Q says a lot of vague things about Kendrick not going at Drake in the verse, and then starts nervously fidgeting when asked to elaborate. That verse was going at Drake but…it must stink to have to talk about K. Dot in every interview for his album. The Control Effect, everyone!
Quelle Chris, reppin’ all that’s good with rap, blesses us with his new tape in a year when he seems to appear on almost every noteworthy project. Click the stream and enjoy. Hat tip to Mello Music Group.
This kid is 15 and posted his video on Reddit. I found it and watched it. It was worth the time spent. I’m going to bypass the fact that his name is T.O.K.E.N. and commend his skills. Bravo.
This guy is like if Eminem and Tek 9 had a lovechild with Halloween. He can rap though.
DJ Enuff hosts uptown hustler Bodega BAMZ. Very aggressive, criminal rhymes that work just fine for crooked cops and drug fiends.
So, the short-term plan: meet Azealia, do the Interview Of A Lifetime, wait for her to propose, live on the Cancun playa for the rest of my days. On the off chance that she’s reading this, I like Geminis, Azealia, and will be the Rohan to your Lauryn. Aight, I’m out. Peace.
Mac Miller has a good musical sensibility, and is a talented lyricist. He’s combining his powers well.
we had high hopes for jermaine. his mixtape “the warm up” was a needed shot of vigor in a slumping independent scene, wanting for a sellable, sobering presence. his college kid pluckiness and tupac-nas derivative flows were respectful without mimicking. his collegiality was light-hearted, but not obnoxious. then, he got signed to a record deal, and it all unraveled.
“Why the hell does he need those gatekeepers?” Preach, Brother Marc. “Luxury, says who?!” This is terrific. (To be fair, Marc Ecko has a color privilege that Kanye does not have.)
Fresh off a critically acclaimed collaboration album with Detroit producer/rapper Quelle Chris, Brooklyn’s Cavalier sneaks us in to his listening experience party for his album Chief. It promises to be a lively, herb-invoking, spiritual bacchanalia. We’ll be tuned in for more.
The homey Kiese Laymon over at Gawker put me on to this song “Stop And Frisk.” Young emcees spitting about socially relevant issues in an election year? I’m in. Listen to a tale of police and state-sponsored discrimination told from two very different sides of the spectrum. Then, share that wealth.