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Yeezus taps Miley for Blkkk Skkkn Head Remix?

Yeah, you read it right. Coming off of her highly provocative and controversial performance at the VMA’s (how raunchy was it? ABC had an article on the “Science” of Twerking), Miley was reported to have been a no show at her own VMA Afterparty. Now these are all rumors so don’t get your headphone cords all up in a bunch, but coincidentally Kanye was a no show at Jay Z’s and Diddy’s afterparty as well. If it does add up this will be one of those Ye tracks where he just totally blind sides you with genius. Many forget the simple fact that Miley Cyrus is a talented vocal artist in her respects. To see what Kanye has planned, if all this is true, would only add to his rap sheet of greatness. I am personally excited, but a tad bit skeptic, about this project but I have faith. 

We’d like to hear some of your opinions though. Hit up our inbox or twitter and share with us some of your opinions on this possible collaboration. 

-Shawn

08/28-13
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Video Review

Hive by Earl Sweatshirt

Since his not so voluntary hiatus from the scene, Odd Future’s lyrical blackout has returned with his second single off of the anticipated album Doris If you liked his first self titled LP, then I put it on everything that you not only find this track, but Doris itself, feeling totally different.  With that being said, fans know, that Sweatshirt ain’t nothing to fuck with.

With the release of the video for Hive, Earl brings back that dark suburban vibe back.This time around, Vince Staples and Casey Veggies collab on the track to raise a Leviathan of lyrical fury. The beat, though simplistic, has very complex elements to it the many OF fans will find a delight to listen to.

But, like any Earl Sweatshirt track, niggas might need to open up that Rap Genius tab to read along. So many bars that you’re ears are going to miss if you just only listen to it. "Desolate testaments trying to stay Jekyll-ish. But niggas Hyde, and Brenda just stay pregnant".

Sweatshirt honestly stands out in the whole OF collective. If you appreciate rappers merking beats with such bars that should be in loaded into a revolver, I would suggest you give this video a look.

- Shawn 

08/19-13
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Album Review

Body Music by AlunaGeorge

AlunaGeorge: weird name aside, this duo is on to something. Comprised of singer and songwriter Aluna Francis and producer George Reid, AlunaGeorge is a new school/futuristic dance/psychedelic pop addition to London’s music scene. Aluna’s eccentricity and sassy playfulness combine with George’s busy production to create an interesting style of music more often seen in the UK than the US. Plus, they’re both really cute in an awkward way (see “You Know You Like It”[above], “Attracting Flies”).

They were nominated for a Critics’ Choice award in the 2013 BRIT Awards as well as BBC’s Sound of 2013 poll. An EP aptly titled You Know You Like It was released in the summer of 2012 and followed by Body Music, a similar album released July 26th, 2013.

AlunaGeorge’s new album is a must-have for my summer playlist. It’s a little girly at times (ok, it’s actually a lot girly; might be a deal breaker for some people) but it’s also soulful and fun. I’d recommend it for fans of SBTRKT, Little Dragon, Disclosure, or Florence + the Machine. Bottom line: check it out if you’re a fan of international music. I don’t know why you wouldn’t be, but it won’t disappoint.

-Styles

08/13-13
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Album Review
Watching Movies With The Sound Off by Mac Miller

What up world? Yesterday, Mr. Macadelic Miller gave us his sophomore album following 2011’s Blue Slide Park. Watching Movies With The Sound Off is just that— a movie. Well, we’re not actually watching anything, and we’re listening to an album, so maybe the title should’ve been “Listening to the Soundtrack with No Visuals” (nah I’m corny.) But the cinematic portrayal of the album can be seen in the production and lyrics which outlines the mind of Malcolm James McCormick (now that’s a movie title.) It’s a more serious album for sure. Rap Genius even claims that cover art represents Mac as Adam trying not to be influenced by temptation. Really Rap Genius? This is the same rapper that featured on Hip Hop Squares and stars in his own humorous TV show often being stoned out of his mind. However, Mac has never been a one dimensional weed rapper as his critics would shallowly assume.  The opening track Star Room ends with the lines “Can’t decide if you like all the fame/ Three years ago to now, it’s just not the same./ I’m looking out the window ashing on the pane./ I wonder if I lost my way.” This tends to be the underlying theme throughout. Mac has started the question the value of his celebrity and wonders where to go from there. And like any great movie, everyone wants to know who will be cast alongside the main actor. We got a golden globe nominated group on this one: Vinny Radio, Niki Randa, Odd future members Earl Sweatshirt  and Tyler, the Creator (deluxe version), Half of Black Hippy with Ab-Soul and ScHoolboy Q, Action Bronson, and bless us all, Jay ElectRamadan Muhammad Asalaamica RasoulAllah (Who’s uzi still weighs a ton, check the barometer!) As we progress through the songs, we can see the transition from the early class clown Mac we knew, on tracks such as Matches to the ultra poignant Mr. Miller that raps on Suplexes Inside of Complexes and Duplexes. The production goes from the light hearted and upbeat sounds we heard on the K.I.D.S. mixtape (classic joint along with the 1995 movie) to a more spaced out and solemn tempo. Start from finish it’s a journey of a kid who just wanted to do it big like any other star, into a more enlightened young man who is trying to figure out what everything’s worth. Mac gave us his life as a movie we’d pay to watch; I took my seat and clapped proudly at the end.

- Matt

06/19-13
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Da Reaper
Nickelus F
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Song Review
Da Reaper by Nickelus F

Nickelus F, the hottest rapper you never heard of, has done it again with his newest song, Da Reaper. Back in March we covered his conceptual mixtape, Vices, which is still one of my favorite projects so far in 2013. Nickelus F is best known for his tag team with Drake back in ’06. Now Drake has received his main event push, while Sweet Petey remains in the undercard. But he’s still doing his thing, as he’s done since 2000. Da Reaper can best be described as a downloadable add-on to Vices, featuring the same dark production and shadowy lyrics. Nick F’s style is best defined as an original style inspired by Bone Thugs ‘N Harmony and that old Houston screw music. (Which he does a lot better than A$AP Roc..zzzzzzZZZZZZZ)

The X-Factor here however, may very well be the beat tailor made by Shawn Kemp, and I don’t mean the NBA Legend. Shawn Kemp is the production alias for Lil Ugly Mane, a Richmond rapper/producer perhaps even less known than Nick Fury. I can best describe him as a hybrid between SpaceGhostPurrp and Jay Rock. If you’re familiar with Vices, Nickelus F brings basically the same type of content here, however my only vice with the mixtape was that some of the beats were hit or miss. Da Reaper presents a potential for a great team between Nick F and Shawn Kemp and I’m hoping that they continue these collaborations for hopefully a new tape. Check out the song below and also checkout my review of Vices here. And if you ain’t feeling it imma smack you with the force of Patrick Ewing.

Look Da Reaper in his face and download this track at Sweet Petey’s page.

“Fuckin with me you get killed for a pack of diapers!”

- Darius

06/06-13
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