The kick and the snap on this one makes it the ideal blend of ATL crunk and Bay Area bounce. This duo could put out an album of only these and we’d be cool. Rich Homie is a revivalist in this unique way, finding a groove where his melodies fit and sticking to it. Check the fraternity stepper inspired video after the jump.
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As if this headline weren’t ridiculous enough, watch the footage of Donald Glover a.k.a. Childish Gambino acting…well, childish. This is all part of a performance meant to hype a crowd in Sydney, Australia and to live precisely in a moment. But, the actor-turned-rapper is often so caught up in his own internet self-awareness (i.e. titling last year’s proper debut Because The Internet) that it’s hard to believe this was all spontaneous. What does he stand to gain from name-dropping? Check the video after the jump.
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From Retro Hash, here is a hippie Asher Roth with a soul infusion from ZZ Ward. This is a better look for him than the smug frat boy ethos of “I Love College” and that era. The grainy filter and hazy images give light to already sparkling harmonies in a full musical experience unlike AR’s previous stuff. Check it out after the jump.
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Cormega and Large Professor teamed up for Mega Philosophy, a kind of manifesto on the music today and the wheres, whys, and hows of its significance. “Industry” in particular is a great lead-off to these themes, both praising the genre for its ascendant ethos and offering some criticism of its contradictions. H/t to Drew Millard at Noisey for putting the light on this.
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Freeway & the Jacka are the latest in a duo series the Philly gangster rapper has formed. His works with JakeOne and Girl Talk, respectively, were solid. Of course his State Property team were the best almost-legends that never were. “Cherry Pie” features Gibbs and singer Jynx trotting through broken ghettoes, singing a hustler song through smoke plumes. Check it after the jump. H/t Miss Info.
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Dang. All right. I woke up to this. It’s the cover art for Nicki’s new single “Anaconda.” To be clear, we’d never see this on Beyonce’s Instagram and it’s not because Bey has more respect for herself than Nicki does. The Young Money Queen is feeling that pressure to stay in her Starship. Explore the issue after the jump.
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