Up and coming Compton MC, Kendrick Lamar has been blowing up the last few weeks. I’m just glad to see a California MC with decent talent get some attention. I’ll have to keep an ear to his music though.. he might be a little to hard for my tastes. A lot of potential here, though.
Rhymesayers MC, Grieves released a new album recently entitled, Together Apart. I don’t know how Rhymesayers found a guy that fits so perfectly with the artists they already have but maybe that’s just the Minnesotta sound.
This beautiful track is from
French Italian producer, Leon’s new LP, The Unseen Side of the Moon. I love producers that use vocal samples as part of the beat.. makes me feel like the beat is singing.
A chill beat from producer, Screw’s new EP, Come Through.
Brazilian born rapper, Laws just joined hip hop group, the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. league. Don’t let the southern accent deter you. There is substance here. This is from a mixtape that features some classic Paul McCartney songs.
Here’s a great smoking song for all of you who partake. WEST COAST!
This is off of Blitz the Ambassador’s latest album, Native Son.
Music from over seas.
I finally got a hold of a copy of Madlib’s last edition of The Medicine Show from last year. The legendary producer released an eleven part series last year that featured music from around the world as well as original material from Madlib himself. Madlib is arguable one of the best
hip hop producers alive and being the fan that I am, I try to collect all the music he’s released. Madlib makes this really difficult because he is so prolific. So far there is only one of his albums I haven’t been able to find which was released under his old dj name, DJ Rels.
Here’s a new unreleased track from California MC, Blu. I just got this short EP, Amnesia, that includes a couple previously unreleased tracks. Pretty good music on there.. a lot better than his work with Mainframe (Johnson & Johnson) so maybe it shows an end to his work with mediocre artists. I’m happy to say this track keeps my hopes high for his upcoming album, No York.
This track is off of the recently released collaboration album, Yellow Gold, by mc, Nickelus and producer, Ohbliv. I was really impressed by this free LP especially since I wasn’t too familiar with the rapper and didn’t know what to expect. Thankfully his style and vocals fit perfectly on Ohbliv’s raw hip hop beats.
Just to slow it down a little before the next posts.. A great song from Elis Regina and Tom Jobim. I love brazilian jazz and voices like these..
My first encounter with French producer/MC Nicky Lars. This is a teaser for his upcoming debut album, Musica Negra. In the meantime I got a hold of his Jamiroquai beat tape and you should do the same.
I had high hope for Pac Div when they first came up. I think they are a little light on the lyrical talent but still better than everything on the radio. I’m hoping as they get older their music matures too. I still have to check out their upcoming mixtape, Mania!
Ce n’est pas ma faute que tu te ne trouves pas ici.
I thought I’d post some foreign music on here by posting these film clips. This clip is from the 1960 French film, La Vérité. Brigette Bardot stars as the main character Dominique Marceau and she also recorded a song for the soundtrack called “Moi, Je Joue.” Toward the middle of this clip, the audio is swapped for Bardot’s song while the scene continues. Interesting and beautiful.
This clip is from the Italian film, A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin. I have a different reason for posting this clip actually. The famed Italian composer, Ennio Morricone created the soundtrack for this film and many others. I’ve been starting to get into composers like Morricone and others (Francisco De Masi, Franco Micalizzi) who are famous for creating great film soundtracks.
What’s the definition of a third-eye rapper? Greydon Square can help you understand what it takes. The only rapper I know who can say philosophers listen to his music. Apparently Penn Jillette and Richard Dawkins, are both fans of his work and his choice of topics which include politics, religion, philosophy, and physics. I found Greydon’s story very interesting and wanted to share. He was born and raised in Compton, is an Iraq War veteran and outspoken atheist. While questioning and eventually losing his faith, he began posting videos on youtube. The above track is from his third album, The Kardashev Scale. He announced he is also releasing a collaboration album with Pakistani rapper, Adil Omar. Take a listen and see what you think.
Some more funky hip hop for you guys. I like this beat a lot, simple but interesting.
Cradle Orchestra is a Japanese jazz/hip hop band. If you’re familiar with hip hop from Japan you’ll find this band’s music fits perfectly into that genre. The album itself might be a little too downtempo for me but I know the Japanese love slow jazz beats and I’m not complaining. I’m going to keep a close eye on that part of the world’s hip hop though to see if all those producers start to sound like Nujabes much like everyone over here sounding like J Dilla. If you enjoy jazz beats and instrumentals than I’m sure you’ll find this album an easy listen and enjoy it.
I just started listening to this band, Naive Thieves. I heard an interview they did on my school radio station and it made me interested to hear their music. Its ‘pop-y’ I suppose but aside from the negative connotation that pop has and deserves, these guys make pretty nice music. Reminds me of catchy and cute hawaiian music. If that doesn’t sound interesting I don’t know what’s wrong with you but take a listen anyway.
Some more dope foreign inspired instrumentals. This track comes from the French duo, Cassius, composed of Philippe Zdar and Hubert ‘Boombass’.
Franco Micalizzi is an Italian composer who makes music for films. After listening to another album that was inspired by old spy films, this type of project always gets my attention. I’m not sure where this track comes from but its definitely unique and brilliant.
A track from Tokyo based producer, Robert de Boron’s dope album that features a lot of well-known guest artists like Stacy Epps and Collective Efforts.
Another compilation type album from Canadian hip hop duo, Dirty Circus. Fans of turntablism, this is for you. This album also features a number of popular hip hop artists like Shad K., Blue Scholars, and Moka Only.
Sometimes you can’t run away from stress or anxiety. ^Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean. So isolated the native inhabitants’ culture is 60,000 years old and they only made contact in 1992.
I like trippy shit like this. On a space odyssey type of music that makes you anticipate the beat dropping. This track is from Supersci, a Swedish hip hop group made up of one producer, one MC, and one dj. If I didn’t know better already I would have said these guys are from the states. Its easy to say that these guys have talent and know what their doing. Definitely worth checking out if you like chill hip hop and turntablism.
Continuing our journey around the hip hop world here’s an Iraqi hip hop group called, Euphrates. The album is called A Bend in the River. Like you might expect, their music is a little more aggressive but I’d be lying if I said that they don’t have lyrical talent. I was not expecting all the multi-syllable word play and sped up flow. Needless to say I was impressed and am currently rocking this album on my phone. Fans of Jedi Mind Tricks need to check this one out. A lot of references to arab culture so be prepared for that. Other than that its pretty solid.