Albany, NY’s toughest duo, Giant Gorilla Dog Thing, is back this fine Friday morning with Clabznshit, a collection of…well…collaborations with artists near and far. The twist? You probably haven’t heard many of these songs yet, which means you can call this a brand new record and everything is right in your little world. MC’s Dood Computer and Dez trade verses with their pals that make the verses you love or have written seem weak and feeble. But that’s ok, because you can purchase the record here and study up. Sharpen your pencil, re-ink your pen, and work harder. The fork and knife are in the building.
This one makes me entirely happy. Despot’s We’re All Excited has been a long time coming, and by the sounds of things, it’s nearly here. This clip for “House of Bricks” finds Despot in the crib with his family doing what they do, laying low. Don’t sleep on those Polo pieces either. Rare. Stay tuned for a full review of the record as soon as it’s available. Hand over fist.
CNN are back with their 5th studio record, Lessons. The record comes after the group chose to reunite again in 2013. Lessons feels like a family affair of epic throwback proportions featuring production from Statik Selektah, Large Pro, and Scram Jones. Guest verses are all over this thing via Raekwon, Tragedy Khadafi, and the LOX. It feels right whether that fit is dated or not.
The War Report 2…not exactly, but these two vets still bang even after a decade of bids and disappearances from the public eye.
Harlem’s Dave East is prepping his Hate Me Now mixtape. Here’s “Demonstrate” to hold us over. East is a rare mix of substance and style, handpicked by the Godson himself, Nasir Jones. Check back for a full review of Hate Me Now when it drops. Enjoy.
My favorite punk band in the world is also my favorite mariachi band. That statement can only describe The Bronx. When they’re punks, they rip shit apart. When they transform to Mariachi El Bronx, they create this incredibly easy to digest soundtrack for the laziest summer days. Here’s the clip for “Wildfires” from Mariachi El Bronx III. They don’t call their records anything but numbers for both bands. Because fuck you, that’s why.
Young Khalifa is back with the 3rd installment of his Boys of Zummer tour vlog giving us a glimpse of some father/son time, rehearsals for The Tonight Show, and a few random memorable moments. The Boys of Zummer tour features Wiz and pop-punk vets Fall Out Boy. Criticize Wiz for cashing in, but I’ll praise him for maximizing his reach. These vlogs bring some real life feeling to a larger than life star. You can check out the first two episodes below.
LA underdog Blu’s newest clip is for the ultra laid back “The Return”, from his excellent 2014 double album Good To Be Home. More show and prove that the “new” west is something to marvel. Left coast rappers are reclaiming their rights as the ambassadors of unabashed cool. This one makes me want to put my feet up and watch the clouds. Enjoy.