The Return

August 27, 2014

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What up, Westcheddar!! Yo listen, my bad. I’ve been neglecting home base for a minute. Please pardon me, I’ve been crazy busy. But I’m going through a big transition now, taking on a new full-time writing job in the marketing/advertising world. And this new gig has forced me to put my music journalism work and also my youth work to the side. The thing is, I’ll never be able to stop writing about music. It’s in my nature to want to share what I think is hot with the masses. So I’ve made the decision to bring back Westcheddar, and start posting again (about music and also comedy, sports, family, etc) regularly in my free time, for the love of the game. As for my youth work, well, I just had a baby (our third boy!!), so that’s not going to really stop anytime soon.

I’m gonna play catch-up for a minute, so please stay with me. Some of the stuff I’ll be posting in the next week or two won’t be brand new, but I gotta make sure it gets some love before I can move forward. Consider the upcoming onslaught of posts a celebration of Westcheddar’s return. Let’s gooooo….

Kendrick Crack

September 14, 2014

According to producer Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar wanted this song to live on his upcoming album. I can see why, this shit is next level. But it sounds like FlyLo’s saving this one for his own project. Oh well, as long as we get to hear it, that’s fine with me. Give Kendrick’s latest gem “Never Catch Me” a listen above.

Rap Diablo

September 14, 2014

I like this Mac Miller track. It’s off his latest project Faces, and features a pretty ill jazz sample. I’m continuously impressed by Mac’s production, dude is quietly one of the nicest young rapping producers behind the boards, and this is more proof. Video is dope too. Good stuff, Mac.

Norm & Sandler

September 4, 2014

I’ve been catching up on a bunch of podcast episodes I missed these past few months, and I just listened to this Norm Macdonald interview with his SNL pal Adam Sandler yesterday which is great. It’s a fun hour of them reminiscing and popping shit together like only old friends can do. Watch the video above of the full interview above (starts about 11:00 in after the first break), or download the podcast here and give it a listen. Good stuff for peeps like me who grew up watching Norm and Sandler on SNL and in movies. These guys are living legends to me.

Westchester Knicks

September 3, 2014

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Yes! The new Knicks D-League team has a home in White Plains! This is my new favorite sports team, straight up. I can’t wait to take my kids to a game at the Westchester County Center. Go Westchester Knicks!!!

Think you got enough skills to make the team? Here’s the tryout info. And peep the intro video with Allan Houston at the County Center. Siiiiicccckkkkkkk.

Blush

September 3, 2014

I first heard of Twin Sister after discovering that their song “Meet the Frownies” was sampled on Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre’s “The Recipe.” Now, they’re known as Mr. Twin Sister (so formal!) and they’ve got a new song out that I’m currently in love with. This is some down-tempo, chill-out shit ideal for getting ultra-blazed to on a hazy day. Amazing track, totally my speed.

Dream On

September 3, 2014

If Your Old Droog is the Rap Rookie of the Year for 2014, then Cozz is probably the runner-up. Straight out of L.A., Cozz is J. Cole’s label Dreamville’s newest artist, and you’ll understand why Cole wanted to sign him with one viewing of his “Dreams” video above. This is the hardest joint I’ve heard from a new West Coast artist in a long time. Dude is nice with the rhymes, too. Here’s hoping there’s more to come from Cozz. Good shit.

Dope Duets

September 3, 2014

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Okay, I’m still getting back into the swing of things here at Westcheddar, and figured it would be a good idea to do a little rap roundup of sorts. Gonna focus in on some of the dope duets that have surfaced recently. Let’s get it.

Cormega ft. Black Rob “Home” (Prod. by Large Professor)

Throwing this up first because it’s my favorite rap song of the summer. I’ve been thumping it nonstop. Large Pro, you did your thing on this! This is one of those beats that makes me want to rap. And I must say that in general I’ve never been a huge Black Rob fan, but he sounds ill on this track alongside Cormega. Oh, and shouts to Ron G on the intro!!

Related: Pick 6 with Cormega | Mixtape Memories with DJ Ron G

Knowledge the Pirate & Roc Marciano “Respect the Shooter”

Another nice track from Roc Marciano and his Co-D Knowledge the Pirate. Always good to get new music from these two guys. Keep it coming!

Related: The Making of Marcberg with Roc Marciano | Roc Marciano & Knowledge the Pirate “Slingers” (Live in Chicago)

Your Old Droog ft. Prodigy “Hoodie Weather” (Prod. by Marco Polo)

I recently wrote about Your Old Droog on here as an attempt to make up for lost ground on Westcheddar. He’s definitely the most exciting rookie in rap right now. And he continues to deliver heat with his latest leak “Hoodie Weather” featuring one of my favorite rappers of all-time, Prodigy of Mobb Deep. This shit knocks. Big ups Marco Polo on the beat, he laced it. Perfect timing on the song drop, too.

Related: In The Lab with Marco Polo

Bonus: 10 Songs You May Have Slept On in 2014 (So Far) | NahRight

Easy Rider

September 3, 2014

Action Bronson continues to be the most compelling figure in rap music today. I’m so psyched for his new album. I feel like in an ironic way he’s been starving us this year with the limited music output, but after hearing his new single “Easy Rider,” I know that it will all be worth the wait. Bam Bam’s definitely on some next shit. Peep the video for “Easy Rider” above, and then below, check out the latest episode of his Munchies web series Fuck, That’s Delicious where he makes homemade baklava with his aunt in Brooklyn, among other things.

*Bonus*

Bam Bam spit some new bars recently during his set at Peterpalooza over Mobb Deep and Kool G Rap’s Alchemist-produced classic “The Realest.” Sick.

 

The Lone Swordsman

August 30, 2014

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This week I officially had my final feature published on NahRight, so I figured I’d share it here as a way to wrap up my work on the site. It’s a list of RZA’s best solo songs, sponsored by Dr. Pepper. Some of my favorite rap tracks ever are on this list, specifically “Sunshower,” “Twelve Jewelz,” and “Samurai Showdown.” And the freestyle at the end is insane. Enjoy.

The Lone Swordsman: RZA’s Best Solo Songs | NahRight

Catch up on all my NahRight features, interviews, lists, and more HERE. There’s mad shit I never posted on Westcheddar that I’m super proud of, so I hope you all take some time to peruse the archives. Thanks.

Interview with an Outkast

August 27, 2014

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Read this rare interview with Andre 3000. He talks about his upcoming lead role in the Jimi Hendrix biopic and Outkast’s latest tour. By Jon Caramanica.

André 3000 Is Moving On in Film, Music and Life | The New York Times

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