yaphet kotto (freestyle)
Earlier today, Childish Gambino took to Twitter to announce that his upcoming album, Because The Internet, would be dropping this winter. It seems like an appropriate title, given that Bino can attribute much of his fame and success to the web (although that can be said for just about every musician these days). Not content with just an announcement though, Mr. Glover decided to commemorate the occasion by giving us a taste of just what we should expect from the effort, with “Yaphet Kotto.” The soulful single features the Georgia representative running through his entire repertoire of flows, as he employs clever wordplay to convey personal messages throughout the cut. The song doesn’t seem to be a “freestyle” in the traditional sense; rather, it seems to refer more to the song’s sporadic nature, as Childish continously hops from one topic to another.
We look forward to hearing more from Gambino throughout the course of the year, but in the meantime, make sure to check out the track above, as well as the accompanying trailer for Because The Internet below.
What is this Loneliness (ft. Damon Albarn & Casual)
In 2000, Del the Funky Homosapien, of the Hieroglyphics and Gorillaz, teamed up with producer Dan the Automator and turntablist Kid Koala to create Deltron 3030. Their self-titled debut, a futuristic tale of Deltron Zero fighting for the people, was hailed by many as one of the top underground rap albums of all time. Thirteen years later, after endless anticipation and speculation from fans, the trio has returned, this time in 3040.
Event 2 opens with a fittingly dramatic monologue from Inception‘s Joseph Gordon Levitt before Del picks up on “The Return” right where he left off. In the year 3040, greed and corruption have brought human civilization to a backwards, anarchical crossroads. Deltron Zero, riding his stream-of-conscious storytelling flow, journeys the future’s hazardous terrain surprisingly smoothly for someone who, in both this tale and reality, has nearly become a mythical character. The sonic background created by Dan the Automator, who actually finished the production circa 2008, proves timeless once again with influences ranging from classical to funk.
While the first installment held minimal features, Del brought on a number of friends this time around including strong collaborations from members of AWOLNATION and Rage Against the Machine. His reunion with Damon Albarn on “What is this Loneliness,” which you can stream above, proves to be one of Event 2‘s high points holding the distinctly strange Gorillaz flare. The Lonely Island, of SNL fame, even make an extended appearance for comic relief, a random inclusion that fairs alright. Even with the array of personnel on nearly every track, Del carries the majority of the narrative and creative direction making for a truly interesting, and mostly smooth, melding of styles.
Read the rest of the review after the jump
Ms. Lauryn Hill
Fresh off her prison sentence, artist Lauryn Hill drops some new material for fans to see where her mind is at. The new single “Consumerism” is a dose of the political as Hill spits an intellectual quick-word rap about the problems with the system. Using as many “isms” as she can find in the dictionary during the nearly five minute long track, she shows that she hasn’t lost her flow while a drum sampled mix plays in the backdrop. The single has a throwback feel to it and a refreshing indie sound. This cut comes off her upcoming Letters From Exile project, and she released the following statement with the single:
“‘Consumerism’ is part of some material I was trying to finish before I had to come in. We did our best to eek out a mix via verbal and emailed direction, thanks to the crew of surrogate ears on the other side. Letters From Exile is material written from a certain space, in a certain place. I felt the need to discuss the underlying socio-political, cultural paradigm as I saw it. I haven’t been able to watch the news too much recently, so I’m not hip on everything going on. But inspiration of this sort is a kind of news in and of itself, and often times contains an urgency that precedes what happens. I couldn’t imagine it not being relevant. Messages like these I imagine find their audience, or their audience finds them, like water seeking it’s level.”
- Ms. Lauryn Hill
Jiggy feat. Mr. Man (JEFF061)
Our favorite afro adorned Philly libertine is back at it again with another bass riddled track, sure to make you want to gyrate in your computer chair. We’ve been waiting for this one for a while, after hearing the preview and seeing the build up imagery released every day. Now that we’ve had our ears all over this beauty, we simply can’t stop listening. The drum rolls, the didgeridoo, Mr.Man’s vocals and the repetitious “Jiggy” sampling are more than enough to light up any dance floor.
This gem is Niglio’s Jeffree’s debut, and he knocked it out of the park. On top of everything, it’s a free download.
Magic Stick (ft. 50 Cent & Lil Kim)[Free Download]
I’m not going to lie, this writer has long time been a fan of all things Curtis Jackson, so when Autograf’s complete rework of 50 Cent & Lil Kim’s timeless and tawdry classic “Magic Stick” came across our desks, it most certainly called for a little attention. This freshly faced producer in the electronic arena manages to deconstruct a completely pop-centric radio-rap hit and run it all the way down to a cool, melodic stride using the original hook as its driver while adding all kinds of new layers. Be sure to look out for Autograf as this is the debut track, and a pretty darn good one at that. You can grab a free download too, so don’t be bashful Ninjas.
Tyler, The Creator
Look (Feat. Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis & Earl Sweatshirt) (Prod. by Nottz)
Just when you thought it was finally safe, Tyler, The Creator and his Odd Future crew decide to swoop in and make sure you’re taking a second “Look” before you try to cross them. Presumably feeling a little left out of the conversation lately, Tyler teams up with three of his finest running mates–Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis, and Earl Sweatshirt–to bring us an absolutely nasty banger here . The brand new track features the West Coast emcees trading bars over a dusty Nottz produced instrumental, where each member brings their best cards to the table, making it tough to decide who comes out on top. Instead of debating though, it might just be best to enjoy the single for what it is, and leave the discussion for another day. There’s no indication on where this will end up, but let’s hope that this is the first indication of that EarlWolf album that was hinted at earlier this year.
Hold On (Feat. Kanye West & Rick Ross)
Virginia native and G.O.O.D. Music emcee Pusha T has had an interesting journey in the rap game. From reaching global success as half of Clipse, to relatively going ghost, and then resurfacing over the past few years with some heat, it was only a matter of time before he got his chance to shine. As fans patiently wait for his debut solo project to drop, Pusha avoids the possibility of having his highly-anticipated LP leaking and delivers a full stream via Myspace.
Bringing in features from fellow VA artist Chris Brown, Rick Ross, The-Dream, Jeezy, Future, Kelly Rowland, Kendrick Lamar, and 2 Chainz, plus production from Pharrell, Swizz Beatz, Joaquin Phoenix, and Don Cannon My Name Is My Name promises to be ‘hip-hop album of the year’. We’ve got one of our favorites up top, but listen to the audio crack below, and be sure to cop the 12-track album when it drops on October 8th.