We here at Last Nights Mixtape don’t condone FIFA or any of the dehumanizing slavery-era tactics they employ. Fuck ‘em. Good music, however… now that’s something we love. Ghanian-American MC Blitz the Ambassador just released a new vid today shot in Sao Paolo that thankfully has nothing to do with the World Cup and everything to do with the conditions that are currently causing Brasileiros to lose their shit.
But it’s not even a protest song. It’s just hip-hop. I miss when those terms used to be more intertwined.
Blitz is smart enough to get rising Paulista MC Emicida on the track to give this tune the co-sign it needs. Definitely click on that Emicida link at some point and get brought up to music-nerd speed on an MC who deserves way more listeners.
Released especially for Father’s Day, global reggae band Kore Ionz just dropped a new video for their latest single, “Love You Better.” The original version is melodic and full of island vibes but the Soli remix version dubs things up a bit, puts more emphasis on feeling and helps the words of the band’s lead singer, Daniel Pak, wallop the listener with force. We could all focus on learning to love someone better, and that’s right at the core of what Kore Ionz are often trying to get across with their music. It’s no surprise this tune is set to be the bands summer anthem this year.
The name of the group is killer. Their debut video is boss. The concept behind the group is solid. Here’s to hoping people catch on to what Swetshop Boys are putting down right now.
I first met Riz MC at SXSW in 2007 or 2008 and his music was cool but his story was better. He’s an actor first and foremost (with a decent film résumé that people would recognize), but also a heady MC that raps about conspiracy theories and what it’s like being a Pakistani young artist in London and get shit for being a Pakistani young artist in London. NEVER would have thought he’d end up in a group with the forever talented Hima-face of
Das Racist Greedhead Records.
It’s a brilliant pairing. And there’s some important Indian/Pakistani unity that comes out of a duo like this that people need to see. Real talk. Big shouts to Hima for being on permanent sabbatical on the better side of the world (India, Thailand, Australia, etc) and making music the whole time. Here’s the Swetshop Boys first single…”Benny Lava.”
Since I’m posted here in Uganda currently, it’s only right to big up and shed light on music coming out of this beautiful country where I’m based for a couple of weeks. First up is Ugandan rapper Mun G who I had the chance to connect with yesterday at a hip-hop gathering at the US Embassy. Weird, right? Hip-hop, the US Embassy… it happened and youth making hip-hop music had a chance to further connect. Anyway, Mun G is a name here in Uganda and is creating music at a level where he’s getting radio play and has people regularly checking for his new material.
Mun G raps in both English and Luganda (the indigenous language) but tends to use the latter more frequently since it’s his native tongue. Here’s a video for his song, “Kijja Kugwa” that came out a little over a month ago and rides a North American beat with lyrics in Lugandan.
Don’t snooze on this show! You’ll be mad you if you do! The LxNxM crew drops cuts from A Tribe Called Red at damn near every Soundsystem that we throw so come out and see the Ottawa-based DJ collective perform live and in the flesh! Tang and Toast will be opening up the show (solid call) and then A Tribe Called Red will be doing their thing till 2am. Tickets are available here. Get on that.
If you’re not hip to Bay-area based artist MADlines you should be. She’s an amazing poet, writer, writing coach and teaching artist based in the Yay Areauh and is pushing her blend of rap/poetry forward and not letting the pitfalls of life knock her off her artistic path. Hella respectable. I’m also making a personal vow to feature/highlight more women artists doing their thing with this blog.
Check out this quick jawn from MADlines and also peep her Soundcloud page as well. For what it’s worth, she used work hand in hand with Hollis in their group Canary Sing. If Hollis can blow up, Maddy can too. All in due time.
Oddisee is one of the best hip-hop producers around right now. He can definitely rap is ass off with a flow that’s steady and even-keeled but his beats speak to me more than his lyrics. I’d venture to say he’s a better beatmaker than emcee. This isn’t meant to bring up the whole producer/rapper “thing” which shouldn’t be a “thing” at all; rappers can produce dope beats and vice versa. To that point, less than a year ago, Oddisee dropped one of the best projects of 2013 that many people snoozed on called The Beauty in All which is an entirely instrumental album which looks at the everyday flaws that make life beautiful. It’s a gorgeous album which you can stream for free at the link above. He also dropped a complimentary mixtape called Tangible Dream a month later with his beats and raps so check that out and figure out which you like better.
Today, his team released the video for one of the singles called “Caprice Down” that shows an amazing trio of dudes from the “Hammer City” skate crew that are black and badass on their skateboards. Check it out and keep your creativity flowing however you can.
Who needs Johnny Knoxville? Cause this old-timer right here! Straight
Ether Geritol! Keep in mind, this video comes from the city that is run by Rob Ford so anything goes.