Archive for the ‘hip hop’ tag
Here is some interesting new sound courtesy of one Ben Bronfman, enviro-creative renaissiance man and beau to M.I.A. Beyond having a hand in the the production of Kanye’s “Monster”, dude is doing big thangs like co-founding Global Thermostat, a revolutionary carbon capture firm that separates CO2 directly from the air, or more recently becoming a principal in Algae Systems LLC, a third-generation bio-fuel company that takes waste water from cities and (using CO2 captured by GT) generates Jet-Fuel and Diesel fuel. That’s what I call going hard in the paint kids.
Founder of Green Owl, an environmentally conscious record label & apparel brand – Bronfman recently released this single “Gold” from his new group Teachers. Also check out his eerie stripped down & rocked out remix of “Monster”.
Shouts to Checktheweather.net, a national online community and web platform to support and amplify the voice of young people of color in the US fighting for environmental justice, for the good look and the good work!
I came across this joint almost a month ago, and it definitely left an impression. The synth heavy, haunting effects and palpitating bass- come courtesy of producers Musiq Korner. The triumph in Nipsey’s grown-man prose is supported well by June Summers‘ soulful hooks, and I feel something in the music that makes the difference between a good rapper and a great emcee – heart.
The song adds a new dimension to the hood-hop hydraulic sound and rhymes that dominate most of Nipseys mixtapes, convincing me that this South Central LA ambassador is an artist that might be marathon material, as opposed to the sprint characterized by most mixtape phenoms.
Download Nipsey’s recently released (Dec.21st) and quite crackin mixtape Marathon here.
It’s only fitting that LxNxM pay homage to the cultural phenomenon and rituals that originated our namesake. It’s pretty amazing listening to Nas kick knowledge and narrative around the creativity and community people built around the mixtape. It’s a trip thinking that those of us in our late 20′s have seen the music we love evolve in mediums from vinyl-tape-CD-mp3.
“What more could I say? I wouldn’t be here today if the old school didn’t pave the way” – [Grand Puba].
Some of you may be up on this mix already, but for the rest of you I feel obligated to put you on to this here hot ish.
By the tasteful selection and mature vibe of the mix, its hard to believe that Greene is just 21 yrs old. The mix has all of the nostalgic warmth and soulful sonic foundation of the house and garage you fell in love with- but weaves in the creative blippage and vocal experimentation of the new school.
Overall it feels like a smooth but high energy contrast to the epic and raunchy booty tech sound that seems to be carrying the banner for house at the moment. Look out for Greene’s upcoming album “The Look” in just a few days on Jan 5th, released on NYC label LuckyMe also home to LxNxM faves Lunice & Hudson Mohawke. Download the mix, check out the teaser for “The Look” the below, tracklist for mix after the jump.
I was pleased to find out Kamau’s obvious love for the T-dot manifests through some amazing youth work with Toronto’s Remix Project, an“arts, cultural and life skills incubator serving vulnerable young people located right in the heart of Toronto”. It’s dope that dude is so grounded in community, staying level headed even with the co-sign from Canadian heavyweights like K-os and Knaan.
Here’s a video with some beautiful footage of Toronto, off Kamau’s latest mixtape Love and Other Struggles: Volume 3, download the whole thang – and look out for an album from Kamau in the near future. Over this contemplative banger, Kamau’s flow evokes jazz horns – smooth, melancholy and urgent – all at the same time.
Since the mixtape is free, think about donating a little scratch toward the Remix Project or your local youth arts programs that are making space for future arts brilliance.
Que pasa? here is another choice mix from the homie Dj Chorizo Funk, posted up a few days back – an “all vinyl” mix recorded live at Body Rock in Austin, Tejas. For our seattle based folk- Chorizo will be en la cocina tonight at the dj100proof / DJ Sean Cee / DJ Darwin Birthday Bash! @ Nectar, FREE SHOW! Buen provecho.
This classic Roots groove has been looping over and over in my head for a couple days now. I wonder why…
Named after The Love Unlimited Orchestra classic, BBE created The Strange Games compilation series to represent the blueprint for modern R&B and hip hop. Crate diggers will recognize most of the tracks right off the bat, and dedicated listeners will recognize them, perhaps after a couple spins, for the songs that relied on them for their samples – and in some cases the whole damn song. In other words, this compilation is for music lovers that grew up on hip hop and R&B and appreciate and respect the roots of the music. You know, grown folk.
The fifth volume in the series, which BBE started in 1997, comes out on August 28th. Sure, these aren’t the rarest of rarest tunes that nobody or their mom has ever heard of, but it’s good music that you’re never gonna find all in one place at the same time anywhere else. Go on and purchase this compilation from the nice people over at Barely Breaking Even and help ensure that this music will live on forever. Do it.
Oh yeah, I should also mention that DJ Spinna expertly blended the songs from this compilation into an awesome mix. You can stream it below or download it here, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t buy the actual album with the entire songs on them, okay? Okay.
Once 1/2 of Abysinnian Creole, one of Seattle’s most beloved and down duos alongside Gabriel Teodros, The lyrically extraterrestrial Khingz has been traversing up and down the left coast of North America making music and being rad. Lately, the one and only Black Han Solo has been working on a live band+emcee project called Hi-Life Soundsystem , with some representatives from Seattle based Godspeed - album on the way.
As a prelude to the full course of the upcoming mixtape Khake and Khool Aid, Khingz blesses us with this summer mixtape Pho99, fresh and hot – add lime, plum sauce and Sriracha and your good to go, uyệt vời (great)!