bang, performing tracks off I Am for a packed crowd at legendary music venue, BB Kings in Harlem.
TABBED LIVING: 12/27/13
For as much as I am about #HASHTAGLIVING, I’m equally consumed, if not more consumed with TABBED LIVING. Well tabbed browsing. I annoy a lot of my friends with this behavior, but for me, multi-tasking and overstimulation in my free time is my favorite way to absorb (and sift through all the garbage).
The other day on Twitter I joked and said being a tastemaker means getting to say “I hit it first.” Which is all truth. So I thought it would be fun to take a screenshot of whatever is tabbed on my browser and share those links with you all. This should be fun, hope you enjoy!
I’m redecorating my apartment and I think this poster from electronic label LuckyMe needs to be in my living room. Also it’s like $10.
The Chicago homies, The-Drum shared their favorite albums of 2013 with Fact Mag. I did a photo shoot with Brandon, Jeremiah and the rest of their JODY counterparts on my roof last October. That was so much fun.
Agent Provocateur is having a huge sale…
Watching Ted Talks this morning. Love you Netflix…
The homie Jerry Jones of East Village Radio’s Gold River Show picked his 10 favorite mixtapes of 2013. He’s got some gems in there for sure.
I should keep a permanent tab open for queen bee Lily Mercer. She’s one of my favorite hip hop personalities. Of course she’s a Brit. <3
Rapper Chace Greene is kind of a basic, but I have eternal love for Kobe Bryant, so I clicked. Of course disappointment ensued once the video started. Sidenote, the guys that run StupidDope are lovely.
I sometimes read CMS Wire.
Chicago producer and #SAVEMONEY member Thelonious Martin dropped a new mixtape titled ANTHOLOGY today. DL HERE.
So did Ryan Hemsworth. Halifax’s biggest star dropped a mixtape of 10 previously unreleased reworks of Beyonce, Future, Lorde, Chief Keef, Disclosure and more. DL RYANPACKv1 HERE.
HOLIDAY SHOPPING WITH MIGOS AT FAO SCHWARZ
Last week I went shopping at FAO Schwarz in NYC with Migos. We did an interview and took a million photos. Check it out.
“What ya gonna do when you get out of jail? I’m gonna have some fun…”
- Tom Tom Club, ”Genius of Love”
And fun we did have last week with ATL’s always Versace-clad rap trio, Migos. The guys, including OffSet who just returned from a bid, stopped by FAO Schwarz on a quick trip to NYC, to do a little holiday shopping and talk about their plans for 2014.
Follow along with our photo recap of Migos exploring 5th Avenue’s most off tha wall toy store and get the scoop on YRN 2, their new “Hannah Montana” video, and if they prefer Beyonce, Nicki or Rihanna. Happy Holidaze!
Read the interview and see all the hilarious photos over at Mass Appeal.