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Full disclosure: the whole LxNxM crew spent last weekend getting our South Florida on. It was, of course, a return (to innocence?) for many of our team, seeing as the Seattle/Florida connection runs deep in these parts, but it was my first time soaking up the glory of Dania Beach, et al.
My only regret? Not having this mixtape from the good folks at Wax Poetics to soundtrack the weekend. It’s not often you get an hour long, perfectly tailored geographic soundtrack like Induce and DJ Tosh’s Miami Life mix. The whole point is to do a deep sample of the evolving Miami sound, from funk to booty bass. Too much good.
Salute to the whole South Florida team, and turn this one up f0r all your midnight barbeques.
Tracklisting after the jump.
This one goes out to some special folks in Miami this weekend. A couple of mixes from MIA/JA’s infamous Black Chiney Sound. They’re not piping hot new, but damn if the selections don’t still kill. The Notting Hill Carnival live mix alone slays most mixes out. Turn ‘em up, open the windows and enjoy the weather.
There are a handful of famous black jews out there that immediately come to mind when I think about the rare combination. Drake is, unfortunately, the first that pops into my head. Lord help us. Sammy Davis Jr, Lenny Kravitz, Whoopi Goldberg and Jesus immediately follow. All are probably influences on one level or another for a project that NY/Miami’s Lex One recently put out with his record label fam, Verbal Kush.
The two recorded an album called Black Jew together during a quick two week stint back in 2009 and then left it on the back burner to simmer until now. Many of the songs are just about being hungry, audacious, hellacious, and a little crazy which is something most black and Jews share in common anyway. The rapping is fresh and different than what people might expect. Definitely worth listening to as this isn’t meant to be a gimmick at all.
Check out a video above and then peep the full release below. This certainly isn’t the first project from Lex One that we’ve posted on the site as dude stays putting out albums. Pay attention to him if you’re not already, dummy.
We here at LxNxM have a lot of love for the music coming out of Southern Florida. We started as a bi-coastal blog and remain so at heart. So it’s good to see that DJ Guilletine has recently dropped a podcast dedicated to rising hip-hop talent coming from the 305. And by “rising talent” we mean please don’t expect any Rick Ross, Pitbull, Flo Rida, Trick Daddy, or Trina. Seriously.
Instead, expect a slew of Miami-Dade and Broward County freshness from LMS, ArtOfficial, Lex One, Soarse Spoken, and plenty of others. Any podcast that starts out saying, “We live out here in Hialeah” is cool with me. Check out the freshness right here. Peep the full tracklist after the jump.
Here’s a new video from my guy Rahsaan, also known to many as, A Fly Guy, who reps New York, Miami, and Guyana all at once. He’s got some of the most original style I’ve seen in the Miami hip-hop community and in addition to being a DJ, sneaker store owner, and the baby brother of the former editor in chief of The Source, Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, he’s also a good rapper. And apparently a freak. But let the song explain that. This is his remix of J. Cole’s “In The Morning” and the low key visuals and bedroom lyrics match each other well.
For the past two days, the only reggae I’ve listened to — and I mean really listened to — is the music of Gappy Ranks. The British singer is sort of a newcomer to the international reggae scene and I’m glad to have a young person gravitate toward making new school culture music rather than dancehall. Romain Virgo did the same thing earlier this year, but that little 17-year-old (while awesome) still has some growing up to do. On the other hand, Gappy Ranks is grown. His latest album, Put The Stereo On, released last week, is impressive from start to finish and I highly recommend purchasing it.
Gappy is half Jamaican, half Dominican, and 100% talented. Check out the video for his song, “Longtime” above and support Put The Stereo On. Even though this song isn’t on the album, you’ll be glad you bought it. Meanwhile, pour one out for Maradona. I can’t believe he got sacked by Argentina. Shame.
On the surface, Detroit and Miami don’t have a lot in common. They’re both cocaine capitols and port cities, but you have to dig a lot deeper than that to find their true similarities. If you want to talk about booty music, Miami and Detroit are practically blood brothers. Miami bass and “booty shake” comes straight from ghettotech and the “Ass n Titties” style jit music of Detroit.
On the other hand, if you’re talking hip-hop, they couldn’t be further apart. But Detroit’s Stoopz N Breeze are having fun connecting the dots. They dropped an album earlier this year called Turn Up the Smooth that’s full of fiery, yet hilarious raps that invoke images of Miami Vice circa 1985. In a way, Stoopz N Breeze are the anti Crockett and Tubbs. They’re not trying to uphold laws at all — they’re true criminals at heart, but they’re crooked in a good way. On stage, they dress in the cheesiest ’80s Miami gear imaginable, yet still rap and make beats like drunken hip-hop gurus. I caught them performing live last night with Nico Redd, Black Reign and Ohkang, and they killed it. Blake Eerie was on stage most of the night since it was the listening party for his upcoming project, The Lateef EP, in which the MC uses a sample from Detroit jazz legend Yusef Lateef on every song. It’s a beautiful album and I’ll write more about that when it drops mid December. But for now, just get acquainted with Turn Up the Smooth which you can stream/buy over here. Even the folks at Waxpoetics have taken notice.