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…
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 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.
Mic Lanny and Dee Jay Tone’s Good Cop Bad Cop is a picture-perfect representation of hip-hop in New York’s capital city. Albany’s a city of workers. It’s void of the glitz and glam of Manhattan, and falls short of Brooklyn’s hipster standards. What it’s got is a core of artists and citizens who are proud of the 518, and put on to stand out from the shadow of the Big Apple.
Good Cop Bad Cop is the sound of a young man finding his footing. It works hard to distinguish itself from the “return to boom bap” niche that nerds like me hate to mention. Lanny raps like the game is life or death, and makes no bones about his love for the gritty coast he calls home; but what sets this collection apart is the balance of showmanship on the mic and the go-for-the-neck production from DeeJay Tone. When you sprinkle in fantastic local features and hilarious clips from the 2010 film The Other Guys, you’ve got a creative and dynamic piece of art that has real substance.
Pay a few bucks for the record you cheap bastards.
July is in full swing. If you’re in the northeast like I am, you’ve probably been experiencing a pretty unhealthy mix of brutal heat and torrential rain. Luckily, there’s also been a handful of postcard-perfect days to show off your collection. Here’s a few of my favorites from the past few months…summer style.
Packer x Asics Gel-Kayano Trainer “All Roads Lead To Teaneck Vol. 2″ – Sure it’s a ridiculously long winded name for a pair of sneakers, but this is definitely the most comfortable pair of shoes in my closet. The colors are insane, and you can walk in these for hours at a time. They’re available here for $140 http://undefeated.com/footwear/low/asics-packer-x-kayano-trainer-purplegrey.
Jordan Retro 7 “Raptor”- This is my second pair of 7′s, and they might be my favorites. Originally released in 2012, they’re floating around online for $180-$200. Check ebay, or kixify if you’re interested. Great colorway and they feel great on your feet.
Jordan 3 “Wolf Grey”- I picked these up after winning a raffle at my local House Of Hoops, and what sold me was having the shoe in-hand. Everyone knows Jordan Brand is hit and miss with quality, but this pair is put together very well. Nice leather and solid stitching throughout. They’re not a fan favorite, so there’s plenty of pairs around for $170 retail.
Extra Butter x Sperry Top-Sider “Beach Getaway”- This shoe is limited to 200 pairs, and puts a summer spin on a classic Sperry Top-Sider. The shoe runs big so if you’re looking for a pair, I’d go a half-size down. This shoe is fantastic in-hand, and perfect for summer relaxing. Grab them at http://shop.extrabutterny.com/collections/extra-butter-x-sperry-top-sider-beach-getaway/products/extra-butter-x-sperry-top-sider-striper-sound. There’s only a few sizes left.
Rock what you like, and enjoy the rest of the season.
Maybe there’s no better example of a truly successful “backpack” rapper than Buckshot Shorty. He flirted with mainstream success during the 90′s with Black Moon, stayed relevant in the DIY world by hitting the road, and manages to keep eating in this digital age thanks to quality collaborative records that do nothing but solidify the notion that hip-hop is alive and well in the 21st century.
BackPack Travels, his latest effort with New Zealand producer/DJ P-Money, sounds like a blueprint for this NY renaissance that everyone won’t shut the fuck up about. Yes, the beats knock throughout and come off nostalgic, yet they never manage to tip towards corny. Buckshot sounds as crisp as he did when he so famously asked, who got da props? And young people, please don’t tell me this guy sounds like a perfect fit for Pro Era. No Buck, no Badass. Simple as that.
The hip-hop landscape is a cluttered mess, so much so that I can’t keep up. There’s too many tapes, too many bandcamps, too many blogs…the irony. I pass on more dope shit than I actually cover, but it’s not possible to keep it straight unless someone was paying me to do it full time. That’s why I get so genuinely hyped when I hear art that moves me.
A friend mentioned Atlanta rapper Rome Fortune a few weeks back (thanks Glassface), and as I type this, I’m listening to Beautiful Pimp II for the 3rd time today. Rome channels the trappish sensibilities of his southern counterparts, but there’s something deeper here. Like MMG’s Stalley, Rome delivers straight confessionals. He opens his wild (and sometimes uncomfortable) doors wide open for the world to peek inside via production throughout by CitoOnTheBeat. And you can’t help but look and listen…again and again.
Beautiful Pimp II is a rhythmic diary that showcases Rome’s natural knack for substance over style. Of course this is a tape tailor made for smoking and sipping, but this soundtrack is honestly more suited for the trials and tribulations of a day in the life. Whatever that means to you.