Thursday, May 26, 2016

"If I Get Too High, Sugar, I Might Never Come Down"

If you haven't caught onto the buzz of Anderson .Paak, you'd better get on that soon because the bandwagon is about to hit capacity. Everyone started noticing him on the Compton Soundtrack, but now that people have given a few listens this debut album Malibu, it's only a matter of time before they get hooked on his jazzy Hip Hop style. To give you an idea what all that sounds like live, check out his recent performance of his latest single Come Down on Fallon...
Performing Hip Hop live and keeping the crowd's attention is no easy task. But when you start a performance off with drum solo and dramatic intro, people get interested. Come Down is an undeniably funky track and the song got even greater when TIP dropped a verse on the track. Such a hype all around performance! Anderson even finished the track on the drums, which meant he earned every bit of that standing ovation he received. I'm not sure about y'all, but I'm going to make it a priority to check this dude out on tour...#ComeDown

Anderson .Paak feat T.I. & The Free Nationals - Come Down (prod by Hi-Tek)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

"I Just Wanna Go Flex, Gold on My Teeth and on My Neck"

The great thing about music is that talent is ultimately awarded no matter where a person came from or what they look like. There are very few professions in the world that genuinely reward talented people and give them a shot at making a career out of it like music. I'm prefacing this post because on first glance, there's nothing on first glance that seems remarkable about Austin Post. Keepin' it 100, he looks like an gleeful, unkempt stoner, which in many walks of life would result in whatever talents he might have being dismissed.

But this is music and music awards the grind of following your passion to a point that it will drive you to the brink of either bankruptcy or fame. For Post, it took him from Syracuse to LA to finally Houston before he broke through with White Iverson. His music style fits the melodic, edgy trend of what we'd now characterize as R&B. Don't expect any mind blowing, inspirational lyrics, but do expect an addictive, mellow melody that fits perfectly over an acoustic beat. Even though Post will forever be remembered for White Iverson, Go Flex is by far my favorite track of his to date. The gold grill, the rough around the edges appearance and lyrics, it's unlike anyone else you've seen, which is why he's already found his lane in music. Shoot, he even choked Bieber which we can all get behind as we cool out to his edgy slow jam below...#GoFlex

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Twista Taking Everyone on a Biblical Odyssey

Ask yourself, when was the last time you heard Twista on the mic and his verse was so hype you had to get out of your chair? It's been a while for me, but I will say his lyrical gasoline has kept my fire for Hip Hop alive over the years. Lucky for us, an up and comer going by the name of Apathy reeled in both Twista and Bun B for the lead single off his debut LP Handshakes With Snakes.

I know what you're thinking, a song like Moses has to have some biblical ties to it, right? Good guess and there are a few religious references sprinkled in the mix, but the main focus here is how everyone stepped it up on the mic. The steady thumping beat isn't anything to write home about, but it perfectly sets the table and gets the hell out of the way, allowing the lyricists to do work. The track inspired a lot of nostalgia for me, taking me back to a time when OGs like Twista and Bun were on top of the music world. I'll always hold them in the highest regard and the track below did nothing but polish off their plaques in my mental Hip Hop Hall of Fame...#Moses

Apathy feat Twista & Bun B - Moses

Monday, May 23, 2016

TroyBoi Remains Up to No Good

What I like most about TroyBoi is his ability to deliver banging' beats while sprinkling in R&B elements into his music. Some call it slow Trap, whatever it is, I dig it in a big way because it mixes two of my favorite types of music. The beat elements are quirky as hell, but TroyBoi chops it up like only he can. I wish more DJs would be comfortable chopping up their beats more like he does. When a beat has intentionally raw elements, it gives it an authenticity that all this perfectly synthesized electronic music nowadays lacks. Just ones man's opinion, but when everything starts sounding the same, it's little bits of creativity that end up standing out. Shout out to NEFERA on the vocals too, she killed it...#BadBehaviour

TroyBoi feat NEFERA - Bad Behaviour

Sunday, May 22, 2016

"Are We Running From the Same Ghost?"

To be completely honest, it was a tough decision on what to post tonight. I love nights like tonight because they make up for the slow days where I'm struggling to find a new song to get excited about. If Flume's new one with Vic Mensa posted in its entirety, I might be writing about a different song tonight, but that didn't happen so, Gorgon City came to the rescue. To put it simply, they do Deep House really well and if you're looking for new proof of that, press play below.

Doubts is about as smooth as it gets with a clean mix of steadily thumping bass and soothing vocals. The wobble on the beat is palpable and will lure you in on the first listen. If you're counting at home, this is the fourth single off their upcoming album Kingdom. Word has it, that album won't arrive until August, but it will be the first of a two-part album series. Needless to say, there's plenty of new music on the way to satisfy all your lounge needs over the next year...#Doubts

Gorgon City - Doubts

Saturday, May 21, 2016

"Wherever I Go, I'll Be Looking For You"

It's hard to churn out consistent #1 hits over multiple years and albums, but One Republic always seem to make it happen. They have three immensely successful albums under their belt and their fourth studio album is in the oven. I was planning on posting a Soundcloud link to their lead single off the album, but then they quickly turned around a video for Wherever I Go. The best part about the track is that it's far from formulaic Pop, which would be an easy thing for One Republic to gravitate towards given their past successes. Sure, Ryan Tedder's vocals will be what you remember, but the piano led beat and escalation of emotion on the hook are downright catchy. Catchy, but not in a way that will lend itself to a quick comparison. Let's just say if the rest of One Republic's new album continues to evolve their sound in the way their lead single did, you're going to get tired of reading about them in this neighborhood of the internet this Summer...#WhereverIGo

Friday, May 20, 2016

Videos of the Week May 20th that's what I call a week's worth of videos. You could say all angles from funny, to entertaining, to happy to downright quirky were covered. Starting with Drake's SNL monologue, where he did everything he could to be self-depricating and still managed to throw in a Rihanna impression. In the land of storytelling, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won the day with their video for dance off. The Idris Alba cameo gave the video some gravitas, but the creative settings and types of dancing in the video should not be overlooked.

Covering a completely different angle of the spectrum was The Lonely Island and Fallon's Tonight Show Crew doing a schoolhouse version of I'm on a Boat. Was it me or did they get dangerously close to cursing more than a few times? And that Joy of Land book, dunce cap part cracked me up. Sticking with Fallon, he hosted an odd mish mash of talent in game of Catch Phrase for all of us to enjoy. Was it me or did Bryce Harper come off a bit rough around the edges? And how competitive can you be at a game of Catch Phrase Gigi Hadid? Needless to say, there was some emotion poured into that game. And last, but probably first was J Timberlake's video for his new uplifting Can't Stop the Feeling single. Anyone who can assemble that diverse of a group of people to dance like no one is looking deserves a lot of credit in my book...#CantStopTheFeeling
Drake More Than a Meme Monologue on SNL

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat Idris Alba - Dance Off (Video)

The Lonely Island & Fallon Perform I'm on a Boat with Classroom Instruments

Catch Phrase with Andy Samberg, Gigi Hadid, and Bryce Harper on Fallon

Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop the Feeling (Video)

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