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His sophomore album may be closer to a release than expected and if the first few tracks are any indication, Kendrick will be holding onto his throne as hip hop’s new king.
♩ Kendrick Lamar – i [single]
I hope these two never stop making music. Some producers and MCs just click…similar to the vibes that Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar have, Freddie and Madlib keep old school gangster vibes going on Pinata. I love the sample on this track too (Thuggin is also on this record but that song has been out forever)
The T.D.E. crew continues to impress with every release. Obviously King Kendrick is still killing it with his various features and collabs with Flying Lotus, but his labelmates do not disappoint either. Schoolboy Q’s debut full length had features from fellow T.D.E. cohorts Jay Rock and Kendrick and other big names in hip hop like 2 Chainz and Tyler, The Creator.
I love when it’s obvious that rappers have beat envy. 0-100 was one of those tracks that every rapper wanted when they heard it because everyone soon released their own freestyles or remixes over that beat. Say what you want about Drake, but he can rap (sometimes) and he always gets dope production.
I’ve seen Mariachi El Bronx in concert twice, both times by accident. Each time I was blown away, each time I promptly forgot about them. There’s something particularly liberating about their latest eponymous album. Makes me want to drive around on a summer day with the top down. Hackneyed? Sure. How about: Makes me want to sit around on a patio, bbq, and drink three (four?) too many, like the Torretto family at the end of every Fast/Furious movie. Next sunny day, here’s what you should do: Get a little wasted, call an Uber, and make the driver throw this shit on super loud while driving around town. Tell him to play this.
♩ Mariachi El Bronx – Raise the Dead [from Mariachi El Bronx (III)]
I was listening to a Grantland podcast a few weeks ago . One of the hosts (Andy Greenwald) was talking about his interview with Jenny Lewis, who had just released the Adams-produced “The Voyager.” Apparently Lewis and Adams got into an argument one night at the studio–Adams told Lewis to go home and “write Wonderwall” (which he believes is the apex of songwriting). She came back with the best song on the album and his response was something to the effect of “that’s not Wonderwall.” Fucking amazing. (Also said, in response to Lewis’ request that she use backing vocals: “Morrissey didn’t use backing vocals.” Listen to the clip here, begins around the 43:00 mark.)
And speaking of Ryan Adams. He released his 14th solo-studio albums this year. One of finest I might add. However, the best Adams song to come out this year is the live version of “Fix It” from Spotify Sessions.
“my money get older and older and older like Regis”
The G.O.O.D. Music crew had a huge year with the release of Cruel Summer. This record top to bottom has some of the best production in hip hop along with some of hip hops biggest names. “Mercy” is the standout track in my opinion, especially the verses from Pusha T and 2 Chainz. Pusha T has emerged as the stand out lyricist of the entire crew, combining clever quips with street credibility.
The super hyped Odd Future crew are some of the most blogged about people in hip hop. Earl Sweatshirt is actually deserving of the hype. Drawing comparisons to early Nas, Earl has a grim and visceral tone to his music. The 18 year old MC has definitely established himself as one of the elite up and coming rappers in the rap game. And when you have a chance, head on over to Stereogum and watch the music video that dropped yesterday.
Just add the stats of this track and I’m sold: Kendrick Lamar + Drake + a Janet Jackson sample. There are a lot of great cuts from Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut and follow up to his majorly successful mix tape Section.80, but this might be my favorite.
I never gave Drake the listen he probably deserved, I couldn’t get used to the rapper/singer thing. But I finally gave his latest album a shot and was very impressed with his second effort, Take Care. Drake definitely avoided the sophomore slump on this one. I love the production, with tracks produced by The Weeknd and Jamie xx.
♪ Drake – Headlines (from Take Care) [stream only]
This next track features one at the top of my playlist for the last six months, many thanks 85decibels for turning me on to this one. Synths, dance beats, and a sultry voice are never a bad combination.
♪ Class Actress – Keep You (from Rapproacher)
This next track is from the Drive Soundtrack, which is one of my favorite films of the year and my favorite soundtrack by far (Check out the trailer here). This record is on par with the TRON Legacy Soundtrack last year and includes the Lovefoxx (aka Luísa Hanae Matsushita, lead singer of CSS) and Kavinsky collaboration better known as “Nightcall”.
♪ Kavinsky and Lovefoxxx – Nightcall (from Drive OST)