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.
Like a dad with weekend rights, he hasn’t left the kids for long. Joey Bada$$ provides some more hype for his upcoming album debut after two years of touring his mixtape. Tim Westwood lets him flex over this summer’s standout tracks. Video after the jump.
Watch this clip and tell me Common isn’t still — after 20 years — one of the best rap artists who can freestyle spontaneous verses at the drop of a beat. The lengthy interview is respect due to the Chi-town legend, who’s making the press rounds for his 10th album Nobody’s Smiling, and the freestyle is at the very end. Check the video after the jump.
BBC Radio has hosted some of the best freestyle sessions not named Sway In The Booth. Vic Mensa kills this for about 8 minutes non-stop almost fully off the top. It’s a notable brilliant moment in his already bright career. Watch the video after the jump.
The TDE member next in line stops by the Boombox for a freestyle. His lazy tone and delivery betray the mic skills for sure but that’s Soul-O at his best, confusing his supporters by delaying his greatness. Check the freestyle after the jump.
How do you tell who is going to be massively and unabashedly successful? Can you see their desire? Or hear it? Kanye West, in comparison to his fully formed self, has never been the Kanye we know. The one we know has always been forming in moments like this, when nobody really cared he was there and he came to understand that as a mistake of their existence by proving em wrong. He catches a little Nasty Nas flow too, it’s fun. Watch his impressive freestyle after the jump.
This is the shortest freestyle ever. Since it’s Stalley that’s probably good news for both of us.
DJ Statik Selektah brings us another black-and-white video of the vintage-stamped crew of Joey Bad And Friends.
Kid Ink works this appearance smartly, unraveling a timely flow and suave bounce over the “F*ckWitMeYouKnowIGotIt” instrumental.
He seems a little “too cool” for radio freestyling but he does his best to entertain the hosts.
And photoshoot…for the tony of you.
A friend said Mac Miller is a poor man’s Earl Sweatshirt. I say, over B.I.G.’s “Sky’s The Limit”, he sounds like a rich man’s Asher Roth.