Get Thy Bearings

November 20, 2014

No matter how much time you spend listening to music in your life, there’s always going to be some shit you miss. Last week, a buddy of mine at work, who’s my age and loves hip-hop, was playing this ill song with a crazy beat, and I caught wind of it since he sits at the desk across from me. I thought it was some new shit, but it turns out, it was a Donovan track from 1968 called “Get Thy Bearings.” Honestly, I had never even heard of Donovan, but the song was dope, so I did some investigating.

First, I listened to a few of his other songs on Spotify. Wasn’t feeling them. Totally different vibe. Then, I thought, “I wonder if anyone has ever sampled ‘Get Thy Bearings’ before?” Come to find out, thanks to WhoSampled aka one of the illest sites in the history of the web, that the one and only Biz Markie looped it up on his 1991 song “I Told You.” Props, Biz! Check Donovan’s OG version above, and Biz’s flip below.

The Prophecy

November 19, 2014

Roc Marciano been nice. Here’s the proof. This shit is from 1997!!! According to Roc’s manager Jazz, this is the first of his tracks to ever get play on radio. So dope, he kills it and the beat bangs too. Can’t believe I just heard this for the first time last week.

Cook-Up

November 17, 2014

I listened to this song 1,000 times today.

I first heard about UK reggae songstress Hollie Cook on LargeUp. They posted her cut “Cry,” and I was like, “Whoa, what the fuck is this?” It’s not often that I hear modern-day reggae music that gives me that feeling, but this did.

Anyway, I saw that last week she had a new album out (it’s called Twice), which I had missed when it initially dropped. So I downloaded it on sight, and I’ve been giving it some proper spins for the past few days. Overall, it’s a great album, but the one highlight I HAVE TO SHARE is called “99.” Damn, son. This song is so fire. The beat, the vibe, the melody, the HARMONIES. Super ill. I can’t stop listening to it. I hope you like it as much as I do. Stream above then go get the album. Straight cinematic roots loveliness. Thank you, Hollie.

The Goings On

November 4, 2014

I’ve known Oddisee since my College Park days, and I gotta say, dude makes dope music. I love this new live video of him performing “The Goings On” with Good Compny. Great setting, and I particularly dig the harmonies on the hook. And of course O spits wonderfully over the laid-back beat. Check it out, DMV stand up.

Hugs & Pounds

November 3, 2014

I slept on Key & Peele, I admit. This shit is mad funny though. Stupid as hell, but hilarious.

Escobar Season Returns

November 3, 2014

Yes! New Nas! Produced by J Dilla! This one’s got that feeling. Enjoy.

4 for Fall

October 24, 2014

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The amount of new rap music that drops nowadays that I actually like is fairly minimal. But somehow four songs I want to listen to on repeat came out this week. Check out my favorite of the four first, “Live From the Villa” produced by A Villa and featuring Action Bronson, Roc Marciano, and Willie the Kid. So hard. And below that is some dope new shit by Mac Miller, Drake, and Freddie Gibbs and Madlib featuring Action Bronson, Ransom, and Joey Bada$$. LOL at Mac pushing the black Odyssey in the art for his song, that’s my whip!

 

 

 

*UPDATE*

Drake went ahead and officially released “How Bout Now,” and two other new songs that he knew hackers already god a hold of. “6 God” is tough, and “Heat of the Moment” is a nice one for those who prefer Drake when he’s crooning and spooning. Listen below (link above updated to the official “How Bout Now” stream too).

 

Roc and Bam Bam

October 10, 2014

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I saw my two favorite rappers alive perform last Friday night—Action Bronson and Roc Marciano—and got to hang out with them too. Read all about it HERE. And below, check the new Party Supplies and Action Bronson song that they debuted at the concert, it’s fresh.

Amadei Porcelana

October 10, 2014

This kid Retch is ill with it. I loved his last project with producer Thelonious Martin Polo Sporting Goods, and this new joint is raw as fuck. Love the video, too. Let’s go Retch!

Keep It 100

October 10, 2014

Every once in a while, I hear a beat that makes me want to hit the rewind button a thousand times in a row. This is one of them. Twist up to this, shit is crazy. Trademark da Skydiver “Keep it 100.”

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