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.
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Came Thru/Easily (feat. Mac Miller & Ab-Soul) from Chuck Inglish on Myspace. 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.
Detroit is releasing amazing hip-hop music. Crown Nation, Quelle Chris, Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, Danny Brown and a whole roster of gritty, rocky, sooty rhymers are giving “homegrown” a place in rap music again. This socially-relevant and wholly irreverent tape by Denmark Vessey titled Don’t Drink The Kool Aid will be in the rotation regularly through the fall (courtesy DJ House Shoes and Dirty Science). Do yourself a favor, and play.
Good, clean, inspirational hip-hop music. This is the kind of song borne from the struggles of a group almost disbanded due to life-threatening illnesses, real spit. Green Street returns with “New Beginnings,” now available on iTunes for download.
Heart just skipped three beats. Hipster Girls get at me.
I don’t know that there can be an heir to Nate Dogg, but Devin the Dude is close. He has much more fun with his relationship songs, as seen here. We all know one we “probably should have” filled in the blank with.
Black Milk might be the most complete producer/rapper in hip-hop. Still, he remains chronically slept-on. This album, No Poison No Paradise, will probably cement him as a critical favorite. Stream at the link.
Earl can do this in any location, on any tour stop, for any camera crew. Let the poetry flow, bruh. Profanity and all.
Chance The Rapper and James Blake go riding round town with haunting vocal timbres as their guide.
There’s something to be said for a 19-year-old artist who has a sense of his place in time, and a sense of time in general. Joey Bad starts this video with “vintage footage” (if there can be such a thing for a teen rapper) and then transports himself into the antiquity of rap that he loves so dearly. He mighta translated even better on analog and VHS.
For one of the most interesting Feature Rappers of the last five years, the crowd is unusually tame about Chainz’s cameo spots. That may be the risk of riding other songs but having a limited popular catalog of his own. He relies on hot songs to be present among the fans, so when those songs cool, his impression does too. Luckily, people always love strippers. Click the video for his full 26 minute set.
Quelle Chris makes dynamic and colorful music that he then raps to. The video for “Super F*ck” shows his style in an animated guide to the Best Workout Plan.
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