Cops like to arrest black men, especially if they can tag the adjective “rapper” to the suspects. Fortunately, neither of these artists was held in custody, although as Joey shows, this kind of treatment is so absurd it’s laughable.
While Black Hippy, Top Dawg Entertainment and the Empire That Is Kendrick prepare for the tactical onslaught of music the camp will release, Ab-Soul broods. His time is nigh, but The Black Lip Pastor has shown no signs of anxiety. The unflappable, ever-cloudy emcee relays his thoughts on his upcoming project and the immense exposure his super-group has enjoyed.
Chuck Inglish is now a solo artist but probably still a Cool Kid, by most accounts. This blazing visual features Ab-Soul and Mac Miller in a drug-influenced trio of wacky rap. The former Cool Kid and producer impresario might have something on his hands if he can keep corralling rappers to fit his drop-heavy beats.
CJ Fly and Ab-Soul rip it over the 9th Wonder “Ether” remix beat. It’s a good preview of CJ Fly’s The Way Eye See It. Soul-o tries subversion by flipping a classic Hov verse to close with a touch of irony. Fire.
Top Dawg Entertainment’s president Terrence Henderson (aka “Punch”) sits with homegrown radio to talk about newfound success and how they got there. Be inspired, y’all.
Top Dawg Entertainment artist Isaiah Rashad stuns with this boldly spare video for “I Shot You Down.” His lyrics suggest inventive and gritty hood romanticism, and shrewd self-awareness. Nothing less from hip-hop’s creative top dogs of late.
The Downtown Music festival returned to New York CIty on May 10, 2013 to highlight a selection of buzzworthy artists from across the country. The evening started out at Element where Earl Sweatshirt, Ryan Hemsworth, and Antwon performed. The festivities continued at Capitale where Black Hippy was in attendance and ScHoolboy Q played an extended set. The evening ended with a late night performance from the emerging New York artist Kilo Kish at Tammany Hall. Pictures from NIght 2 coming soon. All photos by Lucas Farrar / Far Fetched Future.