While it seems we live in an era when any upstart who never touched vinyl can just call themselves a “DJ” the same way a certain Andre Young called himself “Doctor”, Statik Selektah is really out here practicing the art of DJing in the truest sense. Bringing us some brand new boom bap, Statik brings together Joey Badass and Freddie Gibbs for the first single off his upcoming What Goes Around LP.
Live from Grand Rapids, MI, the Action Figures enlist the production know-how of Young RJ from Slum Village for this single, which sounds to me like the Kanye West we want back in some ways (at least on the first verse) and in other ways like something completely unique.
Side-Gripe: Rappers. The artsy accompanying images to these singles you guys drop are cool and all, but understand that attaching your actual mug to your material leaves more of a footprint in a listener’s mind than these random images. While it sounds a bit fickle, it’s hard to turn fans of a song into fans of you as an artist if they have no idea what you look like. It should also not be so difficult for bloggers to find your images on Google, whether it’s because your name makes it impossible or whether you just don’t have any on the web. And for God’s sakes, have a website! if you have time to write a song, you have time to sit down, learn the most basic of ropes, and create an online home for that song and future material. Invest in your art…making the actual music is only scratching the surface.
Toronto’s BADBADNOTGOOD drops a single off of their album III, which dropped early this month (cop it here). Here, they lay down a haunting, Scooby-Dooish instrumental while Ghostface lays down some darts that mesh nicely with Danny Brown’s energy.
Skyzoo and Torae present their long-awaited collaboration album and I’m proud to say I knew weeks ago this was a solid LP. Look for my review soon on KevinNottingham.com. For now, stream the album below and come up with your own evaluation. If it’s anything less than “dope”, you gotta get your hip-hop ear checked because this is bars on top of bars on top of neck-breaking beats. IF you love hip-hop, you’ll love this. Cop that on iTunes today and support the art.
Finally, Meyhem Lauren releases his collaboration album with producer Buckwild, entitled Silk Pyramids. Cop that on iTunes today, crumbs. Stream the album below and find guest appearances by Action Bronson, AG Da Coroner, Troy Ave, Retch, PF Cuttin, Troy Ave, Himanshu, and Thirstin Howl III.
I was recently given the honor of a preliminary listen to the upcoming (next week) Barrel Brothers album, a collab between Skyzoo and Torae, and this is just one of the many face-scrunching bangers that can be found on that project. Two of my favorite MCs (Skyzoo and Sean Price) alongside the likes of Torae and Guilty Simpson on this one make for plenty of rewindable lines and a beat that will have you calling the chiropractor in the morning.
Songstress Nia Andrews joins pianist/DJ/producer Mark de Clive-Lowe for a soulful single off of his album Church.
“Once again featuring Nia Andrews’ soul-seeking songwriting and vocals, ‘Hollow’ tells the story of loss of faith, and loss of belief. It’s a feeling of hopeless emptiness that we can all probably relate to on some level – while in the meantime the musical composition meets the pain with a sense of hope and renewal… After Nia’s final words, I live-sample all of us playing and flip that into the outro beat, remixing the composition on the fly.”
Maryland’s own Marky manages to link up with the legendary Erick Sermon of EPMD fame for this smooth cut.