Sugi Dakks The Business

Sugi Dakks flaunts his range on his debut, The Business

Jazz and hip-hop have been linked for the duration of the latter’s lifespan. Artists pay homage to hip-hop’s origins in a multitude of ways – where Mick Jenkins reveled with his forefathers on his 2014 mixtape The Waters, Kendrick Lamar channeled addiction, depression and politics into a jazz-funk-rap medley for 2015s To Pimp a Butterfly. Sample flips have come to define the gateway between the … Continue reading Sugi Dakks flaunts his range on his debut, The Business

New Video: Future’s “Absolutely Going Brazy”

If you’ve been in the market for an epilepsy test and some sub-par Future, you’re in luck. The Atlanta rapper debuted the video for “Absolutely Going Brazy”, a collaboration with producer Tarentino of 808 Mafia notoriety. Flickering between images from Future’s tours, “Absolutely Going Brazy” takes the sing-songy flow Future embraced on 2017s HNDRXX and threads it into a trap-beat laced with xylophones repetitive vocal melodies. Check … Continue reading New Video: Future’s “Absolutely Going Brazy”

MED and Guilty Simpson revive J Dilla on Loyalty – EP

What’s the best way to build hype for an album? Some would say gathering a bunch of your favorite contemporaries in some secluded Wyoming getaway and making sure TMZ speculates the ins and outs of the forthcoming tunes. If that’s not your style, then actually releasing music before even more music drops might be an effective strategy. MED (aka Medaphoar) and Guilty Simpson chose the … Continue reading MED and Guilty Simpson revive J Dilla on Loyalty – EP

Indie Spotlight: GannonNwar’s Live From Public Housing

For the third release of the four-part series Live from Public Housing, Brooklyn’s Gannon Nwar is, as he raps on Public’s “Make It Back”, “focused on the nuance”. Taking inspiration from Pharrell, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes and others Nwar is a double threat, serving as the executive producer and the sole voice across the series. In line with the EP’s title Public, each of the … Continue reading Indie Spotlight: GannonNwar’s Live From Public Housing

Weekend Spins 3/17/18

Weekend Spins is back with another quick rundown of Friday’s notables. From a birthday celebration to a salute to a city tested by flood waters, TripleOT has the hook up for your music needs. Chuck Strangers – Consumers Park Don’t let the eerily dark intro to Consumers Park paint your only picture of Chuck Strangers. Reminiscent of the pitched-down vocals from Bastard-era Tyler, the Creator … Continue reading Weekend Spins 3/17/18

Drake announces new album amidst Raptors-Rockets game

What could overshadow the Toronto Raptors’ potentially win-streak ending victory over the Houston Rockets? A Drake album announcement. Midway through the first half, Drake took the floor to hype the crowd during Toronto’s scheduled “Drake Night”. Showing no love for his second/third/fourth/nth home Houston, Drake assured Toronto would come out on top. But more importantly, he nonchalantly slipped in an album announcement too. “I’m working … Continue reading Drake announces new album amidst Raptors-Rockets game

Weekend Spins 3/9/2018

Well overdue for another installment of Weekend Spins, let’s celebrate losing an hour of sleep this Sunday with a quick rundown of tapes you need to hear, and cuts you should avoid. Time is money! Polyester The Saint – American Muscle 5.0 As early as the second track of Polyester’s latest tape, he’s busy hunting for, “Where the party at?” Channeling the fervent spirit of … Continue reading Weekend Spins 3/9/2018

New Music: Larry June’s You’re Doing Good

After premiering the lead single, “Healthy” earlier this year, Larry June dropped his newest tape, You’re Doing Good, March 2, 2018. The 10-track tape features Chuck Inglish, Jazz Cartier, TYuS, and Ye Ali. Loaded with bassy bangers, the mixtape has a clear Atlanta influence, in contrast to the sample-heavy sound June explored on 2016s Orange Season. Stream You’re Doing Good below: Continue reading New Music: Larry June’s You’re Doing Good

Stetsasonic’s “Float On” is a timeless guide to dating in Hip-Hop

The 1980s were a curious time. With much of the United States drenched in neon and gripped by the fear of a nuclear nightmare, pop culture became a haven for those who unenthused by the emergence of the “new-Right”. Black music however, was reaching (another) renaissance. Dubbed the Golden Age of hip-hop, the sounds once relegated to block parties were evolving, sonically and commercially, with … Continue reading Stetsasonic’s “Float On” is a timeless guide to dating in Hip-Hop