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)


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.

Don’t Think. Just Listen. King Louie.

I just ate dinner and I am tired so I don’t feel like delving too deep in to this one.  That is ok because there isn’t much of anything below the surface of King Louie’s first Epic track.  Louie is first of the newest crop of Chicago rappers to “hit the big time,” along with Chief Keef who you might know from his impossibly humorless track “I Don’t Like” but you probably know because his producer through a hissy fit when Kanye remixed his shitty song.  Here is the link to the original, but don’t listen to it.  It’s terrible.

“Val Venis” is what it’s called and just to get the mystery out of the way, yes this is a reference to the wrestler, Sean Sorely aka Val Venis aka just another creepy wrestler persona (he came out in just a towel), and no I have no idea what this has to do with the song.  Although, it may have something to do with these unconfirmed reports of some kind of signature dance to go along with it.  I’ll keep you posted.  Anyway, this is the track and its mindless but dammit its catchy and I have been listening to it all day.  Don’t think about it, just bump it in your whip while you are driving slow through your neighborhood pretending people are impressed by how loud your music is.

(via Pitchfork)

UPDATE:  Yes, it is a dance.  You’re welcome ladies.


Gambino v Drake

Ok, just a couple of things.  First, Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino aka Troy Barnes is becoming one of the most talented entertainers around.  The guy has always been funny.  He wrote for 30 Rock, plays one of the funniest characters on TV, and was a pretty decent rapper.  Now, judging from this performance the other night on Conan he is now more than just a decent rapper.  He’s a performer.

Glover has been spitting out mixtapes under the Gambino name for a few years now.  All of them full of dexterous wordplay and killer one liners (the man is a comedy writer after all).  Now his first official release, Camp, is a few days old and its becoming more and more clear that this hip hop thing is no joke.  He just keeps getting better and better.

Alright, point number two. There is another music blog that I frequent called Pigeons and Planes. Its a hip hop and indie rock site but it definitely leaning toward the former.  The last few days there seems to be a bit of a war brewing in the comments section between fans of Childish Gambino and Drake.  I am perplexed because, other than both having albums released on the same day (Drake’s Take Care on Young Money and Glover’s Camp on indie Glassnote), I don’t see what the two have in common.  They seem to be part of two separate worlds, one awful (Drake) and one not awful (Gambino).

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Peaking Lights – Marshmallow Yellow (Main Attraktionz Remix)

Peaking Lights are compiling a remix EP of songs off of their mostly (unjustly) ignored album 936.    This is my favorite track so far.  As if Peaking Lights weren’t dubby enough, they throw Main Attraktionz on top and I can almost see smoke rising from my speakers. Check out for streaming tracks from the Wisconsin duo.

Peaking Lights

(via  Gorilla vs Bear)

R. Kelly: Idiot Savant

Besides being a colossal nutbag R. Kelly is also so incredibly creative that it borders on mental illness.  If there ever was a celebrity whose biography needed to be written it his.  This book is being written (it’s an autobiography, by the way), praise the lord!  The release date is still in question but the title is not.  It could not be more perfect.  R. Kelly’s autobiography is titled, “Soula Coaster:  The Diary of Me.”  Oh yeah, that’s real, and its wonderful.

Side Note:  Maybe you thought it was done by a 12 year old with photo shop, but that is actually the real book cover above.  Merry early Christmas to us all.

Nacho Picasso – Numbnuts

If you loved that ASAP Rocky mixtape that dropped a few days ago then here is another artist that needs your attention.  Nacho Picasso hails from Seattle but takes cues from classic Houston hip hop. “Numbnuts,” with production by Seattle duo, Blue Sky Black Death, is off of his debut For the Glory which you can download for free here.

This Video Is Covered In Awesome

One thing I do love about hip hop is the seemingly constant opportunity for collaboration.  If you took the Arcade Fire and mixed them together with Queens of the Stone Age all you would get would be a horrible mess, but rappers, whose styles can seem completely different, can become united inside of the right beat.  Good rappers also tend to collaborate with other good rappers.  No one decent is standing in line to get in on the next Pitbull track.

That brings us to this NSFW-ish video from — now stay with me — Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire.  Yes, that is the man’s stage name and although it is god-awful he is a big part, along with folks like ASAP Rocky and Das Racist, of what is making New York rap relevant again.  This is the remix of the track “Huzzah” off of his Lost in Translation mixtape and it features (see great artists connect with great artists) El-P, Das Racist, and Danny Brown.  Forget hooks, forget the club.  This is filthy, dirty, grimy hip hop at its finest.

(via Pigeons and Planes)

Get the New Domo Genesis Mixtape

Odd Future’s resident purveyor of the herbal arts, Domo Genesis, has a new mixtape now available for download.  Download Under the Influence here and fade out.  Here’s the closing track “Benediction.”

(via Consequence of Sound)

Common – Ghetto Dreams feat. Nas

Nowadays, when anyone with a computer and access to Pro Tools can record a hip hop song its nice to be reminded how the professionals do it.  Common and Nas are always so damn solid.  This track is nothing groundbreaking but its far from average.

(via Consequence of Sound)