As we head towards a Labor Day break from all things requiring responsibility, with that comes a much needed break for this site. But before we pump the brakes for a few weeks, it’s only fitting that Illab sets the late-season tone with the visuals for “Never Ending Summer”, an ode to living free in America in the blazing sun. Illab’s work grows more self-reliant and introspective with each release, so it’s more than a pleasure to run this back a few times. Enjoy.
Recently, YG enlisted tour mate G-Eazy and the rapper everyone loves to hate, Macklemore, for part 2 of “Fuck Donald Trump”. Here’s the simple visual clip with a couple of decent verses, mixed with some interesting crowd interaction. Whether you respect the MC’s or not, you gotta get behind the message. Fuck Donald Trump.
The Game is getting ready to unleash 1992, his new record with no features and fire art from the same designer as Snoop’s legendary debut Doggystyle. Check out the visuals for “All Eyez”, an ode to his favorite ladies with help from Jeremih. I have a feeling The Game’s channeling some early left coast energy on 1992. We shall see. I almost forgot…Scott Storch on the beat. Enjoy.
1st things 1st, Hot 97 exists at an exclusive mainstream level intending merely to compete with other media outlets like Complex. They are not “hip hop”, nor do they care much for the progression or preservation of the culture. Recently, Joe Budden stepped into the hornets nest known as Ebro in the morning to promote his upcoming new record, Rage & The Machine, only to be met with 25 minutes of banter about Drake, questions on why he fired his podcast co-host (who Hot 97 had in the studio unbeknownst to Budden), and a butt-hurt Rosenberg caught in his feelings. Ebro eventually got to mocking the art of technical rapping, to which Joe up and left. Lost in most of the talk was the promotion of Joey’s new single, “Flex”, featuring Torey Lanez and Fabolous. You decide whether or not to ride with the radio boys. Check out the single below. Enjoy.
It was only a matter of time before producer Dimitry Killstorm dropped a proper full length project. He’s done production for some of Minnesota’s most dynamic artists, and I’m Dimitry Killstorm cultivates that talent centered around his dense creations. Unpredictability makes this one a blast to run down. Aggression balanced with introspection. You can find more information here. Support the arts. Enjoy.
This morning we bring you Koncept’s new single, “Understand Me”, featuring Mike Two with Optiks & Max Landry on the boards. He’s wearing his heart on his sleeve on this one, and it’s a breath of fresh air. We all get those feels from time to time, it’s nice to hear someone unafraid to explore that head space. Buy the single here. Enjoy this on repeat.
Joey Bada$$ has been bubbling for a few years. He just lacked that one single to push him into the fast lane. “Devastated” is that song and details the patience that must accompany the art. It’s a monster and arguably the best song in Joey’s catalog. Now we’ve got the visuals to accompany the track, and it goes pretty hard. Enjoy.