Royal and LeGinge totally transformed this horrible Diddy song (which somehow has over 110 million YouTube views). The intro is laid back, quiet and ethereal like the last blurry, muted seconds of life until an EXPLOSION of light rushes Read more
"Stay Young" and "Tears Apart" are the first two digital singles from the UK quartet Letters to Fiesta. While the post-punk, new wavvvvy pop crew did just hit the Internet (running quite fast), they have been together for a Read more
I can't believe it's almost the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, released in 1994. I was 7, Nas was 20, signed to Columbia, and working with some of the best producers available (ie. Pete Rock and Q-Tip).It's funny listening to Read more
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:
Young Scooter, already one of the most exciting rap artists of the year, blends autotuned emotion with trap rap sensibilities. This standout track from the Freeband Gang group mixtape finds him beautifully moaning about the often random and cruel nature of our criminal justice system. Scooter’s raps ride perfectly over the chilled out Zaytoven beat painting a mournful, contemplative picture.
Can I get another smoke machine electronic R&B singer? The genre has got to be my favorite in the last few years, and Joel Compass takes it to new heights. The obvious comparisons to the Weekndand Frank Ocean are there, but I think Compass holds a little stronger to traditional R&B lyricism. Which is interesting, because Compass was a beat making dj before he tried his turn at singing on one of his own tracks.
So we now have a 19-year old Southern Londoner producing his music from A-Z and Black Butter Records picks him up after hearing one track. You can probably bank on Joel blowing up in like… one year from now. If not that’s cool his music will still be good.
We don’t have to talk about the video. Just watch it in amazement and be excited that Joel Compass has an EP coming out this summer.
We’ve been on board with Skizzy Mars since we featured his cut “Pay For You” in January. Today he released a new mixtape PHASES, which you can download for free at SkizzyMars.com. We were fortunate enough to catch an interview with the upcoming rapper as he begins his assent to stardom. Check it out below.
Soooo Mr. Mars,
What are you going for stylistically and what influences brought you there? Is there a rapper you look to model, or are you, as Drake would say, just doing you.
I like Cudi. I like Kanye. I like The Killers, Beirut. Those are the guys I learned a lot from growing up. My sound is just a combination of everything I listened to growing up. My style is New York City man. The crazy childhood I had, the crazy shit my friends and I experienced and saw.
Where does a name like Skizzy Mars come from?
I don’t remember. I literally don’t remember. I remember my favorite teacher used to call me “Skills Mills.” It came from that somehow.
When did you start rapping, and when did you decide to make it a career?
I started at maybe 15 years old. I started taking it seriously when I turned 18.
I am aware of the grind a startup music career requires, but what do you do when you aren’t in the studio or club, or sleeping? If you could be something other than a rapper what would that be?
A sportscaster or journalist. I watch a gross amount of sports so that was what I was planning on doing before this rap shit.
I’ve encounter two perspectives on paying for things in rap. 1. The, we buy everything for everyone cause we rich and don’t give a fuck, and 2. I get women to support me because I’m a badass rapper. And then there’s the I just rob people with guns. What is going to be your transition to that first scenario, which seems to be the most ideal (in my mind).
I guess when I’ve made that much bank I’ll be able to flex on people like that, but for now I just rap about what I’ve experienced. I never paid for shit but I always hung out with rich kids so I experienced a lot of shit your typical broke kid wouldn’t. “Pay For You” was cool because it was a different play on the money thing.
I’ve listened to more Miike Snow “Animal” remixes than whole discographies of my favorite artists. I might like this one the most.
Although Jordan Corey’s track is actually titled after Rihanna’s grammy-sung song “Stay” (and carries most of the mashup), an indistinguishable beat creeps in early, and the whole time I’m thinking, where is it, where is that goddamn “Animal” chorus that defined my college party experience?
Jordan Corey really nails this mix (Classixx can be heard laced lightly in the back). She does it all live with a group on a roof, looping her voice and instruments, letting the sound grow and scale back at times, then allowing all three to merge into one full form.
If you’re impressed (which you should be or you’re stupid), check out the video for this mash-cover. And hit up her websitetoo.