09 Mar

NEW MUSIC: The Underachievers, Beach Fossils, Youth Lagoon

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The Underachievers — “Indigoism” (Feb. 5) 4.5/5
The Underachievers are a duo emerging from the already flourishing “new” New York rap scene, home to other newcomers such as Joey Bada$$ and his Pro Era crew, Flatbush Zombies, and the A$AP Mob, led by A$AP Rocky.

The Underachievers bring an energetic-yet-druggy aesthetic to the New York scene, or as they like to call it, the “Beast Coast.” Issa Dash and Ak showcase their intricate wordplay brilliantly across all 17 tracks on “Indigoism,” most notably on “Maxin’ Out” and “Herb Shuttles.”

Their video for “Herb Shuttles” has already surpassed 1.7 million views, a metric that is becoming increasingly important in the era of freely downloaded music and piracy. While a vast majority of their lyrics deal with drugs, The Underachievers also explore topics such as meditation and spirituality, which sets them apart from a lot of what’s coming out of New York right now.

Ak exclaims in “Herb Shuttles”: “Esoteric tattoos, mad jewels, cash rules, married to the blind/ I’m on another plateau, camels get the cash ghost, how I Rose, Derrick in his prime” I don’t remember the last time a song referenced esoteric tattoos and the Chicago Bulls in the same line, but The Underachievers aren’t your typical rap group. I expect these guys to get big in 2013.
BEST TRACKS: “Maxin’ Out” and “Herb Shuttles”

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Categories: 2013, Album Review, Hip-Hop, mixtape, Music video, song
01 Mar

MIX: February 2013

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The mix series continues. Here are my favorite tracks from February.


Categories: 2013, mixtape
06 Feb

MIX: January 2013

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I have already been enjoying this year quite a bit as far as music goes. Here are some of my favorites from January.



Categories: 2013, mixtape
16 Jan

NEW MUSIC: Youth Lagoon – “Dropla”

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We haven’t heard much from Trevor Powers, aka Youth Lagoon, since he dropped his debut album “The Year of Hibernation” back in 2011. His follow-up is scheduled to come out March 5 on Fat Possum and is entitled “Wondrous Bughouse.” “Dropla” is the first cut from the album and is a little more upbeat than most of his previous work. “You’ll never die, you’ll never die.”


Categories: 2013, song
12 Jan

NEW MUSIC: Frank Ocean ft. Outkast – “Pink Matter” (Remix)

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Andre 3000 and Big Boi reunite for this a remix of “Pink Matter,” off Frank Ocean’s 2012 album “Channel Orange.”  I hope we get to hear more from Outkast in 2013.

Categories: Hip-Hop
11 Jan

NEW MUSIC: Pusha T ft. Rick Ross – “Millions”

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GOOD Music’s Pusha T and MMG’s boss-man Rick Ross link up for a collaboration on “Millions.” This will appear on Pusha’s upcoming mixtape “Wrath Of Caine.”

Categories: Hip-Hop
09 Jan

Top songs of 2012

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Here is a list of my favorite tracks from 2012. This past year was really solid for music and I had a hard time coming up with a definitive list. There are surely a few that I missed. I put together a Spotify playlist for anyone interested in listening to my picks.

Song, Artist

1. Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe – Kendrick Lamar
2. Pyramids – Frank Ocean
3. Shadow – Wild Nothing
4. Adorn – Miguel
5. Hands on the Wheel – ScHoolboy Q ft. ASAP Rocky
6. Goldie – A$AP Rocky
7. Kill For Love – Chromatics
8. Don’t Like – Chief Keef
9. Mercy – Kanye West
10. Bandz A Make Her Dance – Juicy J ft. 2 Chainz and Lil’ Wayne
11. Chasin’ Paper – Curren$y ft. Pharrell
12. Losing You – Solange
13. Fiction – The xx
14. Fineshrine – Purity Ring
15. Stay Useless – Cloud Nothings
16. Bird on a Wire – Action Bronson & Riff Raff
17. Car Song – Spank Rock ft. Santigold
18. Grown Up – Danny Brown
19. Myth  – Beach House
20. No Lie – 2 Chainz ft. Drake
21. Gas and Mud – Gucci Mane
22. The House That Heaven Built – Japandroids
23. California – Wiz Khalifa
24. Ode To Viceroy – Mac DeMarco
25. Climax – Usher
26. Song For Leigh – The Walkmen
27. My Type Of Party – Dom Kennedy
28. Hold Me Back – Rick Ross
29. Turn On The Lights – Future
30. Do It For The Bay – Main Attrakionz
31. Five Seconds – Twin Shadow
32. Bath Salts – Flatbush Zombies
33. Driving 88 – Rockie Fresh ft. Casey Veggies
34. If It Wasn’t For You – Various Cruelties
35. Genesis – Grimes
36. Everything Is Embarrassing – Sky Ferreria
37. Survival Tactics – Joey Bada$$ ft. Capital STEEZ
38. All Gold Everything – Trinidad Jame$
39. Bible On The Dash – Gunplay
40. Amen – Meek Mill ft. Drake

