Hey, here is a band you aren’t listening to even though you should. Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley are DZ Deathrays and they are young and loud and angry about something (probably a lot of things). The next time you want to turn your nice quiet get together into a a PCU style house party, throw this guy on.
Soon El-P, Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, and Despot are heading out on tour together. The “Into the Wild Tour” will be different from your typical hip hop mega tour in the sense that it will not be terrible. It will, in fact, be the opposite of terrible. Somewhere in the neighborhood of “The Best Thing Ever” and “Oh, I Just Shit Myself!” In celebration of this momentous event they are releasing a free mixtape, hosted by Trackstar the DJ, that will serve as sort of a tour appetizer. Get it here
Here is your newest WTF collaboration. It blows my mind that anyone would want to catch themselves on the same track as Kreayshawn but apparently a couple of talented artists (Grimes and Blood Diamonds) and another one (Tragik) found themselves in just this position. These four went into a room for ten minutes and made something they are calling a song. Its called “Don’t Smoke My Blunt Bitch” and, you are in luck, there is also a video. Its like the musical version of middle finger and its pointed at you America.
Alriggghhhttt! It has been so long since we have had a real life hip hop hatefest. Yes, fans are great at letting an artist know when they are being terrible (i.e. Waka Flacka Flame every goddamn minute of the day. Did you know he has a new video out called “Rooster in My Rari” starring a 6ft tall rooster? God in heaven!.) but when is the last time we had a good diss track? Ok, maybe this happens all the time but they are always entertaining.
This newest duel seems to be a little one sided. In the red corner is Common, one of the most respected figures on scene and one of the few who was around when the diss track was a common weapon in the hip hoppers arsenal. Over in this corner, which is a pale lavender that has been gently brushed with tears, is Drake. Young, naive, former Canadian child star, Drake. I have tried my best to make it crystal clear how unabashedly mediocre he is but, alas, the people do not seem to hear me so I guess I am going to have to let Common take him down for me.
After you listen to the two tracks (Drake’s shot and Common’s reply, which is over the same goddamn track) I feel like the winner is obvious, after round one anyway. Their approaches are very different. Drake beats around the bush a bit. His disses are vague and tentative. A scared kid hiding behind a wall of manufactured braggadocio and Rick Ross’ homeless beard. I’m guessing when he sees how overmatched he is he will claim that he wasn’t talking about Common at all.
Common, on the other hand, is straight to the point. The man is nothing if not confident and he seems very comfortable in this role. Its like a dad scolding his kid. His best line: “Make no mistake. I’m talkin’ about Drake.” This is a man. I can’t wait for the response.
By the way, I have no idea what this is about. Its probably over something really important. I’ll keep you posted.
Fiona Apple has put out a video for her latest single “Every Single Night” and, this is a first for me, I am going to endorse a video without having listened to the song. At the moment I am watching Breaking Bad and that is my top priority (and it should be yours, too) so I will have to listen to it later. I did watch it (minus sound) and I am happy to see that even after ten years of making music Apple is still exploring new ways of being odd. In this case, that means wearing an octopus on her head. Yeah, that is what I said.