Today’s Tunes – Thursday, March 30th

Welcome to Today’s Tunes, a new feature I’m starting where I’ll be posting a collection of a couple songs that I’m really enjoying on that particular day. There’s no criteria for the songs, these can be any genre, old or new, doesn’t matter. Here are today’s tunes (links open in Spotify, Soundcloud/Youtube embedded for the lazy)

“Rockabye Baby” – Joey Bada$$ feat. Schoolboy Q

This song flat out BANGS. Simple as that. Piano on the beat is amazing, Schoolboy Q’s verse sounds like it could be a verse off Oxymoron.  Joey has a new album out April 7th, and he’s 3 for 3 so far in my opinion. Check out “Land of the Free” and “Victory”.

“One Eight Seven” – Senses Fail

Gotta love a little early high school post-hardcore throwback. Man, what a fucking loser I was. But hey, this song is still tight. They also just released an acoustic version of “Family Tradition”.

“Really Scared” – Lil Dicky feat. Azadeh

 Lil Dicky AKA The Independent Variable AKA The Human Bitcoin is known for his comedic/light-hearted songs, but I love shit like this where he opens up and gets a little more serious. Lyrics like “I don’t know how to feel, everything has gotten totally real.Everything I always wanted right in front of me with nobody near, so it’s weird that I’m overly scared” shows that he’s got fears & anxiety about life just like any of us. This song is along the same vibe of “Molly”, which has a depressing as FUCK video you can check out below.

A Tribe Called Quest Drops Video For “Dis Generation”

Link to video because Vevo sucks

Really interesting video here from ATCQ. I think” We The People” is still a stronger video, but in my opinion “Dis Generation” is a better song. The black and white style was a nice touch by director Hiro Murai. My favorite line on this is Q-Tip’s nod of acknowledgement to today’s generation of rappers when he says, “talk to Joey, Earl, Kendrick, and Cole, gatekeepers of flow. They are extensions of instinctual soul.”

If you haven’t seen A Tribe Called Quest live in concert yet, I HIGHLY recommend it. Saw them a few years back at Rock The Bells while Phife was still around, and it’s still one of the best live shows I’ve ever been to.

Danny Brown Releases Video For “Ain’t It Funny”, Directed by Jonah Hill (Yes, That Jonah Hill)

Pretty wild from Danny Brown here, and the fact it was directed by Jonah Hill adds another bizarre wrinkle to it. The video itself operates on so many levels; glorifying drug abuse, the public’s obsession with celebrity self-destruction, all masked under a corny 90’s sitcom.

The main theme of the video, to me at least, is how an addicts destroying themselves is actually a cry for help, yet friends and family around them can tend to just ignore it. I’m sure many people, including myself, have people in their lives affected by drug abuse. The scene showing the Xanax bar and the subtitle saying “We’ll kill you and everyone you love” was an extremely honest and realistic move by Danny and Jonah.

As a long time fan of Danny’s, if this video is a legitimate personal cry for help, I wish him nothing but the best in his battle. If you’re not familiar with Danny Brown and want to hear more, check out his most recent album Atrocity Exhibit.

Today’s Tunes – Tuesday, 3/28

Welcome to Today’s Tunes, a new feature I’m starting where I’ll be posting a collection of a couple songs that I’m really enjoying on that particular day. There’s no criteria for the songs, these can be any genre, old or new, doesn’t matter. So without further ado, here’s what I’m listening to today.

**Disclaimer: all links are to Spotify, Youtube embedded for the lazy

“Timberwolves” (feat. Asher Roth) – Finding Novyon, J. Kelr

Silky smooth song I just discovered the other day from Minneapolis rapper, Finding Novyon, and produced by one half of Blended Babies, J. Kelr. I’m a huge fan of Blended Babies production and this song has a jazzy feel to it that makes you want to run it back right when it finishes. Timberwolves aren’t winning a championship any time soon but this song bangs. If you’re into this one, check out ““Whole Fade” (feat. Chuck Inglish)

“Betrayed By The Game” – Dance Gavin Dance

I’ll be honest, Dance Gavin Dance is one of those post-hardcore bands who has been around for years but I never really got into for no particular reason. “Betrayed By The Game” popped up on my Spotify and I’m just now getting in to the entire Frozen One album. Similar sound to Circa Survive and Saosin. If you’re in to this one, check out “Frozen One”.

“Grapefruit” – Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties

This one is a little depressing but so fucking good at the same time. Also if the vocals sound familiar, this is the solo project from The Wonder Years’ lead singer, Dan Campbell. You know this dude has some shit going on with lyrics like “Hey, Holy Ghost, Why’d you leave me? Where’d you go? Right when I fucking need you, I’m all alone.” If you’re in to this one, check out “Our Apartment”.

“Hole” – Royal Blood

Just some straight-forward blues-rock for that ass on this Tuesday. Similar hard hitting sound as bands like Highly Suspect and Band of Skulls. If you’re in to this one, check out “Out Of The Black”.

 

New Single From Freddie Gibbs, “Alexys”

Freddie Gibbs blessing us with a new single off the upcoming album You Only Live 2wice, coming out March 31st. The biggest news coming from this one is that it’s co-produced by BadBadNotGood and KAYTRANADA. I really like that Freddie is continuing to work with KAYTRANADA and try out different experimental beats. BadBadNotGood is a dope hip-hop influenced jazz trio out of Canada, and KAYTRANADA is an electronic/hip-hop producer & DJ. “Alexys” isn’t a typical beat that Freddie raps over, but he still comes with that classic Freddie Gibbs flow. Check it out below, along with the first released single, “Crushed Glass”

P.S. The art work for this album is top notch don’t try to tell me any different.

Click here to listen to “Alexys”

Below is Freddie’s first single off the upcoming album, “Crushed Glass”.