Jez Dior has made me sit up and take full notice of him. With Love Me To Death the man has produced one of favorite songs of this year so far (even though there have only been 12 days of it). I recommend giving this one a listen.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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:
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.