[Album Review] Childish Gambino – Because the internet

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Earth: The Oldest Computer (The Last Night) (feat. Azealia Banks)

The actor-turned-rapper route is not unfamiliar territory for rising star Donald Glover. The stand-up comedian dropped an introduction to the inner workings of his creative mind and skills on the mic with the moderately successful Camp in 2011. Mixing together sounds of dubstep, dance, electronica, and pop, fans witnessed another side of the rising star under his alias of Childish Gambino. Although not album of the year material, the first effort from Gambino was filled with plenty of innovative sounds and autobiographical tracks that painted an extensive narrative of what makes Glover the artist he is. With his sophomore release Because the internet, Gambino continues his introspective saga and delves deeper into his fears of loneliness over colorful production with comedic delivery.

After the lackluster reception of his ROYALTY tape last year, Gambino parted ways from the hit NBC show Community to focus on his sophomore release. The unveiling of his short film, Clapping for the Wrong Reasons, and an accompanying screenplay only further provided fans with insight into the developing theme of the project, while steadily building anticipation as well. The end result became a conjunct LP separated into five distinct musical suites (recognized by the different roman numerals between the interludes) that reflect the multiple moods and, ironically, the multiple career paths of the artist.

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[NEW] Flying Lotus – ideas+drafts+loops (Mixtape)

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Hide Me (ft. Shabazz Palaces)
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Black Skinhead (Flying Lotus Remix) (ft. Thundercat)

Earlier today, legendary experimental producer Flying Lotus took to Twitter to bless his fans with an unexpected project of 24 previously unreleased tracks. The eclectic collection, titled ideas+drafts+loops, definitely carries the feel of FlyLo’s earlier work with its deep, gritty sounds. Aside from the always innovative production, the tape includes appearances from Earl Sweatshirt, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat, Doom, Baths, Mapei and Flying Lotus’s rapping alter-ego Captain Murphy among others. Grab the whole compilation for free HERE and check a few of our favorite songs above.

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[Hip-Hop] Vic Mensa – Suitcase (ft. Chance The Rapper)

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Suitcase (Ft. Chance The Rapper)

Chicago’s SaveMoney collective has had quite the breakout year with artists including Chance the RapperVic Mensa, Kami De Chukwu and Joey Purp all coming into their own as favorites among hip-hop fans. On their latest release, Mensa teams up with Chance for a laid-back cut that showcases both of their unique styles.

“Suitcase” features a minimal beat, and flows that make the song feel more like an intimate conversation. Despite its slow tempo, the content and original styles will keep you interested, and Chance shows off his singing chops as it comes to a close. Enjoy and grab a free download above. Also, make sure to check out Mensa’s video for his recent collaboration with producer Clams Casino, “Egyptian Cotton,” after the jump.
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[Video] Childish Gambino – 3005

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When Childish Gambinos “3005″ first made its way into the blogosphere, it became clear that his upcoming album, which is now streaming through iTunes Radio, would be one to look out for. Today, the multi-talented artist brings some visuals to the standout from his impressive sophomore effort. Watch below as Gambino hangs with a teddy bear on a ferris wheel keeping the theme of the expressionless “No Mouth Emoji” going in an entertaining and creative way. Because of the Internet drops on December 10th.

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[Hip-Hop] A$AP Mob – Trillmatic (Feat. A$AP Nast & Method Man)

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With A$AP Rocky sitting steady near the top of the game, and A$AP Ferg ruling the trap, it’s finally time for the world to take notice of the rest of the A$AP Mob. Looking ahead to 2014, the crew is gearing up to drop their debut studio album, Lords, in early March. Stepping up to the plate first is A$AP Nast with “Trillmatic,” a Method Man assisted cut that sounds like it was plucked straight out of the early 90′s. Both emcees are in rare form here, meaning hip-hop heads of all ages should be pleased with this one. Check out the video below, and stayed tune from more from the Mob as they prepare for their upcoming release.

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[Hip-Hop] ShowYouSuck – Dude Bro

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ShowYouSuck joins the ranks of Chitown’s finest with his debut EP, Dude Bro. Despite what the title might lead you to believe, Dude Bro is nothing like the frat rap that’s currently flooding the internet right now. Instead what we have is a cavalcade of impressive tracks that acutely demonstrate the Treated Crew representative’s versatility as an emcee. Although the project is rather short at only six songs, each one brings something fresh to the table. From the playfully nostalgic lead single “80′s Boobs,” to the supremely slick sounds of “All Wavy Everything,” and the galvanizing punk-rock inspired “Awesome,” there’s something to please just about everybody here. That diversification in styles can largely be attributed to the eclectic group of collaborators on the project which include The Hood Internet, Mike Jaxx, Peter Cottontale, P.O.S., Unstoppable Death Machines, and even more. Stream the full EP below, and if you like what you hear, make sure to support the album on iTunes.

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80s Boobs (prod by J. Arthur of theWHOevers)
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Make Out King (prod by Javelin & The Hood Internet)
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Rad God (prod by Mike Jaxx)
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Hotline Miami feat P.O.S. (prod by Big Cats)
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All Wavy Everything (prod by Peter Cottontale)
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Awesome (prod by & feat Unstoppable Death Machines)
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[NEW] Childish Gambino – Earth: The Oldest Computer (The Last Night) (Feat. Azealia Banks)

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Childish Gambino
Earth: The Oldest Computer (The Last Night) (Feat. Azealia Banks)

Spastic, reverberating, and high-energy make this new Childish Gambino single an addictive listen. “The Oldest Computer (The Last Night)” starts with a tranquil synth-beat intro that features the actor turned rapper singing the chorus. What starts peaceful quickly flips into a drum and bass fueled, pulsating electro beat that continues to grow in tempo and infectiousness. Don’t be fooled by the soft beginning, as Bino still manages to squeeze in some bars later in the track.

In contrast to his chill collaboration with Def Jam’s Jhene Aiko, ”Bed Peace,” Childish enlists the vocal talents of Azealia Banks. No stranger to sporadic dance rhythms and synth-heavy production, the Harlem rapper trades tongue-twisting rhymes for some smooth crooning on the hook. As the single progresses over the four minutes, the mix of hard and soft melodies is abandoned at the last minute when the song erupts into pure pandemonium. This is yet another dope release from the young spitter and will be featured on his upcoming sophomore LP Because the Internet, available for pre-order now.

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