I love songs that have sounds that can’t be put into one category. Some of you readers notice I love music that can’t be defined by one genre. It just seems to sound real fresh to me when I hear music that mixes genres.
First let’s start off with a song from Travis Barker‘s latest album, Let The Drummer Get Wicked. It features Lupe Fiasco and the rapping is dope over the rock instrumentals. Lupe’s flow just comes off the instrumentals so smooth for over a guitar and drum beat. Lupe Fiasco – Joaquin Phoenix ft. Travis Barker Curren$y be”Soundbombin'” on this track, basically just killing it with his flow on the live drum set with the rocking instrumentals. Curren$y – Soundbombin
Next we got LA rapper Murs and Jacksonville punk band Whole Wheat Bread joining forces for a song called “I-10”, named after a freeway I cruise along in LA a lot. I love the punk rock instrumental and chorus with Murs killing it as usual with his unique flow. Murs = best LA underground hip-hop artist. Murs and Whole Wheat Bread – I-10
Next we got The ILLZ with a song that put out in February called “Learn To Fly (The Rocket)”. I haven’t loved every song from them, but they sound real close to a local act I love, SomeWhere Else. If I were flying now, this would be one of the dopest songs from lift-off. The ILLZ – Learn To Fly (The Rocket) [Single Version]
Lastly I wanted to give you a fun-loving song from MTHDS. I featured them a few weeks back with “Positive Movement”. Here’s another hit from their last release, Ship Of Fools (download), called “A Song About Life”. MTHDS – A Song About Life
SomeWhere Else is a hip-hop band with three MC’s and a guitarist. Each of the MC’s have a fairly distinct sound over some awesome rock instrumentals. “Skeptic” is one of my top 5 favorite tracks from them. As SomeWhere Else keeps working on tracks, I see them better developing their sound and more clearly defining this hip-hop/rock sound they bring. SomeWhere Else – Skeptic
Shout out to Jono the guitarist for sending me this.
Here’s an interesting and odd Michael Jackson tribute performed by Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy. He performs several classic MJ songs and looks somewhat weird at times singing the songs.
To bunch these songs together might not be fair, but if you like rap songs when they have a banging rock instrumental with some nice guitar riffs on it, then you came to the right post.
First song, credit P&P for finding the latest song from The Knux, “She’s So Up”. I love the instrumental, the rapping is really good and I can’t wait for what The Knux bring us next. The Knux – She’s So Up
Next we got Kyle Lucas who teamed up with STS and Pierce The Veil in “Picking Up The Pieces”. The flow is really good, an interesting sounding hook that sounds like a female Chester Bennington (of Linkin Park) and overall there is some good rock that drops in later in the song. STS/Pierce The Veil/Kyle Lucas – Picking Up The Pieces
Team Prolific came out with this song in January called, “Getting Down”, and it is by far the best song I have heard from them. Support them by purchasing it on iTunes. Prolific – Getting Down
Lastly, this song came out in 2010 and I didn’t feel right posting it because Ghostface Killah really isn’t an up-and coming artist which we mostly write about. However the song, which is off his latest album, Apollo Kid, has some of the best instrumentals plus Ghostface Killah and Black Thought straight up kill it with their lyricism and flow. Ghostface Killah – In Tha Park (Feat. Black Thought)
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If there is an artist to get on board with that more people should know about, it’s Kokayi. Above is the music video for “Roxtar” which is one of my favorite songs from him and the dope single from his Robots & Dinosaurs album (Buy). Roxtar (right-click to download)
If you’re wondering who those animals in the background of the music video are, that’s The Rock-afire Explosion, an animatronic robot band that was widely popular in the 1980’s. You can find more about them here.
Don’t sleep on Kokayi, he’s got loads of potential. Currently he’s working with a jazz band and in plans on a national tour. Follow Kokayi on facebook and twitter.
Above is a video of J. Cole and Wale freestyling at a Denny’s in Illinois. I think Wale won.
Below is two dope songs from Wale came out within the last few weeks that I had to post. “Let’s Chill” ft. Lloyd is a more R&B type song with a very good beat, dope rapping from Wale and good vocals from Lloyd.
“Sky High” is the newest single from The White House Band, who have dope rock instrumentals to go along with some good rapping. I think The White House Band are improving and this is one of the better jams I have heard from them.
We fell a little behind on e-dubble but that just means you get two awesome tracks from him this week. Plus I discovered a cool video of e-dubble performing a song from his album, Hip-Hop Is Good (buy). The video is pretty funny to start because of the auto-tuned lyrics but I love how it picks up when e-dubble jumps in with the rock instrumentals.
Freestyle Friday #50 is called “Grown For A Minute” and e-dubble samples “Boy Lilikoi” by Jonsi. This is in my top 10 e-dubble songs and I enjoy the beat, hook and lyricism the most.
Freestyle Friday #51 is called “Space Rivers” which samples “I Follow Rivers” by Lykke Li. e-dubble produces another instrumental gem and keeping Lykke Li’s vocals makes for a more awesome alternative track.
Can’t wait until the next Freestyle Friday, I’m sure I’m not the only blogger who hopes this never ends.
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