Portland natives Rare Monk have found just the right mix of alternative, radio-ready riffs and swelling, violin-tinged pysh-rock freakouts on their latest release, Sleep/Attack. Even with the inclusion of some syth elements that have been overly used industry wide (see: Read more
St. Louis rapper Chester Watson should be on your radar like... now. Since he dropped "Hubris" a year ago, his flow has smoothed and his wordplay has molded to form the type of seamless verses on downtempo beats we've Read more
I don’t want no scrub, waiving out the passenger side of his best friend’s ride, trying to holler at me. I do however, want Ta Ku in my busted ass car that I both own and put $10 of gas in at least twice a week.
Remember those times as a kid in school when you were taught things that initially seemed counter-intuitive? Like wildfires:
“Naturally occurring wildfires play an integral role in nature. They return nutrients to the soil by burning dead or decaying matter. They also act as a disinfectant, removing disease-ridden plants and harmful insects from a forest ecosystem. And by burning through thick canopies and brushy undergrowth, wildfires allow sunlight to reach the forest floor, enabling a new generation of seedlings to grow.”
Advice to rappers: start off your song with a sample from one of my favorite movies and I am 90 percent more likely to be into it. Luckily this track is way more than just that.
While Kevin Gates has been active for a few years, I only got into this Baton Rouge MC after he dropped his breakthrough “The Luca Brasi Story” mixtape. This track, the first on the tape, sets the stage for what follows. He introduces us to his rap persona, with badass boasts sitting comfortably alongside his paranoia.
Nice way to start the weekend, crazy ass Tyler, The Creator video.
It really is funny how accurate The Creator portion of Tyler’s name is. He doesn’t just lead a rap collective, but has curated this cultish lifestyle and aesthetic that includes video production and clothing and a whole lot of I’m weird but don’t give a fuck (Tyler designs the “Golf” pieces in this video, btw). I don’t love all his music, but Yonkers sure sucker punched me on my first listen. And I’ve been rocking 5 panel hats ever since…
Tyler’s new album Wolf drops next week. It leaked, so you can probably find it on the Interweb, but for now, appreciate the strange greatness that is Tyler, The Creator.
The last time I saw Tom Cruise in a movie was in Michael Mann’s stunning Collateral. Beyond Mann’s direction, the acting, writing, editing and cinematography was the integral role that music played in pacing and elevating the picture:
Boom, never gets old. I am not sure if Cruise’s latest film, Oblivion, will deliver the same symbiotic relationship between music and storytelling; however, with M83 doing the score I’ll be watching–or at least listening: