You Need This Tape

Trackstar the DJ

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

(via Pigeons and Planes)

Weekend Playlist: 16 Jun 2012

These are some of my people. Guess which one is the worst.

Video Extra:  Every other singer should just quit while Lee Fields is around.

(via Yours Truly)

Grimes, Kreayshawn, Blood Diamonds, and Tragik Make “Music”

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.

Beef Watch: Common v Drake

(via the Fader)                                                                                                                          (pic via Fader)

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.

(via Pigeons and Planes)

Fiona Apple is Still Very Normal

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.

(via SundanceChannel)

Kanye Has Made Another Great Video; Is Still A Douche

Few artists baffle me like Kanye West.  As a human being he just seems like he would be awful to be around but dammit, he knows how to work a goddamn beat!  I hate the man but he keeps putting out great stuff.  He’s like an abusive boyfriend.  No matter how many times he hits me over the head with his terrible personality I keep coming back to him and now he has done it again.

You have probably all heard this track by now and to be fair, the song (i.e. words, lyrics) are not anything special but that beat is a monster.  Now there is a video for the track featuring Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz and, don’t get me wrong, I think its great.  It is shot very simplisticly and very stylishly and I should have never watched it.  Now, every time I hear this song from now on I am going to see his douchey mug limping through my brain.  He is just the worst.  All day long.

Side Note:  A white guy with a rat tail made this beat.  He calls himself Lifted and I think I might hate him, too.

Community: The Dark Knight Rises

So, where has this blog been, you might be asking?

Or: OH GOD IT’S BACK? WHY WON’T THEY JUST SHUT UP? you might be screaming.

In either event, the Oscars didn’t get me back to write about movies and the Grammys didn’t get the blog’s creator back to write about music. So what did it?

A “Community” season three promo parody of “The Dark Knight”. Thank you, MC, for making my day and the day of others, good sir.

Things I Missed This Year: Is Tropical – The Greeks

Even though I do enjoy end of the year “best of” lists but you aren’t going to see any on this site because I simply don’t have the time or the energy.  What I will do is let you in on some of the cool songs, videos, remixes, etc that I missed over the course of the year. This is my “Things I Missed This Year” series.  Pretty intuitive right?

The first installment features the video for English electro group Is Tropical’s track “The Greeks.”  I can’t believe this video flew under my radar and I am very disappointed in myself.  This might be the most provocative (and most effed up) video of the year.  It follows a group of pre-teens playing the most intense game of cops and robbers you have ever seen, complete with gangland hits and drug deals gone wrong.  All the guns are of the plastic or Nerf variety but what makes this different is we get to take a peak and what might be happening inside these kid’s heads.

(via Consequence of Sound)