M.O.E. (Prod. Garrett Lodge)
It’s unfortunately far too rare for music videos these days to serve a purpose and visually tell a story that the lyrics sometimes cannot. We are constantly bombarded with product placements and sex appeal in our entertainment, so it’s extremely refreshing for upcoming talent to show that the art of the music video isn’t truly dead. I am of course referring to Tate Tucker’s newest project “M.O.E.”. Obviously, the title refers to the common phrase “Money Over Everything”, however this isn’t your typical boom-bap club hit. Tucker is one of the most creative people in the game today and it clearly shows with not only the record itself, but the visuals as well. The video is nothing short of a wild ride, whether it’s a day-to-day portrayal of Tucker’s life remains to be unseen. However, it packs more action in it than “Anaconda” on repeat for a month, and is definitely worth checking out.
We hadn’t really heard from Moods‘ after his one-hit wonder “Love Is Real” was featured on Majestic Casual a while back. His record label Darker Than Wax just released a compilation called 10K to showcase their talented roster and what they’re really about.
This is a special track off the album titled “Flashback.” The hip-hop producer definitely holds it down for all the Dutch hip-hop beatmakers with this one. There’s this killer bassline that drives the whole instrumental, and Moods throws in hip-hop voice samples to make things even more interesting. The synths come in to fill the spot, resembling something from Evil Needle. This beat is so incredibly dope that you just want to bust a freestyle right on the spot.
Make sure to check out the whole compilation on their SoundCloud here.
Not To Play With (Prod. KAYTRANADA)
Let’s all just be honest here: everything Kaytranada touches is fire. He’s never produced a single bad beat, and rappers are always eager to go in on his latest and greatest. Take PKeys for example. He’s been building up quite the resume on Soundcloud, going in on producers ranging from CRNKN to Kanye West. He’s still got some ways to go in the rap game, however the fact that this fell into our lap should be a big milestone for him. “Not To Play With” is crisp, precise, and in-your-face, which is probably how Kaytray envisioned the results when he dropped this on his Whatever mixtape this past May. Be on the look out for big things coming from PKeys.
Run The Jewels
Blockbuster Night Part 1
What a year 2013 was for hip-hop. Kanye, Cole, and Mac all released chart-topping albums on the same day, while others like Drake and Jay weren’t too far behind. However, one of the most criminally slept on projects of the year was Run the Jewels. Released on Fool’s Gold Records, it still got major blog play, but El-P & Killer Mike‘s first collaborative album was unable to penetrate the mainstream cycle. Simply put, these two are a match made in hip-hop heaven. El-P provides the most in-your-face beats the rap game has seen in a minute while Killer Mike proves his pseudonym to be true as he quite figuratively kills the mic on each record. Run the Jewels 2 is due out next month, but the guys have been kind enough to share the first single off the upcoming project with us. “Blockbuster Night Part I” picks up right where the previous album left off and if this is any indication, the sequel album may be even stronger than the first.
This Plane (nosleep remix)
If you’re in the 20-25 year old range, there’s a strong possibility you heard “This Plane” at every party you went to as a teenager. Mixtape Wiz was a force to be reckoned with, and his big single still has staying power today, even more so now that nosleep decided to take it for a spin. The Pittsburgh producer is well-known for his unique hip-hop remixes, however he flipped the script on this one and tried to recreate the Bay Area style of hip-hop. If you ever imagined Wiz & E-40 or Mac Dre on a track, this might be the closest you will ever get. We personally can’t get enough of it, so I hope you guys enjoy it as well!
Barry Blanco (Produced by The Kickdrums)
One of the biggest mistakes people make in hip-hop is underestimating Cleveland. Wedged between Detroit, Chicago, and Pittsburgh’s titanic rap scenes, it’s hard for the average Joe to name a Cleveland rapper not named Chip, MGK, or Kid Cudi. However, the scene is far more expansive than one would normally think and we believe that with all the sports attention on the Rock & Roll Capital Of The World, the music scene will soon follow suit. Here’s hoping Smoke Screen will be the first on the list. Chemist & Mooke have been linking up for years but on their latest effort, “Barry Blanco” it is easy to see why they are finally ready to take the next step in their career. The Kickdrums, another local act that has paved his own path, delivers one hell of a beat for the duo to spit on and their flow is undeniable. Can’t say enough good things about this track.
Every beatmaker worth their salt has at least sampled Biggie at one point in their career. It’s a completely different story when one goes above and beyond and creates an entire instrumental around a track, which is exactly what Flamingosis did with “Juicy”. We think you’ll find the redesigned beat to be much more jazzy, which is definitely an interesting take on a classic. The original is textbook hip-hop flaunting so we think this more refined, exotic beat fits the lyric material perfectly, but you be the judge. What do you think?