Staples Skills

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When we did our 13 for 13 end of the year list on NahRight last December, I included Vince Staples as one of the 13 rappers to watch for in 2014. And so far, he’s making me look good for including him! Dude got a huge feature on Common’s single “Kingdom” (which just got remixed with an ill Jay Electronica verse tagged on at the end), and he’s quickly becoming one of the most buzzed about rappers in the game. Following his show in NYC earlier this week, Vince paid a visit to Sway in the Morning, and was asked to spit a freestyle. And whoa, did he kill it. Straight off the head shit, too. So dope. Peep above, and then check out the “Kingdom (Remix)” below.

Dicky Freak

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I’ve been hearing about this dude Lil Dicky for a while, but nothing really struck me until one of my co-workers showed me this video earlier today. Shit is off the hook. His ability to bring the story and conversations in his verses to life in the video is amazing. Mad funny and clever and just a great watch overall. Not the type of shit I would thump in my whip, but I give him nuff props for this. Enjoy.

Norm & Sandler

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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.

Blush

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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

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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.

Easy Rider

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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.