Tag Archives: hip hop

New God Flow – Kanye West & Pusha T

4 Jul

Here’s a new track from Kanye with Pusha T. After winning a BET Award with Jay-Z (an award ceremony that had everything, including Jay-Z in direct competition with his missus, and Kanye getting interrupted during his speech in a Kanye-like way), Yeezy is on a high. He has every reason to be with awesome tracks like this one.

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Nobodies – Lil Kids

14 May

Been a little bit since I updated my rap music. I decided to do a little digging, and up popped Nobodies by Lil Kids, a nice track that wouldn’t feel out of place playing while you’re putting an evil undercover plan. That’s why it now holds a place on my most important iTunes playlist of all. My ‘Music for a heist’ playlist (yes, it exists).

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Underground Kings – Drake

8 Nov

Another album for which there has been an absolutely massive amount of anticipation. Drake’s Take Care is his second full album, and after early releases of Marvin’s Room, Headlines, and Trust Issues, everybody who loves Drake could not be more excited. The official release is set for November 15th, but over here, we got lucky and I managed to get my hands on an early copy.

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Made In America (feat. Frank Ocean) – Jay-Z & Kanye West

10 Aug

Apologies for how late today’s (or should I say tonight’s) post has arrived. I had to go to the hospital to get a recurring back problem checked on. Better late than never, right? I guess in some ways it was inevitable that one of us had to write something about Jay-Z and Kanye’s collaborative project, Watch The Throne. Two of the biggest names in hip-hop coming together was always going to harness masses of attention, and after listening to the whole album through a couple of times, I can say that I really honestly like it a lot. Take a listen to perhaps my favorite track, Made In America:

You might be able to tell that I’m a little reluctant to say that I really, really love this album. The main reason for this is that I feel like the album is an experiment in some way. Jay-Z and Kanye have absolutely nothing to prove after their colossal success, so they can do what they like as far as I see it. In some parts, the experiments are great, and work well, but I’m just reluctant to fully embrace something that in places, doesn’t sound like it has a clarified style. Don’t get me wrong, I still think the album as a whole is great, and I love the inclusion of Frank Ocean and Mr Hudson on certain tracks. I would still definitely download it because it’s awesome lyrically, and makes for a great listen, and to be honest, in my opinion it’s one of those albums that you really have to hear yourself to judge.

I Wish – Skee-Lo

5 Aug

A couple of days ago, I was unexpectedly reminded of a classic song that I hadn’t heard for a long time. A cover of Skee-Lo’s I Wish came on the radio, and it got me thinking about how much I loved the original. I have to say, at the time, I didn’t like the cover, which as it turns out, was by a band called The Secret Handshake. Here’s Skee-Lo’s awesome original:

After reliving that gem, I then decided to go back and give the cover another listen, because I thought that maybe the nostalgia I felt for the original affected my judgement of this more recent version. The Secret Handshake turn the song into pop, giving it a real melody, and employing sugary synths to construct the backing. Personally, it’s not my thing, and I much prefer the original, but in case you want to check the other version out, here you go:

Lyrics – A.L.

26 Jul

First of all, let me apologize for our website breaking down. Apparently our domain was reviewed and was deemed ‘suspicious,’ so they shut us down immediately. We are working as hard as we can to get back up as soon as possible, but it’s still really, really annoying. Have a listen to Lyrics:

Please forgive me for being brief, but I’ve been at the computer for a while now trying to sort a buuuunch of stuff out. So I’ll leave you with this awesome and rare chilled-out hip-hop from rapper A.L.

Glen Close (feat. One Be Lo) – Binary Star

8 Jul

Haven’t had any of this in a while, and so here is one of my new favourite old school hip-hop songs. You have to love the story about how the members, One Be Lo and Senim Silla, met each other during their time at Hiawatha Correctional Facility and formed Binary Star. I also love the part where the two weren’t allowed to leave the state of Michigan, and so they embarked on a very extensive tour of only the one state. Take a listen to Glen Close:

These guys are just cool. It helps that the instrumental to this track is awesome; it sounds like very relaxed but upbeat music that you might hear in a hotel lobby. They also drop one of my favourite lyrics of all time near the beginning of the song: ‘Did a dirty duty with a cutie she’s a model.’ It just sounds so natural and adds to why I like this song so much. Also try and listen to the story that’s told throughout.

Prophet (Better Watch It) – Rizzle Kicks

25 May

Feels like a while since the last hip-hop, and even longer since the last British hip-hop. Oh well, here we go with Prophet (Better Watch It) from dynamic duo Rizzle Kicks. First of all, you just have to love the story about how these two got together in the first place. Facing each other in a football match before going to the same college, it seems like they were always running into one another before they eventually got together to start making music. Take a listen to the song:

I love this song for a lot of reasons. Firstly it’s so old school. It has an awesome beat, and what’s more, the balance between the guys’ two different voices is great, and keeps the track refreshing throughout. They really manage to incorporate a huge amount into this song, harmonies included. What’s more, their voices have that cool factor that you just have to have naturally. The video is also outstanding:

I would definitely tip these guys to be big in the near future. For more check out their site, where the guys have just released an awesome new song called Down With The Trumpets.

Yonkers – Tyler The Creator

8 Mar

This one has hit a sudden rise in popularity. It’s a pretty sick video (in both senses of the word). The dude’s only 19 years old, and I’d back him as one to shine in the not so distant future. Enjoy.

Fall In Love – Slum Village

12 Jan

Well and truly back from holidaying off in far-flung countries now. Here’s some real nice chilled jazzy hip-hop for you today. If you don’t know Slum Village, you’ll thank me for this introduction. They’re just three guys who grew up together in Detroit and went to the same school every day and started rapping together. They gradually grew more and more popular on Detroit’s underground hip-hop scene and eventually ‘made it.’

This song, Fall In Love was released in 2000 off of their album Fantastic, Vol. 2. It’s a nice relaxed beat and a chilled out bass. The guys really rap well over it, and some of it’s even pretty funny. Definitely makes the (reasonably long) list of Slum Village’s great songs. R.I.P. J Dilla and Baatin.