Maroon 5 Get Real In Video For Maps

Maroon 5 is one of those bands that went by way of the bright lights of Hollywood.  I saw them tour their first record for $5 in the best dive bar venue in my city many years ago.  That terrific debut was followed by a pretty rapid decent into full-on pop mess.   That’s not to say it’s terrible music…it just wasn’t for me. This new one gives me hope…and the video is worth a minute or two.  New record, V, drops on September 2nd.

Video Premier: Common feat. Big Sean- Diamonds

common-diamonds1Nobody’s Smiling, is an open letter to America.   There’s an undercurrent of warning throughout that suggests the violence in Chicago runs deeper than national news is willing to investigate. Maybe Common is cashing in on the spotlight shining on the Chi, or is it that he’s using that shine to speak his piece?  This video for “Diamonds” featuring Big Sean is a stunning set of visuals utilizing scenes from his city to fill the negative space of the two rappers delivering fantastic verses.  Excuse the awful hook.

Nobody’s Smiling is Common’s 10th studio album.  The beauty here is the fact that Common, minus his brief Badu period, has never tried to reinvent himself.  He’s managed to continuously stay current in culture that changes moment to moment.  Worthy of a download, Nobody’s Smiling is another strong outing by one of hip-hops most consistent voices.

NehruvianDOOM Is Coming September 22nd

It’s official.  Doom and Bishop Nehru will drop NehruvianDOOM on September 22nd.  The first official single is “OM”, which is Doom at his best.  The beat is nervous and frenetic, and Bishop can flat out spit.  If you’re a Doom fan you’ll be into the last ten seconds of this one, where it gets weird enough to make you believe there’s some interlocking story driving the record.  Let’s go.

Pre-order here ….and check out “OM” at maximum volume.

Stalley Heats Up The Summer

I know I’m beating a dead horse, but here’s another Stalley cut while we wait for MMG’s forgotten one to release his debut album.  This one bangs, if you can stomach the robotic whine of Wezzy, and once again highlights the Ohio MC’s knack for smoothing things out over the most rugged beats.  Great for lurking around on a hazy Sunday.

Action Bronson Stars In Ep. 3 of Fuck That’s Delicious

Action takes England by storm in episode 3 of “Fuck, That’s Delicious”, from Vice’s MUNCHIES channel.  This hilarious series follows BamBam as he eats his way around the world, and sells out venues along the way.  This trip we get a little taste from across the pond.  He’s got a real future in television if this whole rap thing doesn’t work out.  Shoutout to tossed salads and White Trash Bruschetta…

Homeboy Sandman Preps Hallways For Sept. Release

Stones Throw Records announced that Homeboy Sandman will drop his new album, Hallways, on September 2nd.  Along with the release, the Queens native will embark on a national tour this fall to support the follow-up to 2012’s First Of A Living Breed.  

I caught Homeboy’s live show a month ago and was blown away.  The way he calculates bars is downright scientific.  The lead single “America, The Beautiful” is another introspective look at the country through the eyes of one of the nations most talented wordsmiths.  Production on this one is from Jonwayne and it’s pure fire.

Weezer Heads Back To The Shack

Weezer is the band that will forever take me back to the summer of ’95.  I met a chick on vacation, and we made out in the lake.  That really happened, and the entire ride home I listened to “The World Has Turned and Left Me Here”.  You call it melodramatic…I call it the stuff John Hughes classics are made of.

“Back To The Shack” is the first single from their upcoming 9th studio album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, and it’s channeling the awesome pop ghosts of Weezer’s past.  It’s awesome.  So turn it up with your windows down.  Happy July kids.