Keith Masters is back with his latest single, “Atlantis 1997″, produced by synth-wave 80′s pop sounding UK band Futurecop! and Toronto DJ duo Kill Them With Colour. The production is top-notch, lyrical flow is on point, I think this is definitely worth a listen if you dig hip-hop with interesting beats.
Stream and DOWNLOAD “Atlantis 1997″.
Late last month, Red Bull Sound Select and Filter Magazine came together to curate a fantastic hip-hop show featuring El-P with a special guest appearance from Killer Mike. What I thought would be a 30 minute set from headliner El-P turned into a 45 minute to 1 hour set of Run The Jewels the collaborative alternative hip-hop duo of El-P and Killer Mike, two super talented and super underrated rappers who came up big that night with impeccable flow, dope production that might be some of the best in hip-hop in 2013 and overall pleasing the crowd with their antics and high energy set.
Run The Jewels put out one of the most impressive free albums of 2013 with their self-titled debut and I sure hope El-P and Killer Mike jump back into the studio to work on some more cuts together while they are on tour (schedule below) as Run The Jewels as they bring two sorta different hip-hop audiences together with El-P one of the old school alternative hip-hop acts and founder of Definitive Jux label (signing Murs and Aesop Rock) while Killer Mike is on the cusp of mainstream attention, with features on some of the top acts like Big Sean, Kanye West, Mike Posner and much more. In fact, some details have surfaced regarding Run The Jewels 2.
Anyways, I loved the show and want to give a shout out to @Lauralista for hooking me up with tickets. Stream and download (FREE) the full Run The Jewels album below, my favorite tracks are “Run The Jewels” and “Sea Legs”.
Here’s the upcoming tour dates for Run The Jewels:
Mon, Jan 27 – Laneway Festival – Auckland, NZ
Tues, Jan 28 – Laneway Festival (Side Show) – Wellington, NZ
Fri, Jan 31 – Laneway Festival – Brisbane, AUS
Feb 1 – Laneway Festival – Melbourne, AUS
Feb 2 – Laneway Festival – Sydney, AUS
Tues, Feb 4 – Laneway Festival (Side Show) – Sydney, AUS
Thurs, Feb 6 – Laneway Festival (Side Show) – Melbourne, AUS
Fri, Feb 7 – Laneway Festival – Adelaide, AUS
Sat, Feb 8 – Laneway Festival – Freemantle, AUS
Fri, April 25 – Counterpoint Festival – Kingston Downs, GA
Tonight it’s going down at The Troubadour with an underrated hip-hop show put together by Red Bull Sound Select. I’ve been to a few of their events before and it’s always a good time but tonight should be a solid hip-hop show with some interesting local acts.
LA-based hip-hop trio Warm Brew, talented rapper/producer Azizi Gibson, and insightful rapper Thurz, who has broken away from U-N-I to create compelling, poignant solo concept albums, will kick off the night. Renowned Brooklyn rapper and Definitive Jux founder El-P will headline.
The show is all ages and tickets are just $3 for those who RSVP at http://win.gs/1jqfzYC, with all proceeds going back to support the opening local bands.
Here’s some more info below on the artists performing, including a song and/or video I enjoy from them. (more…)
My favorite Jewish rapper, Kosha Dillz, released a trippy alternative hip-hop music video several weeks ago and after watching it a couple times, I’m a big fan!
The spontaneous and eclectic Kosha Dillz has no borders when it comes to his music and “Where My Homies Be” is proof of his always appealing nature. Equipped with stimulating visuals full of kaleidoscope’esque images akin to an acid trip, courtesy of Director Robbie Barclay, the video will definitely leave a lasting impression on the listener. Adding Gangsta Boo & Murs to the equation only adds to the insanity on the track, as each emcee is able to effortlessly flow over Belief’s infectious instrumental. “Where My Homies Be” is featured on Kosha Dillz’ sophomore album Awkward In a Good Way, which is now available on iTunes and you can stream below. (more…)
Pittsburgh rapper Yury released his new video “Worry” directed by Bill Paladino. Bill has been the primary videographer for Wiz Khalifa for years and shot his world tour and Black & Yellow. Bill has joined the iamYURY team because he sees the vision that Yury has.
Here’s an exclusive direct quote from Yury about the song:
The theme is that stress and worrying don’t really solve much. Life is exponentially complicated so you can approach that one of two ways, negatively or positively. I want viewers to get really introspective. Really take a step back and question why they do what they do, or why they don’t do what they want to do.
Watch the video to “Worry” below.
Last Saturday I witnessed one of the best hip-hop producers of all time, Pete Rock, reunite with CL Smooth to perform many of their classic hits as well as hear Camp Lo perform some oldies but goodies in hip-hop. It was a show with people of all ages and colors, mostly dudes and latin folk but overall a good sold-out vibe that was impossible not to sweat in the cosy confines of The Roxy in West Hollywood.
Overall it was a fun show but I’ve learned that I will never love a hip-hop show over other genres if I can’t rattle off most of hte lyrics to most of the songs. It’s why I’ve never become a big fan of Busta Rhymes or Twista, their dialect is just too quick in rapping for me to repeat and follow along. However the production behind the old school hip-hop acts I saw, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, and before them Camp Lo, really made me appreciate how the older hip-hop acts sampled quality old school jazz, soul and blues rhythms to create the songs that made them special.
It’s hard for me to quite remember my favorites that I didn’t already enjoy because like I said earlier, for me it’s tough to rap along to lyrics I hadn’t previously heard. Below is my favorites from the acts I saw last Saturday at The Roxy. (more…)
As of yesterday, it was announced that hip-hop superstar Jay-Z will release his newest album next month! It will be called Magna Carta Holy Grail and will be released three days early for all Samsung users (for free). Hova is a pioneer in the hip-hop world and we expect nothing but greatness in this album with lots of collaborations (including Pharrell, Swizz Beatz, Timbaland and more). It should be quite an exciting album.
Check out the video below for more information on the upcoming album:
Last week we saw Air Dubai and For The Foxes perform at the legendary music venue The Roxy on Sunset Boulevard. For the most part it was a very solid show. However there were a few turn offs.
Air Dubai’s music is great and very cutting edge. I really love their alternative hip-hop vibe. However, their sound system and drummer were way to loud. Therefore it was really tough to hear the singers and gain a full appreciation for the music being played.
If they lowered the sound a little bit and got rid of the drummer, it would be perfect. The drummer should only be used if they ever perform at large festivals and not for small, intimate music venues. If they can fix those things I mentioned above, then their live shows will be taken to a whole other level. Below is my favorite song of theirs that they performed from the night.
Air Dubai – “All Day”:
Next up on stage was For The Foxes. I never heard of them prior to their set and in all honesty, was not much of a fan. The smooth instrumental’s were solid but the main singer seemed like he was trying too hard to be a singer from One Direction. His extremely high voice was just not cutting it for me. Maybe it’s just not my type of music. My favorite track of theirs from the night is below.
For The Foxes – “The Revolution”: