Staff Picks Week Of 7/16/2012

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jGerson: The weather has been lovely in New York all week and I must say that Curren$y and Harry Fraud’s collabo EP Cigarette Boats really captures the essence of an afternoon spent lounging in the shade. Although most of the songs run short, there’s something to be said about how Harry switched up his style to compliment Spitta with some ultra chill instrumentals. “Leaving The Deck” and “Biscayne Bay” are my two personal favorite cuts, but the whole thing plays through pretty smoothly.

Aside from the aforementioned collabo, I was really feeling Elzhi’s latest joint “Blue Widow.” After a brief hiatus, Elzhi returned with what is speculated to be the first leak from his highly-anticipated follow up to The Preface. I had to pick this one because, in my humble opinion, Elzhi is light-years beyond most MCs in the game from a flow standpoint. Plus, the track’s classic soul vibe really made caught my attention. To me, Elzhi basically picked up where Eminem left off when he stopped being so multisyllabic. I really enjoy how his lyrics are somewhat unpredictable because his concept of flowing is so off-the-wall, yet concise at the same time. I also really enjoyed “Swimming Pools (Drank)” by Kendrick Lamar, but I’ll let J Harmony talk more in-depth on that…

Curren$y & Harry Fraud Cigarette Boats

Elzhi “Blue Widow”


Serge: I’ve been trying to get back on my movie flow, and I did so by checking out that flick, Ted,’ which was INSANELY funny! Seth MacFarlane, (the creator of Family Guy) definitely hit a homerun with this movie, especially for it being his first major movie directorial debut. So far the movie has grossed $190,293,000.00 worldwide on a $50,000.000.00 budget. If that’s not making a profit, then I don’t know what is. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, then you’re cheating yourself.

drullis: Diplo’s Mad Decent is teaming up with Puma this year to present the Mad Decent Block Party which has been a huge success over the past few years. Each summer when the announcement for the block party has come I know plenty of people, as well as myself, are always extremely excited to check the lineup and dates. Mad Decent has surely provided event goers with quality lineups and festivities each year the block party has taken place. It is definitely a highlight of the summer for me and this year will be no different. This year there will be 5 cities where block parties will take place. Check out this link to the block party’s website to find out if Mad Decent will be coming to a city near you. Also, Check out the site below to RSVP.  Artists who will be performing are listed on Mad Decent’s website as well, and each city has a different lineup. Personally, I am excited to check out what will surely be a dope day of partying in NYC on 8/5, but I encourage you to try to get to any Mad Decent Block Party that comes near you. The day is filled with live music and plenty of awesome people to occupy your time. The block party has built up from a small event to now having five stops, all of them in major cities, which is a testament to how good these block parties are. Don’t be a lame and be sure to join Mad Decent & Puma celebrate the annual Mad Decent Block Party.



ReallyP: It’s been a ruff week for Charlamagne Tha God, of Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club. I haven’t seen someone take flight like this in a long time. The funniest part is when he almost gets run over by a PT Cruiser-slash-car-mixed-with-a-mini-van. I thought Charlamagne had some kind of squabble. I hope they bring this up on MTV’s Guy Code, because there were some guy codes definitely broken.



J Harmony: It’s been a slow week, so I was able to catch up on things I might’ve missed out on as the week prior was jampacked with July 4th activities. Among those things was watching Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg’s stoner flick, Mac & Devin Go To High School. It’s a straight-to-DVD movie so don’t expect the next How High. That being said, the movie has it’s fair share of funny moments and enough marijuana consumption to satisfy any smoker.

I also took the time to listen to Childish Gambino’s Royalty mixtape which was surprisingly on point as Gambino has definitely improved since his debut album, Camp, even claiming to be taking voice lessons. What stands out most are Royalty‘s features. Gambino did a a great job of getting artists from all across the board recruiting artists like RZA, Ghostface Killah, Chance The Rapper, Kilo Kish, Danny Brown, and even ScHoolboy Q and Ab-Soul from TDE. Speaking of TDE, Kendrick Lamar’s latest offering, “Swimming Pools (Drank)” is yet another solid Kendrick joint that is sure to receive a ton of spins this summer. On it, K Dot touches on alcohol use in addition to getting “faded” which is ironic seeing that Kendrick supposedly isn’t about that life.

This week marked the 8th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Busta Rhymes headlined and put on a show for the ages bringing out Slick Rick, Smif N Wessun, Q-Tip, Buckshot and more. The show also marked the 19-year reunion of The Leaders Of The New School.

Also worth noting is Sunday’s Breaking Bad Season 5 premiere. It’s safe to say, the show is as dope as it ever was. All Hail The King.

Kendrick Lamar “Swimming Pools (Drank)”