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17 Nov

NEW MIXTAPE: Action Bronson — “Rare Chandeliers”

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Queens, NY rapper Action Bronson links up with the silky smooth producer Alchemist for a brand new mixtape entitled “Rare Chandeliers. ” The project features the likes of ScHoolboy Q, Evidence and Roc Marciano. Click on the album art for a free download.

16 Nov

NEW MUSIC: Mac DeMarco, Taylor Swift, Meek Mill

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Mac DeMarco – “2” – Oct. 16

Mac DeMarco isn’t your typical 22-year-old. The Montreal, Quebec-based musician just released his second project of the year, the aptly titled “2.” His lyrics are what you would expect songs about love, parents and being dissatisfied with just about everything.

“Cooking Up Something Good,” the first track on “2,” takes place at DeMarco’s house, and reflects his observations of everyday life. “Momma’s in the kitchen/cooking up something good. Daddy’s on the sofa/Pride of the neighborhood.”

“And I’ll be up at midnight, with my cigarette. Oh, when life moves this slowly…” he laments on the chorus, and the sense of monotony and apathy is nearly palpable. The songs feel immediate and personal.

With the modest success DeMarco achieved earlier this year with his debut, “Rock and Roll Nightclub,” he was able to improve his arsenal of recording gear. But it doesn’t take away from the rawness or organic quality his songs had before — it just makes them all the better.

Taylor Swift – “Red” – Oct. 22

It’s hard to believe it’s been six years since Taylor Swift first hit the country music scene, later turning into the pop icon she is today. At 22, Swift has been churning out music since she was 16, and she doesn’t show any sign of slowing down.

Her newest album, “Red,” is a predictable addition to Swift’s catalogue — sad songs about hopeless romance and breakups. Swift’s split with actor Jake Gyllenhaal undoubtedly played a role in this album, which appears to come up during “All Too Well.”

“Hey you called me up again just to break me like a promise/ So casually cruel in the name of being honest.” Lyrics like this are common on “Red,” which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s a recipe she has crafted and perfected for mass appeal.

But with another album this similar to previous efforts, it begs the question: Is this how every Taylor Swift album is going to be?

Meek Mill – “Dreams and Nightmares” – Oct. 30

This has been a very strong year for hip-hop. During the past four months, the industry was looking at two albums to define the end of the year for hip-hop: Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid m.a.a.d city” and Meek Mill’s “Dreams and Nightmares.”

I wrote a glowing review of Lamar’s album, and had similar hopes for Mill’s debut studio album (now that he’s under the guidance of rap mogul Rick Ross). Mill has a great ear for beats and this album highlights that. But unlike with previous efforts, money was not an issue with this release.

Mill puts his newfound fame and money to use on “Dreams and Nightmares” by enlisting a host of talented guests for features such as Nas, John Legend and Mary J. Blige.

“Amen,” featuring Drake, is definitely a great radio single. It’s catchy and has already proven itself in the club. The same goes for “Young & Gettin’ It” featuring Kirko Bangz. But songs in between radio hits hurt this album. There’s too much filler and not enough cohesiveness to hold my attention.

Categories: 2012, Album Review, country, Hip-Hop, Pop
14 Nov

MUSIC VIDEO: Purity Ring — “Lofticries”

Duo Megan James and Corin Roddick, aka Purity Ring, released their critically acclaimed LP Shrines earlier this year after a 2011 song of theirs made it’s way around the Internet and garnered them some attention. Since then, the two have been busy touring and playing festivals, but they found some time to release visuals for one of the more interesting tracks on the album, “Loficries,” which takes us on a surreal journey through the eyes of several people.